Recent Records Rocking the Studio 2012 / PT. 02

The second installment of what is currently spinning in the studio. This time a not-so-subtle punk rock thread carries through our featured favorites.


Sharks  > No Gods // English punk rock band that are often compared to The Clash… there could be worse things. However, they’ve definitely put their own youthful spin on genre // HIGHLIGHT “Arcane Effigies”

The Underground Railroad to Candyland  > Knows Your Sins // Quirky, dark, jangley, surfy, DIY, indie rock. Yes, this was realeased last year, but it’s new to us! // HIGHLIGHT “Jimmy V”

Classis of Love  > Classics of Love // Energetic and angry. The classic voice of Jesse Michaels from Operation Ivy returns with fury // HIGHLIGHT “What a Shame”

The Menzingers  > On the Impossible Past // Quality songwriting on this mature sounding take on singalong anthems and self-deprication// HIGHLIGHT “The Obituaries”

The Men  > Open Your Heart // Garage rock meets 80’s hardcore with great riffs throughout  // HIGHLIGHT “Turn It Around”

Apologies, I Have None  > London // Emotionally charged, heart-on-your-sleeve debut from the English four piece // HIGHLIGHT “Clapton Pond”


Recent Records Rocking the Studio 2012 / PT. 01

As a musical public service blog-a-nnouncement, we wanted to share some recently released records that are gaining serious play in the studio (and since people always seem to ask what we are listening to at the moment).


Young Knives > Ornaments From the Silver Arcade // rev’d up, Brit rock featuring hooky tracks, snarky vocals and gorgeously obsolete synth patches // HIGHLIGHT “Love My Name”

Cloud Control > Bliss Release > trippy, super creative, spaced-out indie melodic rock heaven // HIGHLIGHT “There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight”

Plants and Animals > The End of That // surprisingly catchy, laid back, organic rock with killer dynamics // HIGHLIGHT “Crisis!”

Yellow Ostrich > Strange Land // jaring dissonance pared with pop sensibilities and much in the way of percussion // HIGHLIGHT “Marathon Runner”

Ben Kweller > Go Fly a Kite // sing-a-long 70’s songwriter sensibilities crowbar’d into a contemporary slant HIGHLIGHT “Gossip”

Good Old War > Come Back As Rain // subdued acoustic rock sounding both vaguely familiar and brand new with more hooks than a bait shop // HIGHLIGHT “Calling Me Names”

22-20’s > Shake/Shiver/Moan // epic guitars and sparkling harmonies make for an intriguing intersection of British Invasion inspired Arena Rock. HIGHLIGHT “96 to 4”

Jack Peñate > Everything is New // imagine Robert Smith sounding 64% less annoying while fully embracing a quintessential UK pop aesthetic // HIGHLIGHT “Pull My Heart Away”

Thomas Dolby > The Golden Age of Wireless // okay, busted, this is not a new record. but, it’s a brilliant collection of cinematic synth tracks circa 1982…don’t hate // HIGHLIGHT “Europa And The Pirate Twins”


How about You?


Sounds We’re Digging: Chris v.10

Sounds We're Digging | Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM

Broken Bells – S.T.

David Bazan – Curse Your Branches

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – S.T.


Sounds We’re Digging: Ryan v.6

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Lucero – 1372 Overton Park

Fela Kuti – Best of the Black President

Mean Jeans – Are You Serious

Fat Wreck Chords – Wrecktrospective

Vampire Weekend – Contra


Sounds We’re Digging: Aaron v.5

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

    Sounds We’re Digging: Ira v.9

    Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

    We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
    Three Inches of Blood – Here Waits Thy Doom
    Naked Raygun – What Poor Gods We Do Make
    • Fugazi – everything on
    Melvins – Stoner Witch


    Music picks for ’09

    Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

    We had fun last year highlighting our favorite releases of the year, so we thought that we’d do it again this year. Well, fun like a stick in the eye, but we decided to do it anyway. The reality of the situation is that it’s so difficult to pick one release over another. Some folks out there—principally every music magazine in existence—are releasing their top releases of the decade. That just seems like an exercise in cruelty for us, so we’re going to keep it to the past year. In no particular order, here’s how it breaks down:

    Ryan’s List

    Ira’s List

    Aaron’s List

    Chris’s List


    Sounds We’re Digging: Chris v.9

    Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

    • The XX “Self Titled

    • Noah and the Whale “The First Days of Spring

    • The Swell Season “Strict Joy

    • Raekwon “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx PT II

    • The Grates “Teeth Lost, Hearts Won


    Sounds We’re Digging: Aaron v.4

    Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

    • Blitzen Trapper “Black River Killer” EP

    • Lee Morgan “lee-way

    • John Vanderslice “Romanian Names

    • The Raveonettes “Pretty in Black

    • Sunset Rubdown “Dragonslayer

    • The Little Ones “Morning Tide” EP


    Sounds We’re Digging: Ira v.8

    Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

    • Wire “Pink Flag

    • Pissed Jeans “King of Jeans

    • Angry Samoans “Back from Samoa

    Psyclones “4”

    • Naked Rayguns “Basement Screams

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