Feb 2 2012

Cougar Microbes Writer Picks 2011: Kyle’s Top 10

1 – Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai yet again releases an amazingly ambient yet centrally driving album filled with anticpatory progressions and songs that blend sonically disparate sections as if they were just one melodic chorus.

2 – Yeasayer – End Blood

Yeasayer’s ‘End Blood‘ EP made the list thanks to its incredibly different acoustical musings from previous efforts. Described by the band as “two ideas that didn’t fit on (2010 album) Odd Blood” its a radical shift for the relatively newly established band, and hopefully the sound of things to come.

3 – Tech N9ne- All 6’s and 7’s


4 – Ashtar Command – American Sunshine

Made the Cougar Microbes Top Albums of 2011 list here

5 – Das Racist – Relax

Made the Cougar Microbes Top Albums of 2011 list here


6 – Sbtrkt – SBTRKT

7 – Yelawolf- Radioactive

8 – Atlas Sound – Parallax

Made the Cougar Microbes Top Albums of 2011 list here

9 – Sean Douglas –  If We’re Dying

Sean Douglas fills a void in pop music with somewhat of a Billy Joel and Elton John have a threesome with The Fray sort of vibe.  The emotions behind the songs are clear, the musical backing to his excellent and punchy voice is melodic and radio-ready, and the album as a whole works as a thoroughly orchestrated composition.

10 – The Difference – We Are Not The Same


TRACKS:

Mogwai – Mexican Grand Prix

Yeasayer – Swallowing the Decibels

TECH N9NE feat CEZA, JL, USO, YELAWOLF, TWISTA, BUSTA, D.LOC, TWISTED INSANE – WORLDWIDE CHOPPERS

“Mark IV (ft. Joshua Radin)” – Ashtar Command

Das Racist – Rainbow in the dark

SBTRKT – Wildfire

Yelawolf – The Hardest Love Song In The World

Atlas Sound – The Shakes

“Unconditional” – Sean Douglas

Out Of Order by The Difference


Dec 2 2011

Introducing The Difference

I have come across numerous talented musicians and singers since my temporary move to LA. Amongst these I have to list production team The Difference who I had the pleasure to jam with last weekend.

The duo of Adam Gurr (Atlanta, GA) and Carlton Douglas (San Antonio, TX) are preparing their attack on worldwide domination from their own sweet Danger City Studios right out of Hollywood.

Their ever growing catalogue shows they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty with a bunch of different genres for a variety of artists. Talented musicians in their own rights it is evident the duo complement each other’s influences and ideas.

I like to think by the next time I check in on these guys they will be needing some form of IVR system to stay on top of their numerous projects.

TRACKS:

Out Of Order by The Difference