Failed to get this one up before X-mas. If you've got any Christmas spirit remaining, check out this 6 track EP of lo-fi garage pop yuletide shenanigans. Stay tuned for our Top 10 Albums of the Year list in a few days.
New full-length from the Kalamazoo, MI country-psych-folkers.Even with a higher-fi and fuller sound, Lasso are still able to take you away to a barren land and leave you for dead. A mix of tunes for the saloon and tunes for your thirsting and hopeless crawl toward a distant mirage. Released on CD/cassette by Double Phelix, and available through bandcamp.
Croatian lo-fi psychedelia. Mostly acoustic Nick Drake-ish tracks with the occasional hazy mind-bending burner in between (see "Naronca" below). Vocals are in a dialect only spoken within their small town. They've got 2 more free releases that can be found over at OSA Media.
Boston Hassle is a compilation of some of underground music coming out of Boston in 2011. This is released exclusively on a 3" wearable button music playing format called Playbutton. Just plug in your headphones and press play. There's a huge variety of bands, with folk, garage, lo-fi, synthpop, post-punk, avant-garde all being represented. You're bound to find something you like on here. All 13 tracks are exclusive to this compilation.
Scuzzy psych garage punk from New Orleans. This 4 track EP is the only thing posted on their bandcamp, but they've just released a new 7" on Windian Records with a cassette version through Dirty Pillows Records that you're definitely going to want to purchase after hearing this EP.
Originally named Obligatory Niggers, these Warsaw, Poland cripples (now relocated to London) dish out care-free punk tunes on garage/surf platter. Great stuff. This debut 8 track EP is soon to be released on cassette by the newly formed Polish label Bad Indian Recordings, so keep an eye out on their bandcamp.
New cassette from the Philly bass/drum punk/noise duo. Contains 4 new tracks and 4 fresh recordings of the tracks from their Threats EP. High energy crunching bass and crashing symbols will get your inner ear hair cells standing at attention. You won't be able to resist turning this one up loud as fuck. $5 postpaid over @ bandcamp.
According to their aptly tagged bandcamp page, Plant Magic Man is an americana, folktronica, hypnagogic pop project from Los Angeles. This 3 track EP is from late last year, but they've released a total of 6 EPs over the last 3 years (all free downloads on bandcamp), and Ill at Ease, a great debut full-length cassette that is not free to share, but is well worth the purchase. Check it all out here.
Dan recently forwarded me a ton of backlogged submissions that we've been getting, and Shape Breaker stuck out like a sore thumb. Maybe it was the MBV trollin' artwork, or maybe it was because everything else he sent me sounded like Gin Blossoms covering Camper Van Beethoven. Either way, I've been listening to No Fun a lot lately. The record is far from perfect-- these guys do seem to get lost in their own lo-fi aesthetic from time to time. Still, Shape Breaker's noisy punk rock works more often than not, and they even pepper in some keyboards from time to time to spice things up. I think there's a ton of potential here and I look forward to hearing more from them.
Lakookala is the drum-heavy avant-garde solo effort of Nicole Ranalli of Hollywood, California. This 5 track debut EP is a primal take on the singer/songwriter genre with a raw quality that invites your undivided attention. Her breathy vocals and pained intonations, which bellow from behind her drumset, are emphasized by the overall stripped-down instrumentation. Songs for ZeMean is available on limited edition 10" pink vinyl with hand screen-printed jacket. Only 300 pressed. Grab it at bandcamp.
We first introduced you to Lil Daggers last year with their King Corpse 7". They've since released a full length LP on Limited Fan Fare, with a UK press coming December 5th on Song, by Toad Records. "Dead Golden Girls"is the follow-up single to the equally awesome "Dada Brown," which I just realized I forgot to post back when they sent it to us (sorry dudes).
Looking forward to catching these guys in a few weeks with Woods/The Diamond Center. Melodic late 60s psychedelic rock from New Hampshire. Great instrumentation. The cassette is sold out, but the LP is still available @ Burger Records.
Out of the fogs of Olympia, Washington, Don't Be Above Me is a mixed bag of punk, blues, psych, and country. The blaring guitar on "High Time Woman" and slowed down version of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" stand out on this 5 track EP. Grab the cassette from Wild Animal Kingdom.
Free EP released yesterday of Joe Meek-influenced pop space ballads out of Chicago. Vocally, I was reminded of Heatmiser (who I hadn't thought about in a long time). There's some moments on here that would do the Meekster proud.
New full-length from the Detroit-ish psych troupe. Heavy psych with a little southern soul, and certainly a step up from their self-titled record we posted a while back. Pick up a translucent yellow LP from New Fortune Records, and if you're on the East Coast make sure to catch them in the next few weeks. They've also been posting venue bathroom reviews while on their current tour. Check those out on Youtube. I'll do my best to crash their Arlington or Norfolk bathroom reviews.
Philly four-piece made up of 3 bassists and a drummer. Sludgy psychedelic shoegaze with heavily reverbed Nick Cave-ish vocals. Churning rhythms and some blazing trumpet provide a sense of urgency that will compel further listens. 300 copies pressed. Order it over at their bandcamp.
Post-surf-punk-no wave discharge from Syracuse, NY. Dark, menacing, mostly danceable, and completely tits. A limited run of 50 cassettes co-released by Prison Art Tapes/Velidoxi. Grab it at bandcamp for $5.
Solo lo-fi bedroom indie pop out of Williamsburg, VA. Personal but very accessible, with some vocal hooks and lyrical quirks I haven't been able to shake off over the last few days. This one could even get an honorable mention at the end of the year. This kid's already 5 albums deep, all of which are free via his bandcamp.
The Men represent everything good about rock n' roll. They make no apologies and pull no punches. This live set recorded back in August is a fantastic snapshot of what makes them so great. I'm laying on the floor with a fucked up back loaded up on painkillers and blogging for the first time in months just to send this your way, so download this shit ASAP and thank me later.
One-man experimental lofi beach punk with a little folk thrown in from Italy. Prepare to eat this shit up. Noisy and broken at times, but varied and consistant. I dare you to find a favorite track. Edition of 100 courtesy of Already Dead Tapes.
The A-side of this one has been available for free on their bandcamp since earlier this year, but I just now got around to listening to this LP in its entirety. Acidic 60/70s psychedelic garage throwback greatness out of Bloomington, Indiana. West Coast fuzz meets a heavy 13th Floor Elevators influence. A strong contender for our end of the year list. Only 13 bones over at Family Vineyard Records. They also released a 7"a few months ago that requires your attention. Order it @ Trouble In Mind.
This much anticipated double LP is finally just over the horizon. Digital format came out in May, but if you aren't familiar with the band, it's time to get excited. Icelandic four piece (2 of which are current Brian Jonestown Massacre collaborators) that creates/conceives/births a fully-realized auditory experience. An altered state of consciousness. The vocals haunt, the rhythms churn. An absolutely essential purchase when the vinyl drops on 11/11/11. Pre-order it through Cargo Records.
Not sure why I didn't post this when we got the original submission in early August, but I was pleased to get a friendly reminder email a few days ago. Sometimes I need some prodding. Zorch is an Austin experimental noise duo that creates ethereal brain candy that has already grabbed the attention of Altered Zones, NPR, and Paste. There are moments in each of these 2 tracks that will bring to mind Battles, Animal Collective, and modern Boredoms. "E.M.F." is pretty killer around the 2 minute mark. The sold-out cassette was limited to 100 copies. Check out their awesomely mind-numbing video for their 2009 demo track below.
I'm literally months behind on posting this one. New Jersey lo-fi garage blues rock n roll. 4 track digital single released through White Moon Recordings. Dude's got 3 demos on his bandcamp worth checking out as well.
Toronto garage trio with some punk tendencies. Bring your PBR, cigs and sing-a-long. Hopefully this one hits vinyl someday. For now, free download via bandcamp with a limited run of CDs coming very soon. Keep an eye out.
Experimental noise jams from Brooklyn. An epic battle of noisy man vs. noise machines. Definitely sounds like it could have been a product of Fort Thunder or Load Records. Really dig "Middle Vanessa Yeast". Keep an eye on bandcamp for future releases. Shoot an email to email@example.com you're interested in a CD.
TITS ON YOUTUBE! TITS ON YOUTUBE! ARREST THESE MEN! The Clap recently released their first 7" on Double Phantom Records, which features updated versions of "The Operation" and "Lucy 2". Listen @ bandcamp, and order it HERE.
I remember these guys dropping their demo in our shoutbox a while back, and although it was good, there was just something about that didn't catch my ear.Well, it sounds like the Toronto foursome has greatly improved their sound with their debut, Nightmare Soda. Put on your tightest pair of pants, smoke some cigs, drink some beers, and get hip. LP out on Get Hip Recordings.
Saw this one at Weed Temple, but was also sent our way a few days ago. Intergalactic weed-beats shot into orbit from Pittsburgh, PA. Set your coordinates for 48'39"N then pack a bowl and dedicate it to "Broken Teleporter."
While I was record shopping a few weeks back I was approached by dude who seemed pretty desperate to sell the store's final copy of his band's record. Red marble vinyl with hand drawn cover art in black crayon and blue pen. He said it was only $7, they made experimental pop, and name-dropped Sonic Youth, so I said why the fuck not and decided to help the kid out. I was pretty surprised when I gave this a spin when I got home. Pagojet reminds me of some of the earliest demos from bands like Of Montreal, Circulatory System, The Sunshine Fix, Olivia Tremor Control mixed with the slacker pop vocals of bands like Pavement, Beulah, and early Beck. There's definitely a few rough patches, and some of the tracks don't feel fully realized, but it's safe to say there's loads of potential here. You don't hear very many records like this anymore. "Alligator", "It's Your Head", and "Mambo Sack Seed" are a few of the highlights. You can snag a name your price download or an LP with original artwork for $10 shipped at their bandcamp.
With their upcoming third album, Opens, Hear Hums will be dropping lyrics entirely in hopes of creating a more intrinsic experience for us listeners, and although "Shrines" is the only track released thus far, it seems they will be successful. Opens should drop before the end of the year, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
Stripped-down retro pop goodness from Calgary, Alberta. Head bobbing rhythms, summer harmonies, and just enough instrumental and vocal quirks to warrant many more listens. Had "Slice of Heaven" and this fucking song stuck in my head all day.
Experimental beats out of Chicago. Touches on quite a few electronic sub-genres. "Think young Aphex Twin with girl problems and growing pains. Beautiful and violent. Polished and
strung out." Edition of 50. Grab it for 6 bones from Already Dead Tapes.
Incredibly refreshing lofi country music out of Kalamazoo, MI. Layers of reverb and haunting vocals give this a psychedelic vibe that seems pretty hard to come across within such a streamlined genre. Cassette (edition of 100) is out on Kzoo label Already Dead Tapes, which is nearing its first music festival The Already Dead Family Reunion on September 10th. Only $5 and the first 50 attendees get a free cassette. Be there.
Debut release from this Moscow teen duo. Feels a little Wavves at first, but their sound expands as you get deeper into the record. Really great pop tracks. Cassette recently released on DZ Tapes, and name your price download through bandcamp. A must have.
Yet another release that spent far too much time in our inbox because I'm a lazy son of a bitch. Heavy stoner psych 3-piece out of Grand Rapids, MI. Thick riffs and thicker spliffs. If you're interested in a cassette, you can grab one with a $5 donation @ their bandcamp.
Embarrassed to say that this one has been sitting in our inbox since December of 2010. Sample-heavy "electroacoustic psychedelic sleep music" project out of Ann Arbor, MI. You provide the headphones, Kowhi brings the positive vibes. This cassette was released on Wonder Beard Tapes last year (and is sold out), but you can pre-order the LP/CD version which is dropping in a month or two courtesy of Black Tent Press.
One of the more interesting records I've come across in last couple of months, The Cambridge Library Murders sounds like the soundtrack to a lost 70's giallo flick. Phalangius is actually a DJ who operates under 20 or so different monikers. I'm not terribly familiar with his work, but as far as I can tell this was a one-off effort. If you're a fan of prog rock horror soundtrack icons Goblin or 70/80's horror films in general, you owe it to yourself to check this album out.
First heard these guys when they sent us their split with The Peelies a few months back, but I've been meaning to give this release from last year an actual post since then. Really been into this one. French Canadian pop/indie/garage that's filled to the brim with infectious vocal hooks. I don't even know what the fuck they're saying, but I find myself singing along anyway.
Lil Daggers just dropped their debut LP (which is quite good) on Tuesday. You can listen to the record in full at their bandcamp, but you're going to want to pick up the vinyl at limited fanfare Records. If you never checked out their 7" EP I posted in March of last year, do that now.
Completely blown out punk from Holyoke, MA. Husker Du/Wipers-esque. They've also got a 7" coming that you can stream here, and an LP in the works. firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in a physical copy of the cassette demo.