Monday, May 10th, 2010
Genres: Indie Rock/Pop, Instrumental Rock, Modern Folk
RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, Preston Reed, Do Make Say Think
8.3Kaki King was once heralded as “Queen of the Acoustic Guitar” by NPR and several guitar magazines. Her second LP and groundbreaking major label debut Legs to Make Us Longer won fans over with its sensational crossover appeal. It was simultaneously a pleasure to the ears of guitar acrobatic-aficionados who enjoy artists such as Preston Reed and John Fahey, and it also found a niche with singer-songwriter types that enjoyed her unconventional yet catchy song structures.
While her first two albums were mostly instrumental forays into her musical vocabulary, complete with tapping sections and her ability ...
Saturday, May 8th, 2010
Yellow Life Giver
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Philadelphia’s Creepoid recently played an over packed record release show with their hometown hero Kurt Vile and stamped themselves as Philadelphia’s next “constant hit makers”. Creepoid sounds like Mazzy Star lamenting a love affair with the Telescopes, and the result is a rainy day staple. Although Creepoid’s first release is dreamy and understated, recently performed tracks hint towards a more explosive, primal future.
Buy this before it is out of print. Creepoid stand out with their first release, but I expect even greater things to erupt in the not so distant future.
You Can Purchase Yellow Life Giver E.P. at Big Cartel...
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Puerto Rico FlowersFan Death Records
John Sharkey III has distanced himself from his more aggressive former bands (Clockclean Er, Nine Shocks Terror) to produce an addictive debut ep titled 4 from his newest solo project Puerto Rico Flowers. Released on Fan Death Records in January 2010, 4 offers a deliberately minimalist; dark repetitive dark wave record that lends it’s self to be listened to over and over. In fact, when I first purchased 4, my room mate had to ask me to “lay off the Puerto Rico Flowers record” when I played it back to back a week straight.
Puerto Rico Flowers is bass driven, synth supported crack. Although 4 draws heavily on dark wave sensibilities, it ...
Saturday, May 1st, 2010
This is Happening
Genres: Dance-punk, Disco, Electronica
RIYL: New Order, !!!, Disco revival with a modern twist.
Patience is a virtue…or so all the sages and soothsayers in various walks of life explain to us. This also applies heavily to music. Take acts like Tool and Radiohead, who release extravagant albums, but take years to do so. When LCD Soundsystem front-man James Murphy exclaims, “You wanted a hit? / but that’s not what we do,” in band’s latest full-length effort, This is Happening - he’s sharing their honest methodology.
Opening track “Dance Yrself Clean” takes about 3 minutes to really get going. Having this kind of patience is expected of LCD’s fans these days. Don’t ...