Marked Melody

April 7, 2009

Georgie James – Need Your Needs Video

Filed under: Alternative — Alisa Hathaway @ 6:21 am

Consider this more of a recommendation than a review. If you’ve ever been a fan of Mates of State, you should definitely check out Georgie James. Surprisingly enough, the folky-alt pop ensemble rose out of the ashes of one of my personal old favorites, Q and Not U, who disassembled in 2005. John David, the drummer from Q, now lends his talent to these charming tracks.



April 5, 2009

Ace Enders & A Million Different People – When I Hit the Ground

Filed under: Pop rock — Alisa Hathaway @ 8:48 pm


Hello music enthusiasts.

This next review has a very personal inclination for me. As a longtime fan of the now-defunct band The Early November, I’ve been waiting and anticipating Ace Enders first full-length solo release for quite some time. So expect this review to be a bit more analytical and critical than the others. You can also expect it to be much more comprehensive!


March 25, 2009

Young Love – Too Young to Fight It

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alisa Hathaway @ 4:23 pm



The next band you add to your iPod needs to be Young Love, the New York-based dance/electronica act headed by Dan Keyes. Keyes is originally from the post-punk band Recover, who achieved local fame in Austin, Texas. Once they dispanded, he moved to NYC and struck out on his own circa 2005. The result is club-friendly pop music – but better.

Young Love’s first release was the EP Discotech, followed by the first full-length album, Too Young to Fight It.  The album kicks off with an incredibly danceable track – “Discotech” – and continues on with catchy songs that cover the emotional highs and lows of young love. The band’s name is not just a title, but the theme and feeling Keyes imbues in each song. The title track, “Too Young to Fight It,” is a perfect example of where pop music is going – with hints of ethnic music, punk ideology, and a club mentality. Think Cobra Starship with a better emotional response. Still, Young Love isn’t afraid to go to a more serious place, as Keyes does with the song “Trajedy.”

Sounds Like:  Metro Station, watered down Head Automatica (Decadance, not Popaganda.)

The second full-length album, One of Us, is available to order on  April 28th.

You can learn more, buy the album, and watch videos at the official site on Island Records, here:

You can also get the lyrics for “Too Young…” here:

Happy listening!

March 6, 2009

The Dodos – Visiter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alisa Hathaway @ 4:20 pm


Welcome to the first official post of Marked Melody, your music news source.

First up, we have San Francisco-based duo The Dodos. They joined up in 2006, after Meric Long released the solo EP Dodobird. Long had previously studied West African ewe drumming, and chose to incorporate that as the guiding force in most of the music. Not long after that release, he met up with Logan Kroeber who was also focusing on drum-driven songs in the metal genre. Together, they created The Dodos, and so far have released two albums together. The first full-length was called Beware of the Maniacs, and their most recent work is Visiter.

You can preview the whole CD and buy it off of Amazon here:

Having listening to Visiter in full, I definitely recommend it to anyone with a taste for rock or indie music. The songs delve into the folk genre and some experimental sounds, but for the most part these two pull off contemplative indie that never takes itself too seriously.

Here are the lyrics to the opening track, “Walking”:

You can fight the fire that's in your head
Lay it down, the hour has come to end
Walk around without her just for a bit
Looking back upon the way things had been
Man, I've been wasting so much time
Walking the same street every night
Don't you think maybe it's about time?
You can light the fire that's in your head
Put it off, tomorrow will come instead
We don't watch the tower that tells us when
Pull the wicked flower out from its bed
Man's been wasting so much time
Sending the children out to fight
Don't you think maybe it's about time?
Listen up if you like: Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective

Head here for more info:

Or here:

Meric Long’s solo EP “Dodo Bird” is available from

Happy listening,


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