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Maritime is one of my personal favorite bands.  It pains me how overlooked they seem to be.  From the acoustic ballads of Glass Floor to the bass-driven rock songs of their latest album “Heresy and the Hotel Choir”, they remain consistent in the overall high quality of their music.  Glass Floor is their first album, and uses mostly acoustic guitar in comparison to the deeper electric guitar sound they use on their later albums.

Since the band has a rich history, I figured I’d share some with you, just as a little “The More You Know”:  The lead singer/guitar player of Maritime is also the singer/guitar player for the famous and influential emo band “caP’n Jazz”.  The drummer, Dan Didier, is from another one of Davey’s bands, “The Dismemberment Plan”, and the bassist, Eric Axelson, is from the Post-Punk/Math Rock band “The Dismemberment Plan” who’s album “!” I posted awhile back.  I recently read that the members of Maritime announced in April that they are changing labels, and they’re expected to debut on their new label with a new album this fall.  Here’s hoping that they do, and that it’s just as enjoyable as their past 3 albums.

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One of the best albums so far this year.  Everything about it is wonderful.  It’s a bit less folky and not as happy as their previous album was (which wasn’t that much to begin with), but still a great listen, nonetheless.  Each song feels just as fresh and interesting as the last one, and the guitar in track 3 is heavenly. Definitely a contender for Album of the Year, even this early on.  I also suggest anyone who enjoys this try their other album “The Ortolan” that I also have posted on the blog.  And if The Deadly Syndrome ever come to your town, for god’s sakes, go see them.  I’ve only heard and seen recordings of their live shows, but they sound fantastic.



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This album has been growing on me a lot lately. And now they have a new album called Nolens Volens due out next month, so you can expect that to be posted on here, too. The album itself is a brilliant blend of pop-rock riffs and slightly folkish sounds with some pretty great lyrics thrown in. I’ve been completely hooked the past two weeks, and I highly recommend everyone give this a try.

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There was a point in my life where I would basically listen to nothing but They Might Be Giants. They were the first band that really got me into music and the cultures that surround it. Now, I still listen to them a bit but nowhere near as much as I used to. However, they are going to be playing here in Birmingham on March 4th, and when I heard that I knew I had to re-download some of my favorite albums by them. The Else came out 3 years ago and it is a venture into a more darker portion of their work. For awhile I thought they were softening up with the kid’s stuff but this album is pretty dark. Of course the darkness is hidden behind the up-beat, poppy melodies that are too catchy to be true. Also, The Dust Brothers (Fight Club OST, Beck’s Guero) produced this album, and it definitely shows with the general lay-out of the songs. In short, this album is a darker TMBG behind poppy melodies and great instrumentation that tackles many different genres. You will like it.

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Another explosive indie-pop band from Ames Iowa (along with The Envy Corps) that I enjoy.  Their music is very punk/ska influenced.  Very good album, and the title track is really cool.  I suggest you try it out.

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Sorry about the poor quality Youtube, it’s the best I could scrounge up. This is Me Smiling is an indie pop group from Chicago who have gotten some curious love from the pop-punk scene, probably from doing some shows supporting Motion City Soundtrack. While there are some upbeat thumpers like “Mixin’ Up Adjectives”, most of this is really chilled out and relaxing. It’s a lovely little album, you’re gonna dig it.

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After listening to fun.’s album Aim and Ignite, I didn’t think that Nate’s older band “The Format” would be as good without Andrew and Jack.  Boy was I wrong.  In fact, I’m beginning to enjoy The Format even more than fun.  And their first LP Interventions and Lullabies is a great place to start.  If you like fun. or even Pop Rock in general, I definitely recommend this.

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