Archives for May 2011

Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact

With pop music – at least that of the radio friendly unit shifter variety – three devices are undeniably ubiquitous: earworm melodies, lyrical inclusion, and conventional song format.  Think about it - if your song has a good hook, a direct and universal message, and a strategically placed chorus, it’s a fair bet that people will at least give you … [Read more...]

The Crevices Below – Below The Crevices

Brisbane multi-instrumentalist Dis Pater is known as the man behind ambient black metal project Midnight Odyssey which, though originally having its inception as far back as 1999 and seeing official light of day in 2007, has received most recognition from the re-releases of debut album The Forest Mourners and the follow-up Firmamant by Kunsthauch … [Read more...]

New video from My Dad Vs Yours

My Dad Vs Yours just released a new music video for their singles "Happy Wanderer" / "Carry the Weight": The singles are off their new album, "Little Symphonies" which is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp. … [Read more...]

Here We Go Magic – The January EP

Sometimes the birth of new music is so fortuitous that there seems to be a small batch of high quality music still missing. The follow-up, or counterpart if you will, to last year’s critically-acclaimed Pigeons, The January EP is definitely the makings of a progressing, still evolving and growing band. Although there are remnants left in the subtle … [Read more...]

Album from The Feelies out now

After a 19 year break, the Feelies are back with Here Before an album of all new original material on Bar/None Records. The new album touches on different styles from the Feelies’ long history while adding new grooves and musical ideas to the mix. Electric and acoustic guitars melt together in archetypal Feelies fashion on songs like “Nobody Knows” … [Read more...]

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome

Whilst it’s easy to feel suspicious that Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton's ubiquity can too readily be mistaken for an instant stamp of quality, credibility and hipness, it’s hard not to argue that there is something special about his role as a roving producer, arranger and collaborator.  Certainly, his studio support to Beck yielded an absolute gem in … [Read more...]

Salt Lake Electric Ensemble – In C

In C is not so much a concept album as it is a concept piece. Originally composed by Terry Riley in 1964, it is arguably the first minimalist composition. It consists of 53 short, musical phrases lasting from ½ beat to 32 beats played by an ensemble of any size and instrumental combination. Each performer begins on the first phrase and works … [Read more...]

Gamma Ray – Skeletons & Majesties EP

Twenty plus years and ten albums sees German band Gamma Ray at the forefront of European power metal as well as having made waves worldwide. The band originated back in 1989 after its founder Kai Hansen, having left Helloween the year before, teamed up with long term friend Ralf Scheepers. Through numerous line-up changes Gamma Ray grew into a … [Read more...]

New video from Dark Colour

Dark Colour Drops Video for "Don't Let It Stop" Video link: Cincinnati-based, electronic pop act Dark Colour exploded from the mind of 20-year old singer/songwriter Randall Rigdon. After years of providing ethereal soundtrack work for independent video projects … [Read more...]

Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math

Let’s be frank – indie rock very rarely does any kind of actual rocking.  Any band I can think of who has ridden that tag to some semblance of mainstream notoriety (Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, The Shins) might have a bevy of guitars at their disposal, but that doesn’t mean any of them are trying to channel the Led Zeppelin … [Read more...]