Monthly Archives: October 2009

Heads Up

Although not strictly a new band, I’ve just been introduced to The Airborne Toxic Event. And what a band they are. I listened to their self titled album for the first time and was really impressed by the maturity and depth of writing for such a relatively new band. Despite appearing to fit the conventional indie/rock scene comfortably at first, there is a lot of individuality to separate them for the rest. Wonderfully twangy guitars and a rich voice stand out in particular.

Difficult to pick a stand out track, but for a good example of what they do here is “Happiness Is Overrated”.

Debut album The Airborne Toxic Event is out now.


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In West Philadelphia

Well posting everyday fell by the wayside rather quickly, my apologies for that.

On the plus side though it did give me the chance to discover a really great new act. Philadelphia based electro pop act Cold Cave are about to release their debut album, and what an album it is. Filled with a great balance between full on electro and radio friendly synthpop, it shows impressive variation and some really stand out tracks.

“Heaven Was Full” in particular features some great musicianship and vocals that steal the show. With a distinctly Ian Curtis feel about them, it is hard not to appreciate the mesmerising tone and it’s brilliant execution.

Although there are no official videos yet, here is “Heaven Was Full”.

Album Love Comes Close is released on 2nd November.

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Just Delightful

I bought I Love You Man (2008) on DVD a while ago having watched it at the cinema and practically crying with laughter for the duration of it. I watched it recently, only to get it off the shelf yet again for another go. It’s not hard to see what made it so successful, but no matter how many times I watch the laughs keep coming.

In arguably his best roll to date Paul Rudd does a marvelous job as the buddy-less lead Peter Klaven, with the always hilarious Peter Segel often providing the big belly laughs. Set against the beautiful Californian hills, tales of dog shit, The Incredible Hulk and bad nicknames are just the start of a well written and brilliantly executed plot. It also features a guest appearance from classic band Rush, a nice little music reference for you there.

So if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you do. It’ll definitely be one to go back to time after time.

I Love You Man is available on DVD now.

(Image courtesy of i31)

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Where To Start

I’ve got so many ideas on what to start with, so many bands to recommend. But I think to start with I will introduce the wonderful Twin Atlantic. This Glaswegian quartet offer a raw yet technically sound take on guitar driven Indie, with a dedicated following and steadily growing stock.

Here is the video for their fantastic single “You’re Turning Into John Wayne”, a typical example of their massive sound and incisive lyrics.

Debut mini album Vivarium available now.

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