Tag: Brian Eno

Track By Track: Coldplay — Mylo Xyloto

Track By Track: Coldplay — Mylo Xyloto

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Because I dread the thought of writing yet another album review where I spend hundreds of words trying to frame an album in the proper context, or where I try to find yet another way to write about chord progressions, I'm just going to take it one song at a time and share my first impressions. So here we go with Coldplay's fifth and newest album, Mylo Xyloto. "Mylo Xyloto" -- Like most instrumental passages fewer than 60 seconds long, it's nice but not really essential. Next. "Hurts Like Heaven" -- Ooh, peppy! I like the directness and dance-ability of this, even though I am in fact a shitty dancer. This is easily more immediate than anything on the Viva La Vida album (which is not to say better, mind you). Nice vocal melodies from Chris "Mr. Paltrow" Martin. "Paradise" -- This ha
New release roundup (feat. Midlake, Stone Temple Pilots, and Maya Beiser)

New release roundup (feat. Midlake, Stone Temple Pilots, and Maya Beiser)

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Sigh.  Once again there's so much music and so little time.  In fact, most of albums on this list can't properly be considered "new" anymore, but that's life. Dave King - Indelicate (Sunnyside Records) King has already established himself as a jazz percussionist par excellence with the Bad Plus and Happy Apple, but here he decides to carry the entire load himself.   While I'd love to say that Indelicate is a prime example of a talented artist finally allowed to break free from the shackles of the group format, that isn't really the case here.  King's muscular and primal rhythmic approach to the drum kit carries over to the piano but it becomes clear fairly quickly that while King has a number of good ideas (among them the simple but engaging "Homage: Young People" and the bouncy "I
2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

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A few months into this year I couldn't shake the feeling that 2008 just wasn't going to be the great year for new music that 2007 was.  And so here I am, about a week away from 2009, and I still feel the same way.  It wasn't a total wash mind you, as there was definitely some quality to be enjoyed.  So here's my take on the 2008 music year - good, bad, and ugly. The Best of the Best (Albums) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop) Yeah, this seems like an obvious choice, but it's also a damn good one.  I'm always up for listening to good vocal harmonies, and this band has them in spades.  The music is gorgeous to boot, and is a highly engaging blend of folk titans like CSNY, America, and early '70s Fleetwood Mac.  The vocal round of "White Winter Hymnal" is worth the price of admission
Free .mp3 downloads!

Free .mp3 downloads!

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Sorry, they're not on this site (psych!).  But if you don't mind giving away your email address, there are two new tracks elsewhere on the intertubes you can download for free, and I recommend you grab both of them. The first is "Spiralling", the first single from the upcoming Keane album, Perfect Symmetry.  You can get a copy from the band's website.  On first listen, it's definitely a huge departure from the decidedly more melancholy, Coldplay-esque sounds of Keane's first two albums.  And that's probably a good thing.  That said, the very '80s vibe of the song probably wouldn't work well across an entire album - which comes out in October by the way. The second song is from David Byrne and Brian Eno, who last collaborated on 1981's acclaimed My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.  It's ca