Musings Of An Indie Kid

Me trying to introduce you guys to some of my music. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I felt free. And I felt lonely. And I felt scared.

So I kind of want to relaunch this thing, soon. I know I've slacked off, but ideally I would like to come back with a new layout (i.e. not generic), constant updates, and at least one new blogger, if Dave Lav wants to get in on this with me. I feel like this is a good thing for me and my interests, and I haven't been giving it the attention it deserves.

But I'll give you an update, now.

The Mountain Goats - Woke Up New Sendspace... follow link

This new album is depressing, but awesome. While there initially weren't any songs that stuck out and really grabbed my ear, the more I listen to it the more I realize just how awesome this album is. This song should represent a feeling we are all at least a little bit used to; the feeling of being fresh out of a relationship. There are things you're happy about, things you're miserable about, but for the most part you're just scared. The entire album conveys a similar feeling throughout it, but never really comes off as whiney or emo.

The Mountain Goats new album went on sale August 22nd. I have yet to actually find a physical copy for sale, but rest assured that when I do, I will purchase it. Also, on October 1st they will be playing in New York City. I advise all of you to go see them.

Friday, June 23, 2006

To my people who don't wanna go to work; Thank god it's friday.

The Decemberists - Kingdom of Spain (Version Prescot) Sendspace... Follow link

You will desire this song. When you first hear it, it won't wow you too much. But you'll want to come back to it over and over again. It will call to you, and you'll eventually realize just how beautiful it is. Want to know the answer? Very. It's very beautiful.

Also... weigh in... Sendspace or Rapidshare? Once I started liking Rapidshare's interface, I fell out of love with everything else. But Sendspace just seems more convenient. My files are more likely to get lost, though. So what would you rather have... an easier time downloading, or have the files stay up longer?

I'm seeing Paul Simon on July 9th. I'm excited.

Also, has Questionable Content jumped the shark? I'm wondering. I don't crave it like I once did. But I no longer crave DS, but undoubtedly that comic is still going strong.

I'm trying for two comments this time. Wish me luck.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Say it and I will listen.

Yeah, how about we just ignore the length of time it's been between updates, and we just accept this for what it's worth.

I didn't lie. I owe you guys this song.

Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats Rapidshare... Follow link

This is a cover. I can't remember who does the original, and I love this one too much to actually care. Think you've heard this song before? Maybe you've heard it here. This song and this video will both stay with you for months following this blog entry.

That's all I can do for right now, because I've got to think up what to share with you next time. Angels & Airwaves? New Sufjan Stevens? Old hip hop?

Only time will tell. Until then, go to Muppet Pastor and download Snow Patrol's cover of Crazy in Love. It's interesting, and very listenable... but not necessarially good. Worth checking out, though.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I've failed for so long. Here's a peace offering.

I need to do a pathetic, embarassingly bad entry to hopefully inspire me to start writing in this again. So here goes... no write up, just songs from SXSW.

The Grates - Sukkafish

Blackalicious - Supreme People

Gingerbread Patriots - Wax Lips and Hummingbirds

Jose Gonzalez - Crosses

Ok, slight write-up... Jose Gonzalez is fucking amazing. My next update will probably feature a cover of his that was used in a Sony Bravia commercial... and it'll change you forever.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Concert Review: Head Automatica

Head Automatica / Morningwood (02-23-2006) New Haven, CT

This was, without a doubt, one of the best concerts I have ever attended. And without a doubt the most surprising. The only reason I was going was Head Automatica, having absolutely no idea who Camu Tao was, nor having ever heard of We Are the Fury. And frankly, despite the hype Morningwood has been getting, I just didn't care much about them.

I was in for a treat. Camu Tao opened up the show, and I'd heard nothing about him, nor did I have any clue who he was. And he was pretty good; great stage presence, fun rapper, and he's apparently on Def Jux, hands down one of the best record labels in today's music industry. Second only to Kill Rock Stars, in my opinion. Anyways, he was good. The sound was weird, leading me to have trepidation about the Webster Theater, but it all turned out ok.

My boy Rob went to the lobby to get a shirt, and by the time we got back, We Are the Fury were on. And I was instantly blown away. They are fucking rockstars, despite their lack of money or recognition. I cannot wait until I get to see them again, and I see they're starting a tour with Matchbook Romance soon, so I'm hoping that they're still on tour when I go see Matchbook Romance and Chiodos in April. But hands down the best surprise I've ever gotten from a concert. Their music is like getting kicked in the chest, and then getting up and wanting to dance. And while I can't vouch for the entire band, three of the guys are some of the nicest motherfuckers you will ever meet in your entire life; they signed my CD, talked to me, and introduced themselves to me, all while operating their own merch stand. I guess no one's told them that they're too good for that shit. Even if I had been disappointed by Morningwood and Head Automatica, I would have been glad I went simply because I got to see them.

If you take one thing away from this post, download this track, and be introduced to your new favorite band.

We Are The Fury - Soap Opera (Rapidshare... Follow link)

Then onto Morningwood. Low expectations and a phenominal show made for a great goddamn time. There were some assholes who insisted on moshing even when the band informed them that the song just wasn't appropriate, but the Connecticut hardcore scene is a bunch of confused boys trying to prove they aren't gay by hitting each other. Hard.

The lead singer has better stage presence than most front-men (or front-persons in this case, though she doesn't strike me as the anal/feminist type) will ever get in a career in the industry. From her outfit to her dancing to the fact that she came out into the crowd and just started straddling and griding some lucky boy... Morningwood will be headlining full tours within a year. I'm just glad I got to see them this soon into their careers. Also seeing them perform this song, Nth Degree, is one of the most fun experiences you will ever have in your life.

Morningwood - Nth Degree (Rapidshare... Follow link)

Finally... we have arrived. You could tell Head Automatica was up by the sheer number of people who started pouring in. And I was absolutely in awe as to what a great front-man Daryl Palumbo is. Crowd control, singing voice, screaming voice, and stage presence... the man has it all. I would find myself watching him dance while his bandmates performed their solos, transfixed on just how fun he is. All the while the entire room was dancing. Watching Head Automatica is like going to Disneyworld; no one's sad, your problems leave you, and it's impossible not to have a good time. The fact that Head Automatica tickets cost $10 doesn't do that band justice. This band should be selling out stadiums.

But then people wouldn't be able to dance. The best part came during the encore. I assumed it would only be two songs, since the crowd went NUTS after they played their second encore song, The Razor. But then a possibility I had entertained, but not seriously considered, came into fruition; Cage came on stage and they performed a duet of Shoot Frank, a song from Cage's album featuring Daryl. The reason this seemed so impossible was because Cage was playing another show that night at a college in a different part of the state. Well, apparently the towns were only about 20 minutes away from each other, and my local geography knowledge sucks. But that was the highlight of my night right there, even though most of the scene kids didn't really understand how to react; Daryl Palumbo doing hip-hop? They accepted his transition from Glassjaw to Head Automatica easily, but hip-hop's an entirely different story. I loved it, though, and I know a bunch of other people in the audience did. It made my fucking night... I lived the dream.

Head Automatica - Beating Heart Baby

Perfect.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Remember when you said that I was all you ever wanted?

I'm back in school. So while I'm not exactly busy 24/7, I'm far less motivated for this, and I apologize to the two or three people who actually try and keep up with this.

On the bright side, I got Thunderegg's complete discography (in sweet mp3 CD format!), Open Book. Remember getting a new videogame when you were a kid? The first thing you did was read the instruction book. It didn't matter how inane the controls were, or how pointless the information they gave you was; it was just essential that you read that instruction book cover to cover, so you didn't go into that game like a chump.

That's what Open Book is like. It comes with a 108 page booklet of lyrics and fun drawings, and I'll just find myself reading it. Sometimes with the music, sometimes not. The lyrics read like a story in most cases, which is rare for a band.

It also shows me how much they've evolved over the years. Right now I'd compare them most to Iron & Wine in terms of similar sounding music. But back then they still had some of those moments, but they were a lot like They Might Be Giants, just having a bunch of fun, pointless songs that went nowhere, but were still enjoyable. There are some songs I wrote off initially but now have become a regular staple in my playlist.

Enough with the kissing ass. Oh, but I am Thunderegg's number one fan. Ok, now I'm done, I swear.

Here's a quick song from Reeve Carney, an incredibly interesting artist. Checkout his MySpace, and the music genre he's in; folk, blues, jazz. It doesn't make sense now. It will when you hear this song. Like it or hate it (initially I was the latter, but faster and faster I'm becoming the former), it's something you're going to want to hear.

Reeve Carney - Now That You're Mine Rapidshare... Follow link

And I'm too lazy to do a writeup on it, but listen to this, too.

Harvey Danger - Little Round Mirrors Rapidshare... Follow link

Gotta love a free album.

Friday, January 20, 2006

It's got a samurai on the disc. No joke.

By the time I'd gotten Point Juncture, WA's new album, Mama Auto Boss, I'd already heard the whole thing. When they first told me they were planning to send a copy for me to review, I figured I should do some research on them so that I would at least seem like I knew what I was talking about when I wrote this. Then I saw that they had their entire album streamable, and I decided to check it out, just to get a feel for the type of music.

I didn't expect to listen to the whole thing in that first sitting. This album is stunning. You'll listen to it all, and you'll show it to all your friends.

That's not to say it's perfect, but it is definitely better than a "local band" (I use that phrase grudgingly) has any justification being. When searching for a musical comparison, I realized how difficult this was going to be; certain songs sound like the best of Broken Social Scene, while others may remind you of Sigur Ros. There will be a couple songs that remind you of Bjork, and then you'll have music that sounds like Bloc Party. So, when trying to come up with a genre to explain all of this to you, all I can come up with are "Experimental" and "Progressive," along with the obvious "Indie." But experimental and progressive aren't genres of music; they're excuses. If you don't expect someone to like a certain song or artist, you preface it with "They're very experimental, so it might seem a little weird."

I'll leave it up to their description of themselves.

"Counting among their influences bands like Yo La Tengo, Broken Social Scene, and Blonde Readhead, Point Juncture, WA build their "ethereal dreampop" on layers of dub-like beats, melodic/dissonant guitars and droning keyboards with vocal performances from three of the band's members and accents from a rollicking vibraphone and the occasional trumpet blast."

Yeah, that's the best I can do. But from the opening track, Duodecimo, you can tell there's something special here. It's an album that can be listened to start to finish without a need to skip tracks, but at the same time there's really nothing that truly stands out. That may not necessarially be a bad thing. They're not radio rock, and probably won't ever be, but I doubt that's what they're going for. Cardboard Box and Chlorine are probably their most "accessable" songs, but where's the fun in that?

If you have the money lying around and are in the mood to try something new, definitely give these guys a shot. They will impress the hell out of you. You may not love every song (there's too much going on for most people), but you'll probably end up loving the band.

Download These Tracks
03. Cardboard Box
04. Happy Ending
07. Cello