Sunday, August 17, 2014

Week 31

Oversaturated EP by Rubblebucket

Yeah, so Rubblebucket is weird. But it's a good weird.

Rubblebucket is a dance-indie-alternative-glam-funk supergroup that thrives on the unorthodox. Just check out any of the vids they (or fans) have posted on YouTube...

Anyway, the Oversaturated EP is a good sampling of what this group is about. From the glam-rock opener, "(Focus) Oversaturated" to the horn-infused popfest entitled "Pain from Love" to the faux-downtempo-meets-indie closer "Flower Man," it's abundantly obvious that this group is all about having fun.

I mean did you see that video?!

I'm not gonna comment a lot on a track by track basis because I want you to check 'em out. As if the group's name wasn't enough to pique your interest anyway...

Week 30

Pseudopod by Pseudopod

This is one with which you may not be familiar.

Pseudopod has an interesting story. Back in 2000, they won a nationwide contest sponsored by Rolling Stone for the best college band in America. They used the winnings from this contest to produce their demo which caught the ear of some Interscope bigwigs who later signed them to produce their self-titled album. Then they basically fell off the face of the Earth. 

The quintet was made of Kevin Carlberg singing and strumming, Ross Grant playin' lead, Tim McGregor on kit, Brian Fox on bass, and Matt Keegan blowin' sax.

If you're a fan of OAR, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dispatch, or Spin Doctors then you're probably a fan of Pseudopod too. The group has a very almost-but-not-quite jam band sound. All the musicians are great players and more tracks than not feature some sort of instrumental solo or jam. Check out the album's fifth track, "Dante" for some excellent organ and sax goodness and then track eight, "Music Maker" for a sweet breakdown with some great percussion, guitar, and sax build-up.

In addition to some quality playing, the songwriting on this album ain't no slouch either. I don't know which member is responsible, but whoever it is uses their noodle. "Shrinks" (track four) is a thoughtful tune about folks trying to fix their problems with band-aids instead of medicine if you get my drift:

Models, movies, hollywood pulled the trigger
intoxicate your minds deliver yourselves a better figure.
Overnight cellulite is implanted,
wish for the perfect body is granted.
What's a body if you don't have brains?
You're lookin' a cliche,
but your mind still remains the same.
Searchin' for the one who will be a companion
finding yourself alone and abandoned,
in a word full of hate not optimistic,
a world thats stuck for materialistic.
Pleasure is measured all hope and no virtue
relax and ill tell you...

Other lyrical standouts are "Dante," "Never Mind the Matter," "All Over You," and "Village Fool." 

In conclusion, Pseudopod is a gem on which a lot of folks missed out. They're exposure was quite limited like their longevity. Nonetheless they were a solid band who put out some solid music. I highly recommend givin' them a spin if you're impressed with groups like Dave Matthews Band, Spin Doctors, or Ulu.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Week 29

No Review! But instead, some new stuff to check out!

The Revivalists

The 1975


Check em out!