Archives for January 2010

Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

Front to back, Surfer Blood’s debut album Astro Coast is catchy as hell, and like all catchy music, the melodies make so much sense that they sound effortless. With sturdily-constructed, semi-noodley guitar-centric rock like this the comparisons to The Shins and early Weezer are absolutely unavoidable. That's really no big deal, though, because … [Read more...]

Maribel – Aesthetics

Maribel band members Liv, Kjetil, Lewi, and Pål hail from Norway and they create unremittingly lacerating, dreamy, melodic, and warped noise à la Serena-Maneesh, with a generous helping of My Bloody Valentine and A Place To Bury Strangers swirled into the gnashing, dashing sonic sea.  The unadulterated tunes overtake the listener with an acute, … [Read more...]

Gecko – “Where I’ve Gone”

Having gained national exposure in his native England for the first time this year, it would appear that 2010 is going to be a big year for Gecko.  Will Sanderson is the feisty young British balladeer who figureheads the three piece, and for one so young displays a superb natural talent for song writing. Influences are far drawn and vast, though … [Read more...]

Jack Rose – Free MP3 Download

On the 15th February Thrill Jockey will release Luck in the Valley by Jack Rose. Rose, who passed away suddenly at home in Philadelphia on December 5 at the all too young age of 38, was a masterful guitarist, who was considered instrumental in bringing ragtime into the modern era and transforming it into something that was both referential and … [Read more...]

Eloy – Visionary

If you looked at the history of progressive rock, you’d find that most bands eventually faced the conundrum of which is more important: artistic vision or success and money. In other words, most, like ELP, YES and especially Genesis, eventually “sold out” to commercial tastes, becoming parodies of their former glory. But Eloy, with forty years … [Read more...]

Moonface – Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums

There’s talk of a new Wolf Parade album coming out this year, we had a Sunset Rubdown and a Swan Lake album last year and the year before that, the second Wolf Parade album. Yeah, Spencer Krug works around the clock, constantly progressing his songwriting, his craft, his artistry and his skill to new levels. He’s defied the odds by creating rousing … [Read more...]

We Only Said – s/t

While listening to track one, "Our Monochrome Life",  I said to myself, "I cannot review this".  My reasoning being that a few seconds after pressing play I am at a loss for words, or the "right" words perhaps? How could one possibly capture the beauty that I hear with We Only Said.  This is out of left field, if left field is Rennes, … [Read more...]

New album from Stellarscope

“This is who we are” is the latest effort by the Philadelphia alternative band Stellarscope. The release marks a new era of songwriting and sound experimentation, a perfect blend of pop songwriting, sonic mayhem, and quality structure not touched upon by their previous efforts. Stellarscope a three piece band from Philadelphia in the USA, … [Read more...]

Tour dates for RX Bandits

RX Bandits announce U.S., Australian tour dates Southern California's multifaceted prog-psych-rock quartet RX Bandits are once again taking to the road in support of 2009's highly-successful album Mandala. Touring begins next month in Australia as the group joins the massive multi-city traveling Soundwave Festival alongside Faith No More, My … [Read more...]

Slow Six – Tomorrow Becomes You

Rock bands with a jones for classical music are nothing new to us; ever since the Beatles set aside their guitars to make room for the string octets on “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby,” popular music has flirted with – and in some cases, gone head over heels for – the sounds of Mozart and Beethoven. Yet whether your point of reference is Jimmy Page … [Read more...]