Last summer The Prids said they’d release a video for every song on their album, Chronosynclastic. That hasn’t quite happened yet, but they have released 3 so far including Fragile last Friday. Chronosynclastic was an unexpected surprise last year and although I’d love for them to head back into the studio, hopefully they’re still writing in-between video sessions and tour dates. NOTE: Make sure you don’t watch Desolate at work… unless your boss doesn’t mind excessive nudity.
While I’ve discussed some of the things I’m anticipating right now, I thought I’d bring you up to date with a couple of my reviews of their last records. Here’s hoping that they can improve on their past records and make this a year to hang their hats upon.
Maritime: Heresy And The Hotel Choir– Maritime returns with their 3rd catchy indie pop record. If you recall, I loved We, The Vehicles while their debut, Glass Floor, absolutely sucked. Theres plenty to love on this record, though: Catchy hooks, singable vocals, upbeat songs… the usual trademarks of Von Bohlen’s previous works. Though theres a couple of bumps here and there, this is actually one of my favorite records that hes been associated with. Solely based on individual song ratings, this isn’t a perfect record. But then again, its a really fun and entertaining record and isn’t that what rock is all about? I think it is… 8.6/10
David Bazan: Curse Your Branches– Pedro The Lion was always good to David Bazan. While his technique and style have evolved over the years, every bit of emotion that you were able to hear in every breath of his Whole EP to his ‘solo’ record, Fewer Moving Parts, was a constant. As always, this remains the best part of this record for a lot of reasons. The thing that separates this from every other release in the past is mostly the excessive repetitionof lyrics that come up now and again. If I ever had a problem with a repetitive lyric in the past, that was brushed aside once I heard this because it got out of hand pretty early on. Now I realize that this is a somewhat petty complaint especially because the music itself lacked a little compared with his previous works, but when an entire song is as lyrically repetitive as these are, it stands out. Setting this aside, musically it wasn’t as nearly ambitious as Fewer Moving Parts or even any of his works. Sure, it sounded a bit more complex at times, but overall itwas a bit jumbly partially due to the excessive reverb on most of the vocals and also in part to the intentionally sloppy instrumentation. I can appreciate one without the other, but together it annoys me. There were a number of gems in here, but as a complete work it didn’t nearly live up to the expectations I always have for his music…5.6/10
Usually I have to listen to an album a few times before I feel I can adequately express how I feel about it. Sometimes all it takes is one listen. This record is the latter.
Anything Radiohead puts out from now until their bitter end will be met with elation from nearly every blogger out there. I think if you’ve read any number of review sites, you’d realize that. This is part of the genius of Radiohead and why King Of Limbs exists. You see, not everyone can write an album in a week and turn around and sell it for $48. That takes genius. For that reason alone, they deserve to be rich. So bravo, Radiohead. Bravo.
But some of you might say,’But the packaging is made out of newspaper! Newspaper and vinyl is something that has never been done before other than by a hobo!’ And granted, maybe King Of Limbsis part art project, part music… thing. And really, this record would make a lot more sense if it was to launch their career into an abstract art band. THAT would be innovative and THAT would be interesting. You might even say it was OK Computer innovative and interesting. But as a work of music, no.
Lets just say that if you’ve heard Thom Yorke’s solo album, you’ve heard this. Clicking beats, ambient synths, ambient vocals, repeat. Multiply that times 8, wrap it in colorful newspaper and ship. That’ll be $48, suckers.
In closing, let me just say,’Really Radiohead? Wow. Fuck you too.’
News News News! What are we gonna do with all this news?!? Well I’ll tell you… the news, that is.
Recently, Radiohead announced that they’re releasing a new album… March 29th, to be exact. The album, entitled The King Of Limbs is available for pre-order and the downloads for the pre-order will be available beginning this Saturday. Rest assured if its leaked, I’ll probably find it.
In addition, the 29th of March will also be the day when The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will release their new album, Belong. If you’re not familiar with them, you probably aren’t into twee pop. If you are, now you know. Their new single hints at a possible departure from their previous sound with drops of fuzz and arena rock-like guitar lines. It should be pretty interesting to hear what they come up with.
And just one week after that, Maritime will release their long-awaited 4th record, Human Hearts. After writing a record at a pace of about 1 every year, they took some time off(4 years) and are finally ready to bring us something new. So you see, long-awaited just about covers it. In case you’re not familiar, Maritime includes some of the more noteworthy members from The Promise Ring and TheDismemberment Plan.
Also, David Bazan and Barsuk will release Bazan’s 3rd ‘solo‘ record, Strange Negotiations, May 24th. Note: Solo is in italics because nothing whatsoever changed when he dropped the Pedro The Lion moniker– He has always been Pedro The Lion. Curse Your Branches, Bazan’s last album, had its ups and downs. Heres hoping that this record is heavier on emotion than repetition.