Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An Earful of Home

Remember the poppy-synth-y schizo-mania of Ima Robot? Enter Alex Ebert, vocalist of Ima Robot. After a tragic breakup, Ebert realized that he was sent unto earth to be the ale to the corruption of mankind. He took on a nom de plume in an alternate character: Edward Sharpe. Thus, the birth of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Sharpe is described as a man who has a duty to save mankind, but on the way, gets distracted by shitloads of girls. Sound familiar? His tunes are home-y, much like his song, "Home." and they are all reminiscent of something you can't quite put your finger on.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

An Earful of Reviews

Here are my latest feelings towards the most recent crop of the music industry...

3. One Life Stand-- Hot Chip

This album was a huge disappointment after the infectiousness of "Ready for the Floor." Their tunes are more mellowed and less frenzied, more commercialized than original. There's nothing sadder than seeing good bands get lost in fame. This album was a huge letdown for me. "One Life Stand" doesn't even sound like the title of a Hot Chip song. It sounds more like a cheesy soap opera.

2. Transference-- Spoon

This album was solid. The thing I like about Spoon is that they are very consistent with their music. Their style never strays. Still the same ol' gritty rock sound I fell in love with.

1. Of the Blue Colour of the Sky-- Ok Go

I am in love with this album. It's a little less pop-ish and a little more modern-indie than the stuff they've done in the past and I like that. You can tell that more thought was put into this album, whereas their stuff before was less polished. Their riffs are tight, the melodies even tighter, and some of the harmonies are hella complex. "Needing/Getting" specifically struck me. It's such a solid indie rock anthem.

This is so so so sick.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

An Earful of Nu Boy-band

These are power boy-bands in the best sense of the word. Not the JT/Backstreet Boys type of boy-band. But the good, indie, boy-band. Like the kind of music where you can listen through a whole song without feeling the slightest bit homo.

kinda sounds a bit like Beirut

And just because....you can never have too much DUB