Thursday, August 31, 2006

MUSIC: The You

The You's album, called For The Masses, is one of the more fascinating albums to land in my lap lately. Josh Verbanets, out of Pittsburgh, is the man behind the project. Recorded over a number of different sessions in a number of different states with a number of different musicians, the album ends up exactly as you might imagine: erratic. I imagine the group would benefit from a consistent recording session on their next album. However, with that said, there is definitely some talent here..... good songwriting and structure are immediate noticeable. Here are a couple of my favorite tracks off the album.

::: The You - I'm Going To Kill Myself
::: The You - Lindsay Schwartz

You can listen to more songs over at their myspace page.

[Photo credit goes to dale73.]

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

MUSIC: Golem!

Fresh back from a trip to Germany, I can't think of another band that's a better fit to post than Golem. This extremely interesting band is described as an "Eastern European folk-punk band" and I think that's a pretty good summary. Their new release, called "Fresh Off Boat", was released on August 22nd. Featured guests include Amanda Palmer from The Dresden Dolls and Mike Gordon of Phish. Try on a couple tracks...

::: Golem - Ushti Baba
::: Golem - Warsaw Is Khelm
::: Golem - Bublichki

I mean, whose day isn't better when a klezmer band is involved?
You can become their myspace friend here.
You can order the album here.

[Photo credit goes to kudar.]