Against Me! – New Wave

Against Me! – New Wave / 2007 Sire / 10 Tracks / http://www.againstme.net / http://www.sirerecords.com /

Long time individuals know that I’ve had a relationship (or at least feelings, since I’ve only met them once) with Against Me! for quite a few years. I loved the work that they did on the destroyed full-length album and the “Crime” EP. I still liked their work with “Reinventing Axl Rose”, but the band seemed to fall on hard times with “Searching for a Former Clarity” and “As The Eternal Cowboy”. However, “White People For Peace” is a solid track and an interesting, if not a little strange, video. I thought I’d give “New Wave” a chance, even though producer Bruce Vig (who did Nirvana’s “Nevermind”) may just do to the band what Bob Rock did to Metallica (made them suck badly). Continue reading “Against Me! – New Wave”

Wu-Tang and LOUD.com offer fans a chance to open for The Wu in Hawaii!

From July 16th to August 20th, 2007, Wu-Tang fans have the chance of a lifetime.  They can log on to LOUD.com, where they will be able to use a unique online recording studio to make and submit their own track using beats produced by The RZA himself. Continue reading “Wu-Tang and LOUD.com offer fans a chance to open for The Wu in Hawaii!”

V/A – Distortion on the Dance Floor

V/A – Distortion on the Dance Floor / 2007 Universal / 13 Tracks / http://www.toucancove.com /

Josh Harris is the individual that mixed up this compilation, which features tracks by The Killers, Chicane, Tom Jones, John Digweed, Saving Jane, and a few other acts. I was not familiar with Josh Harris up to this point, but individuals that religiously read the Billboard dance charts may remember eir. This is because a remix that ey did, of Georgie Porgie’s “Sunshine” occupied the top spot in 2005. Along the way, Harris has remixed the Backstreet Boys, Brandy, Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, Korn, Lil Kim, and Ne-Yo. Continue reading “V/A – Distortion on the Dance Floor”

Les Hatepinks – Tete Malade/Sick in the Head

Les Hatepinks – Tete Malade/Sick in the Head / 2007 TKO / 7 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/leshatepinks /

Les Hatepinks may be the most well known of punk bands coming from France in the current period. Speaking as an American, they may just be the most famous French band that I know of currently. This EP starts out with “Sexual Liberation is For Animals”, and it shows that the band is very influenced by a mixture of the early seventies punk style (Ramones, MC5, and Dictators) with a more current streetpunk style. Continue reading “Les Hatepinks – Tete Malade/Sick in the Head”

Sean Na Na – Family Trees or Cope We Must

Sean Na Na – Family Trees or Cope We Must / 2007 Dim Mak / 12 Tracks / http://www.seannana.com / http://www.dimmak.com /

Man, Sean Tillmann can do a lot of different styles. Sean is the mastermind behind Sean Na Na, and musicphiles may remember the name from the noisy rockers Calvin Krime. Couple Sean up with already-diverse Dim Mak, and individuals will definitely have an interesting album. “Family Trees or Cope We Must” is just another example of Sean’s ability and Dim Mak’s diversity, as the catchy style of “We’ve Been Here Before” links together The Rocket Summer, The Red Hot Valentines, and The Polyphonic Spree into a bouncy, twinkly type of indie rock that would not sound too terribly weird coming out of a pop radio station. Continue reading “Sean Na Na – Family Trees or Cope We Must”

No Hollywood Ending – Everybody’s Talking

No Hollywood Ending – Everybody’s Talking / 2007 Merovingian / 14 Tracks / http://www.merovingianmusic.com / http://www.nomilkrecords.com /

No Hollywood Ending starts their “Everybody’s Talking” with a very orchestral sound. The disc’s cover looks nothing like the heavy, earlier style of metal that the band plays. Despite the earlier metal (Iron Maiden, Emperor) that the band seems most influenced by, the act comes out on a track like “ATM” like a Cradle of Filth or slightly heavier Avenged Sevenfold. The harmony provided by the vocals acts in opposition to the rough-hewn instrumentation. Something that is common to both segments of No Hollywood Ending’s music on “Everybody’s Talking” is the solid arrangements that each enter into. The band may be providing listeners with hard and brutal music, but that does not mean that they will goofy when it comes to arranging their track. Continue reading “No Hollywood Ending – Everybody’s Talking”

Keke Wyatt – Ghetto Rose

Keke Wyatt – Ghetto Rose / 2007 TVT / 2 Tracks / http://www.umrg.com/artist.aspx?aid=473 / http://www.tvtrecords.com /

For those individuals that are not familiar with who Keke Wyatt is, all one needs to know that ey was a member of Destiny’s Child for a time, when they were still called Girl’s Tyme. Keke has done music on eir own for the last half-decade, and this track marks the first single off of eir next album, “Ghetto Rose”. With the upsurge in female R&B singers in the last few years, it seems to be a struggle for Wyatt to break out in a major way. Even eir last hit, “Nothing In This World”, cannot help eir; this track has to stand on its’ own. The track begins slowly, with the vocals taking over by the time that Wyatt gets to the hook. There is a lot of cohesion between Wyatt and Kelly Rowland, with “Ghetto Rose” seeming more like a B-side to “Stole” than anything. The track slowly grows on individuals until that time where the strong vocals of Wyatt actually show themselves as being impressive. The track does not go anywhere that other current R&B has not been, but the strong percussive beat, the multiple vocal layers, and song structure should be enough to sell a few copies of eir next album.

Rating: 6.0/10

Nature Sounds Records announces the eagerly-anticipated debut, The Kush, from Mobb Deep’s Havoc.

Havoc is one half of the musical force that rap fans have to come to know and love as Mobb Deep. Continue reading “Nature Sounds Records announces the eagerly-anticipated debut, The Kush, from Mobb Deep’s Havoc.”

V/A – Putumayo Presents A New Groove

V/A – Putumayo Presents A New Groove / 2007 Putumayo / 10 Tracks / http://www.putumayo.com /

Putumayo had a solid album on their hands with “Gypsy Groove”. That album was memorable because it blended together the traditional east European sound with a more current dance sound. This time, Putumayo seems to come out with a more normal type of dance mix. Normal is an ill-fitting word here, as the first track is Denmark’s Emo, with their “In the Back of the Car”. This track blends more chill and vibrant tracks to make something that breaks free of many of the constraints detractors of the genre are apt to place on dance music. Continue reading “V/A – Putumayo Presents A New Groove”

Northern State Celebrate The Release Of Their Third LP With An August Mini Tour

Northern State celebrate the release of their third LP with a mini Northeast US tour. Their up and coming stunner “Can I
Keep This Pen” out on Ipecac Recordings (Aug 28th), has already received new heights of critical acclaim. Continue reading “Northern State Celebrate The Release Of Their Third LP With An August Mini Tour”