Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Black Keys "Brothers"

I have a bad habit of convincing myself that I will not like a band that people recommend to me, before even listening to them. I think its a subconscious hipster showing. Often though I end up really liking the group. The Black Keys is a recent example of this.

The Black Keys formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio. Dan Auerbach (Lead Vocals and Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums) make up The Black Keys. They have released 6 studio albums, 2 EPs, 14 singles and 1 live album in their 10 years together. Their most recent album “Brothers” has been the most successful.“Brothers” was release in May 2010. The album has a total of 15 tracks. “Tighten Up” is the single and most easily recognized. Approximately 73,000 copies were sold in the first week it was released. In 2011 The Black Keys and their album “Brothers” was nominated for 5 Grammys. They were awarded 3.

Best Rock Performance by a Duo of Group with Vocal for "Tighten Up"

Best Alternative Music Album for Brothers,

Best Recording Package for Brothers

Auerbach's vocals have the raspy raw sound I really enjoy. They remind me of earlier days of rock. On their Facebook they put themselves in the genre Rock and Roll. They played at Bonnaroo in 2010 and again this year. (Which I sadly was not able to attend. Next year though). They seem like really quirky and awesome guys. On their website they gave away the mustaches they wore in the music video for “Howlin For You” and their album cover speaks for itself. I think they may make the list of groups to see before I die. Overall this album is worth listening to. I'm glad I finally gave them a listen.

The album is for sale on iTunes for $7.99

You can receive a free download of “Ohio” by registering on their website.

Favorite Tracks

  • Everlasting Light
  • Tighten Up
  • She's Long Gone
  • Ten Cent Pistol
  • I'm Not The One
  • Unknown Brother


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Iron and Wine "Kiss Each Other Clean"

Iron & Wine performing Tree By The River, from the new album "Kiss Each Other Clean", at Sunset Sessions. (sorry about the ads)

The first time I ever really heard Iron and Wine was when I listened to my sisters copy of the sound track for the movie Garden State. It has the track “Such Great Heights” which I am pretty sure was a cover. Besides that I never really got into Iron and Wine until this album, “Kiss Each Other Clean”

Sam Beam is the man behind Iron and Wine. He has released 5 full length albums, 7 EPs and 3 singles. The earliest of these is “The Creek Drank The Cradle” which was released in 2002. His first ever track on CD was “Dead Mans Will” which was released on the compilation Various Artists - Yeti One in 2000.

Kiss Each Other Clean was released under Warner Brothers Records on January 25th 2011. This album features Beams storytelling lyrics and beautiful voice. The tracks range from upbeat acoustic to soft piano to tracks featuring a saxophone. His audience is wide encompassing. Even my mother listens to him. According to his fan site, , Sam Beam currently lives in Austin Texas and has 5 daughters.

There is a free download for "Tree By The River" on the Facebook.

The album can be bought for $10.99 on iTunes and Amazon

Favorite Tracks:

  • Me and Lazarus
  • Tree By The River
  • Monkeys Uptown (which is unfortunately unclean so it can not be played on air)
  • Rabbit Will Run

They are all good though so give the album a listen


Monday, April 18, 2011

The Forms - Derealization

The Forms – Derealization

This was the first album I have heard from The Forms. It was another WUAG discovery for me. In 2003 the band released the album Icarus and in 2007 they released a self titled album. The EP Derealization was released in February of 2011. Matt Walsh and Alex Tween the artist behind The Forms. They are from Brooklyn New York and are on the record label Threespheres.

They worked with a couple different artist for the tracks on this album. The first track “Fire to the Ground” features Matt Berninger, who is the front man for the band The National. (which now explains why I got a call to my radio show asking if this track was The National) Track 3 features Andrew Thiboldeaux(from the band Pattern is Movement) and Track 5 features Craig Wedren (lead singer of Shudder to Think). The tracks featuring other artist are also the better sounding ones. Which makes me wonder if I would like their full length albums as much as this EP.

They have also worked with Daniel Hart of the band The Physics of Meaning from Chapel Hill NC. Yay North Carolina Artists!

On a bit of a side note before writing this I was unsure what the difference between an EP and full length album was. I looked it up thought I would share. An EP is longer than a single but not long enough to be considered a full length album. EP stands for extended play. It originally applied to a specific type of vinyl. LP or full length albums stands for long play and has the same origins.

Favorite Tracks:

Fire to the Ground

Steady Hand



Look forward to my next post:

Iron and Wine "Kiss Each Other Clean"

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Freelance Whales - "Weathervanes"

Freelance Whales – Weathervanes

“Weathervanes” is Freelance Whales debut LP which has made a big splash. I have heard them playing on the radio at the gym, on Starbucks commercials and they were even the background for groovesharks main page. I first heard them when reviewing "Weathervanes" for WUAG. At the time I compared them to hello goodbye and called them a bit overly cute sounding. Which on some of the tracks I still stand by. However I really appreciate the wide variety of instruments the group uses. Seeing videos of them playing live you can see they really enjoy what they are playing which I'm sure makes there live shows a lot of fun.

The band formed in 2008 and released “Weathervanes” in 2010.They describe themselves as experimental pop. They are from Queens New York and are signed to FrenchKiss and Mom and Pop records. They will be playing at Coachella this 16th and at Bonnaroo in June. (wish I was going :/ to both/either of these)

The album is for sale on Itunes for $7.99

Tracks I like best:

Broken Horse (has a distinctively different vibe then the rest of the album, my favorite)



Generator^Second Floor



Saturday, March 19, 2011

Young the Giant "S/T"

Young the Giant formed in Irvine California in 2004 while still in high school. Graduation came and so did college. Hope was not lost of the band though, after a few years they put school on hold and focused on their music. In 2009 they were opening for Kings of Leon and playing at South by South West. In August of 2009 they signed to Road Runner Records. In 2010 they toured with Minus the Bear and Steel Train. October 25th 2010 this album was released.
I first heard the album on my radio show which I DJ for my schools College radio station. Someone actually called in and requested the track My Body. At first I was not overly impressed. After a listen or two the album is really growing on me. I really enjoy the album as a whole. It is one of those albums I could play on repeat and not notice when it repeated. Not because it is simple background noise but that the tracks each seem fresh and new each time I hear them.
Overall a great debut album for the band. It will be interesting to see what comes next out of this group. Oh and they are all between the ages of 20 and 22...Which is awesome but it also makes me feel rather unsuccessful at this point in my life.

My Body, Apartment, Cough Syrup,

The album is on sale on iTunes. For only $7.99

References: - Young the Giant Offical Webpage