Alt

Artist: 
Flogging Molly
Label: 
SideOneDummy

Once again, Flogging Molly keeps in tune with releasing an album in every even-numbered year. Although this year's release is a live album, this release coincides with the release of their first live concert DVD included with this album. Although I'm personally bummed out this isn't the full live album, all these tracks are FCC clean.

Sounds Like: 
Previous Flogging Molly albums
Sounds Like: 
the Pogues
Sounds Like: 
the Clash
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2010
Artist: 
Fucked Up
Label: 
Matador

This is a compilation of Fucked Up's unreleased tracks, spanning the last seven years (2002-2009). Just like all of the band's previous releases, this fails to disappoint (even as a compilation of unreleased songs). Before the release of this album, many of these tracks were only released one-by-one as singles. Compared to their final releases however, these songs tend to be more on the melodic side.

Sounds Like: 
Minor Threat
Sounds Like: 
Paint It Black
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2010
Artist: 
Field Music
Label: 
Memphis Industries

I LOVE HAPPY MUSIC! But happy music with guitars that you can dance to. Field Music delivers this with their experimental pop album Measure straight out of Sunderland, UK. If you like the uplifting, catchy,  melodies of the New Pornographers with the chillness of Spoon, check this band out! There's 20 tracks and it is an expertly produced album with tons of variety.

Sounds Like: 
New Pornographers
Sounds Like: 
Born Ruffians
Sounds Like: 
Spoon
Sounds Like: 
Brian Eno
Sounds Like: 
Kings of Convenience
Name: 
Jen Akazawa
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2010
Artist: 
Lightspeed Champion
Label: 
Domino

Devonté Hynes or Lightspeed Champion is a 23-year old Brit who makes his living crafting beautiful music. This hipster looking singer/songwriter sure knows how to rock different instruments, as he displays a variety of stringed instruments, piano, keyboard and of course the guitar. Lightspeed Champion's wonderfully articulated music is sure to put any person in a good mood. Songs like There's Nothing Underwater embody a melodic grace yet on the other side Faculty of Fears bops to an upbeat bass tone, with violins creating a orchestra style sound... but totally badass.

Sounds Like: 
Andrew Bird
Sounds Like: 
Los Campesinos!
Sounds Like: 
Mumford & Sons
Name: 
Alex Gendreau
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2010
Artist: 
The Bears of Blue River
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

Bluesy guitar is accompanied with a really mellow guy and girl with her keyboard and a drum set, and maybe a couple extra vocalists. Simple setup, simple songs. It's good music to chill out to. If you want a good laugh, check out their super-indie myspace, which says things like, "The Bears of Blue River are friends with day jobs who began gathering in the evenings to make silly noises in a dilapidated old apartment with wooden floors. Soon they found themselves playing folk diddies dressed up with some Bop about them."

Sounds Like: 
Beach House
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Name: 
Hannah Hollins
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2010
Artist: 
Various Artists
Label: 
KVRX

KVRX Stimulus Package - Local Live, Vol. 13 has a great compilation of live recordings from the best local artists from Austin. It ranges from songs about wishing where you want to live, to foot fetishes, to Arabian music. There is everything for any Alt lover on this CD. A station in Tucson, 92.9 The Mountain, does a similar thing every year. The Mountain is strictly acousitc though. But KVRX is still good!

Sounds Like: 
Live in Studio C by 92.9 The Mountain
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2010
Artist: 
The Magnetic Fields
Label: 
Nonesuch

Ode to Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields: Oh where would we be without your delightful musical stylings. Your fairy tale and banjo laden melodies bring such bittersweet joy. How the indie kids wish they could have a voice so full of melancholy cheer, so low, deep, and recognizable. Our ears envy knowledge behind your creative assortments of instruments, and our ears will love you forever and always.

Sounds Like: 
The Editors
Sounds Like: 
Elliott Smith
Sounds Like: 
Beirut
Name: 
Emily Robinson
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2010
Artist: 
So Shush
Label: 
unsigned

Don't play this.

New wave. They are about as talented as your average high school band... I'm entirely unimpressed. This is really boring.

Sounds Like: 
crap
Sounds Like: 
it shouldn't be played on the air
Name: 
Emily
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2010
Artist: 
Keravel
Label: 
Kassure Productions

This album has no words. It is just instrumental. I guess you could use it in a movie or something. Some of the tracks are soothing. The plus side of this lame album is that it is 100% FCC Clean! No accidental slips will happen! I am assuming Serge Keravel must play the piano and guitar on this album... but it could just be all computerized. Who knows. This was probably made in his mom's basement. Keravel pretty much sounds like those guys at art fairs that play keyboard and try to sell CDs next to rainsticks. You know what I am talking about.

Sounds Like: 
Ratatat very minutely
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2010
Artist: 
The Films
Label: 
Mardou Music

The Films are playing big. It almost sounds as if they are trying to mix a little folk, with some indie, a dash of oldies, and a major base of alternative. But this giant musical genre cake sounds good and is very catchy! These guys just groove along. They have written all their own songs and they all sound pretty unique and fun! You can't go wrong with songs like "Fingernails For Breakfast" and "Completely Replaceable." It gives hope to the next wave of musicians.

Sounds Like: 
Bright Eyes
Sounds Like: 
Brand New
Sounds Like: 
Monsters of Folk
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2010