Saturday, September 9, 2006

Underlying Dream

Underlying Dream

This is music that Jason of LGDM should probably be reviewing because these guys would have a better chance of a decent review, but since I'm doing the review I guess I need to be honest. I really did not like a single thing about these guys. I've heard this music before on every adult comtemporary, Christian, and Soft Rock radio station I've ever heard. I can't find anything I like about them besides the good guitar work. This is all I have to say about this band.

I give a 1/2 star out of 5

Betsy Spivak: The Scratch On My Vinyl Soul

Though I say this about every female vocalist band I review I must say it again; in general, I am not a fan of the female vocalist. But occasionally someone will come through and catch my ear, and Betsy Spivak is one of those people. If you'd like to find a female fronted band/group look no further, Betsy Spivak is your girl.

Betsy's humor, good lyrics, and strong music ability provides the listener with music that evokes a smile (ie 'La Grenouille'). Tori Amos only gives frowns, how sad. The songs are upbeat and 'happy' sounding, which is quite nice for a change. Though her songs may not be as 'poetic' as Tori Amos she is still a great lyricist. Betsy is kind of a female Morrissey as you'll hear with her true tongue-in-cheek style lyrics (ie 'Hot Dog Breath', and 'Trailer Trash'). She is more in the school of Smiths style lyric writing, as opposed, to Tori who seems to be more of a Cure style lyricist. And though I adore both these bands the Smiths are much better in my opinion. So I guess, I have to say that Betsy is better than Tori. Which, I think most people would say that this is saying a lot, and they'd be right.

Her CD "The Scratch On My Vinyl Soul" is a solid pop album which I'm sure will be a welcome addition to any cd collection (it has mine), and I urge you to buy it, now. If you have any questions about her music, or you just plain like it a lot email her and let her know, and let her know Lawn Gnome Death March sent you.

I give this album 4 out of 5 stars

John Anaya

Though his official homepage officially sucks; John Anaya officially does not. Although Mr. Anaya looks a little bit like Chino from the Deftones with less hair he doesn't play the same type of music which is a really good thing since they probably wouldn't make great music together anyways. His music is fantastic. Very chill rock, makes me want to be drunk on very cheap shots of vodka while wearing a crappy suit from Value Village. I like his shit. Like I said before I would recommend his myspace page to hear his music; he has the three main songs in full available for listen but also has 30 second segments of each song off his album, "CABARET POLITICO" available for listen (just make sure to pause the myspace player).

I give a definate 4 out of 5 stars

Ian Kudzinowski

Ian Kudzinowski

This is really good pop music, which is quite rare to come by these days in a world of Britneys', Christinas', and Shakira's. Ian Kudzinowski's music is part pop, part rock, and part electronica; so when it is mixed all together it creates a great sound. Though he reminds me of Robbie Williams a tad I won't hold that against him (mainly because I'm a big pussy who like Robbie Williams). Mr. Kudzinowski might have been a member of Take That (Robbie Williams group before he went solo), he would have fit in. Well, despite all that Robbie Williams shit I must say that I quite appreciate Ian's music and I can't understand how any real pop fan wouldn't either. Listen to his shit or perish with Frankie Goes to Hollywood you pussy.

I give 4 out of 5 stars

Junkload

Junkload's song 'Made in California' could and should be making the rounds on all the local radio stations, but of course it's not because radio hardley ever recognizes really good music. Junkload reminds me ever so slightly of Buckcherry but not enought to make them suck. Junkload reminds me of the Buckcherry who made 'For the Movies'. This is ugly music, for ugly people who love good music.

I give 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Junkbox

Junkbox

So I'm not the biggest fan of bands with female vocalist. I don't know why I'm just not. So when a band not only has one female vocalist but two I usually want to shoot myself in the balls, but this band isn't half band. I wouldn't necessarily consider them great but they don't suck either. My favorite song of the three I was able to listen to on their myspace page was 'Shove' but 'Void' wasn't all that bad either. I wasn't really turned on by 'Itchy' but hey at least it didn't make me puke.

2 out of 5 stars

Friday, September 8, 2006

LGDM Music Show Episode 6

Episode 6: September 8, 2006

  • 20% more suck
  • Jason and Jake chat like idiots
  • Quality of segments suck because we weren't well prepared
  • French reggae-punk Drunksouls
  • Industrial by BC Canadian Mykel Exner
  • Portland Experimental Electronica by Childhood Friends
  • California hardcore by Antagonist
  • Canadian Political Metal band Inner Surge
  • Grewels, Luxembourg's Inborn
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Running time: 52:36
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We ask you to check out these bands for they deserve recognition. Go to their sites, listen to their music, tell your friends about them, and if you email them let them know Lawn Gnome Death March sent you.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Drunksouls

Drunksouls - Reggae from France?

I found these guys on Jamendo, where I downloaded their whole creative commons licensed cd, "On Verra Plus Tard" (in English: one will see later) for free. The title of the cd should you a clue that they aren't from the States or Canada, but from France.


Drunksouls are a reggae/punk band from France with some really good music. Yes people France has more to offer than just croissants, wine, and cuisine. They have reggae, and good raggae at that. There songs are almost a perfect combination of the Police, Bob Marley, and the Specials, but way better because Sting isn't their vocalist, they never recorded a shitty song called 'Roxanne', the lead singer isn't dead, and their fucking ALBUM IS FREE!!!!!!!!!! My personal favorite songs are 'No More Fighting' and 'Promenons Nous Dans Les Bois' (in English: Let us take a walk in the woods). Do I understand everything they are saying? No, but some of their songs are in English. But if your bilingual in French and English, you'll be able to go to there site and understand it because the English version isn't working.

You need to check out this band, and especially if you like reggae.

I give the album 4 1/2 stars out of 5

Tenki - "On Such A Day"

Tenki - "On Such A Day"

I decided to review specifically this song by this band, because out of the three songs available for download/listening this is the only good one in my opinion. The other two songs, 'Universe Parts I and II' and 'Etaples' from their 2006 cd "Were Not Talking About the Universe We Are..." aren't necessarily terrible, I just don't like them at all. 'On Such a Day', from their 2000 release "Red Baby", is a fantastic indie-gem with great chord structure, lyrics, hooks, and great vocals. This is a fantastic song I can stress. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful.

The song gets 5 out of 5 stars

Flash Feruccio

Flash Feruccio

Only has three songs available for listen and one of them didn't work time and time again. I wasn't really impressed with the two songs I could listen to, I guess they just seem to generic and I've heard it too many times before. I'm sure there are plenty of people who would enjoy his music, but I'm just not one of them.

I give 1 out of 5 stars.

Divisible

Divisible

I didn't really hate or love this band, but I did like them and thats odd since I tend not to like bands with female-fronted vocals. I took me a few listens to really get a feel for their music, but it payed off. Divisible plays a blend of goth-rock and indie music, combined beautifully. I could picture this band opening up for Joy Division, or Bauhaus if they both played during the same years. I noticed that the music on their official site isn't as good recording quality as the one on their myspace page, so you might want to listen to the three songs available on myspace.

4 out of 5 stars

Bixby

Bixby

I was only able to find downloadable song by this band, so I had to sit at their site and listen to the songs over and over to get a feel for them. For my own personal feelings for the bands music I'd have to say that it was so-so. It's not music I'd rush out to buy, or go to see live. The songs are well written, lyrically and musically, with a blues-rock feel, but I just don't feel anything for the songs. If I had to pick a favorite though I'd have to go with "Rag Palace San Francisco", it is by far, in my opinion, their best song.

I give 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Van Stone

Van Stone

Van Stone have by far the best myspace page and official site. Very funny. They do for the 80's what the Darkness did for the 70's. I really like what they are doing. Guitar Solos, spandex, bad hair, and moustaches...what more could you ask for. Their clothing alone is so 'metal' that Motley Crue, Judas Priest, and the mighty Manowar are shitting themselves. Great music for really bad parties.

I give 4 out of 5 stars

The Jawz

The Jawz

Very interesting music too say the least, whether or not its good is the question. The Jawz music is made by connecting a series of vocal noises into beats, and then rapped over. I don't really know whether or not I like it. The music is definately different; maybe I'm just not ready for it. But check it out who knows you may be inspired for better or for worse.

I give 2 1/2 Stars out of 5 (an extra 1/2 star for originality)

The Down Low

The Down Low

Out of the 3 songs I was able to listen to from this band I only liked one of them, "Haystack". The band is good, but is if for me...no. The music reminds me of the music you'd hear at some community-center music day; where 40-somethings can pretend to still be 'rockin' and 'cool' while their 2 1/4 children run around frantically. I wasn't really down with this band, but hey at least they're creating something, right?

I give 2 out of 5 stars

Friday, September 1, 2006

LGDM Music Show Episode 5

Episode 5: September 1, 2006

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Running time: 47:19
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