Tristan Clopet – Purple EP

Tristan Clopet

on December 19, 2010

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Tristan Clopet is an alternative rock singer/songwriter currently located in Miami, FL. His second EP, Purple, came out earlier this year. Nerdy Nothings recently learned about the artist and was asked to give the EP a review, and here it is.

Let’s start with this: Tristan Clopet is a talented guy. — more

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Bruce Springsteen – The Promise box set

The Promise

on November 16, 2010

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You may not know this, but I’m a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. “Huge” may not even be the right word–I hold Bruce’s music in such esteem that once or twice a month I dig out some harmonicas and a flannel shirt and perform a tribute to the man at various bars around Chicago. His work speaks to me in a way that no other artist’s does, and his philosophy of holding on to hope against all adversity has proven an important positive influence in my life.

It’s no surprise, then, that I could barely contain my anticipation for The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story. — more

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Yann Tiersen – Dust Lane

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on November 16, 2010

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It’s difficult to describe just how much I enjoy the new Yann Tiersen album Dust Lane. I was introduced to his music by way of Sage Francis’ beautiful and haunting song Best of Times, which we showcased a couple weeks ago on Nerdy Nothings. The song is a spoken word/rap set to the music of Tiersen. It kicks all sorts of lyrical ass but the music stood out because it wasn’t your typical hip-hop backbone, it was more indie-classical if you allow such compartmentalization. It reminded me a little of the great found-sound band, The Books. I set out to find everything of Yann’s I could get my hands on. — more

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Elton John/Leon Russell – The Union

Elton John and Leon Russell

on October 19, 2010

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I’m a big Elton John fan, but his recent output perplexes me. Specifically, I have a hard time reconciling his two facets. On one hand we have the man who produced Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…, a television show which lays bare Elton’s love for great music and his passion to share it with everybody, regardless of its popularity. On the other hand we have the man whose post-1970s output consists almost totally of overproduced pop albums that lack the soul of his earlier work. There’ve been some good records since Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (his best, in my opinion) but I find myself wondering why he doesn’t produce the kind of record that his television program lauds. — more

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Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown

Kings of Leon

on October 19, 2010

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“Sex on Fire,” the hit single from Kings of Leon’s album Only by the Night, seemingly came out of nowhere to catapult the band to national recognition. It also happened to be my favorite new song of 2008. So one might imagine that these Tennessee boys face some pretty high expectations when it comes to that album’s follow up, both from me and, more importantly, pretty much everyone else who follows modern rock music. I’m happy to report, then, that Come Around Sundown in many ways exceeds expectations and provides Night an excellent follow-up. — more

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Ben Folds/Nick Hornby – Lonely Avenue

Lonely Avenue

on September 30, 2010

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Can we really count Lonely Avenue as a true Ben Folds album? I’d guess that most people are drawn to Ben because of his songwriting, and he had nothing to do with the words on this album—those come courtesy of author Nick Hornby, who gave this album not only lyrics to its 11 tracks but also four short stories republished in a miniature book that serves as this record’s packaging. It’s a cool concept for an album, and in general it’s nice to see records that still treat themselves as physical products—an iTunes download of this album would only be giving consumers half the story, or less. — more

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Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man

Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man

on September 29, 2010

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The Dissent of Man is Bad Religion’s fifteenth studio album—can you believe it?! I can’t think of another punk band—certainly not a major one—that’s been making solid records for 28 years. That in itself is an impressive achievement, and the boys in this band should be lauded accordingly. I’d actually put Bad Religion in the top five punk bands of all time, maybe even the top three (The Clash, the Ramones, who else?). — more

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Brandon Flowers – Flamingo

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on September 14, 2010

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Solo albums are a tricky thing.  Sometimes the artist in question sounds exactly the same performing alone as with a band (what exactly is the difference between the music of the Dave Matthews Band and Dave Matthews?).  Sometimes, the artist releases something totally different, the kind of music one assumes he or she had wanted to make all along.  This can have mixed results – usually one will respond with either “oh, that’s interesting”  (Jenny Lewis’ first solo album) or “oh, that’s gross” (Jenny Lewis’ second solo album).  Either way, the shadow of the original band is almost always there, looming and begging for comparison like NBC begs for viewers. — more

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In Review: Lollapalooza 2010

Lollapalooza 2010

on August 11, 2010

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Lollapalooza has come and gone, many things were improved this year (the festival’s sixth year as a Chicago-only “destination” festival) and a few things still need some work, but it is definitely nice to see that the organizers (C3 Presents) do take the time to reassess the quality of the festival every year and make those improvements. — more

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Pitchfork – Major Lazer

major lazer - pitchfork

on July 21, 2010

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Major Lazer is a hybrid musical group comprised of DJ/producers “Diplo” and “Switch”, who work alongside a team of talented vocalists. Diplo is known by many as one of the world’s most original and inventive DJs. Switch and his underground record label Dubsided have become trendsetters in the world of dance music. When the two paired up in a Jamaican music studio to record Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do the outcome was pure summertime madness. Major Lazer’s music can unofficially be categorized as Jamaican dancehall mashed with modern electro house. — more

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