[Music Review] Other Lives Self-Titled Album

In 2006, I discovered a band based out of Stillwater, Oklahoma called Kunek. Their music was a delicate balance of hopeful and depressing, uplifting and melancholy. I listened the Hell out of their album “Flight of the Flynns”, and found that the uniqueness of the sound the band created was unlike anything I’d heard before. Years later, I hadn’t heard anything from the band, so I did a quick Google search and found out they changed their band’s name to Other Lives.  They added some other elements to the core of Kunek, and that warranted a change in name. But, the question is, did the music suffer? Continue reading

[Music Review] Son of Dave’s Wild West Show

The Solo Project of Benjamin Darvell, formerly of Crash Test Dummies, Son of Dave creates some of the most innovative yet familiar music I’ve ever encountered. Blending blues, hip hop, and touching on many other genres, Son of Dave’s o1, 02, and 03 are extremely modernized versions of the genres that music evolved from. But Son of Dave’s Wild West Show is a different beast all together, one that is almost impossible to connect to their other albums.

An unorthodox mash up of country, blues, and trance, Wild West Show proves that the greatest music is created when the confines of a genre are completely ripped away, letting the artist create whatever they like and testing the boundaries of their creativity. Continue reading

[Music Review] John Mayer “Battle Studies”

For folks with a penis, John Mayer usually crops up as an artist who you’re a “homo” if you listen to. Not only do I disagree, but I feel that Mayer has gotten a short stick in terms of people’s general impression of him. His first major album, Room For Squares, broke him out into the mainstream, and it was based on a couple of singles that his entire future musical catalog was condemned to be frat  guy acoustic rock for girls. This impression couldn’t be farther from reality. Mayer has produced up until this year three quality albums out of three. His latest, Battle Studies, might in fact be his simplest effort yet, but the quality overall might be his most consistent since Heavier Things. Continue reading

[Music Review] Gogol Bordello Live From Axis Mundi

gogolbordelloFor those of you outside the know, Gogol Bordello is a gypsy punk band. A group of crazed, fun loving Eastern European nomadic people who play an impressive mix of punk, ska, and traditional gypsy music. It sounds a bit iffy on paper, I know, but I thought that too when I first listened to the band. Rest assured those of you who like punk rock, ska, or just crazy mix ups of music and sounds, this band is for you. But alas, I am here for the CD not the band.

Axis Mundi is an album three years in the making. A compilation of live sessions and bonus tracks recorded on a 2007 tour and from various other places since. The whole package is made up of a CD and DVD in a rather bright folding case. for 17 bucks it seemed like a good deal, and in my opinion it was money well spent. Continue reading

[Music Review] Skewby “Proving You Wrong Since 1988″

skewby proving you wrongI’m familiar with rap music. I listen to hip-hop. It’s not exactly my favorite genre, but I find it a worthwhile one when done correctly. I frequently put on Kanye West, 2Pac, Notorious BIG, & Jay-Z, and find them to be the best of the genre for my tastes. I’m not at all versed on underground hip-hop, or stuff that isn’t the most mainstream from the genre. I listen to what I know, and since it’s not my favorite genre, I rarely if ever seek out new stuff I haven’t heard. Also, even when I do find tracks I like, I can never find out who the hell it is because people just burned some random Rap mix to play at a party, so I can never track down more by the artist. But I’ll tell you, this album that was sent to us is actually a pretty good album and, overall, I’m glad I listened to it.

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[Music Review] Kate Miller-Heidke “Curiouser”

kate_miller-heidke_curiouserA lot of people have a sour taste in their mouth when it comes to Pop Music. They think it’s all supposed to be sugary lyrics paired together with subpar music and a pretty face, and to a degree that is the case. The music industry gets behind acts of solo artists who are attractive and produce inoffensive music. The problem is, that music is pretty offensive to people with ears, who have to listen to it repeatedly on every freaking radio station within a 2,000 mile radius.

But there are bands/performers on pop music stations that don’t suck. My No. 1 example is always Justin Timberlake. That guy is freaking money. But for every Timberlake we get five Soulja Boy’s  and their music pollutes our eardrums. Continue reading

[Music Review] The Flaming Lips “Embryonic”

the-flaming-lips.embryonicI wish a younger version of myself had been more in tune with the wonderful music that has always been around during my 24 years on this Earth, rather than just being force fed whatever bubble gum garbage was on the radio, whatever Classic Rock music was deemed good enough to still be popular, or whatever flavor of the month Rap Star was clever enough to come up with some catchy hook. I wish a younger me had discovered bands like The Flaming Lips.

For those uninitiated, The Flaming Lips are a psychedelic and spacey American rock band from Oklahoma City. They produce what can be classified as bizarre rock tunes, and when listening to them I can hardly believe they aren’t mega-Gods here in their home country (they’ve achieved much more notoriety overseas.) Continue reading

[Concert Review] I Fight Dragons, Whole Wheat Bread, and MC Chris Live in Bloomington, IN

rhinosRhino’s was the place to be Monday night with  a thirteen dollar triple threat consisting of Chicago’s premiere Nintendo centric rock band, I Fight Dragons, Jacksonville Florida’s own dirty south punk band Whole Wheat Bread, and the nerdcore giant MC Chris!

We arrived at 7:30, the doors opened at 7:00, and the first band took the stage at 8:00, giving a good deal of time to meander around, check merch out and scope the local crowd. As eight approached, the stage was flooded with NES controllers, dance pads and a group of guys (and girls) wearing Justice League shirts. The group in question was I Fight Dragons, the Chicago based band with a pension for all things Nintendo and DC Comics. Continue reading

[Music Review] The Mars Volta “The Bedlam in Goliath”

Overview:

Most frequent Everyviewers may remember Clay’s review on the progressive rock band The Mars Volta’s newest album Octahedron. Well today, in the shadow of Halloween and with T.V. channels beginning their brutal rape of any and all things scary, I will be reviewing an album based on ghosts, Quija boards, and the afterlife. The album in question is the Volta’s fourth, and my personal favorite, The Bedlam in Goliath. Continue reading

[Retro Review] New Radicals “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too”

newradicalsmaybeyouvebeenbrainwashedtooLet’s face it. There are always going to be bands who hit the airwaves with a catchy tune, and then fade as if they never existed in the first place. These types of acts are a dime for twelve (is that how it goes?)

In the mid to late 90s, there were a shocking amount of these bands on radio stations all over the nation. Every week, it seemed, there was another catchy tune, only to be replaced by two more the next week. The airwaves were literally jam packed with tunes that were fun, harmless, and actually, pretty damn good. Continue reading