The Scrams The Scrams (myspace.com/99scrams)
Three cheers for new New Mexi rock and roll. More cheers for music pressed on wax. This vinyl 7-inch contains four Farfisa-driven, greasy garage tracks. Due to the prominent organ, it bears similarities to the first album by—and I know bands hate to be compared to other bands, but I can't not mention this—British ghouls The Horrors. The songs are short, sweet and dirty. There's even a dance craze. And it's all over too soon. For more, go see The Scrams live at Burt's Tiki Lounge this Saturday.
Dead Man's Bones Dead Man's Bones (Anti-)
Singing children annoy me more than a fat man in a unitard, so the fact that this Zach Shields / Ryan Gosling project bears the work of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children's Choir did not make it sound appealing. Or cute. As it turns out, this collection of indie-
Hockey Mind Chaos (Capitol Records)
Little did I know last summer, when these four Portland hipsters crashed on my living room floor (twice), that within a year Hockey would attain incredible success and a deal with Capitol Records. If you've yet to hear this super-fun union of new wave and soul, get your hands on a record now, and see the live show if you can—it's even better. I bet the 15 of us who attended their shows here last summer feel pretty cool now. The moral of the story: Go see live music, Albuquerque! You might find something interesting, excellent or undiscovered.
Jessica Cassyle Carr
For their seventh studio album, Lift a Sail, Yellowcard had a simple but ambitious goal: to outdo everything they’d ever done before. The guitars and drums had to hit harder; the songwriting had to cut deeper; the choruses had to reach heights only hinted at on their previous outings. Frontman Ryan Key believes he and his bandmates—guitarist Ryan Mendez, violinist Sean Mackin, bassist Josh Portman and guest drummer Nate Young (Anberlin)—succeeded on all those fronts. “We really feel like we got where we wanted to be, and made a proper rock ‘n’ roll record,” Key says proudly.
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