Saturday, March 20, 2010

Joey Cape & Jon Snodgrass - Liverbirds

Although I have yet to see Joey Cape live, I count myself among the lucky few that have seen Drag the River live, and have met Jon Snodgrass after a show in West Virginia (I also met Rocky Votolato at the same show). Both musicians are skilled in the acoustic guitar, and Snodgrass brings a certain element of twang from his roots with Drag the River, and his voice is carried over from Armchair Martian. The tracks are familiar classics from Bad Astronaut, Lagwagon and Drag the River, but stripped to acoustics and light precussion. Perhaps the strongest part of the record are the voices: Cape and Snodgrass are veterans of the genre, and their voices are unmistakable and really fill in the gaps in each song where instruments would have carried the melody. Plus, Joey Cape is just awesome.

1. Joey Cape - To All My Friends
2. Joey Cape - Whipping Boy
3. Joey Cape - Making Friends
4. Joey Cape - Angry Days
5. Joey Cape - Alien 8
6. Jon Snodgrass - Break Your Frame
7. Jon Snodgrass - Jessica's Suicide
8. Jon Snodgrass - Losing Everyone
9. Jon Snodgrass - Spiderman, Wolfman
10. Jon Snodgrass - Mexican Song

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Angels & Airwaves - LOVE

Maybe it was because I was on the road and kind of fell of the music scene, but I completely missed the talk about this album. I was also expecting more from the Blink-182 side of the band (Tom). Musically, the album is a continuation of the previous two, with a easy blend of electronic, space sounds parlayed with the conventional guitars, drums and bass to create that louder-than-life, celestial sound that Tom was going for by starting A&A. Deeper lyrics about love and life abound throughout the album, including the track "Letters to God, Part II" which is a follow-on to the first part written during Tom's Boxcar Racer stint. Overall, there isn't too much of a departure from their previous two albums, so if you enjoyed them, chances are you'll enjoy this one. Oh, and it was released for free on Modlife. But you can get it here for free, too. My favorite track: Shove.

1. Et Ducit Mundum Per Luce
2. The Flight of Apollo
3. Young London
4. Shove
5. Epic Holiday
6. Hallucinations
7. The Moon-Atomic (...Fragments and Fictions)
8. Clever Love
9. Soul Survivor (...2012)
10. Letters to God, Part II
11. Some Origins of Fire


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Matt Pond PA - The Dark Leaves

I know it's been a long, long be honest I've been swamped with work and kinda fell off the music scene, as unfortunate as it is. BUT, I do occasionally follow the music blog scene and on one random, lucky day, the new Matt Pond PA album was posted. And thus far, it's my favorite album of the year. It encompasses smooth and catchy, like a something that just clicks. It flows together, both internally in each song (from verse to chorus, percussion and guitar), and track to track. "Starting" almost seems to balance melancholy, angsty (for Matt at least) with "Brooklyn Fawn" that quietly dances along between vocal harmonies and slide guitars. Brilliant, and definitely will keep it in mind towards the end of the year for the year-end wrap-up.

1. Starting
2. Running Wild
3. Specks
4. Remains
5. Sparrows
6. Brooklyn Fawn
7. Ruins
8. Winter Fawn
9. The Dark Leaves Theme
10. First Song

***Link Fixed..First track should be fine***