Friday, September 30, 2011

Pink Magick by Giraffes? Giraffes! (2011)

Kind of Like: Tera Melos, Piglet, Volta Do Mar
Genres: Math Rock, Post-rock, Experimental, Psychedelic
Preview: Bandcamp

"Giraffes? Giraffes! is a psychedelic math rock band from Western Massachusetts made up of Joseph Andreoli (guitar, loops, effects) and Kenneth Topham (drums, percussion, glockenspiel, bells, pots and pans)."

This is their latest album; they haven't come out with anything since Milk Mouth in 2007.  I think I may have featured that album on here as well.  It's pretty rad. from what I've heard so far.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

(Classic) Champion Sound by Jaylib (2003)

Kind of Like: J Dilla, Madlib, MF Doom
Genres: Hip-hop
Preview: Myspace

"Champion Sound is an album by the duo Jaylib (hip hop musicians J Dilla and Madlib). Half of the songs are produced by Madlib and feature J Dilla on vocals, and the other half are produced by J Dilla and feature Madlib on vocals. This album was the first of the Madlib duo collaboration albums made during the 2000s."

I just picked this record up from Vertigo yesterday.  I was between this and a reissue of J Dilla's Ruff Draft. A great album for anybody into hipster-hop.  I mean hip-hop.

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la Dispute - Wildlife (2011)

FFO: Defeater, Touche Amore, Pianos Become the Teeth
listen here         Bandcamp
Remember to buy the album when it comes out October 4th!
I'll shape this post a bit later, I'm on my phone right now but this is undoubtably a great album for my favourite group.
I think this album is unreal. It has the same heart as their last albums, I feel its incredibly easy to get into the album with such a strong introduction of the first three or four tracks. unlike their last two full length releases (which can be found here on sigd) this album starts with an ease in, whereas the iconic beginning of somewere at the bottom... is impossible to not know, and future wars is insatiably heavy and enticing. the track ``Kings Park just blows me away.``
I think the musicianship is just as good as on any record they`ve produced, its just a matter of listening until my ears bleed before an appreciation can be really consolidated and contrasted the vast love I have for Somewhere at the Bottom... and vancouver. jordan's lyrics lack none of the poetic and honest values i adore, and still its apparent that this album revolves heavily upon the maturity of the vocalist. its especially easy for me to fel involved in this album as much of the beginning content is a struggle between the depression and psychotic natures of a dead love that is all but living within what i call a pure heart, a poetic mind, or more dramatically, a male soul that is oppressed by the strark realities of the modern feminist movement towards their self-realization. i see this as a window into the life of someone slowly being destroyed by this female maturity into realizing its power, and its use of it, as i might posit, is a destructive force that our ancestors probably understoods as too wild to be left untamed. not that i dont believe in human rights, or the oppression of women, rather i believe that if a sex is too immature to value conceptions of love as more than bodily pleasure and happiness, they should not claim to be strong enough to ruule over men and the world in turn. anywhom, I`m getting this on vinyl, its been pre ordered. Despite having this pre-release which I appreciate so much, I can`t FUCKING wait.

also sorry I haven`t posted anything in a while, I`ve been pretty busy with school and organizing a couple house shows at my place. If you`re in Halifax, 1977 Preston on October 24-8th for some screamo shows.
I titled this wildfire, haha I read it wrong for so long, and only realized my mistake while listening to a lyric that said wildlife, probably all because I really wanted it to be a WILDFIRE.

Friday, September 23, 2011

(Classic) Take Me to Your Leader by King Geedorah (2003)

Kind of Like: MF Doom
Genres: Hip-hop

"You should listen to the album for what it is and not expect it to be like the average "rap" stuff you’re probably used to. Geedorah is a space monster. He's not from the Earth. I made it different on purpose. A blend of ill lyrics and instrumentals. To me its way iller than any of the wack shit out now... This whole album is Geedorah's alien perspective on humans. This is done intentionally to show the listener a mirror image of his/herself and the way we see each other. On the album we cover different subjects ranging from race issues to the neglect of children. Some might find the word "Nigger" offensive, or the line about the young girl not being able to read maybe considered a "bad taste" joke. All these insecurities are within us."
-Daniel Dumile aka King Geedorah aka MF Doom

This is MF Doom's first LP under his alias King Geedorah in reference to the Godzilla character King Ghidorah.  Basically if you dig MF Doom and still haven't been turned off by how he's been treating his fans the past couple years with his imposters, then you will dig this.  The more I hear about how he keeps doing this and tries to justify it, turns me off more and more.  I still can't deny how much I like his songs though.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Heritage by Opeth

Genres: Progressive, Psychedelic, Stoner rock, Death Metal

Swedish death metal icons, Opeth, Return with their 10th studio album in 14 years. Heritage employs a very progressive and psychedelic feel and far less of the death metal influence they are typically known for. For those that aren't familiar with Opeth, traditionally they are known for 8-12 min epics that create a story with acts and a plot arc musically more so than "standard" songwriting would dictate. For fans of Opeth, Heritage brings back the dynamics and feel from Damnation and improve on it tenfold. This is a very unique record by a hugely influential and amazing band. Highly recommended.

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EDIT: Link updated with 2 bonus tracks!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hello by Hard Girls (2009)

Kind of Like: Thousandaires, Spraynard, Get Bent, For Serious This Time, Shinobu
Genres: Punk, Indie
Preview: Myspace

"Hard Girls have a lot to live up to. The three members represent most of San Jose's unsung punk rock heroes Shinobu and Pteradon who have continued to live in the town. They also represent 3/4 of Jesse Michaels' new band, Classics of Love. Not surprisingly, their first EP is totally awesome and lives up to the precedent that has been set forth, mixing minimal sunny indie rock with furious spastic punk rock and everything between. Very fucking awesome!"
-Quote Unquote Records

I'm trying to figure out how this album slipped through the cracks.  I also am trying to figure out why I can't sleep right now.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Some People Buy Scenery Like This by Mountains for Clouds (2010)

Kind of Like: Mogwai, rooftops, Explosions in the Sky
Genres: Emo, Indie, Post-rock, Math Rock
Preview: Bandcamp

This band is play Midwest Fest in a couple weeks.   They also distribute this through Count Your Lucky Stars, a label that has probably worked with a lot of bands you like.  It's nice to see more bands like this from Michigan.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Era Extrana by Neon Indian (2011)

Kind of Like: Washed Out, Toro y Moi, Com Truise
Genres: Chillwave, Electronica, Psychedelic
Preview: NPR

"Overall, Era Extraña is fun to listen to for it’s emotional and intellectual qualities."

Behold the third (er...fourth?) big chillwave album to drop this year.  I'm throwing this up because the Washed Out show is coming up son, and it should be a fun show.  If you like Washed Out, you'll prolly like this guy, guy.

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Ghost by Seahaven (2010)

Kind of Like: Koji, Joyce Manor, Brand New
Genres: Indie, Emo, Post-hardcore, Punk
Preview: Bandcamp

Thank god for phone hackers.  If you can't appreciate that thing of beauty then I don't know what to tell you.  Let that be a lesson to you kids, don't save pictures of yourself on your phone.  Especially if you are Scarlett Johansson.

But back to the music.  Seahaven was recommended from  They will be touring with Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth soon, so be sure to check them out.  I'm not too big on Touche, but I like Pianos, and I am really digging this band too right now.  This isn't really the popular noodly stuff, this has somewhat of a throwback feel.  But you know, still feels fresh.  Meh, it's kind of cliche to say that by now isn't it?

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Everything by An Autumn For Crippled Children

Kind of like: a groovier Liturgy
Genres: Black Metal, Shoegaze, Post-rock, "Depressive Experimental Doom"

I really like the idea of "Post-Black Metal". I am not super into really crusty black metal and, honestly, a lot of traditional BM annoys the shit out of me. with that said, Liturgy opened up my mind to the progressive side of this new genre. Netherland's An Autumn For Crippled Children bring more of the shoegaze (blackgaze) element to the table than bands like Liturgy and Wolves in the Throne Room, and this creates a very interesting atmosphere that is actually catchy and groovy. They do retain elements of traditional black metal and have some incredibly epic crescendos that climax in a hail of buried screeches, thundering double bass, and soaring guitars, but it is the softer dynamics that really appeal to me on this album. And I can't quite figure out why, but this reminds me of The Smashing Pumpkins in a very obscure way. Enjoy this western European gem.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

The World Is A Beautiful Place/Dear Leap Split (2011)

Kind of Like: My Heart To Joy, Joie De Vivre, Prawn
Genres: Emo, Post-Rock, Indie
Preview: Punk News

I try not to post things right after Circling the Drain posts them, but I got an e-mail from Greg asking me to.  I see him around and he seems nice enough.  Oh, and I like their music too, so that helps.  Haven't listened to any of Deer Leap until this, and I really dig it.  Hopefully this propels them a bit.

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Buy the record here

Love American/Harbours Split (2011)

Kind of Like: Off Minor, Pg. 99, Envy, Pianos Become the Teeth, Loma Prieta
Genres: Post-Hardcore, Screamo, Punk
Preview: Bandcamp

These two bands have been featured on here with their respecting EPs.  Now here is some new material.  They each have two songs on this split.  I don't really feel like reviewing this, so here is someone that spent an excessive amount of keystrokes writing a review on a split.  I only have one day off, so I'm getting a lot of albums done today.

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Tripper by Hella (2011)

Kind of Like: bygones, Tera Melos, Zach Hill, Lightning Bolt
Genres: Noise Rock, Math Rock, Indie
Preview: The Needle Drop

"Hella began in 2001 in Sacramento, California as a two member band consisting of Zach Hill and Spencer Seim writing technically intricate music of a highly spastic nature. They play a blend of math rock and noise rock. On early albums, the band forged their classic sound, playing minimally arranged, abrasive instrumentals that still retain an idiosyncratic sense of melody."

Music for spazzes.

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Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls (2011)

Kind of Like: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Smith Westerns, Bright Eyes
Genres: Shoegaze, Garage Rock, Indie, Rock

The song starts off slow for sure, but the further it gets along, the more I like it.  They have a shoegaze feel, but at times explode with some heavy garage rock/rock n' roll riffs.  They feel almost nostalgic at times, especially in the last couple minutes of this song.  Their other songs are also pretty varied, ranging from folky/indie-y Bright Eyes stuff to surfy sounds.  So far I like "Alex" and "Vomit" a lot.  Then there are songs like "Die" that have straight up Queens-of-the-Stone-Age guitar riffs that I think even Kenny might appreciate.

Other news:
I'm sure you all heard, the beloved band, Snowing, has broken up.  It's a shame because I really was interested to see what their next LP brought.  I feel like they were getting a lot stronger as a band.  Not to mention, the title of this blog is lyrics from one of their songs.  I'm happy I at least got to see them twice before they broke up, and hopefully we will be seeing new projects by them soon.

Those of you waiting for the Prawn/For Hours and Hours split, I talked to Tony the other day, and it looks like it won't get a formal release.  They did sell about 100 cd's of the split while they played with For Hours and Hours in Texas, but that is the only format that the split will see the light of day.  They weren't happy with the quality of their songs, but he did say the songs will be released on a forthcoming EP after they are rerecorded.  So if anybody in the Texas area got their hands on the split, and would like to share it, I'm sure people would still be interested.

So, Fest released it's schedule, and I finally got my tickets and my mode of transportation set.  The end of October can't come soon enough.  It's going to be a fantastic road trip.  I even got all organized and made a spreadsheet of the bands I want to see and when they are playing.  What a nerd.

***=I won't really care if I miss them for some reason.

And I also want to visit this place to or from it.  It's a town of hundreds of cats, living in hand carved buildings. D'awwww.

Oh yeah, back to Girls:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Poison The Well (Classic)

Kind of like: A Jealousy Issue, Hopesfall (old), Remembering Never
Genres: Melodic Hardcore, Hardcore, Metalcore

This band single-handedly made me love harder music and it was a sad sad day when I found out they went on "hiatus" in 2010 (let's be honest, they're done). Below is their entire discography. Active for over 10 years and being signed to both Trustkill and Ferret Records (plus a brief stint w/Atlantic records), PTW have put out some of the best hardcore albums ever, hands down. Everyone should listen to and love the shit out of these guys.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Red Sparowes/Gregor Samsa Split EP (2006)

Kind of like: GY!BE, Sonna
Genres: Post-Rock
Preview Red Sparowes:
Preview Gregor Samsa:

Four outstanding songs from two of some of my favorite bands linked to this genre. Red Sparowes does a great job at rocking out and making post-rock feel more punk-rock. Gregor Samsa makes their mark with very depressing and very happy climaxes, and with great orchestration from string instruments. This is a great number that doesn't run on too long to lose your interest. It retains that subtlety that makes you wait and enjoy the tension.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friends For Life compilation

Genres: Screamo, Post-Hardcore, Emo, Math Rock
Preview/download: Bandcamp

This is FFL001, or, the first release from newly created Portland label Friends For Life Records. They are offering this 14 track compilation of all Portland bands for free through Bandcamp, or you can order the tape here in a limited edition run of 125, with a hand screen printed cover for only $4! Here is the tracklist:

1.Carrion Spring - Scumfuck Angel
2.Wild Guess - Card
3.Cower - Exit 296B
4.Forest Park - Portland
5.Desert of Hiatus - In Spirit of The Spirit That Will Tell Us Why We Exist
6.Kotten Dik - I Had A Dream Once
7.Zoogirl - B-Day
8.Duck. Little Brother, Duck! - Anarchy Will Make You Pay Five Dollars At The Door
9.Sloths - Seasonal Depression
10.Girlfriends - Brobocop
11.Pardee Shorts - Livejournal Pt. 2
13.GrandFather - Song 3
14.Oker - 1

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Zorch Discography (2009-2011)

Kind of Like: Lightning Bolt, Battles, Animal Collective
Genres: Electronica, Experimental, Noise Rock

" Zorch (US) is an experimental/noise rock band consiting of two members Zac (keyboards, omnichord and vocals) and Shmu (drums, omnichord and vocals). The band currently resides in Austin, TX. The 4 song demo was tracked live to tape in a day at Cacophony Studios."

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Thunderstorms Discography (2010-2011)

Kind of Like: CSTVT (new), Piglet, You Blew It!, Brave Bird
Genres: Emo, Math Rock, Instrumental, Post-rock, Indie
Preview: Bandcamp

Sorry for the lack of updates.  Like I said, I have been busy working, and doing important things (watching the first three seasons of Parks and Recreation).  I do have a couple of great bands to share with you to make up for it, courtesy of Lori.  This will satisfy most noodle heads/twinkly faces.

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Finest Hour by Submotion Orchestra

Kind of Like: Lamb, Eleven Tigers
Genres: Jazz, Electronica, Dubstep

Super tired and I have a long day tomorrow, but I wanted to post this nonetheless. Beautiful female vocals accompanied by piano and sparse deep and full bass tones and electronic drums. Submotion Orchestra blends jazzy progressions and atmosphere with Dubstep tendencies and arrangements in a very mellow and soft way. I've been on a very interesting kick lately involving unique electronica music, and this comes highly recommended; specially when listening loudly though a quality set of speakers, or a good pair of headphones. Turn the lights down low, smoke down, and throw this on for an amazing and relaxing experience.

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