Nameless – “Angelina” video

In light of ‘the leg seen around the world’ at the Oscars, an overview of “Angelina” and its accompanying video by Paris-based pop-rock band, Nameless, seems opportune.  Whether or not this song is about Angelina Jolie (It’s more fun to imagine it is), it’s a supremely kicky, sticky piece of ear candy that deserves mention.  “Angelina” starts off … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 Albums and 1 EP

The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo Memphis Industries Records http://www.thephoenixfoundation.co.nz/splash/ The Phoenix Foundation (not to be confused with French band Phoenix) has released Buffalo (album cover-wise not to be confused with the Heartless Bastards’ recent artwork), a breezy, but hit-or-miss potluck of retro, refined, … [Read more...]

Interview with Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Hiya Dan!  I’ve had the grand pleasure of hearing both of your band’s albums, the 2008 debut You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into and 2011’s Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, and you definitely redefine and realign what is labeled ‘electronic rock’ these days! Your latest album is extremely aurally varied compared to your debut. What … [Read more...]

!!! – Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass Remix EP

Lately, a lot of popular bands have been posting track stems and asking fans for remixes. Most of the time, however, a big-name act snags the top spot, demolishing countless aspiring remix-preneurs. And usually they are the best. The point is that remixes are very difficult projects to undertake. For a fan, the idea of taking a song you love … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Four EPs

Heavy Glow - s/t EP, self-released It's impossible to love everything, no matter how die-hard of a music fan you are. Heavy Glow's debut EP is one of those cases of "other people will like this more than I do". Slick melodies, modern rock vocals, and that cleaned up for the 'respectable' bar scene sounding licks is Heavy Glow's stock. Maybe this … [Read more...]

We Are Hex – Gloom Bloom

Formerly a duo,  We Are Hex apparently recorded an entire album of songs, none of which will ever see the light of day, mostly down to (says the press release) their lack of sound quality. Lots of bands do this, record demo material that doesn't make it onto their full official releases, in fact I suddenly remember reading in a guitar magazine that … [Read more...]

Franz Ferdinand – Tonight

Everyone was in love with Franz Ferdinand five years ago, yeah FIVE years. That’s how long it has been since the band’s self-titled debut hit the music world. I remember staying up late one night and seeing their cartoon-ish, low-budget video for “Take Me Out” and all I could remember is how cool that tempo change was. They received high praise … [Read more...]