Bowling For Soup - The Great Burrito Extortion Case
In the “era of mascara” where songs with metaphors of
wishing great harm upon ex girlfriends are considered
important and deep- give me the upbeat smile making
music of 4 fat guys from Texas. Say what you will
about the record title, say what you will about the
band’s name but you can’t say BFS isn’t one of the
funniest and friendliest bands in rock and roll and
the hook filled polar opposite of Aiden which is
reason enough to buy their record immediately.
Punchline - 37 Everywhere
With Fueled By Ramen becoming a powerhouse indie
trendsetter, why the hell Punchline haven’t been given
more of a push is beyond me. 37 Everywhere is a
classic. The first half of the record is flawless
(“Don’t Try This At Home” is one of the best songs of
the year) and you can’t help but wonder with all that
Fallout Boy and Panic at the Disco money rolling in
that someone could at least kick down for a few more
glossy Alternative Press adds for an amazing record by
a long standing and hard working band that deserves
Rhett Miller - The Believer
Rhett Miller is simply the master of alt. country
melody and one of the best singers of any genre. Plus
this record makes up for the last and very
disappointing Old 97s record.
Jeremy Enigk - World Waits
The former Sunny Day Real Estate frontman makes his
masterpiece. A perfect fusion of art meets melody.
It’s as catchy as it is interesting. This record
hasn’t left my cd player since it was released.
The Fold - This Too Shall Pass
I was totally caught off guard by this record. From
the lyrical depth to the simple but catchy hooks to
the great recording quality, a great debut record.
They seemed to have got lost in the Chicago explosion
of late but for sure one of the most overlooked
records of the year.
Gatsby’s American Dream - Self Titled
This band manages to tow the line between catchy hooks
and creative music. There is as many cool time
signatures as anthem heavy choruses and to make both
work is rare these days.
Keane - Under The Iron Sea
Leave the Coldplay comparisons to VH1, This bands
writes straight forward, melodic music that is nothing
short of beautiful. Enough said.
The Format - Dog Problems
More experimental then their masterful debut but one
of the more important records of the year. What a
singer. What solid songs. And done after being dropped
from a major. Bravo.
Head Automatica - Popaganda
A brave and incredibely catchy new direction by the
best act to be on the cover of Alternative Press this
Mohair - Small Talk
Great vocals. Great production. Impassioned music. A
band people should drool over.
New Found Glory - Coming Home
Not the usual whiney high pitched New Found sound but
Jordan’s lower register melodies are infectious and it
reminds me a lot of Saves The Day. Guitar sounds great
and the keyboards mix well. A real step forward for an
already great band.
Snow Patrol – Eyes Open
Just great pop songs and Gary Lightbody’s voice is
warm and friendly enough to make you think he’s a kick
ass dude to hang out with.
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