Posts Tagged ‘is/is’

Is/Is “III”

May 20, 2012

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.”

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 151, 16 May 2012 Playlist

May 16, 2012

Foxy Shazam, (It’s) Too Late Baby
Imperial Teen, My Spy
The Icicles, Margie
Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound, Annie Get Your Gun
Innocent Bandits, When Another Sun Shines
Ivy, I Still Want You
Theresa Andersson, Injuns
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, The Flame That Burns
The Innocence Mission, That Was Another Country
Heartless Bastards, Late in the Night
Is/Is, Death Treat
International Waters, 1994
Cate le Bon, Julia
Is/Is, Eating Hourglasses
Marketa Irglova, We Are Good
Internal/External, Inside/Outside
The Very, Humdrum
I Was a King, Unreal
Sarah Jaffe, Clementine
TOPS, Turn Your Love Around
Jared Mees & the Grown Children, Even Little Mountains
Jenny and Johnny, Scissor Runner
The Goblin Market, The Night Is Darkening Around Me
The Jezabels, Catch Me
Jessica Jalbert, Daniels
Grace Woodroofe, Always Want
Jews and Catholics, The Spring
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, I Love Rock ‘N Roll
The Staves, Mexico
John & Tom, Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
Kacey Johansing, Many Seasons
Black Bananas, It’s Cool
Jonka, The Nana Song
John & Jehn, Shades
Perfume Genius, Dirge
Katie Johnson, A Perfect World
John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey, Heela
Ani DiFranco, Life Boat
Talib Kweli Featuring Norah Jones, Soon the New Day
The Josephine Wiggs Experience, Arizona
Ceu, Retrovisor
The Joy Formidable, Whirring
Julie Plug, I Feel
The Decemberists, The Rake’s Song

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 128, 5 October 2011 Playlist

October 5, 2011

Jolie Holland, Gold and Yellow
Maria Taylor, Idle Mind
Hildur Victoria, Palisades
Sleeping in the Aviary, You and Me, Ghost
The Hindi Guns, She’s All Right
Hissyfits, Tired
St. Vincent, Cruel
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, On the Low
Feist, How Come You Never Go There
Jesca Hoop, Bed Across the Sea
Horrorpops, Bring It On!
Diva, Glow Worm
The Hot Toddies, Wet Dream
Hot Lava, Mummy Beach
Family of the Year, 6 AM
Frida Hyvonen, Djuna!
Lida Husik, Fly Stereophonic
HTRK, Synthetik
The Icicles, New Haircolor
Ida, So Worn Out
The Big Scary, Spring
Imperial Teen, City Song
Imaginary Cities, Cherry Blossom Tree
Radiation City, Salsaness
Ida Maria, Oh My God
Lia Ices, Love Is Won
Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps, Strong Shoulders
Imogen Heap, First Train Home
Immaculate Machine, Only Love You for Your Car
Exitmusic, The Hours
Is/Is, So Long
Innocent Bandits, Madman’s Cackle
San Cisco, Golden Revolver
I Was a King, Someone Is Waiting
The Innocence Mission, Bright as Yellow
Release the Sunbird, Come Back to Us
Ivy, Digging Your Scene
Internal/External, Various Transmission
Imelda May, Pulling the Rug
Sarah Jaffe, Two Intangibles Cant Be Had/Working for a Nuclear Free City Remix
Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Strong Black Coffee
Shugo Tokumaru, Video Killed the Radio Star
Jenny and Johnny, Big Wave
J. Perdiod and Nneka, Spread Love
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sinner

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 109, 18 May 2011 Playlist

May 18, 2011

Themes, Goodbye Daylight
Sia, Oh Father
Sarah Kirkland Snider, The Lotus Eaters
Liam Finn + Eliza Jane, Long Way to Go
The Skys, Nice Place
Stringerbelle, Pen
Ellie Goulding, Your Song
Spc Eco, For All Time
Sing-Sing, Feels Like Summer
The Dears, Stick W/ Me Kid
Nancy Sinatra, Burnin’ Down the Spark
Sleater-Kinney, You’re No Rock N’ Roll Fun
Bella Rose, Sea Love
Slumber Party, I Don’t Mind
The Slits, Kill Them With Love
Beach Fossils, Out in the Way
Sleeper, Sale of the Century
Sneaker Pimps, Post-Modern Sleaze
Prints of China, No Shame
Kendra Smith, Temporarily Lucy
Patti Smith, Wing
Bardo Pond, Cracker Wrist
Smile Smile, Sad Song
Smoosh, Massive Cure
Sister Sin, Sound of the Underground
Some Girls, He’s on Drugs Again
Soft Cotton County, Ursa Minor DJ
Imaginary Cities, Purple Heart
Solex Vs Christina Martinez & Jon Spencer, Galaxy Man
The Soviettes, 1308
The Curious Mystery, Up in the Morning
The Sounds, Running Out of Turbo
The Softies, My Foolish Way
The Thoughts, The Cage
Regina Spektor, Hotel Song
The Spinanes, Fame and Fortune
Is/Is, Death Treat
Squirrelhouse, The Searchers
The Starfolk, Wake Up Machine
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Blue Skies Again
Staci Twigg, You Be the Girl
Stars, Tru
Rachel Goodrich, Let Me Go

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 108, 11 May 2011 Playlist

May 12, 2011

Thao and Mirah, Hallelujah
The Rondelles, Modern Chemical
The Rocking Horse Winner, Curable
The Thoughts, Winterkill
The Salteens, Bubba Da
Sahara Hotnights, Wake Up
Should, Turned Tables
Rubies, Too Bright
Run for Cover Lovers, Castro
Sister Sin, Heading for Hell
Ruby, Lamplight
Saint Etienne, How We Used to Live
Rachel Goodrich, Na Na Na
Sassparilla, Mexico
Scout Niblett, Kidnapped by Neptune
Does It Offend You, Yeah?, John Hurt
Save Ferris, Mistaken
Savath & Savalas, Concreto
Jessica Lea Mayfield, I’ll Be the One That You Want
Polly Scattergood, I Am Strong
Sea Sick, Black Cat
Themes, Epic World
7 Year Bitch, Crying Shame
Selby Tigers, Snoball
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard, Aire
Sex Presleys, Heartbreak Hotel
Seksu Roba, La Freeway
Prints of China, False Fronts
Shelleyan Orphan, Dead Cat
Shonen Knife, Fruits & Vegetables
Bardo Pond, Sleeping
She Mob, I Took the $
Mages, Cold, Cold, Cold
Tracy Shedd, People Are Changing
Shellshag, Bridge
The Wilderness of Manitoba, Orono Park
Shannon Stephens, Song of the Breadwinner
Shannon and the Clams, Cat Party
Is/Is, So Long
Sick of Sarah, El Paso Blue
Silversun Pickups, Future Foe Scenarios
Imaginary Cities, Say You

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 107, 4 May 2011 Playlist

May 4, 2011

Prints of China, Power Heavy
Pizzicato Five, Love’s Theme
Picnic, Calling Home
Sister Sin, I Stand Alone
Shannon and the Clams, Blood
The Pieces, Gentlemen and Big Mistakes
Picture Me Broken, Skin & Bones
Themes, The Phantom
The Pillowfights, Afternoon
The Pleasure Kills, Bring Me a Match
Little Scream, Black Cloud
Polite Sleeper, From Waiting List to Walk In
Please Do Not Fight, Don’t Wipe That Smile Off Your Face
Dick el Demasiado & Lukas Simonis, Fangio Angel
Polynya, Fan Fiction
Plastiscines, Barcelona
Return to Mono, Song of the Beast
The Prids, I’ll Wait
Pre, I Met Her in the Bin
Puro Instinct, Silky Eyes
Pretty Girls Make Graves, Speakers Push the Air
The Pristeens, Someday
I’m From Barcelona, Come On
The Quails, Shine a Light
Quasi, Laissez les Bon Temps Rouller
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard, O Feche
Puffy Amiyumi, Love so Pure
Quitzow, Peanut
Imaginary Cities, Temporary Resident
The Raveonettes, Gone Forever
Amy Ray, Black Heart Today
Is/Is, Pretty Girl
Rainer Maria, Thought I Was
The Randies, Put Out
The Well Wishers, Goodbye
Rasputina, If Your Kisses Can’t Hold the Man You Love
Gemma Ray, 1952
The Curious Mystery, Up in the Morning
Red Aunts, Freakathon
Lou Reed, Caroline Says, Pt. II
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Our Hearts Are Wrong
The Reaction, Hello at Last
Red Five, Your Creation
The Dears, Galactic Tides
Rilo Kiley, The Execution of All Things
The Reputation, Face It
The Rentals, Naive
Miranda Lee Richards, Mirror at the End
Mia Riddle, Hurricane

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 104, 10 April 2011 Playlist

April 10, 2011

Return to Mono, Dreamer
Perfect Vacuum, Number One Comrade
Black Math, Reckless Thoughts
Kitten, Kitten With a Whip
Tumbledown, A Thousand More Times
Sassaparilla, Bruised by Tears
Sister Sin, Sound of the Underground
Juliana Hatfield, Not Enough
The Dears, Easy Suffering
Neon Legion, Twin
The Golden Dogs, Darkroom
Imaginary Cities, Cherry Blossom Tree
Little Scream, Cannons
Puro Instinct, California Shakedown
Is/Is, Eating Hourglasses
Ida Maria, Forgive Me
Megapuss, Duck Duck People Man
Mean Red Spiders, Trains and Boats and Planes
Mekons, Secrets
Nellie McKay, I Will Be There
Mecca Normal, Frozen Rain
Kathy McCarty, Sorry Entertainer
Mavis, Gangs of Rome

Is/Is “This Happening”

April 3, 2011

It’s an EP. iTunes says it is metal. It is not. “So Long” is the first track, and it sounds like newer Social Distortion with a woman singing. Pretty straightforward rock, if you ask me. Two-thirds of the band is named “Sarah,” so there’s a lot of heart-string pulling going on for me, but I shall survive and emerge victorious from what is obviously just a coincidence anyway. That said, would it not be rad if they toured with Sick of Sarah? Oh yes.
“Pretty Girl” sounds like Kelley Deal is singing. Pass the Zima. The record says “Death Treat,” but iTunes says “Death Threat.” I think the former would be more fun, but it seems more likely that iTunes got this one right. The song itself is very structured. It seems easier to play than the others. It doesn’t necessarily need to be blurrier anyway.
The last track is “Eating Hourglasses.” Fun for fans of reverb, it leaves me wanting more. I am pretty excited about Is/Is’s potential.

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