Saturday, October 25, 2008

Girl Talk- Night Ripper

Greg Gillis mashes up 20 to 40 different songs per track on each CD, and this is truly a masterpiece. Will make the most stony indie kids smile when "Get Low" comes in over the guitar riff from a Van Halen song.

The Sea and Cake- Car Alarm

This is the chillest album ever, and it's super good. Check it out and then check out the rest of The Sea and Cake's excellent catalog. Features members of Shrimp Boat, Tortoise, and other Chicago scene folks.

Here's a review that also gives you some band history:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

O! the Joy- Zen Mode

Daniel showed me these guys a while ago and I just got around to getting their CD because I was curious. They are definitely trying some new things in the somewhat stale "mathy" genre, throwing in solos and super repetitive parts, and a lot of the time it works. I get a Fall of Troy vibe sometime, an early Tera Melos vibe others, with maybe some like Unwed Sailor thrown in? Just give it a listen all the way through, as each song is quite different from the last.

Note: I would almost just skip the first track, as it is way more "rock" than all the others, and come back to it so that's not your first impression.

Recommended tracks: Under the Radar, We Write the Next Chapter, Zen Mode

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


This is the audio from Toe's live DVD, and it sounds really great. Like one of the best live recordings I've ever heard. And Toe is quickly becoming one of my top bands, possibly like top three. So if you like Pele, Mouse on the Keys, Tenebre, etc. you should get this.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mouse on the Keys- Sezession

Imagine if Toe had a baby with Jaga Jazzist. Pretty tight.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Anathallo- Canopy Glow

Not nearly as good as Floating World, but still pretty cool. A little boring actually, but Floating World was a revolution in music, so I don't know how you can really follow that up.

Note: They've stated that this isn't the final release. They liked this mix but sent it somewhere else to be mixed again, which is what is being released on the CD, so this isn't what the final CD will sound like. So you (we) might like it more on the final versions, and you might not even want to listen to this one because it will spoil the final version.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Annuals- Such Fun

Be He Me was pretty tight, but I actually enjoyed the Frelen Mas EP more, I think. This new album is a little more low-key, but still groovy. Well, let me clarify. The first album's songs were either crazy or real low key. These songs all find a nice medium, floating just below rockin out. It makes for a slightly less immersive album, but good nonetheless. I miss all the yelping though.

Monday, October 6, 2008


I went to Western Supermarket about 12:30 tonight, and was surprised to find Liam Finn playing in the store. Crazy.

There was also a super cute check-out girl named Olga that I will always regret not talking to.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Delta Spirit- Ode to Sunshine (revision)

The rip I put up for the Delta Spirit CD was really crappy, so here is one that I hope is better.