Minus the Bear- Menos El Oso (2005)

Minus the Bear is indie rock from Seattle. They came to my attention reading a review about some wine.  The ding dong author claimed it “pairs well with Minus the Bear”.  Ok, maybe he isn’t a ding dong, because admittedly I didn’t try the wine while listening to MtB, though, I don’t think that would have changed my opinion of this album unless said wine somehow fermented into copious amounts of MDMA; 65%.

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Late Night Venture- Tychonians (2015)

Happy Halloween, the day when adults feels it  is acceptable to dress up… Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t get it.  Anyway, for today we have Late Night Venture, which is indie/ post rock from Denmark.  They first came to my attention when Dr Space mentioned them playing at the Kildemose Festival; good, very listenable, but uninspired and lacking somewhat in having a distict sound of their own. Wandering all around the indie genre, sometimes venturing closer to a classic rock sound, and then more of a psychedelic feel, then distorted guitars being reminiscent of shoegaze.  Kind of all over the place, and while the music is good, I’m not really digging it, 80%.


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Mono- The Last Dawn (2014)

Post-rock is like pizza. It’s normally pretty good and different everywhere you go. Mono is the Japanese parallel to Pelican, instrumental and brooding, their latest release The Last Dawn is magnificent, easily the best post-rock album of last year. I would say more, dissect the album by song and by sound. But, my mind is cloudy, muddled by the excellent mango, so all I can manage to say, is check it out. It’s an instrumental masterpiece that suits the Monday morning session quite nicely.

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Mission Of Burma – Signals, Calls and Marches… (1981)

Ok, the picture is horrible, but Saturday morning saw this homeless prophet sitting on the steps of the College Park Baptist Church giving everyone the finger. Good for him, today’s selection is Mission of Burma, an early post-punk/indie band from Boston (Wiki), I feel I should have already known about these guys. The name is familiar, but this is really a Random Tag, early post-punk, originally formed in 1979, this album was recorded in 1981, really at the peak of analog recording. Post-punk is an excellent genre to showcase the deep, rich sound derived from analog.
Years ago Danger drove all the way to NYC to buy this old, 16 track, reel to reel, and I didn’t understand why he would do such a thing, until I heard the recording he crafted out of that thing. Bands would drive here from all over the South to have him record them, and Signals, Calls and Marches is a good example of why people love analog, with the guitars and drums and cymbals coming through with a deep, rich, textured clarity that is lost with digital recordings. Defiantly recommended, 92%.

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Bullet LaVolta – S/T (1988)

Boston post punk from the late 80’s/ early 90’s that I happened across on YouTube. I’m not a big fan but it is interesting so I thought I would share.
Also, I posted a link to another (now defunct) blogspot review which is pretty good, and the link to their Wiki article. Random, old and obscure, a good one for the digital collection at least.

Another review
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Bowery Electric- Beat (1996)

Bowery Electric is described as “drone rock” by YouTube and post rock, drone and shoegaze by Wiki, which also noted that this was one of the first American bands to perform with a labtop on stage along with the bass, drums and guitars.
Mellow chill music that fits a rainy afternoon well, I agree with the drone rock classification, with a tasteful mix of electronica, soft vocals and drone-styled songs.
Yet again this is a random tag selection that I am just now discovering and yet again the all knowing internet turned me on to some good music I’d never heard of before.

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Tortoise- It’s All Around You (2004)

   Tortoise is a post rock band from Chicago playing instrumental music with many different elements, influences and styles, as is apparent in this video; jazz, electronica, Wiki explains how this band gained attention early on because they were one of the first to step away from the strictly rock and roll influences and start incorporating other sounds into “Indie” music.  And they have two drummers playing facing each other, which allows for more complex songs.
   Besides for all that they are almost an “Indie” supergroup and were noticed from the start because of this, evidently, because this is a band that I have heard about for quite some time but never listened to, so this is new to me also.
   I put the Ska and Rocksteady Thursdays on hold, in part, to expand my horizons beyond the same music I have been listening to for years, and this is a perfect example of that idea paying off; Tortoise has an awesome and unique, almost jam-bam sound and I see why I have heard so much about them.

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