Monday, February 28, 2011

Bill Bachmann, "Folk 'n' Roller"

Bill Bachmann
Folk 'n' Roller

Bill Bachmann would be hard-pressed to find a more fitting title for his sophomore release. Folk 'n' Roller perfectly describes the extraordinarily clever way Bachmann tells stories while playing complicated and interesting music at the same time.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Forgotten Door, "Unlocked"

Forgotten Door

I knew from the first note of Forgotten Door's debut album, Unlocked, exactly what kind of music it was – straight to the point classic rock. The album's opener, “Masquerade” sounds like Zeppelin if the original members of Skynyrd were alive to cover a song or two. I mean that as a compliment, however – classic rock is nothing if it's not technically proficient.

Octoberbabies, "Octoberbabies"


There was a glorious time in music history, almost twenty years ago, when bands like Weezer were popular with the underground, college-aged kids – before the terms “emo” and “pop-rock” existed. But then Pavement broke up and Weezer stopped really trying and Fall Out Boy came out with the worst conundrum in radio music – catchy songs that you loathe. Maybe that's why I found Octoberbabies so ridiculously refreshing – it’s a blast from the past made recently.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Matthew Schoening, "Elements"

Matthew Schoening

If you grew up in a concert band environment, even in middle or high school, you probably appreciate the talent it takes to participate in classical music, while you might not enjoy listening to it (or, perhaps, playing it yourself). Imagine an album that took that talent to the next level and made listening to music played on a classical instrument interesting and exciting.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

George Michael, "Faith"

George Michael

There's a reason that John C. Reilly's character bursts into a room in his recent movie, Cyrus, screaming, “This is the greatest song ever recorded!” while George Michael's “Faith” plays in the background. George Michael may have originally released the song in 1987, but some songs just never get old.