Monday, April 21, 2008

Thrice - The Alchemy Index, Volumes III & IV: Air and Earth

Softer, melodic side of Thrice, but nonetheless absolutely amazing. Air has a lofty, open feel (much like...air?) while Earth encompasses quiet, slower tonalities that play well with Dustin Kensrue's voice. Great, great second half to their epic album series. I've linked one song per Volume and the download is both albums in one file.

Vol III: Air

1. "Broken Lungs" - 4:14
2. "The Sky Is Falling" - 4:21
3. "A Song for Milly Michaelson" - 5:07
4. "Daedalus" - 6:00
5. "As the Crow Flies" - 2:22
6. "Silver Wings" - 2:10

Vol IV: Earth

1. "Moving Mountains" - 2:55
2. "Digging My Own Grave" - 3:04
3. "The Earth Isn't Humming" (Frodus cover) - 4:58
4. "The Lion and the Wolf" - 2:42
5. "Come All You Weary" - 4:08
6. "Child of Dust" - 3:09


Matchbook Romance - Stories and Alibis

This is the first full-length album on Epitaph from Matchbook Romance who have a pop-punk sound with a harsher edge in the style of their NY-brethren, Taking Back Sunday.

1. Introduction
2. Your Stories My Alibis
3. Playing For Keeps
4. Promise
5. Lovers & Liars
6. Tiger Lily
7. Shadows Like Statures
8. My Eyes Burn
9. She'll Never Understand
10. If All Else Falls
11. Stay Tonight
12. Greatest Fall (Off All Time)


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bear vs. Shark - Right Now, You're in the Best of Hands...

The thing I enjoy the most about post-hardcore bands are their infusion of melody and aggression, which Bear vs. Shark blends so elegantly. By the way, I'm going to link the sample in the track listings from now on.

1. "Ma Jolie" – 3:51
2. "Campfire" – 2:12
3. "Buses/No Buses" – 3:14
4. "The Employee Is Not Afraid" – 4:10
5. "We Were Sad But Now We're Rebuilding" – 2:17
6. "Kylie" – 3:56
7. "MPS" – 2:55
8. "Second" – 3:21
9. "Don't Tell the Horses the Stable's on Fire" – 2:50
10. "Bloodgiver" – 4:32
11. "Michigan" – 2:32
12. "Broken Dog Leg" – 4:51



Some things:

1. I have to take down the Anti-Flag post because of a Digital Rights infringement order, and that's pretty sucky. If this keeps up (Me vs. The Man), I'll have to switch to an invitation-only site, but don't worry, you'll all be invited.
2. Head over to to listen to the new single from the "Red Album."

3. I'm probably going to change the format for the blog to just posting albums. I don't really have too much time to write a little review, especially since I've won a job writing reviews at a "legit" website. I'll keep you posted on that so you can head over there and read up on great music. I'll probably end up writing a little blurb for each album anyways, so you have an idea as to what genre they are, etc.

More albums to come!