Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dreamtime - Serpents Tongue


Serpents Tongue is the latest single from Australian psychedelic rock titans (and Ongakubaka favorites), Dreamtime. If you dig the riff heavy psyche rock of groups like Black Mountain and are looking for something a little more experimental and out there, you'll love this band. Serpents Tongue is available for streaming on Dreamtime's Bandcamp page, and you can snag a download code, which includes the single and a pair of awesome live improv tracks, by purchasing some merch. Give Dreamtime all of your money so we can bring them back to the states again on their next tour.

- Steve 



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

VIDEO: Ancient River - Dead Friend


New track and road trippin' video from Gainesville, FL zoners, Ancient River. These dudes are always kicking out the jams both on the road and in the studio. Be sure to catch them at one of the dates listed below. Their previously unreleased first album, Before Dawn, will be available as a tour-only cassette for the rest of their trek around the US. Preview it over at bandcamp.

- Dan

9/18 Salt Lake City, UT :: Diabolical Records 
9/20 BOISE, IDAHO :: The Crux  
9/25 Seattle, WA :: The Josephine 
9/26 Portland, OR :: Hanesha Lounge 
9/27 Eugene, OR :: Black Forest 
9/30 Sacramento, CA :: Witch Room October 2014 
10/1 San Francisco, CA :: SF Desert Stars Festival Pre-Party Elbo Room 
10/2 Santa Cruz, CA :: Henflings Tavern 
10/5 Los Angeles, CA :: TBC 
10/6 San Diego, CA :: Merrow 
10/7 Long Beach, CA :: The Prospector 
10/8 Phoenix, AZ :: The Lost Leaf 
10/10 Albuquerque, NM :: Burt's Tiki Lounge 
10/11 El Paso, TX :: Monarch 
10/13 Fort Worth Texas :: Lola's 
10/14 Houston, TX :: Mangos 
10/15 Austin, TX :: Hotel Vegas 
10/17 Little Rock, AR :: Vinos 
10/18 Tulsa, OK Soundpony Lounge 
10/19 Oklahoma City, OK :: The Conservatory 
10/21 Birmingham, GA :: The Bottletree 
10/22 Atlanta, GA :: CLUB 529 
10/24 Savannah, GA :: The Wormhole 
10/25 Fort Lauderdale, FL :: Poorhouse

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Divine Intervention Now - Mirth Control


Got a pretty incredible surprise in the mail the other day from Philly duo, Divine Intervention Now (see image below). To all of you collectors out there, I'm sure the actual contents of the SD card hidden within a micro pink bible are pretty much irrelevant, but I can promise you the 6 track EP inside is well worth a listen. Acoustic guitar and Philip Mahoney's monophonic vocals lead the way on the record, but there's an excellent variety of instrumentation within. Their "manic-depressive" doomfolk is unlike anything else you've heard, and their knack for creating memorable releases (check out the "USBug Drive" release from a few years back) will always have me looking forward to their next great idea. I beg of you, support this band. Stream it below, and head over to bandcamp to grab a copy of your own for only $10.

- Dan




Saturday, September 6, 2014

Coffee Saucers - Keys


Loud and proud fuzzy French Coachwhips-esque garage tunes (much like that Dragster band I posted a few months back). Clocking in at just over 3 total minutes, this 3 track "EP" isn't nearly enough. Luckily, we'll get to hear another minute or two I'm sure on their upcoming split 7" on Désobéissance Records.

- Dan


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Gumbo Ya-Ya's - Superstitious Kisses


Cape Town, South African free-spirited garage punk tunes with a little bit of rockabilly blues leanings. Grab the name-your-price download for now, and stay tuned to their Facebook for updates on the physical releases, which are coming soon on the newly formed French label, Dirty Slice Records (cassette), and Angry Africa Records (vinyl). Check the killer video below for "On My Mind" by the always reliable The Attic Video.

- Dan



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Different Skeletons - Devils


Toronto garage twangers, Different Skeletons, are back with a brand new full-length record. This cassette, limited to 200 copies, sees the band continuing in the direction heard on their 2012 release, Without Country, with some cleaner production, a more traditional pop sensibility, and hooks aplenty. Stream it below and head over to bandcamp for a name-your-price download. 

- Dan

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Joel Gion - Apple Bonkers


The debut solo record from Brian Jonestown Massacre's tambourine and sideburn extraordinaire has officially dropped in the US/UK. 10 tracks of playful 60s psychedelic pop bliss. Stream the whole thing below and pick up copy through Reverberation Appreciation Society/The Committee to Keep Music Evil/Burger Records.

- Dan

Friday, August 15, 2014

Augenwasser - Fireworks

 Hazy lo-fi/folk/psych tunes out of Switzerland. The cassette tape hiss, the melancholy vocals, and the seemingly off-the-cuff guitar lines give the album the intimate feel you always hope to run into with solo bedroom-recorded releases. I'm especially enjoying "Liquid Ecstasy", "New Seas", & "Dreams Forever". A run of 50 tapes are available through Hot Dogma Records. Shoot an email to hotdogmarecords@gmail.com to grab a copy.

- Dan


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leather Slave - S/T



Leather Slave's self-titled debut came with a nice press kit that mentioned, among other things, how they sound like Brainbombs. I guess that's a decent starting point-- they certainly have that "shit did I just blow a speaker... oh it's supposed to sound like that" quality to them. For lack of a better term, Leather Slave adds a little more traditional rock n' structure to the mix so what we're left with is a band seemingly dedicated to mimicking the sound of animals being mutilated by power tools set to a catchy 4/4 beat. The lyrics and vocals really put things over the top though. Instead of singing, Leather Slave favors calmly telling you about how they're going to kill you and wear your skin. It's a great contrast, and really drives home just how unsettling this band can be. This band embodies everything raw and primal about rock music. Crank this shit up and scare your parents.

Leather Slave's album is out on Permanent Records on September 2nd, and limited to 300 copies (100 of those are only available at Permanent records in LA/Chicago)

- Steve




Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bicycle Day - I Had A Place To Be


Excellent debut full-length from Oakland-based trio, Bicycle Day. Textbook Cali garage/psych w/ surf guitar riffs and slapbacked vocals. For fans of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, obviously. Keep an eye on their Facebook for updates on a physical release. 

- Dan