This is a little late but the new SSLYBY isn't half bad.
Also, Magic Kids sound like a Brian Wilson/ELO/Apples in Stereo-echoing chimera of awesomeness.
New Interpol isn't HORRIBLE, but it's still not much to bear repeated listens. Same with the new Swans.
The new Vaselines record. Well, that's a different story.
Matthew Dear's latest (Black City) is REALLY growing on me this past week. So much so that I'm considering buying one of his limited edition MDBC Totem he's selling. He always had the beats down, and I feel with this album he takes a step or two in the right direction (again) as a great songwriter. I love how dark the album feels, it may end up as one of my top 5 for the year...
And on that note, these releases are definitely fantastic. I need to see what the track list is for the album, because it could be very high on my list for the year if he chooses the right songs.
The first three tracks of Black City are still my favorite parts of that album.
I am not a huge fan of dubstep, but the new Safehouses EP from Pariah has some great moments on it. Like this song...
The next track "C-Beams" is really good too, but it's not YouTube-able. If you like Burial, check this out.
We have a very, very strong candidate for biggest disappointment of 2010 - Black Mountain's Wilderness Heart. I endured it today, and it is absolutely dreadful. Gone are the psychedelic trip-outs, the Zeppelin-ish riffs and, well, overall quality.
Amber has all but completely forsaken her outstanding ability to channel Surrealistic Pillow-era Grace Slick, and has instead become the Cher to Stephen McBean's Sonny in numerous songs of sing-songy bullshit.
The title track does somewhat bring what this band does best back to the forefront, but even then it feels forced.
This album is so bad that I plan on eating my ticket to see them next week just so I can retain the untarnished positive memory of having seen them live last year when they had nothing but two stellar albums' worth of material to draw from.
Two thumbs way, way down.
If it's any consolation, that review was an album's worth of entertainment in itself.
That's disappointing news.
Active Child kills me. Everyone should check out the Curtis Lane EP. So good.
Wilderness is such a good song.
Yeah. I can't help but feel like he has the potential to be huge. That's probably just wishful thinking on my part, but whatev.
Unrelated note: I am about to listen to Albert Ayler for the first time. I am kind of excited.
Live in Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings
Good one. Also check out Spirit's Rejoice and Holy Ghost if you get the chance.
This is pretty fantastic. It sounds like a New Orleans brass band being all fucked up.
that's basically what he was working towards... these ultra-deconstructed versions of typical jazz standards. the best part is listening to three or versions he did of the same song...
New Thermals is the same badass shit they put out every couple of years. Fuck yeah.
My friends keep raving about this band Candy Claws, but they make me yawn. I can't see the point of this stuff. Anyone else heard it?
I haven't heard a whole lot of their music, however for a while last year I was obsessed with this song:
I dig the Candy Claws album. It's not great but it's interesting and there are some really catchy songs. Very wispy.
I enjoy them loads, they were in my top whatevers last year.
wow. Sean McCann's "Fountains" is really wonderful. It's a return to his older, strictly ambient work. Probably the most relaxing album I've heard this year.
I'm really getting into two albums that both have a really solid blend of shoegaze, dream pop, and post pop influences. They're definitely similar bands, and the entirety of these albums are really clicking with me
Tears Run RIngs - Distance
Film School - Fission
Add me to the Mines devotional. Also, the new Vaselines gets the seal of approval.
So speaking of Mines is the general consensus that Menomena is pretty good live? I feel like I've read off & on things here...I am super excited about seeing them in a few weeks