I know you think you go off, get crazy with your friends, party like a "rock star" on the weekends and such, but let me make something clear: YOU DO NOT GO OFF AS HARD AS LES SAVY FAV'S TIM HARRINGTON. No fucking way. Some people are just born into that level of greatness, so you might as well accept that and move on with your life.

 

Read about this album cover artwork The first time I saw Les Savy Fav, I had one of their records which I was digging on and had been told they were a great live band, but I wasn't at all prepared for the living spectacle that is Sir Harrington. He's got this homeless schizophrenic guy kind of charm (just Google it; a picture does a thousand words). And so, a song or so in, everything's cool. I'm wondering why he's wearing socks on his hands, but there's nothing completely batshit yet. So, I head out to the bathroom and come back to get another drink, but can't, because he's standing on the bar, grabbing cocktail cherries from the supplies with his mouth and spitting them into various other crowd member's mouths. Later, several makeshift floating stages were erected and he and others danced on top of the crowd which grew increasingly deranged and ecstatic. It was a Dionysian freak out of epic proportions.

 

Buke & Gass certainly make music that is both adorably charming and unbelievably grating. Their latest album, Riposte, clocks in at just under 45-minutes, but its 14 tracks seem to go on forever in what feels like an off-the-wall, high-energy experimental pop-rock marathon. Like a mixture of Nedelle Torrisi of...

Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Kyle Andrews is releasing his 18-minute EP (with one remix track) just in the nick of time. KANGAROO comes out the tail end of August, and it is a summery blockbuster of an album -- a caffeine-riddled energetic blast full of feel-good pop songwriting. The synthpop songs are short,...

&nsbp;Santa Monica's CHIEF falls into the unfortunate category of a band which gives a false first impression: they can enthrall with a taste, with one track -- and then let you down dramatically when you encounter the full album. The single released prior to their sophomore release was enjoyable ("Night...

Sometimes, the albums which make indelible marks on your memory are the slow-growers. Perhaps it's been an eternity, and you still don't know what your opinion is about said albums, but one day -- it just all clicks. And when you finally "get" it, it sticks with you. You begin to wonder why it took you so long to appreciate such a mysteriously captivating record in the first place, and subsequent listens are evidence that the record has staying power.

Tallest Trees' debut album is one of those slow-growers with staying power, due largely in part to its complexity. Carefully plotted intricacies and layers reveal themselves over time, providing a listening experience that builds upon itself.

 

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Although Norwegian electronic experimental group Casiokids released their first album in 2006, the naïveté -- childishness, almost -- of their early release continues to define their stylistic mélange in their latest release, translated to ironically mean Great Vibe At A Local Bar. Their novice approach not only describes their attitude...

BLK JKS released their first US full-length last year, and it made a relatively small ripple in the music pond. This year's EP Zol! from the South African band promises to make much more of a splash, due mostly to the well-deserved hype that has surrounded them recently. Not only did BLK JKS win a prestigious SAMA (South African Music Award) for their full-length After Robots, but they will also be playing at the first ever FIFA World Cup Kickoff Celebration Concert, a high honor.

 

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This post and these images are taken from Yanko Design. Created by Yuree S. Lim and Jieun Yang, this might be a prototype rather than an actual product. I can't be sure. In either case, I constantly have the problem of not knowing what to do with my teabags after using...

Gospel Gossip are yet another Midwest discovery from Northfield, Minnesota. They're a rather young three-piece that formed in 2007, with one prior ful-length album. It's said they began as twinkling dream-pop; with Drift, they've sharpened their sound and are buzzing with experimentation. What comes to mind is "shoegazed power pop" --...

You, my friends, can download Bear Hands' recent The Rumpus Session at bearhandsband.com. Once you sign up you will receive a Bear Hands // Rumpus Room digital bundle containing the full video session and an MP3 of the live session mixed + mastered audio. Cantora Records will be releasing...