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CD Review: Radiohead “The King of Limbs”

Little by Little: A lesson in experimentation and expectation.

Radiohead stay true to never giving their fans what they might expect and as such, it’s best not to have any expectations or make any predictions. At first listen, The King Of Limbs sounds like Thom Yorke’s solo album The Eraser, or a watered down version of Radiohead. The release lacks the diversity of some of their previous albums. For example, the full spectrum of sounds on In Rainbows, an album so well received it isn’t surprising the reaction to the follow-up has included some disappointment.

The third track, “Little by Little,” sums up the album for me thus far  – it crept up on me, as some would argue many of Radiohead’s best albums have had a tendency to. This release is subtle and sneaky, much like its release was. Initially rather simple sounding, with a notably minimalist approach, The King of Limbs managed to grow on the faster song inclined listener I happen to be.

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CD Review: Brass Bed “Melt White”

Unlike their last album, Louisiana-based Brass Bed has gone full neo psychedelic here on Melt White – and that’s a great thing for us audiophiles. Opening with the gorgeous harmonies on “Aria” it adds a strong chord to reach its crescendo. Then, the whimsical “People Want to Be Happy” is 10cc styled pop with many layers tripping over each other. It then delivers a blistering guitar break full of unfettered creativity. “Miniature Day Parade” incorporates a pile of influences and textures, and the next several tunes are worthy of any Elephant Six alumni.

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PIGSHIT: Should PAT BOONE be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

As the powers-that-still-be gamely inducted yet more seemingly willing accomplices on March 14  (eg: Neil Diamond? Not bad. Alice Cooper? At least that includes his entire, original band. And Darlene Love? ABOUT FUCKING TIME! as Stella McCartney would say)  one pretty-burning question, alas, remains:

Should PAT BOONE be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?

I duly trolled the Internets on behalf of RnR Reporters everywhere, and This Is What I Was Told, in exactly their own words (and precisely their own punctuation):

Phil Kaufman,  Road Mangler Deluxe

Pat Boone?  Pop Hall Of Fame …or the White Buck Shoe Hall.  But NEVER Rock ‘n’ Roll!

(P.S.: Where is the “ROADIE Hall” ?)

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CD Review: Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog “Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn”

So what do I know about a North Wales-based band called Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog?

Well, they play a soothing mix of country, folk and rock influenced by classic rock archetypes like Dylan, Neil Young and Gram Parsons. But what will throw you off is the entire thing is done in native Welsh. So I have no idea what those lyrics mean, but the title track here, “Dyddiau Du, Dyddiau Gwyn,” has a great melodic bridge and nice steel pedal guitar work. The slow ballad “Malu’r Ffenestri” doesn’t need a lyric, as you can tell right away from its slow piano that it’s a drinkin’ tune. The song “Nansi” is a bouncey country tune that raises the spirit a bit more. The style of “Celwydd Golau Ydi Cariad” is a bit like early era Eagles with a catchy overdubbed chorus.

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CD Review: Alert the Medic “We, the Weapon”

Alert the Medic has been perking up the ears of fans and critics alike in Canada’s East Coast. They’ve made some major career strides so far, having toured alongside Ill Scarlett and shared stages with Our Lady Peace, Arkells, Hollerado and more. They received four nominations at the Nova Scotia Music Awards and in early 2011 it was announced that they were nominated for the much coveted “Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year” award at the East Coast Music Awards.

“We, the Weapon” is the band’s sophomore effort and was released last year, following their self-titled debut album from 2006. The band has gained a reputation for writing driving rock anthems and performing them passionately during their energetic live shows.

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Norway’s Prog sensation is back with new name ABOVE SYMMETRY

Press Release 04.03.2011

Norway’s Prog sensation is back with new name ABOVE SYMMETRY

Over one year ago, five young musicians from Skien, Norway, made a very impressive entrance into the Metal World with their debut album “Ripples”, released under the band name ‘Aspera’ by no one less than Progressive top label InsideOutMusic. Media across the globe replied positively with numerous excellent reviews for “Ripples” throughout 2010 and the band built up a great following, not only in their home country. Unfortunately the promotion activities and consequently also the coming live plans had to take a break, when it turned out that the band was in need to change its name due to unforeseen technical reasons. Anyhow, the transition is done: They will be now known as ABOVE SYMMETRY and we can now finally present you the launch of the re-release version of the acclaimed “Ripples” album (including 3 special additional audio tracks and a video clip enhancement as bonus), out on April 25th, 2011 all over Europe. 

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CD Review: John Brodeur “Tiger Pop Ten”

John Brodeur released his album Tiger Pop back in 2001. As hard as it may seem for some, it has been ten years since that album was released. With Brodeur knowing that the album was out of print, and with the ten-year anniversary of the release quickly approaching, Brodeur decided that he needed to release a ten-year anniversary edition of the album for those who had been asking about buying copies. With the ten-year mark having arrived, John Brodeur proudly presents Tiger Pop Ten, the special edition of the Tiger Pop album.

In order to give his album of Tiger Pop the treatment many people think it rightfully deserves, John Brodeur decided to create a package for the release that would give his followers, old and new alike, the chance to experience the album in a whole new way: For the 2011 release of Tiger Pop Ten, the listener gets two chances to check out these songs written by Brodeur that make up this special album- the 2001 original recordings of the songs and the new recordings made ten years later. The major difference between the versions is that John Brodeur and his band The Suggestions recorded the new versions of the songs, while Brodeur did the 2001 recordings on his own.

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Antics with attitude in Aberdare: The Nukes and Clay Statues

Have you ever made a spur of the moment decision and gone off on a whim, chasing a gut feeling? And don’t you just love it when this pays off? Well, I recently trucked off up to Aberdare in the valleys of South Wales on one of these whims. This particular whim was to go and check out a couple of bands from Aberdare whom I had only just come across thanks to a good friend who lives there. The bands I went to see play were The Nukes and Clay Statues, and I was so pleased to find that the journey was well worth it, as both bands played blinding sets at The Glandover Arms.

The opening band of the night was Say When!, a young indie rock band. These guys played with great enthusiasm, but I have to say that they did not really do much for me. Their style of rock just blended into the vast collection of so many other similar bands who sadly fail to stand out from this bland majority of young and enthusiastic acts.

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CD Review: Kasey Anderson and The Honkies “Heart of a Dog”

This Seattle and Portland-based band is composed of Kasey Anderson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Andrew KcKeag (guitar, vocals), Eric Corson (bass) and Mike Musburger (drums). Some of these names may be familiar to you – McKeag has spent time in Presidents of the United States of America and The Long Winters, Corson in The Long Winters, and Musburger in The Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, The Posies, The Supersuckers, and countless other cult Seattle power pop and indie rock bands. The band resents the label “roots rock” and just wanted to make a straight up “rock and roll record” this time around.

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Sandman Viper Command bring the greasy!

I have to be honest and say that the first time I listened to Sandman Viper Command, I was not impressed. It was once I heard them live at Le Divan Orange in Montreal that my appreciation for them grew. Their gig convinced me that this band is worth paying attention to. What made me change my mind about them was their great enthusiasm and their ability to create a rich sound for their audience. During their performance, the four boys (Rob Janson, Daniel Reardon, Matt Meyer and Aaron Harvey) proved that they are pretty good at what they do: their instruments were always in harmony with one another, and I could tell that there was an honest collaboration between each member of the band.  By the end of their show, I could even see some similarities between their sound and that of The Rolling Stones. Overall, this is a talented band that delivers songs that are a good mix of garage rock inspired by the 1960s and indie pop.

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