Archive for March, 2011
I finally was able to find Does It Offend You Yeah’s new album Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, and my god is it great. The album dropped back on March 14th in the UK but its been impossible to find in any shops by me. iTunes does have it for digital download. T. William first wrote about this upcoming album read about it here. His post reminded me of their brilliance of this band and I immediately started revisiting their first album You Have No Idea What You Are Getting Yourself Into. The first album was very electro poppy but damn was it good.
Geographer, a band that I consider to be one of the most notable up-and-comers within the Bay Area music scene, has been quietly inciting audiences across the country with their unique sound and passionate live performances for a few years now. In fact, many Geographer fans will tell the story of falling in love with this band purely by accident after hearing them open for Stars during their east coast tour last year.
Personally, I’ve been hooked since first hearing the band’s single, “Can’t You Wait” featured on a Soundcheck playlist several months ago. Geographer‘s style can be described as – well, hard to describe. This three-member ensemble favors a lonely falsetto spinning poetry over a foundation of cello and synthesized beats. The result is a remarkable sound that is both pop and gothic, rich and delicate, and beautiful and haunting.
Don’t have enough soulless pop in your life? Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are just enough to keep the jitters from taking control? Good news! Panic! At The Disco has released their third album, Vices and Virtues. The soulless meaningless pop is back baby!
You can read about my initial response to a third Panic! At The Disco album here. I was hoping that this third album would be good. That this Vices & Virtues, would hearken back to their first album. The first album A Fever I Just Can’t Seem To Sweat Out was epic because it combines glam rock with punk, the songs have obnoxiously long and hard to remember titles, and there is an intermission track. The whole thing was so cool back in 2005.
The first day of spring has come and gone and there still is snow on the ground here in Utah, but I am not letting it get to me. No matter the weather the announcement of summer tours and new releases will always brighten my day.
Earlier this week during a phone conversation with Rune (Music the Vander Wey), we were discussing the possibility of him traveling down I-90 to see some shows. At the time I had no idea of what was coming but I knew that if I picked up the latest In Utah This Week I would get the 411.
Angles is a trip back into the eighties, as you can see from the cover art. It’s fantastic. The songs themselves follow a lot of the same eighties synth styling. I have to say this latest release is absolutely intoxicating. When I got my hands on a promotional copy I threw it into my car and went for a cruise. Its the only way to test an albums road worthiness. I found myself rocking out to the entire thing, but when “Under The Cover of Darkness” or “Taken For a Fool” started playing I was actually dancing in my bucket seat. I can’t think of the last time my response to a song being played in a car required dancing. Frankly, it isn’t safe for anyone. Someone should tip off the Department of Transportation to slap some warning labels on this album.
Last night I had the unique opportunity to have a well established indie rocker play in a living room setting, in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. We do not get many indie rock shows in Montana, let alone Bozeman. But we really struck gold. David Bazan has been on his Living Room Tour 2011 since March 18th, ahead of his up coming new album which will drop sometime in May. This post is going to be a narrative of the nights events to try and leave some kind of impression.
I hadn’t ever been to a concert in someone’s living room before. I showed up and met a couple of friends at the gig. What threw me off though was standing in someone else’s living room wondering where the show was going to be. I kept on looking around and thinking “Gee I wonder where the gig is gonna be?” Come to find out I was standing on the would be stage. Once I wrapped my head around this reality I was ready for the show, and what a show it was!
Earlier this week you may or may not have heard that hip-hop artist Nate Dogg passed away after suffering a stroke. If you don’t know who him specifically, I am sure you have heard his voice before on songs from Snoop Dog, Fabolous, and Dr. Dre. His voice stylings have definitely shaped the sound of popular hip-hop for the last 20 years.
It seems death is a running theme this week, as I caught the Comedy Central‘s special “Give It Up For Greg Giraldo” on Friday night. Greg Giraldo was a very successful comedian whose work reflects that of Nate Dogg, as he had his hand in the shaping of comedy though you may not be directly aware of his presence.
Has it really been two weeks since my last post?? I can hardly believe it myself, but that is what happens when March Madness hits. Last week I was on the road visiting Greeley, Colo. for the Big Sky men’s basketball championship. If you were lucky you could see me on ESPN2 handing out t-shirts. I then moved on to Portland, Ore. later in the week for the Big Sky women’s basketball tournament. Then this week brought on the beginning of the NCAA tournament. Needless to say basketball has been front and center in my life since you last heard from me.
Its that time of year again. Spring break is right around the corner, which for many young people means an epic road trip. This post will be a short play list of suggested driving songs. I’ve also been able to drag up a seldom heard B side from the good old days of Death Cab for Cutie “Spring Break Broke.”