Wednesday, December 4, 2013
There it is again. Another Robert Pollard record. His 20th solo stint creeping along with the 20th Guided By Voices release come February. Scheduled to be released the 9th of December. Early Holiday treat. Could this be his last solo record?
Stream on Spin
Saturday, November 30, 2013
by Ryan Avellanosa
It's December the First. It's time to try and lift up our spirits once more. It's that time of the year once again to bring cheers and happiness to each and everyone. So here's a little something I found out of bandcamp. This is a neat collection released in 2009 for the Holidays.
The Layaways is basically an indie rock band from Chicago. Don't need to know so much about the band except that they play indie pop and shoegaze. The Layaways is a real good find after all.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Flew and Flying
This is a pretty good find. But I'm afraid I can't describe this release in full detail. Because I believe this record needs more than just a passive listening to. For lack of a better word. And I also believe that this record deserves more credit. This record was released just recently 2012 by The Flying Nuns. which I guess speaks for itself. The Flying Nuns Records was established by a record store owner who had the vision of producing music from his New Zealand descent. That move grew to what has become New Zealand rock I suppose. You'll have to listen for yourself to know how they sounded like.
This record has twenty tracks from twenty bands. The 19th track, The Doublehappys' Some Fantasy stood out for me at first play. I sure hope someone would try to take heed for no one I'm afraid has anyway. I dare someone tell me which band wrote the tracks Some Fantasy. You can find The Verlaines + Shayne Carter's version on Youtube. Still can't tell which is better. And I yet have to listen to it more and more.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
by Rayn de Cervantes Avellanosa
This is something different. Something unexpected from my perspective. They hail from Poland of all places. No wonder they somehow or really did sounded a little strange, and for how their names sounded, Judy's Funeral are Filip Rojek on drums, Piotr Piórkowski on guitar and vocals, and Marcin Lewandowski. It's punk rock, with a mix of shoegaze and indie. Just the right sound to be these days. Though this one is released last April and is their debut , you'd find their latest on bandcamp.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Intensive Care Unified
By: Rayn de Cervantes Avellanosa
Besides being English and having been in the music business when I was just around five months old, Wire is one of the most influential underrated bands of their generation. The punk rock of their time was utile crucial to what has to become what indie music is today. The early and the late 70s I'd say has produced quite a number of legendary bands such as The Ramones, The Cure, The Clash to name a few. Some of these bands still thrive to produce music not because they ought to but because they just do.
Wire's career spanned almost for four decades now. They have a great following considering that they drift in and out of the music scene. Some of their fans that express fondness for the group include The Smith's Johnny Marr, Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard, Helmet's Page Hamilton, Robert Smith, Sonic Youth and R.E.M. . This 2013 and 13th release, "Change Becomes Us" has been well received by critics and followers alike.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Join the Armi's
Philippines Post-Rock Pioneers Up Dharma Down. My new favorite Filipino band. Just the right mix of feel-good calmative music. Armi Millare's voice gives me the goosebumps brought up by her passionate delivery. The tracks "Thinker" and "Feelings" for me stood out among the others. And the version of Feelings featuring Paul Buchanan (Blue Nile) is an awesome add-on treat.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Instrumental Math Rock
Released: December 2007
I was completely blown away by this band. Giraffes Giraffes are Joseph Andreoli and Kenneth Topham. Highly technical yet so free and complacent. One of those bands that would make you go squirm and think of how music should sound these days. Guitar tapping and complicated drum patterns. The fill-ins are unmistakably generous and profound. Every song embodies just the right amount of conflict that almost tells the whole story within.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Release Date: 2001 Jan
This is Should's single "These Days" recorded circa 1999-2000. This only release was as part of a compilation on the Best Kept Secret tape label in 2001. Indie, dreampop, shoegaze band from Baltimore. You should listen to Should.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
The Will To Wait
Come September 17th, Sebadoh will release an album after more than a decade of waiting and after the obscure EP Secret. The power trio Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, and Bob reunited and has declared that they stuck to their formula. Sebadoh is one of the lo-fi pioneers of indie rock. They have come a long way, since having their own solo stints, and side bands (Lou on Dinosaur Jr. & Jason on Sparkalepsy), they reunited with Bob to produce this recording which apparently would also be released on audio cassettes. Bring it on Sebadoh. I have waited for this. And am willing to wait for a little more.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Ben Sharp + Adam Castle
Released: 2012 Aug
More of admiration than pleasure, Cloudkicker is Ben Sharp's semi-computer generated ambient stint. A remarkable fusion of progressive rock, shoegaze, math rock and metal. Very pleasing to the most wanderous ears. I find this record a blast for those who prefer music without vocals or just quenching a thirst for the instrumental. The tracks sounded like an unending precursor for a band's longest foreplay. A continuing rhythm of profound ups and lows.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Live with Demos
Released: 2004 Apr
It took longer than usual. Had to be so patient about it, and it has finally arrived. Haven't felt genuine joy for a long time with music. Have been a Guided By Voices fan/freak for years now. This awesome prolific band that continues to give. And as the classic lineup continues its hiatus ironically calling it a reunion, I've been crawling and digging deeper into Guided By Voices' most awesome guitar player and second voice, Mr. Tobin Sprout. For a whole day today, I declared it a "Tobin Sprout Day". A perfect weather for an unusually perfect day, everything just seem to be alright. And it seemed the right time to sit this record in, unmindful of people, family and friends. Just the right amount of daylight, the atmosphere, and the wonderful environment. A perfect record for a healthy sense of life.
Well there's always a story behind every good Live record. Around late 90's, after leaving Guided By Voices, after opening his own art gallery, relocating and writing for records, Tobin germinated out after almost a decade. Sprout and his band played these tracks at the Horseshoe Tavern in April 0f 2004. Apparently, the performance was set to be his discography or "a best of some sort. This record reached my place with the help of the internet and the up/download/torrent community. I admit that this was not an easy find. Had to see it , watch for it, reached out, dug in, and grabbed it, with gusto. This has 29 live tracks, and more than five piano tracks considered to be demos for his next release.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Melodic Math Rock Power Trio
Released: 2013 Jan
This is TTNG's second official release if I'm not mistaken. And this is timely for the year 2013 not mentioning the album name, this is Math Rock, a more melodic one indeed. One could not make out their music pattern directly or by first hand. Their sound sort of plays out like fireflies in your head. And as the more you play it, the more you can't make out the next shift, pattern and intervals. That makes it wonderful. 188.8.131.52.0 is more technical than the earlier Animals which I yet have to listen to. This release was technically described as a smart use of asymmetrical time signatures and complex accenting between guitar and drums, with minimal use of distortion and guitar effects, giving way to more complex melodies. The music from this power trio from Oxford, United Kingdom, would most likely remain among those full track album records that I play on point.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Yuki Chikudate & James Hanna
... Softly through the air Angels stars surround me Seems like it's been forever Think I just need a moment Sorry I need reminding I've never been so good at trying please don't leave me behind We've become what we never wanted just like water and fire ... Softly beneath, I ignore all the edges aside me Holding myself so still, don't even feel the...You suddenly start believing ... Nothing to see is mine. We always do what we never need to The worlds we built they fall We'll fall down down down We'll go down down down
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Pollard and His Other Crew
The Greatest Hits
John The Dwarf Wants To Become An Angel
Released: 2013 Jun
Your Mind Is A Box
(Let Us Fill It With Wonder)
Will Sergeant & Les Pattinson with Nick Kilroe
Echo and the Bunnymen minus Ian McCulloch
Second Single from The Life Pursuit
Released: 2006 Apr
The Blues Are Still Blue
Look at the kid from school He's teaching mamas and papas how to be a little cool He's changing fashion, the way he dress The tracksuits are old, and the hoody's way too moody For a kid with the will to funk He dances in secret; he's a part-time punk She's getting off the plane She wants to write a thesis on the population underprivileged The kids fighting up the lane Shop lifting, just drifting Like The Switchblade And The Cross But if there's trouble she's got the moves She's taking an elementary class in Kung fu I left my washing in the launderette You can put some money on it, you can place a little bet That when I see my washing The black will be grey and the white will be grey But the blues are still blue
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Bonus Track Rarity on Diary
Shapes Of An Army Brings Dreams With Them While I glow through (reprimand, them remain) One Time I Broke My Vow Holding A Sign With No Meaning I Read Between The Lines Once I’m Caught In Your Web What Is Even Said Laid Down A Bed Of Sorrow where Hope is (memory, an enemy) Once I’m caught In Your Web Broken Promises This Rainfall [Still Lost Inside of your web] side of them. Wait without [you know exactly who you are] run to me. Wont for me [still lost in side of your web] down the well. Wait without [you know exactly who you] run to me. One Time I Broke My Vow We Laid Out Circle Of Roses Symbolize What Was Forever Once I’m caught In Your Web Broken Promises
Like A Daydream
The way your hair hangs down it hides away your face For you it's perfect when it seems like such a waste And when I see you gliding past I make my plans And then my plans slip through my fingers just like sand I wish that life could be just like a photograph One moment captured as you laugh your perfect laugh But that's a daydream, things could never be so right There's so much more to think about than black and white
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Raw Power and Unhinged Energy
Date Released: 2013 Apr
Born To Kill
I was born to kill I was made to slay Unafraid to spill blood on the land When you command I will I am locked to fate Locked to the lives I take I will never be done, I’ll always be hungry And each final breath I take burns a bright fire inside of me And it keeps me alive, it keeps me alive I was born to kill I was made to slay Unafraid to feel Blood on my hands, When you command I will I am locked to joy Locked to the lives I destroy I will never be dry, I’ll never be satisfied And each final breath I take Burns a bright fire inside of me And it keeps me alive It keeps me alive Till the day in the dirt I lie Till my ashes scatter in the sea I will not be denied my destiny I was born to kill I was made to slay Unafraid to sṗill blood on the land When you command I will I was born to kill When you command I will
Indie Duo Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward
Release Date: 2013 May
I Could've Been Your Girl
It doesn't matter, if I were willing It doesn't matter that the lights are dimmed down low, oh oh I know you have to go It doesn't matter, I fought my heart It's broke and shattered to a million and one Undone, I guess I haven't won Cause I could've been your girl And you could've been my four leaf clover If I could do it over I'd send you the pillow that I cry on
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Released: 2012 Oct
The Exploding Boy
I couldn't hear a word you said I couldn't hear at all you talked until your tongue fell out and then you talked some more I knew if i turned I'd turn away from you and I couldn't look back tell yourself we'll start again tell yourself it's not the end tell yourself it couldn't happen not this way not today