Album Reviews

The Zebras: New Ways Of Risking Our Lives [Album Review]

“A Day On Black Mountain Road” isn’t nearly as upbeat as some of The Zebras earlier work. At least, it doesn’t seem like it at first. It’s the chord progressions — they’re slightly darker. This is not necessarily a criticism rather than an objective side comment. It’s a small stray from the past that pops… Continue reading The Zebras: New Ways Of Risking Our Lives [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Scott Pinkmountain: The Full Sun [Album Review]

Listening to Scott Pinkmountain for the first time, one is likely to think he is just another standard indie artist. This, however, will fade into awe around halfway through opening tune “Song Of Solomon”. There’s nothing standard about Pinkmountain’s music. It’s unique. It’s original. It’s damn good. Just listen to the horn and woodwinds opening… Continue reading Scott Pinkmountain: The Full Sun [Album Review]

Lists And Mixes

Best of 2008: Fense’s Top 33 & 1/3 Albums of the Year

Written by Fense The year is over. We have a new president about to take office, a failing economy, and out of control weather. The good news is that last year saw some amazing albums hit and, thanks to the rampant oppression of hard times, next year should prove just as fruitful music-wise. After all,… Continue reading Best of 2008: Fense’s Top 33 & 1/3 Albums of the Year

Lists And Mixes · Videos

Fense’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2008

Written by Fense So I don’t really drink champagne, but I’ll enjoy me a thick stout or juicy lager any day. And dry red wine tends to go down a bit smoother than it should. So, as I pop open a bottle of Chilean Carménère, I am ready to compile my top ten music videos… Continue reading Fense’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2008

Album Reviews

matt pond PA: The Freeep

Written by Ron Trembath A truly lovable indie/ambient sound is hard to come by in a world of music filled with angst and worry. Thankfully there are melodically in-tune bands like matt pond PA. Few bands are so in touch with a rampant disregard for what may please the incumbents of a sadder existence. In… Continue reading matt pond PA: The Freeep

Album Reviews

Rogue Motel: Daylight Breaking [Album Review]

Written by Ron Trembath This eccentric five-some make music that combines so many elements or rock-n-roll, they create their own genre. And Daylight Breaking by Rogue Motel (MySpace) puts it all out on the table. Each song is full and has an individual tone that’s set over breathtaking melodies. For a band that only formed… Continue reading Rogue Motel: Daylight Breaking [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Hot Lava: Lavalogy [Album Review]

Written by Fense And here I thought quirky, lo-fi, synth-based garage bands were pretty much limited to Kill Rock Stars releases, but Hot Lava (http://www.myspace.com/hotlavaep) proved me wrong. Their little ditty that is Lavalogy may sound like it could be a KRS release, but it comes to us from the honored label Bar None. But… Continue reading Hot Lava: Lavalogy [Album Review]

Videos

Moscow Olympics: Second Trace [Video]

Written by Fense Pop fans of the world unite. Well, make that past tense — united. Pop fans of the world united for this video. Moscow Olympics is not from Russia, as the name might suggest. They’re from the Philippines. Their video for “Second Trace” was put together by a pop fan from Brazil. And… Continue reading Moscow Olympics: Second Trace [Video]