January 18, 2008

"Outrageous, Alarming, Courageous, Charming"

(Trust me, that's related, just go get the Okkervil River album and you'll know what I'm talking about)

So school has started back up and the regular amount of scholastic duties have begun to fall upon me like a 2 ton brick ... which is lame ... but I guess I am getting an education ... which is rad. This means I'm not going to get to go to as many shows as I'd like, and I'm not going to be able to blog about music as much as I'd like, but I suppose having a future with a job that isn't fast food is a good trade off (mostly because I can't stomach fast food places or food for even a few minutes). Anyway, this one is kind of short ... I hope to have longer posts in the future. Keep warm Colorado:

Okkervil River - Golden Opportunities mixtape
Verdict: Love (<)
As good as any Okkervil River album (which is very good), but free, and mostly covers ... so why not get it? no reason.
Okkervil River - Golden Opportunities mixtape

Sons and Daughters - This Gift
Love More (<3)
Creepy lyrics coupled with dancy drum beats, charging guitars and groovy bass lines this album is instantly engrossing and consistently entertaining. The album is just frightening at times. I find myself going to it and playing it when I can't find anything else I really want to listen to right now, and it usually takes a while to become a fall back. You'll certainly be hearing more about this album from me later on.
Sons and Daughters - Split Lips
Sons and Daughters - The Nest
Sons and Daughters - This Gift

Black Mountain - In The Future
Verdict: Love More (<3)
Like Wolfmother, but less of a rip off and more psychedelic, Black Mountain returns and slays the Sophomore-Slump-Monster with their absolutely stellar release In The Future. At times delving into Prog Rock and early 90's Alt Rock, Black Mountain has sculpted one of the most well rounded albums to ever go unnoticed. Don't get me wrong, I think the album is great, I just think that too few people will really take notice. Their loss.
Black Mountain - Queens Will Play
Black Mountain - Tyrants
Black Mountain - Stay Free

The Royal We - The Royal We
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The Royal We are unabashedly dancy and juvenile. Unfortunately sometimes the juvenile part shines through too well and the music comes off as amateurish. Fortunately, though, this can work to their advantage at times, because, really, you don't need music to be incredibly thought through to be fun. The impression I get from this album is that this band is just a bunch of kids who like to play music and dance around, and, if that's the case, well done :).
The Royal We - I Hate Rock N Roll
The Royal We - Willy
The Royal We - French Legality

1 comment:

I Am Not Ghengis Kahn said...

The video no longer works... and I'm definitely going to grab that Sons & Daughters album. It's pretty sick sounding.