Just got back from a CD sale on campus put together by our radio station. Two CD's for 5 bucks, it's hard to turn that down. What did I get, you might ask? Well, one of my favorites from 2009, and one of my early favorites of 2010, I got lucky.
The Rx Bandits have been putting together some of the best experimental, genre-mashing rock I've heard in the past five years. I've yet to get the chance to see them live, but I can only imagine, when compared to this album. Mandala is 11 songs, and 52 minutes of very ambient-feeling, yet not ambient-sounding rock. For the sake of space, I won't write a full-fledged review.
It's hard to describe Crime In Stereo with one small blog paragraph. Musically, these guys have been everywhere. Whether it's ...Is Dead, or The Troubled Stateside, CIS has touched every corner and uncovered every stone of musical genres. I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone is a bit of a gut-shot to other bands in this so-called indie-alt-rock genre. CIS, in their early years, were a straight-up hardcore band and they did it well. However, it wasn't enough, so they went completely to the other end of the spectrum. This album is basically them saying to other bands, "Hey, you guys, we got this." For such a supposed short time trying out this sound, Crime In Stereo handles it very well. Where they go from here excites me.
Needless to say, I wholeheartedly recommend both these cds to people trying to find new music. They don't disappoint.