Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mindflayer - Die & Mold Services

I bought this one on vinyl back when it was released, but I've never bothered downloading it until a few days ago. I'd hope most readers are already aware of Mindflayer, but if you aren't it's the drummer of Lightning Bolt and a dude from Forcefield, and it's one of the best things to come out of Fort Thunder. Although I'm sure this would be considered blasphemy to many Lightning Bolt fans, I think that when Mindflayer is on their game, they are the superior duo (oh no he didn't!), and there are plenty of moments on this LP that help plead my case. Each side is its own track, each around 18mins. Track 2 is more incessantly amazing than the first, but both contain plenty of "holy shit" moments. About 8 minutes into track 2 is one of my favorite things ever created.

- Dan

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mayyors - Megan's LOLZ + Marines Dot Com LP

Here's a pair of 7''s from a band that likes to go about things the old-fashioned way (and like Wavves, enjoy unnecessary doubling of letters). I say old-fashioned because these guys don't exist on the internet. No Myspace or website in general. Only brief descriptions from labels, and live show reviews. They're from California, and have been quickly gaining notoriety due to their incredibly loud and abrasive shows. They sound a little like a mixture of Coachwhips and Brainbombs, except much louder and recorded in the highest of lo-fi. Both 7''s are solid, but Megan's LOLZ is incredibly solid, and may very well destroy my laptop speakers. There are lyrics buried underneath the frenzy, but they're obviously irrelevant, and any band that claims ear plugs are a necessity for their live shows has my attention.

- Dan

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008



Gay Beast is a guitar/synth/drum trio from Minneapolis, and you can hear about 20,000 influences and similarities in their sound. Their frenetic drumming, broken rhythms, and squealing guitars will bring acts like Hella, AIDS Wolf, HEALTH, Erase Errata, USAISAMONSTER, or every band that associates itself with the "no-wave" scene to mind. The strangely dancey and nintendoish track "Multi Purpose" is pleasing these ears at the moment.

- Dan


Monday, October 27, 2008

The Fucking Am - Gold

The Fucking Am is a collaborative effort from (you guessed it) The Fucking Champs and Trans Am. As difficult as it can be to take either band seriously, I can't help but admire them and respect the fact that they both have the ability to turn cheesy, and at times ridiculous music into something completely worthwhile. Absurd dueling guitar solos and vocoder abound, but in the end it all works. When I listen to Gold I find myself having to resist the urge to buy a pickup truck and drive around running over small animals/children while throwing the rock horns.

Side note: I just realized that this is my third post in a row with "fuck" in the title. Weird.

- Steve

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Thee Oh Sees/The Intelligence - Split EP

Finally came across this one on soulseek. A 12'' at 45rpm limited to 500 copies. If you're willing to pay $17 for a 12'', I'd get this quick because copies are going fast. I know there are still some available at Forced Exposure. Five tracks total. The two Oh Sees tracks are awesome, and the Intelligence track "Witchworld" is as well.

- Dan

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Wavves - s/t

I came across this guy a few times on various blogs, but never downloaded it until a few days ago, and I've been digging it. Wavves is one man from San Diego, and his self-described "beach punk" is certainly fitting. This release is only on cassette tape at the moment, but an LP and CD are coming soon enough. The self-titled album's self-titled track will be stuck in my head for weeks. If Brian Wilson was a skateboarding hooligan, and was influenced by the music of his former self, this is what his new sound would be.

- Dan

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Friday, October 17, 2008

The Fucking Ocean - Le Main Rogue

The Fucking Ocean make disjointed but groove heavy post-punk cut from the same cloth as bands like Black Eyes, and to some extent, Deerhoof. Hyper aggressive music with fun sing-a-long choruses and some very interesting song structures. A welcome alternative to the paint-by-numbers indie rock that bands have been churning out for the past couple of years. I'm not sure if these guys (and a girl too, I think) broke up or what, but as far as I know this 2006 record was their last release. It's too bad, I'd love to hear this band continue to move forward and develop their sound.

- Steve

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Broadcast - Tender Buttons


Solid record. Still the 60s pop approach but a more modern sound overall. Synthy drum machine goodness.

- Dan

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Broadcast - The Future Crayon

I apologize for my brief disappearance. My hard drive took a dump, and I lost every single one of my files. I bought this album on vinyl back when it came out, and while I was without a computer I was thoroughly enjoying it. Even though this album is comprised of various b-sides, I had forgotten just how well it works as an actual album, and now that my laptop is now working like a charm, this was one of my first downloads (and found there to only be one active link online). Anyways, the last half of the album is mostly instrumental, and mostly amazing. Although Haha Sound is likely to forever be my favorite release by them, this is certainly number two.

- Dan

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends

(LINK FIXED 10/21/08)

I'm a big fan of Black Moth Super Rainbow and their ethereal electronic psychedelic rock, so I was completely floored when I finally came across the new solo album from BMSR mastermind Tobacco. Fucked Up Friends shares many of the same characteristics as Black Moth, but takes the music in an entirely different direction. Tobacco trades in his acid blotter for ecstasy and throws dirty bass lines and waling synth over danceable drum beats. There's a bunch of fake copies of this floating around on the internet that have been circulating since mid-August. Rest assured this is a legit rip of the REAL album.

- Steve

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Friday, October 3, 2008

The Jesus & Mary Chain - The Power of Negative Thinking

Since reforming The Jesus & Mary Chain, the Reid brothers have made very few missteps (aside from letting Scarlett Johansson sing backup, but I'll let that slide). Instead of just making bank on a new record they've instead opted to take it slow, play some shows, and give their fans this awesome box set of B-sides and rarities. While I wouldn't recommend this to casual fans thanks to a massive, and at times inconsistent tracklist, any hardcore fan would be a complete moron if they didn't download this thing ASAP and reserve a real copy before it drops in mid November.

- Steve

Download The Power of Negative Thinking Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3

Disc 4