Saturday, August 30, 2008

Binocular - 2001 - maverick

hey all :

ok , here is some pure pop for ya. the production could not be any slicker on this , pure genius.
this one fell through the cracks to no surprise. industry sucks , this came out in the midst of boy bands & the like. too bad. pretty damn discouraging for indie musicians & the like - if something this great can be left behind , how many other great artist are not getting the recognition they deserve ? i think its just a shame , that why i am here ...:)

this came out on madonnas maverick label with a fair amount of hype.

still , have you heard of it ?
i digress , dont get me started ! just download the damn thing , turn it up & wonder why talent like this isnt universally known !


- dave ben - amazon

I first heard of Binocular from the show Smallville. The song "You" was played during the first season. The song has a great 80s feel with a nice guitar solo at the end. I wanted to find out everything I could about this guy, but there really isn't too much information about him. The story is out there about how he was a guitar prodigy and how he made the album, but not much else. Actually finding the CD was very difficult. I had to download some of the songs from a P2P network before I found a copy in a local CD shop.
The album is an amazing journey from the first track to the last. There are no throwaway tracks here. I won't go into each specific song, but my personal faves are "You", "Everything Turns Around" and "Wait Until" although you can't really go wrong with any of them.
Musically, the album goes down easy like sugar. He makes good use of echoes, synthesizers, guitars, and even his own background vocals. He did everything on the album. The lyrics have a simple almost adolescent quality about them. But that's not to say he's lyrically challenged like Avril or some other teenage lyricists out there. His lyrics are simple sounding, nothing particularly poetic, but soothing all the same. And they even tell the story of how the album was made - all the struggle and sacrifice.
I give Binocular my highest recommendation. I've played the CD to many of my friends and they have all loved it. They tried to get the CD as well, but are currently unsuccessful. So they've copied mine. If you can get your hands one on, consider yourself lucky. I don't think the album did too well, although I'm not sure why. The album was never promoted in the least way on radio or anything. The song "You" would have been a hit, I'm sure. All of the songs are so friendly to the ears. I feel almost guilty listening to them, as if I'm secretly listening to pop music. Anyway, I pray that he makes another album because if he does, I'll buy ten copies and give the rest to my friends. He's an artist who definitely deserves his due.



Binocular - 2001 - maverick - MP3 @ 320 kbps

1. You
2. Never
3. Everything Turns
4. Deep
5. You Were The One
6. Gone Away
7. Don't Say Goodbye, Say Goodnight
8. Fire Burns Bright
9. Let Me Fly So Long
10. Wait Until
11. As The End Of The World
12. Paradise Dub


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

School of Fish - Human Cannonball - `93

someone flooded my comment fields with a request for this cd. i figured despite his overzealousness , i would share it anyway , lol.
it is a great cd , by a band that only made two.
the lead singer has since passed , RIP. i have all his solo cds i might be persuaded to add here as well sometime !?

this came out during the initial onset of the grunge era. but i dont think its that grungy.
in fact , i think its better than all that shite that came out at that time save for jellyfish , which no one knows about anywhoo....but came out same year as this.

this one really grows on ya ! fave trax :

"Take Me Anywhere", "1/2 a Believer", "Stand in the Doorway", and "Kerosene"

turn it up !!


School of Fish - Human Cannonball - `93 - MP3 @ 320 kbps - 110 MB

1. Complicator
2. Take Me Anywhere
3. 1/2 a Believer
4. Fountain
5. Fuzzed and Fading
6. Blackout
7. Everyword
8. Jump off the World
9. Drop of Water
10. Drag
11. Stand in the Doorway
12. Kerosene

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