The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Rating: 4/10
Modern Music Review
I'm sure that you listened this band, it's easy to meet the band via popular music sites. Good musicians like Tony Allen, Damon Albarn ( Gorillaz, Blur), Paul Simonon (The Clash) and Simon Tong (The Verve) made a decision working together on this new project. The result is a nameless band with a couple of unfinished obscure songs.

Blase voice of Damon Albarn during fourty minutes is hard to tolerate. It mostly sounds as a Demon Albarn solo record, i don't know if he needs someone while creating another Blur-like record. The Good, the Bad & the Queen compared Blur's 1994 masterpiece Parklife. I wish that it were similar to Parklife, some songs really sound horrible. It was as if they didn't want to make this album, and also first three songs are easy to get, trying to colour your mood.

The good things that i found in this record are "Northern Whale","Kingdom Of Doom" and "Three Changes", the bad things are most of the songs, the queen is...? Who is the queen?

Every record has some good songs, even if it's the worst one. But entirety is the most important
fact in a band. It's one of the worst record yet that i've heard in the year. Band Page
MM picks: Three Changes
mp3: Northern Whale

Skinny Puppy - Mythmaker

Rating: 6/10
Modern Music Review
How it feels like dancing in a graveyard, wearing silver shining clothes? It feels nothing of course. Fine! Just trying to absorb the music. Heavyhearted mechanical vocals, atmospheric dark sounscapes which we used to listen in the genre, industrial dance. Avant garde and stressful electro-dance tunes like "Magnifishit", "Pedafly" get attention of listener, it makes you think about the whole world's pathetic end.

"haZe", "jaHer", "ugLi" frustrate other musical composition on the record. It's no longer atmospheric or dark because lack of the harmony. That makes you think about 'It needs something more'. So that time "PolitikiL" appears, again you're in the middle of dirty streets. Action!

"Mythmaker" is mostly paralysed by dark side of dance beats, it's absolutely like watching a 21st century action and horror film combination. Interesting listen but it's not amazing, though.
MM picks: Magnifishit, Pedafly
mp3: Skinny Puppy - Magnifishit

Manic - Floor Boards EP

Modern Music Review
As a Los Angeles based rock band, they are a fairly tech-heavy band, and in my opinion Manic is fruitful combination of today's popular rock music genres such as Indie, Modern or Alternative Rock.

'We’re not pretentious, but we think we do a really good job at representing ourselves and our songs when we play them live.' says Zane Smythe (guitar). As far as it touches me, they dropped an impressive EP which proves band's desire will continue to reach the audience. Dramatic and thunderous heavy alternative works such as "Leaving Araby", "In a Room On Fire" embodies a lot of attractive textures, featuring self-possessed vocal performance.

Floor boards is quite clear to describe what kind of music taste they're going with. The EP portrays that they're affected with mania, and gloomy, prolific lyrics to produce the music they like. Sound waves keeps gloomy element, it gets colder and colder on closing song "Mr. Evans". It's manic, sensitive and broken hearted.
MM picks: Leaving Araby, Mr. Evans
Download Floor Boards

New rock singles of the week

1. Manic - Floor Boards (EP)
2. Blood Brothers – Set Fire To The Face On Fire
3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Satan Said Dance
4. Sarah Nixey – When I’m Here With You
5. Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up To Dry
6. Noisettes – Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit)
7. mp3:The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Kingdom Of Doom
8. Pop Levi – Sugar Assault Me Now
9. Bloc Party – The Prayer
10.mp3:Winterkids - Tape It

Manic is alternative rock band from Los Angeles. Musically, Manic admit they are not here to cater or to kowtow to radio. They just want to write songs with plenty of depth, breadth and scope, songs that they can replicate live.
Band to Watch:
The Dark Romantics melodic indie rock band from Florida, due to their new album "Some Midnight Kissin' release on Feb 13, i wanted to spread their airy, dreamy and romantic rock sound. "Some Midnight Kissin'" have just appeared in the mailbox today, i totally amazed by brooding singing styles and energic but bittersweet tunes. The review is coming soon!
mp3: Dark Romantics - Baby Boy, Baby Girl
mp3: Dark Romantics - Another Song For Another Night

Best Indie Rock Albums of All Time

I was working on this project for two weeks, it was tiring. First I thought it'd be easy but you always think that it's easy when you're at the beginning of your duty. Not that easy! Actually reconsidering and listening all those indie rock albums, chosing the best ones took my two week. Can you imagine all those indie rock albums in front of you, and you should draw the most brilliant ones to the dear readers. Yeah at last, made the list, and very happy about it. Because in this list you can find the best alt.indie stuffs. I'm sure of it, it'll be help someone to make her/his day beautiful! Evert list is a bit personal, so don't forget to share your best indie rock albums list with me.

1. Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die - 1996
A Victor Hugo quote maybe shows the right way to describe this album 'Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent' Very exquisite. Emotional rock music without a human voice but human touch!
mp3: Tortoise - Glass Museum

2. Bonnie Prince Billy - I See A Darkness - 1999
It certainly is one of the best record throughout 90s, it was very deep. Very dark.
A highly satisfying musical experience. It shows importance of the words which is hard
to tell during painful experiences of life.

3. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation - 1988
"Daydream Nation" incudes perfect instrumental explosives which can break into
pieces the whole world, noise machine!

4. The Pixies - Doolittle - 1989
Pixies' the youngest, the most lovely guitar lines, and perfect songs of the band are very appreciated in alt.indie music after their separation.
Their contribution to indie rock is impossible to debate.

5. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead - 1986
The Queen Is Dead, Bigmouth Strikes Again, There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, all the best The Smiths works are included in the record. Lyrically, musically, its impression huge on indie rock scene.

6. The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane - 1988
This record is very different, having sensibility of love, taking rich textures of rock music,
and also it's from Australia's greatest pop group ever. Something like falling in love and
rocking at the same time.

7. Bob Mould - Workbook - 1990
Masterpiece, and also it's one of the best record in 90s.

8. The High Llamas - Gideon Gaye - 1994
"Gideon Gaye" is sneaking to ears carefully, and waiting right time to stole your heart. Once it got your heart, never gives back to you what's yours.

9. Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen - 1993
The Afghan Whigs' sound was quite independent, self-reliant and mind-blowing!

10. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - 1998
Everyone knows or should know about it, yes it's one of the best indie rock record ever made.
mp3: Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945

And albums couldn't make the top 10 list:

11. Silver Jews - Starlite Walker
12. Jim O'Rourke - Eureka
13. Mojave 3 - Ask Me Tomorrow
14. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
15. Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
16. Smog - Red Apple Falls
17. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
18. The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
19. Spiritualized - Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
20. Guided by Voices - Bee Thousand

Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer ?

Rating: 8.5/10
Modern Music Review
Indie Rock
Of Montreal creates pleased indie rock music on their new strong record "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?", knowing that this makes unpleased fans after powerful effort "Sunlandic Twins" or extra alternative "The Gay Parade".

You'll learn to be happy with the new Of Montreal, it's filled with a love of life. Every scene of the life could match the melodies in "Hissing Fauna...". It serves the good things and the bad things
in same plate but it's mixed into the wise pop melodies. Happy vocals drive to prolific indie and alternative rock scene, thin voices ride into depressive disco melodies. "Gronlandic Edit" is the most perfect and simple disco oriented indie rock melody, despite its exhausting queer singing style, it holds your hand and shows where dance-floor is located.

Fantasizing tunes like "A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger" makes you think about a supermarket where Of Montreal's new record is playing, and you're running and running to fill basket with enjoyable goods. At the same time some songs are a bit superfluous, making exhausted experience on listener. However, again cuts like Faberge Fails For Shuggle, Labyrinthian Pomp only exist in Of Montreal's plentiful music. It's good to listening this record while jogging or teasing to your neighbour, specially the old uncle!

Who wants to listen an ultra varied, ultra lovely record? If you feel so, touch delicate "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?" with your fingers. Here's the choice which makes you listen more as time goes on.
Listen the whole record!
MM picks: Suffer For Fashion, Gronlandic Edit, Faberge Fails For Shuggle, She's A Rejector
mp3: Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse

The Ataris

Have you heard about the new The Ataris record? I know this kind of opening sentences suck. At first glance, they don't make any sense. So what if i say that i've a new cool, flowing alt. rock song from new The Ataris. You want to hear the songs if someone says 'new album is great', 'that song is cool', 'try it out'... All of these are crappy! Because you need to hear the song for having something in common.
mp3: Connections Are More Than Dangerous Than Lies

With Welcome the Night (releases on Feb 20), The Ataris have not only reinvented themselves, they’ve also rediscovered the transcendent power of music, incorporating their love for ‘90s alt-rock, psychedelic Brit rock and indie rock into a single, coherent expression. The record was produced by Nick Launay, who has worked with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, David Byrne, XTC and Public IMAGE Ltd. These are the suitable reasons to get excited.

Pop Levi - The Return to Form Black Magick Party

Rating: 6.5/10
Modern Music Review

Glamorous rock! Fancy clothes, outlandish hair styles, maybe these were the most exciting elements of glam rock. If i say this record entirely sounds like Marc Bolan, it won't be a wrong observation. From pop to glam rock to freak folk, that is to say totally T.rex follower. There are interesting playful tunes in this debut, but it's not a departure. He wants to bring those glamorous tunes back or he wants to play the music he likes. In my opinion it's a good thing to revival but at the same time it's not captivating. Creating and walking your own path in music is the most apreciated choice. Moreover no musician wants their music to be compared to that of other artists. Because every artist believes that they've a different path. But a question comes to mind in that time "why don't you get rid of that heavy influence?"

I don't want show "The Return To Form Black Magic" as an uninteresting record. Songs like "Flirting", "Sugar Assault Me" have capacity to impress listener but as for the soul of record, it hangs between old and again old. "Flirting" is the best work of Pop Levi yet, brilliant!

Pop levi's debut captures more or less shiny, playful, tuneful air of 70s, and yes the days which belong to historical rock bands such as Beatles, Marc Bolan's Trex. Despite its a little oldish
atmosphere, everyone may enjoy with this new record. Release date: 30 Jan Pop Levi Myspace
MM picks: Pick Me Up Uppercut, Skip Ghetto, Flirting
mp3: Pop Levi - Sugar Assault Me

Top Five Best Classic Rock Melody

Now we're back to past...They'd done everything could be done in rock music. Some kind of crazy period it was or was it totally fascinating? Now that part is very important for me. I believe that rock n' roll is totally fascinating term. Yeah, we're entirely covered by indie rock bands now, and i love this variation. But you should know the history to survive, am i right? Ah!, and also if the tragical deaths didn't exist in rock n' roll history, it would be perfect! Bob Dylan, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones aren't included in the list. A good list should show something to people that have something in different taste not in common, and it shouldn't has a purpose to flatter, that's all opinions.

1. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Alice in Wonderland, that's all i want to say about the song, never and ever it gets old. "Classic" gets the meaning by the song.

2. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
I think it's one of the best band ever. It's so emotional, sometimes it touches you, and they
know how to rock! How to rock???

3. New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
Ouch! Make up is quite rollicking when the subject is to reject ordinary, everything-same lifestyle. Dolls, i've been listening you, always will be listening.

4. Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
Hey ho! Let's go! They're forming in a straight line, They're going through a tight wind, The kids are losing their minds, the blitzkrieg bop!

5. Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
This is the most striking song. If you're in a bad mood, don't try this one!

New rock singles of the week

1. Clinic - If You could read your mind | Watch the video!
2. Camera Obscura - If Looks Could Kill | Watch the video!
3. Pop Levi – Sugar Assault Me Now
4. Patrick Wolf - Blue Bells | Watch the video!
5. Kristin Hersh – In Shock
6. Animal Collective – People (Ep)
7. Norah Jones - Thinking Of You
8. Keane – A Bad Dream
9. Fall Out Boy - This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race
10. My Chemical Romance - Famous Last Words

The return of Clinic, their fourth album, Visitations, finally sees its release tomorrow (January 23rd) after Europe got an early start.
mp3: Clinic - Harvest (Within You)
mp3: Clinic - Jigsaw Man

Norah Jones - Not Too Late

Rating: 7/10
Modern Music Review
Norah releases her third and most personal album yet, Not Too Late, a collection of 13 original songs all of which were either written or co-written by Norah herself.

She got attention of the world since debut "Come Away with Me", selling 18 million copies worldwide and winning Jones eight Grammy awards. In addition, she worked with master producer Arif Mardin, and showed to the world that she's well-talented like best jazz vocalists Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald.

Norah's plentiful music keep charming us. Romantic vocals which we used to listen on previous records, sensibility of a woman while writing free and easy lyrics, high soothing songs, coffee smells, country, blues, jazz, contemporary folk...All of these are included in "Not Too Late". Only thing i'd criticize some songs sound like they're included only to fill up the record, it's so boring realizing that whereas songs like "Sinkin' Soon", "Until The End" were quite adorable to praise throughout.

Norah, makes something warming up inside of you with her voice with her appearance,
so hearty performing she has. That makes the music more absorbing while drinking a cup of hot drink. Certainly she doesn't deserve only some adjectives written abow, you haven't listened full emotive track 8 "My Dear Country" yet. This is one of the best song that Norah wrote.

Near to go, mellow combining of her goes low even though good-balanced songs appears on middle of the record regularly. In the end everything looks fine, covering your face full of sweety. Release date: 30 Jan | Norah Jones Official
MM picks: Until The End, Rosie's Lullaby, My Dear Country
Mp3: Rosie's Lullaby

Edwyn Collins

New bands and albums held off for one day, this post devoted to Edwyn. Best known for his tenure fronting the Scottish pop revivalists Orange Juice as well as his international solo hit "A Girl Like You,". When he was 16, he sold his stamp collection to buy a cheap Burns guitar and an amp. Having taught himself to play.

It's now almost two year since Edwyn left hospital following his stroke in February 2005. Since then he has been working tirelessly to recover as much of his former powers as possible.

I love to listen your records, your every song. Please drop us another new record, know that we always here for you to hear another amazing record.

This will continue...I'll protect the amazing artists, but as you know i can't do it by myself. Actually real power in music is the audience. Music can't exist if there is nobody listening to it. Edwyn Collins is a genius. Not only great mellow voice he has, he also has three amazing solo record "Doctor Syntax" (2002), " Gorgeous George" (1994) ,"Hope And Despair" (1989). Like before i said, we can't describe the music, we can only feel it. Edwyn's myspace page by his son.

You only kick me when I'm down
When I get up you come around
You come around, you say I'm great
You're only twenty years too late

mp3: Roddy Frame & Edwyn Collins - Falling and Laughing
mp3: Edwyn Collins - 20 Years Too Late

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Some Loud Thunder

Rating: 8.5/10
Modern Music Review
Indie Rock
Today, we'll clap our hands say yeah, because a really really very successful indie rock story lies there. They worked and worked , and it's a influence foundation for other unsigned new bands. They promoted their music themselves before anything else, and deserved good words by anyone who loves to listen music. Self-released, self-promoted, and self-distributed debut album was quite stunning because it was similar to any kind of rock music, at the same it was some kind of quirky record, drawing extraordinary noise waves onto playful irreverent singing style.

They come another Clap Your Hands style record previously named as "Some Loud Thunder". They are well-known band via internet, blogging, but it's not a stamp for their music, of course they are loved by people because of their cool musical success. Again stone-like pieces are in stock, quite lovely dynamic cuts exist in "Some Loud Thunder". I tried to put first record and recent record to different corners, and what i saw is two different ambition, two different melody cube.

"Some Loud Thunder" is more ironic than debut record, and also cuts like "Satan Said Dance", "Yankee Go Home" are new naughty toys for indie kids. As a favorite of mine the most twisted song "Love Song No. 7" is the modest proof that these guys are strong-minded to keep this brilliant career. On the other hand "Some Loud Thunder" isn't powerful like a vital record, it has its own kindness. Its character and songwriting style can't depict a masterpiece's or a must have record. Anyway it's absolutely one step forward as against debut CYHSY. Release date: 30 Jan

Strong wish is the half way of successful, passion is the bullet of ability and Clap Your Hands Say
Yeah! shows the statements clearly. By the way the cover is weak...
MM picks: Love Song No. 7, Goodbye To The Mother And The Cove, Yankee Go Home
stream the entire album from myspace right here.
mp3s: Love Song No. 7, Underwater (You and Me)

Troubles blew my mind!

It's been a terrible week, the troubles with my computer and my domain problems are really reason to go insane! New blogger custom domain service was a big disappointment for me and i made my decision, i'll use my old bad ass blogspot address. I'm sorry to bother you! Well, troubles!, they're in life with us. We know how to kick them out!
Frank Zappa - Trouble Every Day

Menomena - Friend And Foe

Rating: 9.1/10
Modern Music Review
Experimental Rock
A year after the variety of "Under an Hour" including piano, viola, baglama (a baby bouzouki), toy piano, organ and guitar conjure a watery world of misty fogs, cascading waterfalls , comes a much more experimental soundscapes from Portland formed trio Menomena.

They have a strange band name which has no specific meaning, but obviously the name matches their music. One thing that i discovered in Menomena's music is if you want to listen their music, you'll want to listen whole album. Single songs don't suffice to get me into musical love. They're playing guitars carefully, percussions and other instruments merge weird noises, and mosty not in order. Excellent song order, queer vocals, whistles, all of these depict Menomena's music as an incoming powerful weapon, but in test period now.

'This is definitely delightful album' you want to tell, moreover with happiness of discovery
another new band, you can't control yourself, find yourself dancing one way to other way. Gentle
bells, piano joined nice experimental rock -- experimental and dance music at the same time -- think of its nutty effect on you!

I can't tell you how much strong song named "The Pelican" in the album, and nobody could tell it. There is only one way to get it, listening! If you ask me 'how is the song?', i'll look at your face
like an empty bottle. Maybe it's the best way to describe it. I haven't came across this kind of weird combination of saxophone and percussions before.(Weird)

YEAH! I'm absolutely happy while counting my steps on a long road, and "Friend And Foe" echoes in the ears. What are you waiting for? Release date: 23 Jan Tuesday
MM picks: Boyskouts Sweetboyskouts, The Pelican, Weird, Evil Bee
mp3: Wet And Rusting
Menomena Official

Syd Barett

I was reading Mojo's 2006 September release, and the cover was..., Syd Barett. Death is one of the most factual condition for people. But life is one of the most colorful motion, that's for sure. In music which artist was the most colorful and psychedelic one, sweeping your time with his color color colorful guitars, cheerful lyrics which needs to be discovered??? Again, answer is Syd Barett.

Elton John: 'Obviously , Syd's death is very very sad. To me he was rock's first true casualty. Because of that he'll be one of those people like Nick Drake and Marc Bolan whose legend will live on forever.'

Paul Weller: 'He shone so bright for such a short space of time, everyone's vision of him is still trapped in that time, we only think of Syd as he was on the sleeve of the first album. All i know is that he's very important to me.'

Robyn Hitchcock: 'I think there was a power struggle between Syd and Roger - I don't mean Roger Waters, I mean Roger Barett, and that Roger Barett won. By all accounts, he carried on doing studies of watercolours, and painting. he was this hybrid of a small child going around in shorts and a serious old man. Meanwhile, everyone wanted syd: 'We want Syd, where is he?' Imagine somebody that disturbed and sensitive with all these ghouls on his doorstep. It's not pretty.'

Life goes on, but that doesn't mean you should forget good things coming from the past. So i love to protect influential artists while keeping new influential artists on this blog.
mp3: Syd Barett - Vegetable Man
mp3: Syd Barett - Baby Lemonade

Don't forget the songs that saved your life

I love to mix my playlist from old albums, new albums, classic artists. You should know how to put them in right order, know what's going to touch your heart, and you should know which song is going to cheer you up. That's very big deal to know how to feel music. You can create a miracle with the playlist even if music genres aren't same. If you similar with the songs;
Jam - Start! --> Beatles - Taxman
You know that the guitar chords are very resembling, Beatles stole from Jam! That's ridiculous. So who's the robber?

I believe that every album brings different or alternative point of view in your life, so it's the best thing to listen whole albums not single songs. It'll also help to distinguish what is original what is not. For instance Radiohead's "Creep" recalls Hollies' The Air That I Breathe entirely. By the way, we should consider that it's very hard to create something very original in these day. Artists and Bands try to produce new styles by blending all the past cultures. Nonetheless, they aren't able to impress listener like in 70s, 90s. Especially many listeners still believe in 80s, which had brought many successful music story. I don't know what the new year brings, but, here is some skilled discovery from my playlist.

Public Image Ltd - "God" recalls Talking Heads' - "Phyco Killer"
The Manics - "Roses in the hospital" is all same with David Bowie - "Sound and Vision"
R.E.M. - "One i love" borrowing as much from Neil Young - "Hey Hey My My"

We'll continue to listen good ones, to share with each other, to support music. Be careful! i said
'We'. If you love something deep in your heart, that love never ends, it only bleeds at times. And If you ask me, listening music is art.

And finally, My Bloody Valentine are set to make another album, according to leader Kevin Shields. The band's last LP was 1991's 'Loveless', while Shields' also contributed new tracks to the Sofia Coppola-directed 'Lost In Translation' soundtrack in 2004. Kevin's responses to Magnet Magazine really promising, i couldn't believe this at first time. Read whole story at NME
That's why we want Kevin Shields back!
Kevin Shields - City Girls

Kristin Hersh - Learn To Sing Like A Star

Rating: 8/10
Modern Music Review
Alternative Pop/Rock
She's started to drop her solo album in early 1994, took a break from the group (Throwing Muses), and following "The Grotto" (2003) , now this is her seventh heavy-acustic studio album.

Kristin Hersh's easily broken, sometimes sharp voice is primary material of the record, and don't forget iridescent violins , guitar cracks, and most of all massive songs one after another.

"Learn to Sing Like a Star" proves Hersh's mellow harmonies get stronger for alternative rock listener, who love to feel themselves as adult rock music lover. Pretty nice fourteen works are quite satisfying, bright, and ready to cuddle us. Despite songs' short length, songs like "Nerve Endings" or "Peggy Lee" are bittersweet compositions in the middle of natural atmosphere. She also touches to you with her improved songwriter.

After the listening, you are right to complaint its short play, but if you consider "Learn To Sing Like A Star" luxurious airy play, sir, your steps are on the right way. Kristin Hersh has already known to sing like a star. Release date: January 23, 2007
MM picks: Under the Gun, Sugarboy
Kristin Hersh - Nerve Endings

The Most Dreamy Rock Bands

1. My Bloody Valentine
2. Cocteau Twins
3. Jesus & Mary Chain
4. Mazzystar
5. Mojave 3
6. Ride
7. Mercury Rev
8. Galaxie 500
9. House of Love
10. Beach House

Yesss. I said "yes" like a snake, eh? The bands are so important noted abow. This is so music contains pure beauty of fresh waterfalls. You can find yourself dreaming unreasonably, so that's not rational behaving to listen all of them in one day, but i can do it and i'm still alive... Beach House is a promising, and very impressive band. It's gorgeous to see a courteous band is growing continuously.

This Jesus & Mary Chain truly fits our century, let me sing it loud 'I see people going down , All gods people going down'
Jesus & Mary Chain - Sowing Seeds
Of course we don't need to sit and cry, saying 'oh people are so cruel', what we need to do is having knowledge of the things going on in this world. The Awareness, maybe it's the most powerful weapon of people. 'I want peace, I'm sowing seeds'

New Beach House Video - "Master Of None"

Joy Division - Closer

MM classics
It's like an old wine, ten songs, ten stories. "Closer" reminds me a pathetic love story whenever i listen to it. It's the strongest combination of gloomy sound as well as paranoid, flowing to your veins so slowly but not painful way.

It teaches you how to understand life in different ways. With regard to Division's Closer or Curtis' lyrics we can see that something dark comes out of its shell. Ian Curtis tells lots of thing about real face of life. That makes "Closer" closer to humans' life story. It always starts good, and ends in a bad way.

"Closer" is an entire record, it's division of ways, fading of flowers, a true experience of music. Especially arrangements, deep and dark sound waves, all these become the most dramatic music when playing on backround. Curtis' affective voice, gentle bass guitars and stunning drums shot you down! It grasps your hair, pulls you down and down. With the last bullet fired by gun, which is called "Decades", will be last shot. Finally you find yourself smashed into pieces. As for musically and lyrical expression of "Closer", it's one of the most fascinating album on the earth yet. Where have they been? Where have they been?...
mp3: Joy Division - Twenty Four Hours

Sticky notes for catchy Upcoming Releases

Kristin Hersh - Learn To Sing Like A Star
Since Kristin's debut "Hips and Makers", she has known how to keep consistent career step by step, released never crappy solo and new "Learn To Sing Like A Star" shows that Maturity is very important for knowing how to sing flawlessly. Release date: 23 Jan, 2007

Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City
I knew it! As i said before, many people think or they told me "A Weekend In The City" sucks. No way! I think Bloc Party really started to perform in their own style. The new record won't give you the most radio-friendly music at first spin. But I honestly feel that it'll embrace you after several spin. Bloc Party knows what is "hard work"!

Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
I know it's early to speak about this upcoming (my upcoming favorite) record, at the same time
it's exciting too. I strongly believe that Patrick did it, and will release a truly great
record, it'll be one of his best yet. Listen the song "Augustune" below and let me know what do you think. Release date: Feb 26, 2007

Vietnam - Vietnam
It's sad not to find detailed info about Vietnam, which is a quite rocking heavily Velvet Underground and Lou Reed influenced indie rock group. Their upcoming self-named record takes part on my daily playlist. We'll see what we can write for this new bright band.

Skinny Puppy - Mythmaker
Good to see the dirty noisy industrial puppies continue the long way, i had chance to drown in the new album, which was a quite confident listen for me. It's because of my familiar with industrial music. Sometimes industrial noises turn to only exit in this life.

Try out:
mp3: Kristin Hersh - In Shock
mp3: Vietnam - Apocalypse
mp3: Patrick Wolf - Augustine (Demo)
mp3: Skinny Puppy - haZe (Demo)

Earlies - The Enemy Chorus

Rating: 8.3/10
Modern Music Review
Psychedelic / Pop / Experimental
Bands in genre psychedelic music have always been hardworking and promising. New album of the Canadian indie rock band combines intelligent pop, sometimes psyche-rock, but in every condition it helps you to fuck everything off. Take one banana to your right hand, a glass of milk on the other, then you need a blender. Mix it! Mix it while you're listening to "The Enemy Chorus". Actually indie rock would be straight term, there are different varied sounds, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes quite electronica music.

Also there is an example of country-electronica combo as shiny as a rainbow. Check "The Ground We Walk On" as a clear sample of the blend. Now that's very impressive. Because on the record good songs come one after another but not a similar way, every song includes quite different compositions. As a favorite of mine "Bad Is As Bad Does" hooks you up and proves how noises should use almost perfectly, reminding sound waves from Japan's Quiet Life to classic Pink Floyd work "Dark Side of the Moon" (except the guitar solos). Their music compared to such genre-defining artists as the Polyphonic Spree, the Flaming Lips, and Mercury Rev. Most of the songs poke me to say 'Yeah it's space rock'. Sometimes this space oriented beats reach highest point, and that makes you a little exhausted listener. While some songs are too low tempo (Little Trooper, Broken Chain), the other ones are too noisy. At the end of record some slob songs crowd. Anyway, every song is precious and has enough potential to hit the sky like a space shuttle.

Think of a fan, if you use it correctly, it'll help you to lighten yourself. "The Enemy Chorus" had the same power, if you could see right colors on it. A perfect choice for rainy, cloudy, breezy weathers. Release date: January 23, 2007
MM picks: Burn The Liars, Bad Is As Bad Does, Breaking Point
mp3: Burn the Liars

New alternative rock singles

  1. mp3: Grinderman - Get It On
  2. mp3: The Earlies - No Love In Your Heart
  3. Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Lay And Love
  4. Noisettes - Don't Give Up
  5. Jarvis – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
  6. Bloc Party - The Prayer
  7. Arcade Fire - Black Mirror
  8. Modest Mouse - Dashboard
  9. Idlewild - No Emotion
  10. Evanescence – Lithium

It's been a while, i've been searching new good singles since Dec, and no new release, no new singles, but today strong albums and singles knock on the door. You see Noisettes' new single smells chocolate, also new album sounds cool.

I've stuck between the sound waves due to The Earlies' upcoming loony "The Enemy Chorus". The first single "No Love In Your Heart" plays around with dub and spacey psyche-rock all the way up The Earlies collective arse.

Finaly, the most stunning single of the week becomes Grinderman's "Get It On" , Nick Cave's new shotgun. They're grinder men indeed. Find more info about the new single here. Moreover, watch Jarvis' video on youtube.

City, Lights, Apartments, Cars...

Passing city lights one by one, so fast, riding high upon a deep depression, with a empty look upon your face. Not that easy boy or girl, you chose to live in city, built high structures, gigantic machines. It's not right time to complain now. At the same time it's not rude to express your feelings. A cup of tea your hand, thinking 'I'm only happy when it rains', waiting and chasing days to see a little drop of rain.
Garbage - Only happy when it rains

It's a sad sad thing to see hopeless people sometimes. You think that if i could help someone to cheer him/her up. With songs, and music, you can dream whatever you like. The best thing coming alongthe music is -- to catch your life soundtrack. Even if the song is too depressive , believe that it can help you to smile. Because if your life always is perfect, that time it's the most depressive thing you're dealing with it . 'oh no... please don't wave goodbye wave goodbye'
The Tea Party - Lullaby

...And the best thing of living in city is that it makes you as strong as a classic rock song. Anything can break you down now, you're fullfilled with experiences. Life needs to be strong, we must play our lives like soldiers in the field. And one of my life's backround tune appears...
Killing Joke - Love Like Blood

The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

MM classics
I haven't came across someone who doesn't like Cranberries' music. Forget about their famous career and suppose that this is first release, they're a brand new band. Ah, how pure musical travel it is, how perfect listening a Elegant female voice Dolores O'Riordan has. And yes it's not posible to release such an album again. Still, as if it's a brand new record. And some truth of life lies in Berries' lyrics -- Oh my life is changing everyday Every possible way -- The life changing melody of Cranberries is here, it's in this album. It's "Sunday", you can feel violin's cry in your body, moreover bass guitars call something from past memories.

As a music lover, i believe that masterpieces are created only for people to adorn the life, the world. Yes it's for us to take what we want to take. Take beauty, take simplicity...

If you, if you could return
don't let it burn

don't let it fade

I'm sure I'm happier
but it's just your attitude
it's tearing me apart
it's ruining everyday

Charming of good stuffs in our lifes, like a sharp memory, and they never forsake you. Every cut make my eyes more bittersweet looking on "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?". Yeah little circle compact disc, there is always a place for you in our collection. " Virtue is the strong stem of man's nature, and music is the blossoming of virtue."-- Confucius
Some killer tracks:
mp3: Cranberries - Sundays
mp3: Cranberries - Pretty
mp3: Cranberries - Put Me Down
Same doses: The Sundays, The Smiths, Mazzystar, Cocteau Twins, Julee Cruise

Cool artist pages

Lou Reed
One of the best artist web page that i've ever seen.
Arcade Fire
I loved that site, it's as natural as their music. They proves that no need to release too many album to achieve success.
David Bowie
I don't even think a world without Bowie's colours, cool desing, right colors.
Ian Brown
Do not get me wrong, i didn't like that middle finger, that was the difference what i liked.
As always, he is comfortable, and cool web page.
I looked more than two hundred web pages (it was too hard) but only liked these.
mp3: Arcade Fire - Laika
mp3: David Bowie - Space Oddity (remastered)
mp3: Ian Brown - One way Ticket to Paradise

And also launches signed Lindsey Buckingham CD & poster giveaway!
Contest Prizes:
One (1) Grand prize winner: Signed poster, signed CD
Two (2) Second Place Winners: Signed poster, regular CD
Three (3) Runners Up: each get a regular CD

Nine Horses - Money For All

Modern Music Review
Rating: 9/10
Working under the group name of 'Nine Horses' 'Snow Borne Sorrow' is a collaboration between David Sylvian, his brother and frequent collaborator Steve Jansen and electronic composer / remixer Burnt Friedman.

Very Well, in the record, in the middle of it, heartbeat-like sound waves, violins, Sylvian's extreme night-like vocals, attractive back female vocals. No!, not this way enough to describe an album like this. It's the most ridiculous thing to seek for the right words. Because you know that you're never well experienced to tell what music feels to the humanity. I'm sure of it, the feelings that i feel is the purest one. David Sylvian who is absolutely an idol, a genius. I had spent my long-night with his "Secrets Of The Beehive", "Rain Tree Crow" and my night lamp "Blemish". It's really imposible not to tell my adoration while i'm writing this.

Most of the songs seem waiting for a touch to appear, and if they find a connection to reach you that will be love at first sight. The Compositions are as perfect as full moon appearance, honestly i'd call this style as virgin sound. Because you never want to share Sylvian's voice, songs with someone else, and you want it as only yours.

lyrics from his Boy With The Gun:
He knows well his wicked ways
A course of bitterness
A grudge held from his childhood days
As if life had loved him less
Reading down his list of names
He ticks them one by one
He points the barrel at the sky
Firing shots off at the sun
i am the law and i am the king
I am the wisdom, listen to me sing

"Money For All" which includes some remix version of songs from previous Nine Horses album "The Banality of evil","Serotonin", and also two new songs ravishing "Money For All", an inviting alternative dance melody "Get the hell out". This shorten version of the songs was polished fairly good. Various instruments change the atmosphere from dark to blue, jazz to rock, bittersweet to melancholy, and you're finally full of satisfaction.

A truly grader Ep, it never lets you to go. Release date: January 22, 2007
MM picks: Money For All, Get The Hell Out, The Banality Of Evil
mp3: Nine Horses - Money For All
mp3: David Sylvian - The Boy with the Gun
mp3 samples

Nothing Can Change This Love

To love flowers one by one, don't point that gun to me again, and shorten the words to mean more puzzling. I really love this, talking about what the music feels. In fact it won't be the same, your feelings change every time or after every new discovery in music. One of the best feeling about this love is that it'll never end, there is always new things to discover. For the first time, i owed to the sentence "Everything changes". Everthing must change!

And very very meaningful sentences come 'Remember that hope never dies, and it always is darkest before sunrise!' .
A Sam Cooke cover goes by in front of my ears.
mp3: Jonathan Richman - Nothing Can Change This Love i had a chance to listen Patrick Wolf's forthcoming "The Magic Position" in Feb 26, before saying a great work, i want to listen more and more. But keep it as a secret there is a song which Marianne Faithfull appears, named "Magpie", the song took my heart at first listen.
mp3: Patrick Wolf - The Libertine

“ Without music life would be a mistake. „-- Friedrich Nietzsche

The Shins

In my opinion "Oh, Inverted World" is one of the definitive indie rock albums of the early 2000s and the Shins as one of the style's definitive bands. But it doesn't mean i'm going to like or must like all Shins releases. Today, i listened that great Inverted again, and yes it was great, never bores you. Gentle guitar melodies and Mercer's innocent vocal was still powerful. Yes while he's singing his well-writen lyrics, he's got lots of thought in his head, funny ones, kind ones, complex ones.
mp3: The Shins - New Slang
mp3: The Shins - Know Your Onion!

I guess I try to figure out what emotional meaning there is to the music that I've put together. And then hopefully there's something I've been thinking about or pondering, or something that happened to give me a subject to just start writing. There are a lot of different subjects I've been dealing with on the record, but one theme is that having convictions, having certitude, just leads to trouble. And if people simply allowed for the possibility that they were wrong-- if everybody did that-- there would probably never be another war. If you just did that one fucking thing. But of course it would require everyone doing that, but it's a funny idea, or an interesting thing to me at least-- that a simple little thing of just questioning yourself would save the world. You don't even need a new philosophy to explain the world. Just realize that you are who you are, that no god is telling you shit, that you're just doing your little mouse-brained attempt at discovery. James Mercer...And read recent The Shins Interview at Pitchfork.
I think you should take a look at the interview, which brings a bunch of intelligent idea about the band. As a mind, "Wincing the Night Away" touchs you again but still it has some kind of lack of melody, and melody is as important as meaning of the songs.

New year, not new at all

It wasn't snowy new year parade, in fact there was a great sunny weather out here. I wanted to shout all of you happy new year even if it's too late. I hope we'll listen too many great bands, great albums in the new year. Now which albums i'm looking forward this month to write about:

Vietnam - Vietnam Jan 23
The Earlies - The Enemy Chorus Jan 23
OF MONTREAL - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Jan 23
Pelican - After the Ceiling Cracked Jan 23
Nine Horses - Money for all January 25
Ghost - In Stormy Nights Jan 27
Skinny Puppy - Mythmaker 30 Jan
Youth Group - Casino Twilight Dogs 30 Jan
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder 30 Jan

And an airy alternative work from The Breeders' Last Splash, which is one of my favorite pick from 90s. If you interested in 90s alternative rock scene, i suppose that you had "Last Splash".
mp3: The Breeders - New Year
mp3: The Breeders - No Aloha

So it's the first day of the new year. If you asked me, i would say that all those red things were hanky-panky. Because you should create your own luck, mates. If you believe that only underwear bring your luck back, i have some news for you. That's the hugest waste of time.

Yes the songs really bring my luck back but not red underwear. While you're having your expensive drinks, some of us greet the new year as at the picture below. The photo (12, 31, 2006) was taken by a friend of mine, while we were walking around Istanbul to take some meaningful photos. So you think that it's a new year but pictures don't lie as well as songs do. That's all for now.

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