Friday 25 Jul
CD reviews

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Out of school, into the pool

Ten songs for your summer-starting shindig

By Stephen Carradini May 11th, 2011

Although it’s (finally) raining, I’m really excited that it’s at least warm and summery rain. Here’s a mix of pool-party-friendly tunes, even if the current weather isn’t exactly on par.

OKS’ “Summer in Oklahoma Is Bearable for About as Long as This Mix” Mix (click for 67.7 MB .zip file)

1. “Breakin’” — Baby Baby. Mandatory opening track for all 2011 summer dance party mixes.
2. “New Year” — FM Belfast. You play that kitschy synth, Belfast FM. You play it real good.
3. “The Last Time You See Me” —Dan Hubbard and the Humadors. In an alternate universe, all country-rock is this vital and satisfying.
4. “Happy Banjo” — Dark Mean. In complete contrast to the band name, the indie-pop song is accurately titled.
5. “Bobby” — Butcher the Bar. What if whisper-folk got happy?
6. “The Woods” — Small Sur. What if Bon Iver got happy?
7. “If You Only Knew” — Kathryn Calder. Charming, clap-along indie pop from someone who thinks the above picture is a good idea.
8. “The Sun” — Pink Frost. Wide-eyed indie-popsters must have a drugged-out older brother.
9. “Little Furnace” — Jim Guthrie. Rare is the video-game soundtrack that can engage a Postal Service fan.
10. “The Big One” — Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers. Do you want to feel like Starsky and/or Hutch?

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