Klimt 1918 - The Graduate

Artist : Klimt 1918
Title : The Graduate
Genre : Alternative Rock Italiano

Comment : From the new album "Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again". Epic song.

Rate : Nice

Baustelle - Baudelaire

Artist : Baustelle
Title : Baudelaire
Genre : Indie Rock Italiano, Pop Rock Italiano

Comment : Third single and one of the best track of the 2008 album "Amen"

Rate : Nice

Beck - Gamma Ray

Artist : Beck
Title : Gamma Ray
Genre : Alternative Rock

Comment : After the strange and psychedelic "Chemtrails" this is the single for the upcoming album "Modern Guilt". He is great but nothing special this time.

Rate : Average

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Midnight Man

Artist : Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Title : Midnight Man
Genre : Alternative Rock, Blues Rock

Comment : The 4° single for new album after the title-track "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!", "Night Of The Lotus Eaters" and "More News From Nowhere"

Rate : Nice

Slipknot - Psychosocial

Artist : Slipknot
Title : Psychosocial
Genre : Alternative Metal, Nu Metal

Comment : "All Hope Is Gone" was only a "new song but this "Psychosocial" should be the true new single for the upcoming album.

Rate : Average

Cute Is What We Aim For - Practice Makes Perfect

Artist : Cute Is What We Aim For
Title : Practice Makes Perfect
Genre : Power Pop, Punk-Pop, "Emo"

Comment : New single for the upcoming album "Rotation". If you are a fan of this genre, you will appreciate it, but if you are a fan of true Music, you will hate it

Rate : Bad

Black Stone Cherry - Blind Man

Artist : Black Stone Cherry
Title : Blind Man
Genre : Hard Rock, Post-Grunge, Southern Rock

Comment : New single for the album "Folklore and Superstition", their 2° studio album after the nice self-titled 2006 debut.

Rate : Average


Revo - Limelight

Artist : Revo
Title : Limelight
Genre : Rock Italiano

Comment : The single from the album "We Are Revo" for this Italian band.

Rate : Average

The Parlor Mob - Can't Keep No Good Boy Down

Artist : The Parlor Mob
Title : Can't Keep No Good Boy Down
Genre : Classic Rock, Retro-Rock

Comment : Debut single, and album, with a major (Roadrunner).

Rate : Nice


Dargen D'amico - Sms Alla Madonna

Artist : Dargen D'amico
Title : Sms Alla Madonna
Genre : Hip Hop Italiano, Italiano

Comment : New single from the album "Di Vizi Di Forma Virtù" for one of the best Italian rappers

Rate : Nice

Midnight To Twelves - Slam

Artist : Midnight To Twelves
Title : Slam
Genre : Post-Grunge, Rock Fm

Comment : Debut single for Midnight To Twelves. Creed and Alter Bridge fans will like it.

Rate : Average

Crystal Castles - Vanished

Artist : Crystal Castles
Title : Vanished
Genre : Electronica, Electro Pop

Comment : An other single from the self-titled album.

Rate : Average

Shy Child - Astronaut

Artist : Shy Child
Title : Astronaut
Genre : Dance-Punk, Electro Rock

Comment : An other single from the 2007 album "Noise Won't Stop".

Rate : Average

All India Radio - Persist

Artist : All India Radio
Title : Persist
Genre : Downtempo, Trip Hop, Electronica

Comment : New single for the album "These Winter Dreams".

Rate : Good

The Faint - The Geeks Were Right

Artist : The Faint
Title : The Geeks Were Right
Genre : Electro Pop, Dance-Punk

Comment : New single from the upcoming album "Fasciinatiion". Duran Duran-ish.

Rate : Nice


The Trews - Paranoid Freak

Artist : The Trews
Title : Paranoid Freak
Genre : Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, Classic Rock

Comment : An other new single for the Canadian band.

Rate : Average

Sparkadia - Morning Light

Artist : Sparkadia
Title : Morning Light
Genre : Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Comment : New single for this Australian band. Nothing special..a bit anonymous

Rate : Average

Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You

Artist : Secondhand Serenade
Title : Fall For You
Genre : Pop, Pop Rock, "Emo"

Comment : This single from the album "A Twist in My Story" sounds like a "boy band" song...

Rate : Bad

Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal

Artist : Fleet Foxes
Title : White Winter Hymnal
Genre : Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Folk, Americana

Comment : the single from the great self-titled debut album.

Rate : Good

Death Cab For Cutie - Cath

Artist : Death Cab For Cutie
Title : Cath
Genre : Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Comment : Death Cab For Cutie next single from the nice album "Narrow Stairs". There are better tracks but isn't bad.

Rate : Nice

The Cure - Sleep When I'm Dead

Artist : The Cure
Title : Sleep When I'm Dead
Genre : Alternative Rock, Dark

Comment : Third single (after "The Only One" and "Freakshow" from the upcoming album still without a title.

Rate : Average


Snowman - We Are The Plague

Artist : Snowman
Title : We Are The Plague
Genre : Post-Punk Revival, Electronica, Noise Rock

Comment : New single for the Australian band from the album "The Horse, The Rat and The Swan". Very interesting and hypnotic!

Rate : Good

Chairlift - Planet Health

Artist : Chairlift
Title : Planet Health
Genre : Indie Pop, Psychedelic Pop

Comment : New single for the New York band (like MGMT). Artistic and Psychedelic.

Rate : Nice

Jeremy Jay - Someone Cares

Artist : Jeremy Jay
Title : Someone Cares
Genre : Indie Pop, Freak Folk, Singer / Songwriter

Comment : Really weird song, something between Reed/Bowie and freak-folk/pop. Interesting.

Rate : Nice

Norma Jean - Robots 3 Humans 0

Artist : Norma Jean
Title : Robots 3 Humans 0
Genre : Metalcore, Post-Hardcore

Comment : New single for one of the best metal-post-core in the world. From the upcoming album
"The Anti Mother".

Rate : Nice

Staind - Believe

Artist : Staind
Title : Believe
Genre : Post-Grunge, Modern Rock


Comment : Staind new single for the upcoming album "The Illusion of Progress". Is similar to other Staind ballads but isn't so bad.

Rate : Average

The Verve - Love Is Noise

Artist : The Verve
Title : Love Is Noise
Genre : Pop Rock


Comment : The new single for the hyped return of The Verve. They could do better..sounds like '90s U2..

Rate : Nice


Billy Idol - John Wayne

Artist : Billy Idol
Title : John Wayne
Genre : Pop Rock

Comment : New single for Billy Idol for his best of compilation called "Idolize Yourself".

Rate : Average


P.O.D. - Shine With Me

Artist : P.O.D.
Title : Shine With Me
Genre : Modern Rock

Comment : An other single from the P.O.D. last album "When Angels & Serpents Dance". Is the first single without their typical rap-rock sound in favour of a flat modern rock song. they could choose the best track of the album : "God Forbid" with the great Page Hamilton

Rate : Bad

Hedley - Never Too Late

Artist : Hedley
Title : Never Too Late
Genre : Pop Rock, "Emo"

Comment : This is one of the worst things that I've listened this year in rock (or pseudo-rock in this case) music!

Rate : Bad

Earshot - Missunderstood

Artist : Earshot
Title : Missunderstood
Genre : Modern Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Grunge

Comment : New single for the US band for their third album "The Silver Lining" out this summer.

Rate : Average

[Retro-It] - for "Deftones" fans : Linea 77

Linea 77 is an Italian nu metal band formed in 1993 near Torino. They early works "Too Much Happiness Makes Kids Paranoid" and "Ketchup Suicide" are also their best with a great mix of rap-metal, nu metal and post-hardcore vibes.

Linea 77 - Ketchup Suicide

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Justice are the new producers??

According to this site the great french "alternative dance" duo, Justice, have told that they are "lined up to produce the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album".

If is true is an interesting news : Chili Peppers have to change, exit from the "pop rock" tunnel and maybe Rick Rubin isn't the perfect producer of 10-20 years ago.

Kaki King - Air And Kilometers

Artist : Kaki King
Title : Air And Kilometers
Genre : Instrumental Rock, Acoustic Rock

Comment : Do you remember the Playing With Pink Noise video? this is the second single from the 2008 album "Dreaming Of Revenge"

Rate : Nice

Impossible Shapes - Infinity's Lips

Artist : Impossible Shapes
Title : Infinity's Lips
Genre : Indie Pop, Folk

Comment : Single for the album "The Impossible Shapes", i can sing "Walk On The Wild Side" over it!

Rate : Nice


Indian Jewelry - Swans

Artist : Indian Jewelry
Title : Swans
Genre : Noise Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Shoegazing

Comment : The single from the 2008 album "Free Gold!"..good noise/psychedelic vibes.

Rate : Nice

Head Solution - Single Day

Artist : Head Solution
Title : Single Day
Genre : Rock Italiano, Modern Rock

Comment : Single for this Italian band from Venice. Some Cornell/Soundgarden vibes in the verse.

Rate : Average

Slipknot - New song free download

Some days ago we post the 30 seconds preview .Now the full new song "All Hope Is Gone" is avaiable on Roadrunner site.

1) go to : http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/allhopeisgone/
2) insert your data
3) download the full track!


Mid-Year Report - Worst Albums of 2008

Ok, here we have the Best, now is the turn of the Worst:
!!n.1 is the worst, n.53 is the less bad but always under the "6/10"!!

1 Ashlee Simpson - Bittersweet World
2 Jesse McCartney - Departure
3 Elliot Minor - Elliot Minor
4 Kids in Glass Houses - Smart Casual
5 Danity Kane - Welcome to the Dollhouse
6 Fat Joe - The Elephant in the Room
7 Rick Ross - Trilla
8 Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
9 El Canto Del Loco - Personas
10 Clay Aiken - On My Way Here
11 Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire
12 Gavin Rossdale - Wanderlust
13 Simple Plan - Simple Plan
14 The Feeling - Join With Us
15 The Audition - Champion
16 Madonna - Hard Candy
17 Mariah Carey - E=MC²
18 Ashanti - The Declaration
19 In Flames - A Sense of Purpose
20 The Kooks - Konk
21 Louis XIV - Slick Dogs and Ponies
22 Bryan Adams - 11
23 Feeder - Silent Cry
24 I Was a Cub Scout - I Want You to Know There Is Always Hope
25 Janet Jackson - Discipline
26 Panic At The Disco - Pretty. Odd.
27 Moby - Last Night
28 The Teenagers - Reality Check
29 Def Leppard - Songs From the Sparkle Lounge
30 Journey - Revelation
31 Story Of The Year - The Black Swan
32 Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
33 Morcheeba - Dive Deep
34 Usher - Here I Stand
35 Scarlett Johansson - Anywhere I Lay My Head
36 3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down
37 Cryptopsy - The Unspoken King
38 One Night Only - Started a Fire
39 Snoop Dogg - Ego Trippin’
40 Bauhaus - Go Away White
41 The Breeders - Last Splash
42 The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
43 Jack Johnson - Sleep Through the Static
44 The Offspring - Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
45 Ill Niño - Enigma
46 Guillemots - Red
47 Children of Bodom - Blooddrunk
48 The Long Blondes - Couples
49 Pendulum - In Silico
50 Alanis Morissette - Flavors of Entanglement
51 The Fratellis - Here We Stand
52 Chris Walla - Field Manual
53 Sheryl Crow - Detours

[Special] 80's Videos - Kids vs School and Parents

80's videos were great but some of them have something in common : the kids against school and against parents.

Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It

Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock

Suicidal Tendencies - Possessed to Skate

Iron Maiden - Can I Play With Madness

Motley Crue - Smoking In The Boys Room

Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Catholic School Girls Rule

and yes also the intro of Michael Jackson - Black Or White but is a 1991 video.

Worldwide Sales - first 10 weeks graph

The graph show the average decrease of worldwide sales in first 10 weeks for the biggest 1° week seller of last years.
As you can see the second week always show a big decrease of sales, in this case of 9 albums the average fall is -53% (with 50 Cent at 72%)

Eagles & Alicia Keys are out of the graph because their graph is too much altered by Xmas weeks.

The Capozeella - London Zeella

Artist : The Capozeella
Title : London Zeella
Genre : Indie Rock Italiano, Brit Rock

Comment : New italian band, they don't have nothing to envy to groups like Fratellis or other indie/brit rock bands.

Rate : Average

Kyte - Boundaries

Artist : Kyte
Title : Boundaries
Genre : Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Post-Rock

Comment : The video and the album are early-2008 releases but we discovered only now. Nice mix between Sigur Ros and Death Cab For Cutie

Rate : Nice


Little Man Tate - What Your Boyfriend Said

Artist : Little Man Tate
Title : What Your Boyfriend Said
Genre : Indie Rock, Brit Rock

Comment : New single for the upcoming album (still without a title). Standard and forgettable indie/brit rock

Rate : Average

Elio E Le Storie Tese - Ignudi Fra I Nudisti

Artist : Elio E le Storie Tese
Title : Ignudi Fra I Nudisti
Genre : Pop Rock Italiano, Demenziale

Comment : New single for EELST from their 2008 album "Studentessi". Nice but they can do better. Here they sing with the italian pop-soul star "Giorgia"

Rate : Average

Dead Meadow - What Needs Must Be

Artist : Dead Meadow
Title : What Needs Must Be
Genre : Psychedelic Rock

Comment : The single for the 2008 album "Old Growth". Seems that they lost their Heavy/Stoner vibes for a more "soft" sound. Good the same.

Rate : Good

Audio Bullys - Gimme That Punk

Artist : Audio Bullys
Title : Gimme That Punk
Genre : Electronica, Alternative Hip Hop

Comment : They cite some punk (but also not punk) great bands during all the song, catchy but a bit immature.

Rate : Average

The Troubadours - (I`m Not) Superstitious

Artist : The Troubadours
Title : (I`m Not) Superstitious
Genre : Indie Pop, 60's Pop

Comment : Second single from the self-titled debut album for the new Beach Boys
Rate : Average

Infadels - Free Things For Poor People

Artist : Infadels
Title : Free Things For Poor People
Genre : Indie Pop, Pop Rock, Electro Rock

Comment : Second single after the We Are Scientist-ish "Make Mistakes" from their new album "Universe In Reverse"

Rate : Average

Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

Artist : Cage The Elephant
Title : Ain't No Rest For The Wicked
Genre : Alternative Rock, Rock, Rapcore

Comment : Sounds really similar to their last single "In One Ear", but at least seems that they create an own style mixing the pseudo-rap Chili Peppers vocal lines with a classic-rock base.

Rate : Nice

Brooklyn - Volcanology

Artist : Brooklyn
Title : Volcanology
Genre : Indie Rock, Brit Rock

Comment : Wow a mega riff and ripp-off and pappapparapparappapa...

Rate : Bad

Black Affair - It's Real

Artist : Black Affair
Title : It's Real
Genre : Electro Pop, Alternative Dance

Comment : The new single for the Steve Mason (The Beta Band) new project. so 80's!

Rate : Nice

Royal Bliss - Save Me

Artist : Royal Bliss
Title : Save Me
Genre : Modern Rock, Post-Grunge, Rock Fm


Comment : It's isn't so bad but isn't really different from the sound of other 1000 US bands.

Rate : Average


The Black Ghosts ft. Damon Albarn - Repetition Kills You

Artist : The Black Ghosts ft. Damon Albarn
Title : Repetition Kills You
Genre : Electro Pop, Alternative Dance

Comment : After "I Want Nothing" this is the new single for the Uk Band. Damon Albarn sing in the song.

Rate : Average

Hercules And Love Affair - You Belong

Artist : Hercules And Love Affair
Title : You Belong
Genre : Alternative Dance, House

Comment : An other single from their debut album , nice but not cool as "Blind".

Rate : Average

Kevin Drew - Safety Bricks

Artist : Kevin Drew
Title : Safety Bricks
Genre : Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter

Comment : Here we talked about a solo song from the other Broken Social Scene member, Brendan Canning, Kevin is the co-founder of the band and this is an other single from his 2007 album "Spirit If..."

Rate : Average

Tears Run Rings - Beatiful Stranger

Artist : Tears Run Rings
Title : Beautiful Stranger
Genre : Dream Pop, Shoegazing


Comment : Don't know if they released it as single, i only choose one of the 5 songs from the debut album "Always, Sometimes, Seldom, Never" in their MySpace. Really derivative (Slowdive & Co) but great atmosphere and melodies

Rate : Good

Mid-Year Report - Italian New Promises

Some of most interesting Italian new artists that released a single in this first part of 2008

The Niro - Liar

Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica - Per Combattere l'Acne

Il Teatro Degli Orrori - La Canzone di Tom

Dufresne - Alibi Party

Useless Wooden Toys - Carenza Di Basso

Ministri - Diritto Al Tetto

Carnifull Trio - Ti faccio Causa (Ed Effetto)

Are out of the list already "big" artists like Baustelle, Offlaga Disco Pax, Linea 77, Bugo, Elio E Le Sorie Tese, Afterhours and Amari.

Ministri - Diritto al Tetto

Artist : Ministri
Title : Diritto al Tetto
Genre : Rock Italiano, Hard Rock, Garage Rock Revival

Comment : Nothing really new but this Italian band is interesting. This is the single of their EP "La Piazza"

Rate : Nice

Mates Of State - My Only Offer

Artist : Mates Of State
Title : My Only Offer
Genre : Indie Pop

Comment : New single for the US indie pop duo from the 2008's album "Re-Arrange Us"

Rate : Average

Sparkadia - Too Much To Do

Artist : Sparkadia
Title : Too Much To Do
Genre : Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Post-Punk Revival

Comment : New single from their debut album "Postcards" for this Australian band.

Rate : Average

Shihad - Vampires

Artist : Shihad
Title : Vampires
Genre : Pop Rock, Alternative Rock

Comment : Second single from the album "Beautiful Machine" for this veteran New Zaeland band.

Rate : Average

Primal Scream - Can't Go Back

Artist : Primal Scream
Title : Can't Go Back
Genre : Alternative Rock, Electro Rock

Comment : New single for the great Primal Scream from the upcoming album "Beautiful Future"..good return to a sonic sound after the rock&roll/blues of last album.

Rate : Nice

Opshop - One Day

Artist : Opshop
Title : One Day
Genre : Pop Rock

Comment : The New Zaeland version of The Fray...ok, I don't want to be rude this time..Average.

Rate : Average

The Getaway Plan - Where the City Meets the Sea

Artist : The Getaway Plan
Title : Where the City Meets the Sea
Genre : Pop Rock, "Emo"

Comment : An other emo-ish new band but this time sounds almost decent.

Rate : Average

Ed Zealous - Pretty Face

Artist : Ed Zealous
Title : Pretty Face
Genre : Indie Rock, Brit Rock

Comment : Single for this Irish band that mix the sound of bands of the brit indie scene but in a nice way.

Rate : Nice

Def Leppard - C'Mon C'Mon

Artist : Def Leppard
Title : C'Mon C'Mon
Genre : Pop Rock, Hard Rock

Comment : Second single from the album "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge". Catchy song that could works on some radio but nothing new in their music.

Rate : Average

CSS - Left Behind

Artist : CSS
Title : Left Behind
Genre : Indie Rock, Electro Rock, Pop

Comment : New single for the album "Donkey", out next month. Catchy but too poppy...too flat.

Rate : Bad

Shinedown - New Album in Streaming

Shinedown stream their new album "The Sound of Madness"


Ashes Divide - Enemies

Artist : Ashes Divide
Title : Enemies
Genre : Alternative Rock

Comment : Second single from the average album "Keep Telling Myself It's Alright" for the ex A Perfect Circle, Billy Howerdel.

Rate : Average

Brian “Head” Welch - Flush

Artist : Brian “Head” Welch
Title : Flush
Genre : Nu Metal, Modern Rock


Comment : Remember him? the Korn guitarist? This is the first single of his debut album "Save Me From Myself" but uhm...sounds like Korn!

Rate : Average


Le Strisce - Fare Il Cantante

Artist : Le Strisce
Title : Fare Il Cantante
Genre : Rock Italiano, Indie Rock Italiano, Brit Rock

Comment : New single for this new Italian band. Sounds like a mix of italian rock and indie/brit forgettable bands like The Fratellis or Kooks.

Rate : Average

The Notwist - Good Lies

Artist : The Notwist
Title : Good Lies
Genre : Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Indietronica

Comment : Should be the second single from the new album "The Devil, You + Me", the song, that have some spins on US alternative radio, is one of the best of the collection.

Rate : Nice

Tiger Army - Pain

Artist : Tiger Army
Title : Pain
Genre : Psychobilly, Punk Rock, Alternative Rock

Comment : This should be the new single from the 2007's album "Music From Regions Beyond", not amazing but always one of the best example of mainstream psychobilly

Rate : Nice

Hawthorne Heights - Rescue Me

Artist : Hawthorne Heights
Title : Rescue Me
Genre : Punk-Pop, "Emo"

Comment : The new single for the album "Fragile Future" out in August. Like for other "emo"/punkpop songs, have a catchy chorus isn't enough to make a good song.

Rate : Bad

Captain - Keep An Open Mind

Artist : Captain
Title : Keep An Open Mind
Genre : Indie Pop, Pop Rock

Comment : A lot of influences here: indie pop, '80's pop rock and happy pop but don't sound so original
Rate : Average

Great sales this week!

After months of weak sales, this week will be the higher-sales week, at least untill pre&Xmas season.
Two are the artist that help this momentary re-birth : Coldplay and Lil Wayne

Coldplay with their new album "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" enter at n.1 in UK chart with over 300.000 copies sold..impressive because the album is a "thursday release", if they released the album on Monday probably sold a lot more, maybe near at the first week of "X&Y" that sold more than 450.000 in first week. For USA we should wait the next week.

Lil Wayne instead is making a miracle with his album "Carter III", infact the site HitsDailyDouble
say that could sell around 1 million copies in USA. We will wait untill thursday for the real data.

Slipknot - All Hope is Gone - 30 seconds Preview

All Hope is Gone, the new single from the new, hyped, album.

Only 30 seconds of the song are avaiable:

Nada Surf - I Like What You Say

Artist : Nada Surf
Title : I Like What You Say
Genre : Pop Rock, Indie Pop, Power Pop

Comment : Second single from the nice album "Lucky"

Rate : Average

Shai Hulud - Misanthropy Pure

Artist : Shai Hulud
Title : Misanthropy Pure
Genre : Metalcore, Post-Hardcore

Comment : New single for one of the greatest metalcore/post-core band.

Rate : Nice


Subsonica - Nei Nostri Luoghi

Artist : Subsonica
Title : Nei Nostri Luoghi
Genre : Pop Rock Italiano, Electro Rock, Alternative Dance

Comment : 4° single from the good "L'Eclissi", maybe their best album since "Microchip Emozionale". Not impressive beats or energy but nice lyrics and video.

Rate : Nice


[Early Days] The Cure

The Cure - 10 15 Saturday Night (1979)

[Early Days] Blur

Blur - She's So High (1990)

[Early Days] Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls - There You Are (1990)

[Early Days] Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi - Runaway (1983)

[Early Days] R.E.M.

R.E.M. - Wolves Lower (1982)

[Early Days] Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode - New life (1981)

[Early Days] U2

U2 - I Will Follow (1980)

[Early Days] Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers - True Men Don't Kill Coyotes (1984)

Miura ft Lubjan - M.A.I.A.

Artist : Miura ft Lubjan
Title : M.A.I.A.
Genre : Italian Rock

Comment : The band of two ex-Timoria, one of most important italian rock band during '90s. Not bad but too "traditional"

Rate : Average

Story of the Year - Message To The World

Artist : Story of the Year
Title : Message To The World
Genre : Modern Rock, "Emo", Punk-Pop

Comment : An other single from the so-so album The Black Swan, this isn't one of their worst songs but is nothing special.

Rate : Bad


The Draytones - Summer's Arrived

Artist : The Draytones
Title : Summer's Arrived
Genre : Indie Rock, Retro Rock, Brit Rock, 60's Pop

Comment : New single after "Turn It Down" for the '60s revival band The Darytones. Not bad

Rate : Nice

Beggars - You & Me

Artist : Beggars
Title : You & Me
Genre : Indie Rock, Brit Rock, Retro Rock

Comment : New single for Beggars. Isn't bad but don't understand this kind of music in 2008..too much derivative, too much retro, too less innovative.

Rate : Average

2008 Albums - Some new entries

Sigur Rós - Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
The Tallest Man on Earth - Shallow Grave
Eluveitie - Slania
The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Joan As Police Woman - To Survive
Bloodbath - The Wacken Carnage
Lightspeed Champion - Falling Off the Lavender Bridge
Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - We Brave Bee Stings and All
The Young Knives - Superabundance
The Futureheads - This Is Not the World
The Zutons - You Can Do Anything

The Fratellis - Here We Stand
The Offspring - Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
Journey - Revelation
Feeder - Silent Cry
I Was a Cub Scout - I Want You to Know There Is Always Hope

Full list at :

Tallest Man on Earth - I Won't Be Found

Artist : Tallest Man on Earth
Title : I Won't Be Found
Genre : Folk, Singer/Songwriter

Comment : Nice song from the good debut album "Shallow Grave".
Rate : Nice

Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish

Artist : Flying Lotus
Title : Parisian Goldfish
Genre : Electronica, Alternative Hip Hop, Glitch


Comment : First track avaiable on his Myspace from the great album "Los Angeles" the first on Warp Records.

Rate : Good

[Retro-It] - for "Bjork" fans : Meg

Meg (Maria Di Donna) was the singer of "99 Posse", on of most important Italian rap/dub bands.
In 2004 she started her solo career heavy influenced by Bjork.

Meg - Simbiosi

[Retro-It] - for "King Crimson" fans : P.F.M.

Premiata Forneria Marconi (P.F.M.) is an Italian Progressive Rock band that achieved a high level of popularity in the 1970s, with success in both the British and American charts. They were the first Italian band to have success abroad.
Their two 1972's masterpieces ("Storia di un Minuto" and "Per un Amico") are two of the best italian albums of all-time.

PFM - Impressioni Di Settembre

Worldwide sales - Update - 13/6/08

Amy Winehouse Back To Black 9.556.000
Justin Timberlake FutureSex / LoveSounds 8.613.000
Soundtrack High School Musical 7.725.000
Nelly Furtado Loose 7.650.000
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium 7.198.000
Pink I'm Not Dead 5.897.000
Fergie The Dutchess 5.859.000
Beyoncé B'Day 5.709.000
The Beatles Love 5.106.000
Rascal Flatts Me And My Gang 4.771.000


Soundtrack High School Musical 2 5.833.000
Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight 5.673.000
Alicia Keys As I Am 5.395.000
Mika Life In Cartoon Motion 5.342.000
Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden 5.230.000
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing 5.112.000
Michael Bublé Call Me Irresponsible 5.079.000
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad 4.667.000
Josh Groban Noel 4.376.000
Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value 3.984.000


Jack Johnson Sleep Through The Static 2.276.000
Michael Jackson Thriller (25th Anniversary Reissue) 1.977.000
Madonna Hard Candy 1.878.000
Duffy Rockferry 1.822.000
Mariah Carey E=MC2 1.526.000
Soundtrack Juno 1.005.000
Lenny Kravitz It's Time For A Love Revolution 939.000
R.E.M. Accelerate 931.000
Usher Here I Stand 844.000
Janet Jackson Discipline 629.000

Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong - Lucio Starts Fires

Artist : Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong
Title : Lucio Starts Fires
Genre :
Indie Rock, Brit Rock, Post-Punk Revival

Comment : Already the third single but the album isn't released yet. I think that "Lonely Buoy" was the best one..at least the one a bit original.

Rate : Average

Capetown - Let It Go

Artist : Capetown
Title : Let It Go
Genre : Indie Pop, Pop Rock, Alternative Rock

Comment : It's strange : a bit original but at the same time a bit anonymous...from Sweden!

Rate : Average

Old 97's - Dance With Me

Artist : Old 97's
Title : Dance With Me
Genre : Pop Rock, Alternative Country

Comment : What happened to the nice rock/country band of some years ago? Why this poppy song?

Rate : Average


The Virgins - Private Affair

Artist : The Virgins
Title : Private Affair
Genre : Indie Rock, Post-Punk Revival, Disco-Funk

Comment : This sound like a mix of Strokes and '80s wave/pop/disco/funk. Catchy.

Rate : Nice

Muscles - The Lake

Artist : Muscles
Title : The Lake
Genre : Alternative Dance, Electro Pop

Comment : New single for this Australian band. Australia continue to export a lot of good electro/dance/pop bands (like Cut Copy or Presets)

Rate : Average

Brighton Port Authority - Toe Jam

Artist : Brighton Port Authority
Title : Toe Jam
Genre : Alternative Pop, World Pop, Grime

Comment : In this single under the name Brighton Port Authority there are Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), the ex-Talking Heads genius David Byrne and the Grime king Dizzee Rascal. Three great names but the song isn't so good.

Rate : Average

[Retro-It] - for "Sonic Youth" fans : Marlene Kuntz

Marlene Kuntz are an Italian band,i nitially they were inspired by the noise rock of the Sonic Youth expecially in their two masterpieces : "Catartica" and "Il Vile".In the more recent works they evolved into a more intimistic and melodic rock.

Marlene Kuntz - Sonica

Demians - Sapphire

Artist : Demians
Title : Sapphire
Genre : Progressive Rock


Comment : From the good Building an Empire, this nice song for the French progressive rock band.

Rate : Nice

[Retro-It] - for "Korn" fans : Addiction

Addiction was short-lived Italian Nu Metal band from Bologna, their main influence were Korn, but also other Nu metal bands.

Addiction - Download

Angels & Airwaves - Breathe

Artist : Angels & Airwaves
Title : Breathe
Genre : Alternative Rock, Pop Rock

Comment : Third single for the forgettable album "I-Empire".

Rate : Average

[Retro-It] - for "Pantera" fans : Extrema

Extrema is an Italian thrash/groove metal band, formed in 1986, they sing in the English language. Their sound is influenced by '80s thrash metal bands but expecially by the post-thrash/groove metal of Pantera.

Extrema - Money Talks

[Retro-It] - for "Underoath" fans : Dufresne

Dufresne are an Italian Post-Hardcore/Metalcore band, they sing also in english.

Dufresne - Alibi party


[Retro-It] - for "Evanescence" fans : Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil is a gothic metal-pop band from Milan, Italy formed in 1994. In 2002 they released their breakthrough album "Comalies", where they showed their "commercial" face, reaching the success also outside Italy. Someone say that Evanescence are influenced by Lacuna Coil.

Lacuna Coil - Heaven's A Lie

[Retro-It] - for "Incubus" fans : Zen

Zen are an italian modern rock band, their biggest hit is "I Choose To Live" that sounds similar at the some mainstream Incubus works.

Zen - I Choose To Live

[Retro-It] - for "Beck" fans : Bugo

Bugo (real name Cristian Bugatti) is an italian Lo-Fi Alternative Pop singer/songwriter, his sound, expecially in early works was influenced by Beck (he's sometimes called "Beck delle risaie").

Bugo - Casalingo

[Retro-It] - for "Red Hot Chili Peppers" fans : Negrita

Negrita is an Italian Rock band active since early '90. In they early days they were influenced by the funk/rock sound of Red Hot Chili Peppers (you can listen, and see in "Cambio" video below), then they evolved in a mainstream italian rock/pop sound.

Negrita - Cambio

[Retro-It] - for "Nirvana" fans : Verdena

Verdena are an Italian Alternative Rock band originating from Albino.Their debut album ("Verdena" ,1999) was heavily influenced by grunge bands like Nirvana, but then they evolved into a more psychedelic-stoner rock sound.

Verdena - Valvonauta

[Retro-It] - for "Pearl Jam" fans : Karma

Karma was a Italian semi-underground Grunge band. Their main influences were band like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Unlucky they never reached the success deserved.

Karma - Il Cielo

[Retro-It] - for "Jeff Buckley" fans : The Niro

The Niro is the name of the Rock singer/songwriter Davide Combusti, after some underground years he signed with Universal for his debut album "The Niro" (2008).
His sound is mainly influenced by Jeff Buckley, but you can find also some resemblance of Muse, Radiohead and Nick Drake

The Niro - Liar

[Retro-It] - for "Oasis" fans : Daniele Groff

Daniele Groff is an Italian Pop Rock singer, famous for some hit like "Daisy", "Io Sono Io", "Adesso" and "Lamerica". He is inspired by britpop bands and the result, expecially in first part of career (then he turned to a more "standard" italian pop) is something like a softer and Italian version of Oasis.

Daniele Groff - Io Sono Io

[Retro-It] - for "Bauhaus" fans : Litfiba

Litfiba is an Italian rock band formed in Florence in early 1980 together with Diaframma.

From the early 1980s until now, the band evo(invo)lved from a British influenced New Wave/Post-Punk/Dark to a more mainstream rock music. The lead singer, Piero Pelù, left the band in 1999 and started a solo career.

Their masterpiece is 1986's "17 Re", but also "Desaparecido" (1985) and "Litfiba 3" are great albums.

Litfiba - Eroi Nel Vento

[Retro-It] - for "Joy Division" fans : Diaframma

Diaframma is an italian band, one of the most famous Post-Punk/Darkwave Italian acts coming out of Florence during the early 80s along with Litfiba.
Their masterpiece is for sure "Siberia" (1984), one of the best italian albums of all-time.
Then they released a lot of other albums, some good and some other less, but they never sell-out.

Diaframma - Siberia

[Retro-It] - for "The Bends" fans : Gianluca Grignani

Gianluca Grignani is an italian pop rock singer, start in mid '90 with "Destinazione Paradiso" and become an idol, at least here in Italy..expecially for girls.
But in 1996 realeased a brave album, far from typical italian pop rock standards with "La Fabbrica Di Platica" a rock album, a bit acid/psychedelic, a bit epic and a lot influenced by Radiohead "The Bends".
After "La Fabbrica di Plastica" he released "Campi di Popcorn" an other alt-rock oriented album..then has been converted to an useless pop rock mainstream.

Gianluca Grignani - La Fabbrica Di Plastica

InnerPartySystem - Don't Stop

Artist : InnerPartySystem
Title : Don't Stop
Genre : Electro Rock, Pop Rock

Comment : This Single start to have a small success in US, but is nothing special, boring electro-rock beats and Mtv pop rock voice/melody..

Rate : Bad

O.A.R. - Shattered

Artist : O.A.R.
Title : Shattered
Genre : Pop Rock

Comment : What happened to the Dave Matthews-ish band of some years ago? where are the "jam band" vibes?? Why this flat pop rock song?

Rate : Bad


Mid-Year Report : Top Singles of 2008

1) Radiohead - Nude

2) Il Teatro Degli Orrori - La Canzone Di Tom

3) Foals - Cassius

4) Thrice - Come All You Weary

5) Meshuggah - Bleed

6) Protest The Hero - Bloodmeat
7) These New Puritans - Elvis
8) The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build a Home
9) Editors - Bones
10) Radiohead - All I Need
11) Vampire Weekend -A-Punk
12) MGMT - Time To Pretend
13) David Ford - I'm Alright Now
14) The Niro - Liar
15) Isis - Holy Tears
16) Portishead - The Rip
17) Shadows Fall - Another Hero Lost
18) Ayreon - Comatose
19) Spiritualized - Soul On Fire
20) Kid Harpoon - Riverside
21) Portishead - Machine Gun
22) Erykah Badu - Honey
23) Ladytron - Ghosts
24) Elio E Le Storie Tese - Parco Sempione
25) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
26) Editors - Push Your Head Towards The Air
27) The Roots - 75 Bars
28) Foals - Red Sox Pugie
29) Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica - Per Combattere L'Acne
30) Colin MacIntyre - Stalker
31) Baustelle - Charlie Fa Surf
32) Holy Fuck - Lovely Allen
33) The Helio Sequece - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
34) The Sword - Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
35) M83 - Graveyard Girl
36) Sigur Rós - Gobbledigook
37) Ambitions - Sinking
38) Useless Wooden Toys - Carenza Di Basso
39) Baustelle - Colombo
40) Caribou - Irene
41) Wu Tang Clan - The Heart Gently Weeps
42) The Indelicates - America

Jukebox the Ghost - Hold It In

Artist : Jukebox the Ghost
Title : Hold It In
Genre : Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Comment : Pure indie pop in this new single for Jukebox The Ghost from the album "Let Live and Let Ghosts"

Rate : Nice

Caribou - Hummingbird

Artist : Caribou
Title : Hummingbird
Genre : Indietronica, Psychedelic Pop

Comment : New single for Caribou, this time not from the last album "Andorra". Nice again but not at the level of "Irene"

Rate : Nice

The Corrections - OCD

Artist : The Corrections
Title : OCD
Genre : Alternative Rock

Comment : New band, new single..this Corrections seems interesting.

Rate : Nice

Peter Von Poehl - The Story Of The Impossible

Artist : Peter Von Poehl
Title : The Story Of The Impossible
Genre : Singer/Songwriter, Folk Pop

Comment : This Swedish/German singer released this song and the album "Going to where the tea-trees are" in 2006, but now will be released in US. Nice soft tune.

Rate : Nice