Podcast – April 30th, 2011

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“The River’s Higher Now” – Jeff Zentner
“Sego Lily” – The Backgrounds
“Fizzy Fizzy Girl” – The Neighbors
“Misery” – Fossil Fools
“All Packed Up” – Idiot Glee
“When Children Turn Into Monsters” – Good Morning Passenger

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Podcast – April 30th, 2011

The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review

For a few weeks now, I’ve been listening to the latest effort from the Aquabats, and contemplating my critique. Having done a number of reviews and critiques over the years, this one has been the hardest, because it is such a unique project.    I have heard of the Aquabats but had never heard their music until now. So, rather than review this by comparing and contrasting it with past works, I am simply going to focus on this particular body of work.

So, to point out the obvious… this is not your “typical” band.  With their spandex “rash guard” super hero shirts and their anti-negativity helmets, they not only deliver everything you would want from a world famous rock band, but they also travel the planet in their highly customized Winnebego fighting crime, including notorious bad guys like  Gasface and  Kitty Litter.

Or at least that’s what I hear.

So, on to the music… It’s juvenile, cheesier than cheetos in nacho sauce, completely over-the-top, borderline ridiculous, and… FUN!     It’s actually refreshing to have something on my iPod that is fun, light-hearted, energetic, and full of satire. Continue reading “The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review”

The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review

Test Marketing Low’s C’mon

For your consideration, a two step formula for judging art: 1. Identify what the artist attempted to accomplish 2. Assess whether the artist accomplished it.

Low is never as monolithic as you remember them being. One word summaries (slowcore) hide the most important and interesting part of Low–their focus on relationship. Dynamics are Low’s secret: within a harmony, a song, an album, and increasingly, a discography. Like the Beatles, like Nirvana, revisiting the back catalog is always a pleasant surprise because the precious space we have in our brains to categorize popular music doesn’t let us retain the exceptions to our heuristics. And it’s the exceptions that make those bands stand the test of time.

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Test Marketing Low’s C’mon

Fictionist and the Rolling Stone Experience

Editor’s note:  to vote for Fictionist in the contest, please click HERE!

As you may have recently heard or witnessed, Fictionist has reached the Elite Eight of a contest that will put an unsigned band on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time in the iconic rock magazine’s history. Whether they move on to the next round will be determined by you, the music listener.

As part of their efforts to garner more votes, Fictionist has launched their own contest, which allows voters to win prizes including  autographed memorabilia, CDs, and a trip to Bonaroo Music Festival. Additionally, they have been playing shows and telling fans to get out and vote. We were able to catch up with the guys after a recent show in Provo and ask them about their experience thus far. What follows is an account of Aaron’s door-knocking, Robbie’s hair care tips, and Brandon’s foray into the legal field. Continue reading “Fictionist and the Rolling Stone Experience”

Fictionist and the Rolling Stone Experience

Linescratching Post for the week of April 25, 2011

 

Vol 1 No. 9, Week of April 25, 2011

In this issue: The Return of Roxy Rawson; Alan Sparhawk talks God; Emily Hope Price goes solo; Lime Colony enters the test kitchen; Mormons clean up at a Nashville songwriting competition.

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Linescratching Post for the week of April 25, 2011