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New Release Music Tuesday

Happy New Year to all my music enthusiast!  The start of the new year shows some promising upcoming new albums, but unfortunately there is no new music this week as the notable new releases starts next week.  This week I am revisiting a band that I didn’t get the chance to write about in my New Release Music Tuesday column last year.  Enjoy this weeks revisited pick from 2009.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an indie rock band that formed in New York City in 2000 and is  comprised of vocalist and pianist Karen O, guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase.  The band stays true to their NYC grind by naming their band after modern New York City vernacular.

Karen O and Brian Chase both attended Oberlin College in Ohio in the late ’90s, and met as students there.  Karen then moved to NYC to attend NYU and while in New York met Zinner in a local bar, where they formed an instant bond.   The two later formed an acoustic duo called “Unitard”, but then decided to go  electric after being inspired by Ohio’s avant-punk scene.  Chase joined the line-up after the drummer they initially recruited bowed out. In late 2001, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their self-titled debut EP, which they recorded with Boss Hog’s Jerry Teel on their own Shifty label. They also appeared at the highly rated South by Southwest festival in Houston, TX early that year.

Since its inception the band has recorded three studio albums; the first, Fever to Tell, was released in 2003. The second, Show Your Bones, was released in 2006 and was named the second best album of the year by NME. Their latest studio album, It’s Blitz!, was released on March 31, 2009.
Yeah Yeah Yeah's - It's Blitz

The album as a whole is impressive.  The single Zero transports the audience into a stimulating sea of electrical flare and is perhaps one of the band’s finest musical points in their career.  Heads Will Roll keeps the uptempo going with its dance feel and lyrics like “Off with your head, dance til your dead”.  With lyrics like that you definitely won’t stand in a club with a drink trying to look cute.  Skeletons is filled with monster distant drums and digital tears trickling all over it along with vocals which find Karen at her most astounding.

All in all the album is a solid  more polished YYY’s sound that is  more listener friendly than previous albums, and I can definitely see it reaching a broader audience.

My top two picks are:


Heads Will Roll:

Bonus Pick:


Alright folks.  I hope you enjoyed my revisited album pick of 2009!  It’s a great album filled with a wide range of emotions!  Stay tuned for next weeks  pick!

Happy New Year!



New Release Music Tuesday

We’re back!  A week has gone by and I am excited to bring yet another great band to you!

Animal Collective came to fruition by childhood friendships formed in  Baltimore, Maryland and is composed of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin, or Deacon as spelled on Strawberry Jam (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz).  The band members met in school and started recording together at a young age.  Lennox and Dibb went off to college in the Boston area while Portner and Weitz attended NYU in NYC.  In the summer of 1999 they would all meet back up again in Maryland to record material for the first release in 2000, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished. After the release, Lennox and Dibb moved from Boston to NYC to record and the music became much more  collaborative in nature.

Since their first release they have gone on to release 8 studio albums.  My introduction to the group didn’t come until the release of their 7th studio album Strawberry Jam (2007) and later Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009).  Both albums were wonderfully arranged and offered a warm atmospheric feel to them.

In and effort to hold fans over until their next full album release they have decided to drop the EP Fall Be Kind.  The EP picks up right where they left off with intense pop chore, numerous harmonies and melodies with trance-like elements that are as hypnotic as they are eccentric.  The band seems to keep it’s unorthodox, enchantedly complex and unique sound while offering more friendly and simple vocals and general musicianship.

Although it is only an EP, the bands best moment could be on their strangely titled track “What Would I Want? Sky.” They have managed to take a brilliant Grateful Dead sample and evolve it into a song that probably has the most eclectic hooks and overall song.

If you like music and it’s various eclectic forms then you will truly like this EP!

My top two picks on the EP are:

On the Highway

I Think I Can

Animal Collective

Thanks for stopping by this week.  Enjoy the new tunes and make sure to check out other notable releases.

Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom

Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy

Shiny Toy Guns – Girls Le Disko





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