• Columbus, Ohio's recommended song August 29

    Ago 29 2010, 22h16

    Not an entirely brand-spanking-new song, but Animal Collective's "On a Highway" is Columbus, Ohio's recommended song for Aug. 29. Released on November's Fall Be Kind EP (domino records), the song is easily overlooked....

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  • Com Truise, Teen Daze - playlist for August 27

    Ago 27 2010, 20h18

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    The playlist for Aug. 27, 2010 contains a stiff dose of music that captures the essence of summer and does a solid job of aurally delineating the bittersweet moment when nights begin to get crisp and the haze of summer in Columbus, Ohio is officially served its walking papers.

    Jersey genius Com Truise contributes two songs on this playlist, albeit every track the young man touches is worthy of attention. Self-described as slow-motion funk and "not about the name," his releases -- Cyanide Sisters EP and Pyragony / Tripya 12" -- are available for free download at Com Truise's website.

    The Columbus New Music Examiner would like to provide more details about the quality music and talented musicians listed here, but there's something to be said about brevity. So, no more talk and here are the musical recommendations:

    Artist / Song Title
    Com Truise - "Sundriped"
    Teenage Reverb - "Where Did The Summer Go? (666)"
    Mount McKinley - "Rainsand"
    Mathemagic - "Always Will Be"
    Cough Cool - "Flower Reading"
    GOBBLE GOBBLE - "Alabaster Bodyworlds (Kumon Plaza Remix)"
    Evenings - "Babe"
    Dunian - "Love to Match"
    Com Truise - "Iwywaw"
    Teen Daze - "Gone For Summer"
    Teen Daze and Jaded Hipster Choir - "Deep Rites"
    Kumon Plaza - "Hans Kruger"
    Warm Waves - "Drifter"
    Philip Seymour Hoffman - "Sinking in Speakers"

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  • Album review, Best Coast, 'Crazy For You'

    Jul 28 2010, 22h17

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    Best Coast's full-length debut -- Crazy for You -- was released yesterday, July 27, on the Mexican Summer label. Living up to the buzz and hype surrounding the band's singles, the Los Angeles-based trio have indelibly left a sunny-warm, sticky-sweet mark on today's music scene.

    Singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino (formerly of Pocahaunted) spends every second of the quick-hitter album (run time is just over 33 minutes) painting a portrait of stoned romanticism. Whether or not the lyrics are a derivative of the romance between Cosentino and rocker Nathan Williams (Wavves), the pure-heartedness and passion of a summer fling are laden in each track.

    The first track, Boyfriend, encapsulates all the best qualities of Best Coast's fuzzy, hazy brand of music. The desperation and hopeless longing that compose this song's lyrics (and most of the album's) harken back to the time of J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers (Last Kiss) when less-than-happy subject matter could still be incorporated in upbeat music.

    Cosentino wears you down with her lyrics about young love and unrequited adoration, but the music remains poppy, optimistic and mostly enjoyable. It's like one's love for the beach and the ocean combining to overcome a hatred for sand. Realistically, the album's short run time doesn't afford the opportunity to tire of the straightforward and sappy lyrics.

    If the duration of the album is a flaw, it's also a strong suit. The repetitive lyrics and treble-heavy guitar can begin to blur and make songs indistinct from one another. Building upon the summer imagery, the album's brevity is akin to getting out of the sun just in time to develop a tan and not a sunburn.

    Nonetheless, Crazy For You is more than a seasonal novelty and will outlive the summer months. Best Coast are advancing a genre that's attracting attention from the mainstreamers. With that said, this reviewer finds Boyfriend and the album's bonus track, When I'm With You, to be the strongest and most likely candidates for repeated listening.

    Best Coast is supporting the new album with a substantial American tour that brings them to Ohio for three dates, including Columbus Sept. 22 at the Summit. Tour mates -- Cults -- make an appearance in Columbus next week, Aug. 2, at Skully's albeit without Best Coast.

    The full list of Best Coast's tour dates is below:

    09-04 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest (Los Angeles State Historic Park)
    09-07 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
    09-08 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
    09-09 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival (Tir Na nOg)
    09-10 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn !
    09-11 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light !
    09-12 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge !
    09-14 St. Louis, MO - Gargoyle *
    09-16 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *
    09-17 Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College Gardner Lounge *
    09-18 Chicago, IL - Metro *
    09-21 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop *
    09-22 Columbus, OH The Summit *
    09-23 Cincinnati, OH MidPoint Music Festival
    09-24 Detroit, MI Magic Stick *
    09-25 Toronto, Ontario Lees Palace *
    09-27 Montreal, Quebec La Sala Rossa *
    09-28 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs *
    09-29 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
    09-30 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg *
    10-26 San Fransisco, CA Great American Music Hall
    10-28 Portland, OR Holocene $
    10-29 Vancouver, BC Cobalt $
    10-30 Seattle, WA Neumo’s $
    10-31 Spokane, WA Stage 54
    11-02 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge $
    11-03 Denver, CO Bluebird $
    11-05 Dallas, TX Granada Theater $
    11-06 Houston, TX Mango's $
    11-07 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
    11-09 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room $
    11-10 San Diego, CA Casbah $

    ! with Cults
    * with Male Bonding
    $ with Sonny & The Sunsets
    (Source: http://events.myspace.com/465612427/Events/1)

    Best Coast, Crazy For You
    July 27, 2010
    Mexican Summer
    Grade: B

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  • Wavves adds U.S. tour dates, includes concert in Columbus

    Jul 27 2010, 2h19

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    Earlier today, Pitchfork Media announced that Wavves released a list of new dates that will extend the current tour. The San Diego-based // band will appear in Columbus on Sept. 15 at Skully's.

    Wavves are supporting their latest album, King Of The Beach, which is already available digitally (stream for free here) and releases on disc and vinyl on Aug. 3 on Fat Possum Records.

    King of the Beach is Wavves third full-length release, preceded by the self-titled debut -- Wavves in 2008 and 2009's Wavvves. Wavves' frontman Nathan Williams received critical acclaim for the albums but found negative publicity for onstage issues with his former drummer -- Ryan Ulsh -- and the cancelation of part of the European tour last year.

    The touring band, which includes two former members of Jay Reatard's troup, bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes, joins with some legitimate acts during the course of the tour. Lucky concert goers can see Wavves with Smith Westerns in New York, Harlem in Chicago, Abe Vigoda and Crystal Antlers in Pomona, Calif., The Cool Kids in Portland, Ore., and the tour grand finale in Madison Square Garden, N.Y. with Phoenix and Dirty Projectors.

    The list of tour dates is below (via Pitchfork Media):

    08-02 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom !
    08-06 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
    08-07 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
    08-12 San Diego, CA - Museum of Contemporary Art
    08-13 Pomona, CA - The Glass House $
    08-14 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan ^
    08-16 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
    08-17 Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
    08-18 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
    08-25 Seattle, WA - Neumos
    08-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Biltmore
    08-27 Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar
    08-30 Sacramento, CA - Sol Collective
    08-31 Visalia, CA - Howie and Sons Pizza
    09-04 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
    09-10 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
    09-11 St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club
    09-14 Bloomington, IN - Rhinos
    09-15 Columbus, OH - Skully's
    09-16 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
    09-17 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
    09-18 Waltham, MA - Brandeis University
    09-20 Providence, RI - Met Cafe
    09-24 Kingston, NY - 323 Wall Street
    09-25 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
    09-27 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
    09-28 Greensboro, NC - Guilfor College
    09-29 Charlotte, NC - Milestone
    09-30 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
    10-01 Nashville, TN - Exit / In
    10-02 Oxford, MS - Proud Larrys
    10-20 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden #

    ! with Smith Westerns, Total Slacker
    * with Harlem, Fergus and Geronimo
    $ with Abe Vigoda, Crystal Antlers, the Growlers
    ^ with the Cool Kids
    # with Phoenix and Dirty Projectors

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  • Album review: The Books, "The Way Out"

    Jul 24 2010, 20h03

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    The Books' album -- "The Way Out" -- is the first from Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong in five years, and it's been worth the wait. The new songs aren't immediately favorites, but the new album as a whole is The Books' best project to date.

    This album is rich and new intricacies manifest with each subsequent listen. The music possesses depth and profundity that presents listeners with a range of emotions, and there is a noticeable expansion into new styles. There are funky basslines and congas exhibited on "I Didn't Know That." The Books dabble with instrumental hip hop on "The Story of Hip Hop." "I Am Who I Am" sounds like a deephouse rave remix.

    Not to worry, Zammuto and de Jong have not forgotten the cello and folk tendencies that made the last album -- "Lost and Safe" -- a favorite of many.

    "We Bought the Flood" and "All You Need Is a Wall" are friendly reminders of what The Books were and still are, although "Beautiful People" is uncomfortably familiar (compare to "Getting the Done Job" from "Thought for Food").

    "The Way Out" is playful (at times), progressive and a foreward advancement for The Books brand of mix-and-match sound collage. The samples of hypnotherapy and introspective quotes like, “We will continue this pattern until we have reached the Infinite Everything” do not exactly make this album ideal for a listening party, but everyone should adorn some headphones, listen to the album start to finish, and get comfortable with their inner self for a while.
  • I didn't like it, but you probably did

    Out 9 2008, 19h24

    Wed 8 Oct – Fleet Foxes, Frank Fairfield

    For many, familiarity evokes feelings of comfort or nostalgia. It is not a sin to love that old, worn-out pair of jeans, or revel in the landmarks you're accustomed to seeing. But when it pertains to music - for my tastes - I need a new perspective and something fresh. Fleet Foxes did not provide me with those accoutrements.

    There was an inordinant amount of hullabaloo leading up to the October 8th show at the Mershon Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio. I was even called "lucky" by two or three non-concert goers that were lurking by the entrance. So I had optimism despite not being wowed when I initially listened to the self-titled album.

    Then the Fleet Foxes started in with the harmonizing. With little to no musical accompanyment, the band belted out the hymn-like opening song. It was powerful, albeit in a "I should be reading the Bible more often" or "I bet my mom would appreciate a phone call" kind of way. Nonetheless, I was letting down my guard and willing to embrace the musical act.

    As the band played on and the lead singer started to remind me more and more of the Cave Man from Geico commercials, the set proceeded on to White Winter Hymnal. Everything was sounding more and more pastiche. The imagery evoked in their band name, song titles and lyrics was played out quickly. I'm a lover of nature and native to a significantly rural area, but I honestly could not take another reference to mountains, squirrels or snow.

    Perhaps I was biased from the show I attended on Monday, but My Morning Jacket cannot be happy about Fleet Foxes ripping off their gig. And I'm pretty sure The Doobie Brothers would be upset if they knew that the Fleet Foxes have basically created an entire album that samples Listen to the Music.

    Then there was the pandering to the 'smart mark' crowd and discussion of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I honestly felt like everyone there was enjoying themselves but me, and so I tried to be introspective and unlock what it was that was bothering me about the musical act.

    I never found out exactly what it was, and I left before the crowd's stomping and clapping brought the band out for an encore (first time I've ever done that). If I had to guess, I would say my opposition stemmed from the fact that the music stands for nothing; it is a collection of lyrics loosely tied around riffs and choruses that were better left in the classic rock songs from which they were stolen. And the harmonies, OH THE HARMONIES. They never stopped. The old adage did not prove to be true; you CAN have too much of a good thing. And in this case, you can definitely have too much of an okay thing.

    In conclusion, if you have $12 in your pocket, attending a Fleet Foxes performance isn't the worst way that you can spend it. There was nothing bad about the concert, but there was nothing great either. The songs were indistinct and too similar. The music and performance did not command attention or energize. If I can't lay on a blanket and partake in other stimuli while they are playing, I won't be seeing them next time they come to town.

    Grade: C+
  • Cedar Nouns...

    Abr 8 2008, 16h20

    This is one of my all-time fav songs and it's had renewed relevance as of late; I wanted to put the lyrics somewhere I could access this more readily:

    Let’s relearn every vowel and phrase and make it better than before

    I think I know what to do
    The rules of it are so damn cruel

    Now lets make our lips an accident, on the corner of came and went. We’ll merge in gymnastic flips and
    Spirographs. We’ll forget what the future has, we’ll take the day off.

    I think we all know the words
  • Unfinished Business

    Mar 12 2008, 15h48

    May every mortar find a home;
    Every bullet meet bone;
    Blood boil until it foams;
    And every child left all alone
    Because this is our busted future,
    The rusted American dream;
    The tapestry of what was supposed to be
    Unraveling at the seems.
  • Time to Go Home

    Dez 5 2007, 6h31

    Inevitably tainted, stuck in space.
    Every dream I have features the same face.
    Every memory I have comes with a bad taste.
    It's like I have fixed the race,
    But I waste my efforts keeping pace.

    The first time I fell, I lost my innocence.
    The second time, it was in self-defense.
    The third time was a lack of common sense.
    Now, I've struck a deal to get paid for my patience.
    And I never make a fucking dime.
    Innumerable failed relationships with time.

    So it goes, with pain unending,
    foolishly denying the befriending
    Of the ghosts of hope and the prayer sending
    To a "receiver unknown."
    The outcome and result has already been shown.
    "Young Greg, it's time to go home."
  • haha (all i can say when this old whiteboy tries to freestyle)

    Ago 10 2007, 21h47

    I don't even know where I get this from. But once it is there, might as well write 'er down:

    would you rather me run game
    or run the train?
    because i feel no pain.
    had me a bitch,
    now i don't feel the same.
    i'm that tiger that you want to tame,
    but i'm on the run, you know my name.
    and if you don't, you must be insane.
    smell the teen spirit like Kurt Cobain.

    and for you fuckers,
    gangster wannabes, hipsters & suckers:
    stop getting tattooed and pierced;
    living a make-believe life like you're fierce.
    but...but...but... what?
    you wanted a change, and now you're a slut.
    and you're stuck. a fuck up.
    case closed, and the book is shut.

    Thanks for showing me what's really up.