OK, Computer, Boot Up Kid A

Quick Radiohead story … The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the band’s record OK Computer (and the subsequent OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017 remastered release) made me think back to when I first heard Radiohead and why, despite the legendary status of the LP, I listen to their other albums more … (Hold off, diehards, I come…

Their Bated Breath: Best 25 Albums of 2015

David D. Robbins Jr. | Their Bated Breath Here’s my quick list compiling 25 of my favorite records of 2015. Since I blog about music it’s inevitable that people offer me suggestions and even critique my taste, both of which are encouraged. So, in return, I have one request for everyone else for 2016: Try…

Alessia Cara | Valerie (Amy Winehouse Cover)

Alessia Cara’s single “Here” is already on my list of ‘Best Songs So Far …’ this year, and if you haven’t heard that one yet you can hear her intimate and stripped-down version of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie”. Sure, the song was originally written and performed by The Zutons, off their album Tired of Hanging Around (2006),…

A Gentleman’s Guide | EP

A Gentleman’s Guide’s nasty musical ooze is the perfect example of how lo-fi quality can trump glossed-up production any day of the week. You can keep your perfectly EQ’ed radio tunes, because I’ll be staying right here with these gutter-thump beats and raunched-out rhythms that combine to make a strangely compelling record. I can’t begin to explain how happy I…

all boy/all girl | Glitters

The Brooklyn seven-piece band, all boy/all girl, are streaming a new song called “Glitters”, from off their upcoming EP release Trophy, due out March 3rd via Grind Select. The band feels akin to a more upbeat Dark Dark Dark. Lead singer Danielle Lovier’s has as much range in her voice as the band does with its instrumentation.…

All We Are | Can’t Do Without You (Caribou)

Here’s a clever re-working of Caribou’s (aka Dan Snaith) lovelorn track “Can’t Do Without You” by Liverpool trio All We Are. It’s the first song of Caribou’s latest release, “Our Love”, out now via City Slang and Merge. You can follow All We Are at facebook and twitter. — David D. Robbins Jr.

Alvvays | Underneath Us

A big thanks to Transgressive Records for posting a free download of a fantastic Alvvays track called “Underneath Us”, a b-side that wasn’t featured on the Canadian five-piece’s July release. The label says this song was originally released with the cassette version of the band’s track, “Archie, Marry Me”, if you bought it from an independent record shop. The song is…

All We Are | I Wear You (Video)

Liverpool trio, All We Are, show off their love for the Bee Gees-style sound on their slick new song, “I Wear You”, which also has an accompanying video directed by Kate Moross, with imagery derived from original artwork by Leif Podhajsky. The song is one of 12 on the band’s upcoming 2015 self-titled release. If…

Alanna Gurr | Hell Or High Water (Video)

The country-tinged Alanna Gurr and The Greatest State are a four-piece band on the verge of officially releasing  their record, “Late At Night”, on April 22 via Missed Connection Records. I’ve only heard two of the eight songs, the rollicking ditty “Golden Coast” and the “Hell Or High Water”, but the songs are enough to signal…

Their Bated Breath | Best 50 Songs of 2013

Let’s end the year off with a bang. I’ve already posted Their Bated Breath’s list for the “Best 16 Videos”, the “Best 15 EPs”, and the “Best 25 Albums” of 2013. Now it’s time to end the year with the “Best 50 Songs”. The only rule I set for myself was to try to limit…

Their Bated Breath | Best EPs of 2013

Every time I put together these end-of-the-year lists, I find that doing the “Best EPs” is my favorite task. EPs are just long enough to give listeners a flavor of the style and creativity of the band without overstaying its welcome the way LPs do. Nearly every good LP has a straggler or two, the…

2013 | MY DVD Beaver Year-End List

This is the list I submitted to the invaluable website DVDBeaver.com for the best blu-ray and DVD releases of the year for inclusion in its end-of-the-year list compiled from the lists of critics, journalists and cinephiles. I’m of the latter. Enjoy. — David D. Robbins Jr. Top 10 Blu-ray Releases of 2013 Title (Director, Year)…

Their Bated Breath: Best 25 Albums of 2013

This was a difficult year for me to try to select the Top 25 records. Usually, I have an idea about which two or three records stand out above the rest, and then I work my way around the list by compiling the others. After quickly writing about elements or songs I like on each…

Their Bated Breath | Best 16 Videos of 2013

There were a number of good videos this year. And if any trends could be spotted it’s most likely two-fold. First, is the increase in violent-themed videos, but the other is in do-it-yourself videos that involve the artist with fans or the artist creating among the cities they live in. But in the final analysis,…

TBB Guide for the Rest of 2013

Usually, the end of the year begins to run out of steam, especially in December, when anything but holiday releases and deluxe sets begins to slow to a crawl. I’ve come up with a shortlist of music to look forward to through the year end.

Alessi’s Ark | Veins Are Blue (Video)

Alessi’s Ark released a new video for the charming downtempo “Veins Are Blue”, a willowy, dreamy track off the British band’s latest release, “The Still Life”, their third album. It’s a romantically-inclined song about wanting to move on in a relationship, and the limitlessness of having an irrepressible nature: “You did what you had to…

Alpine | A Is For Alpine

Geez. What’s in the Melbourne water these days? City Calm Down, The Removalists, and the return of Alpine with the declaration album, “A Is For Alpine”, a record already released in Australia and New Zealand, but officially making a U.S. debut on May 21. This record will blow you away, somewhere between the romantic and…

2Muchachos | Verxom na serom volke

I had first heard 2muchachos and their song “I’m Not Afraid of Cold Air” thanks to the digital label BEKO. Ever since, I’ve been hooked on their style of ambient music. It’s patient and probing, and probably not all that suited to your average music listener in this day and age of speed and short-term everything.…

9Mary | If You Can’t Love This All Goes Away

London singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey (aka 9Mary) released a new video today for the pretty and elegiac piano ballad, “If You Can’t Love This All Goes Away”. The wonderfully conceptual video (created by her sister, Millie Morrissey) finds her swimming underwater like a beautiful sea nymph, juxtaposed with all-blue shaded clips of the singer running through…

ACTIVE CHILD | Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)

Active Child (aka Pat Grossi) performed the Eurythmics’ 1983 pop classic “Sweet Dreams” on Australia’s Triple J’s “Like A Version”. Grossi takes his harp and his high-pitched falsetto stylings and makes good use of them both on this marvelous rendition. Annie Lennox would have to love this. Watch video of him performing it at the…