1.31.2006

The New Guy

Plan B welcomes Matt (username Soave), our newest contributor to our little slice of internet. He'll be updating just like us, so sit tight loyal fans, more good music is on the way.
So far, our most succesful downloaded album has been Stephen Malkmus- Face the Truth at around 50 downloads. For us, that's pretty neat, and we appreciate that. Keep downloading, and maybe we'll be as cool as the RedLightGlow guys before the site went down!

1.29.2006

Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having



Atmosphere's fifth album (not including rapper Slug's numerous side projects) isn't quite as consistent as previous CDs like 2003's Seven's Travels or Lucy Ford, but it's hardly lagging far behind. For all the attention Slug gets as a rapper--deservedly so, given that he, along with Aesop Rock, is a smarter, less pissy Eminem--producer ANT is as vital to this pairing as anyone, lacing the album with everything from the hard knock beats of "The Arrival" to the gospel-influenced charm of "Get Fly," to the old-school drum assault on "Bam." Slug covers ground that he's already been renowned for, a balance of in-your-face braggadocio ("Watch Out"), tunneling introspection ("Little Man"), and a typically reliable ditty about his female problems ("Pour Me Another").

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1.28.2006

Five Iron Frenzy- The End Is Near


The band's last studio album before their infamous brake up, The End Is Near was only available at the fairwell tour (although it was included in The End Is Here, which also had a recording of the final show). Unlike most bands, Five Iron went full speed ahead while recording their last album, as it is just as good, if not better than their other eight records. Opening with an optimistic power balad and closing with a tribute to their greatest song of all time, TEIN is most certainly no FIF record to pass up.

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1.27.2006

Animal Collective - Feels



Feels is the band's seventh album to date, and sees them again kicking off from their previous release to explore another different direction. Moving further away from the suggestion of folkish affinities; it is electrified, rhythmically more urgent, and overall a considerable denser work. Those sweet melodies and big catchy hooks remain intact, and the songwriting is once again bold, brave and adventurous, as ever indeliby stamped with their own unique personality. Hugely inventive and tightly focused, Feels simply sounds like nothing else right now.

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1.25.2006

The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow


The Shins' sophmore album is a triumph in the genre of indie-pop and strays away from the 2001 release Oh, Inverted World; Maybe because it has a very college sounding feel or perhaps becuase these guys are plainly naturals. All of the songs flow and stream together so well and singer-songwriter James Mercer helps a great deal. It may not be the most creative or original piece of work, but a good couple listens nonetheless.

1.24.2006

Misfits- Static Age


"No matter what you feel about the Danzig phenomenon or where you stand in relation to stripped down guitar... Simply put, this is just a damn fine, energetic, frenetic, unself-conscious rock n' roll masterpiece! So, whether you have the hoodie or not, whether you put the patch on your backpack or not- I don't know you, kid, and I don't care. Going on almost 27 years after they hashed this monster out in the studio, This Misfits album is one of the best of the late-70's, call it whatcha will, fearless, boundless, badass music."

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1.22.2006

Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister



Whimsy and preciousness is an integral part of 'If You're Feeling Sinister', along with clever wit and gentle, intricate arrangements - a wonderful blend of the Smiths and Simon & Garfunkel, to be reductive. We're not talking self-conscious strangeness here, but just natural, organic weirdness with melodies that make these songs work.

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1.20.2006

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones- Let's Face It


Possibly the most successful ska band ever solely because of "The Impression That I Get", the Bosstones are a quality ska-core band from none other than Boston. Creativity (one member of the band just dances) and initiative brought this band to the mainstream for a while, but they eventually went their different ways after the 2003 release A Jack Knife To A Swan.
Note: These files are in m4a, so use iTunes. :)

1.19.2006

Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise



Illinois sounds like The Sea and Cake collaborating with the high-school band from a Wes Anderson film on banjo-driven, pulsing meditations on Vince Guaraldi's music for Peanuts. Sufjan Stevens, the singer-songwriter behind the endeavor, is an earnest and whimsical young man who aims to record an album based on every state in the union, though this is just his second attempt since 2003's Michigan. Lavish praise has been heaped upon this precocious twenty-something, who weaves personal recollections, historical narratives, and strange facts together to create lush portraits of Midwestern life. It's not maudlin stuff, and the atypical instrumentation (strings, choirs, trumpets, vibes) is beyond gimmick. Halfway through "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.," when Stevens has you feeling true empathy for a serial killer, it's clear that he really is an artist of the highest order. These are weird and lovely middlebrow ditties; we eagerly await the Broadway adaptation.

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1.18.2006

Andrew Bird- And the Mysterious Production of Eggs


You don't see many musicians described as a "whistler" but Chicago's Andrew Bird (who is also a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and originally, a violinist) definately fits the bill. This is his fifth release (and second for Ani DiFranco's record label), which finds him backed by several members of his group Bowl Of Fire.

1.10.2006

The Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever



Strongly influenced by the independent bands of the 1980s, the songs bring to mind the post punk playfulness of altered images, aztec camera and orange juice - a charming rural pop sound with banjos, glockenspiels, acoustic guitars and fiddles thumping away in a home recording folk pop style. a proud exponent of a ramshackle bedroom aesthetic, the music is strangely uplifting hillbilly indie, reminiscent of belle and sebastian, beach boys and dexy's midnight runners. with it's quirky indie folk sound and healthy lo fi feel, it fits neatly alongside contemporary artists such as adem, aidan smith, m craft, the fence collective, misty's big adventure and aberfeldy.

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Goldfinger- Hang-Ups

Once you get over the fact that there's nothing new going on underneath the Southern California sun, relax and listen to Goldfinger mix and match a few ska rhythms with an "aggressive" punk guitar attack, some horns, and plenty of harmonized and-my favorite-UNISON vocals for this, their second album. The fact that you can't tell half of these songs apart shouldn't trouble you, since they're all fairly playful and the ones that do stand out (y'know-the one before that other one) give you the feeling you've found a great cd here.

The Littlest Man Band - Better Book Ends



An amalgamation of years of playing together in various forms, The Littlest Man Band was created by Scott Klopfenstein as a release for frantic home recording sessions that had left him with a multitude of songs. Scott hand-picked his bandmates from friends he had played with throughout the years in many different genres, resulting in a melting pot of sounds that is refreshingly versatile. The music created thus far has proven to be an unclassifiable mix of jazz, singer-songwriter, tounge in cheek, experimental cocktail that has a truly unique quality. Armed with three piece horn section, a fender rhodes, an upright bass, guitar, drums, and vocals all over the place The Littlest Man's debut album "Better Book Ends" will prove to be a truly outstanding first stab.

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Beastie Boys- Solid Gold Hits


The Beastie Boys have been around for a while, and it's needless to say that they still own pretty hard. From So Watcha Want to Ch-Check It Out, these three Jewish hopsters have come out with hit after hit, and the biggest ones are all here. This 15 track "Solid Gold Hits" is worth it just for all of the videos that come with it. But since I'm just posting the MP3s, you'll have to buy it yourself later, you cheap bastards.

1.08.2006

Catch 22 - Alone In A Crowd




Catch 22 mixes elements of Jazz, R&B, Soul and Funk into their patented ska/punk sound. Jazzy arrangements and chord progressions coincide with heavy reggae and funk influences on "Dinosaur Sounds". "Even though there's a lot of jazz and reggae on the record, the three bands that most influenced the album are Sublime, NOFX and early Weezer" explains Kevin, "Ryan is a huge Sublime fan and he wrote most of the lyrics, and he does almost all the singing on the album."

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1.06.2006

Five Iron Frenzy- Electric Boogaloo


Perhaps Five Iron Frenzy's most expirimental album, Electric Boogaloo gets inspiration from everything from metal to reggae. EB opens with the catchy and powerful Pre Ex-Girlfriend and includes the very track that Plan B gets its name from. It may be a little much for an FIF fan to take at first- what with its very different style- but sooner or later you should catch on, just like me.

1.03.2006

Stephen Malkmus- Face the Truth

Former Pavement boy Stephen Malkmus appears again with his third "solo" release (although he plays with the band The Jicks). Malkmus seems to have found a new love for synths with all 11 of these expirimental tracks. Regarded by many as one of the best releases of the year, Face the Truth is one you shouldn't miss, especially if you like Pavement.