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Unreasonable Facsimile

Act I: Tickle Me Emo

I hate the idea of emo. I hate the composition that comes to mind of soft-core metal. I hate the vision of rain spilling down into the wide-open, whiny, nasally, electronic girl-boy voice representing a song. Having said that, I accidentally downloaded some left-of-center emo after previewing a few tracks. I would guess that, if you like emo, you might not like this stuff for exactly the reason it caught my attention.

The Definite Articles

The Definite Articles—Boy Wonder

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At preview, I heard strings… violin and cello in place of electric guitar and synthesizer caressed my ears… and the rush of promise where I picked up separate, distinct boy and girl vocal ranges (I do love my duets). “They’re more than the sum of their parts…” until the emo hits the fan. It-is-so-mething different, but I can’t— as stated previously—stand the wide-open, whiny, nasally girl-boy voice. Notice it is not because of the wide-open, whiny, nasally, electronic girl-boy voice. Conceptually, I would love to hear this… yet, I can’t provide a time to listen to this. There is enough organic material that you might like it though.

 

Okkervil River

Okkervil River—The Stand Ins

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I can’t put my finger on it. Are they good or is this just more Vampire Weekend propaganda? Somewhere between a cheap man’s Franz Ferdinand (Pop Lie) and a whore’s James (Lost Coastlines) lies a post-Smithsy Morriseyan situario… Editor's Note: somewhere between a situation and a scenario… wherein emo mixes with late 80’s Greenpeace roots bands. I chose four tracks off of the album and really, Lost Coastlines is the Hothouse-Flowers one-hit wonder of the third millennium. Catchy as hell, but the rest of the album—take note inspired future pop artists: explore Lost Coastlines—and unlike this band, hit more than one note, without hitting the wrong notes.


The Field Mice

The Aimless Never Miss—The Aimless Never Miss

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This band seems to be stuck in the 90’s. Is it time for the 90’s to be retro yet? Ahead of the times or turtlehead of the times? It’s like Live wasn’t ever born again, and never sold out to American Idol. Remember that foggy sound from the mid-90’s that was all over the radio? This band can mimic more than one sound from the lost decade, and they actually capture Pixies ‘Caribou’ somewhere late in ‘The Bright Side’. I should learn my lesson… if I’m only going to download a few of tracks off of an album, don’t bother downloading it. Waste of credits…

Act U: Besides A-sides

The Field Mice were smacking me on the head back in Issue 7 of the NTC. Having immediately consumed my supply, I went out half-asleep in my underwear (Sunday morning web surfing) searching for the balance of any available tracks. Both iTunes and eMusic have the same albums in their listings for a total of eight additional tracks that were not included on Where’d You Learn To Kiss That Way?

  • Three tracks on For Keeps – Of The Perfect Kind, Think Of These Things, and Freezing Point

  • Three tracks on Other Galaxies – Other Galaxies, That’s All This Is, and I Can See Myself Alone Forever

  • Two tracks from Snowball – You’re Kidding Aren’t You, and Letting Go

…all worth adding to your library, and I think eight tracks constitutes an album…

It Hugs Back was one of those bands that kind of smacked me in the back of the head from just outside the periphery.

I really wasn’t expecting to hear something I liked, but I thought to myself – “self, I’m going to try sampling everything Indie Rock/Pop that’s here.” Suffice to say the results are impressive. So far, this band has released 5 ep’s (by my count) of two songs apiece – 3 ep’s available on eMusic and all 5 ep’s available on iTunes. I went the smart way around it and used up my credits on eMusic before filling in the gaps on iTunes. My favourite, by far, has got to be Early Evening – it’s the whispers and the clapping – such dreamy whispers, and so much fun clapping…

Last month (issue 8) had Paul Ragno, Father Knows Best contributor, wondering what a poor father can do with little to no control over the radio…

Well, I’m happy to say that Kimya Dawson and Friends have released a brand new kid’s album titled Alphabutt. Fun fun fun will ensue as you drive down the road singing along to fart songs, songs about animals, and did I happen to mention fart songs?

Act Z: Scary Voices

Halloween is on the rise. I don’t think there was ever a Halloween growing up without a Unicef box in the background. Now I’m older, and it’s kind of downer that I would trust today’s youth with the revolution, while I wouldn’t trust their supervising adults with a Unicef box.

The future is now. The North American Hallowe’en Prevention Initiative supports Unicef through sales of their track available on iTunes. Supporting NAHPI is Arcade Fire's Win & Regine, Beck, Buck 65, David Cross, Devendra Banhart, Dessert’s Liane Balaban, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Feist, Les Savy Fav's Syd Butler, Islands' J'aime, Malcolm McLaren, Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Peaches, Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello, Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald, R.E.M’s Joey Waronker, Rilo Kiley's Jenny & Blake, Roky Erickson, Sloan's Chris Murphy, Smoosh's Asya & Chloe, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Sparks' Russell Mael, Subtitle, Sum 41's Stevo, Tagaq, That Dog’s Anna Waronker, Wolf Parade's Dan & Spencer, Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O, and Gino Washington.

 

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