Saturday, February 28, 2009

Danava - 2006 - Danava

Danava sounds like they came straight out of the 70s. Imagine Black Sabbath and Rush (in their primes) having a child, putting it in a time capsule and opening it in 2006. Heavy, complex guitar work, spacy synthesizers and clean boastful vocals set them apart from most modern metal. This disc is epic. Like rock and roll? Don't sleep on it!

Have a listen!

Here's a video of them performing "Quiet Babies Astray in a Manger":

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Marshmallow Kisses - 2004 - I Wonder Why My Favorite Boy Leaves Me an EP

Hong Kong duo The Marshmallow Kisses make really great indie pop (think Belle & Sebastian and early of Montreal) that's reminiscent of picnic dates on sunny days. The track "Everyone Else is Ahead, Far Ahead" is so catchy it will make you sick. This EP is too cute for it's own good.
Spring is right around the corner.

Have a listen!

Sorry, no video.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

RyRock - 2008 - Memorys

A collection of highlights from three self-released albums. Retro keyboards and drum machines carry the pulse for mellow and mildly spooky pop songs. Standouts include "Stone Age", "Under the Radar" and "Walking Wounded". Those who liked the John Maus album I posted, will probably love this.

Have a listen!

Sorry no video.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Negativland - 1997 - Dispepsi

Negativland's "Dispepsi" takes a stab at soft drink advertising. They warp Pepsi commercial bits and celebrity endorsements into their own brand of weirdo pop until it all becomes so absurd that you'll never be able to look at a can of Pepsi again without smirking. This album is brilliant.

Have a listen!

Here's a video for "The Greatest Taste Around":

Monday, February 16, 2009

Them SickMODE Fellers - 2009 - Secret Fires

"they said it couldnt be done... but we made it! five long and drug fueled years, and to celebrate, we present our 50TH release! the long awaited sequel to "everything we do is illegal" ... SECRET FIRES! 50 minutes and 22 tracks of all the best shit we have to offer smashed up and filtered through weapons grade hallucinagenic drugs we will have super limited hand made custom copies of this around later but as for now, go and grab it! a full year in the making and its finally done"

Features tracks by: KTS, Overthruster, Mannequin Blood, Robad Pills, VXXKXX, Turboslut, Coke Sparrow, UziLoop, Metal Babble, Shelter Dog, Brandy Alexander, Contra, Lucas Aldrich, Ehafh, Sega Death & Celebrity Dead.

Download it here!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Kool Keith - 2004 - The Personal Album

Kool Keith's "Personal Album" was limited to 500 hand signed copies. Apparently only given out to the ladies at his shows. It features some really romantic numbers like "Girl Wanna Kill Herself", "Sexual Intruder" and "Lady Think She's All That".

Happy Valentine's Day!

Have a listen!

Sorry no video.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Centimeters - 1999 - The Facts of Destiny

The Centimeters sound like they crawled out of a spooky teenage musical. The opening track comes off snotty like a playground hazing. From then on, it just gets stranger. Weird synthesizers, meandering bass lines, jangly guitars and operatic vocal delivery. Lyrical themes include lack of exercise, vampires and necrophilia.

Have a listen!

Here's a video of them performing "I Want a Dead One":

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sonic Coaster Pop - 2000 - Future Electro Star

More hyper shibuya-kei for maximum mood enhancement. Sounds like a Japanese The Rentals hopped up on pixi stix at an amusement park. The remix of "Attraction Pop" that closes this EP is my current favorite. I love it!

Have a listen!

Sorry, no video.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cornelius - 2008 - Sensurround

Cornelius' "Sensuous" album is clearly meant to be experienced visually.
Shortly after it's release, he put out a DVD companion called "Sensurround" with videos for each of it's tracks.
Here they are.
No download this time.
Just watch and enjoy!

1: Sensuous

2: Fit Song

3: Breezin'

4: Toner

5: Wataridori

6: Gum

7: Scum

8: Omstart

9: Beep It

10: Like a Rolling Stone

11: Music

12: Sleep Warm

As a bonus, feel free to write your own review in the comments.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Juicy Panic - 2003 - Otarie

Ever wanted to find the meeting ground for breakcore, shibuya-kei and children's music? Look no further. Juicy Panic's "Otarie" sounds like demented nursery rhymes for the children of crystal meth addicts. I mean that in a good way! Complex arrangements, off the wall vocals and subject matter. This isn't one to pass up.

Have a listen!

Here's a video for "You Drive Me Oh Oh Oh":

Monday, February 2, 2009

Felix Kubin - 2001 - Jetlag Disko

Felix Kubin has a real knack for the sci-fi film score sound. On "Jetlag Disko", vintage synthesizers and Casio keyboards cooperate to make the backdrop for a cartoony, futuristic spy scenario. Imagine Impossible Mission for Commodore 64 on mushrooms. "Hotel Supernova" is a definite standout.

Have a listen!

Here's a video for "Hotel Supernova":

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Kaada - 2003 - Thank You for Giving Me Your Valuable Time

Kaada combines samples from old soul music and his own instrumentation to make completely new songs. While this doesn't sound like a terribly new concept, it has a flavor of it's own. Spooky and kind of romantic (at times) trip-hop for dreary-eyed movie night insomniacs. This album is great.

Have a listen!

Here's a video for "No You Don't":