Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Omecs - s/t


Catchy psychedelic garage tunes out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The scene continues to grow in that city, and if I didn't know better, I'd think Grand Rapids moved to the California coast. Surf solos and hip-shaking rhythms. Hurry up, grab your girl, and get to the dance floor for this one. The cassette drops in a week on King Pizza Records, but you can stream it below in the meantime.

- Dan


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ak'chamel, The Giver of Illness - My Form Has Been Extinguished (VHS)


Texas experimental psych collective, Ak'chamel, The Give of Illness, are back with an ambitious and exciting new release. It's a 60 minute original film on VHS that they describe as a "visual/audio document following a faceless shaman who becomes engaged in a cosmic quest to incarnate the primordial spirits of destruction and chaos present in the universe from the beginning of time.", but it could be better described as an absolute mind-melt that you need to see immediately. Check out the excerpt below, and pick up a copy, limited to only 50, over at Lighten Up Sounds.

- Dan


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heaven's Gateway Drugs - Apropos


Heaven's Gateway Drugs have a new album dropping in a few days, and it's been getting some heavy rotation over here. If you dig The Kinks, Zombies, Byrds, BJM. or Black Mountain, you'll be giving this one plenty of play as well. Stream three of the tracks now and preorder a copy over at bandcamp to be entered to win a pretty sweet t-shirt. Get on it.

- Dan

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

VIDEO: The Janitors - Here They Come


Ominous vibes out of Stockholm, Sweden. Over the last few years, The Janitors have established themselves as one of the headiest psych acts around, and the pairing of their new single and video certainly increases their potency. You can stream the rest of their newest 12" EP and pick up a copy (limited to 500) over at the Bad Afro Records bandcamp.

- Dan

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