HMX Picks X

HMXBinThrDunTht, RBN Executive Producer

The Bronx – “Knifeman” (Punk) - I wrote about the Bronx in a past pick, and I am going to bring them up AGAIN! This is a great punk band from LA, and their songs rock!  I am looking forward to playing this new one at home tonight!

iwrestledabearonce – “Tastes Like Kevin Bacon” (Metal) - I got a chance to hang out with Krysta and Steven at SXSW this spring and witnessed their avant-garde metal core live at EMO’s.  They are a great band, and you can read more about them in my interview coming to the Zine soon. I also LOVE the band’s name, and the title of this track makes me chuckle.

Band of Horses – “Is There A Ghost” (Indie Rock) - This is one of my favorite songs from their 2007 album Cease to Begin.  This album was critically acclaimed and was named a Paste magazine top ten record that year along with making a few other preeminent music mags picks.  I was psyched to see this track come through RBN from Sub Pop (big shout out to Tony K, thanks for all the cool songs in RBN).  I have been a fan of the band since I first saw them play live in 2006 (I think). They have been on the road this May and will be in Europe for the festival circuit this summer before a show in LA on 9/25 and in Austin on 10/10/10 (an auspicious date). If you have a chance to see them live, you will be glad you did. If you can’t, then rock it at home in Rock Band!

Not enough time, but I wanted to mention... check out these as well:
•    Reverend Horton Heat -  “Death Metal Guys” (Alternative) -  A funny take by the Rev
•    The Acacia Strain -  “Dr. Doom” (Metal) -  We just had Vincent in for an interview here at HMX with HMXThrasher
•    Bang Camaro -  “Swallow the Razor” (Rock) - Their first track is one of the bestselling RBN songs to date! Here is a followup... will it be #1??

Looks like I am going to be busy tonight buying new songs that have been released!!   Catch you on the flipside!


HMXLachesis, RBN Web QA Tester

Parry Gripp - "Last Train to Awesometown” (Novelty) -  I scored horribly on this song.  Horribly, I tell you.  That's because I can't stop laughing long enough to sing things like "Dude, bro, this party is sick!  This party has like five different kinds of nachos!"  This is the second RBN song from Parry Gripp (the first being the popular “The Girl at the Video Game Store”) and, in addition to having very funny lyrics, it has a fantastic bass line.  You'll be glad of the hammerons!

Like A Storm -  “Chemical Infatuation” (Rock) - Hey, it's someone from New Zealand who isn't Flight of the Conchords!  More seriously, Like A Storm is a fantastic group of rockers.  After debating it in my living room, we compared their sound to Nirvana minus the grunge.   “Chemical Infatuation” has been hitting the airwaves all over the US.  Like A Storm is touring right now with Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, and Skillet, but if you like rock and you're not conveniently located in Ohio (where they'll be until Sunday) then go ahead and snag this track.  Alternately, if you do have concert tickets, consider picking this song up as a tour souvenir.

Paul Henry Smith & the Fauxharmonic Orchestra -  “Flight of the Bumblebee (Rimsky-Korsakov)” (Classical) - Musicians routinely use the classical piece  “Flight of the Bumblebee” to demonstrate speed and control.  For example, Brazilian guitarist Tiago della Vega set a Guinness World Record by playing this song at a documented 320 beats per minute.  While this version isn't 320 beats per minute, you can try Flight of the Bumblebee for yourself by picking up the guitar on the Fauxharmonic Orchestra's rendition of this devilishly difficult song.  As HMXDoglike noted to me,  “This song is for that one guy who thinks he's the best guitarist in the universe.  Either he'll embarrass himself... or he'll win, and then you'll have to give him your house.”

Midnight Ocelot -  “Rock Your Socks Off” (Hair Metal) - “Yeah! All right! / You better hold on to those socks real tight!”  This is a lost hair metal song that never was, and it's the perfect pick for around the same time that you're playing Jimmy Buffett's “Margaritaville” and Jonathan Coulton's “Skullcrusher Mountain”.  If you're thinking "What, after about two and a half beers?" that's good, because that's what I'm thinking, too.  This is undeniably a party song, and, like  “Last Train to Awesometown”, it's one I can't sing without laughing.  Enjoy!


FairwoodStudios, RBN Community

The Knew - “By Yourself” (Rock) - This is just a straight-up fun song. It's not crazy difficult, but it is infectious and dance-ready, like putting Franz Ferdinand in a dance club. (The band, not the actual archduke. I don't know what would've made him dance.)

Counterfeit Pennies - “Five More Minutes” (Punk) - Normally when someone compares a band to Blink-182 I get nervous. Usually they get the immature style right but not the instrumental skill. The Pennies, on the other hand, sound like Blink-182 grew up but never stopped playing their unique brand of pop-punk.

noble, RBN Community

Connor Christian and Sunday Gothic - “Sunday Suit” (Country) - This is outside the realm of my “normal' listening pervue (see that, I went old school with my language there).  I used the ol quotes because I do tend to have a very broad range of styles that I enjoy, but sadly (for me it seems) Sunday Suit would not have been contained in the aforementioned range.

That of course has changed. This song is sooo damned infectiously catchy. It has a very Soggy Bottom Boys, southern thump to it, that it will get in your head and have you grinnin' like an idjit while you play along to it.

Throw away your preconceived notions of what you normally listen to and give this one a go.  What have you got to lose?

Well, a dollar, I guess... but... never mind all that, just go buy it already.

Nothing More - “Fat Kid” (Rock) - EVERYONE should buy this. It's got a killer bass riff that'll turn your fingers into limp spaghetti noodles, the chorus is fun as hell to play in that jump-around-like-a-spastic-weasel kind of way and best of all...

it's catchy.

But in a good way.

Like A Storm - “Chemical Infatuation”
(Rock) - Soon as I heard this, the riff latched onto me like a doberman latches onto a steak. Really catchy tune with a meaty riff that gives this song some chunk. Never heard of them before, but I'm definitely a fan now.

Amberian Dawn - “Valkyries” (Metal) - This is the best song they've put up on RBN so far.  Don't get me wrong, I really like the other two tracks they have available, but this one... this one just feels... different. More put together?  More polish?  Heck, I don't know what it is, but I know I like it.  If you even remotely enjoyed their other two tracks, then you'll love this one.  Don't pass it up.  Or Thor might come by and smash in your melon for dissing his ladies.

A'tris - “Automatic Doors” (Indie Rock) - This is a slower song, and if you're looking for a challenge, then you're barking up the wrong tree.  I don't know what it is about this song, but I really like it.  It has this haunting sound to it, and after listening to it, you won't be able to get it out your head.