Tuesday, April 26, 2011

_________________________New 4.26.2011

About Group _ Start & Complete

Bold, eccentric indie rockers mix traditional songwriting with wild sounds and effeminate male vocals. See "Lay Me Down," "There's A Way To End This Run Of Doubt."

Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Despise You _ And On and On…

Grindcore band via Springfield Mass shares a guitarist with Pig Destroyer.

**Airborne Toxic Event _ All At Once

LA rock band's sophomore effort of arena-sized indie tunes is not to be missed. See "Changing," "All I Ever Wanted, "Strange Girl."

**An Horse _ Walls

Australian indie-rock duo sound like a faster, brighter version of Wye Oak. See "Trains And Tracks," "Walls," "Leave Me."

Armor for the Broken _ The Black Harvest

Hardcore with bursts of melody from one of the South's premier labels, NC's Tragic Hero.

Augustana _ Augustana

Cali emo band channels John Mellencamp on their fourth record. Straightforward American pop/rock tunes.

Bill Frisell and 858 Quartet _ Sign of Life

Progressive, adventurous jazz/folk.

Bootsy Collins _ The Funk Capitol of the World

Funk legend gets help from an impressive but odd list including Snoop, Hendrix, Al Sharpton, Samuel L Jackson, Buckethead, George Clinton, and Bela Fleck. Definitely funky. See "Cool Whip."

**Cass McCombs _ Wits' End

Nomadic American singer/songwriter is better than ever on his follow up to 2009's critically adored Catacombs. See "County Line," "Buried Alive," "Hermit's Cave." RIYL Elliott Smith.

Daedelus _ Bespoke

Brilliant experimental pop DJ follows up 2008's awesome Love To Make Music To with more future music.

Dennis Coffey _ Dennis Coffey

Longtime Motown guitarist's latest features spots from Mayer Hawthorne, Rachel Nagy, and others, over 40 years after the release of his 1969 debut.

**Emmylou Harris _ Hard Bargin

Alt/country legend adds yet another great album to her extensive catalogue.

Explosions In The Sky _ Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Guitar atmosphere kings struggle to capture the emotion and beauty of their earlier work, but they have their moments here. See " Human Qualities," "Trembling Hands."

Girl Names _ Dead To Me

Lo-fi indie act may have overdone it with the reverb, skimped on the hooks.

Holly Golighty And The Brokeoffs _ No Help Coming

Dark, authentic, smokey blues/rock. See "The Rest Of Your Life," " Burn O' Junk Pile Burn," "Get Out My House."

Julian Lynch _ Terra

Experimental composer's electro/jazz/folk is nice, but will probably not blow anyone's mind.

Kort _ Invariable Heartache

Old fashioned American alt/country duo's debut is slightly cloying but has its high points. See "She Came Around Last Night."

Lions!Tigers!Bears! _ Shallow Waters, Endless Depth

Moderately complex screamo. Not bad if that's your thing, but Memphis May Fire's The Hollow is better.

Lynda Carter _ Crazy Little Things

Fluffy pop/country from former Ms World USA.

Memphis May Fire _ The Hollow

Texas band plays chilling post hardcore. See "The Victim," "The Commanded." Recommended for fans of the genre.

Otep _ Atavist

LA metal.

Poly Styrene _ Generation Indigo

Final album from the now deceased X-Ray Spex singer is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Prefuse 73 _ The Only She Chapters

Ambient electro. See "The Only Contact She's Willing To Give," "The Only Way To Find." RIYL Flying Lotus.

Rachel Platten _ Be Here

Traditional, light American pop. See "Little Light," "All I Seem To Do."

Silverstein _ Rescue

Canadian rockers blend post-hardcore with elements of emo and punk.

Steve Earle _ I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

The prolific legend hasn't lost a thing on his 14th full-length studio album. See "Every Part Of Me," "Lonely Are The Free."

Swingin' Utters _ Here, Under Protest

20+ years is impressive for a punk band, and their 10th album finds the Cali punks as ornery as ever.

Thao & Mirah _ Thao & Mirah

Merrill Garbus produced debut features Mirah's stripped-down songwriting combined with Thao's sense of adventure. See "Teeth," "Spaced Out Orbit," "Squareneck."

**The Wombats _ This Modern Glitch

Hooky sophomore effort from this Liverpool three-piece combines Arctic Monkey's cool with M83's bright melodies. See "Our Perfect Disease," "Last Night I Dreamt..," "Walking Disaster."

Times New Viking _ Dancer Equired

Columbus OH lo-fi indie act write great songs but would benefit from slightly better recording. See "California Roll," "New Vertical Dwellings."

Vomitory _ Opus Mortis VIII

Swedish death metal. Makes most American metal sound like little girls.

**Younger Brother _ Vaccine

Pretty, psychedelic electro. See "Pound A Rhythm," "Train," "Spinning Into Place."


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

__________________New Music 4.19.2011

The Belle Brigade _ The Belle Brigade

LA brother/sister duo make artfully arranged indie. See "Where Not To Look for Freedom," "Losers."

Bob Schneider _ Perfect Day

Prolific Austin singer/songwriter plays the music he wants to hear on a perfect day.Dalton Academy Warblers _

Brian Setzer _ Setzer Goes Instrumental

Setzer goes instrumental.

Daz Dillinger _ D.A.Z.

Longtime Dogg Pound member makes an album equal parts pop/gangsta rap.

Del The Funky Homosapien _ Golden Era

Ice Cube’s prolific rapping/beatmaking cousin is one of the underground’s weirdest, and best.

Death Ray Vision _ Get Lost Or Get Dead [EP]

5 song EP from metal supergroup to watch.

**Dengue Fever _ Cannibal Courtship

American brothers Holtzman and Cambodian lead singer Chhom Nimol combine Cambodian pop with 60’s psychedelia.

DJ Quik _ The Book Of David

Highly anticipated album from legendary producer aims to change the game with stylish, synth heavy beats.

Duff McKagan _ The Taking

Founding member of G‘n’R keeps mixing hard rock with elements of punk with moderately impressive results.

Eliza Doolittle _ Eliza Doolittle

UK tart makes slightly sophisticated pop on her anticipated full-length debut.

French Horn Rebellion _ The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion

Milwaukee buzz band plays fun, inventive electro that almost lives up to the hype.

Glee: The Music presents The Warblers

TV’s most nauseating aural phenomenon..

**I’m From Barcelona _ Forever Today

29 member Swedish pop band make their most direct, catchy songs yet. See “Always Spring,” “ Charlie Parker,” “Skipping A Beat.”

**Jenniferever _ Silesia

Ambient indie act via Sweden extract moments of brilliance from their noisy soundscapes. See “The Beat of Our Own Blood,” “Dover,” “Hearths.”

Kimberly Caldwell _ Without Regret

Texas native and former American Idol finalist makes a totally generic pop record.

Les Nubians _ Nu Revolution

Original, progressive R&B from hugely popular Parisian-born sisters Faussart. See “Afrodance,” “Deja Vous.”

Nedry _ Condors

Interesting experiemental/triphop via London. See “A42,” “Condors.”

Plan B _ The Definition of Strickland Banks

The singer-songwriter/rapper/actor/director AKA Ben Drew scored a #1 hit in the UK with this set of pop/soul. See “The Recluse,” “Free.”

Sylosis _ Edge Of The Earth

Talented British metal act combine thrash and hardcore with progressive elements for an excellent sophomore effort.

tUnE-yArDs _ W H O K I L L

New England native Merrill Garbus follows up her hit 2009 debut Bird-Brains with more unapologetically creative experimental electro. See “Gangsta,” “Bizness.”

The Unthanks _ Last

Critically acclaimed folk outfit makes beautiful, soothing, pastoral folk.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Remix Golden Age!

Hey guys - we've had some people do cool remixes for us before, especially this one from our friends Mitten:
Treetops (remix by Mitten) by Mitten

We put the word out to see what song from the new album people might want to take a crack at, and so here are the individual wav files for the different tracks for our song Golden Age:

golden age vox only (wav file, 54.9MB)

Would love to hear what you guys come up with.  We'll be posting our favorite remixes here on the blog, and we'll send a Golden Age T Shirt and copy of the Vinyl to the person who does the one we like the best.  So, yeah, I guess it's a contest.  Fancy.  Send us your mp3's and/or soundcloud or bandcamp links to info@beatradio.org.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

____________________________New 4.12.2011

The Apache Relay _ American Nomad

Interesting blend of mainstream pop with indie/alternative.

Atmosphere _ The Family Sign

MN natives Slug and Ant make another quality underground hip-hop album with ease.

Bass Drum Of Death _ GB City

Rowdy, fast-paced upbeat garage rock.

Bell X1 _ Bloodless Coup

Irish rock outfit play their pretty dramatic upbeat electro. See “Velcro,” “4 Minute Mile,” “Safer than Love.”

**Bob Dylan _ In Concert (Brandeis University 1963)

Bob Dylan live.

Crystal Stilts _ In Love With Oblivion

Pitchfork endorsed BK garage rockers make a decent record despite their horrible name.

**Brett Dennen _ Loverboy

Fun, unapologetic folk/pop.

The Feelies _ Here Before

Longtime NJ rockers’ first new album in 20 years is full of new classic rock tunes.

Foo Fighters _ Wasting Light

Dave Grohl and Co are a reliable rock machine.

Foreign Legion _ Night Moves

Quality Cali underground. See “Didn’t Work Out,” “Fresh Air.”

He Is We _ My Forever

Sappy, radio-friendly female-fronted indie pop.

Holy Ghost! _ Holy Ghost!

NYC electro-pop act have been struggling to make it despite the support of LCD’s James Murphy. Their full-length debut is fun but the pervasive retro styling/vocals may turn some listeners right off.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit _ Here We Rest

Excellent Southern pop/rock from former Drive By Trucker.

Jessie J _ Who You Are

Young English singer/songwriter is hoping her UK success will translate to this side of the pond.

Joan As Police Woman _ The Deep Field

Joan Wasser and Co make extremely stylish folk/pop. See “Run For Love,” “Chemmie.”

Alison Krauss & Union Station _ Paper Airplane

The bluegrass beauty has cemented her place in music history, and keeps making beautiful American music.

letlive. _ Fake History

Exhilarating post-hardcore. See “The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion,” “H Ledger.”

Mack & Malone _ Money Music

WSC members match big voices with big beats.

Meat Puppets _ Lollipop

Upbeat pop/rock tunes from the legendary American band.

Moonlight Towers _ Day Is The New Night

Straightforward American rock.

**Agnes Obel _ Philharmonics

Danish singer/songwriter’s beautiful album has already gone double-platinum since its October 2010 European release.

**The One AM Radio _ Heaven is Attached By A Slender Thread

Accessible electropop. See "A New Photo Of Your Old Lover."

**Panda Bear _ Tomboy

Animal Collective mastermind Noah Lennox follows up 2007’s smash Person Pitch with some of his prettiest, most accessible tunes yet.

Pentagram _ Last Rites

Virginia metal band best know as a pioneer of the doom metal genre.

The Pretty Reckless _ Light Me Up

Taylor Momsen and co make a predictably cheesy emo/rock record.

Rebirth Brass Band _ Rebirth Of New Orleans

Awesome free-spirited Jazz via NO.

Paul Simon _ So Beautiful Or So What

Beautifully written and produced folk/pop.

Sonny And The Sunsets _ Hit After Hit

West Coast playwright/songwriter

Swollen Members _ Dagger Mouth

Canadian trio make innovative, upbeat indie rap. See “Do Or Die,” “Moonshine,” “Fresh Air.”

Thursday _ No Devolucion

Former NJ screamo kings records will always be compared to their early masterpiece, Full Collapse, unfortunately for them.

TV On The Radio _ Nine Types of Light

Highly anticipated follow-up to Dear Science lives up to the expectations.

Vivian Girls _ Share The Joy

BK girl band plays unique guitar rock and prepare to take over the world.

Wild Palms _ Until Spring

UK band has potential but are inconsistent on their debut. Great review here: http://thequietus.com/articles/05876-wild-palms-until-spring-review


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

_____________________New Releases 4.5.2011!

Ambrose Akinmusire _ When The Heart Emerges Glistening

Emotionally charged instrumental jazz from this critically touted California trumpeter.

Bizzy Bone & Layzie Bone _ Bone Brothers IV

Like most Bone Thugs records, a dark mix of bizarre and awesome elements.

Blueprint _ Adventures In Counter Culture

Interesting mix of hi-fi beats and pop sensibility under Blueprint’s simple but creative flow.

John Brodeur _ Tiger Pop Ten

Solid alt/rock from under the radar singer/songwriter.

**Cold Cave _ Cherish The Light Years

Wesley Eisold (American Nightmare) and co bring a hardcore approach to synth pop.

Daft Punk _ Tron: Legacy Reconfigured

Remixes of the hit soundtrack from Glitch Mob, M83, Crystal Method, Oakenfold, more.

Ray Davies _ See My Friends

Kinks singer works with Springsteen, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Lucinda Williams, and Mumford & Sons for an eclectic whole.

FM Static _ My Brain Says Stop But My Head Says Go

Hip-hop influenced Christian pop/punk from Toronto.

Hollywood Undead _ American Tragedy

"Postapocalyptic crunk rock."

Hot Tuna _ Steady As She Goes

Classic American blues from Jefferson Airplane spin-off.

Ill Bill & Vinne Paz _ Heavy Metal Kings

Underground rap’s darkest sound like they belong together.

Jim Jones _ Capo

Jim's signature style, simple rhymes, slick beats.

J Rocc _ Some Cold Rock Stuff

Ecclectic collection of lo-fi instrumentals.

The Kills _ Blood Pressures

Highly anticipated new album lives up to the hype.

Kingdom Come _ Rendered Waters

German power metal vets have been making albums consistently since ’88.

Mandisa _ What If We Were Real

Very cheesey Christian pop.

**Maritime _ Human Hearts

Catchy indie/pop featuring members of genre legends The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan. Check out “Paraphernalia” on youtube.

Mint Condition _ 7…

Quality, varied R&B via St Paul, MN.

**Raveonettes _ Raven In The Grave

Pretty, dark reverb drenched rock.

Brian Robertson _ Diamonds and Dirt

Thin Lizzy Guitarist is still making 70's music.

Robbie Robertson _ How To Become Clairvoyant

Bluesy, sexy guitar tunes from The Band guitar legend. See “When The Night Was Young,” “The Right Mistake.”

Scattered Trees _ Sympathy


Sharks _ The Joys of Living 2008-2010

Fun, high-energy rock from veteran Brits.

The Smithereens _ 2011

60’s influenced power-pop via NJ.