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Monday Music Mania! | April 20, 2009

So it’s Monday.  I’ve got no ambition to do anything right now, so I hope it shows in my prose.

The Virgins:


If I had to describe the type of music The Virgins play, I could do it.  Think of a mature Strokes.  Or think if the Strokes and Jet had an affair and the Strokes got pregnant, but since the Strokes were having an affair with Paolo Nuttini on the side, and also cheated with the upstrokes of Vampire Weekend, and somewhere in there would be the bastard love-child named The Virgins.  It’s good music.  I’d usually label something like this as NYC-post-punk-garage-rock, but the stylings are a little more produced than something like that.  “Rich Girls” is their big hit, it seems, and it’s alright.  I’m more a fan of “She’s Expensive,” or “Hey Hey Girl,” but every song on this album is a treat unto itself.  Grade: B+, only because I think they lyrics could use more punch, and the album lacks some kind of total power or driving force.

Lilly Allen: It’s Not Me, It’s You


I haven’t had a chance to listen to this all the way through, but on first skip throughs, it’s a solid album.  It’s catchy, for sure, but I can’t recommend it beyond something to play at either a party, or to set your iTunes to shuffle and enjoy a song that pops up.  It might not be good to listen to all the way, through, but that’s probably just because it’s not really my kind of music.  For those of you who love English accents, don’t mind over-produced beats, and dig chick music, this is for you.  For those of you who like Kate Nash, this isn’t for you. Grade: C

We Are Hunted


Holy shit, this is my new favorite toy.  This is Billboard for the digital generation.  Hell, this blows Billboard out of the water, and has the possibility of changing the way we rank music forever.  It scours message boards, social networks, and other interactive social media and aggregates what the people are saying, and ranks the songs based on what’s being said.  

To quote: “We Are Hunted aggregates music based on semantic elements like positive sentiment, expression, and advocacy across social networks, forums, music blogs, torrents, P2P networks, and — yes of course — TwitterTwitter reviews. The end result is 99 songs that the social web has proclaimed worthy of listening to.”

It’s grabbing info from a ton of places.  Especially considering Twitter, that seems it’d be a lot of information.  Whatever their algorithm, it sure works.  It’s a great place to discover new music.  I really, really hope, with all my heart, that this site takes off and kicks Billboard’s ass.  Billboard is just the stank from the old generation of music, and it’s time to move on to something that’s more user-defined.  Isn’t that what we’re all looking for anyway?  Grade: A++


One Night Only: Started a Fire


I just got this album after reading about it in March’s issue of Interview Magazine.  Started in 2003, One Night Only’s name was supposed to last, well, one night only.  It was the name they came up with for a one-night gig.  And it stuck, and lucky us.  I generally shy away from Indie rock, because most Indie rock blows more than a truck stop hooker on a Friday night.  I think these guys would too, except that for one addition: a keyboard player who actually knows how to play his instrument.

There’s some 1st and 3rd wave ska upbeat guitars.  Some post-punk strumming.  1960s drumbeats.  1990s synth-keyboards.  Catchy vocals: “You and me, equality, that’s how it should be, you and me.”  “You and Me” is the song used in the London 2012 Olympics viral video.  

This is a great album.  I can’t stress enough how…upbeat this album is in comparison to some other “Indie Rock” out there.  This makes Indie Rock look like the shit you get your friends together in your basement for.  

Grade: A


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  1. Could you do me a favor and review the new Jadakiss…thanks

    Comment by arib — April 26, 2009 @ 10:36 am

  2. Only for you, ari

    Comment by alexchesbro — April 26, 2009 @ 11:56 am

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