• Exclusive video interview with Geoff Rickly from Thursday about the band's breakup…

    6 Dec 2011, 21:20 by BruceMcD2020

    I have embedded links to both parts of my exclusive interview with Geoff Rickly from Thursday in separate posts in my group here on last.fm.

    Check out both segments for details on the band's decision to split up, as well as the highs and lows of their 13 year career, and what the future might hold for them as a unit:

    http://www.last.fm/group/proBRUCEr+and+friends

    While you're there, feel free to join the group so your listens can play a part in the group's weekly last.fm charts!
  • The Go! Team @ Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Motomix 2008

    29 Jun 2008, 17:25 by eric_mo

    Sábado 28 Jun – MOTOMIX: THE ROKR FESTIVAL

    (Scroll down for an English version of this review.)

    /// Versão em português

    Ao chegar no parque, lá pelas 17h10, e passando pelo portão 3, os sons de Fujiya & Miyagi eram ainda muito distantes para serem ouvidos. Passando a Oca — que não sei quando, foi cercada (horrivelmente) para impedir as pessoas de escalarem-na —, alguns ruídos eram audíveis. Após a Marquise, o som era claro e a visão eram bons o suficiente para algumas pessoas que se sentaram na grama próxima e assistiram às bandas. Mas a maioria das pessoas estavam em frente ao palco, naturalmente. Uma dupla de árvores também estava a frente do palco, bloqueando a vista de um número razoável de pessoas, mas mesmo assim, há uma certa beleza em se ver árvores no contexto urbano do evento.

    17h30, acomodei-me atrás da multidão e peguei as duas últimas músicas do Fujiya & Miyagi. Um som bem agradável e cheio. O refrão de Ankle Injuries ficou bomo como final para o show deles.

    Uns 20 minutos depois, os bumbos estavam marcados com Go! Team em letras maiúsculas. O sol tinha começado a se por, e quando o ex-VJ da MTV, Edgar, subiu ao palco para anunciar o The Go! Team, já era praticamente noite. Então, o The Go! Team se prepara em meio às luzes do palco, e começa seu show com uma performance convidativa de The Power Is On. Depois, Kaori assume o centro do palco, enquanto Chi passa as baquetas para Ninja e assume o segundo vocal. Era isso, eles iam tocar a música mais doce e twee de seu álbum Proof Of Youth: Fake ID. Essa é minha música favorita do Proof Of Youth, junto com Keys To The City, então só posso dizer que foi incrível, para não ser completamente desobjetivado!
    Mudanças no line-up da banda sempre são interessantes, cativantes, e é algo que o The Go! Team domina completamente. Em uma parte do show, Kaori repentinamente pára de tocar o teclado e bate no pratos da bateria com o "Go!". É uma das cenas que mais me marcou no show.

    A melhor performance do Go! Team foi um b-side chamado A Version Of Me, com Sam no violão, Kaori no Casio e Chi nos vocais. Lembrou um pouco Hold Yr Terror Close, que eles infelizmente não tocaram neste show. Logo antes de começar a cantar, Chi pergunta em português, muito meiga, "tudo bem?", criando uma atmosfera perfeita para a música que viria a seguir. Na performance do Coachella de 2006 de Hold Yr Terror Close, Chi também disse algo como "vocês não sabem como a vista aqui do palco é bonita". Cheia de frases de efeito, é um espetáculo.

    No geral, o show do Go! Team foi único, retendo a sensação lo-fi dos discos. Por vezes, o som parecia um pouco mal mixado, além de uma caixa de som à esquerda do público que falhou vez ou outra, mas nada com que eu pudesse me incomodar.
    O público provavelmente ficou atraído pelo estilo e estética incomum da banda, mas a maioria também não entendeu. O cheiro de erva e os bêbados não combinavam com a atmosfera ingênua e doce gerada pelo The Go! Team. Ainda assim, levando este mesmo estilo do Go! Team, foi legal ver que alguns levaram seus filhos para o festival, e que o festival foi feito de dia, com censura livre, assemelhando-se a outros festivais como o Pitchfork Festival de Chicago.

    Após a saída do The Go! Team, ainda peguei duas músicas do Metric. A primeira, Dead Disco, começou em cima da música Sandy, do Caribou, o que ficou bem interessante. Não sou muito fã de Metric, então fechei o dia ali. E que dia!



    /// English version

    While arriving at the park and going through Gate 3, around 1710, the sounds of Fujiya & Miyagi were still a little bit far away to be heard. Just after the Oca — which has now an awful fence around to stop people from climbing it —, some noises were audible. Further the Marquise, the sound was clear and the sight was good enough for some people, who sat on the grass nearby and watched the bands from there. But most of people did stand in front of the stage. A couple of trees also did stand in front of the stage, and it did block the view for a reasonable number of people, but still, there was some kind of beauty in seeing those trees in an urban event like Motomix.

    By 1730, I took a place behind the crowd and listened to Fujiya & Miyagi last two songs. The sound was enjoyable and full. Ankle Injuries chorus in their final moment did look like an nice end for their performance.

    After 20 minutes or so, the drums had the capital-cased Go! Team in it. The sun had started to set, and when the ex-MTV VJ, Edgar, went up in the stage to announce that The Go! Team would come in right up, it was already pretty much a night. So, The Go! Team set themselves up amidst the stage lights, and started with a inviting performance of The Power Is On. Next, they'd changed their line-up, with Kaori taking over the center of stage and main vocals, while Ninja swapped places with Chi, for they would play their sweetest and twee-est song from Proof of Youth: Fake ID. It is my favorite song from their last album, along with Keys To The City, so I'm not really going to say much, except that it was really awesome.
    Line-up changes are really a plus when watching a concert, and The Go! Team definitely manages to do that. In one song, can't remember which, Kaori started playing the keyboards and suddenly went to the drums and started to hit the crash cymbals really hard.

    The Go! Team peak-best performance was a song that is probably some variant of Hold Yr Terror Close or an unreleased song called A Version Of Myself, featuring Chi in the vocals, Kaori in the keyboards, and some acoustic guitar. Just before Chi started to the sing, she asked "tudo bem?", something like "are you okay?" in portuguese, which was really cute and made up a really nice atmosphere for the song.
    The concert wrap-up was Keys To The City, which actually kind of compresses the whole thing in one song, with the laid-back exotic melodies through the verses, the metals before the chorus, which is drenched in Kaori's twee vocals, and the "we jump-off" thing in the lyrics.

    Over all, The Go! Team's concert was unique, with performances that retained the lo-fi feeling of the albums. Sometimes the sounds seemed like it was a little bit badly mixed, and one of the speakers just left of the crowd started to fail, but it is not like I cared about it. The only thing I missed was Chi's performance of Hold Yr Terror Close.
    The crowd was probably mesmerized with The Go! Team's out-of-the box style and aesthetics, but I guess most didn't really get it. The smell of pot and the drunk people, for which I didn't care much also, fits in a dystopic universe like the one in "Brave New World", but not in the sweet naive atmosphere generated by the aesthetics of The Go! Team. Still, taking that into consideration, it was really nice to see that some people took their children to the concert, and it was also nice to have the festival happening in the day-time, as it happens in some other festivals, like the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago.

    After The Go! Team left, I did catch the first two Metric songs. I did like the fact that they did started to play Dead Disco using Caribou's Sandy. I'm not really into Metric, so I called it a day after that. And what a day!
  • The Best Bands That You Don’t Know About: -- Aloha

    12 May 2008, 02:10 by Qong

    From:
    Various Thoughts on Music


    Aloha is a hardworking, crazy-touring mainstay of Polyvinyl Records here in the States. Started by long time members Tony Cavallario and Matthew Gengler while they were attending college during the summer of 1997 in Ohio; they have been working extremely hard for the progress of their band ever since. Matthew and Tony, joined by Cale Parks and later T.J. Lipple in the spring of 2003 make up the band as they are now.

    With the addition of T.J. their sound was able to expand quite a bit from the band’s earlier works; with his sound contributions of a homemade Mellotron, Marimba, Organ playing, editing tricks, as well as his Drum playing abilities; which allowed Cale to further develop his sound within the band.

    Their expanded sound can be seen on their first album together: 2004’s Here Comes Everyone, which was released that winter. The beginnings of the album were written in T.J.’s grandfather’s house in Pennsylvania shortly after the coming together of the band’s lineup.



    Their follow up album was the critically acclaimed Some Echoes, which was released in the spring of 2006. The album was recorded and produced at the Silver Sonya studio in Virginia, which is operated by T.J. and Chad Clark (from the DC band Beauty Pill).

    Some Echoes showcased a further progression in their sound and was praised by nearly everyone that listened to the record; I honestly do not believe that I’ve read a single poor review of the album. It is an absolute classic and quite possibly my favorite work by the band to date. The album was also streamed on their website for everyone to listen to, but sadly the old band website is no longer available; they now use their Myspace page for their website needs.

    Their latest release is Light Works, an EP, released in late 2007. While not as progressive sounding as the previous two releases, Light Works is a light and fine work indeed, especially as far as EP’s are concerned; it is a quality release without a doubt, it’s almost album like. Though it may be a little unexpected at first to hear the piano and the acoustic guitar, you soon get used to it and enjoy the quality of the work that is being done.



    Aloha really is one of the hardest working bands making music today, and they are grossly unappreciated for the amazing work that they have done and continue to do. I have been to several Aloha shows over the years and I am not joking when I say that they are one of the hardest working bands around. They are in what seems to be a constant state of touring, recording, writing and working.

    They have played shows all over the world, from every corner of the United States, to Japan and Singapore. They have a very loyal following in their fan base, which will undoubtedly continue to grow as time passes by and people continue to discover them. The band certainly deserves any and all recognition that they receive.

    Aloha: One of the best bands that you didn’t know about until reading this article.
  • Twenty favorite albums from 2007

    22 Jan 2008, 19:31 by eric_mo

    20) The Hermit CrabsSaw You Dancing
    If post-Dear Catastrophe Waitress Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Math & Physics Club had an own genre, Hermit Crabs would fit in it perfectly. But of course, it doesn't have the same appeal that Life Pursuit or Let's Get Out Of This Country had. They lack depth of organs and brasses and perhaps a better production that differentiates them. Yet, for a first full lenght, this is promising.


    19) Jack PeñateMatinee
    Something like Arctic Monkeys meet Jack Johnson: standard pop music with interesting guitars.


    18) RadioheadIn Rainbows
    17) Panda BearPerson Pitch
    Overrated as hell, but they do have their moments.


    16) The FieldFrom Here We Go Sublime
    Differently from Caribou, The Field sometimes might just sound stupid with some of the excessive looping. Still, it has several good moments in which evolution within the songs is percepetible in subtle changes and details that, afterall, is what differentiates The Field from the rest.


    15) AntelopeReflector
    Minimalist and very repetitive post-punk with some krautrock feeling.


    14) Bitter Bitter WeeksPeace is Burning Like a River
    Reverbered high pitch vocals, subtle atmosphere built over keyboards, electric guitars that fit in between Mazzy Star and Velocity Girl, songwriting on the footsteps of Teenage Fanclub and alikes, but a little sadier.


    13) Blitzen TrapperWild Mountain Nation
    There are Pavement/Wilco impressions that makes Blitzen Trapper sound too attached to a recipe of songwriting, and so Wild Moutain Nation can be a little repetitive and have little self-identity. On the other hand, the weird guitar licks and the well-writen folk songs differentiates this from most of the indie music out there.


    12) Vampire WeekendBlue CD-R Demos
    Good solid record, even though those are only demos (that don't sound much like demos). Vampire Weekend is promising, with their african-beat plus indie rock recipe, but this is no Regatta de Blanc yet and they certainly have some cards on their sleeves to improve their african-beat influenced indie rock.


    11) PseudosixPseudosix
    Folk rock with hints of psychedelia. A mostly calm record, there's little growth in between songs. Still, there is climax in it, with "Enclave" and "Treacherous Ways". Sometimes this album sounds overconstrained, with elements of execution being repeated over and over again, packing various songs in the same box, even though good songwriting makes them different.


    10) Thurston MooreTrees Outside The Academy
    Super guitarist Thurston Moore goes a little bit acoustic, playing along to violins and crafting beautiful songs like "Fri/Emd". Yet, some songs are perhaps even more grungy than what Sonic Youth has been doing in their latest works, as "Wonderful Witches". Thurston alone is not Sonic Youth, but this is better than Sonic Nurse and some others of their works.


    09) Field MusicTones Of Town
    Intelligent pop music with hooks everywhere and a resemblance to XTC's best moments. Angular guitar licks or pianos and violins, it is all played in uncommon, but calculated, flawlessly intricate rythms, without losing the charm of the english high standard pop music.


    08) The GrailsBurning Off Impurities
    This is very psychedelic instrumental post-rock influenced by hindu traditional music. Music for listening loudly on a wide room while meditating, or perhaps while doing some heavy headbanging. Best song is defintely "Silk Rd", third track.


    07) Dirty ProjectorsRise Above
    Black Flag was a chaos. Dirty Projectors took it and made it a little more chaotic, but still, more acceptable for the standards of pop music. Deorganized guitar licks with beautiful feminin voices, nonsense bridges and violins: Rise Above is made of opposites, and so, it is an unit in which the raw and the flawless can be both appreciated.


    06) Georgie JamesPlaces
    There is a very simple philosophy in Places: enjoy listening to the record, sing along. Both songwriting and execution are nearly perfect in "Places"; Laura Burhenn's piano gives a hint of Mates Of State and John Davis's guitar goes from electric angular riffs to acoustic folky simplicity in subtle changes at every song end and song start. John's dry voice matches Burhenn's warm singing nicely, and they know how to save and how to spend this element. The last track of the record suddenly breaks the upbeat indie rock into a piano driven little sad piece, a great wrap up. Places is all about enjoyment, and there is no reason for one to not enjoy it.


    05) Shugo TokumaruExit
    Shugo Tokumaru's Exit is an unique, unpretentious and upbeat fantasy that sounds like children's imagination. Built on a core of folk music and shell of psychedelia, it is one of the best outside-the-box pop music I have ever listened to. Still, it has very straight-forward songwriting, running away from skeptical and nearly dadaist style that Animal Collective and followers have set as trend for experimental indie music.


    04) The Go! TeamProof of Youth
    Proof Of Youth finally shows what Thunder, Lightning, Strike hid under layers and layers of studio techniques: pure excitement. Twee inflicted, but still keeping their original hiphop/cheerleading rythmical style, The Go! Team have expanded their sound, showcasing sweet yolatengoish songs in which, most of the time, everything roars, from the bass to the brass.


    03) CaribouAndorra
    Andorra goes so much through krautrock and psychedelia that the impressions of electronic music are minimal. Somewhere in between Silver Apples and XTC, Caribou is intelligible, intelligent and beautiful; one of a unique kind.


    02) The NationalBoxer
    You'll only get to know it after listening to it a few times — and maybe you would talk to it if you could. After you get to know it, you'll see that you share the lows, the highs and the rythms with it, and realize that "all things are well/ we'll be alright", even if you're "half-awake in a fake empire". "Boxer" is the color in the grey, a little unpretentious and subtle piece of the understanding of the human nature, and also the ultimate antidote against the cosmetics-covered over-the-top music of Arcade Fire.


    01) SpoonGa Ga Ga Ga Ga
    Details and experimentalism have grown expressively in the repertoire of this born-in-punk band, showing that "Gimme Fiction" was not the end of their creativity, and weaving nearly psychedelic moments with "The Ghost Of You Lingers" and "Black Like Me". But simplicity is still there, and if they want no layers of echoes, bass driven songs like "Don't You Evah" and "Finer Feelings" recycles postpunk drills in the most inventive and subtle ways, while "The Underdog" and "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb", the singles, are straight-forward enough for earning them a spot on SNL.
  • Some different and interesting questions

    4 Nov 2006, 08:00 by molecularhum

    Total number of tracks: 6385
    Total Length of Music: 16:12:02:48, 16 days...

    Sort by Song Title:
    -First Song: 'C' Is For Cookie
    -Last Song: Zoot Suit Riot

    Sort by Time:
    -Shortest Song: Fiona Apple Kiss My Black Ass
    -Longest Song: L'Europe

    Sort by Album:
    -First Song: The Step
    -Last Song: Here (In Your Arms)

    Sort By Artist:
    -First Song: Voices Carry
    -Last Song: The Way I Feel Inside

    Sort By Genre:
    -First Song: (80's) I Ran (So Far Away)
    -Last Song: (Zydeco) Laisse Benton

    Top 10 Most Played Songs:

    1) No Children
    2) Explosivo
    3) Since U Been Gone & Maps
    4) Only Gay Eskimo
    5) Walking on Broken Glass
    6) Last Goodbye
    7) Alarms
    8) The End Of An Act
    9) Girl Anachronism
    10) The Jeep Song

    First five songs that comes up on Shuffle:
    1) Out Tonight
    2) Love Is Stronger Than Pride
    3) What More Can I Say
    4) Would You Rather...
    5) Wine Menu

    Search ....
    "sex", how many songs come up? 24
    "love", how many songs come up? 301
    "you", how many songs come up? 674
    "death", how many songs come up? 61
    "hate", how many songs come up? 41
    "wish" how many songs come up? 13
    "monkey", how many songs come up? 08
  • Top Ten Artists on last.fm

    19 Sep 2006, 02:49 by molecularhum

    Name your top ten artists:
    1. The Beatles
    2. Belle & Sebastian
    3. The Dresden Dolls
    4. John Vanderslice
    5. Matt Pond PA
    6. Dane Cook
    7. Jonathan Larson
    8. The Mountain Goats
    9. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
    10. Jeff Buckley

    How many times have you listened to number one?
    296

    Is this your favorite band?
    Yes

    What got you into number one?
    My friend Jenna in the 7th grade.

    Why the hell have you listened to that so much?
    I have all their albums on cd and uploaded onto iTunes. And because they are the original everything.

    Favorite songs of number one:
    Across the Universe, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), Sexy Sadie, The End

    Something you think you'd thoroughly enjoy doing with the band?
    Meeting them back in the 60s.

    Favorite memory of the artist?
    Listening to Beatles A-Z on the radio for an entire day.

    How many times listened to number two?
    202

    What got you into them?
    Who - My boyfriend, Bryan

    What makes you like them so much?
    I love that their songs are stories.

    Favorite songs:
    Beautiful, Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie, Piazza, New York Catcher

    Favorite memory of artist?
    Finally seeing them in concert after wanting to for 4 years

    How many times have you listened to number three?
    192

    Would you pay thirty dollars to see them in concert?
    Yes, I probably have

    Whose your favourite member?
    Um, there's only two of them. But Amanda.

    Any fave songs/memories?
    Girl Anachronism, Half Jack, The Jeep Song
    Seeing their Halloween show and seeing Amanda on the street last year, but not realizing it was her until I had passed her.

    How many time listened to four?
    168

    Would you go fishing with them?
    Yes, JV is the nicest guy ever.

    Any particular emotions run through ya when ya listen?
    "Damn, this is good."

    What songs you like best?
    Heated Pool and Bar, You Were My Fiji

    How many times have you listened to five?
    151

    What's so intriguing about them?
    Good music from PA! Finally!

    Could you imagine them in a circus?
    No, they are way too chill.

    How many times for six?
    141

    How many 3's in a <3333333 would you give them and why?
    Dane gets 1 million 3's. He is the man.

    How many times for seven?
    136

    I hear 7 is a magical number, is this band magical?
    Magical? Probably not. Inspiring, yes.

    What's some of your favorite songs and what memories are attached to them?
    La Vie Boheme, Tango-Maureen
    Seeing the show.

    How many times for eight?
    130

    How long have you liked this artist?
    About three years.

    What are some songs you like?
    No Children, Oceanographer's Choice, International Small Arms Traffic Blues, Your Belgian Things

    Which member would you most enjoy a good square dance with?
    John, but the question is, would he?

    How many for 9?
    129

    Random fact you know about the band?
    At the beginning of August, the power went out at a show in Baltimore, so Ted played by flashlight with an acoustic guitar.

    Poor ten, how many times you listened to that?
    114

    Why have this as number ten, where is the loveeee?
    You have to be in the mood to listen to him.

    How long have you liked them?
    About five years

    Likes/Dislikes of band?
    Well, the fact that Jeff is dead certainly doesn't help. I wish he was alive.

    What are the poor artists from 11-20?
    11. Fall Out Boy
    12. The Smiths
    12. Ben Folds
    14. David Cross
    15. The New Pornographers
    15. Ben Folds Five
    17. Barenaked Ladies
    18. Jim Gaffigan
    19. Spoon
    20. Bud Light Presents
  • 2006 First Half Favs Rearranged

    3 Sep 2006, 02:18 by eric_mo

    I'm changing the list I made weeks ago.

    01) The Life Pursuit
    02) The Sound Of Pseudoscience
    03) News And Tributes
    04) Rather Ripped
    05) You in Reverse
    06) Fort Recovery
    *07) Free to Stay
    08) Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
    09) Let's Get Out Of This Country
    *10) The Horror The Horror
    *11) Jag Vet Hur Man Vantar
    11) Skeleton
    *12) Making Dens
    *13) I'm Not Afraid of You and I'll Beat Your Ass
    14) We, The Vehicles
    *15) Mothers, Sisters, Daughters and Wives (EP)

    Might be added in future to the list:
    Graham Coxon, Silversun Pickups, Todosantos, Phoenix, Mojave 3, Grandaddy, Danielson, Film School and I'm From Barcelona.
  • 2006 First Half Underrated/Underlistened Records

    24 Jul 2006, 21:39 by eric_mo

    The Sound Of Pseudoscience
    Genre: Indie, Punk
    Similar: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.
    My Rating: 9.8 out of 10
    Cokemachine Glow Rating: 79%
    Within it's 12 tracks there's a simple and well executed pop greatness. Modern Text On Love will shift within two power-chords in the whole verses, almost transforming the melodies of guitar and bass into rhythm; the substantive-pause-substantive form of lyrics also contribute to this rhythmical feeling. Northern Lights shows a great two guitars combo; and also, great two vocals combo, in one of the coolest chorus I've ever heard. Last Stop is my favorite song of the record. It features a cool second vocal (at 1:12, 2:25) that will appear soothing to our ears, but actually it feels exciting. But the two greatest features of this song are the lead guitar and the semi-shoutout-answer structure. Well, if you noticed the bass pause at the verse ends, and the casual drums rolls breaking through the toms at the same spot, than you know what I'm talking about.
    This record has been underlistened, though not much underrated, due to the moment that pop music lives now. Everyone wants to hear strange stuff like Arcade Fire and Radiohead, and this plain pop from The Weather Machines won't do. People complain that The Weather Machines ain't original, but I strongly disagree with this euphemism for copists. Their composition might be simple, but it feels pretty much unique when combined to their extremily good perfomance.
    Stop the bullshit.
    PS.: I'm on doubt if this is actually a 2006 record, but not something that really matters. If it's a 2005 record, than this record has been totally ignored by the music media and press. My applauses to Cokemachine Glow - way better than Pitchfork -, who reviewed this record, and reviews many other good unknown records from unknown bands.


    The Life Pursuit
    Genre: Indie, Pop
    Similar: Belle & Sebastian itself..., The Free Design.
    My Rating: 10 out of 10.
    Not underrated by critics, but by B&S fans. They say it's a sell out, "oh look at them at Top Of The Pop, bummers!". Someone might even think that there're two different B&S! It's what happens when stereotypes override the music itself. Too bad, uh? Well, not for me, I'll keep enjoying this great record.


    Floating World
    Genre: Indie, Folk, Post-Rock, Prog.
    Similar: Aloha, Islands.
    My Rating: still thinking, around 7~8 out of 10.
    Pitchfork Rating: 2.7 out of 10.
    Cokemachine Glow Rating: 76%.
    Shame on you, Pitchfork! 2.7?
    This slow record is a complex one, but it's not hard-listening at all, guess it's because of the vocals and repetition, but everything contributes.
    Horns are scattered all over the songs. Pseudo-classic pianos (not really similar to Emerson, Lake & Palmer) combined with almost falsettos and duos will certainly feel theatrical/dramatical, but this is far from a romantic Lizst opera. Even if it sounds fantasious, unrealistic.
    The first half reserves the best moments of the record. Genessaret unfolds into Hoodwink, a post-rock/emo/jazz song, featuring cool drumming, horns, tempo-evolution, atmospherical guitar, yelling and soothing vocals, and of course, the pseudo-classic piano again. These are landmarks for the whole record, but each song happens in a unique way. For example, By Number features a bizarre ending sung in japanese.
    There's nothing much to be said that can explain this record.
    Recommended Songs: (2) Genessaret: Going Out Over 30,000 Fathoms Of Water, (3) Hoodwink, (4) By Number, (6) Hanasakajijii IV: A Great Wind, More Ash, (12) Hanasakajijii III: The Man Who Made Dead Trees Bloom.


    You in Reverse
    Genre: Indie Rock
    Similar (Not Really): Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Nada Surf.
    My Rating: 8+ out of 10.
    Pitchfork Rating: 6.6 out of 10.
    Okay, this one I can understand. They, the critics, have missed the overdubs and wall of amplifiers, that massive pop sound that they used to do.
    But it's a pretty good record though. I liked it better than the older records, except for Keep It Like a Secret, of course.
    Cool guitar soloing and reverbering in Going Against Your Mind, cool picking in Traces, Liar and Saturday, great solo (though it's almost identical to From Despair to Where), riff and lyrics in Conventional Wisdom, and cool pseudo-arab song Mess With Time.


    The Majestic Twelve - Schizophrenology
    Genre: Indie Rock
    Similar: The Unicorns? Who cares?
    My Rating: still thinking, around 8 out of 10.
    Very underlistened. But yeah, that's pretty much reasonable. Last.Fm don't even recognize this record. You'd need to find it's downloadable album at MySpace, and well... download it.
    It's a fun band, and a fun record.
  • 2006 First Half Favorites

    10 Jul 2006, 20:17 by eric_mo