Monday, March 31, 2008

The Submarines - Honeysuckle Weeks (2008)

01. Sub Symphonika
02. Thorny Thicket
03. You, Me & The Bourgeoisie
04. 1940
05. The Wake Up Song
06. Swimming Pool
07. Maybe
08. Xavia
09. Fern Beard
10. Brightest Hour

Girl/guy duo, but they're not annoying or boring. The girl is actually F. Scott Fitzgerald's granddaughter, so she probably rules IRL. This album is making its rounds on everyone's new thing to listen to, so join us.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Ryan Adams - Jacksonville City Nights (2005)

01. A Kiss Before I Go
02. The End
03. Hard Way To Fall
04. Dear John
05. The Hardest Part
06. Games
07. Silver Bullets
08. Peaceful Valley
09. September
10. My Heart Is Broken
11. Trains
12. PA
13. Withering Heights
14. Don't Fail Me Now

Everyone knows I love Ryan Adams, it's a fact. I have 48 different albums, including his full-length releases, a few live recordings, and a ton of unreleased songs. That's sick, but I'm telling you because maybe it will give me some cred on Ryan Adams knowledge and you'll believe me that this album is great. It's more country than some of his other albums, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. He's a dude from North Carolina, after all. He writes wonderful songs!

Paste review:

He kicks off the album with a solid trio of mid-tempo, piano- and pedal-steel-fueled honky-tonk moaners, most notably “The End,” which name-checks his hometown of Jacksonville, North Carolina, much like Parsons name-checked South Carolina in “Hickory Wind.” In a tearful warble, Adams recalls “the cotton fields out by the house where I was born,” where “the leaves burn like effigies of my kin.” Overkill? Yes. Dubious? Maybe. But no more so than the Florida-born, Georgia-raised Parsons, who also may have been stretching the truth a tad in remembering the Carolina “oak trees that we used to climb.”

What’s more remarkable on Jacksonville City Nights is Adams’ very real attempt at putting interesting twists on the classic country formula. He adds his thin, off-key vocal nod to Jerry Garcia on “A Kiss Before I Go,” and the tune comes off like some long-lost outtake from Workingman’s Dead. He borrows the melody of Dylan’s Nashville Skyline-era “I Threw it All Away” for the album’s best song, “Hard Way to Fall.”


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Rocky Votolato - Makers (2006)

01. White Daisy Passing
02. Portland Is Leaving
03. The Night's Disguise
04. She Was Only In It For The Rain
05. Uppers Aren't Necessary
06. Wait Out The Days
07. Streetlights
08. Tennessee Train Tracks
09. Goldfield
10. Tinfoil Hats
11. Where We Left Off
12. Makers

Rocky has put out 4 pretty solid albums, which is hard to do as a singer-songwriter guy without everything getting really boring and repetitive. I can listen to all 4 albums in a row and enjoy 95% of the songs. I view that as a great accomplishment. This is not his newest album, but it has so many great songs on it, so I thought it would be a good launching point for potential new fans.

I saw him at the church in Philly and he put on such a terrible show and seemed like a real dick, just saying. His recordings are still fantastic. Check him out, you'll listen to it on repeat probably. You can sing these songs to your girlfriend and she'll probably S your D.

And in case you haven't figured it out yet, I give really good recommendations on what music to listen to.



sorry i ain't been postin. i'm having trouble finding new music that isn't just completely shitty. the world is saturated with horrible electronic dance music right now.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

1997 - A Better View of the Rising Moon (2007)

02. Garden of Evil
03. Hey Darlin'
04. In Your Car
05. Patience, Prudence
06. Grace
07. The Roads You Can Take
08. Lovelikepoetry
09. Tennessee Song
10. Enough Is Enough
11. Droppin' Dimes
12. Curse Or Cure

It's back and forth between a dude and girl singer. They're really cute and it's great indie pop. Check it out seriously. They write really high quality, memorable and catchy songs. There's none of that boring bullshit so many bands put out, you know like when you listen through a whole album and don't remember anything and never want to hear it again. 1997 is the opposite of that.


sorry i forgot to post the link, thanks alex.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Knapsack - This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now (1998)

01. Arrows to the Action
02. Balancing Act
03. Change Is All the Rage
04. Cinema Stare
05. Cold Enough To Break
06. Hummingbirds
07. Katherine the Grateful
08. Please Shut Off the Lights
09. Shape of the Fear
10. Skip the Details

This album has been in my heavy rotation for about seven years now. It's the dude from The Jealous Sound if that means anything to you. 10 fantastic songs that most people have never heard but I stand by this 100% and guarantee your happiness in listening to it. RIYL: Braid, Samiam, The Promise Ring, Jawbreaker (but better than all of these bands).


Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (2008)

01. Untrust Us
02. Alice Practice
03. Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs. Health)
04. Magic Spells
06. Air War
07. Courtship Date
08. Good Time
09. 1991
10. Vanished
11. Knights
12. Love and Caring
13. Through the Hosiery
14. Reckless
15. Black Panther
16. Tell Me What To Swallow

This is what people are really into right now in that hipster electronic dance party bullshit circuit. It's in high demand, so maybe you'll want it.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Man Man - Six Demon Bag (2006)

01. Feathers
02. Engrish Bwudd
03. Banana Ghost
04. Young Einstein On The Beach
05. Skin Tension
06. Black Mission Goggles
07. Hot Bat
08. Push The Eagle's Stomach
09. Spider Cider
10. Van Helsing Boombox
11. Tunneling Through The Guy
12. Ice Dogs

"Sophomore effort from this Philly area act that have been compared at moments to Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Frank Zappa. They've also been lauded for their notorious live shows, even gave them the Best Stage Show SxSW 2005. There's more alternate-universe pop-hits here than previous efforts."