Archive for August 2010
Rogue Valley, The Warming Moon
Spouse, Impressed by You
The Pleasure Kills, Dancing on My Bed
Shannon Stephens, Deliverance
The Foxglove Hunt, The Time Redeem
Sia, Oh Father
Morcheeba, Cut to the Bass
Jenny and Johnny, Switchblade
Here We Go Magic, Collector
Lindstr0m & Christabelle, Baby Can’t Stop
Carissa’s Wierd, Blessed Arms That Hold You Tight, Freezing Cold and Alone
Cowboy Junkies, (You’ve Got to Get) A Good Heart
Shapes and Sizes, Too Late for Dancing
The Harvey Girls, Monster
Devo – Please Baby Please
Steel Train – Touch Me Bad
Triclops – Broken Summer
Knights of the New Crusade – Trak 3
Gaslight Anthem – Brint it On
Against Me – Bring it On
Real McKenzies – Track 2
Off with their Heads – Drive
My Aim is True – Track 2
Face to Face – Fight or Flight
Touch My Rash – Sexless Existence
Fabulous Disaster – No Stars Tonight
Ettes – The Rules
Yes, it’s folk, but fear not. The woman with an awesome name channels another woman with an awesome name, Hope Sandoval. Rarely the voice is a little shrill, but generally it works, and it’s a lot better than the guitarist at the farmers market.
“The Kingdom” is a complete song, full with lush sound and penetrating vocals. “Bed Across the Sea” is also worth a recommendation.
The title track is last and also has good instrumentation to go with the singing. There’s not much to say. It’s a standard folk record with a good singer and an excellent pick if you’re into this sort of thing.
I remember these guys. I think they opened for Sleater-Kinney with the Subdebs. There might have been apples, which would mean it was at the Fillmore, but it’s hard to say at this point. I thought they were OK. I guess I still do. “Invincible Hero” has the same melody as that Franz Ferdinand song that’s on Rock Band that everyone knows.
“Into Blue” sounds like a single and will remind many of Lush. It really doesn’t get much better than this. The male lead takes over on “Gone to Earth,” although the female backing vocals are what carry this tune.
“Erstwhile” is a good story, or at least I assume it is. It’s nearly seven minutes long. Why else would you have a song be that long unless you were telling a really compelling story, right? “Scientists” sounds like a Velocity Girl track. It’s another winner.
If you want another track with the dude singing, the title track is another good one. If he ever gets bored he could be in a She Wants Revenge cover band.
“Ruthy” of course will always make me think of the comic strip, One Big Happy. I also enjoy the cover art. The music? Yeah, it’s good, too.
“End of Time” continues the legacy Fleetwood Mac had left us with. Here’s the modern record you get Mom for her birthday so she can feel hip, instead of feeling her arthritic hip. She’ll thank you on your wedding night.
“Rise” is half ’80s and half country. There’s no better word to describe the sound than “distinct.” “As My Eyes Run Wild” is a simpler number and clearly more country than rock. They’ve got a ton of honk in their tonk. This is also prevalent in “Who’s Who.”
If you’re looking for something with a little less twang, give the title track a shot. It’s not a longshot that you will like it.