I have been sitting on Brand New’s latest, Daisy, for 5 weeks now and that fact that it has taken me this long to post is not a good sign. I mean it’s not a terrible sign, I am still posting, but this album is not for everyone. Or I don’t know, maybe it is for everyone. It’s a bit angry but what do I know, I am like doctor trying treat a relative, I’m just too close. Brand New is traditionally one of my favorite bands and I have seen them live more times then I can remember. Their first album defined catchy guitar-pop and their second album (a growth of Jack PeÃ±ate-rivaling proportions) further cemented their brilliance. After waiting 3 years for LP3 (the ridiculously titled The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me), we were treated to some definite jams, but the album as a whole was lacking. After semi-disappointment of The Devil And God, Brand New popped up in late 2007 with the one-off single release “(Fork and Knife)” (below), a piano and drums churner that didn’t mesh with their recent sound but quickly became one of my favorte sogs of that year. Now, 2 more years later, we have Daisy. Read more
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/10/Brand-New-Daisy-Artwork.jpg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-10-09 09:04:252009-10-09 09:06:34BRAND NEW's new album made my heart SINK. AT least it wasn't to THE BOTTOM...
After yesterday’s magic music from Sweden’s The Sweet Serenades, I figured I might as well made it a Swedish combo and check in with Teddybears. You know them from their ubiquitous “Cobrastyle,” if nothing else. Earlier this summer they dropped this new track to tie us over until a supposed fall release of their next LP, Devils Music. “Get Mama A House” is all kinds of goofiness, with tongue in cheek lyrics about organized crime cartels and selling-out. It’s definitely a fun listen, but doesn’t really touch “Cobrastyle” (especially not Robyn’s cover), or my Teddybears favorite, “Yours To Keep” with Neneh Cherry (brother of Eagle Eye!). Devils Music supposedly a party album and contains contributions from Slick Rick, Wayne Coyne, and Sting’s daughter Coco Summer. Sweeeeet.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/10/TeddybearsMama.jpg232400Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-10-09 08:10:182009-10-09 09:15:10TEDDYBEARS GET pretty angry when you say their MAMA is as fat as A HOUSE
“On My Way,” from Sweden’s The Sweet Serenades, landed in my inbox a week ago and before I had heard a note I saw this promo photo. Needless to say that when I finally pressed play I was surprised. And excited (not about the photo, although kinda. It’s pretty cool). After tracking down their previous single, Mona Lee, and being thoroughly floored, I was sold. Balcony Cigarettes is only out in Sweden, Germany, and Benelux (??) but because I’m no dummy I have an eMusic subscription and got it there no problem. And then, And THEN, AND THEN! I listened to it and it was great. Then I listened to it again and it was fantastic. This is the kind of album that I can’t wait to see performed live. I have no doubt that these guys murder it onstage and that the crowd is equally pumped. I super-duper recommend this album so get it. You know how. In the meantime play “On My Way” everytime you get in your car and I guarantee you will shave 2 minutes off your commute.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/10/Sweet-Serenades.jpg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-10-08 08:25:132009-10-08 09:04:20THE SWEET SERENADES debut has been ON MY stereo all week. No WAY I'm taking it off soon.
The Agitator is made up of two dudes. One wails on drums and the other just wails. If their duo status and that old-timey photo didn’t properly prepare you for the sonic assault that is “Get Ready” then you are a dummy. They warned you right in the title! Ex-Maccabee Robert Dylan Thomas is adequately impressive on drums, but it’s singer Derek Meins that fills in their sound with his epic voice. They have one other huge track on their MySpace but otherwise I am just going to have to drink whiskey and start revolutions until they release more jams. [Thanks to The Recommender!]
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/10/The-Agitator.jpg512590Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-10-08 02:37:462009-10-08 08:24:07THE AGITATOR GET us READY for action! Or maybe just drinking...
I don’t care if Pearl jam were never really “your thing,” try and tell me that “The Fixer” is not a freaking jam. Edder and co. are back and they mean business with the recently released Backspacer, a solid listen that kicks down your door and then gets it’s angsty mosh on all up in your living room. Now lets be clear, Pearl Jam have never really been my guys, either. 1993’s Vs. is one of my all time favorites (possibly best opening 40 seconds of an album) and Yield was my pre-Y2K jam, but that’s the last I really listened to them. Various post-millennial singles floated through my ears but never laid roots. Then they go flip the script on me and nailed this one. Sure it’s front loaded with the real shredders but after 12 straight minutes of headbanging you will need a breath. (Cue fantastic slow jam)
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/10/backspacer.jpg778750Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-10-08 02:23:212010-01-06 14:57:45PEARL JAM have apparently got THE FIX(ER) for a lackluster decade? I know, JUST BREATHE.
Calvin Harris’ sophomore album drops today in the US and it is definitely worth your time and money. A lot of people have been poo-pooing it as a falling off for the guy who Created Disco but after sitting on it for the past few weeks, I am on board. It’s not genre-changing or trendily lo-fi-buzzcore, but it is catchy, dancey, and fun. What else do you want from a dance CD? I think a major misstep for Calvin was pushing “I Am Not Alone” as the albums lead single. It isn’t the albums best by far and I think it sent peoples expectations down the wrong path. 2nd single, “Ready For The Weekend,” is much more Calvin, if you know what I mean. But it’s really “Stars Come Out” (above) that gets my goose. A funked-out bounce-fest about ghostriding* through a cemetery? Hell yeah. All I am saying is that if you ever enjoyed Calvin’s debut, then you should at least give this one a few listens. Hey, you might end up not liking it, but I would hate for you to miss out just cause you heard it was bad.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/10/Calvin-Harris-Ready-for-the-Weekend.jpg467467Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-10-07 03:32:422009-10-08 08:23:38CALVIN HARRIS and I are READY FOR THE WEEKEND full of ghostriding under the STARS. You going to COME OUT?
I know I wrote about Slow Club back in June but that was before their LP Yeah So was released and became one of my favorite albums of the year. I have been revisiting it a lot lately and it seemed like a good time to emphasize it’s greatness. People seriously need to get on these two Sheffield kids. Their tunes range from rollicking foot-stompers (“Giving Up On Love,” above) to subdued downer-beauty (“No Good Way,” below) but are always brimming with honesty and emotion. Their back and forth guy-girl vocals give all their songs a real-life-scenario feeling that I love. It’s kind of like a not-shitty romance movie. Only as music. And with less happy endings. Although often dealing with the darker side of life and love, their lyrics are one of the best things in the songs: always insightful, poetic, and beautifully delivered. If it seems like their darker tendencies would make for a depressing listen then you clearly did not press play on “Giving Up On Love” above. The title is self explanatory, yet it’s the kind of tune that makes you want to swing-dance with your sweetheart as you sing the lyrics out loud. The album acknowledges that relationships are tough but doesn’t wallow in misery and, appropriately titled Yeah So, it turns those complications into something to celebrate. Just remember the title of the track in our June post, “It Doesn’t Always Have To Beautiful Unless It’s Beautiful.” Amen.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/10/slow_club_yeah.jpg579579Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-10-06 08:41:182009-10-08 08:23:28SLOW CLUB's album should have nobody GIVING UP ON it. I LOVE it.
Looking at that artwork, 14 years after the fact, it’s kinda funny to think ow how important this alum was to me. The truth is that it’s one of the first to pop in my head when I think of albums to be stranded on a desert island with. But then again, I am pragmatic as hell and 19 tracks is nothing to scoff at. I’ve never been remotely “punk” in my life (let alone at 13) but something about this collection of raspy guitar anthems just got me. It’s no surprise that …And Out Come The Wolves is Rancid’s most successful album to date (finally going platinum after 9 years), as it perfectly straddled that punk angst with upbeat ska-tinged fun. “Ruby Soho” and “Time Bomb” (along with “Roots Radical”) were the albums three singles but the truth is that all 19 tracks are solid.