With enough influences to drive a music critic insane, Honey Claws have similar creative range as Danger Mouse and the Beastie Boys. With help from their self-made DJ machine (called the "Junkbox"), they're skilled at mashing up songs, as well as introducing a new sound with their original party cuts.
Sometimes strange, sometimes otherworldly--but always incredible--marks the striking sound of Detroit-based band The Bodies Obtained. Reminiscent of the gloom and doom of Joy Division (their name is taken from a "Day of the Lords" lyric), The Bodies Obtained resurrect postpunk founding fathers from the grave on their debut album, From the Top of My Tree. With a solid collection of strongly written, synth-heavy songs, the sonic textures from The Bodies Obtained find cathartic joy in an unbridled exploration of postindustrial musical pain.
A quick followup to my post yesterday on the top ten vinyl sellers of 2008: I just called my local record (I do mean record) store, Sonic Boom, to reserve a copy of the new Animal Collective record, Merriweather Post Pavilion, on vinyl. It came out on Tuesday, January 6. The clerk laughed and said he'd never seen such a hot-selling LP. Not only were Sonic Boom's copies one by the end of the 6th, they can't order more because their distributor's out, and they can't find another distributor because the label's out. They'… Read more
*From the Free MP3 archive* Though they left indie labels behind years ago, Death Cab's indie cred's still in full effect. Singer-guitarist Ben Gibbard's confessional, heartfelt lyrics come wrapped in meticulously placed arrangements and straightforward production that results in sturdy, melodic music.