June Best Releases

In the best month of the year (because it’s my birthday) very interesting works came out.

JACK WHITE – Lazaretto (Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Blues)

Second solo work for one of the best rock artists nowadays! After The White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather projects, he seems to continue by himself (and in an amazing way like everything he has done). The style is pretty much the same, but always pleasant to listen. Confident.

DEADMAU5 – While (1<2) (Electronic, House, EDM)

Very cool double LP for the canadian author/producer Joel Thomas Zimmermann (more appeal as deadmau5, right?). Comparing to official works, he remixes songs from other artists like, for example, Nine Inch Nails or How to Destroy Angels. Definitely a different and interesting way to love more the mouse (who i highly recommend to see live). Freewheeling.

KLAXONS Love Frequency (Alternative/Indie Rock)

Four years after ‘Surfing the Void’ that personally didn’t rnjoy much, UK band Klaxons came back with an interesting LP, mixed also with some electronic. It seems that they didn’t want to reply ‘Myths of the Near Future’ like the following work, but they want to go forward and, in my opinion, is a good choice. Playful.

THE KNIFE –Shaken Up Versions (Indie Electronic, IDM)

Following the masterpiece Shaking the Habitual, they made an album with remixes of songs from the last work but also from previous ones. Sparkling.

RADIO MOSCOW – Magical Dirt (Blues Rock, Indie Rock)

Coming from Iowa, this interesting trio come back after 2 years with this very enjoyable work. Their style didn’t change much over the years so you won’t be shocked listening this last release. But they always make good works. Boisterous.

 

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March-April Best Releases

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If March was a slow month for good music releases, April was definitely a richer month with many interesting news!

Liars – Mess (Indie Rock, Indie Electronic)

In my opinion, as you could have guessed from my previous posts, this New Yorker band is one of the most creative and changeable bands. Over the years, they made different styles but with a unique touch. Their last work turned more into electronic sounds compared with the previous ones, but, guys, an amazing work (also for their artwork)! For now it’s the best 2014 LP in my opinion. Uncompromising.

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots (Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop)

Well i have to say something about him? Beside his career with Blur he made several side-projects (from Gorillaz until The Good, The Bad & The Queen), in my opinion very creative and different from each others. This solo LP is a mix of acoustic and digital sounds, very soft and pleasant company during your busy day. Spacey.

The Faint – Doom Abuse (New Wave, Post Punk, Indie Rock)

I admit i have just discovered this band but i really enjoyed them from the first listening (i hope will be the same for you). Their style is intense and involving. Brash.

Kelis – Food (Alternative R&B)

I know what you are thinking, What? Do you like Kelis? How does she fits into your tastes? I have to admit that i like some rap and R&B artists and she’s one of them. I like her irreverent voice and, obviously, her music! Exuberant.

Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett (Pop Rock, Indie Rock)

Only 1 year after their previous work, comes out this ‘kinda self-titles’ work. Much more quiet than “Wonderful, Glorious”, you can find nice pop-rock ballads dressed with Everett’s scratched voice. Gentle.

Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education & War (Pop Rock, Brit Pop, Indie Rock)

Still far from their first 2 works -that still are the best- this LP try to get back to their ‘golden time’ and partially they get to the point. But, you know, when you start with a real amazing product, it’s very difficult to stay high. Volatile.

Squarepusher – Music for Robots EP (Experimental Electronic, IDM)

Looking into the future when we’ll probably be replaced by machines, Squarepusher realized this EP where there are not humans but robots. The style is ‘pure Squarepusher’ in his most experimental way! Complex.

Thievery Corporation – Saudade (Downbeat, Brazilian Pop)

Friends who personally know me will think: ‘you have just travelled to brazil, thats why you like it’. Well, i loved Brazil, but before it, i appreciated Thievery Corporation’s music! This american band always like to explore new sounds, from middle east to south america! i like their ‘chameleonic’ style! Laid-Back.

OFF! – Wasted Years (Punk)

As most of the artists i mentioned today, also OFF! come from USA. After their first self-titled first album, they come back with this nice work, pure punk style, short and irreverent songs. Energetic.

 

In our lives we all are Liars!

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Nowadays is difficult, in my opinion, to find a band who is creative in all the albums that they published, even more changing their style over the years.

They started to play in 2000 (seems recent but it’s already 14 years ago) in NYC (but originally they are from LA and Nebraska) invading post punk music scene with “They threw us all in a trench and stuck a monument on top”, a very ‘fast’ -in term of short and intense songs- and captivating LP.

Second work -“They were wrong so we drowned”- was more experimental (due also to musicians changes in the band), with some more electronic influences. The fact the LA guys were originally art students is clear when you see their creative videos (check the one below).

They moved to Berlin before their next work and, you know, when you go to Berlin something interesting happens in creativity. They published “Drum’s not dead”, an experimental work combined with short films made by the band and other filmmakers (like in the following video). You can find mellow songs ‘Beck-like’ or more noisy and instrumental ‘Sonic Youth-like’.

After only 1 year (we are in 2007 at this point, the album is called “Liars” itself) they get back to their original style made of scratching guitar riffs like the opening ‘Plaster casts of everything’ (the amazing video below) until the sweet notes of ‘Protection’. Very enjoyable but more commercial work.

Three years after they came back ‘home’ and created the double LP ‘Sisterworld’ in California. More atmospheric sounds but typical Liars changeable style, basically summarized by the song “Scissor”, quite mellow beginning followed by noisy and involving guitars (again also nice music video).

In 2012’s “WIXIW” (read as wish you) Liars turns into electronic sounds more constantly than before.

And now we -finally (especially for you who read)- arrive to their last work “Mess”, an intense work following (permanently?) electro beats and sounds from the previous WIXIW. Nice artworks (pics) and videos announced this last LP (2 trailers in the links below), it was one the few times i was really thrilled for a forthcoming album.

Some songs make it like a disco-electro work, beats are insistent and you cannot be calm without moving a little part of your body. In a certain way it can be a 2Manydj’s work.

I personally like all the styles they are performing over the years. Some people who liked their first noisy rock works can be disappointed but i think that every time some people will like your work, some others won’t.

It’s life and then you can’t believe to Liars.

January-February Best Releases

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Winter is almost over! We are going towards outdoor concerts and festivals, pretty excited about that! Winter in Rome, musically speaking, is not memorable and this last one wasn’t an exception. Many new works from California these months, good weather is inspiring apparently.

BECK – Morning Phase (Indie Rock)

We had to wait six long years for a new work and finally we can join! One page is not enough to describe this superb -eclectic- artist, poet, song and music writer. Every little book u can find in his CDs is very well made and it’s worth buying it.  Freewheeling.

MOGWAI – Rave Tapes (Indie Rock, Post Rock)

12th LP for this amazing scottish band! I personally admire who is able to be so creative with instruments only, very difficult (the song i’m posting have words actually). They always are able to make great works (at least for me!). Also in this album you can find mellow songs mixed with more noisy ones and ballads. Visceral.

XIU XIU – Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Experimental Rock, Synth-Pop, Indie Electronic)

Very particular band coming from California formed around 10 years ago. This last work have some more dark influences that, mixed with Jamie Stewart’s (particular) voice, make an interesting combination. Theatrical.

THE NOTWIST – Close To the Glass (Indie Rock, Indie Electronic)

German post-hardcore band originally, they shifted toward electronic influences during their career. Also this work, after 5 years of silence, shows that they have consolidated into electronic. Detached. 

CIBO MATTO – Hotel Valentine (Indie Rock)

How i can describe a japanese band relocated in NYC with an italian name? Well, not easy especially because their style is not easy to define. After their last work, 8 years passed by but the long waiting didn’t affect their talent. Organic.

PLANNINGTOROCK – All Love’s Legal (Indie Electronic)

Interesting work from this extrovert artist (Janine Rostron is also programmer and videographer) coming from UK but musically formed in Berlin. Glam rock mixed with electronic influences. Playful.

WARPAINT – Warpaint (Indie Rock, New Wave)

Not a long career (yet) as the previous artists above, but promising perspectives for this band coming from LA. This self titled work comes after their debut LP in 2010 and is very pleasant (reminding me of Blonde Redhead). Artwork LP is cared by Chris Cunningham. Ethereal.

Best May Releases

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After an amazing April (talking about new LP) and a very interesting June about to come, May is a transition month! Not many releases kept my attentions, those are my choices:

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Electronic)

We had to wait 8 years waiting a new album, but it worthed! Ok, they published 3 years ago Tron Soundtrack and it was great, but LP is different. Their first song published (with Pharrell Williams) is already an international success. Also Julian Casablancas (The Strokes frontman) and Panda Bear appear in this amazing work. Exuberant.

Tricky – False Idols (Trip Hop)

This LP is a perfect combination between first and last works of this incredible artist! So both if you like most his first period or the last you will wnjoy for sure. You will enjoy the beautiful italian voice of Francesca Belmonte in many songs of this nice album. Enigmatic.

The Fall – Re-Mit (Alternative/Indie Rock)

How is possible to talk about a band that published already something like 30 LPs? Many pages of my blog probably would be necessary but i’m not interested into (and i think you as well). So i just say that it’s always great to listen an ‘old’ band still creating music and feeling inspired! Sarcastic.

ATOM – The Eccentric Electrics of Atom & Friends (Electronic, Experimental Techno)

Collection of songs composed over the years (from 1998 til 2011) from this amazing electro artist (real name Uwe Schmidt). You can listen quite but also intense (pure Atom style, like the example below) songs in this LP. Atmospheric.

CocoRosie – Tales of a GrossWidow (Indie Rock, Indie Electronic)

If you don’t know this amazing and fresh french duo (actually they are sisters), you missed a lot. Their style is unique and it’s very difficult in a time where everything is already done basically. Hypnotic.

Oblivians – Desperation (Garage Punk, Indie Rock)

Coming from the ’90s this american band from Memphis will surprise you with their guitars. To those who likes more scratching guitars than ‘chic’ and sophisticated riffs. Visceral.

Bibio – Silver Wilkinson (Indie Electronic, Electro-Acoustic)

English composer Stephen Wilkinson published this new album on the fascinating Warp Records. Recommended if you like to relax and dream about a far away place (while you are stuck at work in a rainy day). Ethereal.

See you next month guys! Be ready to amazing new releases coming in June!

April Best Releases

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If March was a very interesting month for amazing releases, i cannot say April was boring. Here they are my tips for the month:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito (alternative rock, garage punk)

They usually wait 3 years to publish a new LP, this time we had to wait 1 year more! We were very impatient to listen this new work! I can say that it’s less ‘noisy’ and involving than their first work (a real masterpiece) but still a YYY album and their talent is intact. Provocative.

The Knife – Shacking the Habitual (Indie Electronic)

I can tell now already: this double LP is in the top 10 of 2013 releases! After (amazing) Fever Ray solo album we were scared that this project was going to end, but fortunately they worked together again to create this amazing chapter. Disc 1 is pure The Knife style, Disc 2 is instrumental and more experimental. Hypnotic.

Miss Kittin – Calling From the Stars (electro-techno, neo-electro)

Four years after her last work with The Hacker, french DJ/composer/producer,  Caroline Herve comes back with a great release! A double LP very intense and captivating. Cerebral.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oUSECFUZ1A

Bonobo – The North Borders (downbeat, ambient brackbeat)

New work for the english producer Simon Green published on glorious Ninja Tune records.  Erykah Badu is one of the hosts in this LP. One of the best downbeat representative artists. Freewheeling.

Simian Mobile Disco – Live (alternative dance, electro-techno)

Started as rock/electro band (as Simian) this project is definitely more electro but not less interesting. They became famous for many remixes but also for their original works! They remind me of 2manydj’s (they also started as rock/electro band–>Soulwax) and Justice as similar style. This is a live LP, it can be a good start if you don’t know them.  Confident.

ps i’ve chosen this video both for the song and the video itself obviously! 🙂

!!! – Thr!!!er (alternative dance, alternative/indie rock)

Fifth chapter for this very original band (starting from the name, pronounced ‘chk chk chk’) formed in NYC in mid ’90s . It’s difficult to categorize them in one style since they use many instruments plus they like to mix several genres. You have to ‘try’ them and you won’t be disappointed (especially their debut LP). Irreverent.

Telekinesis –Dormarion (alternative, indie rock)

American songwriter Michael Lerner is the founder of this project.  This last LP in particular is produced by Chris Walla (Death Cub For Cutie producer) and Spoon drummer Jim Eno actively collaborated. Soothing.

See you next month!

Best March Releases

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David Bowie –> The Next Day (Art Rock, Experimental Rock)

How i can describe such a big artist like him in few lines? I won’t actually, i just suggest to listen this other chapter of his brilliant career. Hypnotic.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club –> Specter At The Feast (Alternative Rock, Garage Rock)

Sixth LP for this great Californian rock band. As their previous works, also this last one seems to be on the same (high) level. Their underground style didn’t change much over the years, but at the same time they are able to give a different rhythm to their works. Gritty.

Chelsea Light Moving –> Chelsea Light Moving (Experimental Rock,Indie Rock)

New project from Sonic Youth’s co-founder Thurston Moore (keep talking about rock poets). You are tired of the new radical-chic rock bands and you wanna listen scratching guitars? This LP is what are you looking for. Pure experimental Sonic-style. Tense.

The Strokes –> Comedown Machine (Indie Rock, New Wave)

This American band always surprise you how they can make simple riffs but at the same time with a very involving rhythm. Every LP they have made gives me this impression. Short, essential songs. Volatile.

Autechre –> Exai (Experimental Electronic, Electro-Techno)

Three years after their last work, this great UK duo came back with this double LP. On the similar ‘line’ of Aphex Twin, they still are considered -not only by me- one of the best experimental electronic performers (it’s not casual they publish on Warp Records). Visceral.

How to Destroy Angels –> Welcome Oblivion (Industrial,Alternative Rock)

This new project of Nine Inch Nails frontman and creator Trent Reznor (with his wife as -delicious- singer) is recommended obviously to the old NIN fans (like me) but also to the ones who like dark electronic atmospheres.

Clinic –> Free Reign II (Alternative/Indie Rock, New Wave)

Re-edition on Domino Records of the original album that came out in end of 2012. This very creative band from UK  also make pretty videos very good live shows. Theatrical.

Depeche Mode –> Delta Machine (Synth Pop)

Another great historic band decided to come out this month and we are not disappointed. Introducing their worldwide tour, this LP is a typical DM-style. Hypnotic.

Sound City: Real to Reel –> Soundtrack (Hard Rock, Pop Rock)

Soundtrack created by Dave Grohl from the documentary about the historical record studio Sound City closed in 2011. I write historical because many artists recorded amazing works in that studio, from Tom Petty until Nirvana’s Nevermind. Dave Grohl collected many musicians and artists playing together in this LP, like for example Paul McCartney playing with Nirvana’s musicians (Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Kirst Novoselic). Visceral.

Post War Years –> Galapagos (New Wave, Synth Pop)

Interesting band coming, not surprisingly, from England publishing now their second work for RCA. Highly recommended if you like new and fresh sounds. Sprawling.

Best February releases

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Atoms for Peace –> Amok (Indie Electronic)

New project for Thom Yorke (Radiohead, i have to specify that?) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). If you like Radiohead in their latest years, u won’t be disappointed. Meditative.

Darkstar –> News from Nowhere (Indie Electronic)

Published by great Warp record label, this second work of this UK trio is very interesting (as well as this video). Difficult to categorize in 1 music style. Daydreaming.

Eels –> Wonderful, Glorious  (Alternative/Indie Rock)  

13th work from this american band. Always looking for new sounds, but also linked with their simple, involving and scratching style, this is a very pleasant LP. Cathartic.

My Bloody Valentine –> m b v (Alternative Rock)

Probably you don’t know this band because their short -but intense- career started in 1985 and finished in 1991, but you should know that they influenced many other bands in the following years. Welcome back! Ethereal.

Apparat –> Krieg Und Frieden (Music for Theatre) (Experimental, Ambient)

New experimental project for Apparat, who originally is a techno DJ but lately likes to explore new instrumental sounds. Before this, he published a very interesting album with a real band. Atmospheric.

Ellen Allien –> Lism (Electronic, Techno)

Not many words to describe well this german amazing artist. Her LPs usually are more electronic than techno, enchanting and captivating style. This following video is not from the last album since there are not videos available on youtube yet. Hypnotic.

Mogwai –> Les Revenants (Post Rock)

From Scotland, 11th LP from this instrumental sophisticated band. I really suggest to see them ‘live’, if you already didn’t, you will thank me after, i’m sure. But in the meanwhile listen their works, you will thank me as well! Reflective.

Iceage –> You’re Nothing (Hardcore Punk, New Wave)

From Denmark (yes Denmark) second work for this very young punk band. They have to grow, musically speaking, but they have got some talent. Harsh.

January Releases (new & revisited ideas)

I can say that January won’t be remembered as a memorable month for new releases but, as every month, something interesting always come out…

In this first section there are some comments about:

Alternative, Indie, Experimental Rock (Section 1)

Rage Against the Machine → Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium

For the nostalgic fans of RATM (i am one of those) here is the last live concert and some original riffs. Rough.

Can → Landed

One of the most important and original alternative rock bands in the 70’s, which inspired many following bands (Sonic Youth are one of those). Dreamlike.

Ra Ra Riot → Beta Love

Third work for this american indie rock band. Recommended for a sunny sunday. Easy.

Yo La Tengo → Fade

Not properly a brand new band (13th LP) but they always like to change their style. Eclectic.

Blood Red Shoes → The Water EP

From UK, faster and involving rock. Scratched.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp4jU3WepFU

Green Day → Uno…Dos…Tre

They are not anymore the punk band which exploded in the 90’s turning more into a wide commercial rock. Some songs are cute but nothing more. Commercial.

Experimental Electronic, Trip-Hop, Indie Elctronic, Techno  (Section 2)

Pillowfight → Pillowfight

Trip-hop band that you should listen if you like Massive Attack, Portishead, Morcheeba or Zero 7 since it’s a mix of all of those. Atmospheric.

Gold Panda → Trust EP

A combination of DJ Shadow and Four Tet for this great artist coming from UK. Soothing.

Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laborathory→ Elements of Light

New project for this german techno producer, which left his draker sounds to collaborate with The Bell Laboratory in a more instrumental sound (reminding of Battles). Shimmering.

Orbital → Pusher OST

Cool soundtrack made by english Orbital. Didn’t watch the movie but enjoyed this LP. Pulsing.

Dubfire → A Transmission

Double LP collection from DJs of Dubfire’s record label (SCI+TEC). Elegant.

Deadmau5 → At Play vol.4

Fourth chapter of the compilation At Play of this great canadian artist. Intense.

Paco Osuna → Amigos Pt.2 EP

Spanish DJ, resident of Barcelona’s Club4, internationally known. Cool EP with good collaborations (like Sinisa Tamamovic). Minimaltech.

Best 15 2012 releases!

So finally i have decide to share with you the LPs that i enjoyed most in this intense 2012!

It will be a list, not a chart, so #1 is not the best 2012 album in my opinion, it’s just a number! Sorry in advance for some advertisement before a couple of videos, but it’s worth to wait! 

# 15 Flying Lotus (USA) – Until The Quiet Comes – # soft experimental electronic 

 

# 14 The Horrors (UK) – Skying – # garage rock # alternative-indie

# 13 Hot Chip (UK) – In Our Heads – # indie-electronic

# 12 Muse (UK) – The 2nd Law – # alternative-rock # neo prog.

# 11 The Hives (SWE) – Lex Hives – # alternative-indie # garage-punk

# 10 The Gossip (UK) – A Joyful Noise – # indie-rock

(skip the intro-interview)

# 9 Swans (USA) – The Seer – # garage underground # post punk # esperimental rock

# 8 Jack White (USA) – Blunderbuss – # indie rock # punk blues

# 7 Squarepusher (UK) – Ufabulum – # acid electro # jungle drum’n bass

# 6 The XX (UK) – Coexist – # indie electronic

# 5 Smashing Pumpkins (USA) – Oceania – # grunge # indie rock # alternative rock

# 4 Divine Fits (UK-USA) – A Thing Called Divine Fits – # alternative indie 

# 3 Tame Impala (AUS) – Lonerism – # alternative indie rock # neo-psychedelia

# 2 Soundgarden (USA) – King Animal – # grunge # alternative rock

# 1 Vitalic (FRA) – Rave Age – # electro 

See you in 2013! Stay Tuned!