Tuesday, September 30, 2008

1-Year Anniversary

Well, this thing's been up for one year now, which is pretty awesome. The RIAA removed the Cold War Kids album, so that kinda sucks, but lawsuits suck even more. I'll get more albums to you guys ASAP, most likely tonight. Thanks for reading, Lucas.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dntel - Dumb Luck

Best known as the "not Ben Gibbard" half of The Postal Service, Jimmy Tamborello delivered this album as his debut on Sub Pop last year. It features a venerable whos-who of indie pop, from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis to Lali Puna to Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst. The record has the classic Tamborello staggered sampling (shotgunned throughout Give Up), and the guest vocalists provide the glue that ties his broken beats, much in the same way Gibbard did for the Postal Service. A great, relaxing album.

1. Dumb Luck
2. To a Fault (ft. Grizzly Bear)
3. I'd Like To Know (ft. Lali Puna)
4. Roll On (ft. Jenny Lewis)
5. The Distance (ft. Arthur & Yu)
6. Rock My Boat (ft. Mia Doi Todd)
7. Natural Resources (ft. Fog)
8. Breakfast In Bed (ft. Conor Oberst)
9. Dreams (ft. Mystic Chords of Memory)


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Server Updates

To commemorate the 1-Year anniversary of this blog (on Sept. 30th), I upgraded the Mediafire account to allow for larger files (i.e., better quality uploads) and hopefully faster downloads. I also am going to try and do the whole "song preview" feature from awhile back...I found a new site that should do the trick, but we'll see how long it lasts before they shut me down. Thanks for the support, we're up around 81,000+ visitors over the past year, which has far exceeded my wildest dreams for this blog. Thanks for the continued support and patronage.

Keep the rock going,

The Gaslight Anthem - Sink or Swim

This is probably my favorite band right now, because they're absolutely brilliant in their melding of classic rock riffs, punk edge, and country twang. This album in particular is reminiscent of Lucero, with more of a country-punk emphasis, and somewhat Mike Ness-snarled lyrics. Amazing.

1. Boomboxes and Dictionaries
2. I Coulda Been a Contender
3. Wooderson
4. We Came To Dance
5. 1930
6. The Navesink Banks
7. Red In The Morning
8. I'da Called You Woody, Joe
9. Angry Johnny And The Radio
10. Drive
11. We're Getting A Divorce, You Keep The Diner
12. Red At Night


The Rocket Summer - Do You Feel?

Well, I guess today is just a pop-punk request-filled day. Bryce Avery took out all the stops on this album, filling it with tons of emotion and energy (compared to past ventures). It's actually a really good album, well-worth the bandwidth.

1. Break It Out
2. So Much Love
3. Do You Feel
4. Save
5. All I Have
6. High Life Scenery
7. A Song Is Not A Business Plan
8. Taken Aback
9. Colors
10. Run To You
11. Hold It Up
12. Waiting
13. So, In This Hour...


Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger

Disclaimer: This is essentially an indie-pop album. To be honest, I was never a big Jack's Mannequin fan, but I'll admit, there's something catchy about this album. With this release, Andrew McMahon has tightened up the songwriting, expanding his choruses, and added a dose of pop that surprisingly isn't TOO overwhelming. The album itself keeps a solid rhythm and pace, never really slowing down (save for "Hammers and Strings"). Some of you won't like this for the pop factor, but I've already warned you of that, so if you want to try it, by all means...

1. Crashin
2. Spinning
3. Swim
4. American Love
5. What Gets You off
6. Suicide Blonde
7. Annie Use Your Telescope
8. Bloodshot Eyes
9. Hammers and Strings (A Lullaby)
10. Drop Out - The So Unknown
11. Orphans
12. The Resolution
13. Caves
14. Miss California (Bonus)

Hammers and Strings (A Lullaby):


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Punchline - Just Say Yes

Punchline's new album. I got it from Alternative2punk, so I thought I'd give credit where credit is due. Solid album from these pop-punk veterans, and one of the first big releases of the fall season (in my humble opinion).

1. Ghostie
2. The Hit
3. Punish or Privilege
4. Maybe I'm Wrong
5. Somewhere In the Dark
6. Just Say Yes
7. How Does This Happen?
8. Get Off My Train!
9. Developing You, Camera
10. My White Collared Shirt
11. The Other Piano Man
12. Castaway


Friday, September 5, 2008

Sherwood - Sing, But Keep Going

This album is light-hearted and poppy, which may not appeal to some of you, but based on how many of you are grabbing All-Time Low, The Academy Is..., etc. you might want to grab this one. Perhaps by playing it I'm just trying to hang onto the last vestiges of summer, but it's a good listen while you're sitting around doing nothing but kicking your feet up and relaxing.

1. We Do This To Ourselves
2. Traveling Alone
3. The Town That You Live In
4. Lake Tahoe (For My Father)
5. Learn to Sing
6. I’ll Wait For You
7. Something Worth Knowing
8. Those Bright Lights
9. What Lucy Found there
10. Gentlemen of Promise
11. You’re Like a Ghost
12. The Last to Know


Monday, September 1, 2008

Social Distortion - Sex, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll

1. Mike Ness is the man. 2. Social D has a new album coming out. 3. I'm guessing it will be amazing, because they keep getting better with age.

1. "Reach for the Sky"
2. "Highway 101"
3. "Don't Take Me for Granted"
4. "Footprints on My Ceiling"
5. "Nickels and Dimes"
6. "I Wasn't Born to Follow"
7. "Winners and Losers"
8. "Faithless"
9. "Live Before You Die"
10. "Angel's Wings"
11. "Angel's Wings" (Acoustic)