Archive for October 2009
Dutchess/Duke, Makes It Hard
Jenny Toomey, Breezewood, PA
Tiny Animals, Answer Me
Tracy + the Plastics, Quaasars
The Ettes, I Can’t Be True
Rokia Traore, The Man I Love
Romana Falls, Salt Jack
Touch My Rash, Wasting Life
Madison Park, Another Yesterday
Tom Tom Club, (C’mon) Surrender
Times New Viking, No Time, No Hope
Travis Pickle, Born Again
Juliana Hatfield, We’re Not in Charleston Anymore
Mary Timony, The Owl’s Escape
The Pneurotics, Roses
Tilly and the Wall, Cacophony
Blue Rabbit, Sleep
Tiny Vipers, Outside
Hey Ocean, Too Soon
Times New Viking, The Wait
Music Go Music, I Walk Alone
Tiger Trap, Treasure
Imogen Heap, Earth
Tilt, Annie Segall
Karen O and the Kids, Building All Is Love
The Ting Tings, That’s Not My Name
Polaroid Fame, Wanna Know
Throwing Muses, Bright Yellow Gun
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson, I Don’t Know What to Do
The Thermals, I Let It Go
That Dog, Did You Ever
The Bad Plus joined by Wendy Lewis, Barracuda
This is a fun and peppy album… for a while. “Cataclysm” sounds as if the leftovers of a few Dead Kennedys, Hole and Green Day songs were mixed together to make a bowl of Bachelor Chow. Philip J. Fry would be proud.
“Hate Beast” is unsurprisingly angrier, with lead singer Tara Gordon snarling her way through the track the way the way that her namesake Nina (no relation… I think) would have done.
I didn’t know what to expect from “Reading Rainbow,” but it hasn’t let me down. “Sleight of Hand” is a tricky number that sets up good times with a simple rhythm. Everything else just falls into place after that.
“Insurance Insurance” is the last track. It’s long and has driving guitar. I don’t know. Maybe it’s like a Led Zeppelin/Aerosmith hybrid? It just feels like I am giving them too much credit by saying that. It’s an OK song, but it’s a little whiny,
Definitely go for the earlier tracks on this one. This should have been an EP because it runs out of gas at the end.
The spine of the jewel box has a misplaced apostrophe, spelling it “Faml’y.” It’s just like Twitter user fakeapstylebook says: “Y’all” means you’re from Texas, and “ya’ll” means “ya will.”
The band itself seems to be from Portland. It certainly has that sound. It’s music everyone can enjoy. If your friend has those parents who buy the fancy die-cut soaps and put them in the bathroom — but DON’T USE THEM! They’re just for decoration! — they would like this music. It’s very relaxing and is chamomile tea for the ears.
“All Unfolding” has the same melody as “Mr. Kadali” by Sing-Sing. The male vocals are slightly more dominant in this folky delight, and it gives you a lot of texture to listen to.
“Rainstick” is aptly named because the guitar strings sound like droplets falling onto a picture window. Not much else to do but turn on the local sports team and argue about whether it’s pronounced “offside” or “offsides.”
“Lucky Peak” is my favorite song on the album. It has a bit of a jolt that the other tracks just lack. It still has the same farmers market charm, though.