Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Since my last post I have quit my boring summer job at a poorly managed coffee house to write full time for SMS, study Russian, and travel a bit. My first stop after my temporary retirement was NYC.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
S.M.S is going to NYC or more specifically Coney Island for this years Siren Music Festival. The free music festival is put on by the Village Voice, an NYC news/entertainment publication. This years lineup doesn't quite compare to major music festivals, but is impressive nonetheless. My personal favorites on the lineup are Built to Spill, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Raveonnettes, and the Japandroids. A Place to Bury Strangers is a great NYC-based band with Joy Division style vocals and an incredibly loud and psychedelic set. The Raveonnettes are a Velvet Underground influenced Danish-Duo who are making some great distortion-laden pop songs. The Japandroids are a Canadian rock band with an awesome name. They have been getting a lot of hype from places like Pitchfork and All Songs Considered.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Now, we have already done a top 10 sites for finding new music, but what if you have succeeded in finding a good new band, but don't have the cash to shell out immediately for an album. Well this list is for you. Here we have the top 5 sites for free (legal) music downloads.
You can stream many of White Denim's songs including their last EP here.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
1. The Hype Machine- This site allows you to find what sort of music is being shot through the blogosphere. The Hypemachine displays lists of mp3's and which blogs are posting them. This makes it possible for you to not only find great music, but other blogs with similar tastes. It also has a radio with a comment board, and cool "spy" feature that allows you to see what other people from different parts of the world are listening to. Who knew Australians listened to so much Passion Pit?
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Well, Subpop Records has decided to release a bunch of free mp3's from their upcoming releases in order "in the hopes that you might like what you hear and then buy these releases for actual dollars". Normally I might try to avoid looking like a corporate automaton and attempt to stop myself from mindlessly consuming obvious bait in mp3-form, but it is a tricky situation.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
It has the location of some important musical landmarks like Stax Records and Sun Studios, but also newer labels/record stores like Goner Records where Jay Reatard released a 7" before signing to Matador Records. The recently renovated Levitt Shell in Overton Park now has a great music lineup for this summer here ( I especially recommend Todd Snider on June 19). The shell has been saved from destruction several times and once hosted greats like Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, but is luckely still around to serve us some free music. Just across from the Shell is Elvis' old Karate Dojo and kickass music venue the Hi Tone Cafe. Its my favorite venue in town, and not just because its within stumbling distance of my apartment. This place has the best consistent music schedule around, and im sure you'll find some of their shows on the list of those we are attending on the right.
I think you get the idea. These are just some of the spots on the map.
[mp3] Gold Teeth Thief Part I
[mp3] Gold Teeth Thief Part II
(it's good, but definitely a flashback to 2001)
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Once upon a time there was a truly great Ska band named the English Beat (don’t know what Ska is? Look here). They burst on the music scene in 1979 from blue-collar Birmingham, England and wrote some terrific songs, like the punchy, political Stand Down Margaret, the manic Mirror in the Bathroom and a delightful up-tempo take on Smokey Robinson’s Tears of a Clown. Their best record was the first one, I Just Can't Stop It (1980), and it includes all of the songs mentioned. It is worth noting here that the Beat spawned two other good bands: General Public, a rock/pop outfit fronted by former EBers Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger, and Fine Young Cannibals, in which Beat sidemen Andy Cox and Dave Steele hooked up with vocalist Rowland Gift.
Now the English Beat are back, and a recent gig at the legendary 40 Watt club in Athens led to a flurry of articles. For futher reading on the subject, here is one from Athens-based weekly Flagpole, and another from the Athens Blur Blogozine.
The current incarnation of the English Beat is basically a vehicle for Wakeling, who owns the name. They reportedly still play very acceptable Ska, and will be touring the U.S. this summer with another well-known band in Ska circles, Reel Big Fish. The tour will hit some of the larger cities in the South along the way.
Friday, June 5, 2009
We here at SMS are always on the lookout for new goodness from Ted Leo. Well, we hit the jackpot with a little goodie called Where Was My Brain? that was posted Friday on Ted’s website, in the Media section. Its described as an 'older new song' that Ted has been playing in concert recently. Meanwhile, Ted and the boys are heading South, so check out their tour dates here.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I've been on a noise kick lately. Giddy Motors' Do Easy (metal-tinged noisy punk, swagger), Noxagt's The Iron Point (seriously Viking instrumental metal), and Zu's Carboniferous (Sax! Bass! Drums!). For Noxagt, by no means listen to Kling No Klokka. For Giddy Motors, by no means listen to Dotdotdot. This Zu album would be pretty unlistenable to the general populace, but what isn't? The Jonas Brothers, that's who. Also, Miley Cyrus. Zu is an Italian band producing arty, sludgy, noisy experimental metal. On two Carboniferous tracks, Mike Patton (founder of Ipecac Records and an important musical force) does vocals. This alone was enough for me to take notice; his vocals on "Soulympics" made the album. Wikipedia lists Zu's genres as "Math Rock, Metal, Noise Rock, Punk Jazz." Wikipedia is correct. If metal's not your thing, perhaps the krautrock of Can's Tago Mago could scratch one's incessant itch for quality listenings.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Dark night of the Soul is an album written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse. It is the latest work by Dangermouse, who has been producing and writing prolifically since his never-released 2004 The Grey Album. Dark Night of the Soul is a deep and mysterious album that would have been packaged with a 100 page book with original photographs by the director David Lynch that go along with the music.
Unfortunately due to yet another dispute with EMI (see Grey Album), this album my never be released. The 5000 lucky owners of the package set featuring David Lynch's work received only a blank cd (presumably for burning your own copy) with the word's "For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will." For now the only way to listen to this album is streaming over NPR's first listen series. check that out before it dissappears into EMI's own tomb of lost records.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We have found a particularly cool blog that posts some great and sometimes weird stuff from Africa. The Blog is called Awesome Tapes from Africa. In africa the preferred medium for recording is still the tape. This author uploads his favorite tapes he collected while living in Africa. So check that out. Obviously I'm putting this in our links bar
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
...ahhh, the sweet triumphant release of finals! the last one is the kicker, so now i can begin to write at great length on this here blogosphere. i've also melted a little bit, so some possible loose-tongue may give it away! The playlist for driving home so far:
Departure Tunes 1
So far, I give 10/10 Watermellies to Manitoba's song "Schedules & Fares" from Start Breaking My Heart as well as Sufjan Stevens' Seven Swans title track. I hear a lot of people don't like Sufjan Stevens. Some of the those people feel the same way about Iron & Wine. Well, I'm sorry. This Sufjan song is just massive, so listen to it.
"AT 6 OR 7:30 THIS MORNING, THE WORDS STARTED SWIMMING OFF THE PAGE. EVERYTHING GOT ALL WOBBLY," says Eric. Wowie.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Part I of my anti-Effexor binge was spent listening to Actor on Lala.com's app. on Pitchfork. Bring on the electrical brain jolts. I might melt a little and recommend a few more albums, such as Animal Collective's Meriweather Post Pavillion. If you do not own it, buy it. 100 Watermellies.
So, I wholeheartedly recommend St. Vincent's Actor.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Dan Deacon has been very good to his fans by providing a whole Mp3 page full of goodies. I have to admit I haven't had time to filter through all of them.My favorite free mp3 so far is My Name is Robert, but I am also linking to a song only identifiable on his site as 1201 Extended. I think this song shows more of his orchestral abilities.
I have also posted a nice little music video called crazy cat to illustrate my point about sensory overload. enjoy
Here at Sounds Make Sense We like to support Public Radio, Hearing Albums before they are released, and we also like the former guitarist for the Polyphonic Spree, Annie Clark. That being said its easy to recommend her new album "Actor" under the name St. Vincent. It is being played over at NPR's First Listen Series here.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Of Montreal for those who have had the chance to check these guys out are a six piece experimental, pop, electronic indie-rock group from Athens, Georgia (not Montreal).
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
ok, so everybody and the company their aunt works for now a has Twitter account, and is now publishing their mundane actions online as we speak. But you and I knew this. What I didnt realize was that that Twitter can be a great way to find new music through 3rd party websites, people who tweet about music, and Twitter music search services. Now, thanks to this article on Wired's epicenter blog, I know that.