Archive for arcade fire

Modern Kids

Posted in Album Review, Indie Pop, Rock with tags , , , , on August 14, 2010 by Seth Michael

Here’s the thing.

Arcade Fire The suburbs

This album is really good. Like, really good. No, seriously you should buy it. Perhaps that’s a little too much… no wonder I make a poor sales man. Regardless of my selling skills, the new Arcade Fire album is an ace in my books. I wasn’t in love with the fire’s second album Neon Bible, but I loved their first Funeral, and I feel like The Suburbs is a throw back to the Neon Bible days.

It’s just good I tell you.


The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock


What’s next?

Posted in Chillout, Dream pop, Electro, Electro-pop, Indie, Indie Pop, Neon Gold, News, Opinion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2009 by Seth Michael

I find that come the end of the year the blogosphere is flooded with “Best of” lists, which are great if you’re in a nostalgic mood and all.. Unfortunately thats not how I feel about 2009, it’s been a less than favorable year for me. So in the spirit of great expectations we have the albums/artists I am looking forward to in 2010. Most of these artists I’ve talked about in the last couple weeks, but a recap can’t hurt. Be sure to check out BBC’s Sound of 2010 for more great artists on the rise.

So here we have it, in no particular order:

Fyfe Dangerfield

Guillemots lead, Fyfe Dangerfield is scheduled to come out with his debut album Fly Yellow Moon in January 2010. After hearing ‘When You Walk Into The Room‘ and ‘She Needs Me‘, I expect nothing short of amazing.

Penguin Prison

New York native Chris Glover a.k.a. Penguin Prison has provided us with 2 lead tracks and some killer remixes. No confirmation yet of whether or not there will be a full length album, but I suspect that there is something in the works. If not Penguin Prison is some music you’re going to want to keep your eyes on this coming year, only more to come.


There is still little known about UK due Monarchy, but we can expect the single release come February from our favourite Neon Gold. There is no doubt that this pair has more work up their sleeves, we’re just going to have to be patient and wait to hear more.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie released her EP earlier this year which give us a small sample of what she’s capable of. I predict that in 2010 we’re going to hear a full length LP from her. With the backings of producers Starsmith, I am sure this pop starlet will give us something worth looking forward to.

Vampire Weekend

I may have a soft spot for Vampire Weekend after seeing them in concert back in August ’08 at the amazing Pemberton festival. Either way, after the release of their singles Cousins & Horchata, it’s clear that ‘Contra’ will be a great follow up to their debut album.


After great commercial success with ‘Oracular Spectacular’ back in ’08, MGMT is set to release a new LP ‘Congratulations’ in the spring of 2010. It will be interesting to see how VanWyngarden and Goldwasser follow up to their debut album.

Arcade Fire

Fellow Canadians, Arcade Fire have done well with there previous albums ‘Neon Bible’ and ‘Funeral’ and are expected to release a new album early 2010. Working with producers from Neon Bible, there is no doubt that this next LP will live up to their past releases.

The Limousines

With the release of their EP ‘The Scrapbook’, The Limousines are leaving much to be desired. There is no news on whether or not the duo is working on a full length LP for the new year, but it can be expected to hear some new sounds coming from this California pair.


‘Odd Blood’, Yeasayer‘s sophomore album is due out February 09, 2010. The album has already been leaked out just a few days ago, but I, myself am resisting the urge to download the album. With another 2 months to go I am sure that Yeasayer is going to be working hard to perfect the album.

Marina & The Diamonds

Her videos alone get my excited for her debut album “The Family Jewels”. After a great release of Marina Diamandis 2nd EP with Neon Gold earlier this year, you can be sure to hear some great tunes from this vixen.

Sleigh Bells

When I first heard Sleigh Bells EP, I was completely floored. I can only hope that they reproduce that sound into a new and full length LP for our enjoyment. I am making the assumption that there will be more to hear from this Brooklyn duo, but it’s more so a wish..

Next stop: Freelance Whales – Weathervanes

Posted in Album Review, Alternative, Chillout, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Seth Michael

Freelance Whales I originally wrote this review after listening to this album for the first time, and while reading it over I was worried I was singing praise to much. After about a week of continual listening to ‘Weathervanes’ I’ve decided that my initial reaction was correct. Neon Gold said it best..

Freelance Whales are like Arcade Fire for your little sister, only your little sister is in college now and she’s actually pretty cool and has tons of hot friends.

You know the feeling you get when you have a great day, and you just wish it could last a little bit longer? That’s exactly how I feel about this LP, leaves you wanting more. For the most part I don’t really pay a lot of attention to the lyrics of songs at first listen, but this ‘Weathervanes’ had me actually listen to the words being sung along with the many layers of sounds coming out. Freelance whales give us songs with prominent drum beats, with an almost child like feel; sounds of toys and chimes. To me they sound like a combination of Death Cab and Arcade Fire, and surprisingly I don’t think that is a bad thing what so ever. Oddly enough, there are a few electro-inspired songs, which caught my completely off guard but I loved them never-the-less. I do believe that great music has countless interpretations, so I’m having a hard time describing the specifics of the tracks on this album, I think everyone is going to get something completely different out of it. The most compelling tracks for me are Generator ^ First Floor and Generator ^ Second Floor, which are below for your listening pleasure.

Generator ^ First Floor

Generator ^ Second Floor

Let me know if I’m completely off base on this album, but I do think it is something spectacular that most people would probably find enjoyment in.