Friday February 16, 2007
The Broken West debut release on Merge I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, is another record I’ve been having a good time with lately. The power pop band are yet another great one from the Echo Park/ Silverlake contingent. If you like Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, etc…, then you’ll probably like this one. This much anticipated record was rich with hype prior to its release. It has since fallen from grace and gotten some fairly average reviews. Frankly I think the opener “on the bubble“, makes it worth checking out all on its own.
Wednesday February 14, 2007
Californian Ryan McPhun was raised on Beach Boys, idolized Brian Wilson, and hated how the southern Californian music scene was inundated with emo-crap metal. So he did what anyone with have a brain would do in his shoes. He took off to New Zealand where Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys are still relevant in the indie scene. The end result is the self titled Ruby Suns record on Lil’Chief Records. This record certainly pays homage to his hero, and if this is your cup of tea you probably won’t go away complaining. Great harmonies, and nicely thought out lyrics raise this release far above some other records with the same influences.
Sunday February 11, 2007
The Jesus & Mary Chain are back! While surfing youtube.com came across a really short and cool clip with Jim & William Reid of The Jesus And Mary Chain (on Rage TV) introducing a Morrisey video. Check out the clip, it’s from 1995 at the time of the “I Hate Rock & Roll” EP release. Interesting stuff indeed.
Friday February 9, 2007
The Skygreen Leopards have hit upon something with their latest release “Disciples of California” on JagJaguwar. This record is a bit mellower than their last two records and also simplified, by getting rid of excess orchestration that was cluttering up their sound. It is almost to the point where I feel almost like i’m listening to a different band. “Disciples of California” has an easy going flow that just feels right when i’m in the mood. There aren’t really any songs to designate for your playlists. This is definitly not an album of singles. It might be the soundtrack to your late night barrel fire, or an early morning drive. There are no singles here. This record demands to be listened to straight through, or not at all.
Friday February 9, 2007
First of all, i want to say a fond final farewell to the lovely Ms. Anna Nicole Smith. You had an unusual life. I know some thought of you as their Marilyn. Our prayers and tears go out to those who loved you.
I know it has been out a while, but I just can’t seem to get enough of The Hold Steady’s “Boys and Girls in America” on Vagrant Records. Everytime I listen to this I feel like I need to start sleeping all day and staying up all night again. This truly is the soundrack to a long perilous night on the town repeated for the upteenth time in a row. “Boys and Girls in America”, is even brasher than its predecors and every bit as gritty and great. It is a reminder of the sort of great rock-n-roll tradition we have in here in the states when our bands aren’t being apologetic, mealy mouthed, preachy, or quasi-intellectual.