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Archive for July, 2009

CD Review – The Soundscapes – Attn: Sonic Youth and Local H Fans!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Freestyle Family

Self-Released

Fans of Sonic Youth, Local H and even Fugazi will love the debut album from this Brazilian brother duo. Raphael and Rodrigo Carvalho moved from Sao Paolo to New York City to further their musical career. Since then they have opened for Superchunk, Yo La Tengo, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Stephen Malkumus. This album captures their intensity and high energy into almost 48 adrenaline-fueled minutes. If their live show is anything like this album, then it is a must see, just like this album is a must listen.

http://www.thesoundscapes.com

CD Review – Willie Nile

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

House of a Thousand Guitars

River House Records

If Bob Dylan went more rock, then he would sound just like Willie Nile. It’s been 30 years since Nile’s debut album and he sounds a little more weathered, but he is still pumping out top quality adult-rock. The title track has Nile name checking who lives in this house, including Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, who Nile says is “gonna kick your ass!” Take a listen and get entranced by Willie Nile.

http://www.willienile.com

CD Review – Jeffrey James & the Haul

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Ride the Wind Carnival

Makeshift Music Records

This album is your basic alt-country pop, similar to The Alternate Routes or Carbon Leaf, except not as good. It’s not bad, but there are dozens of other groups that make the same sounding music that are much better.

http://www.makeshiftmusic.com
http://www.myspace.com/jeffreyjamesandthehaul

CD Review – Anthem In, Attn: Fans of Silversun Pickups

Friday, July 24th, 2009

The Cloudbusting EP

Quiet/Loud Recordings

Any fan of Silversun Pickups must hear Anthem In. Lead singer Allen Orr’s wistful voice is very similar to Pickups’ Brian Aubert’s and the music is a slightly dreamier pop with sappy percussion and quick guitar riffs. The best part of the EP is the cover of Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting.” It is completely different from the original, but really well done.

http://www.anthemin.net

CD Review – The Flying Change

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Pain is a Reliable Signal

Scarlet Shame Records

Sam Jacobs is The Flying Change and has taken pain, heartbreak and hope and made an achingly beautiful album. His wife has debilitating sciatica which doctors at the Mayo Clinic can’t even help. All the plans and dreams that they had have come to an abrupt halt, so Jacobs made this album. His muffled baritone and slowed-down folk encapsulate the inner turmoil that he suffers and the inner pain that his wife experiences, especially on tracks “Broken Bow” and “The Northern Bay.” This is a good record for anyone who is, or knows someone who is dealing with a life-threatening condition.

http://www.theflyingchange.com

CD Review – The Original Cyndi (Hint: this album sucks balls)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

(Title Unknown)

Self-Released

Reasons why this album sucks like an 8-lb. Oreck:

1. I’m not sure what the title of the album is. On the left spine is just the name of the band (possible self-titled album). On the right spine is “Abort Last Next Quit” which would be a really stupid title. And on the left front is “Command[TL=00:00:]:” which would be an even more ridiculous title.

2. It vaguely resembles music. There is a beat to the songs, but the singer just kind of talks/sings/yells in a Joe-Stummer-crossed-with-Marilyn-Manson kind of way. Tracks like “Locals on the 8” and “(Tales of) Unnecessary Surgery” are more like speeches with a simple drum beat in the background. I couldn’t get through the 17-track 44-minute eternity.

3. The cover has picture of some guy in his tighty-whiteys. The picture is cropped from the waist down. I really don’t want to see some anonymous dude’s bulge, especially when the cover predicts exactly what the album is going to sound like.