For a few years it seemed as though pop music was heading into the modern era without real instruments. Auto-tune was being used for more than pitch correction, and whenever music was recorded using real instruments, the instruments were generally conditioned with electronic aids. The new EP by Brooklyn band Poor Remy, Bitters shows that they did not get that memo. We should all be thankful.
Replay of show 276, from 2/24/13. Matthew and Santoro host. Topics discussed include past show guests, odd sexual acts and games played on the show. The Stabcast Tumblr Game is played. Live calls are taken. Musical guest Spots sits in on the show and performs 6 live songs.
In a world where old fashioned folk is becoming popular again, this album is sure to be well received by listeners. Alela Diane has a voice that hits the ears easily, and the music manages to fill out the sound without distracting you from the words that she is saying. About Farewell is a collection of songs about looking back–despite what she says in the title track “Once upon the other side, it’s best not to look back.”
There are different types of break up records. Sometimes, an artist will focus solely on knowing that better things will come in the future, or attacking their ex. This is a well rounded album, inspired by a divorce in Alela Dian’s real life, and it shows the pain on both sides. Overall, the various emotions are expressed in the way that traditional folk music is, the words. Most of the songs do not picture heavy orchestration, with guitars driving the rhythm. The songs are generally very straight forward, and there are lines that listeners are sure to resonate with in one song or another. The lyrics are paired with timeless vocal melodies that bare resemblances to folk singers of the past, but there also appears to be some jazz influence in the vocals on songs like “The Way We Fall”. The words will hit hard, and the way that she sings makes sure that you know exactly how she felt while writing these songs.
The Cairo Gang’s newest EP, Tiny Rebels, is being promoted as an angry collection of songs, full of momentum and movement. That is, unfortunately, as far from the truth as can possibly be. Stuck in the past and showing no intention on moving forward, the band is the epitome of retro-worship at its worse.
Matthew and Santoro host. Topics discussed include the past two weeks off, the phones, new movie review ideas, how the show works, serious issues and comics. Live phone calls are taken.
Providence, RI’s SCARE DON’T FEAR recently dropped their new EP Destroy | Rebuild, the follow up to their 2010 EP Blinded. The EP consists of seven hard-hitting tracks featuring the band’s unique blend of hip-hop and metalcore, with lyrics playing on the theme of destruction and repair. Many of the EP’s themes are political—discussing the destruction of corruption in the US government and the rebuilding of society. Destroy | Rebuild is produced by Bryce Kariger of Rigerous Recordings.
Dense and experimental, The Octopus Project have put together an exuberant and celebratory set of frantic songs in their new album, Fever Forms. But first, some facts about the record, straight from the band themselves:
Fever Forms was recorded by the band in a museum carved out of a mountain and mixed in collaboration with the mighty Erik Wofford (Black Angels, M. Ward, Maserati).