Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Elliott Smith- New Moon

Destroyer- Destroyer's Rubies

Destroyer's Rubies is about a year old by now, I'm pretty sure. They have their own unique style of indie rock and their vocalist, Dan Bejar, is from The New Pornographers. I find the style of Destroyer is hard to categorize, but Bejar likes to call it "European Blues". Their lyrics are like cryptic peoms, but the guitars are generally upbeat and Dan Bejar's voice is nasally. I don't know if nasally is a word.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Minus the Bear- Bands Like it When You Yell "Yar!" at Them [EP]

Glitch rock with numerous indie breakdowns (see: Interpol). Frontman Jake Snider is an amazing low key singer and a great guitarist, alongside lead guitarist Dave Knudsen. Highly recommended.

Minus the Bear- Bands Like it...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Mountain Goats- Tallahassee

Just get this album. If you aren't the biggest fan of beautiful acoustic songs with emotion, skip ahead to No Children, then play it from the beginning and appreciate it!

Moros Eros- I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now the Sun Shines Bright

From what I've seen on the internets, Moros Eros is relatively unknown, especially when compared to most of the other indie acts on this blog. The four members came together in 2005 to begin recording I Saw the Devil..., and with impressive results. They have a powerful, good vocalist who you can almost always understand, guitar riffs that will get stuck in your head, and my personal favorite, a talented drummer that keeps everything together. Watch their single Today is the Day below...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

If anyone cares, sorry for the lack of update. I will be back tomorrow

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Of Montreal- Icons, Abstract Thee [EP]

Leaked quite a while ago, but still an excellent EP by one of my favorite bands. Includes the nine minute rock ballad No Conclusion at the end. Honestly, that song alone is enough to warrant the download.

5 MP3s

I think I'll post five random MP3s from my library once a week or so, just to mix things up a bit. Also, I just want to let it be known that I will accept requests for albums through AIM (my screen name can be found in my profile) or through email (Shim1337[at]gmail.com).

!!!- Must Be the Moon
Nas vs. Of Montreal- Gronlandic Hope
An Angle- Green Water
Jedi Mind Tricks- Sacrifice
The Go! Team- Grip Like A Vice (unreleased)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Patrick Wolf- The Magic Position

He has a great voice and shows off his talent on tons of different instruments. In my opinion this isn't his greatest effort but go ahead and download it if you're already a fan or if you like artists such as Andrew Bird or Sufjan Stevens.

Cool Calm Pete- Lost

A laid back MC reppin' the NYC. In the first song he states, "Party people in the place to be, This is Cool Calm Pete, I'm a do this in G-Minor" If you cant see in awesome in that, then you don't know what good rap is. As you can tell from the cover art, he's Korean, but his voice is nice and the beats are filled to the brim with originality. On another note, many of the tracks are perfect for Summer kick-backs.
Cool Calm Pete- Lost

He's also great live:

Professor Murder- Rides the Subway [EP]

Highly Recommended- a fun five track EP with pounding bass, synth, echoed lyrics, and an overall rock-electric sound. If it already sounds like you'll like it, you probably will. You really can't go wrong.

Dr. Dog- Easy Beat

Equal parts Beatles, Beach Boys, and even the Shins, Dr. Dog have a seriously retro sound that is incomparable in originality. Easy Beat times in at just under forty minutes where it was recorded in the band's personal studio, so there's no wonder why this disc has such a warm, raw sound. If someone told me this band was straight out of the sixties, I would believe them. Standouts include Oh No, The World May Never Know, Wake Up, and the title track Easy Beat.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Peter Bjorn and John- Writer's Block

Peter Bjorn and John's latest effort Writer's Block may be labeled as "indie-pop" or "folk-pop" or any other variation on the genre of pop, but this intrument packed LP is far from the "pop"ular music norm. Mixing catchy, just-in-time-for-Summer whistling, bongo drums, synth, mandolin...., etc with great lyrics and sometimes even funky beats (the excellent Amsterdam), these three Swedes know how to create pure bliss and put it on a CD. Highly Recommended nod your head and sing along type stuff, ya.

Aesop Rock- Labor Days

Aesop Rock records some brilliant underground rap tracks. Although you might not be able to understand the message he's trying to convey simply because his flow is so rapid, Labor Days is this MC's most approachable record, and I'm sure you'll like it if you like so called "real" rap. No Regrets tells a beautiful story. Daylight pokes at the faults of our world, as he repeats in the chorus "All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day, Put the pieces back together my way."

the Apples in Stereo- New Magnetic Wonder

Indie-psychedelic - super catchy - contains five or six great gems, a whopping ten interludes, and like nine songs I didn't like. It's all very hit or miss, which is partially a good thing because there's always diversity from song to song. With 24 tracks in all, there's probably something you'll like here.

Pedro the Lion- Control

Pedro the Lion have since disbanded, but for the lack of a better term, their legacy lives on. Frontman David Bazan has a uniquely interesting writing style in which he actually addresses the listener: "If you're just joining us now, You've missed a brilliant speech, We go now live to the streets, To find out what the voters think, He's worked a miracle, I just now bought a brand new car"
Pedro the Lion- Control