Gemma Ray, They All Wanted a Slice
Jenny Lewis, Bad Man’s World
Lemuria, Trivial Greek Mythology
The Goblin Market, High Waving Heather
Liam Finn + Eliza-Jane, Won’t Change My Mind
Le Tigre, TKO
WAZU, Walk All Night
Liesl’s Wet Dress, Ruby
Lois, Bridge Burner
Imaginary Cities, Temporary Resident
Lil’ Pocket Knife, Red Hott
Loch Lomond, Alice Left With Stocking and Earrings
The Chieftains, Carolina Rua
Lisa Gerrard and Patrick Cassidy, Abwoon (Our Father)
Little Teeth, Applegate (1)
The Shins, No Way Down
The Lightfighters, Elvis Presley
Lissie, Wedding Bells
The Like, Fair Game
Mary Lou Lord, Bang Bang
Kaiser Chiefs, Man on Mars
Los Campesinos!, The End of the Asterisk
Barbara Manning, Isn’t Lonely Lovely?
Lost in the Trees, This Dead Bird Is Beautiful
Lisa Germano, Sexy Little Girl Princess
L7, Mr. Integrity
Beach House, Myth
Luckie Strike, Carpet
Frankie Rose, Know Me
The Lovemakers, Prepare for the Fight
Sara Lov, Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming
Best Coast, My Life
Kirsty MacColl, You Know It’s You
Lunachicks, Don’t Want You
Luna, 4000 Days
Luscious Jackson, Under Your Skank
Soley, I’ll Drown
Lykke Li, Sadness Is a Blessing
Lux, The Window
Eleni Mandell, Don’t Say You Care
Aimee Mann, Pavlov’s Bell
Archive for May 2012
Gemma Ray, They All Wanted a Slice
Santigold, Disparate Youth
Julie Ruin, Breakout A-Town
J. Perdiod and Nneka, Changes
AU, Get Alive
Kenickie, In Your Car
Killola, This Is How the World Ends
Imaginary Cities, Don’t Cry
The Kelley Deal 6000, My Boyfriend Died
Kaia, Where in the World Is Greencastle Indiana?
Go Back to the Zoo, Hey DJ
The Kabbs, Down This Road
Kepi, Hurt & Alone
Kahimi Karie, Lolitapop Dollhouse
Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, Sleepwalking Through My Life
Panic Years, Bad Faith
The Kirby Grips, Liar
Kitten Forever, Slamdunk
Cock and Swan, Happy Thoughts
Kitten, Johnny Johnny Johnny
Komeda, Blossom (Got to Get It Out)
The Goblin Market, The Night Wind
Korea Girl, Reunion
KMFDM, Rebels in Kontrol
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Catacombs
Laika, Knowing to Little
La Chansons, X Marks the Spot
The New Kinetics, Cha-Cha
Lady Lazarus, The Eye in the Eye of the Storm
Ladyhawke, Paris Burning
The Ladybug Transistor, Caught Don’t Walk
Laura Gibson + Ethan Rose, Leaving, Believing
Emily Wells, Darlin’
Kung Fu USA, Stars and Bars
Las Rubias del Norte, Seguedille
Wild Belle, Take Me Away
Cate le Bon, Eyes So Bright
The Grenadines, Colourblind
Cyndi Lauper, How Blue Can You Get?
Lederhosen Lucil, Doin’ the Ganglion
The Chieftains, When the Ship Comes In
Leerone, To Fill the Void
About a year ago I reviewed “This Happening,” an EP. Now I finally get the full length. Three tracks stand out. The first one is “Shadow.” The guitar is your standard indie rock fare that sounds good when you see the band live. It is sort of weird that the song ends in a fade, though, because usually strong guitar songs have rockin’ finishes.
The fuzzy guitar in “Hate Smile” takes me back to the mid-’90s. I hope it does for you, too. Even though it’s an all-female band, this track has me thinking of the male-dominated Catherine Wheel. The acoustic guitar at the end wraps it all up like a Christmas present, one I wouldn’t return even if it were bought on Zappos.
The other track I really like is “Sun Tsunami.” It also features that super-fuzzy guitar that increasingly is defining Is/Is’s sound. And to that, I say “Huzzah.”
It’s just the single. But it’s fun indie rock and exactly what you would expect from them. If you’ve been waiting for something new of theirs play, your wait is over. If you’ve never listened to the band before, there’s been no better time to get to know them.
The title is in the chorus of “Hey Jane,” which is a good song in its own right, even if it is nearly nine minutes long. Long tracks are nothing new for Spiritualized. I first saw them when they opened for Siouxsie and the Banshees. That’s how long ago it was. And now Spiritualized are old. I guess, unfortunately, it also means that I am old.
“Get What You Deserve” is another good track. But I especially like “Headin’ for the Top Now.” This song has everything, although it does take more than eight minutes to deliver that everything.
A bit of a gospel feel is evident in “I Am What I Am.” It’s honestly hard not to sing along with this one. The other song I like is “Life Is a Problem.” The harmonica at the beginning sets the tone for a brooding ballad that reminds me musically of Lisa Germano.
Spiritualized have come a long way, baby. Their sound is still downtempo, but it is much more lush than their early years. It’s always nice to see a band evolve.
It seems to be some sort of remix album of “Gloss Drop.” “Bundt cake” is still the best spoonerism out there, but if you like Battles and you like remixes, this is the record for you. Each track is done by someone different, so really just pick out the original Battles song you liked best the first time around or pick the DJ you like the best this time around. And of course, with Tyondai Braxton gone, there are no lyrics on most of these tracks.
Beyond all that, I did prefer some tracks over others. “Wall Street” gets the Gui Boratto treatment, and his effort here will please Daft Punk fans. Alchemist remixes “Futura,” and the result is a DJ Shadow-like track. It is definitely one of the trippier numbers on here.
Fans of early-2000s house will like Kode9′s remix of “Africastle.” I have to think that Kangding Ray’s rendition of “Toddler” was trancelike because all of a sudden it was done.
“Ice Cream” is downright whimsical after Gang Gang Dance get their hands on it. The other track I like is “My Machines.” Patrick Mahoney and Dennis McNany Irish up that coffee quite a bit, if you know what I mean. It makes me think of Thompson Twins.
A real treat for Battles fans, but otherwise, it’s just a bunch of remixes of a bunch of songs that didn’t have a lot of vocals to begin with. I guess that’s why it’s called “experimental.”
I can tell I’m old because when I see Erasure put out an eight-track record with three B-sides and a bunch of remixes, I immediately blurt out “maxi-single.” But no one calls them that anymore. And honestly I have trouble calling it an EP because it’s eight freakin’ tracks. But it sure isn’t an LP. Their promoters call it an EP, so it’s an EP. Fine.
Anyway, all the B-sides suck, which is a shame. “Fill Us With Fire” is much more like what I expect from Erasure, and all the remixes are good in their own little way.
For me it’s an honor to review this because someone else did their last album, and I played it a lot. I find it funny that iTunes calls this Electronica, though. Their sound hasn’t changed a bit. The first track, “Sneak Close,” provides more Softies-like experiences, even if a little less playful.
Slightly noisier is “Raging Chisel.” The vocals are mixed a little low, but otherwise this one is pretty good. Stereolab fans will like “Happy Thoughts” even if there’s no dominating synths to speak of. Maybe next time.
“Unrecognized” is a good title. I’ve never heard this before. It’s slightly plodding but still enjoyable. Similarly, “Remember Sweet” has a steady beat that keeps you going longer than you might think.
The last track is “Walking Up Dandelions.” It has a really long intro but otherwise sends the listener off with a thorough understanding of the Cock and Swan sound. Nothing too innovative on this record as a whole, but then no one is really expecting that, either.