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‘Fuzzy Mornings’ by Polaroid 85

In Album Reviews, London and the UK on March 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Polaroid 85 is an interesting new project from Neeta Sarl and her associated band of string players, drum players, woodwind players and producers. Their first EP, ‘Fuzzy Mornings’ has just been released, and it makes for a stimulating listen…more after the jump.

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‘A Good Place To Start’

In Album Reviews, Celebrate Your Scene, New Jersey on March 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

The idea and experience of ‘home’ is the focus and, appropriately, the title of the new EP by Ridgewood, New Jersey’s (and, occasionally, SUNY Purchase’s) Spook Houses. This theme is pervasive throughout this fantastic four track (soon-to-be) seven-inch, but this subject is no stranger to this band, who put out one of my favorite albums/EPs of last year, Real Ghosts / Pretend Ghosts (which Steve posted here way back in the summer). Read the rest of this entry »

DWNLD: Horsepower Productions ‘In Fine Style’

In Album Reviews, Celebrate Your Scene, London and the UK on March 20, 2011 at 3:07 am

Sooo exams and work and life has been taking its tole on all of us here at Midday towers. Its been difficult to find the time to write anything meaningful etc etc. That said, I’m making it a goal for this busy period to upload entire albums to our Mediafire to help make the stress and the cigarettes of work bearable. The albums could come from anywhere in my library, could be new finds or old classics, who knows. The only thing uniting them is that they are albums I truly think are great and work well as albums. Ill also try and say a little about them. To start off – Horsepower Productions’ ‘In Fine Style’ (Tempa TEMPACD001, 2002).

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Merchandise – Strange Songs (In The Dark)

In Album Reviews, New England on February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

Merchandise is a relatively unknown post-punk band out of Tampa. They rule.

Their debut LP, Strange Songs (In The Dark) has been on repeat for me for like 2 weeks now. Strange Songs is probably one of the best tries at being both catchy and noisy at the same time that I have ever heard. To make it even better, they’re on super chill label Katorga, who is distributing the digital version for free.

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Calamus Root Magician vs Joanna Newsom

In Album Reviews, New England on February 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

The newest output from the East Coast’s least-heralded beat/rap entity Calamus Root Magician.
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Stream Gold Zebra’s Debut EP

In Album Reviews, Celebrate Your Scene, Montréal on January 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

Out on their bandcamp since August, Gold Zebra’s Debut EP has a lot of the things I like most about the Montreal indie scene’s characteristic sound. Read the rest of this entry »

Stream the new Cloud Nothings LP

In Album Reviews, Worldwide on January 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm


Cloud Nothings played in Montreal the other night with Oberhofer and Intensive Care. I missed it but I bet it was awesome. This guess is made even more sure after listening through Cloud Nothings self-titled LP this morning, thanks to The Fader. Read the rest of this entry »

Review of Braids’ ‘Native Speaker’

In Album Reviews, Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, Montréal on January 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

None of the members of Braids are older than 21. Despite that, they’ve been around so long in the Montréal scene that they almost seem like established grandparents to some of the city’s newer acts. In fact, they are the most tagged band on this very blog. It therefore surprises some to learn that they have not released a full-length album – until now. Native Speaker is the result of several years spent refining their sound, and the results are very, very good. Read the rest of this entry »

Jazz Under the Radar (Pt. 1)

In Album Reviews on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 am

For most of us, Jazz is an art that already happened. When I say ‘jazz’ you think of the classics; you think John Coltrane or Miles Davis or maybe even further back to the big band days of super popular jazz. Even if you think of newer jazz, you are probably thinking of some painfully contrived sounding fusion or some free jazz that has been altogether too liberated from the bounds of tonality. That is a shame. 2010 was actually a great year for jazz. The underground scenes from New York, Boston, London, and across the world are running strong and putting out some incredible, innovative music. In this series I give you some of my favorites from the past year.

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Songs from Le Chevalier’s Room

In Album Reviews, Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, New England on November 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Just a few weeks ago, friend of the blog, Le Chevalier, posted his debut album on bandcamp. I have to admit, I had no idea that he even was a musician until I heard it, but it’s absolutely something to get excited about.
Songs From this Room is the name of the 5 track EP, and I don’t think there is a more appropriate name for it. Short as it is, Songs From This Room manages to convey complex and personal feelings in a remarkably relateable way.  So much so, that at times it feels as though each song on the album was written for you personally. Adding to the EP’s expressiveness is a soupy kind of a shoegaze reverb tone that I am a big fan of right now. In general, I’ve never been hugely into shoegaze, and I can’t say I’m an expert on the genre, but the thick sounding harmonizations and echoes that persist through the whole album give it a pensive quality that I just haven’t been hearing much of in my music lately.

You can visit Le Chevalier in his room and hear the album on his bandcamp. Make sure to keep an eye out for his next one, ‘Dancer’, which drops in a few months. Stay tuned, because the 19 second ‘Master’ clip has got me wondering what he’s cooking up for us next, and Midday Procrastination are working on bringing you a personal interview with the man himself.

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