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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.

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.

The View – Which Bitch

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Scotch rock band. They sound very rough and somewhat old fashioned. Not my taste.

Mirah – (A)Spera

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Strange sounding and inconsistent folk.

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The canadian couple strikes again. I don’t like Wolf Parade so I didn’t have any expectations about it, and I wasn’t wrong at all.
This kind of electro reencarnation of 80s phantoms (Billy Idol to say one) plus other punk and post punk names is not my cup of tea.

2009-franz-ferdinand-tonight

I was frankly waiting for the postponed releasing of Tonight to critisize and declare the suit-wearing indie rock dead – I’m that bad.
As their likes The Strokes, The White Stripes, Hot Hot Heat and Bloc Party , I thought Franz Ferdinand would put out a bad album following the domino effect.

Tonight is surprinsingly great and refreshing in every detail. The scotch guys just reinvented themselves without losing their identity.

The production is awesome and makes justice to a mature band that knows exactly how they should sound.

Tonight is above everything a secure album. FF don’t seem to doubt a thing. And they wisely mixed a lot of synthetic elements to their energetic disco-punk approach. But in my opinion the 70s glam rock factor is the cream of the crop.
Name it from David Bowie to The Sweet. It’s everything here. Sounding as great as it was just discovered.

Every song is carefully crafted as one of the definitive dance rock records of the year. And mark that, it surely is.

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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.