Monday, February 19, 2007

Endless Mike Jambox

Do you remember that guy in high school with the tall green or blue mohawk who always wore is Docs or Cons; dirty and tight blue jeans; and always seemed to be wearing a Crass, Ramones, or Business T-shirt? Remember how he always bashed people who listened to bands like Blink 182, MxPx, or Sum 41? Remember how he was such a huge douche-bag? Well? Do you? I know I remember that guy. Well, this is the same guy who would secretly go home throw on his new Hurley shirt and Dickies shorts that mommy bought him, and skank around his room while blasting MxPx. He would then ponder life while listening to Blink 182's "Adams Song". Yep, we all knew someone like this in high school with there more punk-than-thou attitude. The reason I bring this up is due to this band, Endless Mike Jambox. If they were around while I was in high school this stupid punk fuck and I might have been able to find a happy little medium when it came to 'punk' music.

In most reviews I would half-ass-ly attempt to go into a bit of detail about each song but since they had ten songs I've decided not to do so this time. What I will do is talk a bit about the band.

I was immediately impressed when I went to the bands website and saw that I would be able to listen to ten of their songs. I was even more impressed when I actually listened to their music. Endless Mike Jambox flawlessly combines the ferocity of east coast hardcore, the poppy sound of So-Cal punk, and the Down and Dirty attitude of old-school punk. They then wrap it all up and top it with a shiny red bow.

"Tonight I'm gonna get fucked up. Tonight I'm gonna be a slut..." This is a line from their song 'The Karl Konnection' and I feel it aptly sums up what this band does for me. Endless Mike Jambox envokes long-lost memories form high school; the parties, the drinking, the shows, the hot chicks who wouldn't give me the time of day. What guy in school didn't want to get fucked up and be a slut? Really now, because you all know that you thought this. This band's music really seems to reflect the feelings of youth. Shit, I'm 24 and I still feel this band speaking to the high-schooler in me.

The music is poppy but not so much where you can throw them directly into the pop-punk genre. It is just enough to allow you to sing to it. The band's music provides catchy but well-written lyrics, strong hooks, strong vocal ability, and great composition. The music is, for a lack of better words, happy sounding.

Endless Mike Jambox are the band you'd want to play at your party, they're the band that you wish would get radio play, they the band you listen to while driving around with friends. Quite simply they're the band that you'd create memories with.

Although, they aren't the Clash, I'll still give them 4 out of 5 stars.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

doctor, this virus is silence - Self-Titled EP

doctor, this virus is silence (dtvis) would seem to be a band that I would typically really like, an easy 5 stars, but for some reason their music just doesn't seem like the type where I could actually listen through a full-length album without throwing something else better on. By this I mean bands like At the Drive-In, Cursive, and/or the Dillinger Escape Plan. DTVIS seems to be a lackluster combination of each of these bands.

With all that said this Chicago band is not by any means bad, in fact, musically they are quite damn good, but they sound so similar to other bands that I love. It just seems that in the parts of the songs where I'd really expect the band to go balls out they seem to leave me just hanging there wondering what the hell happen. And in contrast to this statement the parts where you'd be expecting the band to slow down the tempo a bit, again leave me wondering. The vocals seem to be out of place, slightly off key in parts, and show a lack of range. I would love to see the vocalist really experiment with the sound of his voice and develop a larger vocal range as this will provide an immediate improvement for DTVIS. Though I really do hate pointing towards any one part/member of a band I have to say that my pick for weakest part of this band has to be the vocals.

But, alas, not all is lost. DTVIS has plenty of potential and could easily be right up there in the whole math/progressive rock scene with a few improvements. I'm looking forward to seeing where this band is in a few years, and I look forward to hearing new music by this band. As of this post DTVIS new album is due out this summer.

I'll give this band 2 1/2 stars out of 5 stars.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

LGDM Music Show Episode 7

Episode 7: February 12, 2007

  • Jake flies solo this episode
  • French metal band Mortad Hell - 'Little Rabbit, Don't Go to Paris' from their album "There's a Satanic Butcher in Everyone of Us"
  • Minnesota band Cedar Avenue - 'After All' from their album "Running Home"
  • Toronto Native Jeremy Francis - 'I'm Love'
  • Yet another French metal artist David TMX - 'Antoska' from his album "Les Mondes Paralleles"
  • The ODYC - Rain from their album "Black Sun Rising"
  • NYC band Tristam - Motion

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Tristame

I had the pleasure of reviewing two songs by this New York band; "Motion" and "Secretly". Tristame play experimental rock with a style relatively similar too that of A Perfect Circle, the Cranberries, and Tool. They are able to incorporate classical aspects into their guitar driven rock by adding viola player , Alfrida. It really isn't that often that you find a band with a viola player, typically it's the violin that has the mainstage. Tristame are able to add the viola as an integral part of their music adding depth and emotion to their already amazing sound.

In the song "Secretly" the viola does seem to be a little out of place in parts, but still has an impact on the music in a wonderful way. Rami's vocals are hauntingly beautiful especially when combined with the bands minor chord based riffs, and envoke many a feelings within the listener. Rami and Elmer's guitar blend very well, and while combining that with steady drumming, great composition, well-written lyrics, perfect harmonies, and fantastic melodies this song could stand on its own and still recieve a 5 out of 5 stars from myself.

With the song "Secretly" being so good, you would expect it to be hard to find room for improvement, but Tristame do just this with their second song "Motion". Motion has slightly faster tempo, and incorporates many of the same aspects that made "Secretly" so good. Some things that I did notice in this song were that the viola seemed to much more fluid within the song, the vocal harmony is really emphasized here and adds much more depth to the song, and again the lyrics are extremely well-written. "Motion" is my personal favorite out of this song, and only adds more weight on my 5 stars.

In conclusion, Tristame show their power with well-written lyrics, great musical composition, powerful melodies, perfect harmonies, and musical depth. Their music is able to envoke a barrage of emotions in the listener including hope, sadness, and wonderment. Tristame show the power of not having music way over produced. I do highly encourage all readers to check out this band, and let them know that Lawn Gnome Death March sent you

I easily give this band 5 out of 5 stars


Update Feb 16, 2007: I said in this review "Tristame play experimental rock with a style relatively similar too that of A Perfect Circle, the Cranberries, and Tool." By this I do not mean that their 'sound' is similar. Tristame do not 'sound' like Tool, but their 'style' is similar.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Alex Albrecht - Lullaby

Alex Albrecht
"Lullaby"

I wasn't sure what to think about this song as it started with its bluesy/classic rock style riff; I simply had to assume that it was going to stay this way and, though, catchy, alas, head nowhere. My opinion began to quickly change as the band picked up the tempo and really started to head somewhere. I guess the saying is true that when you assume you make an ass out of you and me.

Despite the song title's name, it won't put you to sleep. The pre-chorus takes the song to a different level, coming in with driven distorted guitar leading up to the chorus. The chorus was my favorite part; as most choruses are in music, simply because it's simple and catchy. The chorus is where Alex's vocals really begin to shine especially due to the massive crescendo's. The bridge is also very well composed and the lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation were combined very well. I do think that the vocals, and the song's catchiness-factor are the highlights of the whole song.

I have to keep reminding myself that this is his only song available, and his first ever as far as I can tell, so I really don't feel I should be overly hard on him yet; that will have to wait until after he has released more songs. Some things I felt were not that great were the title (been done so many times before), the vocals were great but did feel a bit forced at times, and the lyrics which were also good but not quite memorable.

I do feel that based on this song that Alex has a lot of potential in music, and will get better the more he records. His sound reminds me very much so of late 90's rock like that of Everclear, Semisonic, and early Weezer. Of course, since I do like these bands, I would only have to like this song I guess. To hear this song yourself you can go to his myspace page; you can also visit the homepage for his great video cast Diggnation.

I will give this song 3 1/2 stars out of 5

Monday, February 5, 2007

Hooray for Everything

Sometimes its hard to find a good Australian band that makes funny music. But I have found one. The band is called Hooray for Everything. They are awesome. And they are Australian and they are funny.
But sadly they hate America. If you listen closely like I did you will notice certain a amount of anti-american sentiment in their ironically titled song "America". I tried looking past there ignorant hate for the homeland and continued to listen. Next up was Fat Kids. Its a funny song but sadly not funny enough to get past the fact that it is also totally annoying. I recommend the song "Internet Girl" to anyone who has been on myspace or has even talked to a "girl" on the Internet. Which basically means everyone should listen to it. Lastly there was "LORT NUDE!!" This song was amusing, but do we seriously need another "funny" band singing about file sharing.
The answer is no. Just in case you where wondering.
My recommendation is to listen to "Internet Girl" and download "America" Play "America" when ever you for get how much you hate people who hate America. You can listen and download their song at GarageBand.com.
My rating overall is a 3 out of 5.
But "America" gets a 5 out of 5.
Because America is always #1 bitch!

Update 2/15/7
Sadly, this post has been misunderstood by most people reading it. That is my fault. Being an American I am quite poorly educated. This make communicating with others difficult.
First of all I liked the song America. It was kinda good.
Second, my use of the word ironic was correct. If you check the word "irony" in the American Heritage Dictionary and look at definition 2a: Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs.
That means that the song AMERICA does have an ironic character. This may be a cultural difference. So let me explain. An average American would assume a song titled "America" would be a patriotic song. But the song from horray for everything, is not patriotic. It is an anti-american song.

Squirrels From Hell - Foraging Nuts

Squirrels From Hell
Foraging Nuts

First of all these guys are not a bad band. They just are not a real good band. Hailing from New York state Squirrels From Hell produce classic rock style music with horns. Mildly reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen but with better lyrics, Squirrels From Hell never quite hit their mark in Foraging Nuts. It seems like they have quite a bit of potential, and I'm guessing but they probably are much better live. The biggest issue for me in this album was the vocals. Like the album itself the vocals seem to have alot of possible power but in the end the vocals are just kind of flat. This makes much of the album run together in my mind. This is not an entirely bad thing though. The music remains unobtrusive while still rocking. Its the kind of thing you can listen to while having a few drinks and still carry on a conversation. Overall Squirrels From Hell have a familiar sound without sounding too generic. Although I am on giving this album 3 out of 5 stars, I am planning on checking out their other albums: "Nutcracker Suite", "The Sound And The Furry", and "Hades And Gentlemen!". And maybe in a future release they will live up to their potential and capture the awesome sound that they are after.

Brad Sucks-I Don't Know What I'm Doing

Brad Sucks
I Don't Know what I'm Doing

Brad Sucks does not suck and he defiantly seems to know what he is doing. According to Magnatune, this is there best selling artist. And according to me he is just brilliant. Coming from Ontario, Canada this one man band combines Lo-Fi vocals and great guitar work to make this a rocking album. He kind of reminds me of serious and coherent version of Beck, only with less production. Don't believe me just listen to "Never Get Out." "Borderline" I'm my opinion was the stand out song. A mellow rocking tune with a nice lyrical flow. Which stand out in sharp but enjoyable contrast with "Overreacting" A slow soft existential lament. My only real problem with the album is the fact the the vocals often feel quiet monotone.

I'm giving I Don't Know What I'm Doing by Brad Sucks 4 out of Five Stars. You should defiantly check him out.
And while you at it check out the rest of the bands found at Magnatunes.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Jeremy Francis

Hailing from the city of the Maple Leafs and home of my favorite television station, the CBC, Torontonian, Jeremy Francis play reggae influenced, acoustic rock infused with the awesome hippie message, LOVE. But this isn't your dad's crap hippie music made by musician who have now lost touch with their original messages; this is great modern music. Though, it may be mean but I really don't expect him to make it 'big' anytime soon, but in this case with Jeremy's music I think that this is a very good thing, after you check out the music I'm sure you'll agree.

Jeremy Francis provides you with five great songs where composition and lyrics truly do meld together without any audible fuck-ups. This is truly relaxing music, not John Tesh or Yanni chill, but chill in that whole rockin' Coldplay style. In fact in some of the songs he actually sounds similar to Chris Martin from Coldplay. Every song he has is absolutely fantastic. Their are two versions of the song "Stand Up"; the original and the dub version, both fantastically done. Both versions of "Stand Up" are my personal least favorites by him. There is also "Weeping Willows" which combines Jeremy's acoustic with the bongo drums. The drumming, singing, guitar, and lyrics blend beautifully in this song. This is one song in particular where you should be able the Chris Martin comparison. On his site he provides the song and the video for his song "I'm Love", this is the song is definately one of my favorites of his. Everything seems to just come together in this song, the guitar the vocals and the lyrics. Who ever produced this song and/or mixed it did a fantastic job of not over-producing it. I also want to provide you with the video for this song.



And now for my personal favorite song by Mr. Jeremy Francis a song called "Tree Tops". He provides this on his site as video (which I will post after this lil' section). Outside of the dub-version of "Stand Up" this is his most upbeat song. The melody in this song just flows so damn well, and his vocals carry the lyrics beautifully. I really really love this song.



I believe that I could safely recommend this artist to fans of Ben Harper, Nick Drake, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Ben Folds Five, and especially Coldplay. Actually, anyone who simply likes music that combines melody, lyrics, vocals, and composition into a beautiful work of art should like this music.

I will definately give Jeremy Francis a 5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Cedar Avenue - Running Home

This four song EP from Minneapolis, Minnesota band, Cedar Avenue, showcases a band with great potential. All the songs are slower, softer, and acoustic. What I love about this band are the lyrics and the music composition. All the notes are expertly placed to give you four amazingly written songs that each has its own little charm. Singers Jesse and Derrin's vocals blend so well, and the harmony is nearly perfect. This isn't music you'd want to listen to while driving a car or after a bad break up as they will most likely just make you fall asleep or become more depressed.

The one thing I wasn't really digging about the band was that they have that Christian worship music feel, but I won't let that take away from the rating I'll give. The band also has their whole songs available for free listen. The four songs on the album are titled "Running Home", "Cheers", "Illusion", and "Derrin Song". You can hear all the tracks off the album and also an additional song, "After All", from their myspace page and purevolume pages. I will have to admit though that my personal favorite song by this band is the one that isn't even on the album. Listening to "After All" will completely justify everything I said previously about the band.

I think that I could honestly give this album 4 out of 5 stars

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