Jump Clubb “The Love of No Dance” – Album Review

7 10 2009

jumpclubb_albumcoverThere’s been a lot of hype about Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills). I’m not quite sure who they are but I do know that I really enjoy the beats they’ve been spittin’ out. Their debut album “The Love of No Dance” dropped yesterday, Oct. 6, 2009 and its all sorts of good. Pushing seven tracks of sweet electro sounds and seductive lo-fi vocals, “The Love of No Dance” boasts a mere 20 minutes of music. With an album so brief yet alluring, why not review the whole damn thing track for track:

1. Green Light – This track has beats that resonate from the mid 90’s rave stylings. Although a bit more refined and echoing with sexy, subtle male vocals, there’s a very provocative essence to “Green Light.”

2. A Frozen Hug – By far one of my favorite songs on the album. Carrying a dreamy, yet tribalesque beat, this vivacious dance number will get your body moving to the lush sounds and whispering vocals doused in this track.

3. The Love of No Dance – With galactic bursts of sound riddling the background with ambient life, title track “The Love of No Dance” is very mellow, very chill, and very sexy.

4. Please Excuse Us – I have no idea who they’re sampling at the intro of this track, but he sounds very big and scary. That deep dark voice quickly looses all its shake appeal once the lovely strings and melodic beats come into play.

5. Lets Crash This Party – Breaking into a groovy jam of beats and elegant woodwinds, “Lets Crash This Party” carries the loveliest of instrumentation on the entire album. At one point it reminded me of ancient Incan flute music. It was very delicate and organic, but oh-so-hot! Another favorite of mine.

6. I’d Rather Be Played – This is probably the only track where the soft and mysterious vocals actually show any emotion or changing energy. The fuzzy words start slow and then climax into a demanding plea to “dance with me tonight,” while an almost-annoying robotic chorus chimes in with their two cents.

7. Spraypaint – Closing up their debut LP with a calm track rolling with trance beats, ambient synths and light drums, “Spraypaint” will leave you craving more of that mysterious Jump Clubb sound.

So who the fuck are these peeps? Although their band goes by the name of Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills), I do hear some references to Brooklyn in “Spraypaint.” Hmm …

Stay tuned for an interview with Jump Clubb and be sure to pick up their debut LP “The Love of No Dance” here. It’s short and sweet and something your gonna wanna Jump on.

Click here for FREE music from Jump Clubb.

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Fool’s Gold Self-Titled Debut Album Review

30 09 2009

In 2005 I spent a couple months in the luscious country of Brazil. Touring one exotic beach to the next I instantly fell in love with the celebratory, free-spirited ways of this beautiful country. Not to mention all the people there are quite the tantalizing eye candy.

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Los Angeles’ ensemble, Fool’s Gold, reminds me of the beauty and fun of Brazil. With their tropical melodies heavily influenced by African music and other intriguing worldly rhythms, Fool’s Gold self-titled debut album takes me back to that alluring feeling of hedonistic bliss. It’s music your body just can’t help but get up and dance to. And while you’re doing so, don’t be surprised if you gravitate to a member of the opposite sex. There’s something sensual about Fool’s Gold’s music that makes you want to spread that luvin.’

Comprised of vocalist/bassist Luke Top, who was born in Israel and was moved to Los Angeles at the age of three, and lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov (Foreign Born), who was raised on reggae and world music and holds a degree in classical music theory and composition, Fool’s Gold initially began as a side project for the two to explore their shared love of various forms of African music (specifically Congolese, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Malian), Krautrock, and 80s dance influenced pop music. Not too long after their communal beginnings of writing a few inspired songs and asking friends, friends of friends and even strangers to join them on stage, Fool’s Gold developed organically into a full-time band which now features more members of Foreign Born, We Are Scientists, and The Fall, plus Argentinean pop star Erica Garcia, Brazilian/Mexican visual artist Salvador Placencia, and more.

Besides being addicted to their self-titled debut album, I recently saw Fool’s Gold in action at LA’s Sunset Junction this past August. With some 10 or 12 people on stage taking part in delivering delectable music to our ears — their positive energy was more than inviting as it infected the crowd before them.

PROS: Their vibrant dance anthem “Surprise Hotel” is almost seven minutes long in a live performance. Exuding sheer delight, it will have you wishing you were on the white sands of an exotic beach dancing the night away. Check out their official video for “Surprise Hotel,” it’s pretty wet n’ wild.

CONS: I heard some worldly jammin’ on “Ha Dvash” please give us some more shreddful solos.

Fool’s Gold self-titled debut album dropped yesterday off of IAMSOUND. Get it here! foolsgoldartwork

Check out their Tour Dates here!





“Do You Want Power” by The Ettes – Album Review

29 09 2009

Continuing to draw intensity and suspense with their notable drum and guitar solos, The Ettes’ new album “Do You Want Power” stays true to their infectious ferocious sound, but have found a perfect balance of all things soft and those that tend to be a little rougher. Just like when it comes to performance under the sheets, they’re delivering the best of both worlds: gentle and rough.

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“Do You Want Power” has a perfect combination of both the gentle melodic songs and the electrifying rock-your-face off anthems we’ve grown to assimilate with The Ettes. Blending in various elements of country, blues, punk and all things rock, The Ettes fail to disappoint us once again. Doused with songs relevant to love, the lyrics can be spiteful and lined with feelings of anger and hurt towards the wrong doing of another (perhaps a cheating heart).

Front-woman Coco’s upbeat vivacious lyrics pull a 360 in “While Your Girl’s Away.” Her sweet vocals become a somber, blues driven portrayal of infidelity.

As heard on their kick-ass EP “Danger Is,” Dan Auerbach records and remixes the fuzz-driven track “No Home.” It’s a bad ass tune full of explosive rock n’ roll.

Smoldering with an intro full of bassist’s, Jem’s contagious fuzz and a blazing harmonica howl, “Walk Out That Door” will incite a series of convulsions  through out your body. You can’t help but move and rock out when you listen to this awesome track. Lyrics straight up hold some truth!

Taking it back to some 80’s hair-metal shredding, the guitaring in “I Can Be Your Lover (But I Can’t Be Your Baby)” is pretty damn rad. The dark moments of Poni’s drum rolls leading up to the guitar solo are quite enticing giving Coco’s melancholy lyrics an apologetic touch.

With a sweet country twang, “Love Lies Bleeding,” is a an honest sincere song that would make Patsy Cline proud.

Opening up as though it were a passed on tale of folklore, “Seasons” rolls with an eerie incantation of change, yet it carries a lovely eloquence.

“Modern Game” rolls in with delicate electro beats followed by Coco’s soft vocals calling out the one that did her wrong. The emotional intensity is heightened with suspenceful drum rolls and power chords leading into  a harsh repetitive hook. Damn cheaters …

Featured in both “Entourage” and Drew Barrymore’s new film “Whip It,” The Ettes bring forth yet another riveting album full of songs you’ll never get bored of. I’ve been listening to “Do You Want Power” on the daily for a month straight: it rocks.

Tour dates w/Juliette and The Licks here. Ettes.doyouwantpower

Buy The Ettes’ “Do You Want Power” here.

Pros: Every fuckin’ song!

Cons: Only 13 tracks!





“Summer of Fear” by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

24 09 2009

MBAR-SummeroffearBrooklyn’s emotive indie crooner, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (MBAR) made quite the impression last summer with his self-titled debut album. With members of Grizzly Bear and TV On The Radio’s, Kyp Malone assisting in the creation, they’ve once again come through to lend their skills to his second studio album, “Summer of Fear.” Moving from Say Hey Records to Saddle Creek, “Summer of Fear”brings in both a bigger sound and label.

From the moment I heard MBAR’s self-titled debut album, I fell in love with it. It was something so different, fueled with bruised emotion and lyrics that painted a story just like the amazing Bob Dylan did. Now with “Summer of Fear,” I find myself once again enthralled by his heartfelt singer/song writing skills and pleasurable orchestrations of sound. Although his vocals are quite hard to make out at times, between his unique cantor and stylized crooning you’ll find yourself shouting out your own lyrics to his powerful anthems.

Fueled by a soundtrack culminated of years spent in eight-track studios, cypher-fueled jam sessions, and dicey club dates that often ended in fist fights and broken glass, MBAR has delivered a most personal album. With tales of love and loss, betrayal, regret, and the ugly picture bitterness can paint of us, “Summer of Fear” is the product of all the negative shit life can throw at us. Amidst the chronic frustration and rage behind the lyrics, the production of instrumentals embodies everything from striking horns, enchanting brass to melodic guitars—such a magnificent display of sound, pure enough to balance out the dark lyrics. I can only hope when MBAR tours in support of “Summer of Fear,” he takes the stage with a large band so we can all see those beautiful sounds come to life.

Pros: “Always an Anchor” commences with gentle guitar strumming and storytelling words that roll into a sudden break of emotion, suspenseful drums and the childlike sounds of a playful xylophone. I love how the energy and feeling of this song rises as it gets closer to its calm ending―a series of ascending “boings,” the kind you would hear when cartoon characters jump on an old mattress. It put a smile on my face.

For having some of the most painful lyrics, “Summer of Fear Pt. 2” is one of the most beautiful songs on the album. The orchestration goes from light to dark cascading on a variety of instruments set to put your mind in aural bliss. Absolutely fuckin’ amazing.

Cons: Are you chewing on tobacco, because I can barely make out your lyrics!





“Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!” Cool Music, For Cool Kids.

24 09 2009

YoGabbaGabba_MusicisAwesomeWant cool music for your kiddies? And no I’m not talking about Karen O’s “All is Love” for “Where The Wild Things Are.” Although I absolutely adore that song.

When I first got the press release and album advance for “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!” I automatically thought it had something to do with The Ramones. To my surprise, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” is an award-winning, two time Emmy-nominated show on Nickelodeon. The series currently ranks as one of the most popular series on television with broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults. Um, yeah, not quite the GrimyGoods material, I thought. But after I read on to see that “Yo Gabba Gabba!” features some of the hottest names in movies, television, music and sports, such as: Jack Black, Tony Hawk, Biz Markie, MGMT, The Roots, The Shins, Elijah Wood, and many more ― I took “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome” for a spin.

The intro on the first track “Yo Gabba Gabba! Theme” tripped me out a bit as did the second track “Party In my Tummy.” They both have some psychedelic swirls of fun and sweet candy-coated electro beats. Moving on to “It’s Ok, Try Again” by The Shins, it’s a cute song with a deep repetitive hook that holds truth to us all whether you’re four or 29. Money Mark’s “Robob Dancing” had me swaying to his groovy beats while Biz Markie had me trying to lay down the perfect beat-box. The dreamy vocals and sweet melodies through out I’m From Barcelona’s “Just Because It’s Different Doesn’t Mean Scary” was pretty damn awesome. It’s going in my iPod.

It doesn’t end there though, you have The Roots, Of Montreal, The Little Ones, Weird Science, Yo Dazzlers and Mark Kozelek all on this AWESOME album. Screw that Barney crap, get your kids “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome.” Finally, some bearable tunes that even you won’t mind listening to.

To Be Released October 20th Via FILTER US Recordings. Pre-order the goods here.





“Why There Are Mountains” by Cymbals Eat Guitars – Album Review

16 09 2009

CymbalsEatGuitars.WhyThereAreMountainsSome people say indie rock is not made for head phones—that’s where the real test of indie music lies.

Cymbals Eat Guitars – press play: “And the Hazy Sea” soars with guitars and edgy vocals. Then like a passing storm it drops into a subtle elegance of entwining instrumentation and soothing softness of front-man Joseph Ferocious’ vocals. It’s a sine wave musical journey—sweet controlled distortion and wahs.

Following into a down and up tempo classic-style indie rock track, “Some Trees” is presented with a nice acoustic groove and solo guitars. Then I arrive at “Indiana” with a guitar drone-like intro fading to a neo-saloon piano in the backdrop with up lifting horn treatment.

The lads from the East Coast have put in their work for their debut album “Why There Are Mountains.” There are many elements of dynamic instrumentation which makes me reluctant to just call this indie, as just another cookie cut. The track “Cold Spring” is a drifting cascade of piano, guitars and strings with varied temperaments of damn good rock. Moving into the next track “Share,” it has a lovely My Bloody Valentine prelude with its detuned distortion of guitars and keyboard trinkets that transitions into the signature continuum sound by Cymbals Eats Guitars.

Many of the tracks contain this calmness of modulation yet they shatter into soaring guitars with melodic bass driven by Neil Berenholz. Nonetheless, smoothly blended into the backdrop of their paintings of sounds.

What “Dogs See” put me at rest to the point of levitation. As I drift, I’m lifted by “Wind Phoenix” and put back on my feet skipping to the sounds and feeling the drum rolls into a nice breakdown of jams. It transitions so well into “The Living North,” indie rock sweetness with climatic drifts of drums, bass, guitar, and vocal bliss.

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Cymbals Eats Guitars’ musical magic emits to the last drop as in “Like Blood Does” with subtle vocals and sounds, but then found by a wall of distortion and experimentation.

As pleasing and inspiring the music from Cymbals Eats Guitars can be, I can only imagine what their shows would be like … A must see and hear.

“Why There Are Mountains” drops Sept. 22 off Sister’s Den Records. For tour info and album streams check out Cymbals Eat Guitars’ myspace.

Words: Walter Burciaga





Don’t Knock it Till I Rock It! New Album Releases!

16 09 2009

This week brings us a slew of fresh tunes. Check out what’s hot and what’s not!

shuddertothink_livefromhome_204“Live From Home” by Shudder to Think
Apparently its been more than 20 years since Shudder to Think released their first single. I can honestly say I’ve never listened to this band hailing from the post-hardcore days of punk. Considering “Live From Home” has 21 tracks (all from their 2008 reunion tour), you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with the quantity of music. Now in terms of quality … not so much. Perhaps there’s a reason why I’ve never listened to them. I will give it up for the band though, the instrumentals are very high energy and will engage your body into some rockin’ out movements as well as some mellow sways. But I’m just not feeling the front man’s vocals. He pretty much annoys me.

Check it: “No Rm. 9, Kentucky”- Sounds like a dreary love anthem fit for the broken heart of a bad boy greaser from the 50’s who’s a lil fucked in the head.

thebigpink_abriefhistory_204“A Brief History of Love” by The Big Pink
Touche! This British electro-rock duo has released a pretty cool debut album. The lazy vocals of font-man Robbie Furze, complement the spastic breaks of ambient sounds and screeching psychedelia. Although The Big Pink is coined as a duo, they are joined by a band of five more peeps when taking the stage live. From soft and more tender ballads like “Love in Vain,” to some beat driven tracks and sonic soundscapes in “Velevet,” “A Brief History of Love” keeps it fresh although treading a bit more on the dark side for the majority of their tracks. I guess you can say, they can get a lil emo on your ass.

Check it: “Too Young to Love” – Sounds like a gnarly party going off in an insane asylum. Very awesome instrumentals.

sunnydayrealestate_diary_204“Diary” by Sunny Day Real Estate
I never listened to them 15 years ago when their debut album “Diary” was released and I’m not too hip on hearing them this time around. Although, I do think my skinny-pant wearing 15-year-old emo nephew would like this band. Talented in their own genre and groundbreaking for their time, but this kind of music just all sounds the same after the first three tracks.

Check it: “9 (Bonus Track)” – Sounds like a sore thumb. Standing out above the rest, is the most unique of the album, in which it doesn’t sound like every other track. Well, maybe just a little, but the intro is pretty sick.

qtip_kamaaltheabstract_204“Kamaal the Abstract” by Q-Tip
Now why the hell was this album shelved for some eight years? Although I’m sure it has gone through some major changes before re-surfacing back into the current day and age, “Kamaal the Abstract” brings back that groovin’ 90’s hip-hop vibe. Flowing rich with jazz undertones, you’ll also hear some sonic guitar chords and delicate melodies all over a dope hip-hop beat and the distinct vocals that we all recognize as Q-tip. I like that Q-tip gets a lil weird with it pushing tripped out sounds of the atmospheric unknown and vocal manipulations such as in “A Million Times.”

Check it: “Barley in Love” – Sounds like a sexy number to enchant an unsuspecting fool on the dance floor. I’m loving that blues thump that automatically get that foot stomping and hands clapping.

tyondaibraxton_centralmarket_204“Central Market” by Tyondai Braxton
Looks like the front-man of the experimental rock group, Battles, has followed in his father’s footsteps (Anthony Braxton) and has composed quite the avant-garde solo effort (his sixth). This shit is gnarly and way to cool for average ears. As I listen to these eccentric musical compositions, sometimes I feel like I’m frolicking in a fluffy forest filled with trolls and fairies, while other times I feel like I’m running for dear life! After various scores or some amazing music fit to grace the big screen of the next fantasy blockbuster, “J. City” is the only track of seven with any substantial vocal presence―very experimental and all that is unusual yet beautiful, fitting to the Braxton name.

Check it: “Dead String” – Sounds like a not-so-happy ending. The exceptional megalomania that closes up the track leaves you with the craving for more beautiful madness.

fink_cover204“Sort of Revolution” by Fink
As the fourth studio album for the very gifted jack-of-all-trades (singer-songwriter, producer and DJ), Fink presents an album full of soothing and beautiful aural pleasures. It’s the kind of album I’d like to grab a nice bottle of pinot to, light up some candles and just relax in a warm bubble-bath (either that, or some good love-makin’ music). Track for track, “Sort of Revolution” is drenched with luscious rhythms and enchanting words. With two tracks co-written by John Legend, “Move on Me” and “Maker,” you best believe panties will be dropping to this album.

Check it: “Pigtails” – Sounds like sexy love. Radiating a sensual vibe, this song brings in the soulful, rhythmic sounds of lustful thoughts through Fink’s breathy words. The dark blues instrumentals make the track all the more intense.

masonjennings_bloodofman_204“Blood of Man” by Mason Jennings
Isolation at it’s best. Looks like Mason Jennings went on a solo mission into the Minnesota wilderness to deliver this earthy album. With handsome vocals and catchy melodies accented by sweet honest words, Jennings brings forth yet another enchanting folk album we can all chill to. If you’re looking for an easy listen, this album will do the job. But if you want something with a little more edge and energy, “Blood of Man” might put you to sleep. But wait! Track six, “Ain’t No Friend of Mine” is all that and then some. Full of gritty blues and muffled vocals, Jennings rocks out to this jam with repetitive hooks hard enough to represent in a rap song. It’d be nice to add a few more rippin’ tunes to spice up the album a bit.

Check it: “Blood of Man” – Sounds like what it is to miss somone so damn much, but can’t do shit about it. This track is absolutely beautiful with lyrics so bitter sweet they just may bring tears to your eyes. Oddly enough, the sweetness ends with an ascending intensity that leads into blissful distortion.

krsoneandbuckshot_survivalskills_204“Survival Skills” by KRS-One & Buckshot
Do you got the skillz to pay the bills? Looks like KRS-One & Buckshot’s new album “Survival Skills” is some hard ass shit that will bring in them Benjamins. Featuring big names such as Slug of Atmosphere, Mary J. Blige, Talib Kweli, K’naan, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, and more, the album has made quite a name for itself. But how does the music pan out? Hard ass raps, dirty rhymes and words to make your mama angry. This is a full on RAP album, not a groovy hip-hop collection you can get your groove on to. Although there are some dope scratchin’ and chilled out vibes. “Survival Skills” will get that head bobbin’ and your blood pumpin’ but that’s about it. Perfect for them boys that like to feel all hard and “gangsta” as they blow the bass out of their crappy car stereo speakers and cruise with one arm on the steering wheel (usually some puny white-boy).

Check it: “Survival Skills” feat. DJ Revolution – Sounds like I’m way better than you. Opening up with a hot track rich in hard flows, you’ll hear a throwback to Boogie Down Productions’ “I’m still #1.” Oh, and Smif N Wessun’s rhymes are smooth as buttah in “Connection.”