I know it’s not the end of the year, or even the end of the first half of the year, but I started to compile what I think are the Best Album and EP releases of 2006 thus far. And because everyone loves lists, I figured I’d toss this one at you for today.
Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
MP3 –> Postcards From Italy
Sunset Rubdown – Shut Up I Am Dreaming
MP3 –> They Took A Vote And Said No
+/- [plus/minus] – Let’s Build A Fire
MP3 –> Steal The Blueprints
Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time
MP3 –> Weed Party
Birdmonster – No Midnight
MP3 –> Balcony
Cold War Kids – Up In Rags EP
MP3 –> We Used To Vacation
Sufjan Stevens – The Avalanche
MP3 –> Adlai Stevenson
SOUND Team – Movie Monster
MP3 –> Movie Monster
Oh No! Oh My! – Oh No! Oh My!
MP3 –> Skip The Foreplay
Josh Ritter – The Animal Years
MP3 –> Wolves
Islands – Return To The Sea
MP3 –> Humans
Final Fantasy – He Poos Clouds
MP3 –> Arctic Circle
Danielson – Ships
MP3 –> Did I Step On Your Trumpet?
Hot Chip – The Warning
MP3 –> And I Was A Boy From School
I’m completely enthralled about this festival which just got the official lineup announced/finalized yesterday on WOXY. The first annual Desdemona Festival is finally bringing musical life back to the Queen City. Ever since those infamous riots occurred a few years back, musical acts have been dodging this city as if Scott Stapp were mayor and opting to go to nearby cities such as Columbus and passing right through Cincinnati on the way to (usually) Nashville. Slowly but surely more noticeable acts have been stopping in Cincinnati but with Desdemona – you can bet that Cincinnati will finally get some national recognition.
THE FIERY FURNACES
WE ARE SCIENTISTS
MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S
THE TURNBULL ACS
SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME
AU REVOIR SIMONE
CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY
THE SPECTACULAR FANTASTIC
THE HIGH AND LOW
I am getting pretty excited about the 3-day festival that’s gonna rock the banks of the Ohio River every night between June 23-25. The lineup is still being built upon and I can only imagine who or what could be added between now and the end of June. The greatest part about the festival is the price. It’s even cheaper than Pitchfork!! Before they deem those prices robbery be sure to snatch your tickets
up for only $24. That is $8 a day (for those not math savvy). Hell, I think it even gives Pitchfork a run for their money lineup wise – and its only the first year!
The festival is being curated by a local Cincinnatian and owner of the bar/venue Alchemize, Nick Spencer. Not only does he get the title of “Messiah of the Indie Rock Rejuvenation in Cincinnati” but he gets to partner up with the radio station legends over at WOXY. WOXY is going to be covering the entire festival and hosting live on-air lounge acts for the bands.
Sweet Midwest location? Check.
Awesome first year lineup? Check.
Partnered with radio Gods? Check.
Righteous Shakespearean influenced festival name? Check.
I’ll see you there? (Don’t let me down. We’ll party afterwards.)
Rademacher is a band straight outta Compton, yo.
Ok.. not Compton but Fresno. Either way you look at it, minus being raised in the ghetto, these Californian rockers are currently entertaining my ears with their new EP Heart Machine
. Their new four-track EP is full of some good melodies and guitar riffs that sound unrefined by the pressures of a mixing board. For those that haven’t listened to these guys – I would say their music may resemble the likes of Animal Collective
, or even The Walkmen
. The band is really good at flirting with the fine lines of indie pop-rock and the sulking depths of baleful alternative rock.
[MP3] Rademacher – Last Letter Writer
[MP3] Rademacher – Never Gonna Hear From Me
They’re preparing to embark on a national tour pretty soon. So catch them if you can. In the meantime, go ahead and buy their Heart Machine EP. It’s only 4 bucks!!
Be sure to check back in a few hours. I have some sweet festival news!
As predicted, the devilishly devious Danielson
is definitely determined to demonstrate his dominance. Sea-worthy? You bet your sweet sun-burnt asses, he is. Also as predicted, Pitchfork
today with Best New Music honors, something they like doing occasionally, especially when it comes to impenetrable reviews raving over almost equally impenetrable music.
While Ships is certainly great, Daniel Smith’s vocals aren’t for everyone (content or squeal, pick your poison). Like Sufjan and labelmate Half Handed Cloud, the music is poppy, lush, orchestral, and holy freaking God-loving. If you haven’t taken a gander yet, now’s the time!
[MP3] Danielson – Did I Step On Your Trumpet?
[MP3] Danielson – Two Sitting Ducks
Buy the crap out of this record here
You can listen to more MP3s here
Soooo, I’m still lower back-deep in finals, eating my way out of this hell hole. Soon, though, I’ll be out of here and free to rock the socks off of this blog. Look out guys, this summer is going to be spectacular, I’m being super serial!
It’s been a lengthy amount of time since our last dosage of Thursday-ian covers. You know what the say, 3 covers a week keeps the likes of Creed
from making more music.
[MP3] Ladytron – Oops, Oh My!
I’m not even sure how many covers/remixes Ladytron has done over the years but this one just may have to take the cake as the best. Anytime a band covers a hip hop song, it automatically gets props in my book. If you ask me, this version is waaay better than the original by Tweet. (Wtf kind of name is that, anyway?)
[MP3] Jack Johnson – Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie
A lot of people have mixed feelings on Mr. Johnson. I enjoy his music because it’s the type of stuff that could bring you out of the realms of deep depression. In fact, if there was ever a jumper on some skyscraper that they were negotiating with; screw talking! Just put Jack on a PA and let him do his work. No suicide then. Covering Bob Dylan may be a stretch, but it turns out nicely. Plus, how many awful Bob Dylan covers can you think of?
[MP3] Donovan – Universal Soldier
Donovan is one of my all-time favorite artists. This Scottish folk-singer kicks so much musical ass that I feel unworthy of even speaking about him. He’s even categorized into the holy trinity of greatest songwriters with Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. One of the only artists to collaborate with The Beatles? I mean, with accolades like that.. I’m pretty sure you can cover a Buffy Sainte-Marie song anytime you want. A great Anti-Vietnam War song that remains lyrically true even today.