Album Review: Fun. “Some Nights” 2-21-12 (Score 100%)

By Alexis Simpson

Genre: Rock

Members: Nate Ruess
Jack Antonoff
Andrew Dost

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Fun. has grown immensely in popularity due to a heavy touring schedule, word of mouth, and Glee’s cover of “We are Young.” They remind us a lot of the voice of Mika with the theatricalness of Queen. The album is a hodgepodge of different styles smoothly blended together. We loved the drum and percussion sections.”Some Nights” is an exceptional album not without risks. The musicianship, personal and sometimes sad lyrics entwined with the general theme of overcoming obstacles make this album shine.

1. Some Nights-Intro: Intro? Sounds like it could stand on its own. We like how he says “Fuck” and the opera wails. Reminds me of how funny it sounds when a band like Ion & Wine curses.

2. Some Nights: African drum vibe, the vibe of the song would make you think it’s a Happy Happy Fight Fight song but the personal and deep lyrics reesemble rambling thoughts or a prayer spoken before sleeping. Great sound.

3. We Are Young-feat. Janelle Monáe: Uplifting, Great Singalong song, Brilliant! This song will be EVERYWHERE. It practically is already.

4. Carry On: Lyrical Stress Relief

5. It Gets Better: Electronic Synth that reminds us of an 80’s Workout song. Song gets more interesting half way through. Out least fave song of the track but chorus is catchy.

6. Why Am i the One: Pleasant, Strong Intro

7. All Alone: Fun Electronic Harpsichord melody

8. All Alright: Good Rhythm, Strategically Paced, Repetitive lyrics but it works

9. One Foot: Spirited, More personal lyrics, more religious references

10. Stars: Entwines his troubled relationship with a woman with the loss of his Mother. Highly relatable for those dealing with loss

Well, Some nights I rule the world
With bar lights and pretty girls
But most nights I stay straight
And think about my mom, Oh God
I miss her so much

Out on the Town-Bonus Track: Indeed a bonus!

We Are Young-feat. Janelle Monáe (Acoustic): Interesting reprise. Janelle sounds amazing. Beautiful!

Score: 10/11=100%

Prepare for Voodoo Playlist 2011

Last year’s playlist has been disabled! Stay tuned for this year’s list as the lineup becomes available! Meanwhile check out our Noize mixtape:  Noize

We put together a giant playlist of Voodoo artists on Spotify so that those going this year and those who can’t attend can preview the music. This playlist is a work in progress and includes anything from local New Orleans musicians, the headliners and everything in between. The playlist is HUGE so put it on shuffle and enjoy! Voodoo Experience Playlist FYI Spotify is free to download!

FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY FOR ANIKA IN DETROIT THIS SUNDAY!

Hey Everybody:

I have two pairs of tickets for the Anika show this Sunday at the Cave in the Russell Industrial Center. To win follow us on facebook or twitter and suggest your fave song to us. We have two pairs to give away!

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Her band consists of members of Beak, Geoff Barrow’s (Portishead)  other band who are jaw dropping incredible live. If you fancy some trashy jamaican dub, punk, funk with a little noisy krautrock thrown in the mix and a bit of Nico style vocals, please come along and check her out. Her self titled debut album was praised from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, to Fader – Anika recorded the LP with Beak> (Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams), who are on tour with her – Geoff).  The collaboration is political, trashy, dub, punk, funk …  New York Times  reviewed her record day of release “The sound is fresh…. the songs get your attention; they’ve got texture. It’s startling”.

Detroiters, Check Out a Great Event: Josh Gracin to Perform in Support of Camp Casey!! 10/15/11

Downtown Ferndale is hosting a great event in support of Camp Casey on October 15th. Read the details below to learn more !

Camp Casey, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2003, offers three unique programs to children with cancer and their families. Cowboy Camp Outs are overnight mini-vacations at dude ranches in Michigan; Horsey House Calls bring a horse to the doorstep of kids too ill to attend an overnight retreat; Outlaw Outings provide family-oriented activities, like attending professional sports games, without the expense or hassle of planning. All of Camp Casey’s programs are free for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

JOSH GRACIN SET TO ROCK CAMP CASEY FEST IN DOWNTOWN FERNDALE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

Ferndale, Michigan (September 12, 2011) — Camp Casey Fest is set to rock downtown Ferndale on Saturday, October 15, 2011, with 12 hours of live music capped off by a headlining performance by Josh Gracin.

Other acts scheduled to appear include Annabelle Road, John Maison, Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys and more. More than just a music festival, Camp Casey Fest will feature a chili cook-off, awesome arts and crafts vendors, great grub from local restaurants and big screen TVs broadcasting the U of M vs. MSU football game.

Tickets are only $10 if purchased in advance ($15 at the door after 5 pm); kids 10 and under free with a ticketed adult. 100% of ticket sales benefit Camp Casey, a horseback riding program for kids with cancer in Michigan.
“We enjoyed great success with our chili cook-off last year and are really taking it to a whole new level this October,” said Molly Reeser, Camp Casey founder and executive director. “Not only have we added great retail and food vendors to the mix, but bringing in Josh Gracin to headline the event makes this the biggest and most exciting fundraiser we’ve ever had.”

“It’s always in honor to do anything that benefits charity,” said Gracin, who is originally from Westland, Michigan. “I’m excited to be taking part in this event that helps Camp Casey.”

Camp Casey Fest kicks off at 11 a.m. on East Nine Mile at Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, Michigan. An official after-party is being hosted by Rosie O’Grady’s in Ferndale starting at 11 p.m. Presenting sponsors of Camp Casey Fest include McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Rosie O’Grady’s and blugray creative.

To purchase ticket, visit www.camp-casey.org/fundraising. More information about volunteering, becoming an artist or food vendor available by calling 877.388.8315 ext. 2.

It’s Almost Time for MI Fest! 9/17/2011

The first annual MI Fest is 9/17/2011 in Brooklyn, MI. The lineup is diverse and the festival has been well-thought out with lots to do including music, art galleries, food, camping, outdoor sporting activities, and even an outdoor marketplace.

 

THE RACONTEURS • SHERYL CROW

RONNIE DUNN

JEFF DANIELS

THE ROMANTICS • MARK FARNER

ALTO REED’S ALLSTARS

TY STONE & THE TRUTH

MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS

THE ROCKETS

HOWLING DIABLO’S

HOT CLUB OF DETROIT

JILL JACK • THE RAGBIRDS

WHITEY MORGAN & THE 78’S

JESSICA HERNANDEZ

BEN DANIELS BAND

BEAR LAKE• MARNÉE • THE JULIETS


THIRD MAN RECORD ARTISTS

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD • BLACK MILK

PUJOL • BLACK BELLES • THORNBILLS

Artist Spotlight: ANR

September 13 marks the day ANR releases the Deluxe Edition of Stay Kids. ANR is A psychedelic synth-pop duo that met while studying in Miami. The group has played with bands such as Animal Collective, Neon Indian, and No Age, but has spent much of this year headlining their own tour in both the U.S. and the U.K. Noize will be in attendance at their show on September 5th at Detroit’s Lager House.

Their music has drawn comparisons to such groups as MGMT, Passion Pit, Coldplay and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Recent Press Accolades:

“…utterly awesome, how have I never heard of this before?”
Sean Adams, Drowned In Sound

“fully formed and totally enjoyable”
Pitchfork

“A marvel of melodic majesty, file next to Jamie Lidell, MGMT”
The Guardian

“One of the newest exponents of this growing tropical bohemia”
New York Times

“post apocalyptic Disney sondtrack music”
Nylon

“the driving beats of TV On The Radio blended with the psychedelic sweetness of Passion Pit”
MTV Buzzworthy Band

“One of the songs of the year”
The Line Of Best Fit

“laptop-laced mix of guitar rock, crunked party beats, Hot Chip but….soaring stadium rock”
Stereogum

“awesome”
The Music Slut

“wild and energetic disco whirlwind rock”
Pasta Primavera

ANR Website

ANR Twitter


Noize’s Other Fave ANR tracks off of Stay Kids
ANR ‘A Year Of Solitude Pays Off’ by Fred Hystere

ANR – It’s Around You 7″ by 10Kislands

ANR – The Endless Field Of Mercury by 10Kislands