Category: Music Reviews

Posted on: October 8, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

The Challenger Deep – S/T

The Challenger Deep – S/T / 2007 Self / 5 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/thechallengerdeep The Challenger Deep introduce themselves with “Historian”, a track that has a very tempestuous and chaotic flow. In a way, the instrumentation that takes place before the vocals kick in seem like a more jacked up version of At The Drive-In. The style of The Challenger Deep is not easy to categorize. There are hints of hardcore,…

Posted on: October 7, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Okay Paddy – Where You Went?

Okay Paddy – Where You Went? / 2007 Prison Jazz / 5 Tracks / http://www.okaypaddy.com / Okay Paddy play a brand of rock music during their “Dumbwater” that blends together acts like Weezer with Matthew Sweet to create a sound that is very well located in the mid to late nineties alternative rock genres. Unlike Weezer, there seems to be a little more energy in the arrangements during tracks like…

Posted on: October 7, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

Jesea Hoop – Kismet

Jesea Hoop – Kismet / 2007 Sony / 3 Tracks / http://www.jescahoop.com / http://www.columbiarecords.com / This “EP” version starts out with “Seed of Wonder”, a track that blows away any conception that I might have had about Hoop before playing this disc. There are so many instrumental and vocal layers in this track that individuals can be satisfied one of twelve different ways. In much the same way, Hoop et…

Posted on: October 6, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Oreskaband – S/T

Oreskaband – S/T / 2006 Sony / 6 Tracks / http://www.oreskaband.com / http://www.sony.com / As one can likely game from the band’s name, what Oreskaband play is a brand of ska that is in the same vein as a Mighty Mighty Bosstones or a Reel Big Fish. The first track on the disc is “Pantime”, and it is a quick, barely-minute long track that gives individuals some sort of context…

Posted on: October 4, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

Mello Mello – An Abstract Love Story

Mello Mello – An Abstract Love Story / 2007 Mello-Soul / 16 Tracks / http://www.mello-soul.com / Mello Mello have a pretty good description of their general sound in their act’s name. What results from tracks like their eponymous opening track is something that resembles Jodeci, Tony Toni Tone, or even Boyz II Men. “Tha Best Thing 4 U Iz Me” has a much more current type of sound, and this…

Posted on: October 4, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Chip Raman – Edge of a Song

Chip Raman – Edge of a Song / 2007 Rosebud / http://www.chipraman.com / It has been quite a while since a straight-forward chap with a guitar sounded this was. Individuals will hear a lot of the sixties (Neil Young, Bob Dylan) in Raman’s style. Obviously, Young or Dylan never said anything about opening up their Nokia, but the style of Raman is unmistakenly influenced by these two giants of rock.…

Posted on: October 3, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Dave Sasscer – Quiet Mind

Dave Sasscer – Quiet Mind / 2007 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.davesasscer.com / Dave Sasscer is the lynchpin of the eponymous project that released “Quiet Mind” this year. Joining Sasscer are the Mojo Conga Jam, a group of talented musicians that have spent time in the supporting acts of the Indigo Girls, Shaun Mullins, Omar Hakim, and Hiram Bullock. The first track on “Quiet Mind” is “(When) She’s in…

Posted on: October 3, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 2

Lorrie Ruiz – Chewy

Lorrie Ruiz – Chewy / 2007 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.chewyonline.com / The funk meets jazz sound of “Slipping Away” gives first-time listeners to Lorrie Ruiz a good grounding in the styles that will present themselves throughout “Chewy”. While Ruiz does craft a sound that is rooted heavily in earlier music styles, the resulting music does not sound dated in the least. Instead, the allure of a “Slipping Away”…

Posted on: October 2, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 1

Onesidezero – S/T

Onesidezero – S/T / 2007 Corporate Punishment / 13 Tracks / http://www.onesidezero.com / http://www.corporatepunishment.com / Onesidezero start off their self-titled album with a musically heavy track in “Carry Your Gun”. When the band throws the vocals into the mix, what results is something that does not mesh completely. The vocals struggle to approximate the roughness of the instrumentation. This means that there are two distinct threads present in this opening…

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

John Phillips – Jack Of Diamonds

John Phillips – Jack Of Diamonds / 2007 Phoenix / http://www.varesevintage.com / This album marks music from John Phillips’ “Jack of Diamonds”. For those that might not know, this was a previously unreleased album that marked music that Phllips created from 1972 and 1973, and was unreleased for whatever reason.  Varese Vintage here has not only committed the disc to the CD format, but has added 5 new tracks, whether…