Silverchair is one of those bands that, until they appear on shuffle, live mostly in the back of our minds. Still, back in the early naughts, they were one of the biggest names in rock and roll.
When I started This Noise Of Mine, the focus was to write only about good music. Of course, that’s an extremely subjective standard, but the idea is to maintain that canon throughout several collaborators, and create a diverse space with lots of good music for different kinds of people and tastes. Still, I never thought to write a post about anything related to One Direction, and still, here I am. Music is here to surprise us.
A talent this rare is found a handful of times in a lifetime. What Chris Cornell (1964-2017) had was a unique gift, a gift that became one of the leading voices for an entire generation. His music, his songwriting, and his passion will always be what we’ll remember him by.
The EDM scene spent itself quite quickly. When you have the big majority of a “scene” copy-pasting hit songs, there’s bound to be some quick burnout from the fans and some artists alike. Even though Porter Robinson exploded during the height of the EDM movement, he never quite identified himself with it. And that was a good thing.
It’s no mystery that the world we live in is in shambles. People killing each other, stealing from one another, corporations and governments squeezing the population for their own personal – often financial – gain… We’re fucked. Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, feels the same way, and he wrote an album about all of us.
Every once in a while, one stumbles into an inescapable piece of music. It grips itself into the back of your head and doesn’t let go, no matter the circumstances. This time, Dia Frampton is to blame, with the opening track to her sophomore album, Bruises (2017). What. A. Track.
Seven years is a long time by anyone’s standards. According to “science”, we are almost completely different people than when Rock Dust Light Star (2010) was released (joke). Seriously, though, it’s been a long time since Jamiroquai has fed us lit bass lines and sweet beats. So, do they still have it?
Mastodon have been around for the better part of two decades. During that time, they’ve grown to become a generational icon. They are one of the -if not the– most recognizable names in metal. After three years since Once More ‘Round the Sun (2014, Reprise), they are back with their eighth album, Emperor Of Sand (2017, Reprise). And boy, is it addictive.
I listened to a lot of music during the early 2000s. I was a young High Schooler with not much to do after school but plug in my headphones and plow through hours and hours of new, exciting music. Rinse, repeat. It was the dawn of decent-speed internet and you could now get several albums a day via not-so-reputable methods. Still, several bands fell through the cracks over the years, and some remain. Pedro The Lion is one of the latter.
Seattle has spawned an army of good – no, great – bands over the years. It’s, no doubt, one the music capitals of the world. One of said bands is Minus The Bear, formed in 2001. VOIDS is the name of their latest full-length album, the sixth in their career. So, after all these years, have they still got it?