Monday, April 30, 2007
Buy "Drums and Guns"
MP3 - Breaker - Low
MP3 - Hatchet - Low
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Buy Vol. 2
Ed Banger Myspace
MP3 - Phantom - Justice
MP3 - Vicarious Bliss - "Limousine" Dub Version
MP3 - Eagle Eyes - My Flash
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
If anything the overall feel of the album is that the sensitivity factor has been played up big this time. Many songs recount incidents of relationships that ignite and fall apart and are told with such emotion and intelligence that they will surely burrow themselves into your consciousness. One such tune is “Books from Boxes” (3), that is clearly inspired by Johnny Marr’s guitar work, but it’s the lyrics again that steal the spotlight. The lyrics present Mr. Smith as a romantic growing ever more cynical; “Well this is something new/ but it turns out it was borrowed too/ Why does every let down have to be so thin? / Rain explodes at the moment that the cab door closed/ I feel the weight upon your kiss ambiguous”. You can feel the frustration and disappointment as the chords gently fade and he decides “just to write, after all.”
Not to worry though full on fun tunes are still here, most notably with the keyboard driven flagship single “Our Velocity” (2) that explodes with the urge to run and jump around as much as possible at breakneck speeds as you mull over the concept of love; “love is a lie, which means I’ve been lied to, which means I’ve been lying too.” The neurotic theme of
Buy "Our Earthly Pleasures"
Maximo Park Myspace
MP3 - Books from Boxes - Maximo Park
MP3 - A Fortnight's Time - Maximo Park
MP3 - Our Velocity - Maximo Park
Monday, April 23, 2007
Buy "Diagrams Without Instructions"
Thomas Lunch Myspace
MP3 - Fire Puppy - Thomas Lunch
MP3 - You are My Drug - Thomas Lunch
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The inspiration for the album came from an experiment with sounds on his laptop while touring. The sounds evoked images of the end of the world and with that, the themes of greed and power consuming the earth. In a statement where he describes his album he said “I believe sometimes you have a choice in what inspiration you choose to follow and other times you really don't. This record is the latter.” He added “Once I tuned into it, everything fell into place... as if it were meant to be.”
The sound of the album is a lot more electronic and noisy than the clean, live band sounding, 2005 effort “With Teeth”. The beats are heavy, the noises are scratchy, and Reznor’s lyrics open up in a more descriptive way than the usual angry and swearing grunts and groans. There are even tinges of optimism in various songs. Like “In This Twilight” (15) which starts with a typically twitchy beat, it climbs out of the dark to produce a strangely inspiring moment. It evokes the image of someone crawling through the rubble of an old building to find a loved one they thought had died, or a new or lost technology that could save us all. While the music is still distinctly industrial you can hear hip hop influences in the funkiness of the beats. Many songs have a very dance-able groove, but the inner fury of the static noise editing keeps it, thankfully, from ever turning disco.
One example of a this is when the raging noise ballad gives way to a storm of 8 bit percussion in “The Great Destroyer” (13). The fist pumping, foot stomping anthem of the record would have to be the shock and awe bombing campaign of “My Violent Heart” which goes from spoken word and a minimalist beat to all out sonic mayhem. The song that grabbed my attention after repeated listenings is the bass heavy groove machine called "God Given" (10) which employs, at the bombastic chorus, an 808 cowbell. I think you can infer the greatness.
Nine Inch Nails have crafted a unique return to form that will no doubt have hardcore fans enthralled once again and will also draw in new fans with its, dare I say, more intelligent sound. MP3 - My Violent Heart - NIN
MP3 - In This Twilight - NIN
MP3 - God Given - NIN (Highly Reccomended)
Sunday, April 15, 2007
01. Spoon - Quincy Punk Episode
02. Joy Division - Disorder
03. Les Savy Fav - Hit By Car
04. LCD Soundsystem - Movement
05. Pixies - Planet of Sound
06. Iggy Pop - The Passenger
07. Sonic Youth - A Master Dik (Beatbox Version)
08. Modern Lovers - Pablo Picasso
09. Dinosaur Jr. - Kracked
10. Sonic Youth - I Dreamed I Dream
and if you're feeling curious:
AZLTRON Music Myspace
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Buy "House of OM"
Mark Farina Myspace
MP3 - Car Garage - Mark Farina
MP3 - Whats the Time - Mark Farina
Buy "Expect the Max"
Treasure Mammal Myspace
MP3 - Let's Get Naked - Treasure Mammal
MP3 - Luther Vandross - Treasure Mammal
Buy "Secret Lawns"
MP3 - How Does it Feel? - Panther
Buy "Book of Bad Breaks"
Thee More Shallows Myspace
MP3 - Night at the Night School - Thee More Shallows
MP3 - Fly Paper - Thee More Shallows
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Midnight Movies Myspace
Buy "Lion the Girl"
MP3 - Souvenirs - Midnight Movies
MP3 - Ribbons - Midnight Movies
Buy Death Proof Soundtrack
MP3 - Baby It's You - Death Proof Soundtrack
MP3 - Chick Habit - Death Proof Soundtrack
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Buy "Dumb Luck"
MP3 - Dumb Luck - Dntel
MP3 - To a fault (Ft. Grizzly Bear) - Dntel
Coyote Bones Myspace
Coyote Bones Official Page
MP3 - 39 Forever - Coyote Bones
MP3 - Don't Lose Your Cool - Coyote Bones
Buy "So this is Goodbye"
Junior Boys Myspace
MP3 - Junior Boys - In the Morning (Hot Chip Remix)
MP3 - FM (Ten Snake Remix)
Official Kenna page
Buy "New Sacred cow"
MP3 - Out of Control - Kenna
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
MP3 - Jatun - Move it or Lose It
Mp3 - Jatun - Ghost and Grey
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Cloud Cult Myspace
Buy "The Meaning of 8"
Watch the video for "Chemicals Collide"
MP3 - "Chemicals Collide" - Cloud Cult
MP3 - "Take Your Medicine" - Cloud Cult
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
The Blow Myspace
Buy "Poor Aim: Love Songs"
Mp3 - Hey Boy - The Blow
Mp3 - Come on Petunia - The Blow
Kings of Leon Myspace
Watch the AOL Live Video for "Mcfearless"
Buy "Because of the Times"
MP3 - On Call - Kings of Leon
MP3 - Ragoo - Kings of Leon
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Buy Myths of the Near Future
Their Music Videos make me think of Fischerspooner collaborating with David Cronenberg.
Watch the Video for Atlantis to Interzone
Watch the Video for Golden Skans
Watch the Video for Magick
Mp3 - Gravity's Rainbow - Klaxons
Mp3 - Atlantis to Interzone - Klaxons
This time around Isaac Brock knows what’s at stake. After the surprise hit that “Good News for People who like Bad News” was released Modest Mouse finally received some mainstream attention. This is why this time around they have pulled out all of the stops. Now that they have your attention they want to keep it with "We were Dead before the Ship even Sank". One of the steps that they took to prevent your ADD from kicking in was incorporating ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr into their fold. His influence is clearly present all throughout the album, particularly on first single “Dashboard” (2) which sounds like it could be a Smiths song before Mr. Brock’s wild man vocal antics kick in. To show even more indie rock solidarity they even recruited James Mercer of the Shins to contribute backing vocals to several tracks, like “
Modest Mouse Myspace
Buy "We Were Dead Before the Ship even Sank"
MP3 - Modest Mouse - Dashboard
MP3 - Modest Mouse - We've Got Everything
MP3 - Modest Mouse - People as Places as People
Watch the Music video for "Dashboard"