Tuesday, August 31, 2010
This is a Hip-Hop goup consisting of Insight (emcee), Shin-Ski (producer) and DJ RYOW (turntablist). They do have a new album out(leaked I should say), although on their new album the first half is nice but it starts getting tedious quickly halfway through when they just spam choruses nonstop and nothing else really happens.
Back on track, The production is very jazzy boom bap-ish circa 93-95 but still they keeps things original. Shin-Ski on production shows himself to be a very able jazz rap producer, influenced a bit by Nujabes no doubt. Insight is a good mc, has a good flow for the most part and this is another nice addition to his already excellent discography. The turntabilsm is very nice as well.
After a 13 year absence Michael Gira has once again started up his project known as Swans. In the past they have released some of the most unique music out there and some of my personal favorite albums.
This album is defiantly a good start for them especially after having such a long absence in the music scene. While this album is not as great as some of their former work such as The Great Annihilator, White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity, and Body To Body Job To Job. It's still stands up to be one of my favorite albums released so far this year and hopefully is a preview of more to come from this band.
New feature on LPC: one of the writers on the blog will post a track they've been listening to a lot lately/an all-time favorite/etc. I'll probably end up doing most of them but we'll have a lot of writers post different tracks.
So as I start this series, I name my first choice "Cut Your Hair" by Pavement. The song, released on their album Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, is essentially as close as they ever got to being mainstream; the video received airplay on MTV and several radio stations in the US.
Pavement - Cut Your Hair
Monday, August 30, 2010
Another distracting feature of the album is Fiasco's phony British accent he has on every track on the album. I understand why he wanted to separate this project from his solo career, but just because you are doing punk, doesn't mean you have to sound like Johnny Rotten or Dee Dee Ramone. The album production is also a bit lacking, but its a free download from the bands website, so you cant really fault production on something you aren't paying for.
The best track on the album is "Gasp", its a bit softer than the rest of the otherwise heavy album, and Fiasco actually has glimpses of greatness behind the mic. If nothing else, this song will remain in rotation on my iPod for a while.
Overall, its a mediocre album that sounds like the Gorillaz, if they did a post-punk album, and lost all the fun that makes their albums such a joy to listen to.
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I think it was the beard that did it.
I first found out about William Fitzsimmons while searching through music videos on youtube and was drawn to his massive beard. He grew up as the (non-blind) son of blind parents, so he learned to communicate more with sound than with sight. His parents divorced when he was in college, and this seems to have heavily shaped his musical style, which is smooth, emotional folk.
Goodnight is pretty standard as a Fitzsimmons album (they all sound pretty much the same. The guitar and half-whisper/half-singing that he does is very relaxing. Sometimes he teeters dangerously close to being corny/cliche (with titles like "I Don't Love You Anymore" and "Never Let You Go") but it's still a blast to listen to.
If you want to chill out or cry over a break-up, you could do much, much worse. His other albums The Sparrow and The Crow and Until When We Are Ghosts are also great listens.
Try It! (.rar)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Will post thoughts later, just got back from work a little while ago and found out this leaked.
Hotfile actually works surprisingly well for me
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The album Don't Forget The Magic is a "seven song instrumental ep, that showcases some of (his) best work to date." - DBB. I am personally a big fan of instrumental tracks in this vein because they don't have that horrible distraction called lyrics messing up your vibe. Lol I kid, but still they let you add your own pictures and words allowing you to give meaning to the track. There isn't a point in saying what I think the different tracks mean, but I still got a very anime-ish (coming soon to scrabble dictionaries) feeling to it. Kind of reminiscent to Nujabes' work if you ask me.
So listen to this EP if you need some chill music in your life, you want to try a little something new, or you need something to blaze up to, or all three if you're feeling crazy lol. This bite-sized compilation of good music should be more than enough to satiate your appetite.
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Check out his blog.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Los Campesinos! come across as the UK's answer to their Arts & Crafts counterpart Broken Social Scene, with their 8-member cluster of multi-layered, catchy [indie] pop music. Their third album entitled Romance Is Boring sticks to a central theme of, surprise surprise, romance, with the familiar contrast of sad lyrics on upbeat music. The way in which lead singer and principle songwriter Gareth Campesinos! (try and find me their real surnames) exploits the less appealing aspects of love and intimacy is very upfront.
"The title track depicts exactly what its title would suggest. "You're pouting in your sleep, I'm waking still yawning; We're proving to each other that romance is boring". The resentment and frustration that recurs throughout the record becomes more prominent in 'We've Got Your Back', "And so fucking on, and so fucking forth; We've got your back, whatever that's worth". As the record progresses it becomes more confronting and explicit in its content. 'Straight in at 101' describes love seen from a frightened first-person perspective, "You pull your dress over your face, and I stare down towards my chest; Chastise both our greasy hair, wonder whose gut is the softest", while 'A Heart Rash...' describes love seen from a jealous onlooker watching two friends fall for each other, "The promised they'd be best of friends from now until forever; But both were far too needy not to fall for the other" "Her body barely visible, as bleach white as the bedsheets; As stiff as starched, only perceptible as her middle was still branded" "Walk out onto your front lawn and face into the rain; Shout into the wind this'll never be the same." The album closer, 'Coda', is somewhat of a submission and a way of letting go. The last lines "the first time, the last time, all the times i would've liked there to have been; I can't believe i chose the mountains every time you chose the sea..." Tells of someone who regrets the decisions they made towards someone they care about. It's the stage of acceptance that comes after regret and bitterness, which seem to be some recurring themes themes the record. Romance Is Boring can be seen as a concept album, telling one story after another while leaving room for reflection at the end; "I fall to my knees, my piss-soaked jeans; The first time, the last time, all the times in-between". It's an album of uncertainty, regret and misunderstanding.
All's Well That Ends is a 4-track EP containing alternate versions of 'Romance Is Boring', 'A Heart Rush...', 'Straight In At 101' and 'In Medias Res'. These different versions are more mellow and fitting to the mood of the lyrics. If you liked Romance Is Boring then give this a listen because it contrasts nicely and has an epilogue effect to it.
Romance Is Boring
All's Well That Ends
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
They say I'm runnin hip-hop but I'd rather unify with yall then stampede
This mixtape is Wale talking about life as realistically as he can. There is a lot of variety here and I'm not saying there is something for everyone, (if you don't like a a guy praising himself and talking about bitches a lot then this genre probably isn't for you) but he covers a great many topics and gives it to you straight, through his eyes.
Each song here tells its own story but together as a collection, they seem follow a few themes. At one point in time he'll be talking about being a workaholic and how that effects his relationships. Sometimes he'll get in his really chill and introspective mode and talk about the grand scheme of it all, why he gets up every morning and does what he does. And other times, he's just spittin' fire about living life in the fast lane and having a crazy good time doing it. This little review doesn't do him justice.
I'll even admit to being inspired by this guy's music. The song "The Power" really gives you a serious dose of that confidence stuff.
So all in all, do NOT let this mixtape sit around unlistened to cuz' well, in layman's terms, this shit is the hawt fiya. Peace.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I'll admit to it: I only checked this album out because I thought that was one of the most memorable covers I've seen. I knew nothing about the band or the fact that in the 80s, one of the most popular rock bands to ever exist, R.E.M., called Pylon "America's best band". Now, Pylon is known as one of the greatest underground bands of the 80s and at the forefront of the Athens, GA indie/pop movement.
They've been together three different times over 30+ years, from 1978-1983 to 1989-1991 (reformed to tour with R.E.M.) to 2004-now. The well-known venue in Athens, called the 40 Watt Club, got its name from a phrase the band used to describe the room lit by a single 40 watt light bulb.
If you're looking for a good 80s album, you've come to the right place.
Try it (apologies for Rapidshare link)
Buy the re-release from 2009
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
My poor attempt at a cover aside (I'll make a better one for September), this is a mixtape featuring fourteen songs picked by our writers that, from LPC's foundation in late June to now, have been some of their favorites.
We'll do one of these monthly, and the titles (and cover art) will become more creative every time. For now, we'll leave you with this.
1. Ruinzhatova - Trans-Europe Express
2. Small Black - Despicable Dogs
3. Electric Six - I Buy the Drugs
4. Svarti Loghin - Kosmik Tomhet
5. Panda Bear - Slow Motion
6. Dylan Ettinger & the Heat - Miami Heat (The Stakeout)
7. Freddie Gibbs - National Anthem (Fuck the World)
8. Joanna Newsom - Good Intentions Paving Company
9. Peter van Hoesen - Terminal
10. Crooked Necks - Poisoning the Seed
11. Oberhofer - o0Oo0Oo
12. Pan Sonic - Pan Finale
13. Eric Copeland - Fun Dink Death
14. Tennis - Marathon
Peter's First Tape
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Good Luck is a three piece band from Bloomington, Indiana who plays an incredibly noodly brand of pop-punk. The band is somewhat of an indie supergroup as all three members have earned modest followings in acts such as Abe Froman, One Reason, and Bodyhammer, among others. This experience has given them songwriting and chops superior to many of their college band counterparts.
There is an immediate charm to the music, starting with the X-like mixture of male and female vocals. The nasally voice of singer/guitarist Matt Tobey and the more powerful voice of singer/bassist Ginger Alford split the vocal duties about evenly, both lead and back-up. The songs themselves are outstanding. They’re anthemic without being grandiose. They’re fast without being angry. They’re poppy without being weak. Many of them seem to have been written with a live performance in mind. The way the vocals and music hit together during the choruses of “How to Live Here” and “Hey Matt” is just begging for DIY kids to pump their fists with each beat. But you don’t have to see them live to believe Matt Tobey when he sings, “Oh the feeling/It’s burning up to the ceiling/When the band plays everyone’s favorite song.” Little of the energy is lost on these recordings.
The most prominent figure on this album is the guitar of Matt Tobey. It is the first and last sound you hear and it doesn’t let up anywhere in between. From the unique melodic tapping of “Man on Fire” to the noodly “West Side Ride” (yes it is necessary to use that word multiple times in describing this band) to the outro solo of “1001 Open Hands” the guitar is on the forefront of the instrumental side of the music. But that’s not to say the other members don’t contribute. Ginger Alford has a knack for knowing exactly when to shift her attention from rhythm to melody and drummer Mike Harpring’s jazzy style always matches the intensity of the music.
Into Lake Griffy is an accessible album that anybody who appreciates punk can enjoy on first listen, but the songs are just nuanced enough to stay fresh. I’ve been listening to this pretty solidly for almost a year straight and I’m not even close to being bored. Do yourself a favor and give Good Luck a listen.
If you’re expecting this to sound like The Strokes, you’re in for a surprise. Frontman Julian Casablancas’ solo debut, Phrazes for the Young, has none of the lo-fi, riff-driven classic rock characteristics that his band is well known for. What Julian does retain is that recipe he has for making simple, catchy pop music. Phrazes for the Young makes use of heavier bass, keyboards and synthesizers, combined with hints of Strokes-like guitar licks and basic drum beats, while also experimenting with slower, more mellow music using more instruments and sound-techniques. If First Impressions of Earth was an expansion of The Strokes’ sound, then Julian’s done the right thing by making his solo album something different altogether.
The 40-minute, 8-track album kicks off with the 2 most Stroke-esque songs on the album, , ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘Left & Right in the Dark’, a couple of happy-sounding songs with catchy backbeats, faint guitar-licks and lyrics about women troubles. They’re enjoyable songs for what they are, enjoyable enough not to skip past anyway. The album starts to hit its stride with the lead single ‘11th dimension’, a song about accepting your identity with a central theme of isolation. Julian tries to get a bit deeper with the lyrics on this song, but it coincides nicely with the song’s uplifting nature. Phrazes also does well to add some more expansive and slower elements to the album towards the end, with tracks like ‘Glass’ and ‘Tourist’ incorporating multi-instrumentation into some rather beautiful segments of music.
Phrazes for the Young is a very well balanced album, with an even split of catchy pop songs and mellow undertones. Julian has done well to vary up the sound and tone of the album while preventing it from dragging on too long. The album is nothing amazing or unique, but it’s a solid first effort for a solo record and he’s made a fair effort to establish his range as a songwriter.
Monday, August 9, 2010
If one were to picture the apocalypse, this album would be their soundtrack. This is the kind of music you listen to while reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Dark, somber, and hauntingly beautiful, the music that G.Y.B.E. has crafted defies categorization, using sounds, lifting string sections, voices, and musique concrete to create a compelling sonic landscape that will send chills down your spine. My favorite parts of the album are probably the spoken word monologues, especially the one on Dead Flag Blues. It’s touching and almost unsettling. The band plays like a mini-orchestra; the guitars, violins, and percussion working together as an organic part of one collective unit. The music itself is full of calm, eerie silences followed by loud crescendos that can creep up on you unexpectedly. The three songs are split up into multiple movements, each movement musically separate from the other but emotionally fluid. Turn off your lights, play this album, and crank the music up LOUD.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Last.fm | Official Site | Myspace
Thursday, August 5, 2010
How ya doing everybody. My name is Coreo, and I'm a brand new contributor to this fine establishment. I hope to be here for awhile and steer some people in kool new directions. On that lovely note...
Johnson and Jonson is the name of the hip hop duo consisting of the critically acclaimed underground rapper named Blu and the producer Mainframe. Blu has always seemed to win me over with his powerful and sometimes humorous lyrics and this time it's no different. For a long album like this (clocking in at 21 tracks) there aren't that many filler tracks so you definitely want to give this a listen.
According to HipHopDX, Blu is unveiling his unreleased album "Her Favorite Col(u)r" and his most recent project "TheGodLeeBarnes LP" is being packaged with it. The release date is August 24th so be on the lookout.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
--Sludge? I don't hear anyone who can blend a blaring punk melody with sludge in such a truly sickly-sweet manner as Boris does on their upbeat tracks;
--Drone? To say the least, but that doesn't stop them from rocking like mad when they choose to push their own boundaries.
--Psychedelic? Believe me, when you turn _Akuma No Uta_ up as loud as you need to, there are few more mind-and-body-altering experience than this one (really your body churns!!!);
--Punk? Yeah . . . we can call this band punk as fuck. To those who like their music in boxes and think that punk as fuck means the latest Exploited retread, well, Boris is too punk for you. For the rest of us, Boris may be the band who can cash in on the late, great Refused's promise of _The Shape of Punk to Come_. Like the Refused, Boris takes any style and makes it their own in their awe-inspiring music machine (minus the jazziness of the Nordic screamers, but plus the sludge, drone, psychedelia, etc. . . .). Also like the Refused, Boris are forward-looking, taking the listener on a gleeful death ride that leaves you absolutely free. It doesn't get more punk than that, kids.
When you take into account that Boris are Japanese and rock harder and better than pretty much any of us in the Anglo world, it's clear to see where our eyes should be turning to discover where the future of rock lay. I realize that I've talked them up more than I've reviewed the songs, but words can hardly describe. I'll just say that it compares 100% favorably with their newest opus _Pink_, just more succinct. Oh, did I mention they play their instruments to within an inch of their literal existences? (I don't think I've heard an amp abused as much as on _Akuma No Uta_). Wata is one wicked, original, and visceral guitarist. I could go on and on, but I'm just gonna let you buy this album; wait for it to come in the mail; put it on your stereo's highest setting (jack up the bass!!!); and feel your perception, and hence your life, change.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Do you like soulful, blues-eqse music with a bit of a funky and country twang? What? You don't? Well, you're missing out then. If you do, then this one might be for you.
The River Empires is a Bluegrass & Cinematic sideproject, created by members Jessy Ribordy and Josh Shroy of the Post-Grunge band Falling Up, with a little help from Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter. The album has a sort of Illinois feel to it in a way that its a folkish sort of album that sounds slow and beautiful for the most part, with a few points of interest such as "A Toast To The Snake King" where the pace really picks up. Even as a 1 and half hour long album it manages to keep your attention the entire way through. It hardly seems as long as you'd originally think. The album is part of a series of albums covering the films The River Empires 1, 2, and 3 (Which I believe are yet to be made). However this, as the title suggests is the epilogue to the albums. It has a reflective kind of feel which adds to the feel and beauty of the album, and it inevitably sucks you into the story. The thing that might stand out the most to you though, is its lack of guitar. Throughout most of the album the main instruments you'd hear will be the piano and drums, but it doesn't really detract from it's sound, in fact it's sparse guitar work adds more to it's sound. Casey also plays a huge role in that sound, as you can in hear his influence of every damn track. Solid album as a whole, with stand out tracks like "Overture In Thales Summer" and "The Marching Of The Clocks", the latter of which is probably the highlight of the album.
Official Site | Last.FM | Myspace
Monday, August 2, 2010
The lineup for this album proves to be one of the best yet for the band . Layers and layers of guitars, feedback, and distorted vocals play while Bill Breeze’s viola and John Contreras’ cello sound almost regal amidst the grinding fuzz that the rest of the group are pouring out. Doom metal riffs and face-melting blasts of guitar solos take center stage later in the album. This is probably the first time I've felt like air guitaring to a Current 93 song. Intense, exhausting, and filled with emotion, Tibet proves his genius once again with Aleph.