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I got the new Fiery FurnacesI’m Going Away through my ears just to make sure they sound annoying and extremely boring to me. I’m starting to give up on them.

Go away guys, I’ll be okay.

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2009 - Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

Them Crooked Vultures is a supergroup starring Dave Ghrol on drums, Josh Homme on guitars/vocals and (tcha-ram) John Paul Jones on Bass and additional stuff.
They play solid rock ‘n roll as three guys relaxing and doing their thing naturally.

The juicy aggressive and groovy guitar riffs, always doubled by a hard bass are spontaneously pierced by the sharp Dave Ghrol, back to the drums again.
Well, not even in twitter times I’m not a Dave Ghrol follower. So I just superficially say that I’ve never heard him playing with the sticks that well.

At the level of these masters of rock is the audio production. Crystal clear. Really impressed me.

Musically, TCV sounds like the perfect collision of classic rock and modern alternative rock. As the lineup would chronologically suggest:

John Paul Jones >> Josh Homme >> Dave Ghrol

The result is very fine.

After a few replays  Josh Homme starts to get me tired. And reminds me why I never liked his brain-child Queens of Stone Age or maybe the defunct Kyuss.

I should not complain about the composing skills of Homme. But I will do so when it comes to performance.
He sounds so bored to me when singing. His guitar solos are cliche collections to my ears and they’re weak.
I’m talking specifically about Scumbag Blues. A powerful Hendrix-like song that BEGS for gorgeous trippy guitars solos. But Homme just don’t deliver that. In fact he doesn’t even get close.

After realizing that, my mind was corrupted by the idea of having an Ataxia-spirited John Frusciante for moving up the guitar solos. That would be huge.

I’d point out the highlights Elephants, Gunman and my favorite Bandoliers.

There’s a curious similarity between the song Caligulove and the last Arctic Monkeys album, Humbug. Produced by the very Josh Homme. That makes me think he had a good time with Alex Turner and his band.

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2009-mirah-aspera

Strange sounding and inconsistent folk.

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2009-animal-collective-merriweather-post-pavilion

Animal Collective is in my opinion the latest most innovative band from NY. They keep going deeper into freak folk and psychedelic vocal experimentantion in such a way that every record they release I like better than the predecessor.
Merriweather Post Pavilion keeps the tradition and is my fav AC album to date.
Everything sounds like a perfect polished one-peace. The music is more synthetic, and the upbeat goes on and on during the whole album, making the whole thing really happy and inspiring.

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2008-antony-and-thr-johnsons-the-crying-light

I’m not an expert on Antony and the Johnsons‘ discography, but The Crying Light sounds relatively more acoustic – natural for today’s fashion.
Intimate and focused on Antony’s voice, The Crying Light is pleasurable for Antony’s fans.

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I’ll be short.
Censored Colors
was a real disappointment to me. I don’t know what direction Portugal the Man is taking but it’s not my cup of tea.

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First studio release by Zack de La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Jon Theodore (ex-The Mars Volta).

Fans of RATM may like it. The production is rough and the arrangements are the simplest possible.

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