Born out of two New York bands merging their distorted sounds, The Vandelles’ self-titled EP bubbles with equal parts sweetness and sheer terror. The Vandelles’ smooth whisper-heavy vocals over a tangle of surf guitar and explosive rhythms. While the quartet can't escape obvious comparisons to The Jesus and Mary Chain and Danish duo The Ravonettes, they put a truly American-noir rock spin on things with the comforting simplicity of The Ramones and The Ronettes. For a proper introduction to this boy/girl zombie beach party, listen to “Lovely Weather (mp3),” a standout track that will have you dancing in the dark. Well, maybe the pitch black.
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Lou Reed has been known to be intensely moved by historical and international events and conflicts. Just recently, Reed composed and recorded two brand new songs -- “Gravity” and “Safety Zone” -- both inspired by the soon-to-be released film NANKING--a powerful and relevant documentary that tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. It is an emotional reminder of the heartbreaking toll that war takes on the innocent, and a testament to the courage and conviction of a few individuals determined to act in the face of evil. Listen to those two songs here!
The Peel Back: "Broken Toy Shop" by E (1993)
Before forming The Eels, Mark Oliver Everett was simply know as E. He released two solo album that were mellower then his work with The Eels, but still through these tracks one can see the ground work being laid. E simply has a voice that is unmistakably his own, both musically and in a literary sense. Much like Morrissey, E has a way of writing about depression, suicide, pure saddens, but in a way upbeat way. The major difference between the work of E and the work of The Eels is in the music itself. The sound of this album is much more easy listening then his sample-filled, edgy work with The Eels. Still, it is a quality listen, and an album that got me through my teenage years. As a teenager, the moments of sadness and anger the magnified and extreme. For some reason listening to this album gave me a small amount of hope. The song "Mass" in particular, and its blunt focus on suicide played softly in darkest corners of my mind for several years. All in all this album and E's debut album "A Man called E" are interesting studies in where one of the most influence figures in indie rock in the last 10 years got his start.
Broken Toy Shop
Shine It All On/Standing at the Gate/The Only Thing I Care About (mp3)/Manchester Girl/L.A. River/A Most Unpleasant Man/Mass (mp3)/Tomorrow I'll Be Nine/Day I Wrote You Off/Someone to Break the Spell (mp3)/She Loves a Puppet/My Old Raincoat/Permanent Broken Heart/Eight Lives Left