Future Islands – “Balance”

Artist: Future Islands Album: “On the Water” Release Date: October 11, 2011 Label: Thrill Jockey Featured Track: “Balance” “On the Water is a record that aims to both break your heart and heal your wounds.” 
That’s what the press release says anyway. But I know one thing for certain, the vocals of frontman Samuel T. […]

Album of the Week: Future Islands – “In Evening Air”

Artist: Future Islands Album: In Evening Air Release Date: May 4, 2010 File Under: Post Wave Featured Track: “As I Fall” If you’re in need of a fresh sound, look no further. This Baltimore-based synthpop, new wave revival trio is really just…spectacular. It’s frontman Samuel T. Herring’s vocals that get me.  At times growling like […]

Best of 2009: Dany, FutureSounds

Who: Dany Blog: FutureSounds Location: LA Twitter: @futuresounds The OCMD Best of 2009 Questionnaire Best Album: tie between A Balloon Called Whirring by the Joy Formidable + Journal for Plague Lovers by Manic Street Preachers Most Overlooked Album: Hello Seahorse! “Bestia” Best Song: The Joy Formidable “Whirring” Best Live Show: The Joy Formidable @ The […]

My Top 25 Albums of 2010

Artist: Deerhunter Album: Halcyon Digest Track: “Desire Lines” Artist: Tame Impala Album: Innerspeaker Track: “Vital Signs” Artist: New Mexico (formally Apes of Wrath) Album: Have You Met My Friend? Track: “Abused and Amused” Artist: Ty Segall Album: Melted Track: “Imaginary Person” Artist: Lower Dens Album: Twin Hand Movement Track: “A Dog’s Dick” Artist: Future Islands Album: In the Evening Air Track: “As I Fall” Artist: The Radio Dept. Album: Clinging to a Scheme Track: […]

The Power of Ten: 10 Albums for 10/10/10

It’s 10:10 AM on 10/10/10. A perfect 10. These tri-numeral dates come around once a year and this year it falls on the number 10. Is it an auspicious day or a bunch of hullaballoo? There is a certain completeness of order with the number 10. For the Chinese the number is lucky, representing perfection […]

the OCMD Mixtape: S.P.L.A.T.

Fawk. I’m just going to lay here in my pretty little skirt until it’s all over. Can someone come get me when it’s done? Thank you. the OCMD Mixtape: “S.P.L.A.T.” Sonny & The Sunsets – “Too Young to Burn” Ty Segall – “So Alone” King Khan & The BBQ Show – “Invisible Girl” The Pharmacy […]

My Favorite Albums of 2010 So Far

Tame Impala – Innerspeaker “Vital Signs” Future Islands – In The Evening Air “As I Fall” The Dig – Electric Toys “You’re Already Gone” Phantogram – Eyelid Movies “When I’m Small” The Joy Formidable – A Balloon Called Moaning “Austere” Caribou – Swim “Odessa” Local Natives – Gorilla Manor “Sun Hands” Twin Tigers – Gray Waves “Everyday” Ty […]

The OCMD Mixtape: Done

the OCMD Mixtape: “Done” The National, “Terrible Love” Future Islands, “As I Fall” Tame Impala, “It’s Not Meant to Be” Built to Spill, “Done” The Besnard Lakes, “And This is What We Call Progress” Heartless Bastards, “Blue Day” The Veils, “It Hits Deep” Alberta Cross, “The Devil’s All You Ever Had” The Vision of a […]