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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Broom

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

So, I was walking home today from meeting my friend and these guys came on shuffle on my iPod. I’ve been aware of this band for a number of years, yet never really got into them that much until today, where I listened to both albums as I walked home and realised that they are both pretty damn good. Broom was released in 2005 and is a really cool record of melodic indie rock that although quite twee never veers into the pretentious. I’m kind of quite shocked how this band are still quite unknown because songs like ‘Oregon Girl’ are the types of tracks I could imagine becoming very popular. Oh well, maybe they’ll just stay a secret.

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Silver Jews – American Water

American Water

I love Pavement a whole bunch, so it kind of makes sense that I also really like Silver Jews. The band were formed in 1989 by David Berman and featured Stephen Malkmus on a number of albums, including this one. Despite creating solidly brilliant albums throughout their career (they split up earlier this year), American Water is by far my favourite and is perfect for the summer months when the sky is blue and you haven’t got a care in the world. As you would expect from a Pavement related artist, the melodies are consistently breathtaking and the laid back vocals give the record and relaxed feel. Oh yeah, Pitchfork also gave it a 9.9 (!) which although should not be any kind of recommendation probably is.

The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I

Emergency & I

If you asked people to name their favourite alt rock band from the 90s it’s pretty safe to say that most would say either Pavement or The Pixies or Radiohead or another band like that. which is totally fair enough because all those groups are awesome. It’s strange though that The Dismemberment Plan never achieved the same level of reverance because in my opinion at least they were just as good. Emergency & I which was the band’s third release is a really special record and one that I have grown to really love since I first heard it. Songs like You Are Invited rank among my favourite songs ever if that’s any kind of quality assurance.

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Dandelion Gum

Dandelion Gum

If you like electronic music then there’s a good chance you’ll like Black Moth Super Rainbow. What I like so much about this band and this record specifically is that despite being made solely on electronic instruments it still manages to sound completely natural and organic. I sometimes feel like electronic bands suffer when their art begins to sounds too detatched, though i’m sure it is this very aspect that attracts some people to the genre. Dandelion Gum is a record that whilst not sounding particularly immediate will embed itself in your mind. Soft vocoder vocals wash over pulsing waves of dreamy synths to create a sound that is incredibly psychedelic and hypnotising whilst remaining varied enough to allow for repeated listens. This was also released with pretty much the best packaging i’ve ever seen for a record, coming with a scratch n’ sniff pad amongst other little extras, if anyone has one for sale then hit me up.

Pinback – Summer In Abaddon

Summer In Abaddon

I downloaded a few Pinback records a couple of weeks ago pretty much on a whim, and i’m so glad I did. First things first, i’m perplexed about how these guys have never gained any kind of widespread success. Pinback play a pretty classic take on indie rock, pretty similar to bands like Death Cab and Modest Mouse but have honed their art to perfection, resulting in songs that are both emotional and joyous as well as reflective and sometimes quite passive and most obviously displayed on this record, which in my opinion is far and away their best. Seriously, if you have any kind of passing interest in “indie rock”, which let’s face it you probably do if you’re reading this blog, then you should download this right away.

The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2

The Glow Pt. 2

I’m not going to make a habit of posting ‘classic’ albums because I intend this blog to be mainly for new and more unknown stuff but I felt this was too good to not put up. The amazing thing about this record is how deeply personal and affected it sounds. Phil Elvrum has a voice capable of sounding both lethargic and intensely emotional at the same time and it drives the songs forward, acting as the crux of the band’s sound whilst also allowing space for the instrumentation to shine through whilst never dominating or overpowering. I’ve always thought The Microphones sounded like a polished version of the Mountain Goats which is possibly the closest comparison I can offer. Listen to this from start to finish and I almost guarantee you won’t regret it. An incredible piece of work.

Also, if you’re anal about tags, the album should be tagged as ‘The Glow Pt. 2’ rather than just ‘Glow, Part. 2’ as I believe it is on the download.

Sweep The Leg Johnny – Tomorrow We Will Run Faster

STLJ

When a band takes their name from The Karate Kid, you can just tell they are going to be pretty damn good. Hailing from Chicago, STLJ were awesome because they played such a unique brand of music, defying pigeon holes and genres throughout their three records. On one hand, the technicality of the instrumentation creates a mathy atmosphere, pretty similar to the likes of Cap’n Jazz. Trumpets and horns will suddenly come in syncopated jazzy bursts before giving way to lurches of guitar and frenzied drums, combining to create a refreshingly different sound and a perfect antidote to most stuff that you probably listen to.


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This blog will hopefully act as a conduit for me to pass on stuff I think is awesome, to you, the music appreciator. There will be new stuff, old stuff, well known stuff and unknown stuff, everything will be good though, you can be sure of that.

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