Wednesday, September 30, 2009
With their new album In The Likely Event creeping up on us, I revisited The Fall of Troy's excellent 2005 debut Doppleganger. Less genre-bending than 2007's Manipulator, Doppleganger provides the rapid-fire notes and banshee shrieking we have come to expect from Thomas Erak. Although some songs blend into another, tracks like "Macaulay McCulkin" and "F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X." stand out with their urgent pacing and frenzied instrumentation that forces your fingers into air-guitar mode. Be sure to check it out and pick up In The Likely Event when it drops on October 6th.
Buy: The Fall of Troy- Doppleganger
Myspace: The Fall of Troy
Kevin Devine sat himself down on the big pink couch and performed "Another Bag of Bones", my personal favorite KD song. Audio is wack at the beginning but improves vastly by the end of the video. Regardless, Kevin sounds fantastic. Brother's Blood is still making headway on my list of top records of the year. Only thing more sweet than that would be a copy of Daisy's artwork signed by everyone in Brand New coming unexpectedly a week after your pre-order arrives...today was a good day. Video below.
MySpace: Kevin Devine
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I don't really get the point of releasing a trailer for a music video, but any pub for "Born and Raised" will get love from me. Still one of my favorites off the great Old Crows/Young Cardinals, and one of my top songs of the year. Just one hell of the chorus. Best believe I'll have the full video when released, but for now, suck on this mothafuckas.
Watch: Alexisonfire- "Born and Raised" (Trailer)
Ex-The Starting Line frontman Kenny Vasoli released the first song off his new band Person L's highly anticipated debut LP. I really like the direction they went with 2008's Initial. A much more introverted jam-oriented sound, and it looks like their sticking with that. Head over to their MySpace to hear the new jam and look for The Positives to drop November 17th...can you believe it's almost October already? Hello Birthday!
Listen: Person L- "The Positives"
Monday, September 28, 2009
You can catch the first track off the Jay Farrar/Ben Gibbard collaborated soundtrack to the soon-to-be-released documentary One Fast Move Or I'm Gone over at NPR. Based on Jack Kerouac's time spent at Big Sur, this first track gives off the ease of Southern California, but still the wandering nature of Kerouac's travels in Gibbard's super smooth vocals. Curious to see the film and if songs like these keep coming out, the soundtrack will be top-notch. Soundtrack drops October 20th and keep your eyes peeled for One Fast Move Or I'm Gone.
Listen: Ben Gibbard- "These Roads Don't Move"
Video: Brand New- Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't & At The Bottom (Live at 102.1 The Edge)
Brand New stopped by 102.1 The Edge to record some videos of "Okay, I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't" and "At The Bottom". I'm digging the folky swagger these guys have now and Jesse even throws in a little falsetto hear and there. Gonna post my Daisy review soon, just still completely forming thoughts. Go pick it up, for sure though.
"Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't"
"At The Bottom"
Brand New MySpace
Friday, September 25, 2009
Saves The Day posted the tracklisting for their new album Daybreak today. With the album they'll finally finish their trilogy, the first two parts consisting of 2005's The End and 2007's Under The Boards. I never really bought into the concept behind it much, but as long as they keep churning out music it'll be cool by me. I'm just interested to hear them without Dave Soloway and hopefully a less whiny Chris Conley. Still stoked.
2. Let It All Go
6. Deranged & Desperate
8. Living Without Love
11. Undress Me
Saves The Day MySpace
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Pilot episode of FlashForward was tonight and I'm already hooked. Huge explosions, unexplainable premonitions already coming true, interwoven characters. You know I'm all about Lost so the feel of this show fits all warm and cozy with me. Plus, anyone else catch the Oceanic Airlines poster (or Seth McFarlane) in the first 20 minutes? You can watch upcoming episodes of FlashForward on ABC at 8PM Mondays and for everyone who slept on tonight's pilot can catch an encore tomorrow, same time. Laterz
Monster of Folk surprisingly chose "The Right Place" as the first video off their debut self-titled release . The Jim James-led track's country twang got a certain sway that you can almost see palm trees titling a little closer to the tide. Video below and pick up Monsters of Folk, whic has got the potential to be our generation's Traveling Wilburys.
Monsters of Folk MySpace
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Brand New have granted my wish and kept the live studio videos coming, this time performing "At The Bottom", one of my current favorites off Daisy. I still need more time to fully digest the album, but from my first couple listens its just as genius as everything this band has ever done.
Brand New MySpace
Once again shouts to the guys at weworemasks.com for the first look at the new horror flick Paranormal Activity. I've seen every single scary movie there is to see and there are few and far between that truly freak me out...this looks like an exception. Just watch the trailer below and try and tell me you aren't already getting spooked. Paranormal Activity premiers September 25th and go to the movie's Eventful page to demand it in our area. Boston represent so we can actually see whats good with this movie, pretty pretty please?
For a song like "Summer Jam", a tour video makes perfect sense. The dudes in Set Your Goals do a good job of capturing their history and all the craziness that undoubtedly comes with their cross-country trips. Check the video below and it's never too late to pick up their stellar latest album This Will Be The Death Of Us...
Set Your Goals - "Summer Jam"
Set Your Goals MySpace
Monday, September 21, 2009
When Muse was asked to play their new single "Uprising" on an Italian music tv show, they were also asked to play along with a pre-recorded track. Naturally the boys decided to have fun with the request and what unfolded was YouTube gold. Check out the hilarious video below.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The people at Luxury Wafers have posted an studio exclusive with As Tall As Lions to shoot some stripped down versions of song off their new album Can't Take It With You. One of my favorite tracks off the album, "We's Been Waitin'" got that same bluesy goodness. Bring in a megaphone and Dan Nigro's top-notch vocals and it's on point. Not too mention Can't Take It With You is record of the year material. Get at it and grab some MP3s of the performance below.
Download: As Tall As Lions- "We's Been Waitin'"
Download: As Tall As Lions- "Lost My Mind"
As Tall As Lions MySpace
I was looking forward to checking out hometown hero and master MC Wale's debut record Attention Deficit next week, but word's come in that the album has been pushed back to November 3. Only consolation is that the reason for the delay is a rumored tour opening for Lupe Fiasco and Jay-Z. The tour is still unconfirmed, but if it's true...tour of the year, hands down. Read the rest of the details below.
Read: "Wale Delays "Attention Defecit" To Tour With Jay-Z And Lupe Fiasco"
Friday, September 18, 2009
Well, I thought these Circa updates were over..guess not. This week is full of surprises! This one covers bass tracking and ends with an awesome clip of Anthony belting his game over an acoustic guitar...some Beautiful Things tracks I hope. Anyways I could say more, but I just got my Daisy pre-order so I can't actually comprehend anything else right now...
Circa Survive MySpace
Brother Ali's new album Us is up for streaming on his MySpace. I'm gonna go ahead and say this is going to be fantastic. I don't know if it can knock P.O.S. off the throne for the best hip hop album of '09 but if anyone could do it, it'd be the good brother. Hit the link to give it a listen. Us hits stores September 22nd.
Stream: Brother Ali- Us
Remember the version of "Jesus Christ" I posted just a few days ago? Yeah, well today a video surfaced of this new version featuring the one and only Kevin Devine. Check out Brand New drummer Brian Lane's explanation of the ideas behind these alternative versions. Let the awesomeness commence. 4 days.
Brand New MySpace
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Have heard lots of good stuff about Chicago-based post-metal act Pelican. Finally gave a listen to their new songs "An Inch Above Sand" and "Strung Up From The Sky" and I'm digging. The latter track will also go along way to silence the critics hating on Larry Herweg's drum skills. If the words "atmospheric" and "heaviness" go as well together in your head as they do in mine, then get at this. Both tracks are off Pelican's new record, What We All Come To Need dropping October 27.
Listen: Pelican- "An Inch Above Sand" and "Strung Up In The Sky"
I would try and sum up Portugal. The Man's new music video for "Do You", but I don't know where I'd even start. I wish really, really, really weird sufficed, but naw... The Satanic Satanist, which is still up for stream on their Myspace, is amazing. Go listen to it and take care of that one good deed for today...
Portugal. The Man. MySpace
Billy Corgan has just revealed via The Smashing Pumpkins blog that the band has begun recording for a new album titled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. The record will have 44 tracks, but no traditional release date, as the band will post completed songs sporadically until all are done. Best part is every song will be free free free.
Seems like a really cool idea and I'm liking what I'm hearing about the the direction of the album, as it supposedly "harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins: atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty." If this can come anywhere near Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, one of my favorite albums of all time, I'll be ecstatic.
According to Corgan, the first track should drop somewhere around Halloween so look out for that and hit the blog below to get all the details.
Read: "Announcement from Billy Corgan about the new Smashing Pumpkins album"
Smashing Pumpkins MySpace
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Hit up Monsters of Folk's myspace to stream their new self-titled album...I've only heard a couple songs off the record, but anything with those three guys can't be anything but good. Monsters of Folk hit stores September 22nd.
Stream: Monsters of Folk- Monsters of Folk
I'm loving these Daisy Session tracks that keep coming out. A re-done version of "Jesus Christ" was posted today and it possesses a much more spooky, country twang compared to the original. Here's to the hope that more of these come up in the days leading up to Daisy. 6 DAYS!
Download: Brand New- Jesus Christ (Daisy Sessions)
Brand New on MySpace
Coming off the disappointing "Hate Everyone", I worried about Say Anything's upcoming self-titled record. Thankfully "Property" have restored my faith in Max Bemis and Co. An intro fit for a Happy Days episode slides into a solid, bouncy pop number with that necessary edge. Tracklisting also dropped so check that out below. Say Anything drops November 3.
1.) Fed to Death
2.) Hate Everyone
3.) Do Better
4.) Less Cute
6.) Mara and Me
8.) She Won't Follow You
11.) Death For My Birthday
12.) Young Dumb and Stung
13.) Ahhh... Men
Download: Say Anything-Property
Say Anything on MySpace
The 2003 film Open Water is hands down one of the most unnerving movies I've seen in recent memory. In every essence it's a horror film. Only difference is instead of a knife-wielding dude in a goofy mask popping up and disappearing, it's real sharks. And let me emphasis...REAL SHARKS(!). Every lapping wave and fleeting shadow gets your blood flowing. And to all the critics who call this movie "slow" or "boring", try and watch the brief scene during the thunderstorm at night and tell me you don't scream a little...
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
In honor of the official release of Thrice's new album Beggars, here's a download link to a cover they did of The Beatles' classic/Charles Manson favorite "Helter Skelter". All of ya'll should know by now that Beggars is one of my favorite records of the year, and if you buy the deluxe edition, you get this cover and four other bonus tracks. So give your ears a much needed break from "I've Got A Feelin'" and pick up this gem ASAP.
Download: Thrice- Helter Skelter (Beatles cover)
Buy: Thrice- Beggars
Colin Frangicetto has decided to release his remixes of songs from fellow Circa member Anthony Green's solo album Avalon on iTunes. If his remix of "Dear Child (I've Been Dying To Reach You)" is any indication of the album, it'll be interesting at best. Throw anything over Anthony's vocals and you got me hooked.
Listen: Anthony Green- Dear Child (I've Been Dying To Reach You) (Colin Frangicetto remix)
Buy: Anthony Green and Colin Frangicetto- Avalon Remix
Brand New's much anticipated record Daisy is up for streaming on their MySpace. My pre-order is currently on it's way to Boston so I'll be subsequently attacking my mailman daily...leave thoughts and remember to actually buy Daisy when it drops September 22nd.
Stream: Brand New- Daisy
Wasn't sure if anyone saw this, since no one is up on 'Ye right now. Wanted to make sure at least someone was talking about him...On the real, he's apologized and its hard to stay mad at him. Plus, isn't like he's gonna change anyways. Keep your eyes peeled for a Taylor Swift/Kanye collaboration soon, I'm calling that now.
Anyways, sick performance. Can't say anything, but that this song is fucking huge in every sense of the word.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Casey Crescenzo and the boys in The Dear Hunter posted the most all-encompassing video update of the year thus far. Apparently Casey was able to take a long enough break from making must-have records like Act III: Life and Death and phone convos with the Dalai Lama to fill us in on tour plans and show us a music video clip. Gonna have to catch them with Thrice in November if I can stop being a poor college student...video below.
The Dear Hunter on MySpace
People at MTV are hosting a stream of "Meet Me on the Equinox",the new track Death Cab For Cutie recorded for the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, which will include songs by Thom Yorke, Muse, and Bon Iver. Yeah, 'cause that makes sense...Anyways, featuring tumbling drums, a distorted bass line, and ringing chords, you get some hybrid of Plans and Narrow Stairs. Ben Gibbard's smooth voice floats eerily over the swelling, cooing "Let our bodies intertwine/ But always understand/ That everything ends". Don't see myself getting caught up in the Twilight hype, nor do I get why every female goes bat shit crazy over Robert Pattinson, but this is a cool track.
Death Cab For Cutie on MySpace
Sunday, September 13, 2009
While trying to console both my Redskins disappointing loss and my Bon Temps Mighty Ducks probably fantasy football loss, I'll hit you up with this weekend in the EPL.
-Holding onto a season already slipping away, Liverpool reminded everyone they're still around with a 4-0 walloping of Burnley. Israeli national Yossi Benayoun's hat trick did the number for the Reds.
-West Ham and Everton's disappointing starts both continued as the Hammers lost 1-0 to struggling Wigan and the Toffees fell late at Fulham 2-1 on the back of a great strike by Damien Duff.
-Aston Villa avoided a bad loss thanks to a Gabriel Agbonlahor header, sneaking past Birmingham 1-0.
-In one of the two premiere matches of the weekend, white-hot White Hart residents Tottenham looked poised to shock Manchester United after notching an lead within the match's first minute (see below for more gushing). However, a stellar free kick from Ryan Giggs, Anderson's first Premier League goal, and an obligatory Rooney score turned into another dominating victory for the Red Devils, prevailing 3-1.
-In the most interesting match up of the weekend, we saw streaking Manchester City and Emmanuel Adebayor go up against the Togo internationals former club in Arsenal. For the second week an OG gave the Gunner's opponents a lead, and despite a Robin Van Persie strike, Man City took the lead, and eventually won 4-2. Controversy struck when Adebayor scored, his fourth in four matches, and ran right to the Arsenal faithful inciting some rioting and a yellow card. Curious to see the fall out.
Goal of the Week:
I feel like I keep giving these out in losing efforts, but Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe's bicycle kick in the 1st minute (yeah you read that right) against Manchester United was jaw dropping. Despite the 3-1 loss, Defoe has been something special for Tottenham.
Until next week, peace out. And don't forget to watch True Blood finale tonight. Hells yes!
Since Colbert Report has been on a break, I haven't been able to fall asleep as soundly without the soothing caress of Stephen Colbert's voice. With new episodes starting tomorrow night, I figured it gotta give the man an e-Colbert bump on here. The latest issue of Rolling Stone published a Q&A with Colbert that, interestingly enough, nixed the laugh track. Rather than setting him up with jokes, the article delves more into Stephen Colbert: the man (a devout Catholic who lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash when he was 10) and less about Stephen Colbert: the character. Go grab a copy of this, but in the meanwhile, check the bonus Q&A below and tune in to Comedy Central at 11:30 pm tomorrow night.
Read: "Stephen Colbert on Deconstructing the News, Religion and the Colbert Nation"
Don't know how I missed that Brother Ali dropped the first single off his upcoming record Us. On "Fresh Air", The Brother continues to drop the one-of-a-kind knowledge he served up so warm and tasty on 2007's The Undisputed Truth over a soul-funk beat. He was also kind enough to give us all some in-depth details on what to expect from the new full-length, most notably a new story-telling approach he's taken in his writing. All the goods are below and watch for Us on September 22.
Listen: Brother Ali- Fresh Air
Read: "Brother Ali Previews "Us" To HipHopDX": Pt 1 and Pt 2
The amount of effort I'm putting in to not download the leak of Daisy is monumental. Any Brand New news keeps the shakes, sweats, and other crackheadian (yup, went there) symptoms away is dope. After some telepathic chatting with the group, I was able to pry this excellent version of "Sowing Season", the most constantly re-imagined song in their back catalog, onto the internet...and god damn does Jesse make it look effortless. Video below and please, please buy Daisy on September 22nd. You're welcome...
Brand New on MySpace
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Garage blues rockers The Black Keys revealed some details of their new hip-hop project BlakRoc. Apparently Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, and even the late great Ol' Dirty Bastard make appearances. I guess you could see this coming after their work with Dangermouse...getting high hopes. BlakRoc drops November 27, peep tracklisting below.
Read: "The Black Keys reveal details of hip-hop project"
The Black Keys on MySpace
Seems like Anthony and Co. are taking over my blog a bit. Final studio update from Circa Survive released today. First half is all drum tracking and second half is all bloopers, most notably the new speed metal band Blackeye Butch Killer. So funny and great to hear Anthony still shredding his vocals with those screams. I really loved this series so it's sad to see them go. I guess the new album will make up for that, though..video below
Circa Survive on MySpace
Friday, September 11, 2009
The Fall of Troy just let us in on the tracklisting for their new record. Randomly snappy titles as per usual. Let's hope Thomas Erak's shredding is on par too. In The Unlikely Event drops October 6th.
In The Unlikely Event:
1. Panic Attack!
2. Straight-Jacket Keelhauled
3. Battleship Graveyard
4. A Classic Case of Transference
6. Empty the Clip, the King Has Been Slain, Long Live the Queen!
7. People and Their Lives
8. Dirty Pillow Talk
9. Nobody's Perfect
11. Walk of Fame
12. Nature vs. Nurture
Apparently not only will we be treated to new Circa tunes in the near future, but Anthony just announced earlier today he's working on a new solo disc entitled Beautiful Things. I thought Avalon was a solid collection of songs, and plus, I'm a sucker for anything Anthony...dude rocks. Check the notice below.
Anthony Green introduces Beautiful Things
Anthony Green on MySpace
Catch a listen to a new track from the Windy City duo Kidz In The Hall. Naledge lays down his catchy lines while Double O drops the bass rocking and disco injected beats. Can't expect anything but fun from these cats. Expect to catch a new album, Land of Make Believe, in 2010.
Download: Kidz In The Hall- Jukebox
Kidz In The Hall on MySpace
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The southern metal-core bros from the snowy north known as Every Time I Die have put their new album New Junk Aesthetic up for streaming on their MySpace. Been in the mood for some heavier stuff so this should crush my skull appropriately. Check it..physical copy drops September 15th.
Stream: Every Time I Die- New Junk Aesthetic
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Muse's new album The Resistance, scheduled to drop September 15, is up for stream on their website. I guess it was National Stream Day and no one told me...I'm gonna go give both of them a listen. You should too!
Stream: Muse- The Resistance
Muse on MySpace
After three years of waiting, we can all finally check out new Moneen now that their new album The World I Want To Leave behind is streaming on MTV.com. I want to give this a listen now, but alas, the looming 3 hour giant that is Magazine Workshop is blocking my path. Everyone give this a listen and send your thought waves to my head so I can get a sense of it all during class. KTHNX! The World I Want To Leave Behind drops for real on September 15th.
Listen: Moneen- The World I Want To Leave Behind
Moneen on MySpace
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Get our first refreshing tune coming off Kid Cudi's debut record Man on the Moon: The End of Days. Ratatat brings the spacey production we expect from Kid Cudi and MGMT's subdued, but still psychedelic vocals add a little something something to the chill track. Saw some hate for this song, but caught an excellent review somewhere out there in the interwebz of the new album so only time will tell. Check out the song below and form your own opinion of Man on the Moon: The End of Days on September 15th.
Kid Cudi on MySpace
"I'm on the pursuit of happiness, and I know everything that shines ain't always gonna be gold..."
British epic-rockers (is that a term?) Muse have released another song from their upcoming album, The Resistance. Mixing plucking strings and deep bass-thumping beats, Matthew Bellamy and Co. sound way more moody (think The Cure of Depeche Mode) on "Undisclosed Desire" compared to their usual bombastic sound. Whatever...as long as Bellamy continues to rock a keytar when they play this live, I'm cool with it. Link below and pick up The Resistance when it comes out September 15th.
Listen: Muse- Undisclosed Desire
Muse on MySpace
Not exactly one of my favorite Gaslight Anthem songs, but Brian Fallon gives it a good acoustic treatment. Always cool to get a little insight into the song and the subtle touch of bashfulness he adds to the track is golden. Seems like one of the most genuine guys in music..god damn I need to see them live. Video below
The Gaslight Anthem on MySpace
"Sometimes nothing comes out right, and nothing is relieving. But every slow mans song is a night I'd like to spend with you, just twisting the night away..."
Monday, September 7, 2009
Indie supergroup Monsters of Folk released two new song, the slow-burning "Say Please" and the dreamy "Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) on their myspace today. Yeah, I'm getting a little Rolling Stone on everybody...but hearing M. Ward, Jim James, and Conor Oberst collaborate on songs is too awesome to not be good. Hit the links below for some ear candy.
Listen: Monsters of Folk-"Say Please" and "Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)
Buy: Monsters of Folk- Album Teaser
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Any new Radiohead is good Radiohead as far as I'm concerned. "These Are My Twisted Words" debuted a couple weeks back. Still maintaining the same sound they layed down on 2007's amazing In Rainbows. The build up in the song is fantastic if even we aren't treated to Thom Yorke's dream-inducing cries until 2:38 into the track. Check it out while I try and find the download link to the track so you can own it for realz.
Download: Radiohead- These Are My Twisted Words
Radiohead on MySpace
"These are my twisted words when I feel you still walking. I know I should not look down, but I’m so sick of just talking"
Since they released the music video for "Sweet#hart" earlier this week, I've been on a real Closure In Moscow kick. Revisiting First Temple, I definitely consider it one of the best records I've heard all year, and one of the best debuts I've heard in a long time.
I'm looking at "A Night At The Spleen" to talk to ya'll for me. Goes from a jazzy smoothness to dance-floor poppy, before dipping into a crunching heaviness. For God sakes they sometimes do it all at once. Just a different sounding song that keeps you on your toes and executes on some really daring moves. Yeah, yeah yeah, "they sound just like The Mars Volta"...I'm digging though.
Closure In Moscow on MySpace
"So let's sing together...we've got honey dripping through our veins now baby. Sweetest we've ever been..."
Been a Drake kind of week and he just dropped us a new song. An introspective, yet appreciative Drizzy gives "Fear" his always smooth treatment. Funky beat with some nice horns...do I hear "slow jam". Hard to say when Drake always goes that hard. So Far Gone EP drops September 15th.
Download: Drake- Fear
Drake on MySpace
"Fuck all yall, we ignore villains here. Premature millionaires: welcome to my realest year..."