Category: album review

The sounds as I see them

Gold Motel - "Cold Shoulders"

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Heya, I … :::stretch::: … apologize for not having a bunch of posts up here lately. Been kinda busy trying to not melt into my shoes and saving the garden from slow, brown death. Can’t salt that out of your veggies. I’ve been getting more and more emails from band reps lately — it’s kinda... Read more »

Hot Chip’s In Our Heads and album reviews you don’t need

Hot Chip’s In Our Heads and album reviews you don’t need
Writing music reviews is weird business. Often you know what you’re going to get when you read a particular guy (or listen to a particular band). Some people are looking for new music. Some don’t wanna hear what you have to say about their favorite band. What critics do from their various papers, websites and... Read more »

Japandroids: Celebration Rock

Japandroids: Celebration Rock
Now this is refreshing. This record makes me wanna drive for hours, mosh the immovable, headbang down the street, kick bricks and break out air-drumsticks (kits are expensive). If you’ve popped-in Japandroids’ second album expecting ballads, auto-tune, mash-ups, two-minute pop ditties and/or a sax, well… I’d like to know where you’re getting your album reviews.... Read more »
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New Music Monday: Friends, "Mind Control"

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It has been pointed out that Friends — the hot new band (with less Schwimmer pratfalls than its televised counterpart) — could grow to fill the void of progressive and danceable music that was left when James Murphy ended LCD Soundsystem. And you can certainly hear the resemblance in this song. Samantha Urbani and her... Read more »

Lost and Found: Harlem Shakes' Technicolor Health

We’ve been talking a lot about Alabama Shakes around here. So fellow CN blogger Cut Out Kid pointed me in the direction of another band — Harlem Shakes. And now I’m angry. Why am I angry? According to Wikki (and their general musical output) this band put out exactly one critically acclaimed album in 2009... Read more »

Did The Offspring Rip-Off The Foo Fighters?

No. The answer is no (in case you’re only here to scroll down to the bottom). Now let’s discuss why… There are a lot of accusations thrown around concerning one musician or another ripping-off somebody else’s song. And while this certainly happens sometimes (looking at you, Black Eyed Peas), most of the time it’s simply... Read more »
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What new album will soundtrack your summer 2012?

What new album will soundtrack your summer 2012?
Summer is an exceptionally good time to rock new music. We’re outside mowing our lawns, dodging bird dung, in cars watching the corn go by, walking dogs, cats, lizards and generally out of our dusty homes, away from the flickering boobs on the tube. Sure, half our collective minds may be on the big new... Read more »

Cornershop: Remember them? They're jamming anyway...

Behind every “one hit wonder” is a story. Sometimes it’s a long, rewarding struggle — sometimes it’s instant fame followed by a sophomore cliff-dive — but sometimes those bands aren’t one-hit-wonders at all because they’ve been there in the background of your life for years. I still pull out Cornershop’s 1997 album When I Was Born for... Read more »

Trampled by Turtles "Alone" Live at KDHX 12/17/11

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Pretty sure I’m just now hearing about these guys (I dunno — a lot of microbrewed beers have been consumed between 2004 and the present). Trampled by Turtles, however, has put out SIX albums since their debut. First of all, I would voluntarily trample actual turtles to have that band name. Second — I’m still... Read more »
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Dandy Warhols, This Machine Album Review - Pt. 2: The song remains groovy

Dandy Warhols, This Machine Album Review - Pt. 2: The song remains groovy
If you’ve payed any attention to the Dandy Warhols over the years, you know that not only do they jump and combine genres with ease, but each album is wildly its own entity – Come Down is a psychedelic rave, 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia a mystical grunge storybook and Welcome to the Monkey House... Read more »