• Modest Mouse: "Ship" Far From Sinking

    by • on Apr 12, 07 • in albums, Indie • with 1 Comment

    Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank – 4/5 Narks First and foremost, I am not a sailor. When I am on a boat, I am usually sitting back, relaxing with a cold beverage, while the “Captain” is leading the charge through channels and small lakes. The able seaman of Modest Mouse, Isaac Brock, had been chartering the indie-waters for years, until their breakthrough single “Float On” in 2001. With the mainstream success of Good News For People Who Love Bad News, cruise ship-size pressure is on for the band to match

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  • Timbaland: Shockingly Good Pt. II

    by • on Apr 3, 07 • in albums, Rap • with 1 Comment

    Timbaland – Timbaland Presents…Shock Value 4/5 Narks On Shock Value, Timbaland experiments more than ever with new twists on familiar territory (Hip-Hop and R&B) and uncharted waters (New Wave and Rock). No matter the musical flavor, the production is solid on all fronts. Most of all, Timbaland sounds like he is having good time doing it. He does everything from beatboxing to crooning to rapping seamlessly without a care. The all star line-up of guests do most of the lyrical work and Timbaland, similar to Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre, gets the most of his

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  • Timbaland: Shockingly Good Pt. 1

    by • on Apr 3, 07 • in albums, Rap • with No Comments

    Part I One of the most anticipated albums of the year for me has finally arrived, Timbaland Presents…Shock Value, and it not so “shock”ingly, it delivers. I have been following Timbaland’s production career since the Ginuwine and Aaliyah days and it is amazing how he created so many unique sounds and create new trends over and over. From the use of animal noise to bringing back the human beat box to overpowering synthesizers, Timbaland has amassed a number of copycats (which he addresses on “Give It To Me”). Somehow he has mangaed to stay consistent

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  • Eclectipus: The Bees

    by • on Apr 3, 07 • in Indie • with No Comments

    The Bees – Octopus 4/5 Narks Another band I have been listening to as much as possible (Spring = album release fiesta) is The Bees. Straight outta the British Isles, this band quickly became every indie critic’s darling in 2002 with Sunshine Hit Me, which was reportedly recorded in lead singer, Paul Butler’s garden. The band gained praise for its eclectic sound and was nominated for a prestigious Mercury Award. Three years later, The Bees continue their genre-bending (ha!) resume with their third release, Octopus. The album kicks off with an exploration in bluegrass on

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  • The Kooks: "A Good Thing to Me"

    by • on Mar 28, 07 • in Brit Pop • with No Comments

    Another great import from the U.K. that I have been listening to lately is The Kooks. They first caught my ear with the catchy single “Naive”. It had some success here in the States on college radio, but were a staple on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio One show. Their follow-up, “Ooh La”, is just as addicting with precise guitar strokes and a hummable chorus about a past love (who doesn’t like the word petticoat?). Look for The Kooks to make some noise on the festival circuit this year starting with Coachella (An insane lineup already)

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  • 8Ball & MJG: Southern Legends

    by • on Mar 23, 07 • in albums, Rap • with No Comments

    8Ball & MJG “Ridin’ High” 3/5 Narks Two guys that have been consistently heating up the underground in South are 8Ball & MJG. I first heard about them in middle school and have always appreciated the way they verbally spar with each other on their albums. With each album (9 so far), the duo has been just short of worldwide acclaim (one solo was even titled, “Almost Famous”). 8ball & MJG gained more pop-cred when they joined their Tennessee counterparts Three-Six Mafia & Young Buck on one of last years classics “Stay Fly”. Their tireless

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  • Arcade Fire: Hauntingly Good

    by • on Mar 21, 07 • in albums, Indie • with 1 Comment

    Arcade Fire “Neon Bible” 5/5 Narks Though I haven’t heard their 1st album, the heavily lauded The Funeral, Arcade Fire’s latest album has been so highly anticipated I couldn’t ignore it. It has been featured on every blog, column and radio show imaginable. At first, I was a bit hesitant to check out Arcade Fire. I thought they would be a bit too dark for my taste, but that happens to be one of the band’s strong points. Albums that have this much to live up to usually don’t quite deliver the goods (see The

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