24 Jan 2011 @ 12:50 PM 

There are plenty of interesting records being released over the next month or so and so instead of talking about whats already come out recently now, come with me and lets fantasize about what could be.

The Get Up Kids: There Are Rules(1/25)

As I mentioned last month, the prospect of any new material from a band returning to their roots while simultaneously reuniting is somewhat noteworthy… When that particular band is The Get Up Kids, that news is downright exciting. The only thing that I’m worried about is being overly optimistic about it. Review coming soon…


The Radio Dept.: Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010(1/25)

Sure, these are merely 28 songs that they’ve already written and recorded over the last 9 years. In fact, if you’re already a hardcore fan of theirs, you probably already have all of these songs. I personally am only missing one of them. Why is this something to get excited about? How dare you insult my enthusiasm, sir or madame! Its because anything new to you from someone you love will always be welcomed. And this, my friend, is one of those occasions.

Mad About The Boy

Cut Copy: Zonoscope(2/8)

After mixing, remixing and mixing again for what seemed like 3 years, Cut Copy will finally release Zonoscope. They were playing songs from this record as early as their 2nd tour for their last record, so knowing that they had the songs and were only waiting to complete the album and record it over all of this time was a pretty frustrating thing to be aware of. The anticipation was almost killing us all, or at least it was for me. I’ve already shined my best dancing shoes and all they need to do is satisfy my restless leg syndrome.

Pharaohs & Pyramids

Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will(2/15)

Thankfully, unlike most of the bands in this entry, Mogwai have steadily been putting out fantastic records since 1997-ish. In that time, they’ve grown and evolved musically while keeping their integrity intact. They never overly experimented and went electronic on an album or did a stripped-down acoustical record(thankfully), but they have honed their musical skills to a near science. This makes each record unique and usually better than the last. A new Mogwai record will always be something to get excited about.

Rano Pano

STRFKR: Reptilians(3/1)

I admit that Starfucker is pretty new to me, as I’m sure they are to many of you. But, after hearing this track, theres plenty to be optimistic about. First of all, Polyvinyl doesn’t typically sign shitty bands, which helps. Secondly, this song was thoughtfully written and if they can continue this innovation and originality for the length of an entire album, I think we’re in for something special.

Bury Us Alive

 18 Nov 2010 @ 7:22 PM 

Records. As with a lot of things that come out constantly and in large numbers, there are a few hits and plenty of misses… even from a few bands I love. Sometimes they pleasantly surprise me while others just surprise me with a punch in the stomach. This week I’ve got a little bit of both for you as well as a few other emotions, so try to keep up while I wildly cheer, cry, yell and finally lay down for a nap.

Cloud Nothings: Turning On– While I’ve stuck up religiously for lo-fi in the past, sometimes someone comes along and makes me think I might have been mistaken. The best part about lo-fi rock is the energy that it tends to have. Thats #1. If you don’t have enough of it, you’re fucked. Unfortunately, this is also the biggest thing that Cloud Nothings lack on a consistent basis. They start off on a good note with a song that was so energetic that I immediately thought they might be a lo-fi version of Les Savy Fav. My excitement was almost immediately quelled as the album continued. Its not the tempo of the songs that made them drag so much, it was the uninspired drumming and low-energy vocals that really killed this for me. If they can fix those problems on their next record, they might have something here. If not, they’ll drift back into obscurity as quickly as they came out of it… 5.2/10

Old Street

Maserati: Pyramid Of The Sun– Instrumental rock bands are a dying breed nowadays, let alone instrumental psychedelic rock bands and Maserati isn’t helping things with their latest record. While I’ve not only enjoyed every record they’ve put out until now, I considered them one of the best instrumental post-rock bands around… that is, before I heard this album. Sidebar: Maserati lost their drummer about year ago in a tragic accident and this album is a tribute to his last works. That being said, this record is painfully repetitive and it recycles good ideas and riffs over and over to a point that it at times make it unlistenable. I don’t usually mention how much of a chore it is to listen to something that I don’t like so I can write about it here, but let me tell you, it was a long 50 minutes. Times three. But all is not lost if you’re still interested in their past works, which are all wonderful. Start with The Language Of Cities and make your way to the present. In fact, instead of just leaving you with an mp3 from this forgettable album, I’ll also include a favorite of mine from their 2007 release, Inventions For The New Season. I just can’t leave you with a bad taste in your mouth when they used to be so much better… 4.0/10

Pyramid Of The Sun

12/16 from Inventions For A New Season

The Radio Dept.: Never Follow Suit– As with every EP thats released soon after or just before an LP, the new tracks are whats going to make or break a record. Ironically, this also what makes this difficult for me to rate. The extra songs by them are so short that just when I’m starting to enjoy them, they end. Then, On Your Side is almost a medley dedicated to the memory of Never Follow Suit, which is kinda strange. Then we have a dub remix of the title track by Pistol Disco that extends the title track to double it’s length which turns it into a long, overdrawn and forgettable memory. Then it predictably ends with the radio version of Never Follow Suit. So yeah, I have mixed feelings about it. Overall, its decent but thats about it. Personally, I’d say get the new tracks and forget about the rest… 6.8/10

On Your Side

TOBACCO: La Uti– While the previous record I wrote about focused on a couple of new songs with one remix, TOBACCO‘s La Uti is almost exclusively a remix record except for three totally new tracks. The formulation is simple: Take a song from Maniac Meat, and rap your ass off. The results are not only impressive, they surpassed my expectations at nearly every turn. I approached this with a great deal of skepticism because the originals were more than impressive on their own. Adding vocals of any kind is a tricky fence to walk, but Rob Sonic, Anti-Pop Consortium and the others did it artfully. Unholy Demon Rhythms‘ vocals are a bit annoying, but it still works on a certain level because they’re minimized for the most part. As usual, the three new tracks with guest vocals are inventive, beat-heavy and flow beautifully. Finally, something an indie kid can cruise around with and not look like a total douche. You can thank TOBACCO for that… 8.8/10

TV All Greasy (Feat. Anti-Pop Consortium)

 16 Sep 2010 @ 1:47 PM 

The Radio Dept. have recorded and released a political song just in time for the elections in Sweden. This is somewhat of a random act because its not going to be on their Never Follow Suit EP that comes out November 9th, but as usual I’ll gladly take anything they wanna give me… just like the Swedish Prime Minister. Yeah thats right, Fredrik Reinfeldt, I’m talking about you. He knows what he did.

If you live in or around New York City, The Radio Dept. will be performing 2 shows for you at the end of November. As for the rest of you, you’re screwed– These will be the only dates they’ll be playing in this country. I’d apologize but I don’t live anywhere near New York, so I await their apology to me:

November 30th – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY

December 1st – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

The Radio Dept. – The New Improved Hypocrisy

Posted By: thelittlefield
Last Edit: 16 Sep 2010 @ 01:57 PM

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