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    ive only heard like two songs off of it, and i didnt really care at all.

    but i dont really like mastadon, so that may not be useful information
    • CommentAuthorgjmiller
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2009
    Scrambles by Bomb the Music Industry! and Carboniferous by Zu were already mentioned, and deservedly so.

    Have you heard ...For the Whole World to See by Death (not the Chuck Shuldiner death metal band from Florida)? Holy shit people. It's Detroit proto-punk pre-Stooges. It sounds like MC5 mixed with the Wipers and a dash of poppier Husker Du thrown in. Excellent, excellent stuff that should make people's Best of Year lists later on.
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
    @AlexGBYMR, when you say "old Biffy Clyro," how old do you mean? like, "57" old?

    @knome514, thanks for posting! i didn't know about half of those.

    @indysleaze, the 2008 Max Tundra album is called Parallax Error Beheads You.... 2000's Some Best Friend... is better, i'd say.

    The new Black Moth Super Rainbow is excellent, though that may just be the intoxication talking. Also the new Bardo Pond is very satisfyingly Bardo-Pond-ish.
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    @gjmiller-i havent heard it yet, but a lot of the diy press is already all over that album (discography?). i also was confused by the name, haha
    • CommentAuthorAlexGBYMR
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
    @allana, I mean "Vertigo of Bliss" kind of Biffy, they also love Tubelord, and by love I mean "LOVE," I recomend. I recomend muchly (
    • CommentAuthorgjmiller
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
    @joe.distort - Yeah, from what I've heard it's their only album. Ever. Which is a shame. All the hype and press surrounding it is completely true though.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009 edited
    Ooh, yeah, the Death album was recorded in 1974 by three teenaged brothers. The two songs that were released as a single, "Politicians In My Eyes" and one other, became super-sought-after on the Killed-By-Death rare punk collector scum circuit, and then about two years ago the son of one of the band members, who is himself a musician, heard the single at a party and was like "I think this is my dad!" So he called his dad, found out that, yes, it was his band, and his dad was really surprised to learn that their single goes for $500 now. He also let his son know that he had a full album's worth of material on tapes in his attic, and so he and his son worked together to get a release for the whole album, which is what "For All The World To See" is. It's a great record, and unfortunately, the guitarist, who wrote the music, died years ago and didn't get to see the critical reception his band is getting now. But there's talk of the band reforming to tour behind the album, with the son of the bassist/singer playing guitar in place of his uncle. I hope that pans out, I'd love to see them play.

    Anyway, back on topic, I'm really into the Ida Maria album too, and I'm amazed I'm not the first person to bring it up. It's an excellent half-hour blast of garage punk power pop by an exuberant Norwegian girl, who is singing blackly comic lyrics about how socially awkward she is even as the songs themselves have a really upbeat celebratory sound. Fucking outstanding album.

    I'm not as into the new Riverboat Gamblers, "Underneath The Owl," as I was into "To The Confusion Of Our Enemies," but it's still pretty good and may grow on me. The sound is a bit poppier than the previous album was, and that one was a bit poppier than the one before. I'm afraid they're going to get to the point where they're really just a pop band and not a punk band anymore, and that's when I think they'll lose me.

    Silversun Pickups' new one is indeed awesome, and even as their expanding on their sound a bit, the whole shoegaze/Smashing Pumpkins vibe is still very present and they've lost none of what I liked about their debut. I think they're going in a good direction to have a productive career.

    The Japandroids full-length, "Post-Nothing," has a few really good songs and a few that I'm not that stoked about. They're this two-piece band with hazy guitars but propulsive songwriting that is getting props from the Pitchfork crowd. I think their songwriting is pretty inconsistent, which is kind of their downfall.

    I'm equally divided on the new Superdrag album, "Industry Giants," but that one gets more of a pass from me because it's their first album in damn near a decade and I'm just excited that they're making records again. There are some great slabs of distorted-guitar power pop on there from John Davis, but he's letting other members of the band write and sing now, and some of those songs are noticeably inferior to his usual standard. I'm all for band democracy in theory, but when a band's main songwriter is obviously more talented than the other members, there's something to be said for purity of vision.

    I'm with the few of you that are not that into the new Mastodon. Hell, Mastodon lost me with "Leviathan," though. I miss their heavier sound from the early days.

    I'm really excited to hear the new albums from Sonic Youth, Future Of the Left, and Graf Orlock, but at this moment, I still haven't heard any of them, so I don't want to comment.
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    I'll be honest - I'm a little mortified that P.O.S. wasn't mentioned for three pages, almost. I was a-scared!

    That aside (and included, I guess) I agree wholeheartedly with an awful damn lot of these picks.

    Despite the fact that they're a Jesus band, I am very much looking forward to mewithoutYou's new album. And Zao's.
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
    @allan - ah, yes, foolish error made when "acquiring" his discography all at once. I also got some Bruce Haack - incredible stuff.
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    Japandroids - Post-nothing

    Came across these guys while listening to the hypem website. I've been listening to their album while on holiday and it rocks a big one...
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    Listening to Capsula's new album, "Rising Mountains," for the first time, and it's blowing me away. Sometimes reminds me of Spiritualized, sometimes of recent Sonic Youth, sometimes of Jesus and Mary Chain, sometimes all three at once. Anyone who likes modern psychedelia-soaked alternative rock is advised to seek this one out. For the record, Capsula are Argentinian, so I'm not sure how easy it is to find this album, but it's worth tracking down.
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    Medeski Martin & Wood - Radiolarians II is outstanding!
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    haven't really been keeping up with anything current but i know that coalesce has a new album dropping in june and i'm extremely excited about it.
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    word is that there may be a new BOTCH album this year...
    • CommentAuthorngebe
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2009
    buried inside - spoils of failure: wasnt expecting much since it seemed like they dropped off the face of the earth a couple of years ago but was pleasantly surprised by their latest. if you liked chronoclast chances are youll probably enjoy this one too
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    @nick3pointone4--I'm excited about the Coalesce too.

    @joe.distort--New Botch? That sure would be awesome. Did you hear that EP that was released last year by Verellen's new band, Narrows? Sounded very Botch-like.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2009 edited
    I've heard that St. Vincent's new album is better than her first. I quite enjoyed the first album.
    Here's a video of the first single I found. Can't say I like it more than Paris is burning through the first listen.

    Her face has a weird creepiness to it, especially how she opens her mouth - keeping her eyes so still.
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    I'm finding Actor more consistent then Marry Me, so in that respect I'd say it's the better album.
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    I like a lot of the new Bishop Allen, maybe because they titled the album "Grrr . . .".

    Neko Case's Middle Cyclone is pretty fantastic, straight down to the album-ender in Red Tide" ." Plus, she admits the mollusks have won.

    Also have to disagree, since I liked the new M. Ward .
    • CommentAuthorAlexGBYMR
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2009
    @ danteshepard - I'm with you on the M. Ward album. Picked it up properly not so long ago. It's pretty good.

    Oh and whoever posted the Black Joe Lewis track. Curse and Thank you. It's been bouncing around in my head for a while now, good stuff.