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Pete's Pick: Superchunk

14-Jul-2006 12:50 AM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Superchunk's eighth full-length album from 2001 has such a great title: Here's To Shutting Up. I'm sure some of you were wishing I'd take that advice myself. It's okay to wish. So, anyway, I like the third track Phone Sex the best, but the whole album is fun Alternative Pop.

Pete's Pick: Rogue Wave

03-Jun-2006 09:25 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
The song you should begin with is Bird On A Wire from Descended Like Vultures, but the track that really has me hooked is California, a song that almost immediately reminded me of Going To California by Led Zeppelin, and it's not just the title (but I'll admit it is the title, a little bit). This CD by Rogue Wave is filled with great tunes.

Pete's Pick: People In Planes

27-May-2006 09:38 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
People In Planes will be playing with Pilate at the Koolhaus in Toronto on June 29th. I'm hoping to get in, take some photos, and write a review. I hear they're great in concert, so try to get out and see them in Toronto or any other stop on their tour. Check their schedule on MySpace. In the meantime, have a listen to Fire, which is my favorite from As Far As The Eye Can See...

Pete's Pick: Bend Sinister

20-May-2006 09:41 PM Contributed by: pete Pete's Picks
Bend Sinister is a young, Canadian band from B.C. that reeks of 70's progressive rock, and pulls it off in a 00's kind of way. Reminds me of early Genesis mixed with The Mars Volta. Through The Broken City is (or will be) the title track off their recently (or soon to be) released CD. I wish they had more details on that release on their website.

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.

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.

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.