Album Reviews

The Half Open Sky Gives Us Hope: The Explorer [Album Review]

The name The Half Open Sky Gives Us Hope sounds like a song you’d hear associated with a band like Explosions in the Sky or Thee Silver Mt. Zion, so it’s no surprise that this band also fits that ethereal classically-based and/or instrumental genres to which these two bands are occasionally associated. However, two key… Continue reading The Half Open Sky Gives Us Hope: The Explorer [Album Review]

Song Reviews

Simon Bish: Butterfly Girl [Track Review]

The butterfly is always the easiest and most admired insect to ingest the world of indie rock/pop/whatever with great reason. A butterfly begins its stages as just another creepy, crawly tree dweller before it bursts into the world as a multi-colored miracle floating amidst the very trees it once depended upon to slowly push its… Continue reading Simon Bish: Butterfly Girl [Track Review]

Videos

The School: Let It Slip [Video]

The School is the latest band to debut on the beloved Minty Fresh label, and it’s easy to hear what attracted them to this band. Their style of pop is extremely uplifting, with tempestuously quick beats and the luscious beauty of 60s girl pop with back-up singers and instrumentation that’s as pleasant as a cool… Continue reading The School: Let It Slip [Video]

Album Reviews

Uniform Motion: Pictures [Album Review]

Something in the world has shifted because yet again I am finding myself setting aside the mastery of electric guitars and songs for slower, seemingly simpler sounds, such as those of the folk band Uniform Motion. While we miss out on their rock art concept of sketches and soundscapes created during live performance, we still… Continue reading Uniform Motion: Pictures [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Some Beans: Fear and Loathing in Tipton St. John [Album Review]

Some Beans, aka Andy Fonda, aka ¼ of Noise Annoys Simon, is a pretty soulful cat. It’s a bit spooky at times, but it is always funky. His debut album, Fear and Loathing in Tipton St. John, might actually be a very well-planned dance track tribute to the honorable Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Or not.… Continue reading Some Beans: Fear and Loathing in Tipton St. John [Album Review]

Album Reviews

A Fine Day For Sailing: My Baby Loves Pop Music [Album Review]

Sometimes a song can just make perfect sense. There comes a time when a pretty indie pop song can be exactly what you need to spawn the most wonderful of memories. Don’t believe it? Then check out A Fine Day For Sailing and their absolutely gorgeous album My Baby Loves Pop Music. You have to… Continue reading A Fine Day For Sailing: My Baby Loves Pop Music [Album Review]

Song Reviews

Archie Bronson Outfit: Shark’s Tooth [mp3]

Archie Bronson Outfit‘s single “Shark’s Tooth” seems to be set in a time and space completely separate from existence we know. Its drastically elevated tempo is dance-floor worthy, though precisely too high. It is surf music taken to a brand new, quite radical level. Archie Bronson Outfit has this beat-driven euphoria that is sure to… Continue reading Archie Bronson Outfit: Shark’s Tooth [mp3]

Album Reviews

Menhirs of Er Grah: Billy Cross’s Daughter [Album Review]

The always musically vigilant singer/songwriter Thom Carter has some stories to tell on his third release as Menhirs of Er Grah, Billy Cross’s Daughter. And they are amongst the best he has even told. Thom has announced that he has tried to “bury his Eric Clapton CD’s in a casket under the sea”. But, even… Continue reading Menhirs of Er Grah: Billy Cross’s Daughter [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Thrilled Skinny: Just Another Teenage Dream [Album Review]

Punk is dead. This is, more or less, a fact. Save for the rare new group to break out or the senior citizens out there still rocking hard (Bad Religion, Henry Rollins, etc.), the whole idealism and solid truths of punk rock is long and gone. It seems as though the best we can hope… Continue reading Thrilled Skinny: Just Another Teenage Dream [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Noise Annoys Simon: You Say It, I’ll Know It [Album Review]

What in the hell has happened to alternative pop music? There was a time when sweet guitar riffs and soft-spoken lyrics reigned supreme. Even misery was an exciting topic when a cat like Dave Pirner would spill his guts on a record about runaway trains and frustration as a business plot. The anger of today… Continue reading Noise Annoys Simon: You Say It, I’ll Know It [Album Review]