Space Rock

Artist: 
Mimes on Rollercoasters
Label: 
self-released

If there ever was an album that made me want to go on an intergalactic space voyage, this is it. Rock It! by Mimes on Rollercoasters is a spacey, proggy album with solid songwriting and arrangments drenched in a layer of cheese and camp. The font on the cover is Comic Sans, after all.

Sounds Like: 
Black Storm
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
Glint
Label: 
Votiv Music

(From The 405- “Like a walk through a forest at night but with trees playing rock music as well as the usual whispering wind.”)

Sounds Like: 
Local Natives
Sounds Like: 
The Raveonettes
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/09/2015
Artist: 
Jack Name
Label: 
Castleface

Alright, there are some things I dig and don't dig about this album. I dig all the sound fusion - you have all these weird pop melodies submerged in fuzz, noise, and bizarre psychedelic twists and turns that make you feel like you're floating around in space. "Werewolf Factory" is a pretty stellar, dark track that makes you slightly uncomfortable but entraces you with a funky bassline and layers of noise. It's pretty sweet how he uses all these old school synths and drum machines that make it sound like a basement project from the 80s.

Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Sounds Like: 
White Fence
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
01/18/2015
Artist: 
Until The Ribbon Breaks
Label: 
Kobalt

This album is all over the map. You totally get the impression that this band is some kind of punk band by looking at the cover but it is not the case. We've got some R&B and funk rock, slow and fast paced. Really deep vibes. This is the band's debut album. Songs are featured on upcoming album in 2015.

Sounds Like: 
Coldplay
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Name: 
Lauren Wexler
Date Reviewed: 
12/08/2014
Artist: 
OK GO
Label: 
BMG

OK GO is back. You'll remeber this band from all of their innovative music videos and car commercials. Well they are back and amped up for more. This album is more electronic than their previous ones. Lots of synths and every song has a party beat. This band will always come with surprises at every turn, using new and creative methods to come up with the best sound. Definite multimedia approach, a showcase of multiple instruments. Basically you can't go wrong with this album because it will add flair to your show.

Sounds Like: 
Coldplay
Sounds Like: 
Beck
Name: 
Lauren Wexler
Date Reviewed: 
11/04/2014
Artist: 
Static People
Label: 
Mass Ants Music

This EP was very intergalactic and spacey. I feel that if Zenon, girl of the 21st century, went through a punk phase, this is what she would listen to. (Take that how you’d like.) The first two songs are fun, upbeat, and have sort of lighter content than the other four.

Sounds Like: 
Metric
Sounds Like: 
The Epoxies
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2014
Artist: 
Nik Turner
Label: 
Purple Pyramid

This album RULES! Nik Turner plays a classic sounding type of psychedelic rock infused with shrieking synths, saxophones, and rad guitar solos. Also, the album is space themed. You may be laughing at this description, but in all seriousness, this is probably one of my favorite space-themed albums. The complaint I tend to have with concept albums about space is that they end up being too wishy-washy. This is not the case here. Nik Turner, I feel, does a good job of not only representing the harsh realities of space as well as the soaring romance of it.

Sounds Like: 
Acid Mothers Temple
Sounds Like: 
The Doors
Sounds Like: 
Space Oddity
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2014
Artist: 
Black Hearted Brother
Label: 
Slumberland

Black Hearted Brothers is a unique mix of space rock, shoegaze and psychedelic into a nice long album. Through its mostly quite lengthy songs is flips between very spacy and soft space rock (sounds like it is from 2050) and very intense noisy guitar-driven shoegaze, much like Slowdive (the guitarist was in Black Hearted Brothers is from Slowdive so this makes sense). Much of the album is instrumental, but most songs hove at least some vocals. When in, they sound very Pink Floyd-esque.

Sounds Like: 
Yo La Tengo
Sounds Like: 
Slowdive
Name: 
Matthew Nielsen
Date Reviewed: 
11/19/2013
Artist: 
Anti-M
Label: 
Topographic Productions

This album goes all over the place. It ranges from shitty synth. pop to solid gothic rock/metal backed with electronic elements to space rock to electronica. The songs seem to be randomly thrown together into an album that has absolutely no cohesion. One song a boring guy will sing, the next the decent woman will. However, the individual songs often work pretty well. I’m a fan of rock, so when it veers off into synth pop or electronica I get left behind. The goth rock and gothic metal segments are great, the pop moments I found boring.

Sounds Like: 
Depeche Mode
Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Name: 
Alex Block
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2012
Artist: 
Spiritualized
Label: 
Double Six Records

 Spiritualized is a space rock band from the 90's who gained critical acclaim in 1997 for their album "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space". This album is pretty cool, and deifintely is a more poppy version of their past work. It utilizes piano and rhythm guitar to make a more pop centered ambiance to their past use of pedals and sound effects to creat their "space psychedelic" feel. The only problem is the best tracks on the album are a little long, sometimes topping in around 8-9 minutes. Not solid for a radio show.

Sounds Like: 
Flaming Lips
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Sounds Like: 
Radiohead
Sounds Like: 
Elton John (I know, but forreal tho)
Name: 
Andrew West
Date Reviewed: 
04/13/2012
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