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Pretty awesome band from France I discovered awhile back, but am just now getting around to posting.  Spin-off project of the lead singer of the band “Stereolab”.

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This album is really weird and I honestly can’t think of a way to describe the genre at all. The vocals are very epic and almost ‘chanting’ at times, and the instrumental segments go from droney guitar solos to enchanting indie pop riffs. Honestly, just listen to the Youtube link, and if you like it, download the album. I’m not doing the album any justice with my half-assed description.

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An awesome solo album from Danny Seim, the drummer for Menomena.  Worth a listen.  Also, let it be known that sometime soon, I plan on doing a Video Game week here at HtBSR.  A whole week full of our favorite video game soundtracks.  So be on the lookout.

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Lately I’ve been completely in love with this album.  It’s, to put it simply, perfect.  All of the songs are catchy and the lyrics are some of the best I’ve ever heard.  One of the best to come out of 2008.  Get it.  And then, if you like it, get their other album The Meaning of 8.  Very good band that I can assure you, you haven’t seen the last of on Htbsr.

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“Insanity” is the first word that pops in my head when I listen to w<-1 because everything about the project is literally insane. I don’t mean insane like, “Dude I can’t believe you chugged that soda, that was insane”, I mean peoples’ faces being slowly ripped to pieces by a claw machine insane; this album really should come with a “warning” label. Essentially, w<-1 is different samples from music, videos, movies, etc. mixed with music and noise made by them. Some parts are laugh out loud funny with sample vs. music/noise choice, other parts are legitimately frightening. The thing about each song though is that it’s not pure noise, it’s structured and put together well. The samples flow really nicely and do not overstay their welcome. It’s also obvious the creators enjoyed making this album, and I enjoy listening to it. Hopefully you will too.

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First and foremost, I’d like to apologize for not having posted anything in the past week or so.  I used my Christmas money to buy some video games (Dragon Age: Origins, Borderlands, Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, and Chrono Trigger DS, for anyone who’s interested) and add those to the fantastic gift of an HDTV I received, and you can see why I have been completely absorbed in my PS3 and DS.  Starting today, I go back to regular posting, and the living of my life without always being in front of a screen.

This is Menomena’s first (and in my opinion, best) album.  They use pretty much every instrument under the sun, and each song sounds drastically different from the previous one.  They’re definitely one of my favorite bands, and you can bet that when their new album drops in the second quarter of the year, I’ll be posting it day one.

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The bands of Athens, GA experimental-pop based Elephant 6 Collective have always had a strange fascination with Christmas. Nearly every band at one point or another has done a song about the cozy holiday. This “release” (I say this because I think it’s a fan-made compilation) features Christmas songs from various bands of the collective. The more mainstream E6 groups like of Montreal and The Olivia Tremor Control are represented and the more obscure such as My First Keyboard and The Sixth Great Lake take shine as well. Grab this and be prepared to experience Christmas experimental-pop style!

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