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An Ode To No One
2010: The Year of Indie
01/21/10 at 12:57 PM by Mike Kraft
These are 3 albums that I've received this past week and have really enjoyed, having had some time to allow them to sit and ferment. Any indie fan that hasn't heard of these bands, really should look into them. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Past Lives - Tapestry of Webs (Suicide Squeeze Records)

Created with 3 former members of The Blood Brothers, Past Lives, created "an album that crawls from the primordial ooze of anti-parent culture sound to stand on newly formed legs, moving forward with carefully considered steps. Here, sibling harmonies are offered to The Wickerman death-dub, tom-toms locked in hypnotic BPM. Guitars alternate between glistening pop tones, ethereal bliss-out and raw rhythmic ruin. Throughout, each song delves deep into the blank gaze, the experience of everyday living as viewed through the tired eyes of uncertainty and doubt. It's all kinda 'vibey'."
LinksMyspace | Pre-Order

Peasant - Shady Retreat (Paper Garden Records)

"Shady Retreat, Peasantís new record, takes off where the previous record, On The Ground, left us. While the last album gave many people their first taste of Peasant, in the eyes of the monikerís human form, Damien DeRose, this was a mere appetizer to what would soon come to fruition. DeRose molded his own retrospective thoughts and realization about the music and content of On The Ground to use as a platform for Shady Retreat. The result is an album that is an extension of the most creative and substantial elements of On The Ground combined with DeRoseís maturing music tastes and everyday influences. Shady Retreat stands out as its own introspective artistic masterpiece."
LinksMyspace | Pre-Order

Emanuel and the Fear - Listen (Paper Garden Records)

"Often times, a band can get too big too quickly and not be able to adapt in ample time to their own success. In Emanuel and the Fearís case, they started big - an entire 11 members big. With less than a year under their belt since the initial self-titled EP release, Emanuel and the Fear has been building its profile and reputation rapidlly, proving to the industry and fans alike that it is one band that is worth the hype."
LinksMyspace | Pre-Order
Tags: 2010, indie, peasant, emanuel and the fear, past lives, recommendations
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Going Going, Back Back....
01/19/10 at 12:49 PM by Mike Kraft
I need to update this a lot more often. I've been slacking and it's time to step up. So to get things started, I decided to post what a list of albums that I've been rocking to the past few weeks/months.

P.O.S. - Never Better

Initially, this album didn't do much for me. It's been a grower. He's pulled me in with his unique style and flow and sick chunky beats. It helps that he references Mitch Hedberg, The Big Lebowski, Fugazi, and Isis.

Dolorean - Violence in Snowy Fields

This is an album that I always resort to. Since having this album in my possession, I listen to it, on average, once a week. There's just something so melodic, precious, and sustaining about this album. This is a must have for those hardcore Elliott Smith and Nick Drake fans.

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - What It Takes To Move Forward

Just an absolutely beautiful album. It's so delicate, consistent, and poetic from start to finish.
Tags: music, albums, pos, dolorean, empire empire
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You Can Do A Lot In Just Under 10 Seconds
08/21/09 at 01:36 PM by Mike Kraft
Tags: funny, video, youtube
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First Impression: Mourning District
07/31/09 at 06:35 PM by Mike Kraft

Mourning District
Unsigned/No Label

Allow me to take the place of Jason and say, "these guys are the next big thing" and "these guys will be huge". Just on my take from listening to these demos, these guys know what's going on. For all intents and purposes, they should; John Collura was the guitarist for The Ataris. And like them, Mourning District have a huge appeal that should, make that will, shine under those big and bright lights. This is a must-listen for all indie fans. After all, they are what you get when Jimmy Eat World, Nada Surf, and Gratitude meet up for a Death Cab for Cutie show. Check out the four songs they have streaming on Myspace if you don't believe me.

AbsolutePunk profile | Myspace | last.fm
Tags: first impression, mourning district
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First Impression: Cage
07/26/09 at 12:46 PM by Mike Kraft

Depart From Me
Definitive Jux Records

Depart From Me is Cageís (Chris Palko) third full-length solo album. However, this is my first album I've listened to from him. It's deep, personal, and dark. Coming from a hard life with an abusive, drug addicted father, in and out of the drug/street life, you can hear this is him departing from his demons. The album is full of the rock/rap beats and synths, that would have a keen listening ear to fans of P.O.S. Additionally, fans of Atmosphere will enjoy the lyrical storytelling. With the turn that commercialized hip hop has taken, this is a fresh change with actual talent.

Myspace | last.fm | Website

Cage - "I Never Knew You"
Tags: cage, first impression, video
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New Favorite Commercial
07/15/09 at 04:57 PM by Mike Kraft
Tags: random, funny, commercial
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500 Days of Summer
07/15/09 at 03:23 AM by Mike Kraft
Went to see a screening of 500 Days of Summer last night. Very good film, I know it will rate well within this scene; especially, with everyone's love for Zooey Deschanel. This film is going to be this year's Juno. The soundtrack is pretty sick, imo.
Tags: movies, zooey deschanel, screening
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Daisy Artwork Leak
07/12/09 at 05:38 PM by Mike Kraft
Could this be the final album art?

Tags: brand new, rumorz, fun
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Dear Hayley
07/12/09 at 03:51 PM by Mike Kraft

Your guest appearance on the "The Few That Remain" has opened the gateway for me to give your band a try. Never really was a fan, but I'm willing to look past all that. I'm enjoying reading your AP chat interview. Well done.

Tags: hayley williams, open letter, forgiveness
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First Impression: Set Your Goals
07/12/09 at 07:09 AM by Mike Kraft

Set Your Goals
This Will Be The Death Of Us
Epitaph Records

I gave this album a real true listen yesterday and was instantly hooked. I just couldn't stop spinning it. To quote from Drew's review; "the twelve track album is like Power Rangers Ė the tracks are awesome individually, but become unstoppable when listened to together." From beginning to end, this album is explosive, balls to the wall, pop-punk. This is definately a great follow-up to Mutiny!. The guest vocals of Vinne Caruana (I am the Avalanche/The Movielife), Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) are stellar and make for a great blend like that of a bourbon and coke; sweet with a bite. I suggest pre-ordering it.

AbsolutePunk profile
| Myspace | last.fm
Tags: first impression, set your goals, recommendation
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Albums That Need More Attention
07/11/09 at 09:55 PM by Mike Kraft
from me. Just a quick glance list to remind me of albums I need to spin a little more or give a try.

All Time Low
All The Day Holiday
Closure In Moscow
Dave Matthews Band
The Dear Hunter
The Decemberists
Florence and the Machine
Little Boots
Nightmare of You
Shook Ones
Taking Back Sunday

Where should I begin? Suggestions?
Tags: mental note, listen moar
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Recommendation: Pony Pony Run Run
07/11/09 at 08:18 PM by Mike Kraft

Pony Pony Run Run
Pony Pony Run Run
3eme Bureau/WAGRAM

For the fans of Phoenix and/or Weezer, Pony Pony Run Run are a great power pop, electro rock band from France. They are becoming the next big thing in France, as they are being play-listed by all the major indie/rock radio stations. Check out the video and enjoy.

Myspace | last.fm | iTunes
Tags: recommendation, pony pony run run
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Is This The Beginning?
07/11/09 at 06:51 PM by Mike Kraft
What a great, fantastic show it shall be.

http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthre...post47997 692
Tags: special guests?
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Recommendation: Jukebox The Ghost
06/17/09 at 10:13 AM by Mike Kraft

Jukebox The Ghost
Let Live & Let Ghosts
Rebel Group Records

Excerpt from OhMyRockness.comDC's Jukebox the Ghost are an extremely entertaining piano-pop trio that writes cleverly optimistic songs. Their music gives off an aura that vaguely resembles happiness. Imagine! Upon first listen to these guys you will probably think two things (depending on how in touch with the '90s you are); "Ben" and "Folds." It's true that singer/piano player Ben Thornewill shares strong vocal similarities to that other Ben's tenor. And, of course, it doesn't quell comparisons when they're both piano men. But Jukebox the Ghost probably lean a little more towards the dramatic flair (a la Queen) than Folds did (or does?). People go crazy for these guys at their shows. Maybe you will, too?

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Tags: recommendation, jukebox the ghost
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Arlington: The Rap
06/14/09 at 06:17 AM by Mike Kraft
Pretty funny how true it is.

Tags: video, home, arlington, funny
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