Friday, December 25, 2009

Man Or Astro-Man - Destroy All Astromen! (1994)

[Space Surf/Punk]

Ok, so the hipster douchebag inside of me finally decided to cave in and let you in on one of my favorite bands... Well not really, I had just never gotten around to uploading some MOAM.
Man Or Astroman are one of those bands which get you so hyped up, you can't do anything except run around like crazy, or snort massive amounts of cocaine. (Then running)

They're often categorized as "Space-Surf" and I'd say that's pretty damn accurate. You won't find anything new here, but what you will find is some music performed exceptionally well. Instrumental (mostly), MOAM's strength lies in it's insane riffage, and thundering drums. Their songs are relatively short, but pack such a punch that you couldn't really ask for more.

If you're a fan of the Surf-rock genre, and/or punk rock, these guys are a must. And even if you aren't, and you're into instrumental stuff, you should definitely give these guys a chance.

Seriously, If you listen to this album without at least swaying a bit, or tapping your feet... you're dead.
(thanks to supershock666.blogspot, for uppin this)

Modest Mouse - The Moon And Antarctica (2004)

[Indie rock]

The Stars Are Projectors.
I choose to open the review with those words because that song is too fucking epic for words.

Modest Mouse's The Moon and Antarctica, is generally considered as their best album, and I agree.
Musically it's everything MM is known for, and a bit more. Melancholic, introspective, shaky...
The instrumentation is pretty well thought out, especially on the epic songs like The stars are projectors. The vocals are powerful and the lyrics are really nice too.

It's one of those things that you really must listen to, to fully grasp it. But If you want, check out some tracks like: "The Stars are Projectors" "3rd Planet" "Gravity Rides Everything"

I'd really suggest listening to this record before any other release by Modest Mouse, but I'm pretty sure there's no way to escape from "Float On" now.

Seriously, this album is too fucking amazing.
You should definitely listen to it, at least once.

Brand New - Daisy (2009)

[Alternative/Indie Rock]

This album is fucking nuts, and I absolutley love it.

It's pretty clear that when Brand New was working on Daisy, the only thing on their minds was the fun they would have playing these songs. And If you need any reassurance of that, check out the opener "Vices".

This album keeps building on the grounds set by the two previous releases, but sees the band exploring their sonic frontiers.

It's definitely darker, and very rough around the edges. But that's not to say the "brand new you know and love" isn't here. "Bed" is very reminiscent of The Devil and God Are Raging Inside me, but when you listen to the whole record, you'll know what I mean.

It's definitely a must listen for fans of the band, I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to them, though. (For that, check out Deja Entendu)

In short, Daisy sees the band exploring their sound further, integrating a ton of different influences. They may have just created their most mature album to date, and it's awesome to think what these boys will be capable of in the future.

Check this out nao! (thanks to zndgbr)

Ps. If I see anyone refer to this band as "emo" again, I will knee you in the teeth.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Good Old War - Only Way To Be Alone (2008)


This album has been stuck in my head ever since I first got it, It's just so damn catchy!

Good Old War are a trio made up of former members of the band Days Away. Their sound is a very upbeat, folky pop which is sure to make your day.

The lyrics and instrumentation are relatively simple, consisting mostly of acoustic guitars, some percusion and... well that's pretty much it. What's really complex though, is the groups vocal harmonies. Most of the songs contain 3-part harmonies, which allows all it's members to fully show their vocal potential.

One thing I really appreciate and love about these guys, are how down to earth they are. In most shows they'll just jump off the stage and stand in the middle of the crowd playing.
Here's a bit o' that:


Listen to this release on the following link, it's sure to make your day. Or at least make you tap your feet and hum along.

If you like it, go and get the album right now.

Like, now.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lou Barlow - Goodnight Unknown (2009)

[Folk Rock/Acoustic]

(First of all, credit where credit is due. I'd like to thank unkown pleasures for posting this album a while back. you should check them out cause they have some great stuff.

As anyone who knows me pretty well can tell, I'm a pretty big fan of Dinosaur Jr. So it should come as no surprise that I'm a huge fan of Lou Barlow's other projects. I was really into Sebadoh for a while, but I never got around to hearing his solo stuff, and fuck... I was missing out.

This album is really stripped down to the basics, It's mostly Barlow and his guitar. And when it's not, the atmosphere the rest of the band creates really serves to highlight him. His voice, as any Dino jr. fan knows, is quite the opposite to J Mascis'. It's smooth and low, with a quite relaxing tone. And it's not any different on Goodnight Unknown.

Barlow puts forward another great collection of songs, really simple but they hit close to home. (Hah, I'm a poet)

Check this out if you're a fan of his, a fan of Dinosaur Jr. or you just like some good ol' Folk rock.

It's delicious.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Ivoryton Piano Factory - Permagrin

Permagrin is a tribute to the music created by Justin Veatch. A composer and multi-instrumentalist whose life ended suddenly at the age of 17, back in 2007.

Just had spend most of his time crafting a series of songs which are a perfect insight into who he was. And when one listens to his craft, you can't help but wonder what may have been of him, if he hadn't passed away. The album features the few compositions Justin managed to record, as well as covers and tributes from other bands playing his stuff. (An amazing one is Moving Mountain's cover of Can't Afford The Color)

I'm not gonna be a douche and post a download link to this, because honestly, you should buy it.
All money that is made from the sales of this album goes toward the Justin Veatch fund, which
recognizes the teaching of music and art as a critical component of a child’s education. The mission of The Fund is to support emerging, college-bound artists with opportunities to discover new skills and to refine existing talent.

Melancholic, beautiful and strangely haunting. If you want to hear more about his music, or purchase the album go to:

Recomended tracks are: "Cant Afford The Color" & "ESRT Page 14"

"And I can't stay awake, cause you're a radio wave. And you always seem to be transmitting to my brain"

Oceansize - Frames (2007)


Oceansize are one of those bands with such a diverse quality in their sound that you can't help to wonder, what the hell are they?

To put it simply, they're oceansize. The 5 piece from the UK have been making sounds for quite a while now, and while they have experimented with their sound quite a bit, I feel the release that best represents who they are is 2007's "Frames"

In here you'll find everything from agressive, distortion-ridden songs, to strange time signatures, to spaced-out post-rockish voyages. If you're a fan of anywhere from TOOL to ISIS, you'll know what i'm talking about.

This release is the band's most coherent, and In my opinion, their most powerful work. (Excluding of course, the band's 2004 EP "Music For Nurses")

If you're a fan of good music, check this out.
You wont be disapointed.

im thuper therious.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holy shit balls batman!

I had forgotten the password to this site, which then got worse when I forgot the password to the email I used to sign in in the first place.

As you can probably tell though, I worked my way through that trouble.

I'll post more shit in the next couple of days.