Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September: A Good Month for Music

September is turning out to be a pretty good month for new album releases. On September 4th, Imagine Dragons released their debut studio album Night Visions, and Matchbox Twenty released North, which was their first non-compilation album since 2002's More Than You Think You Are. On September 10th, The Avett Brothers released The Carpenter (which you can expect a review of soon [spoiler alert: it's good]), and the next day, The Dave Matthews Band released Away from the World. The end of the month holds promise, too: two albums of note will be released on September 21: deadmau5's Album Title Goes Here and Mumford & Sons's Babel. Rounding out the month will be ¡Uno!, the first album of the Green Day ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Trè! trilogy, on September 25th, and on September 28th in a few European countries (and October 2nd mostly everywhere else) will be the release of Muse's album The 2nd Law. Other releases include albums by Hoobastank, Mika, Pet Shop Boys, Pink, and The Killers, as well as the 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's Bad. Expect a few reviews coming up, probably of The Carpenter, Babel, and ¡Uno!.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Music Discovery: An Endless Sporadic's "Impulse"

"Impulse" is the first track from Ameliorate by instrumental progressive-rock band An Endless Sporadic. You might recognize this song as being a bonus track on Guitar Hero III. The "progressive" label is not to be taken lightly. After a minute or two into the song, you will wonder if you are even listening to the same song. However, the beginning riff repeats itself later in the song to remind you what you're listening to. In the middle, there is the breakdown of all breakdowns. It might sound like absolute nonsense, but it's still relatively structured... I think. If you're into instrumental rock, give "Impulse" a listen, and if you like what you hear, also check out "Anything" from the same album.