Rough week. Guess I was getting my comeuppance for not doing this for a while. [Editor's Note: It's OK. The transition from Lala to alternate listening methods hurt us all.] Some straight up dogs out this week. There were a few highlights though. Read on dear readers.
Psychic Chasms by Neon Indian – Super disco beats man. Makes me put my left hand on my hip, and sway those hips around. A lot of time it sounds like music for some sitcom from the eighties that revolves around changing gender roles.
The Threshingfloor by Wovenhand – You know that guy on BART who has long hair, wears all black, looks like he’s all Goth and shit but then he’s carrying a bunch of potted flowers? He probably listens to this.
TEN by Jason Moran – Gah! Jazz!
shake/shiver/moan by 22-20s – I can’t get a bead on these guys. Sometimes like a depressing-less-good-poppy-Beatles-sound other times just poppy.
Subconscious by Samantha James – Blarg, I guess you’d like to listen to this while getting a facial before a night out with the girls. Cosmos, financial districts, and high heels wait.
Freedom II by Everliven Sound – Even your friends look at you like a pile of shit…that is a line from Survivalist. So you can guess the kind of hip-hop this is.
Electric Eye by Robbers On High Street – Loopy, pop vocals with upbeat tempo…it’s good if you’re super-excited about life.
Blink by Revive – So you’ve never listened to anything but radio hits? You’d like this.
Southern Gothic by The Constellations – Sounds like Smash Mouth got a new band.
Tattoos & Tequila by Vince Neil – Umm, well like a weaker Ronnie James Dio.
Alpha by The Break Mission – The first track started out not bad, then it got annoying. But then I gave the second track a chance. Wrong thing to do.
Baby Shake-em by Brooke Waggoner – I’m sad rdio thought his was an entire album, it’s a single. It was the only thing that was halfway good this week.
Avenue Boulevard by Avenue Boulevard – This wasn’t half bad either. So that’s better than par for this week. Totally a droning rock album, but decent. Heavy and slow drum beats, coupled with moaning guitars.
Nora Jane Struthers by Nora Jane Struthers – This sounds like your typical folk-bluegrass sung by a lady. But then you listen to the lyrics of the first track and they’re TWISTED. This album I like a lot, Nora has a great voice and the lyrics are good. Finally, something good on rdio this week.
Stories by Addison Road – Sounds like Nellie Frutato or however the hell you spell it. Gross.
Scream by Ozzy Osbourne – The first track kinda blows, but then the rest of the album is good enough to watch the World Cup to.
Wu Music Group presents Pollen: The Swarm, Pt. 3 by Wu-Tang Clan – This is a Wu-Tang album. Another one. It features your favorites and it has good songs. As usual.
Night & Day by Chief – I was tryin to imagine the type of person who’d listen to this. I think bluegrass-festival attendees looking to “branch-out.”
Pimps & Preachers by Paul Thorn – Has a real earthy sound to him. By earthy I mean plain ole America. By that I mean mediocreness and clichés.