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Beach House "Bloom" review

Beach House released their 4th album, “Bloom,” on May 15, 2012 and while I thought that they couldn’t really improve on the wonder-pop-dream sound that they displayed so eloquently on their last album (appropriately titled “Teen Dream”), they have.

The album has a natural flow to it, and while it certainly has its highlights (Lazuli, the Hours), it seems to float on steadily throughout, one song bleeding into the other.

I thought upon the first listen that “Troublemaker” could be a clunker, but then the chorus clicked in and took it to another level.

I don’t want to wax too poetical here, so I’ll wrap this up succinctly: If you like laid back, artsy, sprawling songs, you’ll like this album.

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M83 Double Album Giveaway Contest!

Two deluxe copies of M83’s excellent, sprawling new pay for essay writing album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” will be given away here on Scrink!

Here are the rules, per Christy:

What you will win is Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, the new album from M83, courtesy of MUTE Records!

MAIN RULE – Leave a comment on this post and make sure to use your real email address so we can contact you if you are the winner, the comment for will keep your email address so you do not need to leave it in the comment for the world to see if you do not want to.

1 Extra Entry – Subscribe to the RSS feed or newsletter and leave a separate comment saying you did, we check so don’t lie.

1 Extra Entry – Follow the Twitter account (@bringmeupmusic) and let us know your Twitter name in a separate comment.

This giveaway ends at midnight on November 19, 2011 EST. Winner will be chosen using Random.orgfrom all valid entries and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

The album debuted at #15 on Billboard Top 200 Chart and #1 on Billboard’s Electronic Albums Chart.

My personal favorite highlights include “Midnight City,” “This Bright Flash” and “Steve McQueen” and well, actually, I like practically every song (and when I say ‘practically’ I’m looking at you “Raconte-Moi Une Histoire”).

So enjoy the album!  And, be sure to check out M83 on Jimmy Live November 21st and if you wanna catch M83 on tour, here are the dates:


Oct. 28 – Washington DC – Black Cat (early show) (Sold Out)

Oct. 28 – Washington DC – Black Cat (late show) (Sold Out)

Oct. 29 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade (Sold Out)

Oct. 30 – Asheville, NC – Moog Fest

Oct. 31 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

Nov. 1 – Tallahassee, FL – Engine Room

Nov. 2 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre (venue change)

Nov. 4 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

Nov. 5 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest

Nov. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (Sold Out)

Nov. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box (Sold Out)

Nov. 10 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine (Sold Out)

Nov. 11 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (Sold Out)

Nov. 12 – Vancouver, BC – Venue (Sold Out)

Nov. 13 – Seattle, WA – Neumos (early show) (Sold Out)

Nov. 13 – Seattle, WA – Neumos (late show) (Sold Out)

Nov. 16 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Nov. 17 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (early show) (Sold Out)

Nov. 17 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (late show) (Sold Out)

Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON – Lees Palace (Sold Out)

Nov. 19 – Montreal, QC – Le S.A.T.

Nov. 20 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

Nov. 22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall (Sold Out)

Nov. 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Sold Out)

Gaslight Anthem Release iTunes Session Early

TheGaslightAnthem-Photo-3-CreditAshleyMaileSo the Gaslight Anthem have moved up their iTunes release, originally scheduled for Dec.

13, to next Tuesday, Oct. 18.

I’ve had the opportunity to listen to the album and I think that while they sound at home on the three alternate versions of their own material (“Boxer,” “The Navensinks Bank” and the previously unreleased “Our Fathers Sons”), covering songs obviously does not play to the band’s strengths.

It pains me to write this because they’re one of my favorite bands, but man is that “Baba O’Riley” cover pretty cringe inducing. The other cover songs (“Refugee,” “State of Love and Trust,” and “House of the Rising Sun”) are passable for any run of the mill bar band, but for a band as talented and awesome as The Gaslight Anthem, you’re left wishing that they had given a little bit more. That’s not to say that the songs aren’t passable, with “State of Love and Trust” as the highlight, but they just aren’t as good as you’d imagine they’d be.

Overall, I think the is definitely worth checking out for the three original tracks, but when it comes to the cover songs, well, it is what it is.

For more on The Gaslight Anthem, visit their website

Photo credit: Ashley Maile

Gaslight Anthem set to release iTunes Session

With Christy down in Mexico on her honeymoon, she asked me to fill in and keep Scrink relevant with some new posts.  So one post later, here we are.

The Gaslight Anthem is releasing a new album in December, and as a Gaslight Anthem fan, this is great news.  I have almost worn out my mix tape of “The ’59 Sound” songs and am in need of some new material, well, newer than “American Slang” anyway.

Since the album comes out close to Christmas, if my wife or any other close family members are reading this, put it on the list!  Also, maybe a cd player for the car as well, those tapes are getting pretty old, fast.

Here is the press release:

The Gaslight Anthem are set to release an iTunes Session on December 13th, 2011. The session includes 5 unreleased tracks and 2 re-imagined versions of fan favorites.

The band stopped by the Magic Shop in New York City on July 25th, 2011 to track 7 songs that serve as an astounding reminder of the sheer power of the band’s live performances.

The release is comprised of 1 unreleased original track, “Our Father’s Sons,” 4 covers that have never before been put to tape, and a re-imagined version of “Boxer”, the band’s 2nd single off their critically acclaimed album American Slang.

The pre-order for The Gaslight Anthem’s iTunes Session is now live, exclusively in the iTunes Store. It comes with a download of the band’s cover of the Pearl Jam hit “State of Love and Trust”, which is available instantly upon purchase and is also streaming on Rolling Stone. Customers who pre-order the session will also get a new version of The Gaslight Anthem’s “The Navesink Bank” on the day of release.

 The iTunes Session was produced by Jason Marcucci and engineered by Mike Judeh and Ted Young.

Track Listing:

1. Baba O’Riley

2. Refugee

3. Our Fathers Sons

4. State of Love and Trust

5. Boxer

6. House of the Rising Sun

7. Interview

8. The Navesink Bank (pre-order only track)