Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Thunderbirds Are Now!

Thunderbirds Are Now! are an exciting spin on the new-wave/post-punk sound, making energetic punk dance-anthems coated in colorful keys and youthful yelps.

My favorite album is 'Justamustache', but I'm partial to their often-criticized 'Make History' too...
If you're interested in infectious energy and dancability, these Michigan-ers got your back.

But it's best to watch ya' front.

"From: Skulls"

Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief [2003]

Justamustache [2005]

Make History [2006]
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gravediggaz - 6 Feet Deep

Say it with me now
: "G-R-A-V-E-D-I-G-G-A-Z".



6 Feet Deep
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Thursday, September 25, 2008


Brainiac remain one of the most original and interesting groups of the past decade (+ change) -- a synth/punk/experimental headtrip whose music was stopped short after the death of lead singer/guitarist/keyboard player Tim Taylor.

I never fully "got" Brainiac until listening to '
Bonsai Superstar' during a night's drive with a grandfather clock laying/chiming in my backseat -- long story short, the band has become carved into my mind and appreciated daily.

Brainiac might not be for everyone (or might just take time to grow), but I urge anyone who hasn't heard give them a try --
truly one of the more innovative bands.

Bonsai Superstar [1994]

Hissing Prigs in Static Couture [1996]

Electro-Shock For President [1997]
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

King Cobb Steelie - Destroy All Codes


King Cobb Steelie formed in Ontario during the early nineties, birthing a hybrid sound of punk, funk, jazz, and dance.

Destroy All Codes' is the latest full-length from the group (2004), a bass-tunneling groove with tightly-crafted guitar and percussive bombast throughout.

My appreciation of this album grows with each listen -- the production is crisp, the beats are smooth, and the chilled atmospheric vibes often give-way for monumental, dense builds. Great album for relaxing
or tearing up your momma's rug.

Destroy All Codes
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Vitamin D

Alright, I know first-hand from this cold that you gotta' stay up on your vitamins, mang. So I got your back with a double-dose of vitamin D, and a supplement to make sure you stay correct.

The Drones




Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fungus
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Bayon were a folk/ethnic/jazz/hyphen-hybrid group starting in the late 70's lead by two multi-instrumentalists (Christoph Theusner/Sonny Thet) and supported by an array of talented musicians.

Under their German label
Amiga, Bayon released four of their first albums -- starting with the self-titled 'Bayon'.

Love throwing this album on to unwind --
but make no mistake...it still brings the groove.
I have some more Bayon scattered in my collection, so I might update this if yaz' are interested/I have time.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

sgt. - Stylus Fantasticus

Left to Right: =), =D, =)

In short, sgt. are an amazing band from Tokyo -- consisting of a bass player, drummer, and violinist.

Their latest release, '
Stylus Fantasticus' is among the best albums I've heard all year.

Trust me.

Stylus Fantasticus
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Aceyalone - A Book of Human Language

Aceyalone has had some spikes in quality over the years, but his sophomore solo album, 'A Book of Human Language' belongs in the hip-hop Bible. The album is a concept album that plays out like a book, divided into individual chapters (including a Forward/Contents/Afterward) with Aceyalone poetically soaring over jazzy loops at the hands of longtime collaborator Mumbles.

Simply nothing to fault this album for -- Aceyalone explores the depth of every track and elevates them to something timeless. Case & point:

"The Guidelines"

A Book of Human Language
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Medications - Your Favorite People All In One Place

Medications are a 3-piece rock group, stemming primarily from Faraquet with members Devin Ocampo (guitar/vox) and Chad Molter (bass). Anyone versed in Faraquet knows this band was almost guaranteed to be good, and with the addition of drummer Andrew Becker, Medications were complete. Becker has since left the band however, more or less leaving Medications on hiatus.

Your Favorite People All In One Place', produced by Brendan Canty of Fugazi, is the band's only released full-length. Much like Faraquet, expect lots of effortless time changes, a swift rhythm-section, and all the bells and whistles (not literally). Highly recommend checking both bands out.

"I Am The Harvest"

Your Favorite People All In One Place
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Malajube - Le Compte Complet

I'm sorry, lMmT isn't here right now, but he left you this...
...said something about "a great Francophone band"?
Happy trails.

Malajube - Le Compte Complet
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Woven Hand - Ten Stones

David Eugene Edwards is one of the more interesting and talented artists; his works are booming with soulful, honest lyrics and a powerful voice to match. I first heard David Eugene with his work in 16 Horsepower -- a gritty, country-tinged band coated in the often dark presence of David Eugene's voice.

Woven Hand has become David Eugene's "solo" project -- collaborating with other musicians/ex-members of 16 Horsepower. His latest release, 'Ten Stones', might be my favorite release yet, continuing the Woven Hand tradition of effortlessly evoking emotion from the listener by means of David Eugene himself and the collective sound of Woven Hand.

Overall just an honest and prolific musician...highly recommend digging deeper through past Woven Hand/16 Horsepower releases if you like what you hear.

Ten Stones
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