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The Bright Light Social Hour, The Bright Light Social Hour (2010)
The Bright Light Social Hour landed on my desk a couple weeks ago, and since it wasn't by a band coming to town nor something I was already expecting , it didn't get my immediate attention. In fact, it's surprising that I even listened to this album at all since its a self-release by a non-local band I'd never heard of. Fortunately, in the end, something about the cover art charmed me and drew me in and I discovered an exhuberant rock album of the sort that changes your impression from track to track -- one minute, it's muscular, anthemic prog rock with AC/DC leanings and rah-rah choruses and the next, it's tastefully melodic groove-oriented post-rock, and then, suddenly, it jumps to full-on funky disco dance music. Might seem jarring, but somehow, it works. And there are only nine tracks, too, which makes getting through it so easy that you find yourself re-playing it pretty much immediately.
This all-covers punk rock album is awesome. Girl in a Coma is a all-female punk trio from Texas signed to Joan Jett's Blackheart Records. If you like Me First and the Gimme Gimmies, you should enjoy this band's music as well. Fave tracks: "Si Una Vez" (Selena cover) and "Come On, Let's Go" (Ritchie Valens cover).
Brad Jobriath's third untitled, unreleased album demos.
Probably recorded during his U.S. tour in 1974, but that is debatable...
The Octopus Project, Hexadecagon (2010)
Hexadecagon is the fourth release from the Austin instrumental experimental electronic group. The album's name is the geometrical term for a sixteen-sided object, chosen because it was inspired by their highly praised performance at SXSW last year. The show was written for an eight-channel sound and video system, performed as a sixteen-sided audiovisual panorama. I've seen video footage of the SXSW show and it's pretty phenomenal stuff...the music seems to surround the audience as the synchronized video footage changes.
The album starts with the phenomenal "Fuguefat" - a bass heavy, psychedelic tripped out dance groove, but the album certainly isn't just dance music; "Korakrit" in particular has a gorgeous melody. Though some of the album is a bit abrasive (my dog seems to especially hate the last track, "Catalog") it's quickly establishing itself as one of the most intriguing releases I've heard this year.
Rosie's voice is like a warm blanket. Every song she sings is magical.
Hanging out with Mary this week? Listen to this album while sunk in the couch.
David Bowie, Station To Station Deluxe Edition (2010)
Deluxe is an understatement in this case: the top-of-the-line package offered to commemorate the 1976 Bowie masterpiece is replete with memorabilia that includes poster, press kit reproductions, buttons, photos, informative liner notes and ... oh yes, then there's the music. Every possible type of remastering of the brilliant album is encompassed within the multi-disc box (like some earth-shattering DVD audio mixes). However, the real selling point is a red-hot 2-CD live performance from Nassau Coliseum from the "Station To Station" tour that was unreleased up until now. Bowie is in rare form along with a band of virtual unknowns that backed him on this legendary tour. And if you needed another reason to invest in this treasure chest of Bowie goodies, the massive box also includes audiophile vinyl pressings of the complete album as well as of the live show. Take the plunge and relive the "Golden Years." This set is a Bowie dream come true!!
South Carolina-based modern rock band Quarterfly is gearing up to release their third album, Do You Believe, which was produced by Greg Archilla (Buckcherry, Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Edwin McCain) and features 10 crisp, edgy, intelligent tunes that span a wide range of subjects. Darker tracks such as "Addition," "No Lies" and "Do You Believe" are balanced with more upbeat rockers like "Attitude" and "Taken by Surprise." For fans of Shinedown, 3 Doors Down, and Black Stone Cherry.
Austin Lucas, Somebody Loves You (2010, Suburban Home)
Indiana native Lucas may be big with the Tampa Bay and Gainesville twang-punk scenes, but his plaintive vocals and melancholy style owe more to true-blue classic country, Appalachian hill music and even gospel than the tunes of most of his contemporaries. Check out "Singing Man" for a perfect and chill-inducing example of what can be done with an acoustic guitar, a fiddle and a couple of voices.
Like their previous two efforts there are some great moments -- the thrashy, ferocious instrumental "Acheron/Unleashing The Orb" that kicks off the album or the galloping "The Chronomancer II: Nemesis." But then The Sword settles into their trademark Sabbathy groove. There's not much in the way of growth or reinvention, and to be honest, I found myself tuning out halfway through on repeated listens.
I finally got around to listening to this. I was afraid, because I was not so thrilled with their debut. But this time the planets must have aligned because this one is HEAVY. And why is Jack White the only credible (that's a loaded word with which to describe him, I know) rock star to emerge in the past decade or so?
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