Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords

May 7, 2008

'dem Conchords

Honestly, what’s there to say? The Self-Titled album is a great collection of songs, but they failed to add the two best songs from the show: Bret You’ve Got It Goin On and Cheer Up Murray. In fact the only reason I am talking about this CD is to have an excuse to post the videos of those two particular songs. Still worth the purchase, clever song writing and groovy music.

Highlights Include, “Think About It“, “Inner City Pressure”, “Business Time”, and the Gangsta-Folk anthem “Mutha’Uckas”.

Reviewed Reviews:

C.O.S.

Pitchfork

Crawdaddy

Helpful Links:

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Last.fm

Upcoming Tour Dates:

5/07/08: NYC, NY
5/09/08: Washington, DC
5/10/08: Ann Arbor, MI
5/11/08: Milwaukee, WI
5/13/08: Minneapolis, MN

Clips for “Cheer Up Murray“ and “Bret, You’ve Got It Goin On“:

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Tapes ‘N Tapes – Walk It Off

April 30, 2008

Got an itch for some good old antsy indie-pop? Look no further than Walk It Off, the sophomore release from Tapes ‘N Tapes. Following up on their critically acclaimed The Loon, the boys from Minnesota have pushed their sound forward. The group falls under indie-rock, see: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but this genre is amorphous and TNT are doing a lot with a little in the world of lo-fi, hi-quality pop. Their unique blend of visceral pinging guitars and semi-electronic musical ether is definitely worth checking out.

Highlights Include, “Le Ruse“, “Blunt”, “Conquest”, and the power track “Hang Them All”.

Reviewed Reviews:

uGO

PopMatters

Stereogum

Helpful Links:

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MySpace

Last.fm

Upcoming Tour Dates:

4/30/08: Birmingham, AL
5/02/08: Autin, TX
5/03/08: Denton, TX
5/04/08: Dallas, TX
5/06/08: Tuscon, AZ

Music Video for “Hang Them All“:

The Dodo’s – Visiter

April 28, 2008

Born of the same acoustic backed lo-fi pop as Ruby Suns and Adem, San Francisco based duo, The Dodo’s, latest release “Visiter” (3/18/08) uses smokey voices backed by a rockin 6-string and a focus on deep pounding drums rather than splashy cymbals, to create an original hardcore sound. The best way to describe the sophomore effort “Beware of Maniacs” is to imagine Death From Above 1979 loving their parents and writing an album with an acoustic guitar rather than a overly distorted bass. The duo seems to hone their skills, and although not much musically has changed in their latest release, it seems to be a good thing.

Highlights Include, “Jodi“, “Walking”, “Paint the Rust”, and the mind numbingly catchy, “Fools”.

Reviewed Reviews:

Pitchfork

Pre-Fix

MetaCritic

Helpful Links:

Home Page

MySpace

Last.fm

Upcoming Tour Dates:

5/02/08: Los Angeles, CA
5/14/08: San Francisco, CA
5/19/08: San Francisco, CA
6/24/08: Portland, OR
6/25/08: Seattle WA

Music Video for “Fools“:

Horny Vampyre – Untitled

April 24, 2008

Once in a while I’m just gonna talk about a band that will be releasing a record soon. In this case it’s a debut record from Dover, NH based Horny Vampyre and it’s gonna be “off the heezy”. Apparrently all these two wanted to do was create songs to dance to. Let’s hope it starts a revolution.

Please do yourself a favor and listen here:
MySpace

Here is a Clip of one of their basement shows:

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Perishing

April 16, 2008

Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

In sub-pop it easy to lose a band in the shuffle, after all, it seems catchy melodies featuring soft spoken singers are a dime a dozen these days in the indie-pop genre. However, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin seems to have been able to cleverly avoid getting lost in the wide open sea of sub-pop with an obscure reference to the former President of Russia as a name. On their latest record, “Perishing” (4/8/08), these kids from Missouri have nailed the indie-pop genre with a slew of songs featuring witty lyrics backed by catchy distorted guitar licks. It seems to be a slight departure from their debut album, “Broom“, and sounds as if they have studied the Elephant Six Collection and really brought that calming melodic sound made famous by Beulah and Of Montreal. No sophomore slump here.

Highlights Include, “You Could Write A Book“, “Dead Right”, “The Beach Song”, and the eery pop anthem, “Think I Wanna Die”.

Reviewed Reviews:

Spin

XLR8R

Hybrid Magazine

Helpful Links:

Home Page

MySpace

Last.fm

Upcoming Tour Dates:

4/18/08: Toronto, ON
4/19/08: Montreal, QC
4/20/08: Allston, MA
4/21/08: Brooklyn, NY
4/22/08: New York, NY

Music Video for “I Think I Wanna Die“: