Music

Systems Officer – In This World

Side project of Zach Smith (amazing bassist of Pinback), Systems Officer was never meant to go anywhere. With some time after the 2007 Pinback Autumn of the Seraphs, Smith was able to record Systems Officer’s only album, the aptly-titled Underslept. His signature Pinback sound shines through the entire album, but the music as a whole is much more down-tempo and moody. Original piano lines and creative drum fills give the album a very full sound while still maintaining a very minimalist, separated feeling. Check out their song “In This World” off the album Underslept below.

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Alpine – Hands

Australian six-piece Alpine make pop music the likes of which are unmatched. Taking a more “sophisticated” take on indie-pop, Alpine has opened for The Jezebels, played SXSW, and was named Triple J’s Feature Album, all before experiencing an American release. Due for USA release in May, A Is For Alpine is chock full of hypnotic beats, fuzzy synths, and sweet harmonies. Check out the unsettling music video for “Hands” off their album A Is For Alpine below. Read More…

El Ten Eleven – Central Nervous Piston

Los Angeles duo El Ten Eleven could easily be classified as a wunderkind. Using all sorts of effects, loops, electronic drum kits, and harmonics, you’ll be amazed at the sounds these two rockers can come up with. Formed in 2002, they’ve put out five album, each a little different than the last. The guitarist plays a handmade, double-neck guitar (one of which is a bass, the other being a standard guitar); it’s incredible to watch him tap bass notes and guitar notes at the same time. The instrumental mathy post-rock they put out is nothing like any other music out there. With creative riffs, layering upon layering of loops, and time-centered beats, El Ten Eleven is probably the most creative band you’ve heard in a while. Check out “Central Nervous Piston” off their 2005 self-titled album below. Read More…

The Basement – 2/28/13

Big thanks to Reconnect and Kyle Brown for coming in and hanging out tonight.

Be sure to tune in next week when we have Simien the Whale in the studio

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

The Republic of Wolves – Oarsman

Long Island’s The Republic of Wolves seem to be one of those bands that gets a lot of media buzz, but just can’t seem to garner the attention of fans. With a heavy, downtrodden rock sound, these guys often get compared to Devil and God-era Brand New, and with good reason. The two bands may sound like brothers separated at birth, but The Republic of Wolves brings with them a sense of grace that Brand New seems to lack (no offense hardcore fans). With only two EPs and one full-length, The Republic of Wolves are sure to be doing great things in music. Check out “Oarsman” off their debut LP Varuna below. Read More…

Jenny Lewis – The Next Messiah

Straight out of California, Jenny Lewis was destined for greatness. Starting as a child actress, she was able to snag roles in The Wizard, Pleasantville, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin to name a few. Turning her focus towards music, she was able to form the ever-popular Rilo Kiley and hit it big with the band until splitting in 2011. Jenny Lewis wasn’t done though, releasing several solo albums and starting a project with boyfriend John Vanderslice appropriately titled Jenny and Johnny. The standout song of any of these projects is this nearly nine minute, three-part romp about a girl and her father. As groovy as it is long, the jazzy flow of the song makes it feel a lot shorter. Check out the track off Acid Tongue below. Read More…

Efterklang – I Was Playing Drums

Copenhagen down-tempo indie rock band Efterklang takes their name from the Danish word meaning”reverberation” or “remembrance;” a word that is all too fitting for the band. Bass-heavy, piano-driven tunes provide the perfect platform for deep contemplation about life, love, or what you’re going to eat for dinner. Though they’re a three member band, eight members are added for their live show, creating a spectacular display of music and movement that is sure to stick with anyone who catches a glimpse. Check out the music video for “I Was Playing Drums” off of their 2009 release Magic Chairs below. Read More…

American Football – Never Meant

We owe much music to the Kinsella brothers. Front-runners of the midwest emo music scene, they are responsible for bands such as Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls, Make Believe, and many more. Possibly one of the more notorious bands to come out of the musically-inclined family is American Football. They were only together for three years from 1997 – 2000 and only released a self-titled EP and a self-titled LP, but were able to gain critical success after breaking up. With changing time signatures, blunt, melodramatic lyrics, and a general feeling of melancholy, these Chicago suburb natives were clearing a path in the music world without even knowing it. Check out American Football’s track “Never Meant” below. Read More…

A night of photos: at The Loft with Frontier Ruckus

The Loft in Lansing, MI is where the Impact 89FM recently celebrated their 24th Birthday with Wayne Szalinski, The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, and Frontier Ruckus. There was great Lansing bred music, good beer, plenty of dancing, and hugs among friends. The Impact was lucky enough to have photographer and all around heartthrob Matt Radick there to document the shenanigans.  Look at all of these great shots! Read More…

Portugal. The Man – Bellies Are Full

The best thing to come out of Alaska since refined oil, Portugal. The Man is easily the hardest working band in the game right now. Until 2012, P.TM had released an album every year since their first album dropped in 2006.  Fans of songs such as “So American” or “People Say” might be surprised to learn that they haven’t always been the hippie dippy indie rockers we know and love. Check out the electro-infused psychedelic rock track “Bellies Are Full” off their second LP Church Mouth below. Read More…

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