Monday, December 07, 2009

Chromeo - Night By Night (Video)



A new single from Montreal's premiere electro-disco-funk duo, and an accompanying video with some killer dance moves. The song will appear on their next album, expected to be released sometime next summer.

Download the song plus a couple of remixes for free over at Green Label Sound.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Goto80 - Come Together (8-Bit Beatles Cover) (Video)



From the same folks who put together the amazing 8-Bit Tribute to Kraftwerk, comes Wanna Hld Yr Handheld, Vol. 1: An 8-Bit Tribute to the Beatles. This video was made by Erik Nilsson on a Commodore 64 BBS. Now that's old school.

» Buy it on Bandcamp

Asobi Seksu - Transparence (Video)



Gorgeous video from Major Lightner for New York's Asobi Seksu. The song appears on their 2009 album Hush and also a new four-song EP and 10".

» Buy it on Amazon

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Headlights - Love Song for Buddy (Video)



A cute and touching little animated video for a song from Headlights' latest album Wildlife. Animation by Daily Planet.

» Buy it on Amazon

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Hot Rats - Damaged Goods (Video)



While Supergrass are in between albums, Gaz and Danny have taken the opportunity to launch a two-piece cover band under the name The Hot Rats, playing songs from all of their favourite bands including The Kinks, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground and David Bowie. They'll be releasing an album called Turn Ons in the new year and also embarking on a North American tour. See their take on Gang of Four in the video above, and head over to their MySpace page to hear an interesting rendition of The Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right" along with a handful of other songs.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Polvo - Right the Relation (Video)



Lots of shots of guitars "shredding". Plus spiders. And water. From the album In Prism. Video directed by Jon Leone.

» But it on Amazon

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vampire Weekend - Cousins (Video)



Time to start getting excited about a brand new Vampire Weekend album! Contra hits stores on January 12th, and "Cousins" is the first single.

» Pre-order it on Amazon

Animal Collective - In The Flowers (Video)



Animal Collective have a new EP out for digital download this week called Fall Be Kind. This song is not on it, but it's a cool video anyway!

» Pre-order it on Amazon

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck - Heaven Can Wait (Video)



I'm still trying to get the disturbing images of Charlotte Gainsbourg in Lars Von Trier's Antichrist out of my head, but thankfully this surreal video from her upcoming album with Beck is a lot less dark (although equally as stunning). The album is called IRM and it hits stores in January. The video is directed by Keith Schofield.

You can also download the title track for free from her official website.

» Pre-order it on Amazon

Danielson - Moment Soakers (Video)



If I'm not mistaken, this is Danielson's first new material in 3 years! The animated video accompanies a brand new 7", available now on Sounds Familyre Records.

» Buy it from Sounds Familyre

Sunset Rubdown - Black Swan (Video)



A weird ass video for a weird ass song from the album Dragonslayer. Video directed by Throneboogie.

» Buy it on Amazon

The Juan Maclean - Happy House (Video)



Taken from The Juan Maclean's second album The Future Will Come on DFA Records. The band's live drummer Jerry Fuchs (who also drummed for !!!) died earlier this month falling down an elevator shaft. Crazy.

» Buy it on Amazon

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Roll Up Your Sleeves (Video)



Some angular rock from Scotland for you. I'm guessing they took their name from Daniel H. Wilson's book Where's My Jetpack?. Both this video and their album These Four Walls were released back in June.

» Buy it on Amazon

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Muzak for Cybernetics Mixtape: 8 Tracks for Nov. 2009 (Japan Edition)

It's been a while since I've posted an 8 Tracks mix, but I thought this time around I would put together a themed mix consisting entirely of Japanese bands and songs inspired by my recent trip to Japan. Some of these songs are brand new while others are old, but hopefully some will be new to you. Among the choice cuts we have a song from one of the many stellar Japanese Beatles tribute bands (The Parrots), a track from the latest Polysics record, and a new Deerhoof side project called OneOne. When you press play, the music to flow!



Playlist:
OOIOO - O O I A H
DMBQ - Ohh! Baby
The Parrots - Drive My Car
Polysics - Wasabi
8bit Project - Raiders March
The Zoobombs - Jumbo
Cornelius - Breezin'
OneOne - Urumaku Shotengai

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Field Music - Each Time is a New Time

Although I've been enjoying the music of both School of Language and The Week That Was, I still couldn't help lamenting the fact that Field Music had supposedly broken up after the release of their second album Tones of Town. Naturally, I'm pretty stoked to find out that they're back together again, and they've been writing so much new material that they're actually going to be putting out a double album early next year! The brothers Brewis will release Measure on February 17th via Memphis Industries, and they've got a couple of free MP3s available via their official website right now. Check 'em out.

Datarock - The Pretender (Video)



A nice little homage to John Carpenter's They Live. The song appears on Datarock's second album Red, which is in stores now.

» Buy it on Amazon

Weezer - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To (Video)



The first single from their new album Raditude. Directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).

» Pre-order it on Amazon

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Flaming Lips - I Can Be a Frog (Video)



The Flaming Lips have a new album coming out in a couple of weeks called Embryonic, and if you thought their last few records were a little too poppy and/or commercial (by their standards, anyway), I doubt you'll feel the same way about this one. Embryonic is the band's first double album, and it seems to be pretty out there in terms of experimentation and weirdness. This video for "I Can Be a Frog" says it all! (Animal noises provided by Karen O. from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.)

» Pre-order it on Amazon

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Free Energy - Free Energy (Video)



I've been wondering what happened to the band Hockey Night for a while now, and apparently someone forgot to tell me that they broke up. Fortunately, Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells have since started up a new band called Free Energy, and they capture a similar sound right down to the '90s indie vibe and Pavement-esque vocals. Their upcoming debut album is being produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, but in the meantime, look for their digital EP (out today on iTunes) and check them out on tour with The Rakes this fall!

Air - Sing Sang Sung (Video)



French electronic duo Air are back with a new album next month called Love 2, and the first single is a beautiful song called "Sing Sang Sung". Let this video take you on a colourful animated journey as you watch a ball roll through trippy cartoon landscapes. Directed by Mrzyk & Moriceau.

» Pre-order it on Amazon

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Bicycles - What a Fool (Video)



I've always been a sucker for 8-bit art and animation, and when you combine it with Canadian power pop group The Bicycles, it makes for an unlikely yet endearing match. The song is from their album Oh No, It's Love, and the video is directed by Chris Cunningham (no, not that Chris Cunningham).

» Buy it on Amazon

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Modest Mouse - King Rat (Video)



Well if you can believe it, Heath Ledger has given us yet another gift from beyond the grave: he directed this new animated video for Modest Mouse's "King Rat". The story goes that he approached Isaac Brock with an idea for the video back in January of 2007. The basic storyline was sketched out prior to his death, so The Masses went and completed it according to his vision.

The video will be available on iTunes on August 7th, and proceeds from purchases will go to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The new Modest Mouse EP No One’s First, And You’re Next features b-sides and outtakes from the recording sessions for their last two albums.

» Buy it on Amazon

Bit Shifter - The World Has Turned and Left Me Here

I'm a sucker for 8-bit and/or lo-fi electronic renditions of popular songs, and if (like me) you're a fan of both Weezer and Moog Cookbook, then you'll definitely want to check this compilation out. Weezer: The 8-bit Album is a free compilation of chiptune artists re-inventing classic tunes from Weezer in a variety of ways. Not every song is a winner, but how can you complain when it's free? Thanks Pterodactyl Squad!

» Bonus Track: Unicorn Dream Attack - Jamie
» Download the Whole Album

The Octopus Project - Wet Gold (Video)



Here's another quirky little video from The Octopus Project, who just released their Golden Beds EP last week. Who says that being stranded at sea can't be fun? The video is directed by the Zellner Bros, who also did the video for "Truck".

» Buy it on Amazon

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother (Video)



Yep, Jack White's got another band. This video is pretty bad ass though. It's directed by Jonathan Glazer, and it's got machine guns. The album Horehound is in stores now.

» Buy it on Amazon

Devo - Don't Shoot (I'm a Man) (Video)



I've been pretty excited about the prospect of a new Devo album coming sometime this year (apparently, it's actually been delayed until 2010), and yet somehow the fact that they had recently released a brand new video managed to slip right past me. "Don't Shoot (I'm a Man)" was among a handful of new songs that they debuted at SXSW in March, and will appear on their forthcoming album Fresh.

This slick animated video was directed by Gerald Casale and Davy Force, and if you ask me, the music already sounds better than anything on their 1990 album Smooth Noodle Maps. Fingers crossed... I must see these guys live before I die!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Muzak For Cybernetics Mixtape: 8 Tracks for July 09

Just in time for the hot summer months, it's another 8 Tracks mix for you to enjoy courtesy of Muzak For Cybernetics! Among the bands featured this month are Grand Duchy (Frank Black's new band with his wife, Violet Clark), funk/soul/electro act The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Toronto's own Black Hat Brigade. All you have to do is press play.



Playlist:
The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 15 to 20 (feat. Lady Tigra)
Hot Chip - Transmission (Joy Division cover)
Junior Boys - Hazel
Passion Pit - Little Secrets
Mahogany - Neo-Plastic Boogie-Woogie
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)
Grand Duchy - The Long Song
Black Hat Brigade - Castlevania

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Polvo - Beggars Bowl

This September, yet another '90s indie rock band will make its triumphant return. Polvo are one of the early pioneers of what could be considered "math rock", except that no one wants to use those words anymore. Merge Records is gearing up to release In Prism, their first album in 12 years, and they've given us a sample track from the album that kicks all kinds of ass.

"Beggars Bowl" features crunchy yet angular guitars, and plenty of stops and starts... I didn't know how badly I missed this until I heard it again.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weird Al Yankovic - Craigslist (Video)



If you were expecting Weird Al to write a song about Twitter, well guess what... he's one step behind you! Instead he's given us "Craigslist"... a timely topic mixed with a dated parody/tribute to The Doors. Kinda strange, and not all that funny either, but the video is directed by Liam Lynch (Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny) so I thought a few people might be interested.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (Video)



A trippy video for a trippy song, featuring melting ice sculptures and members of the FLEX dance crew (who also appeared with Animal Collective on Letterman). Taken from their latest album Merriweather Post Pavilion; the single hits stores on July 7th.

» Buy it on Amazon

Friday, June 05, 2009

Coconut Records - Microphone (Video)



The first video from Jason Schwartzman's second solo album Davy is a pretty low-budget affair, but quirky and charming nonetheless. Shot essentially on the fly by Johannes Gamble at his house, it all takes place within the surreal dreams of a snoring dog. How adorable!

» Buy it on Amazon

Thursday, June 04, 2009

MGMT - Kids (Video)



"Kids" was released as a single by MGMT back in October I believe, but apparently they just recently got around to making an official video for it. I suppose we can forgive them since the video also happens to star Joanna Newsom. Don't watch before bed though... it might give you nightmares!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Fischerspooner - We Are Electric (Video)



Now this is a music video! I want that crazy hat. Fischerspooner's third album Entertainment is in stores now.

» Buy it on Amazon

Tortoise - Prepare Your Coffin (Video)



From their upcoming album Beacons of Ancestorship, out on June 23rd via Thrill Jockey.

» Pre-order it on Amazon

Mixel Pixel - Monster Manual (Video)



Cool animated tribute to the D&D Monster Manual... if you're not a nerd, you won't know what that is. Directed by Dan Meth through the $99 Music Video Program!

» Mixel Pixel on MySpace

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. - I Want You To Know

Back in 2007, Dinosaur Jr. re-united and recorded the album Beyond, which to my ears was a refreshing and welcome resurgence of early '90s rock (not unlike The Lemonheads comeback from the year before). It was like they had picked up pretty much where they left off and transported me back to my high school days. Still, apparently Lou Barlow wasn't completely happy with the album, and wanted to fully reclaim their roots. Now that their new album Farm is finished, he is describing it as "totally old school", and a lot more in line with their first three records (you know, before they signed to a major label). If this first track is any indication, I'd say he's right on the money. Farm will be released on Jagjaguwar Records on June 23rd.

» Pre-order it on Amazon

Phoenix - Lisztomania (Video)



I first heard Phoenix on the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, which has gone on to become one of my favourite soundtracks of all time. They are a French band that formed in the late '90s with close ties to electronic bands Air and Daft Punk. Although they aren't an electronic band themselves, they do use synthesizers liberally in their dreamy pop/funk/rock blend. Their fourth album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is almost upon us, and as seen in the video for "Lisztomania" it is at least partially themed around classical composers. The video was directed by Antoine Wagner. Look for the album in stores on May 26th.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Boy Least Likely To - When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade (Video)



UK indie pop outfit The Boy Least Likely To just released their sophomore album The Law of the Playground in the U.S. a couple weeks ago, but they've already made three (count 'em three!) videos from the album including this one for "When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade". Directed by Jayne Vidheecharoen, it's hot off the presses and features the knitted bird from the cover of the album in an animated wonderland of sorts. (Interesting bit of trivia: The Office/Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones appears in the video for their most well-known song "Be Gentle With Me".) Be sure to follow The Boy Himself on Twitter!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Passion Pit - The Reeling (Video)



I've been hearing the name Passion Pit for a while now, so with their first full-length album about to be released on French Kiss Records, I thought it was finally time to look them up. They're an electronic band out of Cambridge, MA, and if you ask me they have every chance of capturing the same audience as bands like Cut Copy and MGMT. The song "The Reeling" has an infectious danceability and the video takes the cut and paste aesthetic to cool new places. (Also don't miss their video for "Sleepyhead" off their debut EP Chunk of Change.) Manners hits stores on May 26th.

M83 - We Own the Sky (Video)



You may have seen a lot of fan-made videos floating around out there for M83's "We Own the Sky" lately. This is because they were holding a video contest, and the winner has finally been selected as of last week. The above video was created by a design group called Young Replicant, and it is now the official video for "We Own the Sky". Anthony Gonzalez (aka M83) had this to say: "I like the atmosphere of it cause it fits perfectly to the music and the lyrics. It's exactly what I had in mind when I wrote the song." If you still haven't heard the album Saturdays=Youth, well what are you waiting for? Definitely among the best of 2008.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Muzak for Cybernetics on Blip.FM

In my haphazard quest to find new avenues to share music online, I've recently joined Blip.FM, a service that is really taking off thanks to its ease of integration with Twitter. The basic idea is that you select songs from their extensive music database, and post them with a short message or description. You can build up a network of DJs and custom playlists of songs that you like.

I've embedded a widget in the sidebar so you can see my latest Blips, but the formatting is a little bit awkward. It's probably easier if you just look me up at blip.fm/muzak4cybernetics. If you're already on Blip.FM or if you're planning on joining in the near future, make sure you send me a message or add me as a favourite. Catch you on the BLIPside... err, nevermind.

The Breeders - Fate to Fatal (Video)



The Breeders are back this week with a new EP called Fate to Fatal, and a music video that features an all-female roller derby team! Very timely considering that Drew Barrymore has a movie coming out later this year about rollergirls. It sounds like your standard Breeders tune, although the EP does have a cover of a Bob Marley song on it apparently. The EP will be released digitally via iTunes and Amazon and on limited edition vinyl in indie record stores this Tuesday.

Yea Big + Kid Static - BOTS (Video)



I know it's all too predictable that a lot the hip-hop acts I seem to be most interested in are the ones that rap about robots and video games rather than guns and hoes, but well... that's just how it is. I'm still not even quite sure what the term "nerdcore" means, but I am guessing Yea Big + Kid Static would probably fit the bill. This new video is about as nerdy as it gets. The Future's Looking Grim is out now on Jib Door Records, and I can't wait to hear the rest of the tracks on this album.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Polysics - Shout Aloud! (Video)



Hey folks... after taking a bit of a hiatus to rethink what's going on with this site, I've decided I'm going to start posting music videos on here a lot more frequently. They are easier to post and -- ahem -- a lot more legal too. I'm not giving up on MP3s entirely but it seems like MP3 blogs in general are a dying breed, and I'm going to keep looking for new ways to share music that excites me. Anyway, in the meantime, enjoy the latest single from Tokyo's Polysics... a band who are even better with the visuals to accompany the music!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Muzak For Cybernetics Mixtape: 8 Tracks

I know it's been a long time since we've done a proper Muzak For Cybernetics Mixtape, but I recently found out about 8Tracks.com and I thought I'd take it for a test drive by making a sample mixtape. I don't know how they are going to be able to avoid legal trouble since it's a pretty similar idea to Muxtape, but who am I to question? Either way, if this turns out to be convenient maybe I'll post a new mix every couple of weeks. Enjoy.



Playlist:
Johnny Foreigner - Salt, Pepper and Spinderella
Rivers Cuomo - Don't Worry Baby
The Futureheads - I Wouldn't Be Like This If You Were Here
The Week That Was - The Good Life
Hot Chip & Peter Gabriel - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend Cover)
Panda Riot - Paper Planes (M.I.A. Cover)
N.A.S.A. - Gifted feat. Kanye West, Santogold and Lykke Li
Flight of the Conchords - Too Many Dicks

Friday, January 30, 2009

Our Favourite Albums of 2008

It's been a few months since we've posted anything on this blog, and to be honest, I was about ready to pull the plug on the whole thing. Film Junk has kind of become the focus of our blogging efforts, and it seems like MP3 blogs in general are kind of a dying breed since even a lot of the indie bands are now actively blocking sites from sharing their music (which they are obviously well within their rights to do).

That said, we were looking for a place to post our Top 10 Albums of 2008 and this just seemed like the logical place. I will include links to legal MP3s and album streams where possible. Zak may also add his own list to this post at some point. Stay tuned for more info about the future of this site and our Muzak for Cybernetics Mixtape podcasts.

P.S. I realize we're like a month late on this, but hey, it won't be February until tomorrow, so technically I think we're still allowed to blog about 2008 for at least a few more hours.

Sean

10. The Dodos - Visiter
» MP3: Jodi

9. Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
» MP3: Gobbledigook

8. Apes and Androids - Blood Moon
» MP3: Nights of the Week

7. The School of Language - Sea From Shore
» MP3: Rockist Part 1

6. PAS/CAL - I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke and Laura
» MP3: Glorious Ballad of the Ignored

5. Welcome Wagon - Welcome To The Welcome Wagon
» MP3: Sold! To The Nice Rich Man

4. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
» MP3: Shut The Club Down

3. Vampire Weekend - s/t
» MP3: Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

2. TV On The Radio - Dear Science
» Album Stream: MySpace

1. Ratatat - LP3
» MP3: Mirando


Jay

10. Midnight Juggernauts - Dystopia
» YouTube: Shadows

9. Wilderness - (K)no(w)here
» MP3: Strand the Test of Time

8. M83 - Saturdays=Youth
» YouTube: Graveyard Girl

7. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
» MP3: Time to Pretend

6. Love is All - A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night
» MP3: Wishing Well

5. Marnie Stern - This Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It & She Is It & It Is It & That Is That
» MP3: Transformer

4. David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
» MP3: Strange Overtones

3. Lykke Li - Youth Novels
» MP3: Dance Dance Dance

2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
» MP3: Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

1. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
» Album Stream: MySpace



Honourable Mentions:

No Age - Nouns
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
The Walkmen - You & me
The Mae Shi - Hlllyh
Coconot - Cosa Astral
Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams
El Guincho - Alegranza
King Khan & The Shrines - The Supreme Genius Of
New Order Catalogue Re-issues

Greg

We here at Film Junk love lists. All kinds of lists. Top Ten Films of the Year lists, Top Ten Viral Videos of the Year lists, grocery lists, Schindler’s List, Franz Liszt…whatever list you want…we will do. During the year end 200th episode bash there were some requests made to me to put out a list of the best music of 2008. Yeah, I have 10 plus years of experience in the music industry, but who the fuck am I to tell you what the ‘best’ albums of 2008 were? I’m nowhere near that arrogant or pretentious. So, this is a list of my 10 favourite albums of 2008. It’s what I liked the most. Everyone has their own idea of which music is good, so I would encourage you to share albums that you think are good, instead of telling me that my choices are lame. Any idiot can do that. I’m more than willing to have my eyes opened to new music.

So, here we go.

10: AC/DC – Black Ice. It’s an AC/DC album. What do you expect? After 20 years they still know how to make a fun record of bluesy rock songs. » YouTube: Rock n Roll Train

9: Slipknot – All Hope is Gone. Two great singles; "Psychosocial" and "All Hope is Gone" hit the radio before the album even dropped and those songs had me hooked. Oddly enough, there are even Slipknot ballads which sound more like Stone Sour songs. You can't blame their desire to round themselves out a bit because they include gut busting songs like "Butcher’s Hook". This is the kind of song that mass murderers use to psych themselves up for some bloodshed.

» MP3: All Hope is Gone

8: Beck – Modern Guilt. Beck has been hit or miss with me for the last few years, but this latest record brings me back to the days of Odelay. His 10th album has a distinct '60s feel to it with some great harmonies and heavy guitar.

» YouTube: Gamma Ray

7: Sam Roberts – Love at the End of the World. This could very well be Sam's best album. The first single "Them Kids Don’t Know How To Dance to Rock & Roll" speaks to the decrepit old man that lives inside of me. Great live band too. If I didn’t include this I’m sure Lindsay would kill me.

» YouTube: Detroit '67

6: Kings of Leon – Only By the Light. I had only listened to the Kings of Leon a few times over the last few years and I'm not ashamed to admit that I took notice along with the rest of the world when I was given a copy of their new disc. Great vocals and killer guitar.

» Album Stream: Last.FM

5: Arkells – Jackson Square. A new band out of the Hamilton area, I believe. I first heard them in Toronto back in September and they blew me away with their live show. A great rock record for a first album. Sounds like early Bruce Springsteen with a little Big Sugar thrown in.

» Music Stream: MySpace

4: Offspring – Rise & Fall, Rage & Grace. Offspring gets a pretty bad rap from almost every other person alive. I may be one of the two people that still likes them, but I'm cool with that. Other than Pink's "So What", their two singles "Hammerhead" and "You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid" may have been the two most fun songs I heard this year. Can I take a moment and tell you how much I enjoyed that Pink song? Friggin' awesome.

» YouTube: Hammerhead

3: Sloan – Parallel Play. This album was a little more toned down that the 30 track 2007 release Never Hear the End of It. Only 13 tracks this time. The first single and album opener "Believe" is a classic Sloan song if I ever heard one. Very familiar guitar riffs, but that’s what makes Sloan the band that they are. Could very well be the most unmistakable Canadian rock band out there. Next to say…Rush.

» MP3: I'm Not A Kid Anymore

2: The Trews – No Time For Later. I don’t think anybody thought I’d put this at number two instead of number one. It’s not my favourite of the Trews’ albums but it is the best one musically. The bitchin' first single "Hold Me in Your Arms" deserves a spot in Guitar Hero and the addition of a keyboard player to the band brings out a little more to songs like "Paranoid Freak", "I Can’t Stop Laughing", and "Man of Two Minds". The best song on the album is "Burning Wheels" and it was basically written to end off every live show. The Trews refer to it as their "Toys in the Attic".

» YouTube: Paranoid Freak

1: Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely. My favourite album of the year was only accentuated by their live performance at Toronto’s Kool Haus on June 2nd. The mix of Jack White’s seering guitar and screeching vocals and Brenden Benson bringing a polar opposite made for some bad ass rock tunes. From "Hold Up" the song that sounds like a speeding train down the rails, to the softer "Rich Kid Blues", Consolers of the Lonely is a sweet combo of rock and rhythm and an awesome CD for a road trip.

» Music Stream: MySpace



Honourable mentions: REM – Accelerate, Rise Against – Appeal to Reason, Disturbed – Indestructable and Britney Spears – Circus. Fuck yeah I liked her album.