Musings Of An Indie Kid

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

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Back to Massachusets

Beck - Girl (Octet Remix) Rapidshare... Follow link

This isn't the best track off Beck's Guerolito album. But it's certainly the biggest change. Listening to the original versus this version. The classical piano sound combined with the inevitable freakout at the end makes for some quality listening. After listening to the original, 8-Bit, and now this remix... this is one versatile as hell song.

People in Planes - Talk Too Much

This song's making the rounds on the indie blog circuit because Joaquin Phoenix is directing the music video for it. The song itself is good, but not really my kind of music. It does make me interested to hear what else can come from People in Planes becuase they're definitely an interesting sound. It makes sense that they'd be on tour with the Bravery, and their album comes out on March 28th, so we'll hear more of them, then.

In my next update or two, I should be doing an album review, so look forward to that.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Everybody wants theme music, right?

My boy Rob got a kickass video camera for Christmas, so naturally we're planning on filming movies. Not just porn, either. We're currently in the process of writing a script, but more importantly for me is the soundtrack to the movie.

The Boy Least Likely To - Be Gentle With Me Rapidshare... Follow link

Ok, first of all, this is one of the best songs I've heard all year. Secondly... this song is the closest I'll ever come to having theme music. I know there are some of you who will write this off as whiney emo bullshit, but it fits me. A song about a dude's feelings getting hurt that makes you actually want to dance? That's rare.

Buckra - Shake Your Baby Fat Rapidshare... Follow link

Casey is going to have this as his music, and it will be amazing. This track comes from a Blender free CD, and it's just well put together, and fun to listen to. Unfortunately, it doesn't inspire me to look up Buckra and find out everything else they've done... but this is a really good song. Enjoy it.