October 22, 2008

Aww this is cute:

Matt and Kim - Daylight

I'll have new reviews up this week. Lots of e-mails these past few weeks. More than I can keep up with it seems...

October 17, 2008

Lenka - Lenka
Verdict: Like ()
I have a very conflicted view of this album. First, have you heard of Lenka? I don't claim to keep my ear to the track of the Music Train, but even I must recognize the fact that she, Lenka Kripac, has been getting a lot of press sense about 2004 when her band Decoder Ring put out the soundtrack to the film Somersault. Since then she took a trip to LA with a brand new deal with EPIC and out comes this new album ... Well now even the New York Times is talking about her.

Now, I understand myself well enough that I know that I can sometimes be a "hater," thinking the stereotypical modernist thought that if it's popular, it must be trash. I know this isn't true, because bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and artists like Dan Deacon can, in their own right, be considered popular. And apparently there were a few bands from the 60's that a lot of people tend to like that actually were pretty interesting and talented. So I went into the album with a myriad of mixed feelings and assumptions, but what's new about that, right?

My first impression was that it was basically a Feist rip off, but quickly remembered that I was supposed to be giving this album a chance, and let down my guard to see if it would take my willing soul on a bit of a ride. Did it work? Well, kind of I guess. Some songs were fairly sweet and fun. Well, actually every song is nearly Motown-Sweet, but without the lack of soul (i.e. these songs sound honest). There is a large amount of honesty behind these songs, it seems (I say that because there's really no way for me, personally to know. this is the leap I must take as a music consumer I guess). But I can't get over the fact that a lot of the songs sound very Feist-influenced and kind of throw-away pop-ish. There is this throw-away quality about it, but then there's something deeper (I assume this to be the honest quality about the songs) that drags me back.

Here's my theory: Lenka is a damn good songwriter, but just that doesn't make it in today's market, and labels like EPIC are most certainly looking out for the bottom line (not saying I'm blaming them or anything, they're just people too, I mean, to reference Motown again, Motown's creator has gone on record as saying he was in it for the money, so music purely for the money is no new concept), so they're going to shape her sound to fit what sells. They probably didn't force it on her, and she probably was willing to go with their suggestions, heck, I doubt she doesn't like what she put out there, it is a well shaped album, and she should be damn proud, because she sounds Awesome. BUT, I can't deny the fact that there are these qualities about it that make me a little ... I dunno ... cautious? I think I would prefer to hear these songs played in an intimate setting with little to no backing band, because the songs, to me, would sound SO much more genuine. But that's not to say I don't recommend this album. I think that whether or not you like this album is based purely on you. Try it:

Lenka - Bring Me Down
Lenka - Trouble is a Friend of Mine
Lenka - Dangerous and Sweet

October 16, 2008

Arg! Mediafire is down! I'll have a new blog up as soon as mediafire is back. Maybe I should start hosting files on my computer... hmmm...

Re: Monolith: Here's the thing: life has swept me up and I don't think I'll ever be able to give any band I saw at Monolith the write up they deserve, but I do need to say that the show stealer for me was Rock Plaza Central. They rocked my tendons. Everything was just about as awesome as it could be, but RPC sent me straight to heaven. If you're smart, you will never miss Monolith ever again (that is, if you missed it at all. Good on you if you made it this year!). I just pray that Monolith continues to exist, because it is just about the most stellar festival experience Colorado has seen since I've been around. Seriously, I had maybe one of the best experiences of my life, spending the weekend sucking in all that wonderful music with my AMAZING friends/family (not all of which are in the picture, but some of them are. Not everyone could be at Monolith this year, but they were there in our hearts and all that smooshy jazz ;)) ... it'll be something I remember for a long time.

Oh, I also should mention that the people running the Dell Dome were jsut about the most pleasent people on the planet. They took time out of their day to show me around their space, showing me all the things they were doing to heighten everyone's festival expereince, from free hairstyling to hosting interviews. Well done Dell Dome peps, well done!

Here are links to my Facebook Photo Albums for the Monolith pictures:

Album 1
Album 2
Album 3
Album 4
Album 5
Album 6
Album 7
Album 8
Album 9
Album 10
Album 11
Album 12
Album 13
Album 14
Album 15
Album 16

October 15, 2008

Black Gold - Tragedy & Legacy
Verdict: Love (<)
Black Gold has done nothing but impress me. With all the hype around them, I expected this noisey vaguely dancy soulless gimmick group. Black Gold is none of that. Well, they are dancy, but not in a gimmicky way, or soulless way. These songs have passion. I don't know what to expect from the full release that will no doubt be out at some point, but I sure like the singles.

Black Gold - Breakdown

October 9, 2008

Hahaa .. ha ... yeah... So I'm a little busy, and haven't had the most time in the world to update the old bloggerou, but, if it's any consolation, I've not really been to any shows recently either. Mostly my time right now is filled with school work, Work work, Band work, and finishing up my solo album, which ought to be done by January. I'll get back on track when things slow down though. I'll at least post some review by next week. I'll put up links to my 967 pictures of Monolith too. Next week. I swear.