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CD reviews

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

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
 

MP-free roundup


This week’s best downloads and streams for your thirsty ears, that is.

By Matt Carney August 4th, 2011

Lots of free music to be heard out there this week — if you’re not on Spotify yet, that is. Each week, I’m going to sift out the best ones for you.

The Horrors’ third LP streaming at NPR
The Horrors picked a pretty sweet name for their band. If they’d wish to title themselves more true to their product, they should’ve just gone with “We Really Like The Smiths. Like. A Lot.” “Skying” is streaming at NPR’s “First Listen” series.

††† (it’s pronounced “Crosses”)
Altered Zones is reporting that Chino Moren of Deftones (Deftones?) has a witch house project (pardon?) started up. The weirdest thing is that this five-track EP is actually pretty sweet. “Option” definitely sounds more like more popular nu-metal, but “Bermuda Locke†” and “†his is a †rick” are on the scarier side. Grab the EP for free at the project’s Facebook page.

Bon Iver at the 9:30 Club, NPR
Here’s the gem in this week’s stash: This free recording solidifies many folks’ hunches that Bon Iver’s soon to pick up the reputation as one of the most moving, cathartic ethereal live acts in indie, à la Jonsi and post-rock champs Godspeed! You Black Emperor. And speaking of God, Colin Stetson’s bass saxophone, turns opener “Perth” into something downright terrifying.

Their reporter can be heard at the end of the recording saying that he’s never, in years of 9:30 shows, seen a crowd so transfixed by Justin Vernon and co.’s performance. I’m sold.

jj and Ne-Yo collab for “Adult Swim” series
Winner of this week’s most-WTF collaboration is that of Swedish indie-pop mashers jj and popular Billboard chart-topper Ne-Yo, on the track “We Can’t Stop.” It makes sense, as both artists make some sexy, adult contemporary-type music, but honestly I’d have just preferred Ne-Yo keep his too-smooth R&B register out of this one. Download it for free at Adult Swim’s site and see for yourself.

Collections of Colonies of Bees streaming at Spinner
A whole EP’s worth of good ol’ fashioned instrumental post-rock. If you like “GIVING,” be sure to check out Unwed Sailor, from Tulsa. One of my favorite local bands.

Wu-Tang Clan on Spinner
Almost 20 years since the release of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” and Wu-Tang Clan still ain’t nothing ta f*** with. “Legendary Weapons” doesn’t quite seem to live up to its title, but it’s got almost the full cast of Wu’s finest members, save for GZA. Check out Ghostface’s “The Black Diamonds.” Spot rusher’s still gettin’ it.

Photo of Bon Iver by Drew Kaiser
 
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