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Pete's Pick: Built Like Alaska

15-May-2006 04:29 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Given that both Grandaddy and Beulah have both disbanded, it's great to see Built Like Alaska filling the void. You'll hear what I mean if you listen to Almost The Earth from their 2005 release titled Autumnland. This is great Sunday morning music.

Pete's Pick: Beulah

09-May-2006 03:39 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Beulah disbanded in 2004, which probably means something. But what it doesn't mean is that their music isn't brilliant. Listen to Emma Blowgun's Last Stand off of the 1999 release When Your Hearstrings Break.

Basement Arms - Gargling For Your Pleasure

04-May-2006 03:37 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Basement Arms
April 30, 2006
Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Wavelength @ Sneaky Dee's
Review by: Pete Nema, Photos by: Rod Pizarro
Enema Rating: (6/10)

When a band lists The Muppet Show as one of their musical influences, it sparks my interest. So when Dwight Schenk (vocals) of Basement Arms asked me to come watch them play at Sneaky Dee's on Sunday night, I decided to show up and see what they were all about. So, what are they all about? Aside from being seasoned musicians, what I learned is that Basement Arms has a tendency toward hard rock, pirates, children's toys, beards, sideburns, and jamming. This band has the collective ability to jam like a harsher version of The Allman Brothers, sing like an insane Tom Waits, and write lyrics like Ween. Let me explain... read more (305 words)

Pete's Pick: Jets Overhead

01-May-2006 04:24 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
If you haven't heard Jets Overhead yet, then grab your favorite toy and get on the bus (I don't know what that means either). This Victoria, B.C. based band just released their first full-length album entitled Bridges and it just gets better and better with each listen. Start with This Way and if you like that, head over to the Jets Overhead Website where the entire album is available for download on a voluntary purchase program. If you download it and like it, pay them the 60 cents per song (or $5 for the entire LP) that they request. Even if you don't like it, pay them anyway just for being so cool about it all. The LP is also available on iTunes and eMusic.com.

Pete's Pick: Apollo Sunshine

22-Apr-2006 08:49 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
The Hotter the Wetter the Better is an instrumental track from Apollo Sunshine's second album. This Boston area group produces neo-psychedleic indie rock. If you like the sounds of this song, the next one to listen to is Ghost. And if you like that song too, just buy the album, the whole thing is good.

Elbow - Point Your Toes

21-Apr-2006 12:27 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Elbow
April 18, 2006
Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
The Opera House
Enema Rating: (8/10)
As I watched Elbow accurately reproduce a number of songs from their three full-length CDs, I was surprised that their stage versions were so close to their studio work. It didn't take long for me to realize that I had it backwards - it is their studio work that is, in fact, a faithful reproduction of their live show. And although the crowd was mostly stationary, it occurred to me that the reason is because Elbow's music is more cerebral than physical. The Opera House, with it's ornate arc framing the stage, chandeliers, and burgundy walls was probably the best venue in Toronto to host a concert for a band that is a perfect example of the current progressive rock movement from the U. K. read more (638 words)

Pete's Pick: Stephen Malkmus

16-Apr-2006 12:20 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Stephen Malkmus was the lead singer/guitarist for Pavement. When they broke up in 1999, Stephen went on to do a few solo albums. The song Baby C'mon comes from his 2005 release Face The Truth, which is definitely a CD worth purchasing.

Pete's Pick: Richard Cheese

09-Apr-2006 03:44 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
If you're a fan of alternative and metal and you don't know who Richard Cheese is yet, today is your lucky day. This lounge music act does brilliant renditions of all your favorties and a bunch of your not-so-favorites. System Of A Down, Weezer, White Stripes, The Offspring, Rage Against The Machine, Sublime, Blink-182, Radiohead, and even Disturbed's Down With The Sickness are all transcribed into swinging lounge music. If you love Dick, I recommending visiting the I Love Richard Cheese website or hook up with him on MySpace.

The Flaming Lips - Big Balloons and a Fish-Eye Lens

07-Apr-2006 01:44 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Flaming Lips
April 4, 2006
Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
The Phoenix
Enema Rating:
I guess the issue with writing concert reviews is that I'm often already a fan of the band, so the chances that I'll enjoy the concert are high. And the chances are even higher when the band is well known for their live shows. But bands can't always live up to the expectations of the crowd, so even though they may be legendary for their stage presence, they just can't live up to their reputation. The Flaming Lips is NOT one of those bands. I had heard many good things about their performances, and have even seen a few clips here and there on TV, so my expectations were very high. And even on the small Phoenix stage, they lived up to their reputation in creating an amazing and amusing spectacle. One that was clearly enjoyed by the 1000 or so ticket holders, a crowd almost entirely made up of smiling faces and Coyne clones. read more (495 words)

Top Johnny! - Kick It! (EP)

07-Apr-2006 12:54 AM Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
Top Johnny! - Kick It! EP
7 Track CD
© 2005 StarBrite Productions
http://www.topjohnny.com/
[Speaker] Listen to Watching Me  [Speaker]
Enema Rating:
Top Johnny! (exclamation point included) is a Montreal-based band that describes itself as an all-original high intensity party band, which may not be a bad description. Led by TJ STAR (songwriter, lead guitar, vocals, synth), this four member band creates a rather bizarre blend of music that is hard to classify. The best description I can think of is a cross between 80's rock, techno, and dance music. read more (376 words)