While I'm in my current obsessive phase, I've been listening to an obscene amount of Victor Villareal related material. Now its time to bestow upon all of you some of his rarer stuff. Noyes (I have no idea how that's supposed to be pronounced) is his jazzier, mellower, mostly instrumental project with just him and a drummer. The mathy melodies he weaves in this are some of his finest and most creative and definitely should not be missed just because of how rare it is. At least I feel like its kinda rare...maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel special because it's my birthday. Happy birthday to me! Enjoy.
Sometimes when you take two nearly opposite things and put them together, you get some pretty staggering results. This is the second album from the recovering remnants of the influential hardcore band pg.99. Yes, that's right...ex-members of a hardcore band making folk records. The first Pygmy Lush album had a bit of dissociative identity disorder, switching back and forth between dense, post-hardcore songs and sparse, chilling folk songs. The shocking dichotomy made for a great album but I quite like the solid, more stable folk record that is Mount Hope. The songs are a lot brighter and folky sounding which is apparent in the first song, Asphalt (my favorite) and even a few rockabilly-esque sounds are mixed in to some songs. There are still the more melancholic and droney feelings scattered about the album which give it a unique atmosphere. I feel like that feeling is so prominent because of their musical background and what makes it so wonderful is how it shines through in a completely natural way. Folk-core just might be my new favorite genre. 1. Asphalt 2. No Feeling 3. Dead Don't Pass 4. God Condition 5. Red Room Blues 6. Mount Hope 7. Frozen Man 8. Hard To Swallow 9. Concrete Mountain 10. Butch's Dream 11. Dreams Are Class 12. Tumor
I've been listening to sooooo much Owls lately and I've only gotten more and more obsessed with the display of guitar mastery by my hero, Victor Villareal. Ghosts and Vodka is post Cap'n Jazz but pre-Owls so his style seems like its still evolving but shows so much promise and if you listen closely you can hear it swelling in awesomeness towards the perfection displayed on the Owls record. This is an anthology of the two albums G&V put out during their short lifespan and is more than worthy of finding its way into your ears.
01 Andrea Loves Horses 02 It's All About Right Then 03 Good Luck With Your Multiple Personalities 04 Laser Guided by God 05 Futuristic Genitalia 06 Sex is Popular 07 Hot Dot Above, Tan Man Below 08 Is That a Person? 09 Four Red Brains 10 Conversational All-Stars 11 Mechanical Bull Rider 12 Nicholas Prefers Dinosaurs 13 Cowboys and Sailors 14 Doo Dee Doo Dee Do 15 Stoli on the Rocks 16 Bizarre Funeral
If you like post rock but feel like Explosions in the Sky is watered-down or 'boring', then Caspian is the band for you! Taking all the epic and subtle qualities of bands like Mono and condensing them into extremely intense doses of post-rock goodness, blaring segues and 32nd notes aplenty. Every song beautifully and gracefully flows into the next with dark ambiance and exquisite textures making this EP quite an enjoyable and concise listen. 1. Quovis 2. Further Up 3. Further In 4. Loft 5. For Protection 6. Last Rites
This may very well be the first legit funk album posted on this blog. I don't believe there's any other album worthy of such a title. This huge, horn-based band out of Oakland really brought soul into my life. These dense, saturated songs are, in my opinion, the epitome of funky soul music. It's too bad they had to slowly turn into a disco band but no worries, this is from when the band was still pure and untainted by the nonsense that was the 70's. The last song is pretty lame but who cares, just listen to the first 5 over and over again and I promise you won't be disappointed. Just try not to get the first song stuck in your head or hum the horn parts in the shower, I dare you.
How rude! Oh well, I wouldn't care if he spit on me because I would be all sweaty from dancing my ass off...assuming they were still around. What a shame. Regardless, this band is so upbeat and catchy with fast-paced dancy rhythms, sure to make you excited to be alive. While maintaining this odd 'dance-punk' exterior, they still managed to channel some kind of hardcore D.C. attitude which may be explained by Ian MacKaye's production of their albums. Get off your ass and rock out to these exquisite albums.
I would do that... Anyway... Thanks to everyone who's been keeping up with me, despite my erratic posting and sometimes questionable music taste. Nearly 26,000 views and a year later, I couldn't be happier with how this is going. Here's to many more years of blogging and amazing music discovery. Wooooooo
Although Death Cab isn't a band I really listen to at all...this live album really captured my heart way before I had ever heard of them from TV or magazines and whatnot. My friend gave it to me a long while ago and I've never heard album versions of any of these songs but I don't really care because this is such a great show. There are some interviews in between a few songs and I've never paid much attention to them but I left them in there for good measure. Even if you're reading this thinking, "ehhhh...Death Cab is lame.", definitely give this album a go.