Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thee Oh Sees - Tidal Wave 7"

Thee Oh Sees continue their dominance of my playlist. Side A definitely outshines the B, but both tracks are expectedly enjoyable. They're the go-to band on a warm summer day. This 7" is courtesy of Woodsist. Get one.

- Dan

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Amen Dunes - Dia

(Link Fixed 08/26/2009)

I'm not sure if I've ever heard an album that gets so increasingly good the deeper you get into the record. The first half of the record is reverb-drenched melting psychedelia, and after your brain is turned into complete mush, he breaks into some incredible acoustic gems that will have you convinced this is some long lost record from the late 60's. Apparently when this guy locks himself in a cabin with a sole intention of creating an album he becomes a small god. Currently he's living in a small apartment in Beijing overlooking the Temple of Earth and watches old men fly kites and sing opera on a daily basis. I'd imagine this could only lead to another amazing record. One of my favorite records so far this year.

- Dan

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Black Orphan - Circuits 7" + Video Kids 7"


No-fi electro-punk from the bowels of Michigan. This reminds me a bit of Wavves at times, however the distinct baritone vocals of Black Orphan make a direct comparison difficult. I'd love to tell you more about the band, but their catalog is rather limited and they rarely play out. There seems to be a lot of mystique surrounding this band. People around here talk about these guys like they're gods or serial killers or something. Either way, these are both solid little records.

- Steve

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Wildcatting - How to Survive a Sneak Attack

Very solid rock-the-fuckage-outage out of Michigan. Heavy bass, two riffing guitars, and driving rhythms. The guitars alternate between delivering late 60s/early 70s MC5ish riffs to refined interludes that progressively increase your anticipation for the next explosion. Not quite as straightforward as OXES and not as calculated as Don Cab. It's just the right amount of instrumental testicle-rock to satisfy your musical aggressions. I haven't had too much time with this record, but I'm looking forward to more listens.

- Dan

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Crawling Through Her Ghosts - Sleeping Soundly Below Zero

Sleeping Soundly Below Zero is the debut solo outing from Matt Massuch, former guitar player/whiskey drinker/heartthrob of Kalamazoo shoegazers Crash City Saints. While Crash City Saints relied on an ear drum shattering sonic wall approach to songwriting, Crawling Through Her Ghosts explores a far more subtle and nuanced side of the post-rock/shoegaze realm. Sleeping Soundly Below Zero plays like a love letter of sorts to past likeminded bands. Don't expect to play air guitar and throw the rock horns up while listening to this album. Most of the tracks build slowly and intricately and cut out just before they wear out their welcome. In a sense, this is the perfect ambient rock record for people with short attention spans. Not great for partying, but damn near flawless for your morning after. Download and enjoy.

- Steve

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Floating Action - s/t

(LINK REMOVED 05/17/2009)

The internet is a cruel, cold hearted mistress. I thought I had snagged a copy of Animal Collective's new vinyl only live compilation, but it turned out to be a fake. If you're one of the 1000 lucky dorks with an MA in comparative literature and 90 spare bones to drop on a single record that sold out in minutes (thanks pitchfork), do the world a favor and rip that shit to your computer ASAP. Share the wealth friends. While I don't have the most sought after album of 2009 to offer up to you, I do have this Floating Action album which is pretty damn good in its own right. This album just screams to be played on a beautiful summer day. Hints of motown and 60's bubblegum pop dipped in a healthy bath of reverb. You know the drill. Turn this one up and dance around your house in a bathing suit.

- Steve

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Go - Tracking the Trail of the Haunted Beat

I unsuccessfully scoured the internet for months when this was released last year, and randomly came across it yesterday when I wasn't really looking for it. Go figure. Apparently The Go were feeling guilty for 2007's extremely polished and pretty much flawless Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride, and felt it necessary to release an album in 2008 comprised of demos and alternate/original versions of certain tracks. The first of the two LP set is supposedly the original version of the album. Overall I would say it's more enjoyable instrumentally, with some great guitar work, but some of the harmonies are less satisfying and even awkward at times. There's 3 great tracks that were cut from the final version of the album that I've been really loving, and the original version of "Caroline" entitled "Our Love's Alive" has a preferable chorus. The second of the two LP set is made up of acoustic tracks and demos. Some previously unreleased, and some eventually evolved into tracks found on Howl. To be honest, when I'm in the mood for some The Go action, which is fairly often, I'll probably rely on this release more so than the final version. The acoustic tracks are great, and alternate versions and demos are equally enjoyable as the more polished versions. Anyways, because of the length of this review, it's clear I love this band way too much.

- Dan

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nerve City - Hell

A one man lo-fi noise-pop-making-machine out of Richmond, VA. His Catholic School demo has been receiving quite a bit of buzz across blogs like this one, and, after downloading this, I suggest tracking down a link for that as well. This one is a quick listen and will have you craving more. If you enjoy the Sore Eros or Gary War albums I've posted, you'll sploodge on this one too. I have a feeling you're going to be hearing a lot more good music coming out of Richmond, Va in the future.

- Dan

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Monoshock - Walk to the Fire

Unfortunately this band out of San Fransisco called it quits in the mid 90's, but they were creating swirling psych rock/punk jams before (and are a likely influence of) Comets on Fire. This double LP was released in '96 and is an absolute mind-melt. It's a little overwhelming at first, but if you dig the first Comets on Fire album, you're guaranteed to love this.

- Dan

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Psychic Paramount - Origins and Primitives 1 + 2


Not exactly a follow-up to 2005's Gamelan Into The Mink Supernatural, this two disc set documents the group's earliest recordings prior to their aforementioned debut. The songs here reveal a completely different side of The Psychic Paramount, and are a far cry from the feedback laden psychedelic freak outs fans may have grown accustomed to hearing from them. In their early days, it seems the band was dead set on creating the soundtrack for a bad trip. These songs often straddle the line between horror film soundtrack and "holy fuck what am I listening to this is frightening." Good stuff nonetheless. Feed your friends drugs without their knowledge and bum them out with this album.

- Steve

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Primary Colours

Apparently Australia has been kicking out the jams lately. You might have already come across a few links on a few blogs for this one, but it's not certified fresh until you see it here, am I right? Carefree 1960's-influenced post-punk that gets better with every listen. The Stooges/The Troggs/The Birthday Party/Wire. There's a little bit of everything there. Makes me want to drink some beers and harass my neighbors. Real Talk.

- Dan

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Monday, May 4, 2009

The Minders - Hooray for Tuesday

It's crazy to think it's been about 7 years since I've listened to this one. I had a very brief love affair with this album after I had found out about the Elephant Six Recording Company, and it's safe to say this is the most polished release from the band. It's similar to the Lilys record I posted a while ago. An extremely tight (on the verge of OCD) and charming Britpop throwback record. The warmer weather is responsible for my resurrecting of this.

- Dan

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