Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping 2008

Rating: 6/10 (edit* increased from 5 to 6 after taking a shower:)
Ninth Of Montreal record prodoced by Kevin Barnes, set to be released on October 7, 2008 on Polyvinyl. Kevin Barnes stated that the album will be composed of hundreds of short segments ranging from thirty to fifty seconds in length. But believe me, these segments are too much for a complete album spin. You also don't have idea what you are listening to. Track previews? Disappointed? No sir, there is no question that it's my favorite band. Liked Skeletal Lamping? I actually don't know if this is what i like. Of Montreal seems to like Bee Gees or they got into the indie dance sound a lot. I miss records like debut Cherry Peel, astounding The Gay Parade and Satanic Panic in the Attic.

Of Montreal had changed a lot since previous Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?. However songs like Cato as A Pun, Suffer for Fashion or She's a Rejecter made that record top-notch. Skeletal Lamping is nothing doing horrible, they get positive reviews. Positive reviews won't be important if you lose your musical soul. Puzzling, contradicting, disturbing, humorous...fantasies, do nothing about it.

Highlights: Wicked Wisdom, An Eluardian Instance, St.Exquisite's Confessions, Id Engager

Of Montreal - Id Engager

Top Pop Rock Hits

1. Bloc Party - Mercury
2. Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
It's so Lesbian! It's also one of the most downloaded song on internet.
3. Duffy – Stepping Stone
Depressive, crying Duffy will never be your steeping Stone.
4. Keane - Spiralling
5. The Stills - Being Here
6. Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone
Don't mind its place, because Glasvegas do great job.
7. Gym Class Heroes feat The Dream - Cookie Jar
8. Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
9. Subways – I Won’t Let You Down
10. Oasis - The Shock Of The Lightning

Flashback Video
Sean Lennon - Spectacle

The Stills - Oceans Will Rise (2008)


I lost myself in Indie Rock records. Too many releases and many frustrating records. Oceans Will Rise is not one of them. I first discovered The Montreal band with song "Still in Love Song". Everything I Build and Dinosaurs are my favorites from Oceans Will Rise. You should check out U2-inspired the single too:

The Stills - Being Here

Bloc Party - Intimacy (2008)

Rating: 6.5/10 (decreased from 8.5 after taking a shower, it's been overrated:)
Rush, nervous, funny and sharp Intimacy opens album with Ares and Mercury, both energetic, repetitive amazing indie rock music. Mercury remains the best thing in this recording, sounding between previous A Weekend In The City and Silent Alarm. I loved previous records as well as Intimacy. My only complain is this is short as life of a fly. Because first three tracks are suitable for dancing, this makes it happen faster than it is. There are also Trojan Horse, One Month Off Biko and Zepherus, the songs are amazingly flowing. Biko lets you rest like indie rock version of The Cure. Trojan Horse has power and it proofs that Intimacy won't break out third album syndrome. Trojan Horse follows up the same disco-indie-rock way but i like it. Signs and Better Than Heaven are so epic songs.

Bloc Party expressly deserves these words, they got this strange effect on me even if i'm not a diehard Bloc Party Fan. Their music work fairly when you miss some cool, not easily accessible, even headache rock music act. If you have to chose one between Silent Alarm, A Weekend In The City and Intimacy, you should do that for all of them. Intimacy worths a listen without doubt! One of the Best indie rock albums of the year.

Highlights: Ares, Mercury, Trojan Horse, Better Than Heaven

Bloc Party - Trojan Horse
Bloc Party - Mercury

Lady Gaga - The Fame (2008)

Rating:6/10
From start to end Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta) surprises with her wide musical inspiration. I've read that she influenced by Queen, David Bowie and Madonna. OK, i hate just that they love counting idols to sell more records and recieving positive reviews. She copies some formulas:

Recall list:
Beautiful Dirty Rich recalls Bang Bang by David Bowie
Love Game recalls 4 Minutes by Madonna
Beautiful Dirty Rich recalls Shoes by Liam Kyle Sullivan
Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) recalls Gwen Stefani cross Robyn
Again Again recalls both Queen and David Bowie
I Like It Rough recalls Break The Ice by Britney Spears
The Fame recalls Original Sin by INXS

For the rest, these songs sound like any pop artists such as Sugababes, Britney Spears and even Pink. She's better get used to hearing Gwen Stefani, Robyn, Pussycat Dolls and Fergie comparisons. Honestly song named "Summerboy" surprised me, it's been a great work. Wow so many names, this must be one of the most eclectic music recently. The Fame will crush music lists that's for sure. Because all tracks are written to make the lists. If you have watched oscar winner "Dream Girls" you'll absolutely understand what i think about The Fame. This is well-done commercial dance music despite its fugitive soul.

Highlights: Just Dance, Paparazzi, Money Honey, Again Again, Summerboy

Lady Gaga - Just Dance

Monkey - Journey To The West (2008)

Damon Albarn composed the musical score while Jamie Hewlett designed the visual concept, set and costumes. Journey To The West describes as "circus opera" and it's a successful, received positive reviews. The album based on the opera which premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2007. Additionally, you'll listen to well-accented Chinese texts during twenty two cuts. It sounds completely obscure without live scenes, but this is some interesting music to share for sure.

Highlights: The Living Sea, Battle In Heaven, Confessions Of A Pig, Sandy The River Demon, Monkey Bee

Monkey - Confessions Of A Pig
Monkey - Sandy The River Demon

www.monkeyjourneytothewest.com

Oasis - The Shock Of The Lightning (2008)

Oasis return with the first single from their forthcoming seventh studio album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ on 29th September. These guys never bored from what they sound. Another Oasis-like heavy, done and rockable single. I like guitar chords in particular, vocals are exhausted. Cd single also is included with remix by The Chemical Brothers, titled Falling Down.

Comin' up in the early morning,
I feel love in the shock of the lightning,
I fall into the blinding light,
Come in, come out, come in, come out tonight.. lyrics

Oasis - The Shock Of The Lightning

The Verve - Forth (2008)

Rating:6.5/10
It's exciting to hear Verve's new Forth. Fourth The Verve album is called forth. Opener song "Sit and Wonder" revives my disappointment on bands which have good careers in past. Like flopping new albums of The Who, Echo and the Bunnymen, Radiohead, Happy Mondays, Primal Scream and The Smashing Pumpkins, The Verve stands parallel to this britpop curse. We may sit and wonder why current music doesn't satisfy enough.

Radio-welcoming Love Is Noise, epic Sit and Wonder, dreamy Judas, torpid Numbness, glorious I See Houses...BBC summarises ''The band sound unbelievably healthy here.' I don't know what is healty about a band, but Richard Ashcroft surrenders his unwilling vocals since his solo Keys to the World (2006). I have an opinion that i'm listening to this record because it's The Verve. And Still liquid tracklist makes soft The Verve's music and provides magical moments of britpop days. This is more quality recording compared to 90s britpop music.

Forth has same message all over the songs, recording a new album after those years can be painful sometimes. Other than this, full and long songs, strong guitar chords. Yes, they're back.
Highlights: Sit and Wonder, Love Is Noise, Judas, I See Houses

The Verve - Love Is Noise

more music:
The Verve - Urban Hymns
The Verve - Drugs Don't Work

Mogwai - Batcat EP

Rating:7/10
These melodic and dark guitar shapes are messenger of upcoming Mogwai power. Batcat EP comes three songs, and all of them could be a single by itself. The opener (same titled Batcat) is pushing hard rock song, second ironic one "Stupid Prick Gets Chased By The Police and Loses His Slut Girlfriend" is more Mogwai-like alternative, and last song Devil Rides one and only song with vocal, it's alike indie pop version of Joy Division. A bit drunk songs, but that doesn't mean they're bad. I'm looking forward to hear the new album The Hawk Is Howling.
Listen:
Mogwai - Devil Rides


Look Forward to These Songs
Brandy - Right Here Lyrics
Monica - Still Standing Lyrics
Girls Aloud - Last Man Standing Lyrics
Jordin Sparks - Tattoo Lyrics
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Facedown Lyrics
Lil' Wayne - A Millie Lyrics

Best Songs of the Year 2008

It's early to tell best songs of the year, and these are the best songs that i've discovered so far.

1. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
Our champion is Mr. Sparro with nice black suit dancing like bad angels, and i loved it.
2. Hercules & Love Affair - Blind
3. Portishead - Machine Gun
4. Barry Adamson - Psycho Sexual
5. Tindersticks - The Flicker Of A Little Girl
6. Martha Wainwright - You Cheated Me
7. Beach House - You Came to Me
8. My Brightest Diamond - Inside a Boy
9. Boris - Buzz-In
10. Vampire Weekend - M7911. The Last Shadow Puppets - Standing Next To Me
12. Duffy - Warwick Avenue
13. Bloc Party - Mercury
14. Envelopes - Smoke In The Desert, Eating The Sand, Hide In The Grass
15. Ladytron - Black Car
16. SuperGrass - Bad Blood
17. M83 - Kim & Jessie
18. Coldplay - Viva la Vida

19. Goldfrapp - Caravan Girl
20. Estelle Feat Kanye West - American Boy

Fanu & Bill Laswell - Lodge (2008)

Lodge definitely deserves a mention, i googled and it's hard to find something about the album. This is instrumental ambiant music featuring incredible Bill Laswell from underground music scene. While listening to it, you feel guilty, mystery and comfort. This is accurate that Lodge is perfect like any other Laswell collection. If you want to find one of the best night themes, then you should listen to Transfer Code. Astounding! For more info Fanu & Bill Laswell, Lodge (Karlrecords)
mp3:
Fanu & Bill Laswell - Transfer Code

Simian Mobile Disco - Sample And Hold

Remixes are sticky creatures, and it's a reason to run!

Bloc Party - Mercury (2008)

Rating:8.5/10
Mercury, first single from upcoming Bloc Party album. They're in the middle of recording album, and i believe it soon leaks out. Mercury is a bit different, and it sounds like some foolish song. When it comes think of repetitive and robotic Kele vocals My Mercury My Mercury it sounds cool. Be careful i'm not saying it's good but cool. There are more three remix version of the song Hervé, CSS and Flosstrodamus remixes. And these three remixes are amazing remixes for parties. Plus CSS Remix is the most radio-friendly one. Amazing Cds!!!
Highlights: Mercury (CSS Remix), Mercury (Flosstradamus Remix)

1. Bloc Party - Mercury
2. Bloc Party - Mercury (Herve Is In Disarray Remix)
3. Bloc Party - Mercury (CSS Remix)
4. Bloc Party - Mercury (Flosstradamus Remix)

Latest tracks
Estelle - American Boy Lyrics
Demi Lovato - That's How You Know Lyrics
Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire Lyrics
Jonas Brothers - Goodnight And Goodbye Lyrics
Ludacris - What Them Girls Like Lyrics
Cassie - Nobody But You Lyrics

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs - Dirt Don't Hurt

No it's not a horror movie poster, but i promise the first single 'My 45' would a great soundtrack for fantastical horror movie Jeepers Creepers. Dirt Don't Hurt mostly follows light of traditional rock n' roll sound. This Lp sounds amazing, dirty and well-rounded. Vocals are so sweet and mature. This is flawless representation.

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs - My 45

Keane - Spiralling


Rating:7.5/10
Keane as one of the strongest pop band from Britain, shout Spiralling and it's first single upcoming Perfect Symmetry. Taking chords and keys from beautiful 80s, recalling amazing Spandau ballet (specially hit "Gold") if you consider as this is a grower version. Spiralling gives rainbow effect! Tom Chaplin can grab you cheerfully this time, he shouts out loud!

Keane - Spiralling (Radio Edit)

more:
Keane - Little Broken Words
Keane - Under Pressure

Calexico - Carried To Dust (2008)

Rating: 5/10
Gypsy, latin, love and acustic guitar. This is ok from the first track. Fifteen okedoke Calexico tracks, promoting sleep and sometimes it's a little boring country music. I love Calexico when they put an interesting song between these boring southwestern American musical styles. Writer's Minor Holiday may be the best example their diverse sound.

Carried To Dust occasionally full of emotion and that becomes romantic in night. Neither Tarantino movies Nor Western music interests me that much. Calexico insistently provides same sound and same songs, whistles and all other lazy theme.

Highlights: Writer's Minor Holiday, House Of Valparaiso, Bend In The Road

Calexico - Two Silver Trees

Calexico on this blog:
Calexico - Tool Box
Calexico - Feist of Wire
Calexico - Even My Sure Things Fall Through
Calexico - Alone Again
Calexico - Hot Rail
Calexico - Convict Pool
Calexico - Spoke
Calexico - Aerocalexico
Calexico & Iron and Wine – In The Reigns

New tracks
Miley Cyrus - Let's Dance Lyrics
Maroon 5 - If I Never See Your Face Again Lyrics
Miley Cyrus - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Lyrics
Apocalyptica - I’m Not Jesus Lyrics
New Found Glory - Kiss Me Lyrics
Rihanna - Hate That I Love You Lyrics

Stereolab - Chemical Chords (2008)

Rating: 7.5/10
It's serious posting about some iconic music bands. Stereolab keep back good stuff around, we're talking about unique and spicy music records here. Chemical Chords comes with professional sound in certain way. Peaceful female vocals are dancing forward to both retro and minimalist melodies.

All songs are nearly in same rhythm, that doesn't lack difference, though. Because vocals here are ready to fly in English or French. This is intelligent pop formula and wonderful indie music. www.stereolab.co.uk

Highlights: Neon Beanbag, Chemical Chords, Fractal Dream Of A Thing, Daisy Click Clack, The Ecstatic Static

Stereolab - Three Women

Movies and Soundtracks


I love watching good movies. I've just seen The Breakfast Club again, it is about a story of couple of common teenages during their disciplinary punishment in same school. Drama sounds like something put people off. I like drama genre, because life is a complete drama, sometimes its funny, silly and maybe shocking.

Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)

I watched Persona fourth times so far, in the year 1966 written by Ingmar Bergman. Its genre is psychological drama movie and this movie is one of my all time favourite ones. I still could not  understand the thing about that Nurse, she's so weird. What a strange movie character!

The last and the best one is an Ingmar Bergman classic again. The Seventh Seal (1957) gets my fourth watch. Scott Walker wrote a song about this film, showing his admiration to this movie. The lyrics tell the same story like in the movie. It is about a knight is confused about existence of God and he's playing chest with Master Death.

Scott Walker - The Seventh Seal

Amy Winehouse - The Ska EP (2008)

Rating:4/10
Amy Winehouse seems to entertain herself being a celebrity crow singer. Singing 'Ay yay yay- yay yay yay' , covering ska-punk favorites from Toots & The Maytals to The Specials, Andy & Joe to Sam Cooke. Only good cover is Cupid originally by Cooke. The result is la-la-la with Amy on old-fashioned boring ska music. These four cover give an opinion about her future career. She makes a Gloria Gaynor-like disco record or something more cheerful than Back to Black (2006), who knows?
Highlights: Cupid (Sam Cooke)

Amy Winehouse - Hey Little Rich Girl

Placebo - Whitout You I'm Nothing

Rating: 10/10
I'm unclean, a libertine
And every time you vent your spleen, I seem to lose the power of speech, Your slipping slowly from my reach. You grow me like an evergreen, You never see the lonely me at all

These powerful verses from Placebo's the most darkness record Whithout You i'm Nothing. With its original release date November 3, 1998, Brian Molko deserves an ambitious mention from critics, because lyrics are hard to catch here, at the same time they're bold and ready to rock. "Whitout You I'm Nothing" never ages, call this as goth, alternative, britpop or neoglam, and do not forget that this is hard to categorize. I love listening the whole record together after ten years. Can you find any record sounds like this? Comparable things don't provide something worthy in art. Come on man, this is rare, and alternative rock classic.

Highlights: Pure Morning, Whitout You I'm Nothing, Every You Every Me, The Crawl

Placebo - Whitout You I'm Nothing

Placebo Records on MM blog:
Placebo - Covers
Placebo - Meds
Placebo - Placebo

New Music 2008

1. Mercury Rev - Snowflake in a Hot World
This my current favorite record! read record review.

2. Young Rival - Master of None (Beach House cover)

3. Death Cab For Cutie - Cath
Narrow Stairs does not offer many radio-friendly indie rock songs, believe me it's a powerful record in anyway.

4. Calexico - Two Silver Trees

5. The Rifles - I Could Never Lie Video

6. Kylie Minogue – The One

7. Maths Class - Now This Will Take Two Hands

8. The Girls - Transfer Station

9. Missy Elliott - Best Best

10. The Saturdays - If This Is Love VideoThe stupid girl song of the year! I couldn't stand it one minute!

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