It’s so hard to keep up with all music that’s released nowadays. Every time I’m busy listening to the latest big-name releases, some great band comes out of left-field. That’s exactly what happened with The Broken West. Mid-January, they released their debut LP, I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On but like many other bloggers out there, I was too wrapped The Shins et all to give them a listen. Now, with this weeks lull in new releases, I’ve finally gotten around to them. I’m glad I did.
While I hate likening bands to other bands, I guess I’m going to have to here. All in all, The Broken West sounds something like Wilco and Spoon, but with a slightly (excuse the pun) western tinge. In the future, I think that The Broken West will join the ranks of just those bands. This album shows just that much promise. While I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On has it’s issues (It’s a little unfocused, and drags a bit towards the end), most of it’s tracks are superb.Also, while pop is clearly the bands strong point, tracks like Shiftee show a willingness to experiment. Still, these are some of the best pop hooks this side of Spoon.
Here’s another track from National Anthem of Nowhere, Apostle Of Hustle’s upcoming album. This one is called The Naked and Alone. Enjoy!
The Naked and Alone.mp3
Modest Mouse have revealed new details about their new album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, due out on March 20th. The Shins James Mercer will sings on three tracks, and ex-Smiths guitarist is now a member of the band. The tracklisitng is as follows:
‘March Into the Sea’
‘Fire It Up’
‘Parting of the Sensory’
‘Missed the Boat’
‘We’ve Got Everything’
‘Fly Trapped in a Jar’
‘People As Places As People’
Some Loud Thunder
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Everyone knows the story of the original Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album. Five kids from Brooklyn and Philly come together to make their own album, release it without a record label, and go on to become one of the most popular indie acts of 2005. However, just like most indie acts that become popular, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was better suited to obscurity, to an existence without expectations. That’s not to say that CLHSY‘s debut didn’t deserve the attention it garnered; it most certainly did.
However, with that attention came astronomical expectations, that no band could ever hope of meeting. And of course, CLHSY tried to meet those expectations. The result is a hopelessly uneven album. Some Loud Thunder is home to some truly great songs, some middling ones, and a few atrocious ones. There’s little continuity between songs, and the whole album feels like it’s about to be torn apart by the distance between neighboring songs.
Listening to Some Loud Thunder is a great experience, but at the same time, an excruciating one. The good songs are just too good to be broken up by the bad ones, which seem to meander on forever, without reaching any real conclusion. They just end, and another track begins, completely unaffected by what preceded it. There’s no cohesion, no reason to listen to the album as a whole.
The skip button is your friend here. Still, I can’t hate this album; the band clearly loves, and more importantly, respects music. They fall victim to the sophomore curse, but only because of their debut success. Ironic, huh? I had high expectations for this album; we all did. Which is exactly why it falls flat on it’s face.
Songs To Download:
Emily Jean Stock
Mama, Won’t You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning
Yankee Go Home
Today, I finally got my hands on Patrick Wolf’s latest album, The Magic Position, due out on February 26th. Now, I could be blinded by initial impressions, but so far it sounds utterly incredible. You’ve heard Bluebells and Accident and Emergency, I’m sure, but I’ll tell you right now that they barely even scratch the surface. The album is impeccably structured, with several high points. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I think I’d have to go with Augustine. It’s lacking in the electronic department, but it’s all the better for it. Like the rest of the album, Augustine is carried by Wolf’s voice, but a piano adds a classic element to it that makes it sublime. I highly doubt this will be the last you hear about this album from me. Enjoy.
It took me a while to warm up to this song, but now I’m pretty much in love with Some Loud Thunder, from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah new album of the same name. The blend of classic and indie rock is a surprisingly groovalicious mix, and Alec Ounsworth’s voice remains as nasally unique and odd as we’ve all come to love. Enjoy.
Well, the beginning-of-the-year drought is finally over, and there are several big-name releases coming out today. Among them are:
Wincing The Night Away
After a few years of silence from the Shins, they have finally released their third album, Wincing The Night Away. Once again the Shins move into new musical territory, with songs bearing little resemblance to either of the bands earlier albums. However, it’s also their most mature record, even more subtle than even Oh, Inverted World, and seemingly more subdued. It takes longer to fall in love with Wincing The Night Away than the Shins previous work, but in the end, it’s the Shins best album to date.
The Good, The Bad, The Queen
The Good, The Bad, The Queen
Considering the major players involved in this album (Damon Albarn,Danger Mouse, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen, Simon Tong), The Good, The Bad, The Queen comes off as very, very low-key. This isn’t the album that you’ll love the minute you play it. It’s dark, moody, complex, and demanding. But even if you have patience with it, you never quite feel as rewarded as you would like.
Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
This concept album from of Montreal certainly contains it’s share of oddities. The lyrics, the title and the tracks are all unique. But the sound is by far the strangest part of this album. It’s that certain mix of genres that defies any real description, and can only be described as indie pop. Each song is different from the one before it, and the albums hangs together very well as a whole. A great indie release.
Finally, Rough Trade Records and World’s Fair Label Group have set a release date for the former Pulp frontman’s debut album here in the states. On April 3rd, crazy American fans will finally be able to buy Jarvis in stores. But really, didn’t all the people who wanted this album already import it? I sure thought so.
As if you didn’t already know this, the Shins new album, Wincing The Night Away is finally out today. Most of you are probably already waiting in line, or downloading, but I thought I’d share my joy with you all anyway. Expect a full (collective?) review in the next few days.