Archives for May 2012

Lemonade – Diver

It seems that the farther removed we are from the 1980s, the more palpable its influences become.  It’s a notion I’ve been entertaining frequently these past six months, as new releases from Neon Indian, Sleigh Bells, and Frankie Rose have unapologetically tapped into a sonic reservoir teeming with references to the Human League and John Hughes … [Read more...]

Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics EP

Surfer Blood main man John Paul Pitts recently claimed he unwittingly became part of the lo-fi movement by virtue of his band recording their debut album on less-than-adequate equipment in his apartment. Clearly keen to avoid a repeat of releasing something of such perceived low quality, Surfer Blood’s second release Tarot Classics immediately … [Read more...]

Debut Album from Daydream Vacation in June

Daydream Vacation Featuring Asya From Smoosh & Dave From Head Like A Kite Debut Album Out June 19 The new collaboration of Head Like a Kite's Dave Einmo and Smoosh's Asya, Daydream Vacation will self-release their debut album, Dare Seize The Fire on June 19.  Daydream Vacation is Asya on vocals, with Dave laying down the beats and acting as … [Read more...]

Piano Magic – Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet

With 2009’s Ovations (the last official Piano Magic album if we exclude 2010’s self-revisiting limited edition Home Recordings) Glen Johnson and co. had arguably taken Piano Magic's most electric guitar-driven phase to a logical end. Hence, in the spirit of the band’s cyclical ritual for reinvention - that has expanded and sustained Piano Magic’s … [Read more...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari Global Listening Party

On the night of Thursday, May 17th, at 7pm to be precise, Icelandic wonder-band Sigur Rós hosted a Global Listening Party for upcoming 6th studio album Valtari, which was streamed in full at the appointed hour across all time zones.  Since I always seem to be late to the party, I joined in the festivities with the airing of the 2nd song and without … [Read more...]

New EP from SchnAAk

SchnAAk’s Cool Drink Town was released as a Digital-EP worldwide The Berlin duo opens a new chapter with their kaleidoscopic approach on contemporary pop music: “Cool Drink Town”, an EP recorded in Germany between two tours and completed in Namibia, is here and it’s good. This EP is the start of a series of special outputs by the band. … [Read more...]

Turbonegro – Sexual Harassment

Grunge, “skateboard video” rock n’ roll is no stranger to the airwaves, and for some, this sound is ideal for any road trip or party setting. Turbonegro breathes this sound and caters flawlessly to fans of the genre as they fuel the extreme sports population on Volcom’s record label. It’s hard to categorize this album without the safety harness of … [Read more...]

Second Language releases Memory Drawings debut

Newly-released on the ever-evolving Second Language  - with the label’s usual mixture of surprise and understatement - is Music For Another Loss, the debut release from the pan-global Memory Drawings. This first instrumental album from the freshly-formed trio of hammered dulcimer player Joel Hanson, violinist Sarah Kemp (Brave Timbers, Last … [Read more...]

Pillars And Tongues – (Laid) Palms To Tell EP

Ambient, instrumental, whatever you want to call it...this free, three song EP by Chicago's Pillars And Tongues is what you've been waiting for. Hands down one of the finest releases of 2012 thus far, it's like a dream world where every emotion you feel in having your heart broken is being spelled out right before your eyes. This EP is slow and … [Read more...]

Debut Album from Mornin’ Old Sport in July

Mornin' Old Sport Announce Debut LP for July 10th Release on Misery Loves Co. “Katie”: During the Summer of 2011, Mornin’ Old Sport -- consisting of Berklee College of Music alumns Kate Smeal (vocals, strings), Scott Nanos (guitar, bass, keys, strings), and Jeff Price (drums, … [Read more...]