Over the last few days, I’ve discovered a number of albums and artists that I’m slowly becoming completely obsessed with…which is friggin’ awesome, because that’s a rarity in the blogging biz. Half of the time whilst pursuing new artists, I become incredibly bored with the immense saturation of bad music that exists in the indie world that I inevitably listen to before discarding. It’s a long and arduous process, discovering great new music, but it almost always pays off. Here’s a fine example:
With a fine-tuned adherence to 80′s style pop/funk and today’s more rock oriented dance/punk, Germany’s The Robocop Kraus have created without a doubt one of the most overlooked albums of 2005. Drawing obvious influence from the overtly re-popularized Talking Heads, They Think They Are The Robocop Kraus is Germany’s answer to the over-populated and increasingly under-whelming New York scene (think Interpol, The Strokes).
Now, I guess I have to say that this album isn’t for everyone, especially if you don’t like Dogs Die In Hot Cars (you’ll find Thomas Lang’s vocals annoying)…and if you’re too cool and indie to like “pop” (in which this album can be categorized), then look elsewhere. If, however, you love bands like XTC and The Talking Heads, and (like me) you’ve been waiting forever for DDIHC to release a new album, then stop your whining and look no further:
[MP3] The Robocop Kraus – After Laughter Comes Tears
[MP3] The Robocop Kraus – All The Good Men
[MP3] The Robocop Kraus – A Man’s Not A Bird
I highly recommend that you all buy this album! It’s worth it, honestly.
Hey guys, I just wanted to apologize for the lack of postage lately. IGIF fell victim to both Blogger-related shenanigans as well as some SPAM b/s. On top of that, I had to move all my shiz home for the break on Friday…so a big lack of posts, but that’s all about to change. I’ve got an entire 10 day period away from school work to devote to IGIF and all it’s eccentricities. SO, while Nathaniel is on unpaid leave, I’ll be making some slight site adjustments…temporary, unannounced maintenance and layout tweaks, as well as an insane amount of posts to make up for my poor blogger performance these past few days. It’s really late so I’m gonna head to bed, but I promise tomorrow will be spectacular. Here’s my only parting gift (more to come tomorrow!):
[MP3] The Lovely Feathers – In The Valley (highly recommended)
Before I go back to studying for my Physics Exam, then promptly depart for FL, I just got an e-mail from everyone’s favorite San Fran Band that I just HAVE to post about.
[MySpace MP3] Birdmonster – 3 NEW SONGS (Unmastered)
Check out Birdmonster’s kickass MySpace for some more news and info on touring.
“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!