As if the band name, album title, and record cover alone wasn't enough to get you to instantly click play below, I can assure you that this is some absolutely killer psych/kraut/shoegaze jams out of Philly. 100 cassettes pressed, and I'm way behind in getting this one up, so grab it asap over at Dirty Pillows.
Chicago's Basic Cable features ex members of Loose Dudes and Heavy Times as well as current members of Runners. I'm Good to Drive is a quick blast of apathetic, working class punk rock with a biting sense of humor in the spirit of The Jesus Lizard and Pissed Jeans. You can stream Basic Cable's first single "Blonde Ambition" below. Keep an eye out for a limited vinyl album release on Permanent Records in the near future.
New cassette from Treasure Hunt out on Moon Glyph. Free-flowing psychedelic pop collage goodness. If you've ever played around with hallucinogens, this record plays out much like a psychedelic experience, with moments of absolute euphoria and complete paranoia. Stream it below and pick up copy heeeeere.
Half Goon are UGLY. Sludgy post-punk from deep within the bowels of Santa Ana, California. For fans of Pissed Jeans. Pay what you want via bandcamp and keep an eye on their facebook for updates on the upcoming cassette release.
Toronto lo-fi garage tunes with a smidgen of the horror vibe. Track #5 currently on repeat. All three of their releases are free to download, including their self-titled debut from 2010 recorded by Steve Albini.
My blog-laziness has hit new lows over the last few months, and our inbox is officially overflowing. After deleting countless emails based on subject line alone, this was the first submission I decided to open, and it's definitely not what I expected to hear. The Don Darlings are a spirit-plunging "Dark Americana" band from Sweden with a s/t record coming in November on Alleycat Records. Worth checking out.
Swirling, overdriven, psychedelic ear candy out of Kansas City filled with excellent bassline riffs, Hendrix-style wah, and the occasional Acid Mothers Temple-sized reverb. Thanks to Brad for bringing this one to my attention.
Wild Decade (formerly Bad Bibles) are the independent music world's premiere transcontinental post punk band. Musically, the group juggles an angular dissonance reminiscent of Pacific Northwest greats Unwound with a keen sense of melody. Very few bands outside of the Pixies can strike a convincing balance between menacing aggression and traditional pop songs. Wild Decade manages to pull it off effortlessly for most of Conductor. The album is currently streaming on Bandcamp and Spotify for free and can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes.
Japanese psychedelic acid-folks, Kikagaku Moyo (English: Geometric Shapes), hit the road with Dreamtime for a quick tour of the East Coast of Australia beginning tomorrow night. If you're anywhere on the entire goddamn continent, you better hit up a show or two. Check the dates and stream their debut EP below.
"Have You Been to Mars" is a brand new stop motion music video for Cape Town garage rockers, The Future Primitives. The video is impressive-- even more so after reading the creator did everything using Windows Movie Maker. If you dig this track, head over to The Future Primitive's Bandcamp page for a free download of their latest album Songs We Taught Ourselves. The record is also available on vinyl courtesy of Casbah Records
Last week I received a package forwarded from my old address, and inside was a mixtape from the guys in Parquet Courts. I'm guessing this is the same tape being sent out to fans who pre-order the band's new EP Tally All the Things That You Broke. It's rare these days that a band offers up something like this to their fans, and even more rare that they include a phone number to call. So go ahead and rock out then call up the band and tell them how fucking rad they are. I didn't need another reason to love Parquet Courts but now I just want to give them a big hug. As always, if you dig what you hear make sure you do some googling, buy some records and support the bands.
Killer new homemade video from Dusty Mush. "Space Cat" can be found on their split cassette with The Future Primitives on Cheap Miami. Stream it below and pick up one of the 16 remaining copies for $5 via bandcamp.
Split cassette from two excellent Canadian psych acts. Walrus (Halifax) with their rolling guitar twang and deliberate pace occupy side a, while Psyche Tongues (Toronto) with their energetic fuzz-riddled pop sensibility take up the b-side. Cassette out on Poncho Records, and name your price download over at bandcamp.
If you haven't figured it out yet, Ongakubaka loves Lasso. "Tangolassi" is the band's latest single and can be found on the recently released Double Phelix Records compilation, The Call of Double Phelix and the upcoming Lasso LP, Golden Lasso which drops at the end of September. Enjoy.
Electric Citizen's debut release is coming next month in the form of a limited edition EP on 2x7" via The Crossing, with a cassette version coming soon from Breathe Plastic. One 7" features the 2 tracks from their demo I posted a few months back, with the other 7" containing two brand new tracks, all of which can be streamed below. If you're into Sabbath riffs, killer solos, and bellowing female vocals, I suggest pre-ordering a copy and catching them on their mini-tour with Heaven's Gateway Drugs and Haunted leather, which kicks off tonight in Fort Wayne, IN.
WED Aug. 7th - Fort Wayne, IN - The Brass Rail w/ Heaven's Gateway Drugs and Looking For Astronauts.
THUR Aug. 8th - Grand Rapids, MI - Mulligan's Pub w/ Haunted Leather and Heaven's Gateway Drugs.
FRI Aug. 9th - Milwaukee, WI - Frank's Power Plant w/ Haunted Leather and Heaven's Gateway Drugs and Energy Gown.
SAT Aug. 10th - Milwaukee Psych Fest and Counter Culture Club present: Sunny Daze Musik Mass II !!!
Thee Hugs are a rowdy drunken trio out of Brisbane that produces their own brand of grimy surf punk. Pick up a 40oz of the shittiest malt liquor you can find, put this one on full blast, and drink yourself into a toilet-hugging drunken stupor. 12" is out now on Queensland-based label Long Gone Records.
I just finished a cross country move to Milwaukee and have spent every waking moment unpacking, drinking, and pissing off my neighbors by blasting Over, Again at peak volume. I fell in love with Wild Moth'sMourning Glow EP last year, and I had lofty expectations for their debut LP. Good sweet lord did these guys ever deliver. Wild Moth is a post-punk band in an era where "post punk" is so broadly defined the term has become essentially meaningless. Over, Again gives the sub-genre context and life again. It's the perfect fusion of raw energy and nuanced beauty. Over, Again is the sound of a bunch of punk rockers deciding to grow up and move forward instead of stagnating or quitting. This is the same concept that gave us Mission of Burma, Fugazi, Wire, and dozens of other great bands. If you're looking for an early contender for album of the year, this is it.
Check out Wild Moth on their current west coast tour and stream Over, Again below: