3.31.2006

Five Iron Frenzy- All the Hype That Money Can Buy

Legendary Five Iron Frenzy definately brings the ska to the table with this release, All The Hype that Money can By. This mostly positive record really brings out the best in lead singer Reese's lyrics and vocals. Both the experimental Giants and the ballad World Without End are so different, yet so...great! Heh, FIF fandom reigns supreme. If you get any FIF CD, get this one.

Sublime- Sublime


If it had not been for frontman Brad Nowell's death due to drug abuse just days before the release of this phenomenal CD, it is very possible the Sublime would be one of the biggest bands out there today. This self-titled record, being the follow up to 40 oz. To Freedom, had a lot to live up to; And in my mind, it succeeds in every way. From the moment Garden Grove begins with that pounding drum beat and the lyrics about looting fill my headphones, it's like one LCD trip all the way through to Doin' Time, a slowly paced tribute to Summertime. By all means, if you enjoy rock, reggae, or ska, be sure to download this and experience this amazing CD.

I messed up.

It appears that I fucked up the blog so that every page now contains all the same CDs. So we've basically lost everything we posted since before March. I'll upload the Sublime cd again right now...send me an email if you want anything else from the earlier months.

3.28.2006

[REQ]The Doves - The Last Broadcast



The Last Broadcast sees Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin and multi-instrumentalist brothers Andy and Jez Williams soaring to new if perhaps grandiose heights. The thundering opening beat and spiraling guitars of "Words" are reminiscent of Ride at their bombastic peak, and "There Goes the Fear" has relentlessly reverberating Latin rhythms, New Order-influenced guitars, and sweeping vocals that are nothing less than breathtaking. Quiet reprieve comes with "M62," a delicate haunting reworking of King Crimson's "Moonchild," bizarrely recorded under the M62 flyover in Manchester, and its desolate atmospherics are juxtaposed against the remainder of the album. With the thrusting onslaught of "Pounding," the obligatory earthy rock of "N.Y.," and the joyous pastoral acoustic-led splendor of "Caught by the River," the Doves have crafted a liberating sophomore album that happily combines the uplifting anthemic essence of dance with good old rock & roll.

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3.27.2006

A request, a re-up, and a submission

This post includes Andrew Bird's "The Swimming Hour", a re-post of "Keasbey Nights" by request, and a submission from the very kind Wolf for The Streets' new ablum called "Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living". Here are the links:

Andrew Bird- The Swimming Hour

Catch 22- Keaseby Nights

The Streets- The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living

3.26.2006

The Beatles - Rubber Soul


Released in 1965, this is The Beatles' sixth album, and one of the most important recordings in rock history. This album marked a turning point in The Beatles' career, and was the first in a series of revolutionary albums. No longer are The Beatles singing poppy love songs, now they are exploring the capacity of their studio and instruments, and singing about love and other themes from a more mature point of view. Also, this is the first album to include only original compositions and sees the emergence of George Harrison as a solid songwriter.

All 14 songs on this album are incredibly original, but catchy and easy to listen to at the same time. The album opens with the rocker "Drive My Car" and continues with "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", in wich Harrison introduced the sitar for the first time. There are a lot of classics on this album, including McCartney's "Michelle", Lennon's "In My Life" and Harrison's "If I Needed Someone".

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Rx Bandits - Progress


This band is doing what so many ska bands have so despirately needed to do, evolve. The music on this album is still ska/reggae laden, but there is a pop edge to some songs, a hardcore twist here and there, and some intellegent musical ideas conveyed.

Don't mistake this album at first glance as your garden variety ska fusion album, it's intellegent music that pulls on many different genres to make something new. Some of the songs stick to only one sound, while others jump around the board. The key to this album is fluidity.

There are a number of standout tracks on this album. "Analog Boy" is really the sweetest track. It's guaranteed to pull you in for the long haul. This album is a long one, but rather than boring you with 15 songs out of the cookie cutter, you are given 15 songs that sound like a well thoughtout mix album. The flow is there throughout the album despite the sound changes. This band actually put some thought into the order of their tracks.

3.25.2006

Less Than Jake- Losing Streak

Losing Streak is your typical pre-Anthem Less Than Jake record: More than a handful of 2 to 3 minute mostly forgettable songs, kick ass bass and guitar, and a raspy yet catchy horn line. Fans of the same band's Hello Rockview will be familiar with LTJ's writing style and the countless "Woah oohhhh"'s in Losing Streak. For some reason, however, it seems like this band writes too many songs and doesn't finish them all to completion. I found myself simply forgetting almost all of the songs on the record. Gems like Dopeman, a remake of Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts, etc were good, but altogether this isn't a CD that you'll find yourself playing over and over like I did with Hello Rockview.

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We're making some changes

If you noticed, the latest CD we posted was not hosted on Rapidshare. Instead, a good friend of mine is now letting use host music on his website. That means: No more deleted links. No more expired CDs. And, more updates from me. Now keep in mind, it's only me, Shim, using http://www.takeplan-b.com to host CDs. We will also have a new template and banner sometime in the next couple of days, so look for that too. That's all for now. Adios.

3.23.2006

Mustard Plug - Evildoers Beware



Even though it is plagued by the sophomoric humor ("Beer Song," anyone?) that makes third-wave ska revival a frat favorite, Evildoers Beware is still an infectious party record, demonstrating that Mustard Plug have become tighter and funkier through constant touring, even if their songwriting hasn't improved dramatically. Mustard Plug has come through with this album. Each track is very solid and can stand on it's own. Each song is brilliantly composed. From each punk beat to every fun loving ska beat, you'll find it all on here. Twelve songs, and thirty-eight minutes of non stop fun is present all through this album.

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Help Plan B Out!

Hello everyone, Shim here, and I just wanted to tell everyone that loves our site and downloads our music to please take a few seconds out of their day to:

a.) Click the Google Ad at the top of the page.

b.) Leave comments on some of the cds you enjoyed.

c.) Request some albums!

We understand that many of the requests we have received seemed to be ignored, but that is not true. We simply either don't have the cd or cant find it. We're sorry if this happens, and don't let it discourage you from requesting more!
We have a new requested album that will be up shortly, and we will continue to update daily. Thank you, and goodnight.

3.21.2006

[ADVANCE] Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Show Your Bones


The opening song and single of Show Your Bones, Gold Lion, is pretty great. However, the rest of the cd kind of lags a bit. The band's signature pounding drums and catchy, thunderous guitars are still intact, as is the lack of a bass guitar. A few songs can be picked out as gems, but altogether it is quite mediocre. Still a great listen, and any fan of the Yeah yeah Yeahs should check out this advance rip of their new cd.

3.20.2006

[REQ] Less Than Jake - Borders & Boundaries



Road tested punk rock with horns and just a touch of ska for good measure make up this 2000 release and fifth full length release for Gainesville, Florida natives, Less Than Jake. Arguably less punk/ska and more rock/ska on this outing, Less Than Jake have produced the album they always threatened to; a well-rounded, balanced collection of quality pop songs. The brass section is relegated to a supporting role, but the guitars and excellent vocal melodies are pushed to the fore to more than justify the slight change in sound. A terrific album, and just more ammunition to the argument that Fat Wreck has superseded Epitaph as the top punk label on the planet.

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3.18.2006

[REQ] Roper - Brace Yourself For The Mediocre



Since the split of ska band Five Iron Frenzy, Reese Roper has obviously been at a loose end! Now he returns with his own band, which he has named. ahem. after himself. They have left the horns behind and taken a turn from ska to pop punk. The album is full of witty lyrics and up beat energetic songs; easily compared to bands such as Relient K. However, the album is short on content by lacking a message in their songs. If you were a fan of Five Iron Frenzy and long for Reese Roper's voice then I'm sure you won't be disappointed with this one. But let's just hope Roper can find a balance between wit and depth for their future albums.

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3.17.2006

Jens Lekman- Oh You're So Silent Jens



Jens' first full length record since only two years ago is a good one with much critical acclaim. Lekman's dreamy voice mixed with some techno beats, orchestras, banjos, drum sets, etc all meld together to form one orgasmic album for your years. Noteable tracks include Maple Leaves, Black Cab, and Julie (RMX). This three-time Swedish Grammies nominee is not one to pass up.

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Elliott Smith - Either/Or


Hello people, I'm the new guy, and this is my first upload, Elliott Smith's third album, the brilliant Either/Or.

Considered by many to be Smith's finest album (along with the already posted XO), Either/Or is an intimate and mostly acoustic album, and it's also his last release on an indie label. Most songs just feature Elliott and his acoustic guitar, though some have electric guitar, drums and bass. The album shows how Elliott has matured as a song writer and as a musician since his first release, Roman Candle.

Standouts include include "Angeles", "Speed Trials", "Say Yes" and "2:45 a.m". Enjoy

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3.16.2006

Big D and the Kids Table- Good Luck


Big D and the Kids Table is a third wave ska band formed in 1995 in Boston. Members of Big D also run the Boston, Massachusetts area record label, Fork In Hand Records, which has released numerous albums from Big D and other local Boston artists. Their music often reflects member's personal lives, especially the financial difficulties that many members have faced in the past. In 1999, they won Boston Music Awards distinction of "Outstanding Ska Band." The band got their name when a friend told lead singer Dave McWane if he ever started a band he should call it Big D and the Kids Table, so he did.
Note: The first song is missing (you wont miss it, trust me) and the second half of this cd is phenomonal compared to the beginning.

[REQ] Big D and the Kids Table - How it Goes



Okay, you can ignore the obvious press rip attempt and just rest assured that Big D And The Kids Table take you on a memorable trip through How It Goes, their epic ska-punk manifesto that easily proves itself as the band's best work yet. From the ensuing keyboard-led, Slackers-esque instrumental opener "The Sounds Of Allston Village" - much akin to Good Luck's "Find Out" - to the final blaring trombone wail in "Moment Without An End," the band entrenches you in 72 minutes of absolutefuckingfun.

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Radiohead - OK Computer



Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details; a sad and humanist record whose central moment is Thom Yorke crooning "We hope that you choke." Sluggish, understated, and hard to get a grip on, OK Computer takes a few listens to appreciate, but its entirety means more than any one song. Special thanks to Wolf for this CD.

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3.15.2006

Another New Guy

Cheo Morgans is yet another part of our super-awesome "team"! He'll be posting on Sundays and whenever the Hell else he wants. As always, send requests to us (if we have no idea who you're requesting, we're sorry) and leave comments. And I guess that's all for now. Peace out.

[REQ] Incubus- Morning View


Though Morning View follows hot on the heels of Incubus's breakthrough single, "Drive," it doesn't feel rushed. After all, their previous album,Make Yourself, was released nearly two years ago. Like fellow Los Angeles metal pioneers System of a Down, Incubus find themselves lumped in with the nu-metal fraternity merely because they're young(ish), angry, and very loud. That's more than a little unfair, because their sound owes more to the clever and creative funk-metal of Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers than the faux-rap posturing of Limp Bizkit.

3.14.2006

Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous



Jolted by the divinely pure vocals of Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett's howling guitar on prospective indie anthems like "Portions for Foxes," the Los Angeles foursome has two fists through the earth in their quest to depart the underground. It's obvious from the opening smack-talk sing-a-long "It's a Hit" that Lewis is the centerpiece of this 11-song pop consignment (leaving the capable Sennett to sing only the acoustic low-fi "Ripchord"), and the unabashed charisma that is her trademark infiltrates throughout—from rockers ("Love and War") to ballads ("Absence of God") to pop ("Accidntel Deth") to Dusty Springfield soul ("I Never"). And while the production is polished to radio-friendly, it fails to dull the charming accessibility of a band that wears progression as a badge.

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3.11.2006

Reel Big Fish- Turn the Radio Off


Back in the mid-90's when ska was marginally cool, a little band called Reel Big Fish came around with Turn the Radio Off: A sophomore album that dealt with ex-girlfriend hate, poking fun at record companies and the media, and frontman Aaron Barrett's need to be important. The opening Sell Out was basically contradiction at its finest as it played on the radio, and Skatanic is an alarmingly metal-inspired ballad directed at some kind of stalker victim. This entire album is a great listen that I can turn on all the time.

[REQ] Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution - A Call To Arms



Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution is a band made up of musicians (Led by Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto and Catch 22 fame.) playing only acoustic instruments.
Such instruments in use by the BOTAR include a full string section (violin, viola, cello, acoustic bass), brasses and woodwinds (alto/bari sax, trumpet, trombone, and french horn), and piano, drums, acoustic guitar, and of course, vocals.
Basically what you are looking at is one pretty rockin (and small) orchestra.
BOTAR play a definite jumbled juxtaposition of music, where the listener will hear remnants of jazz, ska, classical, punk, rock n' roll, and more, all mixed into an awesome style that can only be called "classical-punk".

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3.10.2006

Mates of State - Team Boo



Mates of State are the ultra-likeable, uber-intriguing duo of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner. The couple is a non-stop touring presence whose live chemistry is genuinely magical. He sits behind the drum kit and sings, she plays a vintage Yamaha organ and sings; many dynamic exchanges take place between them--both spoken and unspoken. The album, Team Boo, was recorded and mixed over three weeks at both Willie Nelsons's Pedernales and Jim Eno's The Garage studios. The songs go from dancey and crazy, to simple and sweet. Without a doubt, this is their most infectious and versatile record yet.

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3.07.2006

We Are Scientists- With Love and Squalor


We Are Scientists, a band that formed at a college, make "rock music of the thoughtful, sometimes epic, often loud, vaguely danceable, implicitly humanist variety". After almost countless EPs, their first full length is here: With Love and Squalor. The opening Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt, is a loud, 20 syllable rock ballad and the CD quickly moves on to Can't Lose: A thoughtful, melodic power chord song. This is an early, solid release for this year.

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Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People



Broken Social Scene materialized in 1999 when K.C. Accidental's Kevin Drew & Brendan Canning, formerly of By Divine Right, bonded their friendship into a band. During the next few years, Broken Social Scene created an atmospheric rock sound. Feel Good Lost marked their debut album in 2001 & introduced a revolving cast of Canadian indie musicians. Drew's fellow mate from Do Make Say Think was added to the band, as well as Evan Cranley (Stars), James Shaw, & Emily Haines (Metric). You Forgot It in People showcased Broken Social Scene's expansive musical design in October 2002.

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3.04.2006

OK Go- Oh No


Only two full-length cd's and a slew of concerts obviously didn't stop this synth-punk band from making one of the best, smartest cd's of 2005. The opening song Invincible might sound different for people liked OK Go's first self-titled cd, and I think it's a turn for the better. Their slightly heavier, more grown-up sound is a welcome addition.

[REQ] Max Tundra - Some Best Friend You Turned Out to Be



Ben Jacobs (a.k.a. Max Tundra) Plays Over 30 Instruments & Mixes Prog-Rock Keyboards W/Minimal Electronica, Bar-Room Piano & Danceable Percussion. Satisfying Edgy Completeness.

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Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies



pdating AM radio's finer country-rock moments, Destroyer's Rubies showcases a new trend for Destroyer fans--the full-band, ensemble approach. The album succeeds when could-seem contrived Nashville-inspired themes and sounds (baritone saxophones, electric pianos, quoting Jim Reeves) mingle with full melodies and New Pornographer contributor Dan Bejar's self-styled lyrical phrasing. Happily, this results in a music that's totally appealing. Standouts are "European Oils," featuring some of the most gorgeously layered guitar runs and one of the best solos Bejar's recorded yet.

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3.02.2006

A Small Update

Hello once again. Shim here, and I've got some nice site news for everyone. First of all, I realized that we were getting a little stingy and unpredictable about our posts. To solve this problem, we set up a daily schedule. It is as follows:
Shim: Wednesday & Saturday
Soave: Monday & Thursday
Patrick: Tuesday & Friday
So there it is, and now you know what to expect. I hope you're enjoying our updates, and I encourage everyone to request some albums. And one last thing: You see that tiny little ad at the top of the page? Well, if every one of you clicks it just once a day, we would be very happy. And if we're happy, you're all happy. Peace.

3.01.2006

Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not


Exploding from England from 0 to 60 in what seems like seconds, The Arctic Monkeys have arrived. Already considered one of the best albums of the year, this is one of the most hyped records in years. Think Franz Ferdinand with cleaner guitars. I myself was a but dissapointed with the album, but it's worth a couple good head-bopping listens anyway.