This week is E3 so, I really can’t do anything, but focus on video games. Here’s your monthly music. Recapping Belize should be back no later than Monday!
Passion Pit - Manners
These guys are the reason I like steering clear of music reviews and buzz about bands online. I love music and I had no idea Passion Pit was hyped into oblivion after their Chunk of Change EP. One my friends kept talking about them and I finally gave in and decided to give it a listen. Now, I can’t go a day without listening to the whole CD all the way through at least once. This album is summer, this album is fun. I can’t listen to ‘Little Secrets’ with out a huge grin on my face, ‘The Reeling’ is just an amazing song and the video is great and I’ve got future plans for ‘Swimming in the Flood’. I’ll admit the lead singer’s voice is high and can be shrill at times, but for me that’s a complement. I’ve got a thing for awkward voices. If you are looking for a great summer album, I can’t suggest better at the moment.
Manners – Download Here Listen Here
Reggie and the Full Effect - Last Stop: Crappy Town
I’ve been listening to Reggie and the Full Effect for I don’t know how many years now and this is the first album that excluded the alternate bands FLUXATION and Common Denominator. Those side bands add such variety and strangeness to Reggie’s albums you’d think it would be extremely noticeable if they were gone. Honestly I didn’t even notice they were missing on Last Stop: Crappy Town until I starting reading reviews. This is a much darker record than most listeners and fans might be used too. To me, there wasn’t any lighthearted lyrics and looking back to ‘ Songs Not To Get Married To‘ where, James Dewees, the lead singer and creator of the band was dealing with his divorce, that this band was capable of touching on more serious subjects. Dewees had mentioned that this record reflected his time going to rehab (hence the names of the tracks, which are all stops the F train made on his way to treatment). I can understand why fans might not enjoy this album, viewing this album in context of what Dewees was going though, however (and that he’s an amazing musician and performer), I’d urge anyone to give this full cd a listen.
Last Stop: Crappy Town – Download Here Listen Here
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Dri - Smoke Rings
Singer Adrianne Verhoeven (Dri) has been in several bands including the Anniversary, Art In Manila and Fourth Of July. I know her mainly when she was apart of the Anniversary, easily one of my favorite groups of all time. Aaron alerted me to her debut solo record Smoke Rings early last month and it is highly addictive. It has a indie/bluesy feel to the entire disc. Her voice is a bit deeper than when she was in the Anniversary, but it only goes to enhance the smooth sounding vibe on the record. Smoke Rings is her debut solo record out now on Range Life Records.
You Know I Tried
Smoke Rings – Download Here
Psapp - Cosy in Rocket
They’re called Psapp (sap), and the genre is toytronica or experimental electronica. I am easily hooked in by songs used in commercials and shows and Cosy In Rocket came from the opening of Grey’s Anatomy. I love their music because it sounds like they are making stuff up on the fly and messing with all types of things to make music. It’s really fun and enjoyable to listen to.
Cosy In Rocket – Listen Here
All I Ever Wanted – Download Here
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