Review: Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only

Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only: A catchier and more accessible, but equally as screamy, version of the Blood Brothers.

  • Stream clips from the entire album Media -> Audio
  • Purchase for $9.79 (Pre-order, will be released in January)
  • 11.29.2005

    Review: Supermachiner - Rise Of The Great Machine

    Supermachiner - Rise Of The Great Machine: All of the ingredients are there to make a really good post-rock/avant gardcore record, but it just misses, because it lacks some of the grandiocity and intensity present in other bands of the same sound. Still, it's worth a listen if you're a fan of post-rock and/or Converge.

  • Download Bitter Cold
  • Purchase for $9.28
  • 11.28.2005

    Review: Sun Kil Moon - Tiny Cities

    Sun Kil Moon - Tiny Cities: If I didn't know beforehand that it was a collection of Modest Mouse covers, I still wouldn't know. If you're a fan of Sun Kil Moon and know nothing of Modest Mouse, you'll like it. If you're a fan of Sun Kil Moon and of Modest Mouse, you might like it. If you know nothing of Sun Kil Moon but like Modest Mouse, you'll likely hate it. If you know nothing of either band, you need to read more mp3 blogs.

  • Download Ocean Breathes Salty (via Stereogum)
  • Purchase for $12.17
  • 11.27.2005

    Review: Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers

    Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers: I'm sorry, I found it hard to take seriously because I could not get the image of Sol Star singing out of my head.

  • Stream the video How Can I Love You If You Won't Lie Down (and try not picture Sol)
  • Purchase for $11.38
  • 11.26.2005


    Review: XTC - Apple Bite

    XTC - Apple Bite: The 54-track boxed site is entitled Apple Box, so it's fitting that the sampler to promote the box is entitled Apple Bite. The weirdest thing, is how this sampler feels like an album, even with its two newly crafted songs. This being my first encounter with the band, what I can't figure out is how come they weren't bigger. Sure, every music fan has heard the name XTC, but it's taken me far too long to have heard one of their songs.

  • Download the brand new song, Spiral
  • Stream a whole bunch of tracks from various releases
  • Purchase for $31.24
  • 11.24.2005

    Review: Rogue Wave - Descended Like Vultures

    Rogue Wave - Descended Like Vultures: It was a rainy Monday morning when I popped this disc in and it fit perfectly to the rain-soaked scenery all around me. I've yet to experience this disc elsewhere and without a droplet-filled windshield, so I'll reserve judgement, save to say its better than their last one.

  • Stream some tracks (the site doesn't tell you which ones, so even if I told you the names, you wouldn't know)
  • Purchase for $10.26
  • 11.23.2005


    Review: The Libertines - Up The Bracket

    The Libertines - Up The Bracket: After all of the hype, this is exactly what I was epecting. It even holds up to the hype. My favorite part about the album? The music is so loose, it could fall apart at any second, but so tight it may go on forever.

  • Stream a bunch of tracks, including the album-titled track from this disc (click on Jukebox)
  • Purchase for $11.48
  • 11.21.2005

    Review: I Hate Myself - 3 Songs

    I Hate Myself - 3 Songs: Not quite as anthemic as their previous work, but still, as a fan I'm excited enough knowing they're putting out music again.

  • Download This Isn't the Tenka-Ichi-Budokai from their previously released 10 Songs
  • Purchase the vinyl for $4.50
  • 11.20.2005

    New Site Design

    I got tired of the old site so I re-did it. Took me a minute to remember the CSS and XML coding, but I managed it somehow. The design comes from Open Source Web Design which I found out about from DJ. All that's left is fixing the logo to match, but my girlfriend Sara is having trouble with Extensis Suitcase and by definition her fonts, so that's going to have to wait. Let me know what you think.

    Review: Heartless Bastards - Stairs and Elevators

    Heartless Bastards - Stairs and Elevators: Female-fronted classic rock with a hint of blues and post-punk that succeeds on just about every song.

  • Download Onions
  • Download New Resolution
  • Purchase for $10.21
  • 11.19.2005

    Review; Hard-Fi - Stars of C.C.T.V.

    Hard-Fi - Stars of C.C.T.V.: It's very 2005 in its new-wave meets punk meets pop meets quirky. As usual, there are better bands that do it and there are worse bands that do it, but judge for yourself.

  • Stream Tied Up Too Tight, Hard To Beat, Cash Machine and Middle Eastern Holiday (click on Audio)
  • Purchase for $12.95
  • 11.17.2005

    Review: Depeche Mode - Playing The Angel

    Depeche Mode - Playing The Angel: Without speaking to the albums in between, it's like the band hasn't lost a step between Violator and their new outing. Though Angel seems a bit more accessbile they are very similar albums sure to please fans of the band.

  • Stream video for Precious
  • Purchase for 11.99
  • 11.16.2005

    Review: Depeche Mode - Violator

    Depeche Mode - Violator: A more complete album than Some Great Reward. It's a bit more polished and more listenable all the way through.

  • Stream clips from the entire album
  • Purchase for $7.99
  • 11.14.2005

    Review: Babyshambles - Down in Albion

    Babyshambles - Down in Albion: A little slower and a little more raggae-influenced than I was expecting. Seeing as this was my first Pete Doherty album, I'll say what's been said a thousand times (today), he's a terrific talent wasting away in the coma of dependency. We'll just call him Terrell.

  • Stream clips from the entire album
  • Purchase for $15.99
  • 11.13.2005

    Review: Akron Family - Akron Family

    Akron Family - Akron Family: It was just kind of boring. I know that there are going to be people out there that like it, and I like my fair share of lo-fi, but this just slowly trods along.

  • Stream Small Shape, Shake Collage and Deep Kazoo
  • Purchase for $10.99
  • 11.12.2005

    Review: Aberdeen City - The Freezing Atlantic/Sixty Lives EP

    Aberdeen City - The Freezing Atlantic/Sixty Lives EP: Kinda boring, but decent. It tries to be a dark, atmospheric pop album, but falls just short of having either enough atmosphere or proper atmosphere.

  • Download In Combat
  • Purchase The Freezing Atlantic for $8.50
  • 11.11.2005

    Review: 3 - Wake Pig

    3 - Wake Pig: The lead singer, Joey Eppard, is the brother to Coheed and Cambria's Josh Eppard. 3 even sounds a little like Coheed, but with more prog, less metal and not as catchy. That's not to say that this is a bad thing. In fact, this album is better than Good Apollo... If you like Coheed, check these guys out. If you like prog check these guys out. If you like music, check these guys out, because they're really good.

  • Download Alien Angel
  • Purchase original version for $6.19
  • Purchase re-release for $7.56
  • 11.10.2005

    Review: Natalie Rose Lebrecht - Imagining Weather

    Natalie Rose Lebrecht - Imagining Weather: Some records are a chore to listen to. This is one of those records. Not to say it's bad, but you need to be in the mood for such and avant-garde performance art type of album.

  • Download Track 6 off her previous album
  • It's not for sale anywhere that I can find. Keep checking her website for updates
  • 11.09.2005

    Review: Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

    Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary: Some of the songs are really good. Some of the songs are really boring. It has the potential to be a great, great album. Maybe it will grow on me, or maybe their next album will be better.

  • Stream Shine A Light and My Father's Son
  • Purchase for $10.27
  • 11.08.2005

    Review: We Are Scientists - With Love And Squalor

    We Are Scientists - With Love And Squalor: It triest to fire on all cylinders and be a pop-punky-indie band, but it just doesn't succeed. The singer's voice takes some getting used to and the songs are rather repititious.

  • Stream The Great Escape, Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt and It's A Hit
  • Purchase for $14.70 (it's only out in the UK)
  • 11.07.2005

    Review: Various - This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to The Beatles' Rubber Soul

    Various - This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to The Beatles' Rubber Soul: What would normally be a hit-and-miss affair of Beatles covers turns out to have far more hits than misses. There are, of course, misses, but not as many as you'd think. And I'd love for some of these artists to do an entire Beatles album (I'm looking at your Fiery Furnaces).

  • Stream clips from the entire album
  • Stream Ben Harper's Michelle
  • Stream Dar Williams' You Won't See Me
  • Stream Sufjan Stevens' What Goes On
  • Stream Ted Leo's I'm Looking Through You
  • Purchase for $12.99
  • 11.06.2005

    Review: The Stone Roses - Ultimate Rarities

    The Stone Roses - Ultimate Rarities: The Stone Roses is one of my top 10 albums of all time. Accordingly, they are almost the only band that can floor me with a collection of demos and practice sessions. If you're a big fan of their debut, you'll also enjoy it, but if you're only a casual fan don't waste the hard drive space.

  • The torrent is out there, but I couldn't find it
  • Item not officially released (with no plans on doing so)
  • 11.05.2005

    Review: Renee Heartfelt - Death of a Ghost

    Renee Heartfelt - Death of a Ghost: Featuring memebers of Count Me Out, American Nightmare and Striking Distance, you were expecting another hardcore album? Perhaps even a really good one? What you get, instead, is not quite melodic enough to be Melodic Rock and not hard enough to be Hard Rock, but rather something in the mediocre middle.

  • Stream Gratitude For as well as a few non-album tracks
  • Purchase for $9.78
  • 11.04.2005

    Review: Ramallah - Kill A Celebrity

    Ramallah - Kill A Celebrity: Very metallic and very bitter. It's got a little melodic edge to it this time around in the vein of White Trash Rob's other band Sinner and Saints. The album runs a little long and the debut EP is better, but if you enjoy lyrics like "I'd love to detonate a car bomb/ at the doors of your precious MTV/ and put some serin gas/ in the central A/C/ at the the VMAs/ and watch those beautiful faces turn ashen grey"

  • Stream the video from The Horror And The Gag
  • Download If I Die Today
  • Purchase for $10.49
  • 11.03.2005

    Review: My Morning Jacket - Z

    My Morning Jacket - Z: It doesn't feel as cohesive as it could be. All the pieces are there, but the end result lacks.

  • Stream Worldless Chorus and Off The Record
  • Purchase for $9.28
  • 11.02.2005

    Review: Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan: A nice piece of history, but come on, like I'll put this in over Freewheelin' or Another Side? Right.

  • Stream clips from the entire album
  • Purchase for $7.99
  • 11.01.2005

    Review: The Joggers - With a Cape and a Cane

    The Joggers - With a Cape and a Cane: Solid indie-rock record with post-punk influences abounding. It's catchy enough, in its own special way, that you'll need to listen a few times.

  • Stream We've Been Talk Down To and Era Prison
  • Purchase for $10.49