Saturday, March 21

Modest Mouse- Strangers To Ourselves

Modest Mouse
"Strangers To Ourselves"

  1. Strangers To Ourselves
  2. Lampshades On Fire
  3. Shit In Your Cut
  4. Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami FL. 1996)
  5. Ansel
  6. The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
  7. Coyotes
  8. Pups To Dust
  9. Sugarboats
  10. Wicked Campaign
  11. Be Brave
  12. God is an Indian and You're an Asshole
  13. The Tortoise and The Tourist
  14. The Best Room
  15. Of Course We Know

After waiting 8 years for a new album, alternative rock band Modest Mouse has finally delivered. But it might not be the package that we were expecting. Modest Mouse have released a new single "Lampshades on Fire", which sounds a lot like the MM we know and love. I finally had the chance to listen to this album, and all I could count on before that, were the opinions and reviews of others. After listening, I could tell that a lot went into this album. Random instruments like steel drums, cello, congas, Ebow, and more were played in the making of  'Strangers To Ourselves'. I discovered some favorites and a couple that I'm not to fond of. They stepped out of their box a tad with songs like "Pistol", which was more of electro-pop sound, complete opposite of their genre, but almost like they were making fun of other artists and the sound that they have. Thankfully were a handful of songs that brought us back to the way MM rocks our hearts. Tracks like, "Lampshades on Fire", "Ansel", "Be Brave", and "Sugarboats" are the kind of songs that did not disappoint. One thing I noticed, is Isaac Brock's (vocals,guitar,lyrics) way of writing. I read the lyrics along with the CD and I noticed that the lyrics seem like dark metaphors for things going on in the world. Which is really refreshing. You don't hear that on the radio. But now the question is... Was it worth the 8 years of waiting? Probably not, but it's still a good album and I am not disappointed as a fan and a music lover.

Saturday, January 17

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars- Uptown Funk

Holy flashback!
I'm not really a fan of Bruno Mars' music, but I do think he is a great performer and SNL host. If you haven't seen him perform on MTV or some award shows, he's a good entertainer. Bruno is hilarious on SNL too, just so you know.

This time he teamed up with Mark Ronson, a UK musician and producer. 'Uptown Funk' is one of the funkiest songs I've ever heard. It's got the high pitched trumpets, deep bass, psychedelic keyboard, clapping, and Bruno Mars voice.
When I was listening to this song on the radio,
1. It didn't sound like Bruno Mars,
2. I thought it was an old funk song from the 70's.

 It's so good I'm not shamed to say that I love this song. 'Uptown Funk' is way different than the usual pop-girly-love songs that he does. I will say if the rest of the album sounds like this song, I will most definitely be buying it.

Check it and be amazed by the funk!

Monday, January 12

I'm really happy for Robert Delong

Have you ever gone to a show and discovered someone new and have the best time, then you go home and buy their album fall in love with it, then a couple years later, their playing on the radio and all you an think of is how happy you are for them? That they are really doing it, that he's is actually making his dreams come true. (As corny as that sounds) But as a fan, I am proud of Robert Delong.

This is his new song that I heard on the radio and got excited.

Robert Delong-Long Way Down

Tuesday, December 30

Brothers Horse-Self Titled

Hello my people! I know it's been awhile since I've posted some articles, but have no fear! I've written an album review!

I actually discovered a really good band while out with some friends. Imagine that, I did it the old fashion way, and honestly I'd prefer it that way. I got so excited because my fiance, our friend and I were outside this bar talking, and I was listening to this band playing outside.  But we couldn't see them performing, I could only hear, so I started dancing and moving side to side, and we decided to go check them out.
Now, I'm pretty excited about this because this is the first local band in a long time that I actually discovered and love!

This Sonoma County band is Brothers Horse. They a have a punk, pirate, and polka feel to them. It's really different, but so awesome. Their sound is a little like the artist Gogol Bordello, right up that alley. If you haven't heard of Gogol Bordello, do it now. Well, maybe not right now, after this article, then check him out. Seriously though, Brothers Horse has some pretty different instruments that you don't hear on the radio or even on your iTunes. Put some accordions, trumpets, trombone, fiddle, and some dude in a crazy accent doing vocals. Not only is their music original and danceable, their shows are pretty fun too. I honestly think that they sound better live than their recordings on their album. They tell stories in their lyrics, which makes me feel like their music should be in an adventure pirate movie. Haha.

Here's the link to their bandcamp and check them out (BH album is free!!)
Brothers Horse Bandcamp

  1. Ballad Of Brothers Horse
  2. Bottom Of The Ocean
  3. Dark and Stormy
  4. 16 Days
  5. Brother John
  6. Any Port In A Storm
  7. Head Will End Up Missing
  8. Cardinal Girls and Money
  9. Easter Surprise
  10. Heavens To Betsy
  11. Blessed Be The Barrel
  12. Eastbanian Lament
  13. Met A Man
  14. Hanging In The Bedroom
  15. Torn and Tattered

Tuesday, December 2

Edward Sharpe and Cream

Recently my boyfriend and I have been listening to quite a lot of classic rock music. Chris discovered Cream, thus I discovered Cream. But while listening to their music, I did notice that the lead singer of  Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Alex Ebert, vocals sound similar to the vocals of Jack Bruce, the lead vocals of Cream. I notice it especially when Bruce' vocals are high pitched during this song:

Cream- "Strange Brew"

Then compare it to an Edward Sharpe song...

Edward Sharpe and The Magentic Zeros- "Come in Please"

Maybe it's just me? Sometimes it usually is. But whatever, maybe my ears don't lie?
Either way, I love both these bands.