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Audio Interview: I Hate Kate

by on May.28, 2009, under Interviews

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Another old interview from before we officially started Something Like Sound. I talked with I Hate Kate’s lead singer Justin Mariuello before their set at E-Days 2008.

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Top 10 Albums of 2008

by on Jan.19, 2009, under "Best of" Lists

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This is a collaborative article, it’s the work of Jake, Spencer and myself.

Top Ten Mainstream Albums

1. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

Although a debut album, the Fleet Foxes sound more mature and together on their self-titled release than most bands ever sound. Harmonically, the band sounds almost immaculate. They create an ethereal mood which is hard to lose after listening to the album. Although lyrically straightforward, the music is the important part of this album and it is executed astonishingly well. Listen to “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,” “White Winter Hymnal,” and “He Doesn’t Know Why.” -JR

2. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

The New York indie scene broke out nationally this year, and leading the wave was Vampire Weekend. Their sweater-vested semi-classical approach to music is infused with African drum beats and subtle pop-culture references. Catchy melodies and lyrics match the equally well orchestrated instruments on VW’s first album. Listen to “Mansard Roof,” “A-Punk,” and “I Stand Corrected.” -TW

3. Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords

It’s not often that a comedy album makes the top ten albums list for a year, but Flight of the Conchord’s self-titled album is more than your average comedy album. The first release from the New Zealand duo is satirical and sarcastic in every sense; even the music mocks popular styles. The songs are simultaneously well-produced musically and hilarious lyrically. Listen to “Think About It,” “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros,” and “Business Time.” -JR

4. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak

Innovation occurs when risks are taken. Kanye’s newest record does not pick up where 2007′s Graduation left off, but instead cuts a new track. Markedly simpler in production, 808s relies heavily on three things: drum machines, lyrics, and auto-tune. This move produced one of the most honest sounding hip-hop records released last year. Listen to “Paranoid,” “Street Lights,” and “RoboCop.” -TW

5. Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs

A mark of a great song is when the same melody from it can be repeatedly played without losing interest. Death Cab for Cutie tested this theory multiple occasions on this album and proved it true. Although being deceptively simple, many songs from this album have the potential to stay around for years. With a superb blend of light vocals and mixed instruments, this album will not soon be forgotten. Listen to “Cath…” and “No Sunlight.” -SN

6. TV On The Radio – Dear Science

In their newest album, TV On The Radio brilliantly uses drum loops and deep, eerie lyrics to present an interesting and fun record. Dear Science is at times chaotic, at times somber, and at times full of grandiose beauty. At all times, however, it is intelligent, entertaining, and deeply poignant. Listen to “Lover’s Day,” “Golden Age,” and “Halfway Home.” -JR

7. Anberlin – New Surrender

Shifting into a more mainstream sound has not stopped Anberlin from continuing their stream of catchy lyrics and melodies. Despite a deeper dependence on a synthesizer, Anberlin’s music continues to be driven by fast guitars and unforgettable lyrics. Listen to “Breaking” and “Haight St.” -SN

8. Coldplay – Viva La Vida (Or Death and All His Friends)

Hailed as the new U2, Coldplay shot to stardom unflinchingly with their previous albums. Holding up under the intense expectations of fans and critics alike, Viva la Vida portrays Coldplay’s classic sound in some songs, while musically progressing in others. Listen to “Lost!” and “Violet Hill.” -SN

9. Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns

Snow Patrol combines a fast-paced alternative rock sound with simple melodies and song structures for a relaxing album. With an unusual singing style that varies through the album, A Hundred Million Suns keeps originality close to its core. Listen to “If There’s a Rocket Tie Me To It” and “Disaster Button.” ­-SN

10. I Hate Kate – Embrace The Curse

This record mixes 80′s new wave with modern pop to produce an enjoyable listening experience. Perhaps one of the best parts of this album is that there is definite ebb and flow; not every song sounds the same. Listen to “Bed of Black Roses,” “It’s You,” and “I’m In Love With A Sociopath.” -TW

Albums You Should Know

1. Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line

With a strong string section composed of a violin and a cello, Ra Ra Riot’s quick yet relaxed sound is excellent for studying, but is also upbeat enough to dance to. With a perfect blend of all instruments, they skillfully move from songs reminiscent of the Beatles to an 80′s style synthesis-driven song to a Kate Bush cover written in waltz time. The phenomenal chemistry of the band is well represented by all aspects of the album. Listen to “Dying is Fine” and “St. Peter’s Day Festival.” -SN

2. Sigur Rós -Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

Beautiful and unique soundscapes fill Icelandic band Sigur Rós’s newest release. Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto voice at times soars above the background music in a piercing and intense way. Other times, he matches the tone and intensity of the sound he is singing with, creating some of the most ethereal and stunning sounds being produced by any band today. Listen to “Gobbledigook,” “Við spilum endalaust,” and “Suð í eyrum.” -JR

3. Colour Revolt – Plunder, Beg & Curse

Realization, raw vocals, and silvery-sounding guitars fill this record. Lyrically reminiscent of the epic poems, it maintains timeless ideas about the frailty of humanity and the fleeting nature of temptation. Musically, singer Jesse Coppenbarger’s intense delivery matches the well-produced instrumentation. Even with a few exceptionally strong tracks, this album should be taken as a whole. Listen to “Moses of the South,” “A Siren,” and “What Will Come of Us?” -TW

4. The Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride

In their 16th album, The Mountain Goats continue to impress with deep and touching lyrics, complimented with equally touching melodies. Lead singer John Darnielle’s vocal skills, which allow him to move from a warbled, but pure, quiet to a confident, and sometimes angry, crescendo, drive the album. However, brilliant guitar and drum playing accent the music more readily in any previous Mountain Goats releases. Listen to “San Bernadino,” “Heretic Pride,” and “So Desperate.” ­-JR

5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!

After a four year hiatus, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds returned in 2008 with their 14th studio album. In it, the band seems to forget that twenty-year-old groups are supposed to put out predictable albums, instead producing what may be their most exciting release to date. Lead singer Cave sounds like any punk rock frontman should – full of swagger and an attitude which compliments the driving bass and drum beats. Listen to “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!,” “Albert Goes West,” and “We Call Upon the Author.” -JR

6. Nada Surf – Lucky

Nada Surf is one of those bands that has been around for over 10 years and has not released a bad record. Lucky showcases a more mature and developed sound with beautiful melodies and bright lyrics. Listen to “Whose Authority,” “Weightless,” and “Are You Lightning?” -TW

7. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

If My Morning Jacket wanted to make an album which was easily pigeon-holed, they wouldn’t have made Evil Urges. They spend time flirting with psychedelic hippie rock, play with folk roots, and throw in some late-80s electronica. However, each song is without genre, and distinctly My Morning Jacket. Listen to “I’m Amazed,” “Evil Urges,” and “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pts. 1 & 2.” -JR

8. The New Frontiers – Mending

A bold mix of indie-pop and alt-country, the only full length release of the now-disbanded New Frontiers is a monument to their musical prowess. Mending covers a broad range of emotions and poses deep questions. Listen to “Black Lungs,” “This Is My Home,” and “Who Will Give Us Love?” -TW

9. We Shot The Moon – Fear And Love

Formed in the wake of Waking Ashland’s breakup in 2007, We Shot the Moon managed to produce a well-put together album within a year. The piano-based songs are well-balanced with their lyrical style. Uplifting and upbeat, their songs leave the listener feeling quite positive. Listen to “LTFP” and “Julie.” -SN

10. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

The ’59 Sound channels the classic sound of Bruce Springsteen while adding straightforward punk sensibility and style. This record inspires a certain sense of nostalgia with enjoyable and danceable tunes. Listen to “Old White Lincoln,” “The ’59 Sound,” and “Miles Davis & The Cool.” -TW

Local Releases of Note

3OH!3 – Want

In an innovative fusion of rap and techno, these two white guys from Boulder certainly have gained massive popularity across Colorado. Selling out their highly energetic shows quickly, 3OH!3 has developed a large fan base in this state. Their album goes from one dance-worthy song to another with impossible to forget melodies. Listen to “I Can’t Do It Alone” and “Starstrukk.” -SN

Fear Before – Fear Before

Hardcore music has never been more accessible than with Fear Before’s newest release. Opting to focus more on melody and lyrics instead of sheer heavy sounds, this record is enjoyable even outside of a mosh pit. Listen to “Treeman” and “Review Our Lives (Epic).” -TW

DeVotchKa – A Mad & Faithful Telling

DeVotchKa, the Denver band made famous by their appearance on the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack, continues to use unique instrumentation and imitate unique music styles very effectively in their newest album. They incorporate Eastern European, Spanish, Mexican, and American music in a unique and interesting way. Listen to “Basso Profundo” and “Along the Way.” -JR

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Oredigger Exclusive Interview With I Hate Kate’s Justin Mauriello

by on Apr.14, 2008, under Interviews

Another interview from E-days 2008, this one with up-and-coming California act I Hate Kate. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Mauriello sat down with me to talk about everything from the Denver music scene to his biggest inspirations. Enjoy

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[Oredigger] Do you play for many colleges?

[Mauriello] Yeah, usually it’s this time of year, there’s Greek week and many colleges have festivals. College shows are always really fun to play, it’s kind of a different vibe, it’s more like a big hoopla, a big party. They’re always a lot more fun, and it’s cool because you play with other bands you know, and you see friend’s bands that you haven’t seen in a long time. They’re always fun.

I Hate Kate's Justin Mauriello, Courtesy Andrew Ferguson, www.andrewferguson.net

I Hate Kate's Justin Mauriello, Courtesy Andrew Ferguson, www.andrewferguson.net

Who are your major musical influences?

Growing up I had so many different influences. What got me playing guitar was Kirk Hammett from Metallica and Michael J. Fox when he played “Johnny B. Goode” in Back To The Future. I saw him playing that thing and I decided that I needed to start playing guitar so I could learn how to play “Johnny B. Goode” like he did. I also got into a lot of ‘guitar shredders,’ I was huge into Joe Satriani, and I loved that sort of shit. But then I was always auditioning singers, and I could never find a good singer, so I said, “Man, I’m just going to fake it.” I was just kinda faking it then, and I’m faking it now. But as far as singers go, I went through a big punk phase where I really got into Fugazi, the Descendents and I used to really love those sorts of bands, but now I can’t really say there’s one person I aspire to be like, or one main influence. But anything from those old metal guitar players to a lot of those punk bands. I even got into new wave shit when I was in junior high. I loved bands like Depeche Mode and the Cure and I still love them now. So all those bands put together influenced my writing and musical taste.

How do you feel about the current music scene, especially here in Denver? Also, what do you think about the state of the music industry?

Those are two different things. As far as the music industry and the labels, I think it’s just shit. All the major [labels] have become conglomerates and a lot of the good bands and good indie labels are actually starting to get bigger than some of the major [labels]. They’re becoming their own entities. The industry as a whole is at a bad place, but there are still some really strong labels.

As far as where music is at, I think it’s at a cool place right now. You mentioned Denver, here KTCL plays such a good range of music, which you don’t see in every city. They veer off the beaten path and play other bands and have the balls to jump on something before everyone else does, so I have a lot of respect for them for doing that. It’s cool because when you turn on the radio you’ll hear anything from local bands here like Single File, who are a pop-rock band, and the Flobots, who have a totally different style, yet they’re all still being played on the same station. So I think it’s cool, because people are being a lot more open minded than they have been.

What are your passions for writing new material and performance?

My passion in life has always been music. I want to give a different answer, so I’d say music and bowling. Bowling drives me to get out of bed in the morning. As far as getting inspiration for songs, if I see something that just strikes me, or inspires me to write lyrics or music it’s just life experiences. But as far as something that just keeps me going, truthfully the music experience itself is just so fun and rewarding. To take something you’ve created and play it in different parts of the world and have people sing along with you is awesome, it’s an amazing feeling. That truly does get me moving… and steak.

Steak?

I get up in the morning and think of a nice juicy stake. It’s very tangible, because I know within a couple hours I could be indulging in a fine piece of meat. Also, a cup of coffee. You wake up in the morning and say, “What do I want to do?” You’ve got your morning snap session, which is a little alone time with yourself in the morning, and some coffee. You wake up and say, “This is exciting, I am excited to get online and look at internet porn.” Things of that nature really get you moving, but as far as my inspiration goes, I’d definitely say music.

Any plans for releases and/or touring?

Our label, Glassnote Records, has pushed the album until May 27th, and if they don’t push it back again we’ll be out in support of that all summer.

I did some research and found that you used to sing for Zebrahead. How would you say I Hate Kate is different than Zebrahead, and what have been some of the highlights of going out on your own?

It’s very different, musically, and the whole attitude and vibe of the band is different. With this it’s everything I’ve ever wanted to do. I had a great eight, almost nine years, with that band, and it was a great time. I look back on it and there’s a lot of fun things I got to do and a lot of experiences, so I’m grateful that I got to do that. But at the time the change was necessary for the better of myself and the better of them. So it’s been a very positive experience.

What is your favorite song to perform?

It always depends, usually the song they always play on the radio is the most fun to play because everybody knows it and goes nuts for it. But personally I like playing “Inside Inside” a lot. The energy and rhythm of that song just pump up my adrenaline an extra bit. I don’t know what it is about that song, but there’s something about the energy to it that makes it the most fun to play. Sometimes I just like to rock out the ballad. Like last night we played for over an hour in the high altitude here, it was a nice chance to slow down and take a little breather. It’s a wonderful little trick that most people don’t realize, and we get to catch a breath. So last night playing our ballad “It’s You” was heaven sent, but “Inside Inside” is my favorite.

Is there anything else people should know about?

What About Bob is probably the best movie that’s been created and I think that it’s a very underrated movie. Strange Brew as well, it’s an old classic, and it’s one of the most brilliant movies I’ve seen in my life. I also want to thank everybody in Denver, because the fans have just been amazing and very gracious to us for over a year. We’re looking forward to playing here, at this fantastic institution. Also, check out comedian Neil Hamburger on YouTube, he’s the best comedian who’s ever lived on the face of the planet.

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