Thursday, August 14, 2008

What's Spinning?

So as we ride out the late summer lull between tours and album releases, lets take a few minutes to discuss what's been in rotation at HF headquarters:

Howlin' Rain - Magnificent Fiend. These guys are going to be opening up a bunch of shows for the Black Crowes and have a heavy 70s rock vibe. The lead singer hails from San Francisco noise veterans Comets on Fire. This is a more song structured affair, so if you are looking for noise jams, we will cover those in a few albums further down.

Buy from Amazon: Magnificent Fiend

King Khan & the Shrines - The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines. This is the party record you slap on the stereo around the midnight hour as you and your friends wish for Mick Jagger, Sly Stone and The Faces to break through your front door and perform in your living room.

Buy from Amazon:Supreme Genius of King Khan

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive. Can these guys get anymore critical praise? Dave, our close associate in all things rock 'n roll says, "If you don't like this album, there's something fucking wrong." Ripping guitars, thundering drums, E-Street shuffle piano and some of the most poetic and literate (two words you don't normally associate with rock) lyrics we've heard in a long time.

Buy from Amazon: Stay Positive

One Day as a Lion - One Day as a Lion e.p. Zack de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine and ex Mars Volta drummer John Theodore team up to give fans the answer to just what the hell Zack has been doing for the last 8 years. Spitting out furious lyrics about the gov't and the general fucked up-ness of the world, One Day as Lion proves Zack's lost nothing since Rage stopped recording new albums.

Buy from Amazon: One Day As A Lion

Darker My Love - 2. Hailing from Los Angeles, Darker My Love mine similar sonic territory to Silversun Pickups, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Autolux and The Warlocks. Need to blow up your speakers with some white hot noise? Dim the lights, turn on the smoke machine and blast this album.

Buy from Amazon:2

Supergrass - Diamond Hoo Ha. The guys in Supergrass have been around a while, and Diamond Hoo Ha snuck up on us out of left field this summer. Overdriven guitars, big drums and vocalist Gaz Coombes oohing and ahhing all over the place make Diamond Hoo Ha a fun, loud record (do you see a pattern here with loud records being reviewed?). Strange these guys never really got bigger in the US. Oh well, at least we get to enjoy one of England's best bands from the 90s.

You guessed it, buy from Amazon: Diamond Hoo Ha

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