Scott Marrow – For All The Time You Spend Losing…You Better Enjoy Your Failures

Scott Marrow – For All The Time You Spend Losing…You Better Enjoy Your Failures / 2007 Whiteroom / 9 Tracks / / /

Man, I was completely expecting something else from Scott Marrow. I really thought that what would result with “For All The Time You Spend Losing” would be yet another boring singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar. However, Marrow impresses with eir blend of Two Gallants, The White Stripes, Lucero, and Latterman during “Didn’t Mean To Say I Told You So”. The production may be a little bit on the rough side, but Marrow is able to shine even through the fuzz and haze that is present. What is the strongest suit to Marrow on these opening tracks has to be the spontaneity that ey brings to the disc. Continue reading “Scott Marrow – For All The Time You Spend Losing…You Better Enjoy Your Failures”

Nebelhexe – Essensual

Nebelhexe – Essensual / 2007 Candlelight / 10 Tracks / / /

Nebelhexe may better be known as Andrea Haugen, who has been around goth and metal-like rock music for well over a decade. The disc itself starts with “Underworld”, a song that has Haugen sing in a very Stevie Nicks meets Switchblade Symphony style. The instrumentation has an Enya/Enigma sound to it, which means there are tribal drums mixed in with a more ambient instrumentation. “Invisible Entity” follows “Underworld”, and comes forth like a shambling, confused creature. There are guitars present that would sound perfect on Marilyn Manson’s “Antichrist Superstar” album, but the tribal sound comes forth again. Continue reading “Nebelhexe – Essensual”

The Masons – Let You Down Easy

The Masons – Let You Down Easy / 2007 75 or Less Records / 14 Tracks / / /

“Preemptive Denial” is a track that has in it a very early nineties alternative sound, with equal hints the B-52s and Sonic Youth. There is a simplistic approach to the vocals that matches well with the instrumentation present during songs like “Preemptive Denial”. The thing that makes this track into a success and the band pick up more momentum has to be the fact that the song cuts out at the two and a half minute mark rather than trying to work the same style for four or five minutes. The band keeps the instrumentation tightly reined in for the disc’s second track “I Am A Raindrop”. The vocals seem to meander a little more during this track. Continue reading “The Masons – Let You Down Easy”

A Shoreline Dream – Coastal

A Shoreline Dream – Coastal / 2007 Latenight Weeknight / 4 Tracks / /

The slightly electronic feel of “Ukraine” starts off “Coastal”. A Shoreline Dream make a play for the Smashing Pumpkins meets Morrissey set with this track, but comes at it in a very unique way. The vocals are present and do have a focal point during this track, but the instrumentation seems to be the thing that is most direct in setting up the overall sound of the track. The band gets pretty noisy when it gets to the chorus, which seems to be the biggest hurdle that individuals will face trying to get into this act. Luckily, this “wall of sound” quickly dissipates and the band moves back into the style that started out “Coastal”. Continue reading “A Shoreline Dream – Coastal”

Ben Weasel and his Iron String Quartet – These Ones Are Bitter

Ben Weasel and his Iron String Quartet – These Ones Are Bitter/ 2007 Mendota Recording Co./ 14 Tracks / / /

After five years hiatus Ben Weasel former front man of legendary pop-punk bands Screeching Weasel and The Riverdales is back and has made damn sure that the wait was worth it with These Ones Are Bitter. Taking everything that only a master of the pop and punk craft could do Weasel gives us fourteen tracks of sugary-sweet mania starting us off with a little rush, “Let Freedom Ring,” a new anthem for all of us who have as he says “took it on the chin…” and came back to realize now that the monkey is off our backs it’s time to party! Continue reading “Ben Weasel and his Iron String Quartet – These Ones Are Bitter”

Spokane – Little Hours

Spokane – Little Hours / 2007 JagJaguwar / 10 Tracks /

Spokane offers listeners a melodic and sad album with their newest release Little Hours. It starts out with “Singing” which does a good job of giving the listener a taste of what they will hear throughout the entire album and has some neat nature noises which is a bonus to what is coming. “Minor Careers” doesn’t differ too much in tempo still giving you that feeling of despair that usually coincides with bad moments in life. Continue reading “Spokane – Little Hours”

Colbie Caillat – Coco

Colbie Caillat – Coco / 2007 Universal / 12 Tracks / / /

Colbie Caillat’s “Coco” starts off in a very sedate way. The first track on the album is “Oxygen”, and it provides listeners with a brand of rock infused pop music. Hints of Kelly Clarkson and Sheryl Crow both present themselves throughout “Oxygen”, placing Caillat into good company right from the opening gate. “The Little Things” has the same general genre style to the track, but has a slower blend of a Pink meets Fergie style. Continue reading “Colbie Caillat – Coco”

50 Cent – AYO Technology (Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)

50 Cent – AYO Technology (Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) / 2007 Shady / 4 Tracks / /

I thought that 50 Cent was supposed to be hard, a ghetto warrior that was shot a shitload of times and lived to rap about it. Last time I checked, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland do not seem to be individuals that scream “street cred”. They are able to bash out catchy tracks like no one’s business, and that is the reason why they are on the track. But, is “AYO Technology” a good track? The flow of 50’s during the track seems a little plain, while Justin’s flow is the same type of lovey-dovey stuff that is present during a number of other tracks that ey is on. Continue reading “50 Cent – AYO Technology (Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)”

Army of Me – Citizen

Army of Me – Citizen / 2007 Doghouse / 12 Tracks / / /

”Perfect” starts off “Citizen”, and it has a sound that parallels a blend of Simple Plan and Say Anything, but individuals would barely know that from the quiet vocals and guitars that start off the track. The production present during this track is interesting, and it seems to vary as much as the arrangements on the track. The band is very Protean, individuals will hear something different every few seconds from Army of Me. The drums that start out “Going Through Changes” really have a Blink 182 type of sound to them, even as the vocals go into a position that is not easily catagorizable. Continue reading “Army of Me – Citizen”

Patchwork – Work and Worry

Patchwork – Work and Worry / 2007 Self / 6 Tracks / /

It seems as if less and less truly independent bands are sending me their material for review. As the magazine has grown, fewer and fewer unsigned acts find their way into a review. I have no clue why that is, as NeuFutur reviews everything that we receive, but it is always nice to hear a band like Patchwork, that does not have anything in the way of a link to other labels. Continue reading “Patchwork – Work and Worry”