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Its not What You Think [18 Feb 2005|10:15am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Artist: Bright Eyes
Record: Digital Ash in a Digital Urn</b>
Release: Jan. 25, 2005
Label: Saddle Creek
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

Ok, so I know I've already reviewed the Desaparecidos CD on here. This would make it seem as if I'm one of those Connor Oberst fan girls or boys. But I'm far from it. Actually I kinda detest all the people that get all wet over Bright Eyes. No offense, its just that there are so many of them, and so many of them have no taste in music, and it seems as though they cling to Bright Eyes to give themselves Indie/Punk/Street cred. On the other hand I don't hate Bright Eyes on this account, or any account of that that matter. I know too many people that don't like them b/c of the Bright Eyes fans, and even some that don't like them b/c they like Modest Mouse and for some reason they feel they can't like both.(I have also noticed that many extreme Bright Eyes fans don't like Modest Mouse for the same reasoning. I feel they feel threatened by another similar act.) Its all really dumb. With all that said, I think Connor Oberst is a brilliant song writer. The previous Bright Eyes albums are so abrassive yet so extremely infectious. I do agree that some of the previous material is far to abrassive for many people to accept. With this latest installment in the Bright Eyes cataloge I expect that the Bright Eyes fans have something new to worry about....pop culture acceptance(even though many don't realize that its already been happening). Digital Ash in a Digital Urn displays a newer, refined Bright Eyes. I must say I rather angry when I heard that two Bright Eyes albums were coming out at the same time, especially since Oberst was supposed to be recording new Desa material. I actually contemplated not ever listening to the two albums for that reason. I gave in though, downloaded them more than a month before they were released and listened to them as I was coming into Tuscaloosa for the good ole Iron Bowl. I was shocked that it was so good. Digital Ash in a Digital Urn was really good. I listened to the second of the CD's at the end of my trip, I'm Wide Awake and It's Morning, and though I don't feel its quite as good, its still a good album.(I'll review this album later). Well after that, I didn't really listen to them any more. The other I decided to break them back out.
Digital Ash in a Digital Urn is a great collection of songs. For those familiar with Bright Eyes, most of the songs are in the same vein is Lover I Don't Have To Love.(I'm guessing though that most people familiar w/ Bright Eyes actually have listened to the album so i don't guess this review is for you) For those that don't know Bright Eyes let me elaborate. The songs on this CD are very 80's rockish/new wave, as far as the music and production are involved. The whole CD is very aural. Key tracks on the album are Track 1 - Time Code, Track 2 - Gold Mine Gutted, Track 7 - I Believe in Symmetry, and Track 12 Easy/Lucky/Free. I use the word key tracks very loosely b/c I feel this CD is best taken in all at once. The songs on this CD don't really seem to be as sad bastardy as previous Bright Eyes works. The songs are still sad, but Oberst seems to have gained a new optimism. I guess that happens when you make as much money as he does.
I realize i didn't go into to great detail on the songs themselves, but I really feel its more important to convince people who hold bad feelings towards Bright Eyes to listen to this CD. For one, this CD has no acoustic work on it. Or rather its not just Connor and his guitar on any songs. If they turned you off before then you have nothing to worry about here. Another is, the abrassive voice that you may hate, is no evident on this CD. Everything is really smoth and seemless. The album is really well produced and there is nothing abrassive about it. Now on to the critism of people who don't like Bright Eyes for other reason. Firs of all, I completely understand. about 75% of Bright Eyes "fans" suck. That doesn't mean if you listen to Bright Eyes you'll be one of those people. Hell, if you are that ashamed just don't tell anyone you are giving them a try. I know this is probably a futile subject here but whatever, just think about it. Liking one Bright Eyes album doesn't make you an "emo kid" its doesn't make you one of thoes people you hate, it doesn't effect the fabric of your life. Its not gonna be betraying some other band you listen to. Just b/c 75% of Bright Eyes fans suck, that doesn't mean Bright Eyes sucks. If you hated their previous work, I promis Digital Ash in a Digital Urn is far better.

Enough of that. All in all I gave this CD a 4 1/2 out of 5 b/c its Awesome, but its not like a groud breaking CD or one of the best I've ever heard. Its really good, and even if you hate bright eyes I would hope that you can drop you bias for just 49min. and 59 sec. long enough to listen to this CD.

Verdict: Cop it Now.

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Grammy's [14 Feb 2005|12:16pm]

I didn't watch them...but I am taking this time to complain about something. The categories are ridiculous. And the people who are in charge of the grammy's, i'm not really sure who it is, but they suck. They know nothing of music. I'm really annoyed by this. Best "New" Artist - Maroon 5....what exactly are the requirements for this category? They've been out, in the mainstream for like 2 almost 3 years now...wtf. I think Modest Mouse was up for the same award, and hell they had an album out on a major label 2 years ago. Whatever I'm fed up w/ people. Especially those involved w/ choosing what is and isn't "pop culture."
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[ mood | productive ]

Some Kind of Monster

Summarizing this DVD is hard to do. Any attempt doesn't do the film justice. It is most definately a film about metallica, but its also a film about the humaness of those we give a god-like characterization. Admitedly, I can't say that everyone would enjoy this movie. However that is only because I know that most people have a bad attitude about Metallica. Either b/c they think of them as "too hard" for their tastes, or satanic, or evil napster killers. All these are really bad reasons to not like Metallica, but hey what can you do. This movie is not only a good Metallica movie, but an awesome documentary. If you like documentaries its definately for you. If you like Metallica its definately for you. I would also urge people who don't like Metallica to shed their prejudices for the 2:15 minutes it takes to watch this film and just take it in from an objective stand point. The struggles that the band goes through are easy to identify with, and it gives you an idea of how fragile even the people whe think are untouchable are, even these "metal gods."
The Film was made by Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger. They are famous for their documentaries Brother's Keeper and Paradise Lost(1&2). They have a style that is all their own. They interact in someways with their subjects that is sometimes seen as a no-no to other docu-makers. An intersting thing about this project is that it was never intended to be what it is. They were hired to film some of the making of the album and then use archive footage to create a Historical promo for Metallica to be used as a sort of infomercial. Take note, this was not Metallica's descision, but the labels. As wee see in the film, the routine filming of the reording process took a turn when James Hetfield suddenly left to go into rehad, and the future of the band came into question. The filmakers stuck around during this time(b/c they had the desire to turn this into a feature film) to keep filming. What was meant to be a few weeks of filiming turned into almost two years. A project meant to be a short infomercial went to being a TV series, and the finally to a movie. Metallica ended up buying out its label's share of the recorded material in order to make it happen.
This movie shows the human side of my favorite band...a personal side which they'd never knew they had themselves. If you want to take a look into the recording process then its a great film. If you want to see the inner workings of a band its for you. If you want to see turmoil, anguish, drama, and rejoicing...then its for you. If you have a bad attitude that you can't shed for one minute to take in this movie b/c "Metallica killed napster 'cause they are greedy and their music sucks" or for whatever reason, then you not only suck, but you lack the open mindedness it takes to function in society. I dont propose that you start liking their music or even listen to it. I just know there are so many out there that are like "fuck metallica" and think this movie is "gay" because its about Metallica, etc. Not liking Metallica is only a legitamate reason for not wanting to see this film ONLY if you also don't like documentaries.
Did that hurt your feelings? I never said this was going to be an objective review site. If you don't like documentaries, then this movie most likely isn't for you unless you happen to be a Metallica fan.
I gave this movie a 4 out of 5 for keeping it real and being an all around great documentary...i didn't give it a 5 b/c i know that it won't appeal to everyone b/c some people probably can't get over the fact that they hate metallica. Docu-lovers and Metallica lovers should definately buy this...hell I would like to say even music lovers but i know there are some that can't get it out of their head that Metallica sucks(for whatever reason) and wouldn't be able to deal w/ it. For anyone else i would recomend a rental(if you too can get over hating metallica)

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Com'on [28 Jan 2005|12:28pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

Album: Decadence
Artist: Head Automatica
Release: August 17, 2004
Label: Warner Bros
Rating: 4 out of 5

This album took me by complete suprise. I downloaded it before it came out, but never listened to it. This past Wed. I was in The Connection, our campus music store, and they have a lot of free stuff stacked next to the register. I noticed this CD laying there and so I took it. I popped it in my CD player while I was ripping a DVD(i wasn't pirating, my damn DVD player on my comp wouldn't play it so i ripped it to my HD in an attempt to play it). I must admit its not my usual blend of music, but I liked it. There was something alluring about it.

For those that don't know Head Automatica is fronted by Daryl Palumbo, founder and singer of the Glassjaw. The reason I had never really given it much thought was that I'm not in the least a Glassjaw fan. I hate the fact that people get all wet over how great they are, when they are just mediocre at best in my opinion. But to my delight Head Automatica shares nothing in common w/ glassjaw besides Palumbo's name. Head Automatica is rounded out by Larry Gorman(Drums and also of Glassjaw), Jim Greer (keyboards), Josh Holden (bass), and Craig Bonich and Brandon Arnovick(guitars). Produced (and some songs composed) by Dan the Automator, this album is a great blend of rock guitars and dance beats. I know what you may be thinking, Dance beats? wtf?...but its not at all what you think. Or at least it was nothing like what i expected. The album is far more rock oriented than I had expected. The songs are beautifully written and composed. The closest thing to I could compare it to that is out now is Reggie and the Full Effect, but really, it sounds absolutely nothing like that. Perhaps the best description come from Palumbo himself "electonic cock-rock."

The opening track, The Speed of a Yellow Bullet, is full of energy and is a great opening track to introduce you to this phenomenal band. The rest of the album takes you on a course through, rock, funky, jazz, electonica, lounge, and punk. My favorite track would have to be track 3, Beating Heart Baby. The entire album is brilliant and deinately a quality purchase.
This album gest a solid 4 out of 5 for its continuity of awesomeness.

Verdict: Buy It Now

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Read Music, Speak Spanish [19 Jan 2005|12:31pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

Artist: Desaparecidos
Title: Read Music, Speak Spanish
Release: February 19, 2002
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

This CD may have come out 3 years ago, but I still feel it is one of the best CD's out right now. Its one of the best indie rock albums ever. Bright Eyes is quick becoming a houshold name as is the sole member of Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst. Yet, there are a great many who have yet to hear of his other project, Desparecidos. Desa, is comprised of Oberst(vocals/guitar), Denver Dalley(guitar), Casey Scott(bass), Ian McElroy(keyboard), Matt Baum(drums). Ian and Matt are both memebers of the Bright Eyes touring band. Denver Dalley is also a member of hte STATISTICS. Together they all form an amazing combination. If you aren't a fan of Bright Eyes, don't imediately tune this band out. They are something wholy separate. An indie rock band at its finest.
Its extremely hard to pick out key tracks on this disc, but I'll make an attempt. My favorite two tracks, are track number 3, Greater Omaha, and track 4 Man And Wife, The Latter (Damaged Goods). These two tracks exhibit the greatness of the band. The CD is just jam packed with amazing music. I have awaited the arrival of a follow up for some time, but with the rising popularity of Bright Eyes it seems as though it would be far off. Rumors have it that they could record some time this year, which would thrill me to death. Other key tracks include, Track 1 - Man And Wife, The Former (Financial Planning), track 5 - Mall Of America, and Track 8 $$$$. All the songs are very socio-political in nature, so if you are into lyrics, but not into that sort of thing you might wanna look somewhere else for good music.
All in all Read Music, Speak Spanish is one of the best indie rock albums you will ever hear and i definately recomend buying it, or at least downloading it for you enjoyment immediately. I gave it a 4 1/2 b/c i do skip one or two tracks from time to time, and the band has yet to realease a second album. Otherwise I would give this a wholehearted 5 out of 5.

Verdict: Cop it Now.

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Review [14 Jan 2005|12:00pm]

[ mood | excited ]

So here is my first review...i've decided to go w/ a 5 star system. And if any of you like 4 members want, you can post a review of any cd...old or new.

Policia!: A Tribute to The Police
Release: Feb. 8, 2005 on The Militia Group
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

My First reaction when I heard about this project was imediate interest. When I found out the artists that were going to be on it I imediately becam skeptical. I was really interested to hear whatever song underOATH would record for it, but beyond that, I thought it had the potential to suck hard. So as soon as I could I downloaded it. That first track I listened to was track 9, underOATH - Wrapped Around Your Finger. Its a great cover and interesting since its nothign at all like the Police version. Next was track 11, Watashi Wa - Message In a Bottle. I hadn't really paid any attention at all to this band before so I thought, man this is going to suck. Its the best cover of that song I've ever heard. Seriously...its dead on. The next track i listened to, however, was the biggest dissapointment on the CD. Actually, when I saw who was performing one of my favorite songs of all time, that was when the dissappointment started, but when I listened to Track 2, Fall Out Boy - Roxanne, I wanted to throw up. Its terrible, and one of the worst musical crimes ever commited. It only served to make me hate that band for the rest of time. The rest of the CD however was mildly surprising. Brandtson's cover of King of Pain and and Annadivines rendeition of Everything She Does is Magic are both quality tracks.
All in all this is a great CD and is only brought down by one TERRIBLE track. But if you don't mind Roxanne being butchered then I recomend you pick up this CD. Unless of course you are such a die hard Police/Sting fan that even the thought of covers makes you cringe. This CD gets a 3 1/2 for being surprisingly good and only falls short of a 4 or having such a balsphemis version of Roxanne on board.

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First Post [12 Jan 2005|01:31pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I am creating this LJ Community in order to Post reviews and thoughts on new albums, artists, and shows. I realize this idea is not very original, but I wanted to get the news out about bands that I like, and bands that I feel no one should ever listen to. So I've decided to devote some of my new found free time to doing this. I don't really expect anyone but the few people that I know on LJ to ever join this community or check it out, but even then, its still worth it to me. I'll decide in the next few days a rating system, and other details and then post that later. In the meantime I'm gonna post some CD's that I feel everyone should check out(old and new).

Phantom Planet - Negatives 2...my favorite Phan Plan album to date.
Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, and I'm Wide Awake Its Morning, two great albums, even if you don't like Bright Eyes i'd suggest checking them out.
VA - Policia: A Tribute to the Police
Anything Modest Mouse
The Killer - Hot Fuss
Cursive - The Ugly Organ

that's not everything but I've gotta pee, so I'm gonna do that and head to class...have a lovely day.

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