Vampire Weekend's newest, Contra, is fairly unimpressive. What we get is a slightly more refined and better produced version of their debut. The quasi-afro-beat influence, along with regurgitated new-wave, create nice background music for a college party. Thankfully, great production values and decent instrumentation still save an otherwise unfortunate serious listening experience.
Woodpigeon's sophomore release sounds like a lot of things. It sounds like Canada's version of Sufjan Stevens. At times it sounds like an undiscovered demo from the late Elliot Smith that was remastered and completed by some other band. It sounds folky. It sounds moody.
I saw this the other day, and thought it was pretty good. The song is catchy, the Thunderheist logo is awesome (a ripoff of the Van Halen logo), and the video is clever. Oh, and the way the girl is dressed in this, I think she goes to MICA... Enjoy.
I was on a design trip to Europe for a few weeks after finishing my spring term, so I let the site slip into disrepair a little. I am now back and ready for action however, and we will get the reviews flowing, and get Karsten set up with his new MP3 column, where he talks about a favorite song, and we offer it up for limited-download. Hurray.
This is probably the best record I have heard this year.
As the story goes, This album just fell out of Justin Vernon as he spent the winter in a cabin in northern Wisconsin. Recorded on minimal equipment with only a drum, guitar, and layers of his voice, he creates a sound that pulls you in, and lets you drift.
I had high hopes for Mobius Band when I heard a sample off of this album on itunes. The next time I was in the record shop, I looked it up and the album was only 10 bucks. So after a few listens I came to this conclusion, Heaven is an alright album.
As the newest addition to the Sound Machine Dream team, I thought it might be polite to introduce myself before we get down to business. (Eventually I'll be playing matchmaker for a couple songs each week.)
This is not brand new stuff, but it is on the newer end of my current listening spectrum. The Pipettes are a fanciful girl group and are part of the current mo-town revival that has come into muscial vogue as of late. They do a really nice job of creating vintage inspired songs that still sound fresh and modern.
Here is an interesting article from the wallstreet journal. It talks about the future of the album, and as an album lover, I found it quite interesting. Read on.
Drew Brockington (aka capt.geech) has given us this telling list of 6 of his many favorite tracks from 2007.
I found this on a scrap of paper while cleaning up my studio.So what makes a good recording? I ask myself this as I listen to Highway 61 Revisted at 6:00am. I can't sleep, so I turn on the stereo with the concept of quality on my mind.
Everyone, prepare! our belated 2007 favorites are on their way. We are figuring out the best way to share them with you, but fear not, everything is coming soon! Drew, one Karsten Lund, and I have all compiled genius playlists for you to relive 2007 with. Prepare to have your sonic minds blown! Look for the entries soon!