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CD reviews

Power Pyramid - The God Drums

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

07/29/2014 | Comments 0

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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
 

Music Video Thursday


Because I'm not coming to work on Monday!

By June 30th, 2011

Yukon’s Luke Dick makes an appropriately creepy video for his mellowed-out version of “Paparazzi.” Let’s see how many careers this song can launch!



If a fan-made, “unofficial” video is sent out by a PR company, does that make it official? Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s charming “Simple Girl” has a charming clip that tests the theory.



In just 1:26, Cerebral Ballzy (yes, really) does Las Vegas in true punk style.



Cassettes Won’t Listen’s “Perfect Day” is a head-scratcher till the satisfying end.



Punks Rise Against go all PSA, but because it’s Rise Against, it doesn’t suck.



Rarely is a video so perfectly matched with a song’s sound as with Amor de Dias’ nostalgic video and dreamy acoustic sound.

Amor de Dí­as - Wild Winter Trees from Merge Records on Vimeo.


Zorch’s hyperkinetic, synth-based experimental music makes me want to jump up and down, as well as go back to SXSW, where they played something like 16 shows.



Indie-poppers Mates of States’ new video is vintage in a “are they kidding or not?” sort of way.




While you’re here, grab these free MP3s!

Breakers” – Gem Club. If Iron and Wine had taken up piano …
Shoeboxes” – David Ramirez. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.
Jump with a Child’s Heart” – Annie Crane. I don’t know how so much great country/folk comes out of urban settings. The vocals win here.
 
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