More Music from the Inbox: 11 July 2012

Several times a week, I sweep through all the music submissions that make their way into my inbox. Once I filter through them, I pass them on to a couple of trusted associates to render a final verdict.  These recommendations come from Brent Chittenden. – AC


Artist: Cartoons

Album: Cartoons / Hellaluya split

Just crunching awesome noise. A bit of Mudhoney, a bit of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and a sheer amount of volume, interesting listen and I’m looking forward to hearing more from them. Sounds Like: Guitars in a rhythmic car accident.

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Artist: Naymedici

Album: Paddy McGee

In the email I got, the described themselves as playing Balkan and Irish folk music in a gypsy punk style and that pretty much sums it up. Folkier then say The Dropkick Murphys but still kicking some ass. The single will be officially released on July 14th.

Sounds Like: Irish Punk Folk Fight Drink Music

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Artist: Hot Panda

Album: Go Outside Pop filled distortion is the best way I can explain Hot Panda. At first listen there’s a lot of volume and noise but you can also hear a lot of melody and catchiness to their tunes. Sounds Like: They could be friends with Jack White

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Artist: Mass Conception Album: Greatest Show Never Seen

Mass Conception hail from Burlington, Ontario and so far have the makings of a pretty solid alternative rock outfit. Guitars, straight ahead vocals but with a subtle complexity in sound. I like what I hear so far, curious what comes next for them.

Sounds Like: Bit of Joy Division, bits of The Cult mixed with Canadian rock

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Artist: Kirby Krackle

Album: Live in Seattle

There are a lot of Nerd Rock bands around but for my money, Kirby Krackle are one of the best and I really wish the rest of the world would take a look. Yes, the subject matter falls to comics and video games but really, Kyle Stevens and Jim Demonakos have put together a solid rock ensemble with hints or R&B and New Wave. Their latest is a live album (up for order at that both captures the band’s live energy and a good selections of songs from across three albums. My pick of the week!

Sounds Like: Pearl Jam, Montel Jordan and Mathew Sweet colliding in a comic shop

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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