Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* La Plebe – ¡Hasta La Muerte! (Spanish rock)
Boisterous, political punk-en-español. The lyrics switch back and forth between English and Spanish, but the guitars are so loud you won’t even notice. A horn section opens the throttle even further, to where it’s hard to keep from bouncing around the room while you listen.
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Is Is (rock)
Crashing guitar and Patti Smith-inspired vocals drive this EP. Raw production gives the band’s sound a jagged edge. Four out of the five songs here are gems.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Made in
Riders in the Sky – Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry (country)
Faithful remakes of some great old cowboy tunes. Gene Autry helped put the “western” in country & western, and Riders in the Sky keep the campfire flame alive. Full vocal harmonies, strings, accordion, and even some lightning-fast yodeling characterize these classic arrangements.
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation
Here are a few commitments I'd like to make with this blog -- I'm hoping you'll hold me to them.
1. Keep it Casual -- My guess is most people don't really care about trivia like the name of the drummer's high school band, they just want to know how the music sounds. So I'll try to keep things simple and focused on the music.
2. Focus on the Good Stuff -- I rarely do negative reviews, most of which are more about the critic's ego than about helping out the listener. Although I reserve the right to an honest opinion, I try to keep an open ear to the music, and will plead "no comment" on music I don't like more often than trashing it.
3. Bring the Unexpected -- Although I can't give great tips in every genre, I think I've got a wider range than most. My hope is that you'll find something here you never thought you'd catch yourself listening to and give it a try.
That's it. I'm hoping this will be as interactive an experience as possible, so don't hesitate to send questions, suggestions, challenges, new ideas, and even your own reviews if you think I misjudged something. Let's have fun!