Friday, January 13, 2012

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher is as hard to photograph as Bigfoot.
To begin, I thought I hated this man for causing every amateur musician in the world to take up guitar specifically to learn Wonderwall to impress girls in beanies at low attendance house parties. As it turns out, this man can really write. He's also a great singer. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I can't help but feel a bit betrayed by my tastes. Shut up tastes! I tell you what to like! Not the other way around. For anyone who isn't following this rant, Noel Gallagher is credited with the majority of the writing for the English easy rock group Oasis.

Now that that's out of the way, I actually couldn't get enough of this record. For the first time in a while, I agree with the labels decision to release "If I had a Gun..." as the first single. This is an awesome track that I wouldn't mind replacing Wonderwall in the guitar catalog of new-to-the-game hippies.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Das Racist - Relax

They forgot to dive away from the explosion, none survived.
The alternate band name was: Facial Hair in Front of Fire.

So first things first, this album came out a little while ago. However, before I jump into reviews of albums coming out this year, I'm trying to get through some of my favorite albums of 2011, and releases I simply haven't gotten around to listening to.

That being said, Das Racist's last release "Sit Down, Man" has got to be one of the most listened to records in my Winamp collection. (Yeah. I don't use iTunes. Shut Up. I don't know why. Don't let it stop you from being my friend.) So I'm literally disgusted with myself at how long this was out before I first listened to it. This record starts an finishes feeling very familiar, for those that heard any of those tracks. Throughout the record there are even overt references to both Sit Down and Shut Up. "I'm at the Newcastle" anyone?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Coachella: The Best Show You Can't Afford

With the Coachella 2012 lineup announced, people wearing cardigans across America are salivating onto their laptops as they unleash their credit cards on the internet, buying band tee's for those acts their friends stopped listening to when they got their record deal. This year, the festival promises to single-handedly pull the United States out of the financial crisis by generating it's own small nation worth of commercial expenditure. Unfortunately, the majority of festival goers' time will still be spent in line for disgusting portable disease hatcheries, and $11.00 water.

Anybody who knows the festival by name, will surely remember the insanity of last year, when tickets for the festival sold out in 6 days. Personally, it took me a week just to finally get the Coachella main page to load... I never had a chance. Seeing as how I also couldn't swing the 4.9 billion dollar passes for resale on eBay, I wasn't in attendance in 2011.

However, this year the festival has been split into two identical 3 day showings, promising to make more tickets available, and theoretically allowing a much larger attendance. What this really means is that now, extravagant hipsters can be filthy in the desert for 6 days instead of 3, while they pretend that they all came to see the daytime acts, and hide their embarrassment at how their suburban sensibilities are challenged by the day 3 hip-hop finale. (Dre and Snoop!) Official festival dates are April 13-15th, and the 20-22nd.

For anybody who didn't dive on presale tickets late last year, festival passes will go on sale Friday, January 13th starting at $285. Now, check out the lineup, and have fun being distraught over which day you can afford to go to, once you decide you don't really need to eat next month after all.

Check after the break for an easily readable text list too!