Once again it's almost been a month since I haven't had the time to write, but it is now a weekend and I only have about 30 other things to get done, so why not put together a blog post? This past January 11 was very iconic, for it when you wrote it like this, 1/11/11 it was only 1's. Pretty exciting isn't it? Definitely. But anyways, thanks to that special date, several albums came out, and I felt it was only fitting, considering (quite coincidentally actually) that is 11 days after 1/11/11 to write about the music that came out on that special day. There were three albums in particular, that I happened to buy on that day and they came from Tapes 'n Tapes, CAKE and Cage The Elephant.
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Outside (ibid)
This was actually the first full album I bought in 2011. I had been hearing lots about it before came out, and decided to before even listening to it, purchase it on the day of release. Fortunately Amazon MP3, being amazing as it is, decided to make it the $4 deal of the day on release. I must say, this album did not disappoint me. It is a very solid indie rock album, that unlike most of the stuff I have been listening to recently roots back to the distorted electric guitar and acoustic drums kit. Lately I have been more of an electronic guy, so this was actually a nice change. However, after buying this album and doing some research I discovered that pretty much everyone believes that their first album “The Loon,” is the Tapes ‘n Tapes album to buy. Well… I should probably get around to that.
Want a “sneak-peek” at the album? You can actually download the lead track (and probably the best), “Freak Out,” off of Amazon MP3 for free. Its definitely worth taking the minutes out of your life to download, so don’t be lazy, get those fingers moving and click away.
CAKE – Showroom of Compassion (Upbeat)
I remember when I was only four years old driving through the streets of Walnut Creek, California, top down, CAKE blasting. Ever since I was little I have been a huge fan, and I guess that makes it 9 years now that I have known all the lyrics to “Comfort Eagle.” Wow. This is an album that many were eagerly awaiting, and I think it was worth the wait. The best way to describe the album? Well, it sounds like CAKE. And as if the distorted guitars, and classic John McCrea voice wasn’t enough to make it completely obvious that it was CAKE at first listen, then the vibraslap did the job. Yes, CAKE still uses the vibraslap.
This album actually got very mixed reviews, ranging from a 2.5/5 starts from Consequence of Sound to a 7/10 from IGN Music. But, there is at least one thing that most agree on, and that is that the lead single from this album, “Sick of You,” is great. It was very smart of CAKE to release this track first, for it definitely got people interested. Also check out "Federal Funding," another one of my favorite tracks from the album.
Thank You, Happy Birthday – Cage The Elephant (Jive)
Before releasing the album as a whole, Cage the Elephant released two singles from 'Thank You, Happy Birthday" to give people a sneak peek of what was coming... and boy did they get people's hopes up. "Shake Me Down" and "Around My Head" were both awesome songs, and got me really hyped up about the album. I may have been slightly disappointed when the album actually came out, for the other tracks didn't exactly live up to my expectations. It really depends on the song though, for I feel that some are pretty great while others are just too noisy, and a bit of a mess.
I guess I was just more impressed by their awesome debut album. It would definitely have been tough for them to top it.
So there you go, I guess January 11, 2011 was pretty exciting, at least in the music world.