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[LP] DOES IT OFFEND YOU YEAH hope that WE ARE THE ones not DEAD so they can PULL OUT sweet jams that rock MY INSIDES

and a heart raised by fools burns everyone

♫ Does It Offend You, Yeah – We Are the Dead

Does It Offend You, Yeah?’s first album made quite an impact on me at the time. It found itself in frequent rotation as I assaulted my skull with it’s various spastic rhythms, oddly harmonic moments, and periodic instrumentals. So, much like The Rural Albert Advantage’s sophomore album, a DIOYY follow-up was going to find a tough critic in me. Thankfully, I feel that Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You is a solid follow up to the group’s debut and sees them expanding their sound while still keeping their stamp all over everything. The disc is predictably erratic, jumping from melodic to mayhem and back. Opening track “We Are The Dead” is a good introduction to the ride ahead. A tender pair of guitar and vocals eventually gives way to slamming and grinding synths. It’s as if DIOYY are making it clear up front that they are widening spectrum. First single “The Monkeys Are Coming” continues with the slamming and grinding, joining tracks like “Yeah,” “John Hurt” and “Wondering” as the albums more aggressive jams.

♫ Does It Offend You, Yeah – Pull Out my Insides

On the flip side are the softer poppier tracks like “The Knife,” “Wrong Time Wrong Planet” and the happy-music/sad-lyrics juxtaposition of the great “Pull Out My Insides.” The track bounces and bobs under the sweet vocals that only upon closer inspection contain lyrics of heartbreak. DIOYY just love to mix it up. A track that has been growing on me immensely lately is the slow churning, deep bass riding “Wrong Time Wrong Planet” which has a hint of Gorillaz in it’s melancholy funk. If only the actual Gorillaz made music this enjoyable.

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Plugs are my new Imaginary Friend

plugs

even though i’m supposed to grieve

there’s plenty more fish in the sea

Plugs – Imaginary Friend

Alright, so I know I usually only post a band’s latest jams here but I just couldn’t wait. I first stumbled across Plugs when I heard their remix of their new single “All Them Witches.” The original is fantastic and as we wait for an mp3 to surface we can enjoy Plug’s collection of EPs (from which I pulled “Imaginary Friend”). Frontman Morgan Quaintance recently left his other band (TBE faves of ’08, Does It Offend You, Yeah?) to focus on Plugs. As much as I love DIOYY and their spastic genre hopping, I feel Morgan on this one because Plugs feel like they have a depth and staying power that gets me psyched for a full LP. Until that happens hit up eMusic for their EPs, especially my other favorite track “That Number.”

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What Up '08? (part 1)

2008 was a great year for music, blah blah blah. In fact it was a fucking santoGOLDEN year for music but you probably read some “Best Of 2008” lists like Forever Ago in some other Day & Age. In fact, you probably still remember when we got our Sex set On Fire, someone Lykked our Li, Hercules had a Love Affair, and it all happened over one big Circus of a Vampire Weekend. Well there were at least A Million crazy good songs/albums but I dont want to just Feed The Animals and Cut and Copy what some other blog said. You dont need that kind of Heartbreak on your new favorite music blog. As the Management of this here music blog I want to talk about my favorites, the ones that you may not have heard too much about but that certainly called out to me and said “Dear Science…” oh wait, I mean “DearBrandon, love us like you love chips!” And I did. Hard.

WHAT UP ’08? (part 1) <— Click to go to download page!

Notes on each track after the jump. (Mom, that’s the “continued…” below)

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What Up ’08? (part 1)

2008 was a great year for music, blah blah blah. In fact it was a fucking santoGOLDEN year for music but you probably read some “Best Of 2008” lists like Forever Ago in some other Day & Age. In fact, you probably still remember when we got our Sex set On Fire, someone Lykked our Li, Hercules had a Love Affair, and it all happened over one big Circus of a Vampire Weekend. Well there were at least A Million crazy good songs/albums but I dont want to just Feed The Animals and Cut and Copy what some other blog said. You dont need that kind of Heartbreak on your new favorite music blog. As the Management of this here music blog I want to talk about my favorites, the ones that you may not have heard too much about but that certainly called out to me and said “Dear Science…” oh wait, I mean “DearBrandon, love us like you love chips!” And I did. Hard.

WHAT UP ’08? (part 1) <— Click to go to download page!

Notes on each track after the jump. (Mom, that’s the “continued…” below)

Read more