Obscure Sound: Best of August 2008


As you can clearly see, August’s compilation appears to be a bit condensed when compared to the previous months. I said earlier that the transition to college has made the site’s content a bit more sporadic than usual and that remains the case, though it has come to a point where I have finally familiarized myself with my schedule and way of life. That being said, I have enjoyed it immensely thus far and look forward to treating both readers and myself to several exciting new opportunities that are already definitively on the horizon. Starting this month, updates should resume normally with new features (more interviews, live reviews, etc.) that should add to the site’s content in supplemental form. The month of August featured about 3 or 4 less artists than I would have liked to due to time constraints, but it certainly coincides with the ideology of “quantity over quality”, as the 11 artists presented here are certainly worth the time. I hope you enjoy this month and can look forward to the weeks, months, and year ahead.

01. Department of Eagles – No One Does It Like You (post)
02. Ra Ra Riot – Dying is Fine (post)
03. Arms – Kids Aflame (post)
04. Firekites – Autumn Story (post)
05. Loquat – Sit Sideways (post)
06. The Tunics – Paris, France (post)
07. Black Gold – Detroit (post)
08. The Hush Sound – Honey (post)
09. Acorn Project – Crystal Myth (post)
10. The New Up – Broken Machine (post)
11. Alt-Ctrl-Sleep – Take Care (post)


Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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  1. I think you meant “quality over quantity” but no worries. Where are you from in Jersey? I lived there my whole life, went to college in RI and moved down to Texas a month ago. I never thought I’d say it, but I miss Jersey. Sounds like you’re having a good time at college though. You’re in D.C. right?

  2. Thanks for another great list! I have to say, your blog is great. I’m not a music expert–in fact, far from it. But I do adore music in all forms and genres, and I appreciate having a user-friendly blog to get latest updates from. Part of what makes your blog so great is you aren’t pretentious about your knowledge, and you put up what is truly good. I have a certain friend that feels the need to like whatever pops up in the most prevelant indie magazines (such as girl talk) that really just isn’t great. I’m glad to have something like this to weed through all the hype.

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