Music Recommendations Posted by: Dale Franks
on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Well, I can't throw sample MP3s on the blog any more, since we had so much bandwidth horked by linkers a few months ago we got slapped with a $200 bandwidth charge.
But I wanted to be sure to mention that the Australian group Karnivool finally got a US distribution deal, so their 2005 album "Themata" was released in the US yesterday, and is now available from iTunes. Finally! The title track, Themata, has been getting airplay on Sirius, but there are four other fantastic tracks on this album: Cote, Shutterspeed, L1fel1ke, and Mauseum. So go to iTunes and check this album out. But be careful about buying the whole album, because it contains a track called Omitted for Clarity, which is just 20 seconds of silence, but iTunes will charge you 99¢ for it anyway.
To get an idea of Karnivool's sound, here's a video—with acceptable sound quality, no less—of them playing the long version of Themata live in Sydney at Come Together '06. The real song starts after a 2:55 extended musical intro. So, when the little countdown timer on the video below reaches 6:10, raise volume, bang head. Also, frontman Ian Kenny's hairstyle amuses me.Also, after a long hiatus there's a new single by Linkin Park out, What I've Done, which isn't too bad, although I've liked some of their previous stuff, like Numb and In the End, better. The video appears below.Chevelle's new album "Vena Sera" was released last week, and it has three or four good tracks on it. It's a bit more of a hard-edged offering than their previous efforts.
Madina Lake's new album, "From Them, Through us, To You", has a nice track called House of Cards that you might want to check out.
Unusually, this week's free single on iTunes isn't utter crap. It's A Strange Education by The Cinematics.
Finally—and I don't care what you think about it—Good Charlotte released a new album last week, on which two songs, Misery and The River, are decent songs.