How’s that for a creative title? Basically way too much good music came out, or is coming out in the next weeks, and I wanna shout out what’s worth checking out. In no order whatsoever, I present a couple albums worth your time to check out.
Dinosaur Jr – I Bet On Sky
There’s a good chance you’ve heard the name Dinosaur Jr. They’ve been around since 1984, so it’s possible even your Dad listened to them. And they’ve one of the most influential bands in ‘alternative’ rock history. But that never really feels like a compelling reason to listen to a band. Just cause they’ve been around for longer than I’ve been alive, doesn’t mean they’re worth your time. But they are. I really don’t know how a band still puts out quality material after that many years and 10 LPs. But they sound like a band half their age, write criminally catchy hooks, and have one of the most distinctive but not redundant guitar sounds around. So they’ve put out that 10th album and it rules. Check out the lead track “Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know”.
Boys Noize – Out Of The Black
Yeah, if there’s any chance of your liking this, you already know what it is. There’s a good chance you’ll hear these songs somewhere on Granville in a minute. Album is good for a wiggle, or erasing a day behind your desk and hearing about TPS reports. Check out “Missile”, which is a bit of a Daft Punk-in-’12 kinda jam.
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
The only similarity between Converge and Boys Noize is the idea that if you’re likely to enjoy this, you already know about it. Converge have been around for an almost Dinosaur Jr amount of time, and share their same level of amazing latter half of career quality. I’ve always been a little confused as to why this band gets Pitchfork love every now and then, but it probably has to do with being the single most important band in ‘aggressive’ music. But if getting that hype can help an amazing band like this get ears on their music(the video P4K hyped has 200K views in a month), then so be it. Check out the cochlea imploding track “Aimless Arrow” below.
Death Grips – NO LOVE DEEP WEB
I don’t know if it’s possible to make “dangerous” music in 2012, but there’s really only one band even trying. The story’s been on every blog this week, but to catch you up: a band that was never going to make a label any real money, was getting grief from said frustrated label, and couldn’t agree on a release date on their first LP. The band got pissed, went on a twitter rant, then uploaded their entire major label debut to their website, complete with a cover image of a dick pic, and the rest is history. So we’re left with an amazing/free album that we’ve all had to question if we’re going to change the album art for. I went for the submarine sandwich photoshop route myself. Find out how much bass your listening device of choice is capable of with “Come Up and Get Me”.
Efterklang – Piramida
I had trouble getting past this band’s painfully indie-rock-to-a-fault name, but this album is rad. The surely rugged/scruffy looking bunch from Denmark have a good Sigur Ros/My Bloody Valentine thing going for themselves, and though the compositions may be slightly less ambitious than those bands, the songs are no less beautiful. Only a couple of these songs are on YouTube right now, but check out the opening track “Hollow Mountain”
posted by: @Shoemosher