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A week is a long time…

In Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, Montréal, New England on February 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Not to post anything, that is. So here we are. Back from our respective ‘reading breaks’ and ready to bring you all the goods. We’re just gonna dive right in with a ‘what you (may have) missed while we were gone’ post. A few hints: Silly Kissers, Sean Nicholas Savage, Armen at the Bazaar, Four Eyes, and then some upcoming show goodness.

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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 MURTHERING STAKE:
The newest output from the East Coast’s least-heralded beat/rap entity Calamus Root Magician.
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Libyans Deliver Blistering Punk

In Celebrate Your Scene, New England on January 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Boston band Libyans have been delivering some of the most intense punk in the scene since a couple years ago. Naturally, when they released their first album last summer I had completely forgotten about them, but thanks to icoulddietomorrow, I have been reminded. A Common Place is a wave of pure energy the whole way through, and is just about everything I want from a punk album.

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Premiere: LE CHEVALIER – “LULLY LOURE”

In Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, Montréal, New England, Song Reviews on January 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Le Chevalier really has something on his hands. In October of last year, he presented us with an astounding achievement of a record, Songs From This Room. The instrumentation was fantastic and the sounds he was able to capture not only impressed but really captivated us. With this in mind, we eagerly anticipated his future releases, which included the announcement of an album called Dancer, now set to come out January 30th, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

EVIL CITY MUSIC

In Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, New England, Song Reviews, Worldwide on January 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

It’s been awhile since I’ve heard anything from Archers, who put out one of the absolute best seven-inches last year, so to see that they’ve got a new song is exciting, and to have it be sooo goood is even more so. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Back, In A Big Way: 2010 In Retrospect

In Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, Features, London and the UK, Montréal, New England, New Jersey, Worldwide on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 am

We’re nostalgic already. Remember Kanye’s album? That was dope. Seriously though, we had a great year and we hope you did too. Here’s a little something we put together to put all our love for 2010 in one place.

The list was made by averaging Matt, Steve, and Ethan‘s 25 favorite albums of 2010 (Arnold‘s opinion, though very highly regarded, was not included because he doesn’t like to confine music to lists…or he just didn’t make one). Click on the artist to see what we’ve had to say about them previously, and click the album art on a select few albums for a little surprise.

TOP 26 ALBUMS OF 2010

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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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr for the comedown

In Choice Cuts, New England on September 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr are named after one of the most well known NASCAR drivers in history; Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The band comprises Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott, and they live and write out of Detroit; Motor City USA. However, just like V-Dubs, their music couldn’t be further from the sounds their name suggest. Mixing folk and dreamy pop is nothing new, but the quality of the song writing debuted on their EP ‘Horse Power’ is exceptional; moments of Prince, Paul Simon, and The Beach Boys (who they cover on the EP) all mixed together for our pleasure.

Try it for headaches. Here. EP out on Quite Scientific now.

Free Energy are onomatopoeiac.

In Gigs, Montréal, New England, New Jersey on August 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

Free Energy play 1970s AM radio rock.  They deal almost exclusively with Crunching Les Pauls (replicas), air guitar riffs (authentic) and power-chord driven pop melodies (FUN!). As you can imagine, music made from the sums of these not-so-disparate elements ain’t groundbreaking, but Free Energy just want you to kick back that leading leg, punch the sky, and air guitar the hell out of the night.

Check out their videos below, and come to one of their shows with Titus Andronicus on their North American joint tour. We’ve already seen them play together once, and we’re going again tonight at Il Motore. KICK OUT!

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