i guess ill start out with some reviews. this is on first listen, so ill probably add, and edit my opinion as i listen again.
monotone max and his long band name: wow... space music. i didnt think anyone could write a song with less changes than me, but you prove me wrong. i do like it, but i don't really get why it would be called "future on the road" or how it was inspired by this title. i would have called this song "interplanitary zipline" or something. i liked the listen though.
rycehat: nice, a time travel song. i had to restart at the doc brown line to figure out if it actually was about back to the future, but i dont think so. i like the groovy,playful, almost TMBG style lyrics and guitar progression. i would have liked some drums, especially during the solo. it still sounds fine with out them, just a personal preference.
unexpected bowtie: very pretty arrangement, but kind of boring. maybe boring is the wrong word, but there was no energy and it made it seem very sleepy. i didnt like the voice off the bat, the words and melody are good, but the voice is kind of reminiscent of neil young, whos voice grinds my brain. obviously this is not something that can really be helped, and is totally subjective on my part. i feel that there should be a third different part at the end, so rather than verse-chorus-verse-chorus there is something that breaks up the pattern.
Berkeley social scene: is that an ebow at the beginning? there are a few spots where it doesnt feel like everyone is quite togeather, but not that bad, r numerous. i believe you used two singers in this song... i really like the guys voice who sings "got you wrapped up in my jacket now"... really smooth. i like the almost southern rock break down towards the end, however, i might rethink the vocals over that. i really dug this song as a whole, maybe a little long, but enjoyable.
the noodle minions: i dont even really know what to say. the acoustic riffs at the beginning were super awesome, and then it went into craziness, pulled back out of craziness for long enough for me to realize what the hell was going on... BLAM! techno in your face out of nowhere. i am now confused about everything except for who is apparently driving... you. in terms of musical/noise experimentation, and songs that may not be entirely "music" as i see it, this was the best i have heard in my short time at songfight... but i still dont know if i am going to vote for it.
the hate noise: omfg, this is hilarious. i dont know if everyone can appreciate this fully, but its pretty frickin brilliant. truckers are a strange folk, and deserve to have their tales of plight, and homosexual rendezvous told to the world. here in Va there was a big bust a few years ago of a huge man on man truck stop orgy. according to the press this reststop was a notorious meeting spot for all sorts of depraved people to do all sorts of activities. anyways, good song not to be taken too seriously. vote
manhattan glutton: damn your distortion sounds good. i like the helmet-esque riffs, and that you are able to sing heavy without screaming/growling/doing that stupid james hetfield voice so many people do. the only criticism i have is that if possible it sounds really light. like your gently flicking the pick across the strings, and the drummer tip-tip-tapping the drums. it is hard to get the emotion that you are able to get live, sounding perfect enough to go on record, and this may be the problem. either way, it feels like it is missing the emotion that is supposed to be there. vote anyways cause that distortion is uber beefy.
todd mchatton: cool guitar part, feels familiar somehow. i like the vocal harmonies, very tight. the only part i dont like is the slow part at the end, feels a little out of place in a fun song like this.
flvxxvm florvm: the blues. actually my first thought for this title as well. i like it, almost doors-ian (i made that up) in singing style and tempo. simple, to the point, tight, in key, but not super exciting.
the semolina pilchards: i like your drummer off the bat, the little tom fills at the beginning were slick. i like the music, but not the vocals so much. that solo is really cool though. wow. even though i think your voice sounds like trey anastasio with a cold, you get a vote because the music is really really really awesome.
Architects of desire: of all the songs this week this one sounds the most like a song that could be played in a movie behind a "driving through the desert" montage. i see two lovers racing through the salt flats, in a big body convertible with the wind blowing unkept hair wildly, racing away from parents/authority towards their dreams. you win.
bbabm&jmsp: my songs, the effects on my voice in the bad boys song are really heavy. the night before i had smoked like a whole pack of cigarettes and my voice was pretty shot, i though that the distortion and flanger mad it sound better, but that may have been a mistake. the words are a little boring, but i really like the chorus to this song. the jmsp song i like a lot better, even though it is really short. that one is about a clinically insane girlfriend i had, and i didnt feel that anything more really needed to be said. hope that they were at least a little enjoyable.