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OOIOO – Armonico Hewa

Posted in Experimental Rock, Japanoise by newmusicexcess on December 31, 2009

 OOIOO_-_Armonica_Hewa

Track listing:

1. SOL
2. Uda Hah
3. Irorun
4. Konjo
5. Ulda
6. Polacca
7. Kipepeo
8. O O I A H
9. Nin Na Yama
10. Hewa Hewa
11. Agacim
12. Orokai
13. Honki Ponki

Armonico Hewa is OOIOO’s sixth album of experimental rock. Once again the band have dug out the genre blender and circuit bent the controls. A hyperactive melding of progressive arrangements, ethnic rhythms, punk, noise and ADHD. If this is your brain on music then it’s just been stewed, but it’s a tasty stew!

Reviewed at:

cokemachineglow – http://www.cokemachineglow.com/record_review/4877/ooioo-armonicohewa-2009

Dusted Magazine – http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/5330

New Musical Express – http://www.nme.com/reviews/ooioo/10958

Pitchfork – http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13750-armonico-hewa/

PopMatters – http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/112204-ooioo-armonico-hewa/

The New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/arts/music/25play.html?_r=1

Drowned In Sound – http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14855/reviews/4138373

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Mudvayne – Scream With Me (single)

Posted in Alternative Metal by newmusicexcess on December 30, 2009

Scream With Me is the first single released off the new self-titled Mudvayne album. The album was released on December 21st 2009, the same date that the video premiered. Although, the single had already been released to radio on November 17th 2009. Check out the video for the Scream with Me single on YouTube.

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Sole And The Skyrider Band – Plastique

Posted in Abstract Hip-Hop, Alternative Hip-Hip, Electronic Music, Experimental, Glitch by newmusicexcess on December 30, 2009

plastiquecover-web-300x300 Track listing:

1. Children of Privilege
2. Battlefields feat Markus Acher of The Notwist
3. Longshots
4. Nothing Pt 2
5. More
6. Pissing In The Wind
7. Bait
8. Mr Insurgent
9. Black

Plastique, the follow up to Sole And The Skyrider band’s self titled debut, is chock full of irreverent reflections on the postmodern ‘me’ pop culture. The old-school hip-hop structures are augmented with the use of a live band using heavy break beats and awesome riffs. The album is bleak but sufficiently cathartic not to leave you in ‘all hope is lost’ state of mind.

Reviewed at:

Pop Patters – http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/115946-sole-the-skyrider-band-plastique

Sputnik Music – http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=41835

URB – http://www.urb.com/2009/10/27/sole-and-the-skyrider-band-plastique-review

Rocksellout – http://www.rocksellout.com/home/2009/10/12/sole-and-the-skyrider-band-plastique-album-review.html

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Under The Radar: Best Of The Decade – Albums 1-10

Posted in Chart, Under The Radar by newmusicexcess on December 27, 2009

The December issue of Under The Radar magazine features a list of the 200 best albums of the decade. Here are numbers 1 to 10 on the list:

1. Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
2. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
3. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)
4. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of This Country (2006)
5. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (2005) 
6. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest (2009)
7. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (2008)
8. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
9. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
10 Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People (2002)

http://www.undertheradarmag.com/

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Tape Deck Mountain – Ghost

Posted in Alternative Rock, Noisegaze, Shoegaze by newmusicexcess on December 27, 2009

Tape Deck Mountain - Ghost

Track listing:
1. Scantrons
2. F-
3. On My Honor
4. 80/20
5. Dead Doctors Don’t Lie
6. In the Dirt
7. Ghost Colony
8. A+
9. Bat Lies

I can pretty much sum Ghost by Tape Deck Mountain up in one equation, (33.3333333/45)rpm x ((Slowdive + Jesus and Mary Chain + Stone Roses) x uber-reverb). But, of course, I really love it! It’s a bizarre holiday science project set to music.

Reviewed at:
Pitchfork – http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13757-ghost/

Prefixmag.com – http://www.prefixmag.com/reviews/tape-deck-mountain/ghost/33399/

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Krallice – Dimensional Bleedthrough

Posted in Black Metal, Experimetal Black Metal, Progressive Black Metal by newmusicexcess on December 25, 2009

Track listing:

1. Dimensional Bleedthrough
2. Autochthon
3. Aridity
4. The Mountain
5. Intraum
6. Untitled
7. Monolith of Possession

Dimensional Bleedthrough, released through Profound Lore, is Krallice‘s second album. It presents to me an entirely new take on Black Metal, a combination of ultra technical playing, spiraling riffs, sparse but tortured vocals all glued together with a structural integrity. Add into this equation all the best remembered elements of Burzum, Ulver, Wolves In The Throneroom, Gorgoroth, and Weakling and you have a very strong release from a band who seem to have unlimited inventiveness and musical competence.

Reviewed at:

About.com – http://heavymetal.about.com/od/k/gr/krallice-dimensionalbleedthrough.htm

Allmusic – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gnfqxz9aldhe~T10

The New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/arts/music/15play.html?_r=1

PopMatters  – http://www.popmatters.com/pm/column/115716-dimensional-walls-getting-thinner-the-collective-minds-of-krallice

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30 Seconds To Mars – This Is War

Posted in Hard Rock, Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on December 24, 2009

30 Seconds To Mars - This Is WarTrack listing:
1. “Escape” — 2:24
2. “Night of the Hunter” — 5:41
3. “Kings and Queens” — 5:48
4. “This Is War” — 5:27
5. “100 Suns” — 1:58
6. “Hurricane” — 6:12
7. “Closer to the Edge” — 4:34
8. “Vox Populi” — 5:43
9. “Search and Destroy” — 5:39
10. “Alibi” — 6:00
11. “Stranger in a Strange Land” — 6:54
12. “L490” — 4:26

On the epic This Is War, 30 Seconds To Mars manage to distill the essence of  noughties Rock. It is as if some mad scientist has taken U2, The Killers and My Chemical Romance, extracted their Factor-X and then injected it into 30 Seconds To Mars. I remember Pop Rock band Roxette doing this sort of distillation of clichés within their field, and getting slated for it. Well I actually enjoyed it, and I enjoy this stuff. Cranked to the MAX, of course!

Reviewed at:

All Music Guide – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fbfuxzraldhe~T1

Slant Magazine – http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=1945

The Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/dec/04/30-seconds-to-mars-this-is-mars

Spin – http://www.spin.com/reviews/thirty-seconds-mars-war-rca

Dot Music – http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/091216/33/2224n.html

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Posted in Now Playing by newmusicexcess on December 23, 2009

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Hidden Cameras – Origin:Orphan

Posted in Indie Pop by newmusicexcess on December 23, 2009

Hidden Cameras - Orpan:Origin

Track listing:

1. Ratify the New
2. In the NA
3. He Falls to Me
4. Colour of a Man
5. Do I Belong?
6. Walk On
7. Kingdom Come
8. Origin:Orphan
9. Underage
10. The Little Bit
11. Silence Can Be a Headline

The Hidden Cameras‘ fifth studio album, Origin:Orphan, is its first on the Arts & Crafts label. There is a ominousness in the harmonies that does relent over the course of the album, tempered by the sweet melodies, while orchestral and brass blasts add to the drama of the musical feast on offer. With synth, flutes, guitar and drums also vying in the mix Origin:Orphan offers up a sumptuous feast indeed!

Reviewed at:

musicOMH.com – http://www.musicomh.com/albums/hidden-cameras-2_0909.htm

The Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/dec/04/the-hidden-cameras-origin-orphan

New Musical Express – http://www.nme.com/reviews/10954

PopMatters – http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/111547-the-hidden-cameras-origin-orphan/

cokemachineglow – http://www.cokemachineglow.com/record_review/4829/hiddencameras-originorphan-2009

The Onion (A.V. Club) – http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-hidden-cameras-origin-orphan,33117/

NOW Magazine – http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/discs.cfm?content=171295

Pitchfork – http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13488-origin-orphan/

Drowned In Sound – http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14959/reviews/4138545

Engineers – Three Fact Fader

Posted in Dream pop, Indie Rock, Post-rock, Shoegaze by newmusicexcess on December 21, 2009

Track listing:

1. Clean Coloured Wire
2. Sometimes I Realise
3. International Dirge
4. Helped by Science
5. Brighter As We Fall
6. Hang Your Head
7. Crawl From the Wreckage
8. Three Fact Fader
9. Song For Andy
10. Emergency Room
11. The Fear Has Gone
12. Be What You Are
13. What Pushed Us Together

Engeeners second album, Three Fact Finder, is a trippy, loopy and laid back ride through laconic sonic diversity. Simon Phipps’ seductive vocals ride on a heady flow of lethargic angst. Shoegaze perfection!

Reviewed at:

Delusions of Adequacy – http://www.adequacy.net/2009/12/engineers-three-fact-fader/

Drowned In Sound – http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14482/reviews/4137217

musicOMH.com – http://www.musicomh.com/albums/engineers_0709.htm

New Musical Express – http://www.nme.com/reviews/engineers/10633

PopMatters – http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/116472-engineers-three-fact-fader/

Lost At Sea – http://www.lostatsea.net/review.phtml?id=10606239904b235b537f2c1

All Music Guide  – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0xftxztaldse~T1