Archive for May, 2011

Agency of Record

May 17, 2011

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical of what I was to find inside of this jewel case.  I didn’t find the cover very….appealing.  One of those that I nearly disregarded and moved quickly past.  But, I held on to it for about a week, it sat on the corner of my desk, and I kept peering at it, and over time, ya know, I actually kinda started to like the artwork….so, ‘What the hell. I’ll listen.’

Sure, it helped that the disc came from a trusty source..but while listening to it in the background, I wasn’t too thrilled.  About 45 minutes went by with this baby on repeat (only 6 tracks) and I began singing along and anticipating certain parts of songs.

Now, I loooove ‘Disco Disco’!!!
Eric, the band’s guitarist says, “We sound like the bastard child of Radiohead and System of a Down who was then raised by Refused and Nirvana.”  Yeah, okay, I can somewhat agree with that.

I can’t find too much online about these guys, but see what you can dig up, they’re definitely something worth looking in to.  And hell, it’s Tuesday…what else do you have to do???

http://www.myspace.com/agencyofrecord

Song Of The Month (for May!)

May 11, 2011

You all know I don’t do ‘Song Of The Month’ here at LoveSound.  But this month, I am, and hey, maybe I’ll make it a new tradition.
Well, if that’s the case, then here’s our first-ever song of the month…

They’re called The Kabeedie’s, hailing from The UK, and this is a video for their current single ‘Santiago’, a quirky pop song that is to be taken seriously!
Apparently, if you’d like, you can download the song for free here: http://www.thekabeedies.bandcamp.com
Here!  Looky!  Looky!  Down Below!

The Kabeedies
‘Santiago’

http://thekabeedies.blogspot.com

May 10, 2011

  There are some albums that come along and I think to myself, “I’d really like to post about this album, but whatever I say certainly won’t do it justice”, so I pass it up, or try to hard to nail down my feelings about it, and end up scrapping it.

I can’t let that happen in this instance… The Seldon Plan’s new album ‘Coalizione del Volere’ is too good to pass up.

It’s no surprise that the Baltimore-based group has shared the stage with the likes of Explosions In The Sky, The Stills, Now It’s Overhead, The Octopus Project, Matt Pond PA, and Hammer No More The Fingers.

Through one solid listen, there are a lot of elements that remind me of the Cali-based art-rock band Dredg.  The beautiful vocals, the ‘off-the-beaten-path’ song outlines, a lot of spontaneity, great production without being over-produced… the list goes on.

Though, the more I listened, the more it turned in to an individual work of art, all on its own.  And yes, it IS one of those albums that you can thoroughly enjoy the first time through, but it will only continue to grow on you.

The album name translates as ‘Coalition of the Willing’ as lead singer Michael Nestor describes, “it represents the interconnectedness we all have electronically now, and what doing things in this world (including the band itself) comes down to”.  I also asked Mr. Nestor what he thought of today’s music industry and how he would summarize it.. I was very intrigued by his answer, and couldn’t agree more (I just wouldn’t have been able to put it into such fine words).  Here’s what he had to say:

“I am excited/and disappointed. It is really hard to put into words. The democratization of music means that there are millions more boats on an already crowded sea. It also gives more power to those who have the biggest boats and the loudest megaphones. So I think that it opens up all possibilities which excites me, but it has allowed a backdoor for the old payola system to come into its own. A band like mine is kind of lost in the middle. Not enough to get supported by bigger labels, but too professional for self-release…I feel for the millions like me that are out there and wish I had the answer. I just don’t. Time will tell.”

Just as I had expected, I cannot put the music, the feeling, the drive behind this album in to words that fit its subject.  But, I’m doing my part now in opening the eyes of some folks that visit my blog (oh, and thanks to you all) and I know for a fact I’ve just made a hard-working band some new fans in doing so… And I’m gladly doing so in this case!

*NOMINEE FOR LOVESOUND ALBUM OF THE YEAR

LoveSound Rating – 9/10

Favorite Tracks – ‘Fractionation’ & ‘Fool’s Gold’

The Seldon Plan – http://www.TheSeldonPlan.com


Frost…..

May 3, 2011

I love, love, love this group Frost, the Norwegian pop-duo that makes me happier than happy.
Their website describes them as making ‘melodic pop songs about changing the world backed by tasteful electronic sounds’, and if that doesn’t sum it up, nothing does.

Aggie Peterson’s voice is beautiful, Per Martinsen’s electronic sounds are beautiful… They look awesome, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they smell awesome!

Check out their latest single ‘Parade’ and be refreshed!  And don’t forget to throw the happy duo a little digital download change when the track is released this month.

Frost
‘Parade’

http://www.FrostWorld.no

May 2, 2011

Here is a quick blurb about a man and his artists…  A man known simply as Abel…  Potentially one of the hardest working human beings in Europe.
Abel is highly and deeply involved in the ever-drowning music industry, but he has made a smart choice (in my opinion).  He has turned his record label into a management team.  Can anyone disagree with me that management teams are the new record labels???

Finger Lickin oversees mostly DJs, but also some bands as well as producers.  In fact, this one-man show has a roster of about 25 artists at this point, all of whom seem to be the real deal.

Check out the following to get a taste of what’s going on in London:

http://www.fingerlickinmanagement.co.uk/

Be sure to pay close attention to the following as well:

Slyde
Grinny Grandad
Bush Doctors
&
Krafty Kuts