Posts Tagged ‘grouper’

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 127, 28 September 2011 Playlist

September 28, 2011

Karmacoda, Get Me Through Another Lonely Night
The Godshills, Boats
Gigi, Everyone Can Tell
Aficionado, Falsified Inspiration
Giant Drag, Pretty Little Neighbor
Giant Value, See Fit
Grouper, Alien Observer
Girl in a Coma, Come on, Let’s Go
The Gits, Italian Song
Fereshta, Body Heat
Go Betty Go, You Want It All
Holly Golightly, It’s All Over Now
Xiu Xiu, Hyunhye’s Theme
Go-Go’s, Skidmarks on My Heart
The Gossip, (Take Back) The Revolution
Santah, When I Couldn’t Move
Grey Anne, Riddle
Grand Lake, It Takes a Horse to Light a House
Shenandoah Davis, Proof
Great Northern, Loose Ends
Ellie Goulding, Starry Eyed
Pack A.D., Haunt You
Gravy Train!!!!, Ghost Boobs
Nina Gordon, Badway
Family of the Year, St. Croix
Go Sailor, Blue Sky
Grass Widow, Old Disguise
The Gift, My Sun
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Butterflies
Larkin Grimm, Anger in Your Liver
Feist, How Come You Never Go There
Gringo Star, All Day Long
Grouplove, Don’t Say Oh Well
Dirty Mittens, Light On
Petra Haden, Silas Stingy
Haight-Ashbury, Million Man March
Diva, Twilight in Inquanok
Handsome Furs, Memories
Juliana Hatfield, I Picked You Up
The Violet Lights, Sex & Sound
Halou, I’ll Carry You
PJ Harvey, Cat on the Wall
HTRK, Eat Yr Heart
Hawnay Troof, Feelings
Gemma Hayes, Home
Heavenly, C Is the Heavenly Option
Headless Heroes, Blues Run the Game
Heavens to Betsy, Calculated
Here We Go Magic, Backwards Time
Helium, Silver Strings
Kristin Hersh, The Thin Man

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Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 125, 14 September 2011 Playlist

September 14, 2011

All the Apparatus, Let’s Go Ride Bikes
The Piney Gir Roadshow, 40 Days & Nights
Scarlet Youth, Somewhere
San Cisco, Girls Do Cry
The Ettes, You Never Say
Warpaint, Warpaint
Kate Bush, Flower of the Mountain (the Sensual World)
Blondie, Mother
Diva, Liquid Garden
Grouper, Alien Observer
Tune-Yards, Gangsta
Santah, When I Couldn’t Move
She Keeps Bees, See Me
Oh Mercy, Broken Ears
From Autumn to Ashes, Sugar Wolf
Alkaline Trio, This Addiction
The Lot Six, Come & Get It
Low Budgets, Low Budget Life
Randy, Win or Lose
Kid Dynamite, Bookworm
The Lucky Stiffs, Counting Scars
Real McKenzies, Dropping Life Flies
Protest the Hero, Moonlight
The Queers, End It All
Metric, Gimme Sympathy
Tiger Army, Afterworld
The Vibrators, Keep It Clean
31 Knots, Coward With Claws
Midnight Bombers, Satan’s Children
Vitamin Party, Pencils Down
Millencolin, Take it or Leave it
Horrorpops, Dotted With Hearts
The Vex, Take Back Tonight
Time Again, Darker Days
Tilt, Viewers Like You
Drive A, World in Shambles
Swinging Utters, Brand New Lungs
Queens of the Stone Age, Regular John
Ann Beretta, Fire in the Hole
Wild Flag, Future Crimes
Sigourney Reverb, Who’s Yer Muse
Black Cougar Shock Unit, Track 4
Sick of it All, Good Lookin’ Out
Big D & the Kids Table, Rotten
Briefs, Stuck on You
Jonny Manak & the Depressives, Can’t Put Your Arm Around a Memory
Fucked Up – Queen of Hearts
Joy Formidable, Whirring

Various Artists “PDX Pop Now! 2011″

August 28, 2011

Once again I get to review this compilation. Last year I reviewed it in June, which only means one thing: I’m way too behind. Since I didn’t comment on all 40 tracks last year, I won’t comment on all 41 this year. Thank goodness for precedent.
The Shivas do melodic indie pop the Portland way (how redundant is that) on “Gun in My Pocket.” The same style but with a fake Peter Murphy singing? O Bruxo does that on “De Colores.” I’m a fan. Or I guess now I just like it. Stupid Facebook.
“Alien Observer” by Grouper has haunting synths but isn’t depressing the way a traditional gothic song would be. Lovers fans rejoice: They’re well-represented here with “Boxer.” Yet another fine track from them. If you want traditional female-led R&B, “Baby What You Do to Me” by Reva DeVito is top notch.
Bright Archer sound better than Tasmin Archer on “Hidden Systems.” This one is a female-fronted ballad with a lot of piano.
The most fundamentally sound track is buried on the first disc. “Majoring in the Arts” by Blue Skies for Black Hearts has a strong chorus with backing vocals and guitar that connects the verses seamlessly. Very straightforward indie rock that hits on all cylinders.
“(Don’t) Panic” doesn’t sound like Portland to me, but regardless the Ascetic Junkies are in charge here. It’s got a Midwest female indie rock feel to it. The musical accompaniment is so strong that it’s easy to overlook the quality vocals that are also present.
The second disc leads off with Viva Voce. “Analog Woodland Song” sounds like Rilo Kiley. The chords aren’t the most inspired, just like Rilo Kiley, but the singing quality and mixing more than make up for it, just like — well, you see where I’m going with this.
If you want metal with a female singer, the comp even offers that. The appropriately named Witch Mountain sings the appropriately named “Veil of the Forgotten.” It’s exactly what you expect it to be.
Synthpop fans will appreciate “I Want You” by Sex Life. It’s modern in the sense that today’s synthpop is a bit of a throwback to 30 years ago. But it sounds like today’s renditions of the early ’80s, rather than the early ’80s themselves. Sort of like The Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network. You can tell.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra sound a lot like the Blue Skies for Black Hearts song, so if you liked that, you’ll like “Thought Ballune.” And not to be confused by the Viva Voce song, there is also a band called the Woodlands. “In the Dark on Monday” is to die for. It is more of a late-’80s synthpop song, and this indeed is my favorite era.
More of the haunting female vocals can be found on “Roan Wolf,” by Mojave Bird. This one doesn’t have the dark overtones of Grouper. Rather, it makes you think of Cocteau Twins. The following track is very similar as well. Blouse is a little more focused on the guitar, but “Into Black” still has a great sound.
Almost everything on the comp is fantastic. Once again the guys behind this have put the time into finding what truly deserves to be showcased.