Wednesday 23 Jul
CD reviews

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0

MP-Free Vol. 5: I can feel it coming in the air tonight

Snow in the air, summer in the ear

By Stephen Carradini January 31st, 2011

Snow’s a-comin’, y’all. I look over the top of my cubicle, and I see the wind shaking the pine (yes, pine) in front of that metal gray sky, and I can feel the snowflakes in my blood. I’ve only ever lived in temperate climes, but I was born for cold.

If I weren’t still catching up on our MP3 cache (one more day and we’ll be there!), I’d drop some wintry tunes. But today, you get this six-pack, which has only upbeat tunes in it and one track with the word “Summer” in the title. Oh, well. It’s hard to take yr iPod in the snow, anyway. Kudos to Phil Collins for the title of this post.

1. “Summer Gold” by Duke Garwood. Somewhere between talkin’ blues and Two Gallants-style minimalist indie rock, this uniquely beautiful track will stick in your mind.

2. “Whip My Hair (Drowning in Blood)” by Skull Tape. Hip-hop gets a synthy, aggressive, white-boy treatment while turning Willow Smith’s girl-power anthem into a terrifying battle cry. Super yikes.

3. “Locomocion Capillar (Solar Gambling)” by Omar Rodriguez Lopez. Mathy, erratic, international and flat-out bizarre, there’s truly no one who plays the guitar like ORL (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta).

4. “The Cake and Eating It” by Zoey Van Goey.  The band's herky-jerky pop features some neat rhythms and melodies.

5. “I Don’t Want Anyone That Wants Me” by Make Out. Sneering, New York Sound punk that makes it here mostly on the strength of their “why hasn’t anyone taken that already” awesome band name.

6. “Middle of the Road” by One Hundred Flowers. Boy/girl indie pop whose clean production and enthusiastic drums keep it from the trash pile. 

photo Skull Tape, looking suitably creepy.

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