Jun 122008

Wow, okay, so the first voting post in, like, ever.  And there’s a LOT to catch up on.  And some decent stuff coming out these week and next, too!  This is what I get for failing so hard in my blog-duties so long.

Well, we must soldier on despite my failings and soldier on we will.  But instead of bullets, (to take an implicit metaphor WAY too far) we’ll fight with votes! Your options this week include a new solo album from Jakob Dylan (former vocalist for the Wallflowers and a strong contender for most pretentious man in modern music), and new material from shoe-gazing emo fops Death Cab for Cutie, space-rockers Spiritualized, the every-amazing American pop-punk band Weezer, and Coldplay (who I can’t think of anything to say about, other than that I STILL think “Yellow” is one of the most annoying songs in modern musical history.)  I’m also adding debut Last of the Shadow Puppets album on their, because I STILL haven’t stopped listening to the single.

Artists that missed the cut (but who might be eligable for write-in votes if enough people demand it) are Martha Wainwright, The Offspring, Fleet Foxes, Gavin Rossdale, Wolf Parade, Alanis Morissette, and My Morning Jacket.

Jakob Dylan, Seeing Things

Spiritualized, Songs in A & E

Weezer, Weezer (Red Album)

Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs

Coldplay, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

The Last of the Shadow Puppets, The Age of the Understatement

Apr 032008

Well, it took awhile, but my review of Yael Naim is finally up. Which of course, means, more voting. This next week’s field was a large one, and included at least one album that I was sure had already been released (though both Metacritic and Billboard.com tell me I’m either mistaken or a craven liar).

Material comes to us from former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery, as well as from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spoon, and Decemberists front man Colin Meloy.

Eric Avery, Help Wanted (LINK)

The Breeders, Mountain Battles (LINK)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig! (LINK)

Colin Meloy, Colin Meloy Sings Live! (LINK)

Spoon, Don’t You Evah (LINK)

Mar 202008

Well, with a tie in last week’s voting, I’m casting my deciding for Yael Naim. Not only does her single get firmly wedged into my brain whenever I hear it, but it’s been awhile since we had a flat-out pop album reviewed around here.

Your voting options this week include the latest from Counting Crows (their first in 6 years), fop rockers Panic at the Disco, and indie super-group the Raconteurs.

And with that. Options!

Counting Crows, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings (LINK)
Crash Romeo, Gave Me The Clap (LINK)
Panic At The Disco, Pretty. Odd (LINK)
Pennywise, Reason To Believe (LINK)
The Raconteurs, Consolers Of The Lonely (LINK)

Mar 122008

Okay, so I missed another week. Apologies. The review is up and, in a land slide victory, you folks chose the new Flogging Molly album to be reviewed next week. One confession: one of the reasons my Raveonettes review took so long is that I spent most of the weekend listening to Float. You’ll have to tune in next week for the full review, but I will say up front: it’s pretty cool.

Well, on to the business at hand. Voting! These weeks voting include the debut release from the first Israeli to land in the Billboard Top Ten (Yael Naim), a band with the same name as the one my former suite mate formed (the Matches), a solo project by one of the members of the Moldy Peaches (Adam Green), and a collaboration between M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel (She & Him). Oh, and the new Destroyer album.

Options!

Destroyer, Trouble In Dreams (LINK)
The Matches, A Band In Hope (LINK)
Yael Naim, Yael Naim (LINK)
She & Him, Volume 1 (LINK)
Adam Green, Sixes & Sevens (LINK)

Feb 272008

Well praise the deity or cosmological principle of your choice, I actually got a review posted on time. I will also soon set about acquiring next week’s album, Lust Lust Lust, by the Raveonettes. No, no, don’t thank me good citizen, I’m just doing my job.

And now it’s time to do yours. (Segues for the win!) The voting this week’s chock full of excellent artists, with new releases from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Bauhaus, The Black Crowes, Flogging Molly, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. So a tough field with some stiff competition. It’s your job to narrow it down to just one, so get your votes in.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig! (LINK)
Bauhaus, Go Away White (LINK)
The Black Crowes, Warpaint (LINK)
Flogging Molly, Float (LINK)
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash (LINK)

Feb 192008

Well, another fortnight, another review. I’ll get the hang of this “weekly” thing again at some point, honestly I will. In the meantime, the public spoke in record numbers last week and the result that I’ll be reviewing Speakeasy’s new album All Your New Favorite Songs. Thanks to all who voted, and with any luck I’ll actually have this review up on time.

But before then, there are, as always, new voting options. Some good stuff in this weeks voting, including the long-delayed American release of the new Raveonettes album, a new solo album from former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, a new release from indie rock darlings The Mountain Goats, and one of the Jacksons (Janet this time) cranking out yet another disc. So come on and get your democracy mojo going.

Atlas Sound, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (LINK)

Mike Doughty, Golden Delicious (LINK)

Janet Jackson, Discipline (LINK)

Mountain Goats, Heretic Pride (LINK) (Also head over here and download the four-song Jack and Faye EP, which is free and phenomenal.)

Raveonettes, Lust Lust Lust (LINK)

Feb 052008

Well, with a stiff lineup of artists for last week and two weeks in which to vote (and, uh, apologies for the impromptu week-long blog hiatus), last week’s voting still only garnered one vote. So Get Set Go’s new album wins by a de facto land slide. Which is a bit of a pity, since it was one of the few albums on last weeks voting I wasn’t planning to pick up anyway, but oh well, hearing new artists never hurt anyone, least of all a music blogger.

Well, while I’m dealing with a surfeit of attractive new releases, I leave it to you, gentle readers, to deal with the following voting options.

British Sea Power, Do You Like Rock Music? (LINK)
Kylie Minogue, X (LINK)
Murder by Death, Fuego! (LINK)
Simple Plan, Simple Plan (LINK)
Speakeasy, All Your New Favorite Songs (LINK)
Widespread Panic, Free Somehow (LINK)

Jan 222008

Well, the beginning of the semester just happened and managed to hit me hard enough to knock me back a week. That means that I’ve just posted my review of the Shondes and that I’ve got two pretty heavy weeks of releases to try to narrow down for voting. Cuts will be made, many world-famous acts will no doubt be brought to tears by the fact that they didn’t get a chance at a review on my illustrious blog.

Or I’ll cut mainly at random, through up the voting options, and keep muddling along as usual and no one will really be the wiser.

But anyway, voting options. Some really stiff competition in this week’s voting, so get to it. Ready, set, DEMOCRACY!

Cat Power, Jukebox (LINK)
Get Set Go, Sunshine, Joy and Happiness: A Tragic Tale of Death, Despair and Other Silly Nonsense (LINK)
Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Open (LINK)
The Mars Volta, The Bedlam In Goliath (LINK)
Chris Walla, Field Manual (LINK)
Xiu Xiu, Women As Lovers (LINK)

Jan 102008

Well, another week another review. It’s up a little late, but my review of Book of Longing is posted below. Looking ahead to next week, the latest release by the Shondes swept the voting last week, so I will set about tracking down a copy of their album The Red Sea (which is proving to be somewhat illusive, by which I mean Amazon, my source for almost all things, doesn’t seem to carry it.)

In the meantime, there are, as always, voting options.

Raheem DeVaughn, Love Behind the Melody (Link)
Magnetic Fields, Distortion (LINK)
Thomas Ian Nicholas, Without Warning (LINK)
Ringo Starr, Liverpool 8 (LINK)
Van Hunt, Popular (LINK)

Jan 022008

Happy New Year to all! Hope 2007 was a great year for all of you and that 2008 is even better.

Things here are off to a fresh start after a bit of a hiatus with my review of the new disc of home-recordings by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo and some new voting options. Next week I’ll have a review for you all of the Leonard Cohen/Philip Glass collaboration, The Book of Longing, so stay tuned for that. This week I’ll also be doing some 2007 best-ofs so if you’re the kind of person who likes year-retrospectives and/or lists, this is your luck week.

In the meantime, however, we have voting. Continuing to slog through the winter album doldrums, there aren’t many options this week, but they’re all promising ones. So check out links (all links this week go to the band’s myspace page), listen to some tunes, and get your democracy on.

Marah, Angels of Destruction! (LINK)
Kate Nash, Made Of Bricks (LINK)
Sia, Some People Have Real Problems (LINK)
The Shondes, The Red Sea (LINK)