On Sumday, Grandaddy's official full-length follow-up to the The Sophtware Slump, cuts like "The Group Who Couldn't Say" and "Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake" find songwriter Jason Lytle at the top of his game, busy telling gorgeous little stories that glorify momentary glimpses into the windows of ordinary lives.
"Now It's On," the opening number, gallops out of the gates, after a brief but worthwhile experimental intro, with its mind set on a revitalizing rebirth of sorts. "I'm On Standby" and "The Go in the Go-For-It," while encompassing a certain commendable, fragile beauty, imply that that revitalization was not entirely successful. While guitar is Grandaddy's primary weapon of choice, there's lots of electro-blip la Radiohead and the piano makes a few cameos on melancholy tunes like "Saddest Vacant Lot in all the World" and "The Warming Sun." No quality indie-rock collection is complete without at least one adopted Grandaddy.
-- Orange Peel Moses
Sexy Video Killah (EP)
If you want to taste a wee bit of what won him the "Jay-Z Rock the Mic Tour" and second place at the Scribble Jam, Black Pegasus just reissued his first solo EP on Illynoise/Overstand Records. With doom and boom beats that come down like a guillotine, Black Pegasus brings the brass-knuckles linguistics to everything from corporate labels, fake MCs and Tweety Bird tennis shoes. Track 9, in particular, is a nice little battle between Revanon, Tommy Wreck and Black Pegasus, who drops lines like "I'm so hard it's like a I got a Viagra I.V."
-- Noel Black
Matrix: Music For Rooms (2 CDs)
Matrix isn't new, but it's new to me and I'm gonna guess you haven't got a copy in your car. That's good, since it's meant to turn your room into a sort of installation piece and cars just aren't the place for such things. Ikeda works from extremely restricted source materials and somehow manages to coax positively hyperactive sounds out of a 440 Hz sine wave. His palette's broadened here to what sounds like 4 sine waves, stacked up to fill your room with standing waves. It's kind of a minimalist "Louie Louie" move by now, but like a lot of big dumb rock riffs it can still be pretty devastating, even without the element of surprise -- move your head a few inches and it sounds different; walk to the door and you might find yourself in a whole new pitch range. The second disc adds beats to the mix, not to great effect but I suppose he's gotta remind us he's not just some egghead composer -- he's an egghead Techno guy!
-- Chris Selvig