Friday, April 27, 2007

Stupid computer....

Sorry for a lack of updates, but my sound card went kaplowee during an intense recording session (and by intense, I mean I tried to record disjointed guitar noodlings) , and now sound is terrible on here. As such, I haven't been listening to much new music, and have mainly been catching up with my CD collection. Once a new sound card is installed, updates will continue.

Thanks to my reader (if that) for sticking with me.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sing! Until Your Lungs Give Out...

I've changed my mind, Fall Out Boy are the best band recording today. No question.


The real band that's been wafting through my speakers lately is the 42nd (oh emm gee! One of the numbers...) side project to emerge from the Wolf Parade camp. No, Spencer Krug hasn't started yet another band, this one is the new project featuring Dan Boekner and his wife Alexei Perry. Granted it sounds a hell of a lot like Wolf Parade, but since it's been almost 2 years since the magnificent Apologies to the Queen Mary, I'll take what I can get. Alternately Lo-Fi and well produced, sparse and dense, crackling and clear. Frankly, I think this could be almost as good as Spencer Krug's work, and I ranked Shut Up I Am Dreaming the number one album of 2006.

Handsome Furs - Sing! Captain

Now, on another note, Lost anyone?

Monday, April 16, 2007

And the Award for Most Costume Changes During One Song on Network Tv Goes To...

For anyone who didn't see Of Montreal's insane performance on Conan O'Brien (including me), here's the video, in all its crazy, network TV glory.

And dig the obscene amounts of costume changes. Why aren't more bands this showy?

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Walk Away Now

The National's new album, Boxer, leaked a while ago, and I have to say I am absolutely enthralled with it. Their 2005 album, Alligator, was a very good release, with a few stand out tracks, but Boxer easily trumps it. With many a guest star (including Mr. Indie Rock, Sufjan Stevens), and Matt Berninger's distinctive baritone vocals. The music flows along well, connecting the songs and sending the whole album into a wave of sonic energy. While each song may flow into the next so that it's easy to mistake one song for another, there are still a few standouts. Fake Empire, the album opener is a wonderfully sleepy track, but one that builds to such a climax that when the next track, Mistaken for Strangers, hits, you have no idea how they will tops such a promise. But alas, they do. Mistaken for Strangers, is in my opinion, the best track on the album. Such a great 1-2 punch. Start a War is another on of my favourites, as it has such a mellow feel. Here are the first two tracks, and Start a War. and I sincerely hope you buy the CD. It's my favourite album of the year so far.

The National - Fake Empire

The National - Mistaken for Strangers

The National - Start a War