“Led by primary songwriter Chris Barth [...] [The Impossible Shapes
] have evolved from the lo-fi, Elephant 6-inspired psych poppers of their debut [...] to the post-British Invasion fairy tale rock band of their previous release [...] in a remarkably short time, with Barth emerging as a Syd Barrett-like talent and his band solidly placing themselves as the group most likely to deliver on the promise of uniting indie pop traditions…” – DOA
The Impossible Shapes have emerged yet again with a brand spanking new album, the successor to 2005′s Hours. This time, the band continues it’s wading lo-fi adventure through the bowels of a more likeable, more raw indie pop. It actually reminds me a lot in some aspects to The Good Life, at least in part due to the singer’s vocal likeness to Tim Kasher. On their new album, Turn, which hit stores yesterday (March 7th), the Shapes also explore an almost hip-hop feel, without the rapping of course. Think acoustic, primitive beats matched with the occasional melodic guitar plucking and off-beat vocals. It’s pretty entertaining:
[MP3] The Impossible Shapes – Florida Silver Springs
[MP3] The Impossible Shapes – Hathor
[MP3] The Impossible Shapes – Twisted Sol Epoch
Check out more tracks over at Bricolage Fantasy!
I’ll make this short and easy, since my super creative titled post gave my topic away.
Bad News: I have lots of tests this week that I have to do well on, so my energy and efforts to post some new songs and bands for everyone have been somewhat hampered. I apologize, trust me, I would rather post tons of new music than study physics or calculus. The worse news (for the blog) is that Spring Break starts Friday and I’m heading down to FL. Odds are, I won’t have access to a computer, but I am going to try to arrange something when it comes to posting. Stay tuned.
1. I am going to be SUPER close to Langerado Festival, so I’ll be attempting to finagle my way inside…somehow.
2. I have a really good, brand new band, to post about when I get back.
3. I’ll get a tan.
4. Connor is still here! His Spring Break is starting up also, although I am not sure if he is going to SXSW or not, but he can post better than Yao Ming vs. Mini-Me.
5. Here are some good/fun/old songs:
[MP3] Joe Purdy – The City
[MP3] Gym Class Heroes – Taxi Driver
See you soon!
Those of you following The Features are well aware of the current state of their music. They’re finishing up their sophomore release and have been sampling songs on their blog while they spend time in the studio. Sadly, they haven’t released a lot of material for their fans to listen to…however, they have put out their second demo.
“Take You On” is up for your listening pleasure at their blog!
[STREAM] The Features – Take You On (Demo)
If you live in the Knoxville/Nashville area, try to catch them live. They’re playing a whole bunch of new songs along with their golden oldies (though, not that old). Details about their album are still fuzzy, but they’re working on a short tour including a stop right here in Lexington on March 25th.
With the recent epileptic seizure of my iPod, may it R.I.P., I’ve had to use that primitive piece of equipment in my car called a CD player. Fortunately for me, I’ve retained my knowledge on how to use such a medieval device and soon realized the only CD in my car was the French Kicks.
This a band that is just…Fun. Coming from the same label as The Walkmen
, their retro sounding pop-rock concoction is the type of music that is actually more fun to listen to than it alludes. Due to their CD, One Time Bells
, I actually enjoyed the past couple of days in my car (hence my lack of posting) thanks to the French Kicks. So here is a post in honor of their kind treatment to my ears. Those of you who aren’t familiar with the Kicks should give ‘em a sampling:
[MP3] French Kicks – Right In Time
[MP3] French Kicks – Wrong Side
[MP3] French Kicks – Down Now
Check out their site!
Plus, everyone check out the awesome new full length X-Men 3: The Last Stand trailer!
Just a little news update on everyone’s favorite band. It seems the boys played live on Letterman a few days ago (March 2nd). YouTube’s got the video:
[MOV] CYHSY – Is This Love? (Live on Letterman)
Also, for those of you who may be interested (obsessive), I’ve got a recording of one of the “new” CYHSY songs, “Cigarettes,” performed acoustically for the BBC:
[MP3] CYHSY – Cigarettes (acoustic) (great quality)
Cable and Tweed has a couple other live songs.
PS: I can’t believe I had never been to Ear Farm! A really great music blog, great layout, and nominee for the 2006 Bloggies for “Best Kept Secret” — definitely check them out!