The Record Lounge: Reviews 07/11/2010

The Cush – Between The Leaves

The Cush should fall right in line with Fort Worth’s already interesting, evolving music scene. Going to work quickly after the demise of their original band, the former Buck Jones (it’s been a decade already?) husband and wife team of Gabrielle and Burette Douglas took a decidedly different approach to their music. Whereas Buck Jones toyed with alt rock, shoegaze and even some early 60’s pop aspects, The Cush was to be decidedly different. On their third release, Between The Leaves, the Douglas duo appear to have found their home. Dream-pop, psychedelia, and even a hint of Americana thrown into the mix afford The Cush to be easy, yet interesting at the same time. Vermont’s loss is Fort Worth’s gain: Released as the duo began their journey back to North Texas after spending the better part of the past 10 years based in Vermont, Between The Leaves showcases an act fully realizing themselves.

Between The Leaves is available from

Wolf Parade – Expo ‘86

Pulling even further away from the Modest Mouse mimicry of their debut, Apologies To the Queen Mary (which was produced by MM’s Isaac Brock), Wolf Parade’s third full length, Expo ’86, brings to light a band progressing to fully realize themselves. Building upon the new base they formed with their sophomore effort, At Mount Zoomer, Vocalist Spencer Krug (also of Sunset Rubdown), lends his distinctive vocals to an ever evolving bed of indie pop. With Expo ’86, the Montreal quartet utilizes and centers the music around keyboard driven songs, a trend we saw begin with At Mount Zoomer. Standout tracks include “Cloud Shadow On The Mountain”, “What Did My Lover Say?” and “Ghost Pressure”.

Expo ’86 is available from

The Orbans – When We Were Wild

The debut record from Fort Worth’s The Orbans is a pleasant surprise. Recorded between sessions in L.A. and Austin, When We Were Wild has been presented with a sheen and polish not only on record but in the packaging as well. You feel the Wilco/Ryan Adams influences, but they are not always readily evident in the songs. Whereas The Orbans are breaking no real new ground on the musical landscape, When We Were Wild contains 12 solid tracks of rollicking Americana tinged pop/rock. Pardon the editorializing, but I really love this record. Standout tracks: “New Dress”, “Were Her”, and “Don’t Lose Yourself”

When When We Were Wild is available at shows or from itunes (with bonus track):

Devo – Something For Everybody

Only Devo could get away with the hook lyric “Don’t Tase Me, Bro”. Actually gaining a couple of steps since their last record, 1990’s Smoothnoodlemaps, the Mothersbaughs, Casales & company return with a quirky vengeance. In an effort to please any and all with their new album, Devo conducted surveys to find out what people liked. People liked pictures of women. They like the color blue. Taking this some of this information into consideration, they stepped forth to please us all, even changing the color of their iconic Energy Domes from red to blue. Standout tracks include the leadoff “Fresh”, Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man)” and “Step Up”.

Something For Everybody is available from

Liz Phair – Funstyle

At least Liz Phair knows these songs are bad. As quoted from the front page of her site:

”You were never supposed to hear these songs. These songs lost me my management, my record deal and a lot of nights of sleep.”

If you are a diehard fan of Liz Phair, by all means, complete your collection. If not, you will see why this collection of songs caused her so much despair. Take your ears into your own hands. You’ve been sufficiently warned.

Funstyle is available from

Warbeast – Krush The Enemy

Warbeast is everything you want out of late 80’s, early 90’s thrash and power groove metal, which should come as no surprise. Comprised mainly of members from Dallas/Fort Worth area bands from the time (Rigor Mortis, Gammacide), Warbeast recalls Exodus, Testament and Pantera – Krush The Enemy was produced by former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo – and other acts from that much lamented era. If you miss metal the way it used to be, this is the record for you. Warbeast didn’t study the genre, they practically invented it.

Krush The Enemy is available from


~ by thesynaptic on August 8, 2010.

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