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Dimitri Debaka - Time To Love
Lado Vs Greenbeam & Leon - Spiral
Post Minimal Funk & Confucius - Roy
Autumn Tree - Cubi
Low Battery - Lowland
Tornike - Hidden Sound
Ekala - Voice In My Head
Dima Dadiani & Maka Chichua - Eleqtrotalgebi
Alex Rayden & NickBee - Cave
Nargeezah Soundsystem - Sunset Riddim
Nikakoi - Shentimental
Nika Machaidze (Nikakoi / Erast) won the first electronic music award in Georgia (Caucasus) - Electronaut 2007
The winners in other categories are:
ARTIST / BAND: RAVEONETTES
SONG (MP3): ALY, WALK WITH ME
ALBUM: Lust Lust Lust
FILE UNDER: Indie Pop
LABEL: Sony Records
INFO: The Raveonettes are a Danish pop duo consisting of Sune Rose Wagner (on guitar, instruments, vocals) and Sharin Foo (on bass and vocals). Their music is characterized by close two-part vocal harmonies inspired by The Everly Brothers, coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with liberal doses of noise. Their songs juxtapose the structural and chordal simplicity of 50s and 60s rock with intense electric instrumentation, driving beats and often dark lyrical content, similar to another of the band's influences, The Velvet Underground. "We are not scared of being blunt about what the references are in our music," said Sharin Foo. "For instance, if you look at our name, The Raveonettes, it's a complete direct reference to The Ronettes and Buddy Holly Rave On. So, in that sense, we're pretty clear about it
ARTIST / BAND: CHRIS WALLA
SONG (MP3): SING AGAIN
ALBUM: Field Manual
FILE UNDER: Indie / Experimental
INFO: Known both as the guitarist/producer in Death Cab for Cutie and as an in-demand producer of other independent-minded artists (Tegan & Sara, Decemberists), Walla brings a refined aesthetic and melodic ear to everything he involves himself in. Walla's past recordings of his own songs (occasionally made available online under the name Martin Youth Auxiliary) have mostly been quickly-recorded lo-fi sketches unintended for widespread release. His upcoming release, titled field manual, represents the first time his own songs have been given the studio attention and thought-out approach to recording for which he is in such demand by others.
ARTIST / BAND: SYBRIS
SONG (MP3): OH MAN!
ALBUM: Into The Trees
FILE UNDER: Indie / Psychedelic / Pop
INFO: Sybris is...
Angela Mullenhour - sings and fingerpicks an Epiphone Firebird guitar. She plays through a Fender Super Six combo amp.
Eric Mahle - plays drums. Eric joined the band in the spring of 2005.
Phil Naumann - plays G&L ASAT guitars through a 1972 Fender Bassman combo amp.
Shawn Podgurski - sings and plays a Fender P-Bass through a Kustom 200 amp.
ARTIST / BAND: STEVE SMITH
SONG (MP3): HIT ME UP
ALBUM: This Town
FILE UNDER: Rock / Acoustic / Indie
LABEL: G.A.S. Records
INFO: Grammy Award Winner with the band Dirty Vegas, Singer/Songwriter Steve Smith has taken 2 years away, to record his first Solo Album. He moved from his native London England to Massachusetts to find the inspiration to finally achieve his dream. Recorded at the legendary Camp Street Studios (Formerly Fort Apache) many Musicians of all genre’s and styles came to play on Steve’s Album, including Anthony Saffery (Cornershop/Beck) , Actor Jon Savage (Deer Hunter/Hair), Terry Barber a counter-tenor from the NYSO, Jay Ungar the principal violinist for James Horner (Titanic/Legends of the Fall) and Rob Swift (X-ecuitioners/Quincy Jones). The result is a collection of songs that blend folk/rock and electronica, and Steve’s craft of songwriting that fuses all those styles together. The title track, ‘This Town’ features an inspired speech recorded by the acclaimed actor Jon Savage, and sets the mood for the whole Album. Xread more from the source...
ARTIST / BAND: MAGNET SCHOOL
SONG (MP3): XX
ALBUM: Tonight We Drink....Tomorrow We Battle The Evil At Hand
FILE UNDER: Rock / Indie / Alternative
LABEL: Arclight Records
INFO: Last year's debut Magnet School EP, Crush, had punch and power, maneuvering through melody, riff, and echo like only veteran rockers could. Tonight We Drink takes that EP (in its entirety) and adds a dose of At the Drive-In sensibility, Foo Fighters addiction, and slick, arena-rock production. The local fourpiece electrifies a sound that switches on the fog machine, releasing the bass-heavy drive of opener "XX." Without a hi-hat in earshot and relying heavily on song structure, newbies "Seventensplit," "Colettalicious," and "The Ghost of Duane" are timeless, borrowing tricks from early-Nineties stalwarts (not unlike Magnet School's cover of Swervedriver's "Never Lose That Feeling") and adding their own verve. It might be a little too clean, a little too glossy for a Red River powerhouse, but if that's the biggest issue Magnet School faces, then funding won't be a problem at all.
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Digital Base - The 2 Change (CDR / Vatican House promo)
Andrea Lai - Fresh Funk (CDR / Beat Pressure promo)
Plump DJs - System Addict (Finger Lickin)
Madox feat Cabal - El Magnifico (Mantra)
fRew & the Shopliftas - Bermuda Nights (CDR / Vacation promo)
The Aston Shuffle - For Everyone (Klaus Hill Remix) (CDR / Hussle N Bussle promo)
Moston & Malente - Fucked Up (Stupid Fresh Remix) (Splank)
30Hz feat Yolanda - Daddio (Lot49)
Ragga Twins & Aquasky - Let Me See Your Hands (BODY SNATCHERS - Crank Dat mix) (777)
The Autobots Vs Screwface- Flesh Eater (General Midi Mix) (Broke)
Future Funk Squad - Towards The Sun (R3volve Remix) (Default Records)
Kate Tucker & The Sons Of Sweden
ARTIST / BAND: GEORGIE JAMES
SONG (MP3): NEED YOUR NEEDS
FILE UNDER: Rock / Classic Rock / Indie
LABEL: saddle creek
INFO: When Q And Not U disbanded in 2005, drummer John Davis turned to his singer-songwriter friend, Laura Burhenn, to forge something new. At first the two seemed like an unlikely pair. John had spent the past seven years releasing records with his bandmates on Dischord and touring the world. Laura, on the other hand, had been releasing solo projects on her own label, Laboratory Records, and playing smaller venues on the east coast and in L.A. How could they find common ground?
ARTIST / BAND: TIGERCITY
SONG (MP3): ARE YOU SENSATION
ALBUM: Pretend Not To Love
FILE UNDER: Pop / Rock / Disco House
INFO: Tigercity is a POP BAND. We love POP MUSIC. This is why we are getting SMOOTHER AND SMOOTHER. Maybe, one day, our smoothness will allow us to live on AN ISLAND. Maybe we will call it TIGERCITY. It will be the smoothest of all islands...
Tigercity was formed in Northampton, MA in the fall of 2004. By summer 2005, Tigercity had themselves a DIY, bedroom electronics-style demo and started working with long time friend/engineer-producer Al Carlson (Brazilian Girls). In two months, Tigercity and Al Carlson molded the process-heavy demo tracks into what became the Tigercity EP (Forge Records). One of the tracks, Time Card appeared on the VICE Magazine CD/DVD Vol. 1 sampler in February, 2006. read more from the source...
ARTIST / BAND: THE WOMBATS
SONG (MP3): KILL THE DIRECTOR
ALBUM: The Wombats
FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop Punk / Alternative
LABEL: 14th Floor Records
INFO: The WOMBATS are a three piece band from
Born in the bustle of the local music scene just two years ago, they comprise two native Liverpudlians: front man Matthew Murphy, provider of voice/guitar/keyboards and drummer/backing-vocalist Dan Haggis. Scuzzy basslines and additional ammo are provided by Tord Øverland Knudsen, a Viking who has made his home in the city.
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ARTIST / BAND: CUT OFF YOUR HANDS
SONG (MP3): YOU AND I
ALBUM: Cut Off Your Hands
FILE UNDER: Powerpop / Punk / Pop
LABEL: 679 Recordings
INFO: Cut Off Your Hands play a skittering, art-influenced brand of indie rock with a noticeable proto-punk influence as showcased on their debut EP, Shaky Hands which is self-recorded and features the student radio single "You and I". A better description of their sound may come from the influences list which includes post-punk acts like Arab on Radar, Q And Not U, Ex-Models, Gang of Four, The Cure, Death From Above 1979, Whirlwind Heat, Joy Division and Split Enz.
ARTIST / BAND: FOREIGN BORN
SONG (MP3): INTO YOUR DREAM
ALBUM: On The Wing Now
FILE UNDER: Melodramatic Popular Song / Ambient / Folk Rock
LABEL: Dim Mak
INFO: FB began in
ARTIST / BAND: INNER PARTY SYSTEM
SONG (MP3): DON'T STOP
FILE UNDER: Rock, Electro, Indie
LABEL: Stolen Transmission
INFO: Inner Party System Electronic from Philly- "Super catchy hooks and beats!"
City-State "Interpol-esque indie rock from DC and Philly."
A Study in Her "Indie-electronic crossing genres, dropping heavy beats, and quirky guitars. Last Philly show for a while!"
Stamen and Pistils "Indie lo-fi from DC. Pop songs draped in a wall of noise, a-la the Postal Service and My Bloody Valentine."
ARTIST / BAND: VAMPIRE WEEKEND
SONG (MP3): MANSARD ROOF
ALBUM: Mansard Roof
FILE UNDER: Punk / New Wave / Classical
LABEL: XL Recordings
INFO: The name of this band is Vampire Weekend. They are specialists in the
following styles: "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", "Upper West Side Soweto",
"Campus", and "Oxford Comma Riddim."
Vampire Weekend are Ezra Koenig (vocals / guitar), Rostam Batmanglij
(keyboards / vocals), Chris Baio (bass) and Christopher Tomson (drums).
They live in New York and met while studying at Columbia University,
forming the band in the spring of 2006.
In June 2007 the New York Times wrote that "Even without an album,
Vampire Weekend have made one of the most impressive debuts of the
year."read more from the source...
ARTIST / BAND: SOMETHING FOR ROCKETS
SONG (MP3): STUCK IN NEUTRAL
ALBUM: One Track Mind
FILE UNDER: Indie / Electronica / Rock
INFO: Something for Rockets is an American alternative rock band out of
ARTIST / BAND: SOFT
SONG (MP3): HIGHER
ALBUM: Gone Faded
FILE UNDER: Rock
INFO: SOFT is the sound of five guys making one big sound: spacey, shimmering, beautiful rock music. Fans of huge soccer stadium sing-alongs, gigantic layers of lush guitars, and bouncy beats, say hello to your new favorite band. RIYL: Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, and early U2.
ARTIST / BAND: THE BUDDYREVELLES
SONG (MP3): MOODS OF...
ALBUM: Don't Quit
FILE UNDER: Indie / Rock / Progressive
LABEL: Solitaire records
INFO: he Buddyrevelles were formed in 1997 in
In 1998, the band recorded and released their first album, September, November on Motorcoat Records and subsequently relocated to Chicago. The album’s melodic layered guitars, vulnerable vocals, taut over-driven bass, and propulsive drumming introduced the band’s distinct but accessible pop sound to the public. Their second album, American Matador was released in 2000. Through it, the band showed a willingness to experiment with increasingly complex song structures and inspired instrumental breaks while managing to keep their sound firmly rooted in the indie-rock idiom. read more from the source...
ARTIST / BAND: THURSTON MOORE
SONG (MP3): FRI/END
ALBUM: Trees Outside the Academy
FILE UNDER: Experimental
LABEL: Ecstatic Peace
INFO: It’s Thurston’s first solo outing since 1995’s Psychic Hearts. Of course, Thurston’s been releasing records here, there and everywhere mostly in the context of rowdy and rambunctious noise/improv escapades but this new one is killer diller SONGS! Unlike Psychic Hearts’ skeletal trio rock, this new jammer, 12 years post, has a far fuller bouquet of sonic depth and proves this Sonic dude to have a very real songwriting life outside of the legendary Sonic Youth (of which he is a founding figure, duh).
ARTIST / BAND: WEST INDIAN GIRL
SONG (MP3): TO DIE IN LA
ALBUM: 4th and Wall
FILE UNDER: Psychedelic / Indie / Rock
LABEL: Milan Records
INFO: Alluring and revolutionary, bright and buoyant, exemplary in their ability to evolve from what is expected, the Los Angeles-based musical collective known as West Indian Girl has created its majestic, engaging sophomore disc 4th & Wall, their first and long anticipated release for Milan (Emilie Simon, Lisa Gerard). On an album brimming with instant, artful pop classics, this one-time studio duo turned living, breathing modern rock sextet has vaulted beyond the electronic banner under which it once uncomfortably resided.
ARTIST / BAND: YOAV
SONG (MP3): BEAUTIFUL LIE
ALBUM: Charmed & Strange
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Indie / Pop
LABEL: Field Recordings
INFO: Imagine a record that matches the leftfield edge of Beck or Radiohead with the kind of sure-footed pop hooks Justin Timberlake's people would write a blank cheque for. A record which vividly conjures the life of an insightful outsider, set to the dark, loping rhythms of Massive Attack or Portishead. A record built around a voice that's as sweetly expressive as it is richly soulful. Then imagine that every single sound of it, including the bass & the drums, is performed by one man on his amazingly versatile guitar. That record is Charmed & Strange.
ARTIST / BAND: Athlete
SONG (MP3): Airport Disco
ALBUM: Beyond the Neighbourhood
FILE UNDER: Alternative
INFO: Friends since the age of fourteen, Athlete took their wide ranging influences such as Grandaddy and The Flaming Lips and started jamming and practicing in the basement of The Bear, a pub which was converted into a church and sandwich bar, on Deptford High Street in 1999. They began recording there, before sending demos out. Signing with Regal Recordings, they released their first single in February 2002. The band came to prominence in 2003 with their debut album, Vehicles and Animals, producing popular singles such as "You Got the Style" and "El Salvador". The album earned a Mercury Music Prize nomination and went on to sell over 250,000 copies.
ARTIST / BAND: Doveman
SONG (MP3): Sunrise
ALBUM: With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead
FILE UNDER: Alternative / Indie / Experimental
INFO: Doveman is 25-year old Thomas Bartlett and a select group of collaborators. On his sophomore album, With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead, the band includes banjo player Sam Amidon, a folk singer and old childhood friend; drummer Dougie Bowne, sideman to Iggy Pop, the Lounge Lizards, and Cassandra Wilson; guitarist and conjurer Shahzad Ismaily, who has previously appeared with that magical trifecta -- Marc Ribot, the Master Musicians of Joujouka, and Rage Against the Machine; and trumpeter Peter Ecklund, an expert in genres like swing and dixieland jazz. At various times there are various others. Doveman does not rehearse, but they sure can play.
ARTIST / BAND: Booka Shade
SONG (MP3): Number
ALBUM: DJ Kicks - Booka Shade
FILE UNDER: Electro / Techno / Electronica
INFO:German electro-techno duo Booka Shade shamelessly walk the line between minimal and anthemic with their club-rockin' basslines and funk goodness, earning a fan in Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am who sampled Shade's 'Body Language' in his own 'Get Your Money.' Together, the two -- Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier -- founded Berlin's well-respected Get Physical label and churned out club hits from DJ T. and M.A.N.D.Y., lest we mention Shade's own productions.
ARTIST / BAND: Muscles
SONG (MP3): Sweaty
ALBUM: Guns, Babes, Lemonade
FILE UNDER: Gospel / Techno / Soul
INFO: In 1994, an Australian scientist began what would become his most acknowledged experiment.
Successfully obtaining an orphan male in the Australian outback, he built a glass chamber and placed the child inside with four glistening objects; two keyboards and two strobe lights. He named the child Muscles.
Withdrawn from the outside world the scientist ensured Muscles tasted the glorious elements of life; 90s pop singles, trance compilations and SNES games glowing into his eyes, resonating through the glass.
ARTIST / BAND: Dub Spencer & Trance Hill
SONG (MP3): Supercops
ALBUM: Return Of The Supercops
FILE UNDER: Dub / Reggae / Electronica
LABEL: Echo Beach
INFO: In 2006 do not expect to see the new heroes of the spaghetti western galloping over tinted purple fields; instead todays heroes ride their monster dub through the urban jungle of the 21st century. And if youre expecting the Swiss asphalt cowboys to deliver syrupy country tunes, then hit the off pronto and youll find what youre looking for between space echo and plate reverb at the drop on 3. Like their celluloid namesakes, DUB SPENCER & TRANCE HILL into town armed with heavy reggae grooves and space electro sounds, all carried by pumping bass lines that almost hypnotically clear the path top the centre and gently caress your innards.
FILE UNDER: Rock / Pop / Alternative
INFO: The L.A.-based foursome's debut full-length Beartrap Island stands as a wildly diverse combination of both supremely hard-hitting and finely-shaded exploratory tracks. Like its rather portentous title might suggest, the album takes the listener on a tour of a mysterious and ultra-moody place, where they will find scenes of both utter exhilaration and fearsome foreboding. It's a place that might, just might, refer in passing to the band's adopted hometown of Los Angeles.
ARTIST / BAND: Melou
SONG (MP3): Sweet Love
FILE UNDER: Blues / Soul / Reggae
LABEL: Whatabout Music
INFO: How would you expect a band to sound that formed in Guatemala and then evolved in Boston, New York, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Switzerland, and Barcelona? It's a sound as diverse as the players themselves...
Melou is an eclectic group of international musicians from completely different backgrounds. Led by the incredibly soulful and powerful voice of Boston native Annie Goodchild, the sound is a true blend of blues, jazz, folk, reggae, bossanova, swing, and soul.
ARTIST / BAND: Golden Death Music
SONG (MP3): The Unmaking
ALBUM: Ephemera Blues
FILE UNDER: Psychedelic / Electronica / Other
LABEL: Helmet Room Recordings
INFO: Golden Death Music does more than glint, his music truly shines like the sun! I’m more than impressed, his latest homemade album Ephemera Blues is by far the best guitar-orientated music that I have heard since Elliot Smith’s Either/Or (RIP), although it sounds nothing like him really, so ignore all that. Instead I’ll take the radical step of saying what Ephemera Blues does sound like. In short, it sounds much like the artist’s name itself: it is golden death music. It is like death, but not horror show death or anything ghastly like death metal death, but something more ancient, more spiritual, more intangible - not something to be afraid of, but something to embrace, something blissful: an opium dream - something golden.
ARTIST / BAND: Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden
SONG (MP3): Faster Than Cars
ALBUM: Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden
FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop / Rock
LABEL: Red Valise
INFO: She sounds like a cross between Beth Orton and Neko Case. Thanks to a move from Ohio to Seattle, now everybody is starting to take notice.
Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden's debut record is starting to gain a lot of momentum, thanks to the slow motion soundtrack that is the track "Faster Than Cars," a song that gently delivers a soft riff on the electric guitar. Soon, a slow/mid tempo feel sucks you in as the band shuffles through a seductive beat.
The new record was recorded in a barn with Ryan Hadlock who has produced Blonde Redhead, The Gossip and The Octopus Project.
Fellow Seattle native Damien Jurado also shows up for background vocals on the track, "In the End."
ARTIST / BAND: Hell On Wheels
SONG (MP3): Gone too far
ALBUM: Little Darla has a
FILE UNDER: Indie / Powerpop / Melodramatic Popular Song
INFO: The band started up the machine during autumn 1994. Without dreams of stardom they simply played for love of making songs. During a festival(Emmaboda) 1998 they had the chance to play to a bigger audience and since then their lives been devoted to their music. Three albums have been made. one compilation as a ten year celebrationalbum. A big number of singles and also some ep´s. Now the band have played all around the world, over 300 show´s been made. Still there´s the thrill at rehearsal when a new song´s been made and then be able to play it for the fans. Music is great! HOW 2007/09/15
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ARTIST / BAND: Dick Prall
SONG (MP3): Halfway To Hollywood
FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop / Rock
LABEL: Authentic Records
INFO: Based in Chicago and born in Iowa, singer/songwriter Dick Prall comes to his easygoing – and sometimes goofy – manner quite naturally. In person, he’s charming, often peppering his conversations with clever asides wherever possible. Though he readily admits to enjoying the embrace of company, it was Prall’s exploration of what he calls “autonomy” that brought a whole new spin to his latest work.read more from the source...
ARTIST / BAND: Bring Back The Guns
SONG (MP3): In Piles/On File
ALBUM: Dry Futures
FILE UNDER: Experimental / Indie / Punk
INFO: About a year in the making, about 2.5 years in the sitting-on, Dry Futures is our debut full-length, following a bunch of EP's, split-EP's, split-7 inches and compilation appearances. Not to mention heavy touring, victoriously explosive homecomings, breakdowns in communication, joy, abject frustration, imminent property destruction, side projects, glee and threats of actual gun violence.
ARTIST / BAND: Earwig
SONG (MP3): Cicada
ALBUM: Center Of The Earth
FILE UNDER: Indie / Alternative / Rock
INFO: Tune in as Earwig begins their rise to the top of the Rock 'n' Roll mountain, all while being thrown into the thick of a mind-control scheme by megalomanical record executives who want to control the world! Lizard McGee (guitar), Matt Wagner (bass) and Justin Crooks (drums) struggle as an aspiring garage band that is discovered by a shady Major Label record boss, who runs an industry powerhouse. The Major Label record company soon begins grooming them for overnight success. Unbeknownst to the band, the Major Label record company’s real intent is to brainwash young people, with subliminal messages inserted in CDs to assure a healthy record sales. Never fear! The Earwig crew soon latch on to the real deal behind their new label and are forced to choose between their burgeoning rock-star success and doing what's right for future music lovers.
ARTIST / BAND: The Silver Seas
SONG (MP3): Imaginary Girl
ALBUM: High Society
FILE UNDER: Pop / Indie / Alternative
LABEL: Cheap Lullaby Records
INFO: Daniel Tashian, lead singer and chief songwriter of Nashville-based quartet The Silver Seas, claims that the inspiration for the bittersweet pop songs on the group’s Cheap Lullaby debut didn’t come from a romantic breakup, some unrequited love or any of the typical catalysts for tunes like these, which teeter thrillingly between hopefulness and heartbreak. Tashian says it was sitcoms.
INFO: There’s this song by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (remember them?) whose title I always liked: “The Old New Un.” I always figured that it meant they’d taken an old idea and made something fresh from it; then again, maybe it’s about fish and chips. Anyway, I heard that song not long ago, and it made me think about Maritime. Dan Didier, who plays the drums, said something to me—and he said it sincerely, not giving me some marketing spiel—about how Heresy and the Hotel Choir, his band’s third album, really feels like their first. Why is that, you ask? There’s a reason, and it doesn’t discount the contemplative, mellow chewiness of 2004’s Glass Floor or the comparatively brash rockingess of 2006’s We, The Vehicles. It’s just to say that those records (and subsequent tours) were inspired by the energy of flux, and this one is about solidity. Glass Floor took tentative steps away from Didier and singer-guitarist Davey von Bohlen’s old band, the damn-near-legendary Promise Ring (remember them?), adding former Dismemberment Plan bassist Eric Axelson to the mix. Slow chaos followed: Somewhere in there, Axelson left; other people came and went, all amicably.
ARTIST / BAND: Tiger! Tiger!
SONG (MP3): So You Won’t Deceive Me
ALBUM: A Kind of Goodnight
FILE UNDER: Garage / Rock
LABEL: Chicken Ranch Records
INFO: Tiger! Tiger! roars back with their new album. Sixteen sexy, catchy songs that carry the noir-ish theme of debut album "Collisions" while managing to rock even harder than it's predecessor.
ARTIST / BAND: The Raveonettes
SONG (MP3): Dead Sound
ALBUM: Lust Lust Lust
FILE UNDER: Indie Rock
LABEL: Fierce Panda
INFO: The Raveonettes are a Danish Rock & Roll duo consisting of Sune Rose Wagner (on guitar, instruments, vocals) and Sharin Foo (on bass and vocals). Their music is characterized by close two-part vocal harmonies inspired by The Everly Brothers, coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with liberal doses of noise. Their songs juxtapose the structural and chordal simplicity of 50s and 60s rock with intense electric instrumentation, driving beats and often dark lyrical content, similar to another of the band's influences, The Velvet Underground.
ARTIST / BAND: The Fiery Furnaces
SONG (MP3): Ex-Guru
ALBUM: Widow City
FILE UNDER: Rock
LABEL: Thrill Jockey
INFO: The Fiery Furnaces are a U.S. indie rock band formed in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. The band's primary members are Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger. The brother and sister are originally from Oak Park, Illinois, a near-western suburb of Chicago.The band signed with the Rough Trade music label in 2002, and recorded their debut album, Gallowsbird's Bark, the same year. Released in the autumn of 2003, that album garnered critical praise for its clever wordplay and original songwriting and was often compared in the press to The White Stripes due to the garage blues elements of the band’s sound and the fact that the band are siblings, though, in the case of The White Stripes this was a misconception perpetrated and encouraged by the band itself.
ARTIST / BAND: The Forms
SONG (MP3): Knowledge in hand
ALBUM: The Forms
FILE UNDER: Indie / Experimental / Rock
INFO:"Making this album was a pretty painful process," admits Forms frontman Alex Tween when asked about the band's follow-up to 2004's incredibly well-received, Pitchfork-approved debut Icarus—and, to be honest, his comment is a bit of an understatement. Recorded consecutively over a 50-day period in Illinois with Steve Albini (Nirvana, the Pixies) at Electrical Audio and assisted by Greg Norman (Built To Spill, Pelican) at Great Western Record Recorders, the process tested the New York act's limits of the band's sonics and sanity in ways that most of us couldn't even begin to imagine. "We couldn't afford to take one day off because we'd already paid for the studio time; all for 30 minutes of music, which works out to 35 seconds a day," frontman Alex Tween explains, "but we're really proud of how it came out."
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ARTIST / BAND: Devendra Banhart
SONG (MP3): Seahorse
ALBUM: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
FILE UNDER: Folk / Indie
LABEL: XL Recordings
INFO:In the age of computerized music-listening, calling an album "too long"-- a dubious complaint even two decades ago, when CDs first made track-skipping simpler-- seems absurdly outdated. After all, it's easy enough to make an iTunes playlist of a record's best songs, right? So I don't get it when people call Devendra Banhart's albums too long. Not only is that problem easy to rectify, but his rambling style needs room to breathe, and space to wander toward its inspirations. Banhart's valleys have rarely diminished his peaks, and often provided ramps to them.