» LATEST FEATURES

LITERATURE

 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

MUSIC

 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Bikeride
Morning Macumba
A Hidden Agenda Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Tony Carbone got much of the inspiration for Bikeride's latest album on a recent trip to Brazil. Morning Macumba's opener, "Radio Ougadougou" can attest to that, a short instrumental that, according to Parasol Publicity "gets the maracas shaking, for the rest of the album."

There is a constant theme throughout Morning Macumba of American indie-rock with some Brazilian, often Bossa Nova-sounding influences. Even the album cover features art inspired by Brazilian Forro artist Martinho da Vila's LP jacket for Canta, Canta, Minha Gente. "Knees on Top," the album's third song, continues with that pattern. Right before a vibraphone solo, Carbone croons amidst layers of Moog, guitar and effervescent electronics, "Please don't talk Brazilian music/we won't stop until we use it/ for rocket fuel".

There are a few songs in which Bikeride effectively blend influences without either trying to be too worldly or just sounding boring (see "Fakin' Amnesia"). "Catch That Spark" blends an obvious Beach Boys influence with the afore-mentioned Brazilian inspiration, yielding a result that is one of the more successful tracks on Morning Macumba.

Though most songs on Morning Macumba are middle-of-the-road, Bikeride has some great ideas; they hit something on "Catch That Spark," and I'd be interested to hear what they put out in the future.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

See other reviews by Jeanette Samyn

» MEDIA DOWNLOADS

» GOT STICKERS?

If you'd like to help spread the word about LAS, or simply want to outfit yourself with some adhesive coolness, our 4" circle LAS stickers are sure to hit the spot, and here is how to get them:

--> Send an with $2 in PayPal funds to cover postage. Don't worry, we'll load you up with enough to cover your town. Then just be patient. They will arrive soon.

» WORLDWIDE DOMINATION

LAS has staff and freelance writers spread across North and South America, Europe, and a few in Southeast Asia as well. As such, we have no central mailing adress for unsolicited promotional material. If you are interested in having your project considered for coverage, please contact us before sending any promotional materials - save yourself time and postage!