Posted by: Ryan Allen on July 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Javelins, Heavy Meadows (Suburban Sprawl Music/Quack! Media, 2008)

MP3: “Heavy Meadows”

Heavy Meadows is a record soaked with sound. Yeah, the kinetic rhythms of singer/drummer Matt Rickle and bassist Julian Wettlin that made Javelins‘ first LP No Plants, Just Animals so dynamic are still there. But they take a backseat to guitarist Matt Howard’s jangly, tremelo-laden guitars and subtle variations on a theme of New Wave. Upon first listen, the album seems like a euphoric musical jaunt through soft summer evenings and cool pastures of sonic bliss. But appearances are deceiving. There are flowers, but they’re always wilting. There’s summer, but it’s always ending. It’s easy to become transfixed on the Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Child Bite, Fantastic Gusts of Blood (Suburban Sprawl Music/Quack! Media, 2008)

Listen: “Never-Ending Mountain Slammer”

Is it allowed for a scrappy post-punk band weaned on Mr. Bungle, Kill Rock Stars, and Mountain Dew to issue a concept album based on various stories of Greek mythology, set to the tune of a bunch of mad scientists sticking light sabers inside the pickups of their guitars? Take one spin through Child Bite‘s relentless new Read more

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Posted by: Ryan Allen on June 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Javelins, “Out On the Sand” (Suburban Sprawl Music/Quack! Media, 2008)

Who’s got the sweet museum hook up, yo? Whoever it is, Javelins lucked out, as their new video for “Out On the Sand” — the first single from their upcoming Heavy Meadows — looks like a glossy documentary on taxidermy; staring a cool band, instead of old creepy dudes. The boys don’t seem to be too thrilled to be surrounded by a Read more

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm

The Hard Lessons, B & G Sides (Quack! Media, 2008)

Listen: “Don’t Shake My Tree”

Volumes one through three of this EP set from hard-touring Detroit kids the Hard Lessons are already available, and “See and be Scene” (with the “boy,” Augie, out front) and “Don’t Shake My Tree” (with the “girl,” Ko Ko, on lead vocals) have proven to be as giddily unstoppable over the last few months as they were when the band first debuted the songs on their seemingly 24/7/365 tour schedule. (It doesn’t matter where you Read more

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Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm

The Pop Project, Stars of Stage and Screen (Suburban Sprawl/Quack! Media, 2008)

Listen: “Totally Awesome”

It seems that, with our inevitable rush toward a universal outbreak of attention deficit disorder, that bands have forgotten so many parts to their songs. They’re just not there. The bridges, the sax breaks, the prechoruses and postchoruses and choruses returning in the twilight of a song, adorned in the regalia of harmonies, xylophones, and the soft hush before the big finish. Bands have forgotten that songs can be Read more

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