What I’m Listening to: MGMT – Congratulations

13 09 2010

You can make cool music with your shirts on guys.

The boys of psychedelic rock phenomenon MGMT warned the world that their sophomore release would not be the catchy, synth-laden, electro-pop that their massively successful debut was.  They risked completely losing the frat-boy fan base that launched them into stardom over the last couple years. Personally, when I heard the words MGMT and surf-rock in the same sentence, I must admit I was skeptical, and my preconceived notions of what Congratulations would be kept me from giving it the attention I soon realized it deserved. Surf-rock and frat-boy labels aside this album is a legitimate attempt at something fresh and unique.  For a second time Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have ripped the rugs out from under our collective feet and sent us free-falling into musical bliss, once again demonstrating a connection with the new youth counterculture displayed by few other artists. Read the rest of this entry »





What I’m Listening to: Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

31 08 2010

Steven Ellison A.K.A. Flying Lotus puts his love for Los Angeles on display

In my opinion the music industry, as with many other industries, has always stood divided.  There are forward thinking innovators, and there are those who dwell in the realm of familiarity, sexploitation, and cookie-cutter tunes designed for the masses.  It has always been a shame to me that the latter of these opposing schools of thought often earns a greater portion of air-time, money, and fame, while the innovators, the true artistic masterminds, get left in the dust: poor, broken, and forgotten.  Obviously there are those who overcome the public’s lust for awful music and find their creative niche where they can be embraced for the geniuses they are.  One such artist is Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »





Bonnaroo 2010 Wrap Up

21 06 2010

The crowd at Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo 2010 ended Sunday night, and not until now have I had the time and brain capacity to put my thoughts about it onto paper.  The atmosphere, the people, the scorching Tennessee sun, the music, the sweat, have all been left in Manchester, but the 100,000 people who were there for the greatest weekend in music will never forget it.  I’ve decided that the easiest way to put ‘Roo into words would be to hand out grades to the artists that I saw, so here they are without further ado.

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The Hype Machine

3 05 2010

The Hype Machine: Streaming EVERYTHING

There is no question that the music industry is changing.  Guitars, drums, and pianos are being left behind for samplers, synths, and drum machines.  The album is dead and the single rules.  Every day some company out there is dreaming of taking down iTunes, and Apple is working even harder to make sure that doesn’t happen.  It is now easier then ever for an amateur musician to create and share their music with the world.  So with the internet exposing listeners to an unlistenable amount of unique music (some good, some great, most awful), how can listeners sift through the garbage and find the gold? Read the rest of this entry »





What I’m Listening To – Beach House: Teen Dream

3 05 2010

The members of Beach House not surprisingly in front of a sunset

For anyone who has never heard a Beach House song before, you should be able to get the gist of their musical style from their name.  It is exactly the type of music that you would imagine to be on repeat if you owned a beach house and had nothing to do with your time but relax and watch the clouds go by. Read the rest of this entry »





This is not your Grandmother’s Techno

5 04 2010

Dubstep is on the rise

Anyone who has been reading this blog with any sort of regularity knows that I am really excited for Bonnaroo this summer, but Bonnaroo isn’t the only festival making noise this year.  Some friends of mine made the trip down to Miami for Ultra Music Fest over spring break, and they brought something back that has blown my mind, despite my early uncertainty about this fledgling genre.  The music I’m speaking of here is called Dubstep, and after hearing some this weekend, I’m convinced that it’s the future of dance and electronic music. Read the rest of this entry »





New Music: Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

18 03 2010

Gorillaz third release is every bit as genre-shattering as the first one

It’s the time of year where I get to write more about new music than the older stuff that just happens to be popping through my computer speakers, and that is something to be excited about.  Just this week new albums from Gorillaz and Broken Bells (more on them later) dropped new albums, and new cuts from MGMT, The National, Erykah Badu, Band of Horses, and Nas and Damien Marley are all expected before May.  Not to mention Drake, LCD Soundsystem, and The Arcade Fire all expected out before the end of the year, plus whispers of a new Radiohead album (SHH! they can hear you thinking about it).

The third release from Gorillaz, Plastic Beach, is pretty much what you expect from Damon Albarn and his animated company; which is the unexpected. Read the rest of this entry »