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Vs. Children by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

April 15, 2009

This is more of my favorite new album. As described on Amazon, the album diverges from his tiny casiotones and little beats and goes with more of your standard keys, but I think that singer/songwriter has really progressed and shown himself to be more than just a contrivance and concept.

He has progressed as both a songwriter and a singer. His voice is more mature and, well, sexy, and less awkward and shy.

I am not sure how painfully alone Owen is anymore, but he’s clearly been listening to a lot of music. I hear tinges of Tindersticks and Jens Lekmans but I truly think it’s original.

For a pop band.

From a pop fan.

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve been trying to write a novel and do other stuff like survive in this economy, mentally and physically.

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Vs. Children by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

April 15, 2009

This is more of my favorite new album. As described on Amazon, the album diverges from his tiny casiotones and little beats and goes with more of your standard keys, but I think that singer/songwriter has really progressed and shown himself to be more than just a contrivance and concept.

He has progressed as both a songwriter and a singer. His voice is more mature and, well, sexy, and less awkward and shy.

I am not sure how painfully alone Owen is anymore, but he’s clearly been listening to a lot of music. I hear tinges of Tindersticks and Jens Lekmans but I truly think it’s original.

For a pop band.

From a pop fan.

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve been trying to write a novel and do other stuff like survive in this economy, mentally and physically.

Great New Indie Playlist – Genius-Created

September 20, 2008

I’d like to take responsibility for this playlist, but the new iTunes 8 Genius had a lot of help deciphering all my songs and picking these out for me based on the song, “Brain Burner” by No Age.  All you have to do is click the song you want to make a playlist out of and then click the genius button on the right.  It’s incredible.

Track Band Album
Brain Burner No Age Nouns
(My Head) Times New Viking Rip It Off
Tomorrow Clinic Do It!
Conquest Tapes ‘n Tapes Walk It Off
Bonus Track – 2007, The Year Punk Broke (My Heart) Los Campesinos! Hold On Now Youngster…
Overglazed The Breeders Mountain Battles
Walking The Dodos Visiter
Blue Thunder Galaxie 500 On Fire
Forecast Fascist Future Of Montreal The Sunlandic Twins
My Life’s Alright Without You No Age Insound’s Let’s Get Digital 2
Boneless The Notwist The Devil, You + Me (Promo)
What a Wonderful Man My Morning Jacket 2006.12.31 Sirius Radio Broadcast – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Damaged Goods Gang of Four Entertainment!
Flume Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Shine a Light Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
Memories Clinic Do It!
Teen Creeps No Age Nouns
Teen Drama Times New Viking Rip It Off
Too Drunk To Dream The Magnetic Fields Distortion
Fire Eye’d Boy Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
Cutout Shocking Pinks Shocking Pinks
Bang On The Breeders Mountain Battles
The Modern Leper Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
Language City Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer
Change Is Hard She & Him Volume One [2008] M Ward

Fleet Foxes

June 12, 2008

I’m going to stick my neck out, after only hearing a mere 2.5 tracks, and after only posting two posts on this brand new blog of mine (because in this time of competition, where everyone is trying to discover one’s new favorite band, it’s important to be quick and unstudied, instinctual, I mean) and proclaim Fleet Foxes MNFB.

It is a not a safe declaration, neither. Meaning, it’s not super upbeat and it also lacks that trendy irony (trendony) that is so predictable and typically delicious to my kind.

The music I describe harkens back to things I am not familiar with, except that My Morning Jacket, unfortunately, comes to mind, particularly in the wailing category. It reminds me, then, of elements with which I am unfamiliar. It does not sound like Classic Rock, and it does not sound like U2. The lyrics seem rather normal – “You Run with The Devil” being the chant on “Your Protector” is not a new chant, nor is the lyrical salutation, “Baby.”

However, there is a certain build-up in the drums, with some downright noodly guitar in the backdrop that harkens back to 1985. It is a slow band with some Bon Iver falsetto thrown in, but again, let’s liken it more to My Morning Jacket than to the sweet falsetto of Bon Iver, as Bon Iver does not use elements of reverb as much as, perhaps, FF uses.

Most unique, most important to clarify here is the choir-like singing as well as the Jens Lekman gayness. And I mean that in the best of ways, of course. It has a beautiful melody. The guy — and I have not heard his singing before — really can sing, or wail, or chant, and the percussion and orechestration is rather celebratory.

Will MNFB gain a following? I know it will.

That Fleet Foxes is my new favorite bands is now a new fact, and I hope not a fleeting fact. Let me be the first (or last?) to deem FF my MNFB.

Check them out, and don’t be the last to know. Thank you again, Tim, for turning over so many rocks to find this particular gem.

The Dodos

June 9, 2008

After reading several reviews on The Dodos, I thought I’d try them out. This was following my interest in The Figurines, which I probably willcomment on in another post to come. The Dodos are playing in Portland soon, and depending on the venue, I may even go.

I think it’s got just the right mix of diversity, pop mentality, and, what a relief, a lack of irony. It’s straight-ahead, not even lo-fi. It occasionally reminds me of Wings, which in my book, anyway, is a pretty high compliment (especially in terms of originality). The songs are well composed and quite catchy. So, for the next few days or weeks, I’m going with The Dodos.

Congratulations The Dodos. You’re my new favorite band.

Coming up soon:

The Figurines

Los Campencinos (sp?)

and much more

Welcome

April 23, 2008

Welcome to mynewfavoriteband.com, where I hope to disappoint you with my picks for my new favorite bands.  I bought this domain and was not surprised it wasn’t taken, but had to take it anyway, due to its strength and memorability.  I knew it wasn’t taken because it was still available.  I knew it wouldn’t be taken because it’s just too long of a name for most people.

I have since done searches for My New Favorite Band and have not found much except perhaps some other bands that used to have that band name.  This URL is not a band, but rather a blog, and it will probably die the death of most blogs with long URLs, that of neglect and shyness and disappointment, but we will try to keep it going until it limps along to its dreary end.