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INDIE ALBUM OF THE YEAR-2015

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Here it is, the 2015 I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album Of The Year. You can check out any or all of the albums by clicking on the album title. Thanks to all those involved in the voting, and a special thanks to all of the bands who submitted their music to us this year. To those of you reading this, please continue to support Independent Music. And finally, congratulations to the winners!

 

10. The Blank Tapes -‘Geodesic Dome Piece

bt1I could still listen to this for days on end. The songs make me feel like I did in 1969. The album is wonderfully arranged and produced. The vocals are wonderful, and the lyrics, sardonic and witty. There is an acoustic demo version of “Do You Wanna Get High” as a bonus, and “To Your Dome Piece” is worth a few listens just for the lyrical phrasing.. This is one of those must have albums. The kind that you have to have in your collection, just because it was done. Bizarro-garage-psychedelic-stoner-surf-pop at its best.

 

 

9.  Alyeus – ‘And From The Sky We Fall

alyeus2And From The Sky We Fall is a wonderful ride. Filled with cool effects, eclectic lyrics, acoustic guitar, and I am almost certain there is an electric drill in use here!! The guitar and synthesizer collaboration is exceptional, and I thoroughly enjoyed the underlying spoken word dubbed in. The album is wonderfully written. Wonderfully executed. Wonderfully produced. This is one cool concept album. Do yourself a favor, and check it out, Listen to it in its entirety in one sitting. It is well worth it.

 

8. The Quiet Things – ‘The Fall

the quiet things1I am still liking this album. The vocals are wonderful, and the songs are exceptional. Incredibly original music, with the ability to create mood. The songs are wonderfully original, unique, and way cool. From beginning to end, it will have you tapping your feet, and trying to sing along. It gets inside you, and you just can’t get it out! Not a bad thing though, since The Fall is insanely good!  Definitely a must have album.

 

 

7.  Fractal Reverb – Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind

FR1Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind is an incredible journey. Progressive Psychedelic Rock, a sort of fusion of Yes, King Crimson, and Rush. The sound is wonderfully full, and complex, incorporating different orchestral themes within each track. A progressive free for all that is perfectly executed, and often unexpected. The album drives forward, taking you places that you never imagined existed. A brilliant piece of work! This is the kind of album you put on and just let it play, allowing the music to envelop you, and hold you within it. An epic sound. An epic album. Certainly one of the most incredible collections of music I have heard in a long time.

 

6.  Ivory Hours –Morning Light

IH3The songs are insanely good, filled with pop melodies, great harmonies, and wonderful arrangements. The lyrics tell stories, and the choruses are insanely good. Pure pop. With a elements of rock, and blues. The vibe is dynamite. Entertaining & exciting..An incredibly wonderful listen! Amazingly pop, with bass and drums providing the perfect backdrop to exceptional melodies. The album is just plain wonderful, providing way cool pop melodies with exceptional arrangements. Go out and get 1. Or 2. It is that good.

 

5.  Andrew Waite & The Firm – ‘Burning Through The Night

AWand The FirmBurning Through The Night is wonderfully soothing & melodic. A return to the singer-songwriter days, with songs filled with heartfelt stories that resonate with me. The vocals are unique, and I dig the raspiness in Andrew Waite’s voice. The arrangements rock, and the horns & organ are a delightful. Andrew Waite & The Firm could very well be the next Blue Rodeo!! A band to watch. A band to listen to!! The album is a wonderfully satisfying journey that I plan on taking regularly. I suspect that I will have to make an endless loop as I can’t see myself getting tired of this.

 

4. The Cool Whips – Goodies

the cool whips1‘Goodies’ is a wonderfully fun time. 12 amazing songs with unforgettable melodies, sweet harmonies, and addictive hooks. Add to all that great changes, and farfisa, and you get a  perfectly pop album! Amazingly cool!  I like this band. I like the sound. I like the album. It is  good!  Definitely a must have album.

 

 

3.  Nadine Shah – ‘Fast Food

ns1Nadine Shah has a style all of her own. Unforgettable and unmistakable! Beautiful & sublime. The songs are wonderfully written, and have been driving some to move uncontrollably. I dig this album. It is wonderfully eclectic. It is alternative. Alternative cool. Alternative wonderful. Get it today!

 

 

2.  The Turnback – ‘Are We There Yet?

turnback1Are We There Yet is way cool Power Pop. I seem to be involved in a love affair with this album, It makes me happy, and asks for nothing in return. It has me singing around the house. The songs are exceptional, with great melodies, wonderful harmonies, dynamite bridges & choruses, and unforgettable hooks. The Turnback have delivered an incredibly great album, that I am referring to as Power Pop of the new millennium! The production is wonderful. There is a sweet balance here, with nothing over the top.  It is pure power pop perfection!!  Get a dozen or so copies. Give them to your family and friends. Or keep them all for yourself. I would. And if they ever hold a parade for this release, I will be there, front and centre, with a truckload of ticker tape.

 

 

1. The Easy Outs – ‘Desolate Row

easyoutsThe Easy Outs have struck gold. The sound is insanely full, but there are no gimmicks here, just straight ahead rock and roll. Not just rock, but Jersey Rock. The kind of rock that hits you in the face, with wonderful riffs, great changes, and a kick ass rhythm section. The kind of rock that you take on a road trip, top down as you barrel along some coastal highway! Sounding like The Beatles meet The Ramones, Desolate Row blends wonderful melodies, unforgettable hooks and way cool harmonies, with high octane garage rock. It is simply a wild party, and you’re invited. You just need to get a copy, crank it up, and hold on tight!

 

 

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BANDS THAT NEVER WERE…

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There are some fictitious bands that have left permanent marks on our musical psyche. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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INDIE CHRISTMAS MUSIC 2015

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Here are some cool Christmas gift ideas, or maybe you want to buy some incredible Christmas music for yourself? Either way, our picks for some of the top Indie Christmas albums available is here. Go on and get your bells jingling!!

 

GMRXmas

 

Christmas Monkey On My Back-Various Artists

 

 

 

 

 

gs

 

A Very Slambovian Christmas (Live)-The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

pygmy1

 

Pygmy Parumpapumpum– The Pygmies

 

 

 

 

 

sdig

 

New Christmas Classics-A Sunny Day In Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

saidthewhale

 

West Coast Christmas-Said The Whale

 

 

 

 

hair peace

 

Ajbreetrose-Hair Peace

 

 

 

 

father christmas

 

Father Christmas/Christmas Eve-Justin & The Cosmics/Pony Boy

 

 

 

 

 

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NADINE SHAH- Fast Food

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I wish that I had discovered Nadine Shah sooner. The London, England singer/songwriter released her 10 track album, Fast Food, in April 2015, and it is simply amazing!

ns2The songs contain wonderful melodies, great changes & transitions, and a wonderfully heavy rhythm section. I heard the sound of horns, acoustic guitar, organ, and piano. There are cool effects, great harmonies, and some way cool guitar throughout. There is a great Parisian Cabaret vibe to ‘Fast Food‘, and a wonderful mid-east sensibility to ‘Matador‘. The album offers changes & transitions that seem effortless. The vocals are insanely good, darkly emotional, smoky & sultry. The instrumentation is wonderfully simple within a song that is complex, and the production is exceptional. Favorite tracks include ‘Divided‘, a beautiful song with a dynamite melody sung over acoustic guitar and tom; ‘Big Hands‘, with way cool keys, and a melody that delivers Nadine Shah’s devastatingly wonderful voice; and ‘Stealing Cars‘, with its unforgettable riff, is as addictive as any song I have heard!

 

 

ns1Nadine Shah has a style all of her own. Unforgettable and unmistakable! Beautiful & sublime. The songs are wonderfully written, and have been driving some to move uncontrollably. I dig this album. It is wonderfully eclectic. It is alternative. Alternative cool. Alternative wonderful. You can pick it up for the ‘name your price’ fee on Bandcamp. Pay what you can. Get it today!

 

 

 

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BORN OF OSIRIS-Soul Sphere

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osiris2Chicago natives, Born of Osiris, are back with a fierce new album called, “Soul Sphere.” The deathcore vets (they went through 3 name changes since their inception in 2003) rip right into the first track, “The Other Half of Me” which doesn’t mess around with elaborate intros. Just a few seconds of ominous synth sounds and less than 30 seconds in they blast off into a heavy, yet technical sound.

While the deathcore genre isn’t for everyone, Born of Osiris is a good starting point for those who are interested in seeing what the genre has to offer. For those who are unaware of what, “Deathcore” is, I am here to tell you! Deathcore is a fusion of death metal and metalcore. Metalcore, has a heavy emphasis on breakdowns. Deathcore then uses death metal riffs, blast beats and growl vocals. Mix that all together and you have deathcore. As I have stated, it is not for everyone but if given a fair listen, you may find something you like in a band or two.

osirisBorn of Osiris have released five albums since 2007 and this might be their best work which speaks volumes. One track, “Illuminate” is definitely my favorite. It sounds like a death march into war with the snares and military like chants in the background. What else I like about Born of Osiris, is their use of clean vocals and growls. In “Illuminate” they’re used fantastically well, Ronnie Canizaro (vocals) and Joe Buras (synth, keyboard, and clean vocals) play off each other. You can hear the unity between the two.

I can’t stress how awesome “Soul Sphere” is for metal fans. People say that there is not any good music anymore. Born of Osiris is one of the few to prove that music is very much alive and well. Give them a listen. You will not be disappointed.

 

 

Josh

 

Joshmetal Figueroa, a Metal connoisseur, searches the galaxies, ferreting out the best Metal you may not have heard before. A New Jersey native, he left the button down world to travel through time and space, returning only long enough to share his discoveries.

 

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