The continuing saga of a wholly irreverent new way of reviewing
albums! It's like sitting in a room with a bunch of jaded music
critics and getting a snapshot of how they feel about an album.
Honesty and first impressions are the key to the Bargain Basement. (opinions expressed may not hold true after
repeated listenings to albums)
- No Vertigo
Perry: Spooky David Byrne vocals and spooky indie rock keyboards.
Dynamic, wonderful pop with Burton's soul. Byrd: Taco's Midnight Runners. One step beyond She Wants
Revenge. Hope the wife likes it. Gross. Nimitz: Talking Heads, Rentals, John Doe, Gary Numan. Totally
cool. Halsey: I like really excellent obscure pop music, especially
when Tim Burgess joins in for a song.
Chevelles - Barbarella Girl God
Perry: Really awesome rock music with a 60's vibe and early
80's riffs. Party music. Rock. Byrd: Early 70's bubble rock. Pure background. Could be on
8 track. But more like Chevette. Nimitz: The sun has set on bands named after cars. The worst
part is that the music is actually pretty good, in a Partridge Family
kind of way. Really, it doesn't take much effort to name a band. Halsey: Nothing like Wayne Coyne, but very rocking rock music
with soul like shrimp on the barbarella.
To Anders - Fictitious Business
Perry: Drummer is awesome! Scrubby sounding noisey pop with
repetitive lyrics and mathy sentimentality. Geek rock. Byrd: Remedial math-rock. Every song different. Great musicianship
and construction. Clever lyrics, nerdy goodness. Nimitz: They Might Be Giants. They Might Be Sonic Youth.
They Might Be Radiohead. Halsey: 1. They Might Be Giants. 2. Sonic Youth. 3. Pixies.
4. Hillstomp. 5. Neil Young. 6. Radiohead and repeat.
- Posters Fade (out June 2008)
Perry: Orchestrated indie pop with brilliant melodies
and a quiet sense of everything. Beach Boys. Byrd: Mild mannered pop done by dudes too old to do it. Like
Andy Kim. Nimitz: Deconstructing The Beatles and The Lemonheads. Halsey: This guy is taking a lot of lyrics directly from
Wayne Coyne but less overtly crazy.
Devil Makes Three - The Devil Makes Three
Perry: Acoustic 3-piece dark folk blues music with nice gypsy
grooves and hot harmonies. Drawlingly cool.
Byrd: Dr. John fronting a 3-piece. Sufficient darkness and joviality
to cause a dogpile for the disc.
Nimitz: Good voice, talented acoustic, lots of songs about being
drunk at sea.
Halsey: Nimble lyricallity and braggadocio that puts most rap
acts to shame. Under the bridge music.
Heavenly States - Delayer
Perry: Sounds like dude from Offspring singing in a really,
really great indie band great tones!
Byrd: Flaming Lips-era Priest Driven it's not harmony
when it's an octave.
Nimitz: Jesus Lizard, Superchunk, Silver Sun Pickups - Totally
worthwhile. Go see this live.
Halsey: The indie-er sounding Flaming Lips less epic,
but more beautiful repeating keyboard lines. Sweet packaging.
Kris Special - Alone Feels Like A Hotel Room
Perry: Liz Phair singing Mazzy Star songs in a roundabout way.
Cowpoke-ish and low, bit off-key. Byrd: Aimee Mann will be performing the part of Margot Timmins.
Incredible drummer, great music. Nimitz: Far-away, semi-hollow, dreamy, alt-country. Halsey: Cowboy Junkies musicianship without treble, nice
guitar, slow tempos, passable vocals. Very sleepy and nice.
- Oracular Spectacular
Perry: Indie arena rock with synthesizers. Newer Flaming Lips
vibe, kooky lyrics and clean production. Cool. Byrd: If Oasis had soothing electronics and progressions
like this, I'd have gotten behind them. Nimitz: Eminently enjoyable alt-pop. Rentals. Silver Sun
Pickups. Darkness. Halsey: This is what happens when fans of Wayne Coyne's less-rock
listen to too much Polyphonic Spree.
Pink Snow Flakes - Sun Chasing
Perry: Very thick, psychedelic rock with lots of Velvet's sounds.
Late 60's and beautiful and lo-fi. Byrd: The Who mixed with Dinosaur Jr. For the kids, you know?
Nimitz: Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Jesus And Mary Chain.
Good stuff. Halsey: The Partridge Family on huge amounts of acid
psychedelic and very reminiscent of "real" Flaming Lips.
Sword - Gods Of The Earth
Perry: Thick and crunchy metal music of the doom persuasion.
Almost listenable for more than one song.
Byrd: Fucking brutal, but still listenable. Sabbath crossed
with Iced Earth.
Nimitz: Beard-core stoner rock. Great live show.
Halsey: Metal tricks and indie sound. They're no Black Mountain,
but still trying to be Sabbath.
Hour Tour - B Side Oblivion
Perry: Cleanly produced garagey power pop. Like Matthew Sweet
without the awesome fuzz tones. California, baby. Byrd: Smithereens and other bands that should play twice
as fast. Great band in slow-motion. Nimitz: Urge Overkill-ish. Dave says "we all hear our
own things", which makes me feel more alone than ever. Halsey: Crowded Red House Painters painted eight shades of
dull. Daniel Amos' bad day.
Victors - Days To Come
Perry: Excellent Australian-sounding early 90's-style rock with
a sound like The Red House. Boring, but beautiful. Byrd: Wanted: guitar virtuoso for post nu-emo band with intentions
of blandness. Nimitz: Speaking of band names, it's hard to believe this
one hasn't been taken. Bizarrely spiritual Orange County garbage.
Pabulum for guys who keep diaries. Halsey: Music for the next season of O.C . Oh shit!
They cancelled that, didn't they?