Saturday, April 14, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

Claps: Wreck

A couple of weeks ago I came across the music video for "Book of Love" by the Minneapolis band Claps.

I was immediately hooked by the band's brand of minimal synthpop. I definitely plan on trying to catch the band live in the future. IMHO I think Claps picks up where Lookbook left off when they broke up a few years ago.

IS/IS: This Happening

Earlier this week I came across an article on the band IS/IS in City Pages. It goes without saying that my curiousity was piqued. So after I had seen the film Bully last night, I stopped at Cheapo Records, I picked up the Claps cd as well as IS/IS's This Happening EP. I took to this cd right from the word go. Imagine if The Melvins and Mazzy Star got together, the results would be IS/IS. This Happening is a fantastic four song EP that blends aggressive guitar riffs with sweet pop melodies.

Grendel: Harsh Generation

As I am waiting for the new Grendel album Timewave:Zero to come out, I decided to get their previous album Harsh Generation a couple of weeks ago.

I have been enjoying the album immensely. I wish I got into them sooner but better late than never I suppose.

Stray:Letting Go

I plan on reviewing this album sometime in the coming week but I will say this, knocking out Letting Go as the #1 contender for best album of 2012 is going to require a miracle and a few hail marys ;).

I:Scintilla: Dying & Falling

Although I have the album as an mp3, I decided to buy the 2 cd set at the I:Scintilla show I went to 2 weeks ago. Lets face it mp3s sounds like shit so to hear the album in a non-MP3 format was so refreshing.

Various Artists - Re:Connected 3.0

When I pre-ordered the new Stray album, I got a bonus cd. I opted for the Re:Connected 3.0 compilation. There are some good tracks but it is a mixed bag of hit ormiss tracks for me.

Voltaire: Hate Lives in a Small Town

Last week I heard one of the funniest songs I have ever heard by Voltaire called "All Women are Crazy".

I loved the song so much I decided to order his album Hate Lives in a Small Town from CDBaby. I am glad that I got it. I think Voltaire knows more about country music than the shit that comes out of Nashville nowadays.

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