Posts Tagged ‘alt rock’
Aside from the utter coolness of Jack O’Neill as a name, this is just a great band. (I am sure Cary Pierce is cool as well, just not SF geek cool)
Most tracks have kind of a folk/alt-rock sound. The music is mellow but not sleep inducing. My favorites are ‘Everything I’m Not’ and ‘Something Good’ but the album as a whole has a great sound.
I say buy the whole thing -
But if you need a test drive you can listen to several songs over on the Jackopierce myspace page, cnet.com or samples of all the songs on Amazon. You can d/l the mp3 album from Amazon or other online retailers.
I picked up ‘The Magician’ by Ghost Buffalo. It is a big change from their first release.
While there are still bits of country peeking out, notably on ‘Choke’, the sound is harder and more rock and punk. (With the exception of ‘Just a Thought’ which sounds like the band was temporarily possessed by Pink Floyd)
Overall the music is darker (although I thought tracks like ‘Ruin Everything’ from the first album were kinda dark) and the songs tend to stand out. My favorites are Fire Walk With Me’ and ‘Gold Disease’.
I love Marie’s voice and think the new direction of the music makes her sound even better. Definitely worth buying.
You can listen to tracks from or purchase The Magician on Emusic,
on the Ghost Buffalo Myspace page,
or over on Suburban Home Records.
You can also watch the new video for Gold Disease on youtube.
I picked up The Stand Ins by Okkervil River last week. They have kind of a folk/alt rock sound.
I love Pop Lie. It has kind of a kicky beat and is just a little pop, all the while snarking on songs that…er, have a kicky beat and are pop. Awesome song.
I also like Lost Coastlines. It has a different feel and more of a folk sound.
This is probably where I should mention my favorite Browne song is “The Road“. Not just because I have a thing for ‘being on the road’ songs and if I had an internet radio show I would do one entire day a week with nothing but on-the-road songs, but also because I think it is just a beautifully written song.
I have read several reviews complaining about the political tracks. I don’t get the problem. Yeah, Where Were You is not a ‘Levee Prayer’ or a “What Would Jesus Do” but it is not a bad song. It has almost a techno beat to it and you are enjoying the song before you even start to catch the lyrics. I also don’t think it hurts to remind people that the problem is not fixed and sadly, is not much better. For all those complaining about being ‘so tired of all this’ well…that is what your mp3 player is for. Skip those songs and then other peoples’ hard times will not intrude on your perfect day.
I also like ‘The Drums of War“. I found it very snarky. I love ‘Off of Wonderland’ and while I am not usually a big fan of nostaglia songs, I love the sound of this one. I already have it on my mp3.
Seriously though, it is Jackson Browne. At 60, he -still- has a fantastic voice and looks kind of hot in his new beard. The music is great and the ratio of good to bad is very high on the good side. Where is the bad in this?
However, you don’t have to trust me or any of the other reviewers. You can pop over to amazon (linked above) and listen to the cd for yourself. You can also preview it over on Emusic. (You can pick up a copy from both places as well.) If you prefer, Browne has a player on his site (also linked above) where you can listen to tracks from Time the Conqueror as well as his previous work.
All in all, it is worth the money.
The Coronas are in the Spotlight, primarily because I have been playing ‘Heroes or Ghosts’ on my mp3 since I downloaded the track off Emusic a few days ago.
I love the song and I would love to have the cd but I can’t find anywhere to purchase it. I am going to email Jim Lawless but if anyone knows where I can pick the cd up please let me know so I don’t have to pester him.
(Okay, found it. You can d/l the cd from a link on their mySpace page.)
You can also listen to the guys over on their mySpace page and/or watch vidoes of them, like the one below.
*ponders postage from Ireland to here and hopes there is some way to d/l instead*
*hops off to d/l ‘Grace don’t Wait’ and some others*
Offering your new cd up for listening, not d/ling - less cool, but okay.
Offering a track from the new cd for d/l -free – would be super cool.
Offering a track from the new cd for d/l for .79 – okay still cool.
Having it take so long to go through registration that I could have mowed the lawn, painted the house and read War and Peace in the time it took to register to buy the freakin’ track – highly annoying.
Seriously, it was the most convoluted and awkward payment system I have ever used online.
On the plus side, I like most of what I have heard so far. I would recommend getting the digital bundle instead of just the single track The Shock of the Lightning, as it comes with an additional track, Falling Down. (I love Falling Down and wish I had d/led the bundle, but in a couple weeks and I can get the entire cd so no prob.)
Vid of The Shock of the Lightning -
Dig Out Your Soul will release October 6th, 2008.