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Finch makes self-titled EP available for free download

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Friday, June 5, 2009 by Ryan Buege

To the satisfaction of many and ire of few, Finch regrouped last year and released a self titled EP to followup on their 2005 opus Say Hello to the Sunshine. If you missed the release the Cali-based post-hardcore-rock-prog-punk-psychedelic-whatever quintet has now made the album available for free download via their newly relaunched official website. Those who are interested, head over here to download one of the four file formats for the enire 2008 EP for free (including a few “goodies”, as well).

DOWNLOAD: Finch, Finch EP

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Incubus preface greatest hits comp with new “Black Heart Inertia” video

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , on Monday, May 4, 2009 by Ryan Buege

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It’s hard to believe that these guys have been playing together for nearly two decades, but that’s the truth. From the looks of the band on their new video for “Black Heart Inertia”, it’s hard to tell if they’ve aged a day since the first time I remember coming across their music. Either way, as with every other time they release something new, Incubus continues to sound refreshingly renewed with this new song…

On June 16, Incubus will be celebrating their extensive back catalog with a greatest hits release entitled Monuments and Melodies – the 2xCD will also include two new Brendan O’Brien produced tracks (one of which gets the music video treatment seen here) and plenty of bonus material to satisfy (including a cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”). For those of you who already own most of the first album, I’d recommend looking to digital downloads to handpick the ones you’re missing.

Keep reading for the full tracklist for Monuments and MelodiesContinue reading

Listen to “Sacred Trickster”, new music from Sonic Youth

Posted in Audio with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 by Ryan Buege

My favorite alt. rockers are back with some new noise, and I’m happy to report that it sounds very much like the Sonic Youth I love! “Sacred Trickster” is the first song to see a release from their latest album The Eternal, their follow-up to Rather Ripped, which hits stores on June 9th via Matador.. Tune in..

MP3: Sonic Youth, “Sacred Trickster” (from The Eternal, available 6/9)

Neko Case’s “People Got a Lotta of Nerve” receives moving visual accompaniment

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, March 23, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Usually when I watch a film, I like to play like a critic and try to really “interpret” what the director is trying to get across. Some people prefer to simply enjoy a movie for its visual pleasures, but understanding the intricate aspects of editing and directing tends to provide a much more fulfilling viewing experience to me. With the music video for Neko Case‘s “People Got A Lotta Nerve”, her lead single from the new Middle Cyclone album, it’s hard for me to even begin to come to any solid conclusions about what it’s about; but I do know that I don’t mind wondering. Girls are frollicking around and playing with every type of wild beast imaginable; everything from elephants and tigers, to dogs and monkeys, to cranes and (yes, you guessed it..) killer whales. The animation, though simple, is gorgeous, and the warm colors and cheery atmosphere make me forget why I even wonder why the red-head cartoon girl (Neko?) is trying to shoot the apes who just want to gander at pictures of Neko. It’s an adventurous piece of work, veiled in multiple meanings; a dream that has been dreamed awake.

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NPR listening session to Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone this week

Posted in Audio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Neko Case, Middle Cyclone

Neko Case, Middle CycloneMany have been waiting and the moment is finally here! You can now listen to  what is sure to be (and deserves to be) the most prominent release from Neko Case yet, via NPR. Middle Cyclone will officially see a release on March 3rd, and this stream will be available until then!

Only a voice this seductive could’ve lured me to investigate more modern country music… I’ll have my review of Middle Cyclone coming next week!

LISTEN: Middle Cyclone (available in stores on March 3rd)