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Archive for August, 2008

Needers & Givers

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The Other
Loose Tooth Records

These three brothers speed through eight songs in under 21 minutes into a musical casserole that includes bits of jazz, pop, orchestral, rock, electronic and avant garde. The result is palatable in small doses. It’s a little too much.

Hunting Lodge

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Energy Czar

Yosada Records

This is one of the worst albums I’ve ever heard. It’s an absolute cacophonous mess. It sounds like a 5-year-old who found drumsticks and a drum set and started going crazy and one of his friends yelling incoherantly into a microphone while trying to figure out how a guitar works. It’s not worth the disc it’s printed on. Unless they are trying to be dadaists, they should quit. Honestly.

Captain Wilberforce

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Everybody Loves a Villian

Blue Tuxedo Records

Citing Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Elvis Costello and three of the four Beatles (sorry Ringo) as inspirations, one-man band Simon Bristoll sounds like a poppier and less-depressed Elliott Smith with a little Costello grit sprinkled with a dash of Buckley musical atmospherics. It’s decent Euro-pop.

R.I.P. Leroi Moore

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Dave Matthews Band has been, in my eyes, one of the most talented groups of my generation. One of my lifetime goals was, and still is, to see them live because their music mesmorizes me and their concert DVD’s are nothing short of amazing. So finding out that DMB saxophonist and sunglasses purveyor Leroi Moore died after complications that arose from an ATV accident back in June was devastating. Dave Matthews Band has always been better than the sum of it’s parts and now that one of it’s parts is gone, I can only imagine that the band itself will suffer as a result. Sure they can bring on someone else to fill in (they brought in the sax player from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones to finish the current tour), but it won’t sound the same. I’m curious what they will do for the next album and subsequent tours, but one thing is for sure, the music world lost one of the most professional musicians around.