Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Jonbenét – The Plot Thickens

The Plot Thickens EP was released by Pluto Records in the summer of 2005. The 8-song release was a discography of sorts, combining re-mastered versions of their previous self-released EPs.

This is awesome stuff, kind of southern rock / hardcore stuff - a lot of yelling not so much screaming - good riffage. good band.


Friday, December 21, 2007

Aphex Twin - Windowlicker

If you don't know Aphex Twin by now, now is the time to get to know him...


Caspian - You Are The Conductor

For fans of Mogwai and Explosions in The Sky - Fans of post rocks stuff def check it out, standard but no less epic.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Vesper Fairchild Broadcast - Sing It Like You Mean It (Unreleased)

For fans of Alexisonfire, Glassjaw, Life In Your Way and other post hardcore acts - check this out, melodic hardcore album, the band is from South Florida, now disbanded.. This album was an EP was recorded up in NY with the same producer as Murder By Death, Number 12, Thursday... Check it out, it was never released.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Lupe Fiasco - The Cool

"More flow than a river"

Haven't heard this whole album yet, but his past stuff is really good..


Murder By Death - Like The Exorcist But More Breakdancing

Take atmospheric soundscapes by the likes of Sigur Ros, Godspeed You Black Emperor, or any other semi-classical sounding post-rock ensemble, and add a thrashing, angry guitar and an angst filled Robert Smith/Morrissey type voice, and you've got Murder By Death..


Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come

One of the best experimental hardcore/punk albums ever recorded.. Lots of changes from the normal scream guitar rock standard, going into jazz parts, classical parts and tons of time changes - this album has influenced thousands of bands. One of my favorites (at 320kbps).


Christopher O' Riley - True Love Waits

Soft piano covers of Radiohead songs. Done really well..


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Forward Russia - Give Me a Wall

The band is another entry into the English post-punk revival parade that began (for all intents and purposes) with Franz Ferdinand and continued with bands like Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs (not to mention Art Brut and Arctic Monkeys etc. ad nauseum). The main distinguishing feature of !FR! is a more high-concept stance than many of the others. Starting with the cheekiness of their oh-so-cleverly punctuated name to the strategy of naming their songs after numbers--i.e. "Thirteen," "Twelve" and even "Fifteen Pt. 1" and "Fifteen Pt. 2"(!), they then continue with smarter-than-thou lyrics to rival even the Decemberist's Colin Meloy for sheer vocabulary indulgence. Take this couplet from "Thirteen": "We can all change our tegument's function/Replace the outer shell with something more neoteric." Musically, they mine many of the usual suspects for inspiration. Angular guitar riffs courtesy of Gang Of Four, Big Rock Hooks courtesy of early U2, and a vocalist (Tom Woodhead) who sounds like some weird genetic experiment to cross the Cure's Robert Smith with Pere Ubu's David Thomas. Woodhead also doubles on synth, which, when noticeable, recall the Eurotechno that's been popular for years (see also: Muse).


Rage Against The Machine - S/T

Classic Rage.


Electric President - Electric President

Great indie record for fans of death cab and that style, a must have!


Friday, December 14, 2007

Folly - Insanity Later

I can't even begin to express how I feel about this CD. It WILL rip you apart! Before hearing about Folly, I couldn't even contemplate or comprehend how a band could blend the intensity of hardcore into the upbeatness of ska. However, Folly has done this without trying too hard to mix the two distinctive genres.


Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is the tenth album by The Flaming Lips, released on July 16, 2002. It is characterized by electronic influenced, psychedelic-tinged alternative rock compositions.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Killie - Afterall The Opinion Of One In A Hundred Million Will Not Reach Anyone

Incredible, best Japanese screamo/hardcore band I have ever heard... mind blowing. Super rare import stuff... Download now.


Menomena - Friend Or Foe

On their third album, Portland, Oregon's Menomena (remember Sesame Street and the Piero Umaliani song, "Mah Na Mah Na"?) sound like Spoon on the brink of outer space with Mercury Rev riding in their rocketship. They write collectively, using software they scripted to assemble songs from their own click-tracks and melody snippets--and then re-learn as new, full-bodied entities. The cumulative effect is often collage-like, with piano and scratchy guitar and drums (and an occasional saxophone) dropping in and out as songs clamber forward, fueled by manic creative immediacy. They know how to throw down, too, thick guitars powering "The Pelican" but never overpowering the unlikely melodicism and irresistible lyricism of a fragile beauty like "Rotten Hell."


The Sounds Of Animals Fighting - The Tiger And The Duke

The Sound of Animals Fighting is a mysterious band formed with the purpose of creating something out of the norm. The band is comprised of members from Rx Bandits, Finch, Rich Balling (ex-Rx Bandits) and Anthony Green of Saosin and Circa Survive fame. Their music is experimental, the transitions progressive, and the lyrics were improvised on the spot. The members of The Sound of Animals Fighting borrow musical stylings from each of their respective bands, as the drumming is distinctly Rx Bandits, as well as the guitar rhythms and picking patterns. While all the members of the band remain nameless, they are referred to in the liner notes as “The Tortoise,” or “The Ferret.” All in all, there are 15 animals associated with this collaborative project, including the producers and engineers. The album itself is nine tracks long, but there are really only four songs, as five of the tracks are instrumental interludes.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I Would Set Myself On Fire For You - Believes In Patterns

Georgia’s I Would Set Myself On Fire For You has spent years creating their new album “believes in patterns” and it was definitely worth the wait. I Would Set Myself on For You have grown immensely since their debut cd. Featured on the new cd are a grand total of eleven songs. I Would’s emotive hardcore style has expanded greatly and comparing them to such bands as still life and portrait are virtually meaningless now. Utilizing all sorts of different instruments I would now possess’s a much more distinct and unique sound which is hard to exactly categorize. While the emotive screamo foundation is still present, I Would’s sound now utilize such influences as pop, Americana and even country.


Monday, December 10, 2007

The Number Twelve Looks Like You - Mongrel

The Number 12 Looks Like You intended Mongrel as an emotionally driven concept album, essaying the personal demons of the titular character as he flip-flops between self-control and psychosis. Knowing that, the schizoid song arrangements make a little more sense, and the shape-shifting screaming/growling/singing of Number 12's dual vocalists are a good fit, too. The musicianship is impeccable...


Thursday, December 6, 2007

Jeniferever - Choose A Bright Morning

This is perfect. Tinges of "Disintegration" period Cure, mixed with a much more falsetto vocal, and lyrics that are much more overtly romantic.

Beautiful and haunting, playing on the edge of aggressive perfectly without rolling over into cliche.

It takes Mogwai/Godspeed to a much more human edge, or Mono with vocals. I find it more honest than Sigur Ros as it tries not to be quite so anthemic.


Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things

With 12 tracks of lunacy, mayhem, and sheer beauty, Tom Jenkinson's 1996 debut as Squarepusher remains one of the few must-have records of the electronica revolution. Though Jenkinson builds his tracks around his remarkable fusion-inspired fretless bass playing, the album initially sounds like a study in maniacally intricate drum solos and patterns, themselves built from a few Roland drum machines.


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

MeWithoutYou - Catch For Us The Foxes

Best MewithoutYou album- pure emotional ride, all yelling.
Classic record with lots of moments that send that chill down your spine from someone yelling lyrics that you feel... on tour right now with thrice and brand new... check it out


Russian Circles - Enter

One of my favorite instrumental albums of all time. Ex-Dakota/Dakota members (another great band) formed Russian Circles and have toured with Daughters and Tool recently. They really keep it interesting.. No boring atmosphere/minimalistic moments here, just awesome post rock musicianship.


Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender

Imagine a little girl struggling to sing beautiful melodies...
--such a good album, bizarre lyrics with beautiful harp/harpsichord instrumentation...


Into The Moat - The Design

Some of the best tech metal I've ever heard, very complex but not annoying. Released on Metal Blade and from right here in South Florida.. Anyone into metal/screaming/hard stuff should check this out.


Manchester Orchestra - I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child

I saw these guys on tour with Brand New earlier this year, sparked some interest and heard their album. This disc is really good, from the really soft stuff to the more full band stuff - it very rarely gets boring. Def. worth checking out if you haven't...


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Beatles - The White Album

The best. Classic. If you don't have it, get it.


Thursday - Kill The House Lights

Kill The House Lights is a live album by New Jersey rock group Thursday. It also includes a DVD with a documentary on the band and live performances.

1. "Ladies and Gentlemen: My Brother, the Failure" (with Tim Kasher) - 4:12
2. "Dead Songs" - 2:52
3. "Voices on a String" - 3:33
4. "Signals Over the Air" (Live at the Starland Ballroom) - 4:25
5. "How Long Is the Night?" (Original Introduction Mix) [Demo] - 6:45
6. "A Sketch for Time's Arrow" - 1:39
7. "Panic on the Streets of Health Care City" - 3:15
8. "The Roar of Far Off Black Jets" - 1:59
9. "Paris in Flames" (Demo) - 4:32
10. "Telegraph Avenue Kiss" (Rich Costey Mix) - 3:42
11. "Wind-Up" (Demo) - 4:08
12. "Music from Kill the House Lights" [Demo] - 1:16


Mogwai - Government Commissions BBC Sessions 1996-2003 (Live)

Personally my favorite Mogwai disc, includes some of their best stuff (live)- really well done, a must for any Mogwai/post rock music fan.


Brand New - The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Of Me

If the songs on Weapon were paper cuts, the ones here are gaping chainsaw wounds, full of seismic, howling agony. The moody rumbles of 2003's Deja Entendu were pointing here, but this is something else, with Mogwai-level dynamic range and tracks that careen from introspection to fury and back again. Lyrically, lead singer Jesse Lacey's words remain excruciating and harrowing things, but that's nothing new. It's the music propping them up which gives this effort such depth and punch. "Degausser" starts so innocently, then uses a bridge augmented with a bitter children's chorus straight out of The Wall as a lead in to Lacey's bitter refrain of "I'll never say anything right." Then there's the nearly 8-minute "Limousine (MS Rebridge)," epic, and epically sad, constantly threatening to descend into pure cacophony (and eventually succeeding). Repeated listens will tune your ear to the band's still-intact pop sense (especially on "Not the Sun" and "The Archers Bows Have Broken"), which keeps the record lively and unpredictable, and away from becoming a depressing, head-in-the-oven mope. Brand New went through three years of intense recording sessions to make it happen, but it was worth the effort.


Daughters - Self Titled 7" EP

Daughters is Daughters' debut EP released on City of Hell in 2002. It was released as a 7" vinyl and is now out of print. Many regard it as the heaviest and most brutal Daughters album due to its short length of 4:16 and frequent breakdowns. It also had a Tour Release.


Maps and Atlases – Trees, Swallows, Houses

Maps and Atlases offer songs that wrestle themselves from flailing, algebraic fits of spazzy guitar notes and drum ruptures to lulling, voice-driven melodies that speak stories using lyrical images strung together like soup cans chasing a Cadillac. Mostly influenced by experimental and technically adept musicians such as Hella, Don Caballero, and Psych-Folkies Devendra Banhart and Six Organs of Admittance, Maps and Atlases create a distinctive blend of the intricate and organic.