THIS WEEK'S ALBUM SPOTLIGHT

Caribou - Our Love

 

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Album Spotlight



 





  Polyphonic Spree - Holiday Dream

    

 


CMJ Charts

12/03 & 12/04!

ADDS! 

1 DR. DOG Wild Race [EP] 
2 LITTLE ONES Argonauts [EP]
3 NIGHT MOVES Colored Emotions
4 CUB SCOUTS Told You So [EP] 
5 MEMORY TAPES Grace/Confusion

 CHART! 

1 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man

2 TY SEGALL Twins

3 SAN CISCO Awkward

4 TURNPIKE GLOW Inflatable Optimisim

5 BLONDFIRE Where The Kids Are

6 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold

7 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze

8 TORO Y MOI So Many Details [7-inch]

9 MOGWAI A Wrenched Virile Lore

10 TOY Toy

11 SHINY TOY GUNS III

12 TAME IMPALA Lonerism

13 SAVOIR ADORE Our Nature

14 BLAUDZUN Heavy Flowers

15 BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Cobra Juicy

16 CLINIC Free Reign

17 RHYE The Fall

18 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud

19 DIRTY PROJECTORS About To Die

20 BLACK LIGHT DINNER PARTY BLDP

21 IL ABANICO Crossing Colors

22 ERRORS New Relics

23 FLASHBULB FIRES Gasconader

24 ANGEL OLSEN Half Way Home

25 A FINE FRENZY Pines

26 THE XX Coexist

27 MUMFORD AND SONS Babel

28 FREELANCE WHALES Diluvia

29 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory

30 FIRST AID KIT ITunes Session

 

Thursday
Oct162014

The Soft Bulletin

This week's Weekday Wayback is The Flaming Lip's ninth album, The Soft Bulletin. One of the few albums to ever be awarded a perfect 10.0 by Pitchfork, this album is full of rock, synth, and psychedelic imagery - perfectly in line with the album cover itself, a photo taken to head an article on LSD. This Oklahoma-based freak-folk group is one that is hard to forget, especially after claiming the spot of Oklahoma's official state rock song. If you want some good music to space out or study to, this album is the perfect balance of distancing, dreamy, and provocative. Enjoy this video, Race For the Prize, the story of those sad, sad, scientists locked in heated battle with all that surrounds them.

Corey 

Wednesday
Oct152014

Iceland's Low Roar comes to Denver

             

When I first started listening to Low Roar, the experience was moving to say the least. The sweet melodies and haunting vocals of each song seemed to effortlessly capture my every thought and emotion almost as if the album had been created especially for me, like the familiar soundtrack to a dream hidden away in the depths of my mind. Their latest album entitled “0”, a name given only for identification purposes on iTunes, is a work of art. But each track on this record can stand alone as a masterpiece. Each track exhibits a certain kind of evolution, one that is revealed through perfectly timed crescendos, decrescendos, and a meticulous attention to each instrument and rhythm.

I was able to catch up with the band before their performance yesterday at the Larimer Lounge, and they elucidated upon the creative processes behind their music. Ryan, the soft-spoken lead vocalist and mastermind behind Low Roar, explained that he isn’t particularly motivated by anything specific while creating music, “I just start with the chords. Sometimes I have lots of it [in mind], or just the chords and the structure of it, and then we’ll get together and it’ll evolve into something else.” Logi, the band’s drummer and a native of Iceland, tailed with his response, “It just happens.” From an outsider’s perspective, this process of creation seems incredible – to make such powerful and cathartic music so simply is not an easy feat, but the band in all their modesty stated that it was “normal”.  

While sitting down with the band members of Low Roar, they illuminated many things for me as a music consumer. They made it clear that all of their efforts were made to showcase the music in its purest form. Leifur, the man behind the keys, stated, “What I like when I’m listening to music is that it is left up to me, the listener, to interpret it. The way I understand it; the artist doesn’t necessarily have to tell me what it’s about.” His response caught me off guard in the best way possible, why do we listen to music if not for the freedom of expression? With that, there wasn’t really anything left to say, so I wished the boys luck and awaited their performance later that evening, which was predictably amazing. The band put on a powerful show, and the small venue offered a very intimate experience for the concert goers, allowing them to feel and interpret the music individually.

If you are a fan of Icelandic music and serene, captivating melodies, I implore you to check out Low Roar and buy their new album 0, out now!  

 

Written by Farnaz Alimehri

Wednesday
Oct152014

Concert Update: Smallpools

Tune in tomorrow at 1 pm for an acoustic session with Smallpools! You can catch their show tomorrow at the Bluebird Theater, doors open at 7pm. Get your tickets here: TICKETS

Other Upcoming Concerts:

CLASSIXX (DJ Set) @ Bar Standard Friday, October 17th

DELTA SPIRIT @ Fox Theater Saturday, October 18th

FOXYGEN @ Bluebird theater Monday, October 20th

SBTRKT @ The Ogden Theater Monday, October 20th

Full Concert Calendar

Wednesday
Oct082014

Weekday Wayback: Pavement - Brighten the Corners

 

This week's Weekday Wayback, Brighten the Corners by Pavement, is undoubtedly worth your time and your ears. For their 1997 release, Pavement decided to take a much more self-aware turn, one of which was definitely needed after their ill-recieved Wowee Zowee. With lyrics like "I'm sick of the forms, I'm sick of being misread by men in dashikis and their leftists weeklies," Stephen Malkmus is obviously very fed up with the over analyzation of his lyrics and even the direction that the music industry was taking. With this turn, Pavement saw an opportunity to show their awareness of the industry turns by releasing a record that was undoubtedly to be successful; Malkmus obviously knew this when he is screaming out "listen to me, I'm on the stereo!" in the first track of the album. Overall, this album is gorgeously filled with mockery, self-awareness, and self reference, leaving it both hilarious and worth your time. 

Tuesday
Oct072014

Album Spotlight: Caribou - Our Love

This week's Album Spotlight epitomizes electronic music. His first release in four years, Dan Snaith aka Caribou has crafted an artful album that Pitchfork describes as "finely detailed, in love with its inspiration, simply tuneful, and yet thematically complex." Highlights of the album are the title track, "Our Love" and "Can't Do Without You." If repetition is a turn off, turn away, because Caribou's foundational trait is layers of patterns and sequences in variation. The titles are the exact lyrical content of each song, for the most part. This music could easily be simple but the trick to its appeal is varition; in terms of levels of treble and bass, Caribou catches the listener off guard with his drops. This album is great to study to and to blast in the car. You can connect with Caribou on Facebook and buy Our Love on iTunes now

-Michelle Bailey