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Archive for August, 2009

CD Review – The Cubists

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Mechanical Advantage

Semi-Precious Records

The Cubists do a little bit of everything on their debut album. They do their best Pink Floyd on the title track while the ending to “She’s Got Blood” is almost identical to Radiohead’s “National Anthem” with cacophonous horn-blaring taking over. They also take on the singer-songwriter genre with “Best Friends” and even Baroque on “The Orchestra Breathes.” Throughout it all, however, The Cubists keep it sounding vaguely like an early Flaming Lips album with little ambient noises here and there and instruments introduced at unorthodox times. This album is wonderful, especially if you are a fan of any of the groups mentioned, or just like to listen to something that is completely against the mainstream.

CD Review – The Melloncollies, Calling all 90’s alt-rockers!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Goodbye Cruel World

Somme Music

The cover shows four kids in a picture that looks like it’s from the 70’s. One is just standing there, one has a cigarette in his mouth, a stuffed bunny in his hand and is pushing two babies in a stroller, one is holding a bottle, the other a Jack Daniels bottle. Judging by the cover and the name of the album, I thought that this was going to be a punk album. I was horribly wrong, but in a good way. They are more of a 90’s alt-rock group like Better Than Ezra, Tonic or Dishwalla. “Bullet in my Sunday” and “Simple Naive Someone” are perfect alt-rock gems and the rest of the tracks send you straight back to the days of flannel. Initially, I was so thrown off by their sound, that I hated this album. After a couple of listens, it has really grown on me and has become one of my favorites. Everybody with a love for 90’s alt-rock, like me, needs to have this album.