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

Friday, January 19, 2007

Jakes Top Eight Of 2006

Okay not that anyone cares but I thought that I would list my top 8 music discoveries of 2006. This may include music sites, albums (some new and some older), and even some from bands I have reviewed. I would have done a top 10 but I couldn't think of anything else. This list is in no exact order.

1) Jamendo: great music site where all songs are under Creative Commons licensing. Most artist are from Europe. A lot of great music, but also some bad, but I think that is to be expected

2) Drunksouls - On Verra Plus Tard: Great Reggae band from France. Found them on Jamendo. Whole album available for download for free, and under the Creative Commons license. Band recieved 4 1/2 stars out of 5 on my review.

3) Thom Yorke - The Eraser: Frontman from Radiohead, releases first solo album and it is easily one of the Album's of the Year.

4) Tool - 10,000 Days: Tool's Fifth album, didn't necessarily like the first single when I first heard it but it of course grew on me relatively quick. This is right up there with Thom Yorke as one of the Albums of the Year.

5) The Pubcrawlers: Celtic-Punk band from Maine. They don't sound exactly like the other bands in this genre like Dropkick Murphys, the Pogues, or Flogging Molly. They are a great band. Band recieved 5 out of 5 stars on my review.

6) Betsy Spivak - The Scratch on My Vinyl Soul: Yet another band/artist I've reviewed (4 out of 5 stars). Female fronted acoustic pop a la Ani Difranco and Tori Amos. Witty lyrics and great vocals.

7) The First Punic War - Unicorn EP: great album, 3 amazing track. Experimental electronica punk. Actually I really don't know what genre to call this, but way worth the listen. The First Punic War has the ability to become an underground phenomenon. Gave this album 6 out of 5 stars in my review.

8) The Murder Room Project - Music More Hippies Like To Fuck To: Okay this album actually was released in 2004, but I have re-discovered this album in 2006. There is, in fact, only about 10-25 copies of this album available, and I'm lucky enough to have a copy. Fucking great music that you will kill yourself too. I highly recommend picking up this CD if you can find it.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

So You Want A Review or To Be Played On LGDM?

So here are the rules; more or less a set of guidelines.

If you would like to be reviewed and possibly played:

Send me, Jake, an email at Jake@lawngnomedeathmarch.net. In the email include your bands name, email to reach you, and website or sites. Please have at least four songs available for download, or at least have the full songs available for listen. Actually even better, send them as attachments to the email. Please send at least four so that a real review can actually be done. If I decided to review your band I will use your bands websites as a means of information. And I will use your bands logo, and/or a band pic. for the review. You can also send the logo or a good pic in the email also. We, at LGDM, will rate your band on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, 1 being the worst and 5, obviously, the best. When the review is done we will email you with a link to the review, and if we really like your band or at least one of your songs we will ask permission to play it on our Lawn Gnome Death March Podcast. To by-pass this whole step in your email let us know if you'd like to be considered for play on the podcast; this will save some time on emailing each other.

We will give our honest opinion of your music, so be prepared for a good or bad review. We aren't here to boast or destroy anyone's ego, we are here to give our honest opinion on your music. Sometimes we like a band; sometimes we don't. So if your so fragile that hearing your bands sucks from some dude who works at a supermarket destroys you, don't fucking bother submitting your music.

Of course, we would love to just have a hard copy of your album whether it be vinyl or CD. It's so much better to have the whole fucking thing to do a review on as opposed to just four or five songs. If you would like to send us your album through snail mail email myself and I will give you our mailing address

Submissions

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