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Artist: 
JBM
Label: 
Partisan Records

So if you are into very chill music, these guys are AWESOME.  They are the perfect mixture of acoustic, soft rock and indie.  Throughout their songs, there is a hint of a country sound but it works for them.  They are not recommended if you want some beats to pump you up, however, for those chill jam moods, JBM is ideal.

Sounds Like: 
James Taylor
Sounds Like: 
Radiohead
Name: 
Justin Matthews
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
Artist: 
Particle Wave
Label: 
BMI

Particle Wave formed in 2006 from El Segundo, California.  The band has a low-tempo beat of classic rock and indie.  At first they came off like a group of middle-aged men who are trying to make it big/having a midlife crisis, but their music grows on you.  Most of the songs make me want to drive around San Francisco, blasting them with the windows down.  Their laid back/classic sound and chill, catchy tempo make Particle Wave a pretty good jam.

Sounds Like: 
Instrumentals reflect Jimi Hendrix (late 60s early 70s sound)
Name: 
Justin Matthews
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
Artist: 
MGMT
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment

Whereas MGMT's first album, Oracle Spectacular, was mostly electro-pop, Congratulations is almost strictly rock. There is a lot more distinguishable intstrumentation rather than computer mods and effects. MGMT did keep the energey though. All the songs are upbeat and quick. It seems as though some of the sounds they are going for are from past decades such as the '80s B-52s (think "Rock Lobster"). Some of the songs, such as "Someone's Missing", has the same airy vocals that their previous album had. Congratulations is substantially darker and thought provoking.

Sounds Like: 
The B-52s
Sounds Like: 
Simon & Garfunkel
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010

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Artist: 
Mark Sultan
Label: 
Last Gang

Sounds Like: 
King Khan & the BBQ Show
Sounds Like: 
The Black Lips
Name: 
Alex Gendreau
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
Artist: 
Tallest Man On Earth
Label: 
Dead Oceans

Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan
Sounds Like: 
Deer Tick
Name: 
Alex Gendreau
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
Artist: 
Drivesafe
Label: 
Drivesafe

A little emo for my liking. Drivesafe is made up of Jonnas and Topher. Their name roots from the death of one of Jonnas' good friends Ty. There's actually a song on the album titled Ty. It's a really chill album with relatively slow beats and the chorus gets a little repetitive. Cool guitar riffs.

Sounds Like: 
a slowed down version of The Academy Is...
Sounds Like: 
The Fray
Sounds Like: 
Boys Like Girls
Name: 
Shuqi Li
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
Artist: 
Butterfly Bones
Label: 
Third Culture Records

With song names such as "xoxo," and "ur hott" you can pretty much tell what this album will sound like. But the boys from Butterfly Bones surprise you in that their music isn't completely surface and immature. You won't listen to the album for its lyrics, but it is certainly a happy album that you can dance to. Their bubbly synths and happy beats make it a very feel-good-don't-worry-about-a-thing-because-we're-young-album. Spin it!

Sounds Like: 
Neon Indian
Sounds Like: 
Cut Copy
Sounds Like: 
Glass Candy but more 80's
Name: 
Shuqi Li
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2010
Artist: 
Toro y Moi
Label: 
Carpark Records

Good thing the lyrics on this album aren't the emphasis, because they're really stupid. The music is nice and comforting, and it creates a nice atmosphere with the undecipherable words.  I usually don't like chillwave, but I can more than stand a few songs on this album.

Toro y Moi is the solo project of Chaz Bundick. He is inspired by R&B, French House, Glo-Fi, Psychedelica, and Post-Punk.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Washed Out
Sounds Like: 
jj
Name: 
nina ulloa
Date Reviewed: 
04/13/2010
Artist: 
Gonja Sufi
Label: 
Warp Music

Straaange psychadelic experimental music. A little bit too trippy and experimental for me, but there are some catchy Gorillaz-esque light electro pieces in here too (12,11) that I like. Gonjasufi uses that weird microphone thing that Julian Casablancas from the Strokes uses to makes his voice sound like old time radio as well as chill, low-key rhythms that make you want to just hang out at a hookah store. This album the relaxation that you find when you listen to underproduced Beatles songs.

Sounds Like: 
Gorillaz
Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Tom Waits
Sounds Like: 
a raw Julian Casablancas
Sounds Like: 
The Gaslamp Killer
Name: 
Jen Akazawa
Date Reviewed: 
04/13/2010