Sunday, September 02, 2007

Orange Alert's Music Minute

Giselle Webber is a force of nature, she is full of emotion, and she is a powerful songstress. Her band, Hot Springs, is ready to follow in the footsteps of fellow Montreal groups The Besnard Lakes, Malajube, and Land of Talk, by creating a wide ranging and passionate rock album. The bands debut, Volcano, is scheduled for release in Canada on September 18th and a US release should be scheduled shortly. Similiar to Land of Talk, Hot Springs combines aggressive rock with perfectly place pop and then add of raw female soul. Check out their first single "Headrush" (mp3)

I knew from the first few sounds of track one of their self-titled debut that I was hearing something special. Proclaimed as the loudest band in New York, A Place to Bury Strangers roars sonic anthems and gracefully weaves pop gems at the same time. I have heard them compared to My Bloody Valentine (sonically) and Dinosaur Jr. (in volume), but this trio is truly doing something new. You can order their album here, and for more mp3's go here. Listen to: To Fix The Gash in Your Head (mp3) and I Know I'll See You (mp3)

This five piece New Orleans jazz funk fusion band just released their 6th album on August 21th, From the Corner to the Block. On this album they turn up the funk with some of the best rappers in the game today. From Lyrics Born to Mr. Lif to Gift of Gab to Chali 2na, and many more in between, this album is a classic. In addition the great rhymes on this album the band also received some help from a few others as well including Z-Trip, Trombone Shorty, and Big Chief Monk Boudreau. Galactic and Lyrics Born will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Sept 6th. Listen to: What You Need ft Lyrics Born (mp3) and ...And I'm Out ft Mr. Lif (mp3)

There maybe several surprising things that you need to know about Brad Laner. First his musical career spans back to the 70's, but this is his first solo release. Brad has formed and participated in several bands over the years, but most notably Medicine in the early 90's and Electric Company for the last 10 years. The second surprising fact is that he once played with the talented in their own way Captain & Tennille, and you still watch his performance here. Brad's solo album, Neighbor Singing, set for release by Hometapes on November 6th, and Bread recently had this to say out the album. "It's not a reflection of my record collection but rather the first examples of a new approach to pop music that feels to me to be almost biologically my own." Listen to : June Gloom (mp3)

The Peel Back: Ciccone Youth "The Whitey Album"
In 1988, Sonic Youth basically dropped the Sonic and added Madonna's maiden name for one album. This album was unusual even for Sonic Youth as they Incorporated hip-hop, and it almost seems like they tried to make an artsy album. In fact to this day no one really knows what Thurston Moore and company were trying to accomplish. However, they do manage to create a few tracks that would be worth while even if you do understand the abum. The first being Mike Watts incredible cover of Madonna's "Burning up", and its dark passion. The second is Kim's near karaoke version of Robert Palmers' "Addicted to love". So whether you are a lover or a hater, Cicone Youth's album is a classic. This album was rereleased last year and you can get here for $10. Listen to: Platoon II (mp3) and Too Cool Rock Chicks Listening to Neu (mp3) and Burning Up (mp3).

No comments: