Thursday, December 31, 2009


Depswa have offered an update on their long delayed sophomore album Distorted American Dream. Coming seven years after their major label debut, the band is back doing things independently, here's what the band had to say...

"O.K. I know we've been pretty quiet about what has been going on with the album, but that was because, we have jumped the gun several times in the past and then stuff changed. So... sorry about that!!!

When we announced that we were going to release a 7-song EP, we got some negative feedback and we decided to listen to all of you. We had 21 songs recorded...why only release 7... hadn't you guys waited long enough? YES! We felt we owed you all more...so we decided to enlist the services of Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, etc) and Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Devil Driver, Soulfly, etc) to mix the album, to make it the best it can be.... and you WON'T be disappointed!!! They (and Jeremy [Penick - singer/guitarist]) absolutely KILLED IT with the mixes.... It sounds amazing!!!!

Here is the FINALIZED Track List:

1. Distorted American Dream (Mixed by Toby Wright) Currently available for free download on reverbnation.com/depswa until Jan 1st, 2010!!!
2. Right Now (Toby Wright)
3. Take it Back (Toby Wright)
4. 10 Kinds of Lonely (Toby Wright)
5. Performance after the Show (Toby Wright)
6. Would I Lie (Logan Mader) Currently available for free download on reverbnation.com/depswa until Jan 1st, 2010!!!
7. The Way I Am (Toby Wright)
8. Hold On (Jeremy Penick)
9. Cut You Out (Toby Wright)
10. One Drop (Toby Wright)
11. Down in a Hole (Logan Mader)
12. Biggest Part (Logan Mader)
13. Peace and Serenity (Jeremy Penick)

The album will be released on our own label Tears & Smiles Recordings and will be available in hard copy digipacks and for digital downloads via iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3.com, etc. in February!!! Thanks to all of our friends and fans that have stuck with us...we promise you won't be disappointed!!!

p.s. We have been getting great response to our free downloads that we put up on reverbnation.com/depswa, so we've decided to extend the FREE period until Friday! So go get yours today!!!"

TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE!

The start of our new century in rock has been looked at with skeptical views from many music fans. Complaints of "nothing good being made" have run rampant, and are simply ridiculous. Times have changed, and with that so has the playing field for the music industry. There are far less superstars, major labels are becoming less and less important, and radio has pretty much failed to recognize anything not painfully generic. Since the dawn of this rapidly ending decade, great music has been made in enormous amounts, but providing that music to the over stimulated masses has become a far greater difficulty. Regardless, the fine bands of our generation are still creating music that is interesting, innovative, and ultimately... rocks.

Detractors are quick to point out there was no real "movement" associated to the 2000s, as the 90's had grunge, 80's new wave and hair metal, 70's prog and arena rock, 60's psychedelic and folk, and so on. Agreed, there wasn't a uniform sound for the decade, but it was a time for the blending are re-imagining of everything that has come before. Building upon the roots of decades past proved in turn to reignite and strengthen several fading genres such as shoegaze, progressive, psychedelic, and garage rock back to prominence. Bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Dredg, The Mars Volta, Oceansize, The White Stripes, Muse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, ...Trail of Dead, and Wintersleep emerged to develop incredibly solid catalogs of music, providing the next generation of time-tested classic albums. The decade wasn't entirely for the newcomers however, as bands like Tool, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Dinosaur Jr., and Cave In pushed the envelope further, taking their stellar careers to entirely new plateaus. It would be impossible to include all the unbelievable music that was released these past 10 years (hell, I'm still finding new things I haven't heard daily), but after great deliberation I have decided upon Exploding In Sound's TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE.

With any list of this magnitude there are some disclaimers I'd like to make... there are no band repeats, meaning each artist is used once and only once. While this doesn't literally make it the top 100, it certainly makes it more interesting than including five albums from the same artist. If you see a band on the list, odds are they have several albums that could have been included, I picked my favorite and please feel free to leave your comments agreeing or disagreeing below and at the EIS Facebook page. Trying to pick these albums and place them in order is a daunting task, which I could constantly change around for years to come, so once I had finished, that was it. No more changes, no looking back, just one man's opinion. For any band/album I forgot or overlooked, sincere apologies... EIS still loves you.

And with that I present you with EXPLODING IN SOUND's TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE...

100. Dave Navarro - Trust No One
[BUY]


99. All Parallels - Solitude
[BUY]


98. Chore - The Coastaline Fire
[BUY]


97. The Twilight Singers - Blackberry Belle
[BUY]


96. Orange Goblin - Coup De Grace
[BUY]


95. Les Claypool - Of Whales and Woe
[BUY]


94. Big Business - Here Come the Waterworks
[BUY]


93. Shiner - The Egg
[BUY]


92. Priestess - Hello Master
[BUY]


91. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
[BUY]


90. Downside - Sleep
[BUY]


89. A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
[BUY]


88. Jesu - Conqueror
[BUY]


87. Junius - The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist
[BUY]


86. Cire - Wholesale Buyout
[BUY]


85. The Melvins - Nude With Boots
[BUY]


84. All The Saints - Fire on Corridor X
[BUY]


83. Beck - Guero
[BUY]


82. The Apex Theory - Topsy Turvy
[BUY]


81. Truckfighters - Mania
[BUY]


80. Hopewell - Good Good Desperation
[BUY]


79. Don Vail - Don Vail
[BUY]


78. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
[BUY]


77. Zuu - Everywhere
[BUY]


76. Minus The Bear - Highly Refined Pirates
[BUY]


75. Portugal. The Man - The Satanic Satanist
[BUY]


74. Exeter - Grey Noise, White Lies
[BUY]


73. Magnet School - Tonight!
[BUY]


72. Oysterhead - The Grand Pecking Order
[BUY]


71. Burden Brothers - Mercy
[BUY]


70. Rishloo - Eidolon
[BUY]


69. Death From Above 1979 - You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
[BUY]


68. Clouds - We Are Above You
[BUY]


67. Cage the Elephant - Cage the Elephant
[BUY]


66. Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time
[BUY]


65. Dead Confederate - Wrecking Ball
[BUY]


64. Built to Spill - There is no Enemy
[BUY]


63. Violent Soho - We Don't Belong Here
[BUY]


62. Adrian Belew - Side One
[BUY]


61. Totimoshi - Milagrosa
[BUY]


60. Local H - 12 Angry Months
[BUY]


59. Mark Lanegan - Bubblegum
[BUY]


58. The Black Keys - Rubber Factory
[BUY]


57. Suns of the Tundra - Tunguska
[BUY]


56. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
[BUY]


55. True Widow - True Widow
[BUY]


54. The Sword - Age of Winters
[BUY]


53. The Bronx - III
[BUY]


52. Wolfmother - Wolfmother
[BUY]


51. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
[BUY]


50. Radiohead - In Rainbows
[BUY]


49. King Crimson - The Power to Believe
[BUY]


48. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
[BUY]


47. Revolution Smile - Summer Ever
[BUY]


46. Rival Schools - United By Fate
[BUY]


45. Pet Genius - Pet Genius
[BUY]


44. Baboon - Baboon
[BUY]


43. Muse - Absolution
[BUY]


42. Earthtone9 - Omega
[BUY]


41. Clutch - Pure Rock Fury
[BUY]


40. Goon Moon - Licker's Last Leg
[BUY]


39. Sans Seraph - After The Rain
[BUY]


38. ON - Shifting Skin
[BUY]


37. At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command
[BUY]


36. Team Sleep - Team Sleep
[BUY]


35. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
[BUY]


34. Torche - Meanderthal
[BUY]


33. Fu Manchu - King of the Road
[BUY]


32. Eels - Souljacker
[BUY]


31. The Octave Museum - Stephen Brodsky's Octave Museum
[BUY]


30. Year of the Rabbit - Year of the Rabbit
[BUY]


29. Eagles of Death Metal - Death By Sexy
[BUY]


28. Biffy Clyro - Puzzle
[BUY]


27. Fugazi - The Argument
[BUY]


26. ISIS - Panopticon
[BUY]


25. Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites
[BUY]


24. The Willowz - Talk in Circles
[BUY]


23. Stephen Brodsky - Ole' Sunday
[BUY]


22. Karnivool - Sound Awake
[BUY]


21. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
[BUY]


20. Shun - Michael in Reign
[GOOD LUCK BUYING... Stream Two Tracks.]


19. Porcupine Tree - Warszawa
[BUY]


18. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Howl
[BUY]


17. Glassjaw - Worship & Tribute
[BUY]


16. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
[BUY]


15. Wintersleep - Welcome to the Night Sky
[BUY]


14. Clann Zu - Rua
[BUY]


13. Vex Red - Start With a Strong and Persistent Desire
[BUY]


12. Cave In - Jupiter
[BUY]


11. A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
[BUY]


10. Scott Reeder - Tunnelvision Brilliance
[BUY]


9. Autolux - Future Perfect
[BUY]


8. Toadies - Hell Below/Stars Above
[BUY]


7. Deftones - White Pony
[BUY]


6. ...And You Will Know us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
[BUY]


5. Dredg - El Cielo
[BUY]


4. The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
[BUY]


3. Oceansize - Everyone Into Position
[BUY]


2. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
[BUY]


1. Tool - Lateralus
[BUY]


and there you have it. Here's to another great ten years!
- Dan