Hologram are (unfortunately, were) one of the most brilliant and consistent shining gems in recent memory. Do yourself a favour and seek out whatever you can from them, their total oeuvre is probably under 20 tracks, but its astounding in its beauty and clarity of vision.
“Hologram are unassuming. They’re not operating with any gimmicks or tricks or showy selling points. I’m trying to say: they’re not interesting. But they are amazing. Simply, with few instruments and little inhibitions, reservations, they have burst onto the scene, meaning my scene, meaning my heart.”
JEFF The Brotherhood are Jake and Jamin Orrall, a flawless punk duo from Nashville. They have vaulting energy, incomparable swagger, and an endearing humour. They are teenage perfection, which is way harder than they make it look. They have been posted on Dan’s blog Said the Gramophone a couple of times, and please please check them out and buy their amazing records, they are both completely worth it.
Double Dagger are an incredible post-punk trio from Baltimore, MD. Nolan Strals, Bruce Willen, and Brian Dubin are “only” vocals, bass, and drums. If you like their music, buy the record, it’s completely captivating, compelling, cathartic. On MORE: “All I can say is I want to kiss the lead singer on his beautiful, bald head for giving me music I can be proud to tell my friends about. Its truly a shame on a criminal level that this band isn’t more well known… Give Double Dagger a chance, they will be on your top albums of 2009.” – The 405
Aaron Saloman is the composer/producer behind Aaronmusic productions. Some of Aaronmusic’s more recent projects have spanned everything from composing island-y music for the hit game Critter Crunch PSN to producing, mixing, and playing several instruments on the new album by NYC jazz-pop artist Eleanore Altman. When he’s not working on other people’s projects, Aaron magically transforms into a singer-songwriter whose material ranges from quiet acoustic songs to moody guitar rock, and can be seen performing a solo acoustic set at Montréal’s Yellow Door Coffee House on Dec. 5, 2009.
“Everything is coming together in Julie Doiron’s world, from embracing her electric past, to embarking on a new and energetic phase of her solo career with some of the most upbeat and inspiring songs of her recording career. I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day — which arrives on the heels of the album Lost Wisdom, Doiron and her bandmate Fred Squire’s recent critically-acclaimed collaboration with Mt. Eerie — presents listeners with an album that reflects both her continued growth as an artist and a renewed optimism as a songwriter as well. As has often been the case, Doiron’s songwriting is rooted in what’s happening around her.”
Featured Song: “When Brakes Get Wet” from I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (2009)
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“Think About Life is the lovechild of Graham Van Pelt, a multi-instrumentalist, recording studio proprietor and co-director of Montreal’s adored all-ages alternative space, the Friendship Cove. The band’s primary vocal organ is Martin Cesar, the genius of the Donkey Heart quartet that squinty, pimply West Montreal kids swear by as “the little band that could…” Matt Shane is the name of the band’s drum machine.”
Featured song: “THE VELDT” from Family (2009)
buy Family from Alien8 (digital download, CD, LP)