The Bum Gardeners are an up and coming band that have spent the last week recording their debut album, which will be self-titled (maybe). From the videos they themselves have released online since last year, and from the recording progress vlog above, the excitement levels I have for this album is becoming a little too much.
Torches is the debut full length album by Californian band Foster The People, who have already gained a reasonable amount of attention from the release of track Pumped Up Kicks, which reached number 1 in the Billboard Alternative Music Charts. A year has gone by since that track surfaced, and Torches is now out to be judged by their deservedly high expectations.
Radiohead is a band that, like Tool, suffers from a very deluded fanbase. They have attracted these fans that ultimately worship every one of their releases, which is understandable considering they are responsible for classics such as Kid A and OK Computer. The King Of Limbs is Radiohead’s eighth studio album and, as expected, gained a lot of controversy from two sets of fans, those who say they don’t like it, and the other set of fans that are screaming “You just don’t get it!” in retaliation. And it’s because of these fanboys that I’ve been a little weary of reviewing this album.
PJ Harvey has returned to the music scene with Let England Shake, her first release since her collaboration with John Parish A Woman A Man Walked By in 2008. This album has already landed her a secure spot in the mainstream, and having gained the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the NME Awards, her career is finally gaining the recognition it deserves.
Björk has always been a big name in the music industry, solely for owning an eccentric personality that seeped into much of her discography. While the industry attempted to "get" Bjork, they created this mysterious aura which has enveloped her career. She is back with the first track from new album Biophilia to be leaked onto the internet, titled Crystalline, which is available to listen to here.
SBTRKT is the self titled debut album by the London based producer that even in the world of the internet, is fairly anonymous in terms of research. This record has been deemed a dubstep album, but while dubstep is often deemed a taboo by many people, they should still give this album a listen, because it does not fit under the traditional sound of dubstep, it's nicer and a lot less harsh on the eardrums. Which is also available to stream from his website.
Bon Iver is the creation of American folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, and finally, he has released his sophomore album, which is self titled. This will gain many a sigh of relief from fans as they have been dying to hear new material after Justin’s much collaboration, most notably with Kanye West, in the three year period in-between debut For Emma, Forever Ago and the newly released record.
J Mascis is well known for ripping apart the underground with a huge amount of distortion and a ridiculous amount of volume in his solos, infact the volume of his ear drum bursting shook the punk genre hard enough for them to realise that they’re cool to use in songs. But in his first studio solo album, Several Shades of Why, we are treated with the softer side of J Mascis, without the three stacks of amplifiers and distortion to cover him.
The Sandwitches are back with their second LP release, Mrs. Jones’ Cookies. It follows on from last year’s EP Duck, Duck, Goose! The album has already been listed as the top album of 2011 by EverybodyTaste.
Ever since his performance on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny nearly five years ago, Seasick Steve has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity and fame, and he has gained a huge following now and is the only musician currently to play the blues in such a way that the mainstream loves it. You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks is his fourth album since his breakthrough into success.
Foo Fighters are back with new album Wasting Light, their first album release in four years. After being fortunate enough to see the documentary, which talked about the band’s formation and their rollercoaster ride of life during it, it also showed how this new effort was produced. It was created using the old of fashioned analogue method, and it was produced with the help of Butch Vig, who with Dave Grohl, produced Nirvana’s worldwide hit album of the 90s, Nevermind. Because of this documentary, I felt a lot more hyped up and desperate to hear what new material the Foo’s would create.
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are back with Belong, their second album. The band were praised highly for the release of their self titled debut effort, as it presented the notion of mixing sentimental lyrics with a distorted, fuzzy guitar infused sound. So with the pressures of delivering the goods once again, have the band succeeded with Belong?
After many years of promises of a solo album by Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, it seems that 2011 will be the year those promises are finally met. Hughes’ debut solo album, which may be called Honkey Kong or Raped By Miracles or many of the other names that articles have stated as the official title, it will finally arrive. Boots Electric Theme is the first song to be released from the album, and it is available to download for free.
WU LYFE (World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation) is a band best known for attempting to make themselves universally unknown. Their ideal of advertising themselves by not selling themselves has made them popular throughout the internet and many people seem to be drawn into the band because of this intentional mystery that surrounds them, and their album, Go Tell Fire To The Mountain.
Poor Lily is a punk band based in New York, and they comprise of Max Capshaw, Adam Wisnieski and Dom Baiocco, who have had all had a lot of experience in the hardcore punk scene. This is their debut effort which is self titled, and also available to download for free from the band’s website, here.
Gloss Drop is the second album from Battles, who are now a three-piece band after the departure of singer Tyondai Braxton, which caused many of Battles fans to question the band as to why they were continuing under the Battles name without Braxton, who made their 2007 debut effort Mirrored such a favoured and loved album throughout the music scene. The fans also questioned whether Gloss Drop would be good, with many of their answers suggesting that they doubt it.
Kong begin this EP with track Ribbons, which features a typical hardcore-style riff wrapped in distortion, alongside fuzzy bass and very steel-pounding like drums. The verses are sung with a very aggressive tone to emphasise the fierceness of the song, and also the fierceness that is a part of the entire hardcore genre too. At some points the sound (like many hardcore songs) often becomes too overwhelming and it is hard to accurately decipher what riffs are being played, and there is difficulty in hearing the lyrics too. This is a quick 2 minute burst of energy that does its job of fueling your body with adrenaline but that’s all that can be said about it.
Arctic Monkeys are back with their fourth album, Suck It And See. It’s the second album produced since their dramatic sound change from typically indie, to darker, reverb-heavy guitars. This sound turned many fans off from listening to their 2009 album, Humbug.
Dinosaur Jr. are quite possibly the most underrated band ever. Having been around for over thirty years, the sludge/slacker trio comprising of J.Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph have remained inside the world of independency for nearly their entire career. Having broke up after the release of their third album Bug, J still played under the Dinosaur Jr. name to produce three records that were widely ignored (except for Green Mind, the band’s first major label record). However, the unlikely situation happened as the original lineup formed once again in 2005, and since then produced two very good records in Beyond and Farm, proving that anything can happen for the sake of music.
Mogwai are back with their new album, many of their albums regrettably fall under the instant comparison of “Is this better than Young Team?” so how will Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will compare to it?