Barons of Hiddenhausen, is a mysterious and hidden secret, with it’s origins in Vienna. Although the project sounds like a full-fledged band, the mastermind behind the project is one person: Moritz Kofler. Kofler is no stranger to the genre – after he recorded “World Withdrawal,” he collaborated with Digital Noise Academy in L.A., a project by Ken Andrews (Failure, Beck, A.P.C. NIN), Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker The Star, Courtney Love, Melissa Auf Der Maur) and others. That experience shows in this record.
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It’s been a while since rock music has sounded the way Stars In Stereo plays it. The group approaches its songs with a firm grasp on gritty rock instincts as well as a innate understanding of clean pop sensibilities. The main attribute of Stars In Stereo, the band’s recently released self-titled album, is that its particular style is difficult to pin down. It’s not totally heavy and not totally soft, but more a combination of the two than some strange middle-ground.
Rabbit & The Hare is proof that good things can happen on Craigslist. The band formed after singer/songwriter Neill MacCallum posted an ad in NYC’s section of the website in search of a “female multi-instrumentalist.” Marisa Duchowny, a person that happens to fit both of those requirements, also happened to read and respond to that post. Just like that, with the strange power of the internet, a duo was born. Marisa became the Rabbit, Neill the Hare.
Three Of Swords, by Mimi, an eclectic Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, begins with a song called “Goodbye Heartbeat.” The track contains soft-spoken, airy vocals with varying rhythms and melodies over a frantically pulsating bass line. An acoustic guitar plucks along steadily. The song has a dreamy, ethereal quality that’s consistent throughout it’s nearly 4-minute run-time.
That pleasant tone is maintained throughout the rest of the album, although the ways in which Mimi delivers her songs greatly vary in style and arrangement. The second track on the album, for instance, is rife with Latin flair— propelled by a cornet part played by Patric McGroarty and spot-on use of Spanish-language vocals. The song is entitled “Porque Te Vas,” and it’s a cover of José Luis Perales’ 1972 song of the same name (originally performed by Jeanette).
Be Brave Bold Robot’s album Under A Thin Veil Of Madness begins with a track dedicated to the narrator (presumably lead vocalist Dean Haakenson)’s mother. The song, aptly titled “Mamasong,” includes lines that demonstrate appreciation for parents like “I do everything I do, cuz I watched you do it first / and growing up is never easy, but it could’ve been far worse.”
While the song is a charming and lovely tribute to the way Haakenson’s mother raised him, listeners of Be Brave Robot should thank the lady, too. After all she’s the woman responsible for birthing an immensely talented and delightfully strange folk singer from Sacramento, CA.
I find myself being rude but can’t help it.
He’s come back from the kitchen with more wine and my thumbs move as quickly as one bottle down will allow, hurriedly taking note of the conversation highlights. There are many. Philosophical musings bounce around like a coked out game of pong in my brain, intermingling with political discussion, movie quotes and the awesomeness of wine. I get enough shorthand into my phone to feel satisfied and gladly take another glass. It’s probably been upwards of three hours, noted only by the kink in my back from the wooden folding chair.
There are a lot of really exciting albums that are scheduled to be released tomorrow. Check ’em out below.
Arbouretum— Coming Out Of The Fog
Bad Religion— True North
The punk band’s SIXTEENTH album.
Big Harp— Chain Letters
The second LP from this L.A. based duo, via Saddle Creek.
Brokeback— Brokeback And The Black Rock
A new album from the Douglas McComb’s project.
Diamond Youth— Orange
by Tyler Hayes
Never once have I uttered the words “Funky fresh,” but with Wooster‘s album, If All The Dew Were Diamonds, it’s the only phrase that comes to mind, immediately describing the music. The album is definitely a genre bender and a great example of a band accurately throwing in hints of multiple styles, while never over saturating a particular taste.
The “Intro” to Background Music, L.A. hip-hop duo Substance Abuse’s second album, begins with an trippy mashup of soundclips that includes quips like “Substance Abuse presents problems without presenting solutions,” “they team up with other MCs,” and “they sound like 1998.” These clips, although smashed together quickly and barely coherent,accomplish the same thing B. Rabbit did in 8 Mile’s final battle scene— they bring forth potential flaws before critics have a chance to mention them.