Author: James McQuiston

Posted on: September 2, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Bear Hands – Golden EP

Bear Hands – Golden EP / 2007 Freedom in Exile / 4 Tracks / http://www.bearhandsband.com / Bear Hands start out their “Golden EP” with their own interpretation of indie rock. This means that there are hints of the energetic alt-country punk of a Lucero, the prim and proper alt-rock of Weezer, and even a little hit of the fuzz and meandering arrangements that brought Jane’s Addiction to prominence all those…

Posted on: September 1, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

James Blunt – Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions

James Blunt – Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions / 2006 Atlantic / 70 Minutes / http://www.jamesblunt.com / http://www.atlanticrecords.com / Reviewed 17 August 2006 Everyone knows who James Blunt is. This is due to the fact that eir song “You’re Beautiful” has been used in a number of commercials and been shown countless time on VH1 and other stations of that ilk. There are a number of reasons why individuals should…

Posted on: September 1, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Laura Aidanblaise – Get Thee to the World

Laura Aidanblaise – Get Thee to the World / 2007 Self / http://www.myspace.com/lauraaidanblaise “Get Thee to the World” shows Aidanblaise as one of the most innovative indie artists currently creating music. While it is a forgone conclusion that most instrumentation is created to highlight a singer, Aidanblaise takes this to its’ logical conclusion. The pacing and emotional intensity of the instrumentation is directly linked to Aidanblaise’s vocals, something that becomes…

Posted on: September 1, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

MMP Re-Releases Blind Illusion’s “The Same Asylum”

Metal Mind Productions presents re-release of the one of the most valuable thrash metal albums ever to see the light of day – “The Same Asylum” by Blind Illusion. At the time of its release in 1988 it was a truly unique offering compared to other Bay Area records, giving a surprisingly progressive edge to the compositions and showcasing some of the most amazing bass and guitar skills ever witnessed…

Posted on: September 1, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Foley McKenna Band – Moving My Feet

Foley McKenna Band – Moving My Feet / 2007 Self / 5 Tracks / http://www.thefmb.net / “Kimberley” is the first track on “Moving My Feet”. It starts out with a soulful set of guitars that do not easily fall into a genre category. The vocals slide in soon after, and blend together the work of Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) with Matchbox 20. There seems to be a little more in…

Posted on: September 1, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

T.V. Casualty

T.V. Casualty / $? / :10 / 12M / [email protected] T.V Casualty is a zine that I receive for the explicit purpose to review. The issue is about breaking away from the dominance of the T.V. in the molding of individuals’ lives. This zine may be short, but the hand-written text on each page will ensure that individuals have a few solid minutes of engagement. One minor issue that comes…

Posted on: August 31, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

MOTU – Going Back To Memphis

MOTU – Going Back To Memphis / 2007 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.motu.net / “So Lonely” starts out “Going Back To Memphis”, and it shows MOTU as an act that is tremendously influenced by blues. The male vocals during “So Lonely” have a Randy Newman-like approach to them, and the inclusion of the second, female vocals on the track give the track further expansion. The instrumentation of the track…

Posted on: August 31, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Vader Releases “And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw” on MMP/MVD

As announced yesterday, Vader will release their third DVD in October. The DVD entitled “And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw” will feature the footage from the band’s fantastic concert at Stodola Club in February 2007, which was the final stop of the tour promoting their latest album “Impressions in Blood”. The show was filmed with 7 cameras so you can expect a truly amazing recording with great lights and dynamic…