Monday, 28 July 2008

Rival Schools United by onelinedrawing

Just today I spotted a copy of this split EP from New York post-hardcore group Rival Schools, and onelinedrawing- solo project of Jonah Matranga. Despite the band not being active for nearly five years, they will be playing various festivals in 2008. New songs are appearing, so it looks like they might be back with another album sometime soon.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Rebus - The Red EP

Another band from Small Town America. From their online presences it's very hard to tell whether they're still active. Aside from compilations, this is one of two single releases.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Har Mar Superstar - D.U.I.

A couple of songs from the American indie/R'n'B singer Sean Tillman. I picked it up in my favourite shop in London for 50p, some time after I had seen the artist supporting Placebo.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Roosterz - Best Songs Collection

The Roosters/z (1979-1988)
So these guys are incredibly hard to get a hold of, at least if you live on the Western half of the planet. A couple of my friends, who should love me for this, have been wanting some for a while. Japanese ska/rock/swing, this stuff is pretty darn good. The only songs that sometimes stick out as being terrible are the let's-sing-in-English tracks, as can be the case with foreign bands. On the whole though, they sing in Japanese, and it's always interesting to be able to appreciate vocals as an instrument, and the whole ensemble musically, without worrying about words.

The best-of comes in two discs, and I found some other stuff but you can't have it just yet.