The New Classics

October 23, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Arctic Monkeys, Cornerstone

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:00 pm

10.23.09


Song: Cornerstone
Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Album: Humbug
Label: Domino / Warner Bros.
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: ‘Cornerstone’ has a simple, slowly-strummed sweetness to it that Arctic Monkeys songs don’t usually go for, as far as I know. Here, Alex Turner sings a tune about (or at least what I interpret as) wanting to pretend that every woman he meets is a different woman in particular, and in the end settles for the woman’s sister. It’s the kind of song that I picture will get the crowd of a Monkeys show swaying back and forth and singing grinningly. Continue Reading

October 22, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Frightened Rabbit, Swim Until You Can’t See Land

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:40 pm

10.22.09

Song: Swim Until You Can’t See Land
Artist: Frightened Rabbit
Album: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Label: Fat Cat Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ is a song about abandoning all hope and getting the hell out of dodge before the worst hits the horizon.

Dip a toe in the ocean. Oh how it hardens and it numbs.
And the rest of me is a burgeoned man
built to collapse into crumbs.
And if I hadn’t come down
to the coast to disappear,
I may have died in a land-slide
of the rocks, the hopes and fears.
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October 21, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Death Cab for Cutie, Meet Me On the Equinox

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 8:17 pm

10.21.09


Song: Meet Me on the Equinox
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: New Moon (OST)
Label: Atlantic Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Death Cab has had a great 2009 thus far. Riding the success of their near-perfect 2008 LP Narrow Stairs, they released two of my favorites from the album: ‘Cath…‘ and ‘Grapevine Fires‘ as singles this year, followed by the equally-superb The Open Door EP followup that further cemented my admiration of this band. ‘Meet Me On the Equinox’ is a track written specifically for the soundtrack to a teen-fad film franchise of the last couple of years; New Moon. Continue Reading

May 21, 2009

Music Video: The Killers, The World We Live In

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 11:44 am

05.21.09

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Song: The World We Live In
Artist: The Killers
Album: Day & Age
Label: Island Records
Notes: 3rd single from LP
Analysis: If you weren’t feeling the first two singles (‘Human’ and ‘Spaceman‘) from The Killers’ late 2008 release, you might enjoy ‘The World We Live In’ a little bit more. It’s less house music and more prog rock anthem. The video’s a little too icey for my springtime/summer mood, but it’s shot really nicely and Brandon’s wardrobe is only slightly less outrageous than previous videos. It’s as close to Hot Fuss as the album gets, which is the best compliment that I can give a Killers song lately.

May 15, 2009

Music Video: Modest Mouse, Satellite Skin

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:03 pm

05.15.09

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Song: Satellite Skin
Artist: Modest Mouse
Album: No One’s First And You’re Next EP
Label: Epic Records
Notes: 1st single from EP
Analysis: Modest Mouse is one of the most important bands in of my generation for me. Back in early 2004 when Good News for People Who Love Bad News came out, they really cracked my taste in music wide open. Before I heard that album I was mainly big into the emo/post-hardcore genre, as well as alternative metal & popular hip hop stuff. But Modest Mouse really introduced me to a lot more sounds and types of music, which happened perfectly right before I went away to college, which was also obviously a huge turning point in my life. Not to get all sentimental, but to this day that album is one of my most played favorites, and I’ve since caught up greatly on the group’s influences, influencees, and learned to love so many new bands and genres in a way that I never could have had I not been given a copy of their cd in 2004. With that out of the way, ‘Satellite Skin’ is a new Modest Mouse track off of their upcoming EP of unreleased joints from the Good News sessions, as well as the We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank b-sides. The sunny, crunchy tune has a bizarrely cool video to go along with it featuring walking birdhouses, alien cults and a disgusting patch of pulsating hairy flesh. You have to wonder how Tool music video animator Kevin Willis could even think up an idea for a storyline this odd, but Modest Mouse is a very imaginative band also so I’m sure they had something to do with it.

May 14, 2009

Music Video: Phoenix, 1901

Filed under: Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:47 pm

05.14.09

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Song: 1901
Artist: Phoenix
Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Label:
V2 Records
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: Phoenix is arguably one of the hottest bands around right now, thanks to some Saturday Night Live exposure and a stellar new album. I love music videos that can play with lighting effects and come out looking better than an over-expensive cgi’ed video would. That’s pretty much what we have here for ‘1901’, Phoenix’ hyper second single. For those who haven’t heard Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix yet, ‘1901’ is a pretty good representation of everything about it; re: it’s really good.

Album Review Catch-Up, Part 1

05.14.09

There has been so much music coming out over the past few months that I’ve been neglecting a lot of album reviews for the simple fact that I don’t have a whole lot of time. By the time I finally sit down to do an album writeup, there’s 4 or 5 other albums that have my interest. It’s a blessing and a curse to live in this digital age, as we have so much great music right at our fingertips, but not enough time to digest and enjoy it before something new comes along. This especially a problem for someone like me, who loves collecting EVERYTHING. So for the sake of catching up with myself and saving myself time in the future (although a few of these reviews I have half-done already, but am scrapping in favor of this format), here is part one of all of the albums fit for coverage – now in bite size:

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April 30, 2009

New Music: Dinosaur Jr., I Want You to Know

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 10:41 pm

04.30.09

Dinosaur Jr.-Farm
Song: I Want You to Know
Artist: Dinosaur Jr.
Album: Farm
Label: Jagjaguwar Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Now thats some artwork. Indie rock legends Dinosaur Jr. are on their ninth record in almost 25 years, and don’t sound like they’ve aged a bit. Continue Reading

Music Video: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Young Adult Friction

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: — Greg @ 6:27 pm

04.30.09

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Song: Young Adult Friction
Artist: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Album: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Label: Slumberland Records
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: Don’t let the band name fool you…alright well the music is just as wimpy as it sounds like it’d be. But it’s catchy and at least fun to listen to. It’s also probably the first song that I could ever classify as “library rock”. From the punny song title to the lyrics making reference to moldy pages and microfiche; the song also ends with a singalong chant of “don’t check me out“. Get it? It’s a dorky tune, but that’s the charm.

Music Video: Ducktails, Landrunner

Filed under: Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 5:17 pm

04.30.09

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Song: Landrunner
Artist: Ducktails
Album: Landscapes
Label: Olde English Spelling Bee
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: The greatest cartoon theme song of all time is Ducktales. That’s a fact. It’s only natural for a group to finally name themselves after such a classic. This is the first song I’ve heard from them, and it’s all instrumental. I have no idea if all of their stuff is like that, but I like what I hear. It’s a trance-inducing guitar track set to some artsy animation. Easy stuff to kick back to this weekend.

New Music: Passion Pit, Moth’s Wings

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 4:00 pm

04.30.09

mannersalbum
Song: Moth’s Wings
Artist: Passion Pit
Album: Manners
Label: Frenchkiss Records
Notes: none
Analysis: Wow, this Passion Pit album is actually shaping up to be pretty fucking great. Continue Reading

April 27, 2009

New Music: White Denim, Mirrored and Reverse

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:53 pm

04.27.09

Song: Mirrored and Reverse
Artist: White Denim
Album: Fits
Label: Full Time Hobby
Notes: none
Analysis: The appeal of some bands just flies over my head sometimes, I’m not afraid to admit that. Some of White Denim’s stuff falls into that category, while some of it such as ‘Sitting’ or ‘All You Really Have to Do’ is instantly identifiable to me as great music. The first cut off of their upcoming album Fits, ‘Mirrored and Reverse’ can be filed under the “not feelin it” file. Continue Reading

April 26, 2009

Music Video: King Khan and the Shrines, Land of the Freak

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 10:02 am

04.26.09

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Song: Land of the Freak
Artist: King Khan and the Shrines
Album: What Is?!
Label: Vice Records
Notes: 1st single from re-issued LP
Analysis: King Khan and the Shrines is a band that I can’t believe I’ve never heard of up until about two months ago. They’ve been around for ten years and pretty much embody the rock ‘n roll image, or at least the 1960s rock ‘n roll image: Crazy energy, outlandish outfits and spastic dancing fits! Seriously, this band looks like they’d be a blast to see live as you can tell from the footage intercut throughout the video. Check these guys out.

April 22, 2009

Music Video: Passion Pit, The Reeling

Filed under: Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 10:38 pm

04.22.09

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Song: The Reeling
Artist: Passion Pit
Album: Manners
Label: Frenchkiss Records
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: ‘Sleepyhead’ by Passion Pit was one of my favorite 2008 discoveries; a song that went from “what the fuck is this?” to “god damn I love this song” for me quicker than any song I can think of recently. I’m genuinely excited for their full-length debut this year, and ‘The Reeling’ is my first taste of the new material. It’s a little dancier, and poppier than Sleepyhead, but not in bad ways. It’s still obviously the same band, and I’m sure that much of the album will sound like this; midnight hipster dance party jams with potential crossover appeal. There’s been worse, less-fun formulas. The video has a great youthfulness to it (like you never pushed your friends around at full speed in a shopping cart…), and singer Michael Angelakos’ paperface is a sweet effect. I think that Passion Pit has a long, possibly commercial life ahead of them, more so than most of the groups in their genre, whatever you would call it. They make some damn fine music.

**BONUS – Sleepyhead music video**

April 19, 2009

New Music: Deerhunter, Rainwater Cassette Exchange

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Song — Greg @ 8:26 am

04.19.09

Rainwater Cassette Exchange

Song: Rainwater Cassette Exchange
Artist: Deerhunter
Album: Rainwater Cassette Exchange EP
Label: Kranky Records
Notes: none
Analysis: I don’t have a lot to say about the band Deerhunter. They’re another band whose music, despite critical acclaim, I’ve never been able to get into. I mean, I’ve enjoyed a handful of songs, but never a full album. ‘Rainwater Cassette Exchange’ is one of their songs that I can get into, though. Some sample lyrics:
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