Recorded in the wake of the band’s freshmen effort Crossing the Invisible Line, Ashes is the inspirational adventure of songwriter Ramen Kia’s ever maturing accounts of his youth. Born during the turmoil of a disheveled Iran, Kia’s music is continual evidence of the power of expression. Along with members Simon Gibson and Toby Ever, Buddahead’s Ashes has something that most of us find relatable.
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Peter Salett is a very gifted musician. He has written, scored, and performed multiple songs for such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Ten, Down in the Valley, The Baxter, The Maldonado Miracle, Wet Hot American Summer, Keeping the Faith, and the soon to be released documentary 21 Below. Directors love him because his music compliments and enhances their visions. People like listening to him because his sound is so profound, intricate, and dreamy, a “play it again, Sam,” over and over only to find something you missed listening to it the fifth or sixth time around.
The Gabe Dixon Band has been around since 1999, in one form or another. Dixon (Piano, Vocals), Jano Rix (Drums), and Winston Harrison (Bass, Mandator?) got started as roommates at the University of Miami. Over time, Dixon, with his background as a classically trained pianist, built an impressive resume, playing with the likes of Alison Krauss, O.A.R., and, perhaps most impressively, Paul McCartney. After getting their start focusing on jazz and improvisation, in 2006, the trio shifted their sights to more structured song writing. The result of this change in approach is their self titled album, set to be released on August 26th.
When last we left ¡Forward, Russia!’s debut Give Me A Wall, they were the latest indie craze. Their hi-hat-heavy crunchy rhythms a la Bloc Party churned out a pair of Top 40 singles and catapulted them into the limelight. Their quarky penchant for songs that were all named numbers provided an interesting gimmick to match their indie-pop sensibilities, but it would seemingly pose difficulties to continually reproduce effectively.
A City Dressed in Dynamite is the first release on Modern Savage Recordings from That Handsome Devil, a Boston-grown, now New York-based outfit that owes much of its notoriety to the appearance of “Elephant Bones,” from its eponymous 2006 EP, on the soundtrack of Guitar Hero II. (Fittingly, “Rob the Prez-O-Dent,” from this latest album, will be a playable track in Rock Band II. So THD continues to pioneer a marketing strategy that we should see plenty more of).
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If one did not know better, one might not know they were listening to a game soundtrack nowadays unless they were told. Along come Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, who have been saying the same thing since 2002, but with much more success. Per the CD inlet, Video Games Live was begun “[in order] to demonstrate how artistic and culturally significant video games have become.”