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[16 Jul 2004|01:20pm]

I just listened to probably the most interesting album I've heard in awhile, Jason Forrest's The unrelenting songs of the 1979 post disco crash. It's "glitch" electronic music, which means that it's comprised of quirky beats, odd breaks and some weird "glitchy" noises that sound almost like rhythmic CD scratches. But what's cool is that all of his songs feature samples from 1970s and 1980s glut-rock, all arranged in such a manner that its almost impossible not to like. He's using the theme of rock's (poor) response to the disco era and cramming it into an electronic format. Never before have I ever described music -- and just music itself -- as witty, but Forrest's placement of samples is brilliant, and sometimes hilarious. I especially like the Who tribute at the end. If you like the live version of Orbital's "Halcyon On+On" wherein the Hartnoll brothers mix Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a place on earth" with Bon Jovi's "Shot through the heart," you'll appreciate this album.

Although some tracks are difficult to listen to -- they require almost studying -- the album is a great effort.

Air - Talkie Walkie [05 Feb 2004|07:08pm]

Anyone have any experience with this album yet? I'm going to pick it up this weekend, regardless... just wondering if you have any thoughts. I very much enjoy Air. Moon Safari is a must-own album and although it was panned, I liked 10,000 Hz Legend for the most part. It was different and ambitious, but that might be a fault as well. I heard "Alone in Kyoto" from the newest release in the Sofia Coppolla film, "Lost in Translation," and I was intrigued by its impressionistic feel. Hopes are high for the newest album. I'll post more coherent and cohesive thoughts when I purchase it.

BTW - I'm new to the community. My name is Rob and I live in Jacksonville, Fla. During the day I'm the copy editor of The Business Journal; at night I'm an undercover music geek. Well, maybe not undercover...

My favorite album of all-time, one that I must listen to from beginning to end is the Who's Quadrophenia. The movie (with Sting) was uber-sucky, though.

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The KICKS! [12 Jan 2004|10:29am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I figured this may be a good place to alert fans of good catchy music.

This band, called the Kicks (formerly Ashtray Babyhead).. think Weezer + Superdrag but more rock and less geek - have an amazing new album called Radio.

Now, the only reason I mention them is that I was blown away by their album. And the posting below of the fan community devoted to them is not shameless promo, but merely a place for fans to meet - if you happen to like them, stop by and tell us so!


Check them out, TRUST ME.

Then join that community, and post away! Tell us what you think. I don't think you're going to be disappointed, rather, blown away.

The Kicks are from Little Rock, Arkansas. Prepare to be enlightened, if you're into the incredibly hooky, powerful, fun rock-pop-punkish singalong type stuff. Must be heard to be appreciated. There are links on that community page, but specifically


to hear 3 songs - "Mir" is the single. Just a little heads-up.. it's good to spread around new music! Hit me up with some too! I love the reccomendations.

This fuckin album immediately became my favorite album of ALL TIME after I heard it. Enjoy, and good luck getting it out of your CD player if you happen to buy it.

Peace, rock and take care


Top 15 of 2003 [07 Jan 2004|12:21pm]

[ mood | tired ]

Hi everyone! Wanted to introduce myself, I'm Jake, from Florida... soon to be New Hampshire.

I've been laboring on this stupid list for forever, wanted to get it all.. there really wasn't as much good stuff last year as was from 2002. And yeah, I do this every year. Sigh.

"Top 15 albums of 2003"

Guided By Voices - The Best of Guided by Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly
Cave In - Antenna
Ima Robot - S/T
The Strokes - Room on Fire
The Wrens - Meadowlands
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
The Fire Theft - S/T
Saturday Looks Good to Me - All Your Summer Songs
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Jet - Get Born
Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Stop the Beat
Beck - Sea Change
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Electric Six - Fire
Guided By Voices - Earthquake Glue

Tell me what you think! Rock. And if you haven't heard a bunch of these, you
probably should. Some of the top ones are in order of best and down.

Everyone take care,

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check em' out! [24 Sep 2003|06:33pm]

title or description

go to mp3.com and listen to outsmarting simon.

if you like them then check em out at www.outsmartingsimon.com

they are awesome sign their guestbook and say you were referred by amanda at amandasworld8@aol.com..

check em out they rule my world haha.

the explosion - "sick of modern art" ep [23 Apr 2003|07:41pm]

the wait has been too long. in 2000 the explosion dropped their masterpiece flash flash flash upon the punk and indie world and now they're finally back with a new 5 song ep called sick of modern art. god damn was it worth the wait.
if you're not framiliar with the band, guitarist sam cave was in the trouble and bassist damien genuardi was in panic and in my eyes. the explosion also features vocalist million dollar matt hock, guitarist dave walsh, and drummer andrew black. aside form "sick of modern art" and "flash flash flash" they have two eps and a split 7" with the tonsils. the explosion are boston hooligans through and through, but their music isn't limited to that typical boston sound. it's raw and urgent, catchy and anthemic, and above all there's a definite sense of maturity on the new ep.
the only song i really have a problem with is the first track, "sick of modern art". it reminds me a lot of "turantulas attack" off of flash flash flash. but since this is such a great release i'm going to let that pass. the next two songs, "the crashes" and "original thought" can be found on the split 7" with dave and sam's other band called the tonsils. these two songs sound much better then the thin mix that the 7" provided. "the crashes" is an all out anthem of defiance. expect to be singing along with the chorus ("don't pretend to know my name") at the next explosion show you attend. "original thought" slows it down a little but that doesn't mean it's any less of a powerhouse. the next song "bullet 15" is probably the catchiest of the bunch. this song really blew me away the first time i heard it. i'm really in awe of the explosions ability to offer something new to such a tired genre. all in one song they can remind you of everything you love about punk rock while still sounding fresh. this is also true about the last song on the ep, "signature", a song that doesn't let up during it's one minute and fifty four seconds of play.
lyrically, i think this album is up to par with flash flash flash, which was an album with a lot to say. some of my favorite lyrics on sick of modern art are "were you born with an original thought, did you get it off the discount rack, doesn't fit bring it back" off of "original thought". the song is like a rally cry against bands that have nothing to say or kids that just follow the trends. "signature" is the most political song of them all. "character assasination fascinates the nation, now we're stationed at the television, watching death processions," i think it's safe to say where the explosion stand on the war with iraq.
overall sick of modern art is a wrench in the gear of the current safe and mediocre world of punk rock. if you want more songs about broken hearts go to new found glory or whatever shitty new band trl is hyping. if you want another generic street punk anthem go pick up whatever crap the casualties are putting out. if you want a release that's everything you love about punk rock without everything you hate about it, then pick up the explosion's new ep sick of modern art.
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go ask your mother cos she knows what you need [16 Apr 2003|12:21am]

Reggie and the Full Effect: under the tray
*** + 1/2 (3.5 stars)

first off: bonus to reggie (cough cough james dewees of the get up kids) for the gimmicks. the reggie storyline (he was famous in the eighties and his first album was a greatest hits collection, then tapes mysteriously showed up at vagrant for the second album, and now he's out of jail and performing again), the amusing song titles ("apocolypse WOW!" is my favorite title on this one), the guest appearances from common denominator (the best finnish death-metal band you've ever heard), the costumes, the let's-fool-the-customer-by-hiding-the-cd trick (the record is called "inside the dust sleeve"), i could go on.
now, minus points to señor dewees for the gimmicks. he's got some damn good songs, and he often lets the gimmicks get in the way. two of the best songs, the opening "your bleedin' heart" and "congratulations smack + katy", are seperated by a recording of a "drunk girl at the get up kids show". the biggest problem with reggie albums is that their momentum is interrupted often by skits that are amusing the first time and then just distract from the music. however, those two songs are so amazing that it's worth it. "your bleedin' heart" rocks while mocking the bands that try really hard to look like they're moping, and the result is wonderful, and "congratulations smack + katy" has such great hooks that it's no surprise it was the first single.
some of this album's songs sound dangerously close to being rehashes of older reggie songs, but thankfully they often turn out to be more like improved sequels. "mood 4 luv" borrows its mood from "gloves" from promotional copy, albeit with much funnier lyrics (sample: "when i smelled your perfume, it spelled out d-o-o in doom, and doom backwards is mood, and i'm in the mood 4 U girl"); meanwhile "f.o.o.d. aka aren't you hungary" steals both the mood and the "l-o-v-e love, g-l-o-v-e glove" trick (here it's "f-o-o-d food food, g-o-o-d good good"), although it has a nice metal break in the middle.
"what won't kill you eats gas" is creepy and atmospheric, and after another drunk girl skit, one of the absolute best reggie songs kicks in: "gettin by with it's". it's classic finger-snapping good, reggie-style pop, complete with cute backing vocals. unfortunately, it's followed by the greatly titled but sort of lagging "image is nothing, lobsters are everything", which actually has some nice piano touches but ultimately feels like it was written while reggie was taking valium. if you drift off during that song, then the aforementioned "apocolypse WOW!" hits you like a brick with hungary bear screaming "let's get it on!!!" but the rest of the song, while severely rocking, doesn't really grab me. "f.o.o.d." is a nice little ditty, and then "happy v-day" isn't exciting but not necessarily bland. after a dig at avril (easy target), there is "linkin verbz", common denominator's second song on a reggie album. the masterpiece that is "dwarf invasion" just simply cannot be topped. sorry, guys. the concept of writing a song about the linking verbs appeals to me but the execution could've been much better.
finally, we come to "megan 2k2 (even though it's 2k3 now)". it's pretty sweet, and very nice. a piano ballad on par with "congratulations matt + christine" from the last album, and a very nice note to end the album on.
overall, it's a good album, but there's a too much filler on it. the skits are amusing but when it comes down to the songs, reggie shouldn't have to hide behind them. speaking of which, if you get a chance to see reggie when he tours (supposedly after the new get up kids album is finished) i highly recommend it. it's worth it for the keytar alone.

[13 Apr 2003|05:29pm]

glassjaw - 'worship and tribute'

rating: **** 1/2

this cd sounds so much different from their first album, which in this albums case, it isn't a bad thing.

the first song is 'tip your bartender' this song is possibly the best song on the cd. it is a great way to catch the listener's attention, and palumbo's screaming in the beginning just shows how much potential and energy this band has.

track two is 'mu empire' this song is a decent song, nothing special, good, but not 'wow, listen to this shit'

track three is 'cosmopolition blood loss' it is the song the band released for the first single. this song is good, but it sticks out, not in a good way, just not in a bad way. one of those manufactured, 'must have on the record because the record label is making you record it' songs.

track four 'ape dos mil' is great, slow, mellow, and harmonic music, interupted by palumbo's screaming in the chorus. good song.

track five 'pink roses' a good 'midway through record song' after hearing 'ape' this song busts in with it's heaviness and it is a good song as well.

track six 'mustv'e run all day' another mellow one, along the lines of 'ape' nothing special, 'ape' is better, but still a good song if you are sick of hearing heavy songs.

track seven 'stuck pig' along the lines of 'pink roses' it comes after a mellow song, to wake the listener up. good song.

track eight 'radio cambodia' like 'cosmo' it is in a league of it's own, it is a good song, fast like some punk, but still glassjaw.

track nine 'gilette cavalcade of sports' a brilliant song, 'bartender' and this one run a close race of being the best song on the record. the commentary near the end makes this one even more exciting, the lyrics are amazing. great song.

track ten 'trailer park jesus' another more mellow song, good, but i have said it once before, not as good as 'ape' still good.

track eleven 'two tabs of mescaline' the intro to this song is good, the song is great, one of the best.

*** track twelve 'convectuoso' this was put on the advance promo copy of the album, but roadrunner was making glassjaw pay to have it on the record, anyway, an okay song, nothing that special. enjoyable at times, other times, you want to change the cd.

so overall, a good cd. could have been better, especially with more songs, but if you are looking for some new music, pick this up.

-cameron del rosario

New [13 Apr 2003|01:30pm]

[ mood | crushed ]

Hey, i <3 music and im ready to critique, lol ;)
has anyone ever heard of the plain white t's there pretty awsome, i <3 them :D havent bought anything from them yet but so far what iv dloaded its been all five stars, a must [*****] i think this will be an awsome community, lets get it rollin!
<333 ashlie

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