Saturday, December 1, 2007


Here are the results of my most recent expedition to the territories of new music:

Russian Circles

Solid instrumental heavy/dreamy rock in the vein of Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky.

Standout Track: "Micah"

Maps and Atlases

These guys remind of those 90's math and spazz indie pop/rock bands like U.S Maple, Archers of Loaf and Polvo. There is an endearing, tight nervousness to Maps and Atlases that is accentuated by their occasional use of finger tapping. The vocals are strained but effective. There is also a hint of 1970's Yes in the clean, complex guitar lines played against simpler vocal lines.

Standout track:

"The Most Trustworthy Tin Can."

The Hellacopters

Underappreciated Swedish garage band that's been around for over 10 years. Their songs are beyond tribute to groups like MC5 and The Sonics. From the production (especially on their album, "Supershitty to the Max!") to the fearless bravado, they actually sound like forgotten heroes from another era.

Standout Track:

"Gotta Get Some Action Now"


Journey meets Joan Jett. Endlessly catchy. And they're from Boston, my friggin hometown.

Standout Track:

"You're the One" (mostly for the over-the-top key change and guitar solo at 2:50)