Full disclosure: I heard “Around the bend” on the ipod commercial. I am no expert on this group. And as a result the little amount of indie cred I may have suffers.

Apple had it right though. This is a group that, at the time of writing this, has no full release CD available. The songs I’ve heard (theres 4 that I’ve found) one has to dig through the internet to find. Each song is just as brilliant as the one prior each one as catchy and fun as the next.

Check it out.
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Sandro Perri - Tiny Mirrors

Sandro Perri - Tiny Mirrors

Sandro Perri – Tiny Mirrors – 7/10

Embracing the beauty of imperfection has been the rage these days it seems. Though risky, if done correct will bring all sorts of incredible texture to a work of music. Sandro Perri manages to accomplish this fine ballance and make it look easy. Tiny Mirrors is smooth as buttered glass… if that simili is appropriate… or… not too odd. Great for a dim and lazy autumn day.

A rendition of Fred Neil’s Everybody’s Talkin’ makes an appearance. Though at first I didn’t quite like it, it seems to be growing on me a little every time I listen to it.

My only standing negatives:

Sometimes throughout various points in the album, things seem to get… confused. Almost to the point of sounding irregular and sloppy.

A healthy dose of caffeine should be administered shortly before embarking on this one.. It has the power to lull you into a half sleep. I’m not exactly sure if that is a BAD thing or not, it might not be something you want to listen to on a late night drive after a long hard day at work.

Songs of Interest:

  • Family Tree
  • Everybody’s Talkin’
  • The Mime

Its going to be really strange, but hey, its the freaking Flaming Lips:

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Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads – (7/10)
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The Kaiser Chiefs canceled some U.S. Tour dates in order to work on this album. During that time they wrote the first single for the album, Never Miss a Beat. So here’s what I have to say: Hook laden and demanding you to dance, this album is one of the most fun Brit-Rock albums of the year. Your foot will be tapping weather you want it to or not. You can’t stop it, so don’t even try it! The first half of the 11 song album is the stronger and it sorta tapers off at the end and starts to sound a tad generic.

That point aside, it is a solid work; fans of the boys from leeds will be pleased!

Songs of Interest:

  • Never Miss a Beat
  • Like it Too Much
  • You Want History
  • Tomato in the Rain

I figured that since this was my first crack at any sort of review, I would start with an easy and familiar one:

The Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride – (8.5/10)

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This is one of those rare albums that, once familiar, there is a desire to sincerely thank the musicians involved in its production.

It took a while for this one to grow on me, but the ones I like the best always seem to do that. John Darnielle’s anomalous voice is SO not radio friendly, by any stretch of the imagination. At the same time, when he sings, he delivers more meaning and comfort than simply the words alone can bring.

Darnielle’s other great assets are his songwriting and storytelling abilities. Though simple his style is elegant and to the point. With the poetic and introspective lyrics accompanied with a prefect mix of instrumentation to make each song an experience.

My only complaint is that when mixed with their previous work, thins start to sound a bit “samey”. However it doesn’t keep this one from being one from going on my Recommended list.

Songs of Interest:

  • San Bernadino
  • Heretic Pride
  • In the Craters On the Moon
  • Marduk T-Shirt Men’s Room Incident