Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Robin Parrent - Exorcism

Before taking a job in the armpit of California, I used to play in Robin Parrent's backing band.  Exorcism took two and a half years to complete since recording initially began. Hectic 24 hour recording window aside, I don't think we could have been plagued with more problems. The bassist was diagnosed with schizophrenia, the lead guitar player was dealing with agoraphobia, the drummer flipped his car and had to record his drum parts completely loaded on painkillers while wearing a sling. We were a fucking mess. After the band imploded, Robin wandered around the west coast until he went broke. He eventually returned to Detroit and tried to finish the record, constantly disliking every single draft of it until he gave it up as a relic of the past. A few months ago Exorcism was rescued and finished by Andy Catlin of Lasso/Double Phelix and found its way to me. I asked Robin to describe Exorcism to me and he called it "psychedelic demon blues" which I think is as fitting a description as you'll find. Check out Robin's Bandcamp page for a pay-what-you-want download for this record and an upcoming remastered version of his first album.

Recommended Tracks: Confession Bound, Boneville Break in Blues, I Did Wrong

- Steve

Each Other - Heavily Spaced

Finally got around to checking out the newest EP from Montreal's Each Other. If you enjoyed their Taking Trips cassette from earlier this year on Prison Art, there's plenty more post-punk-experimental-beach-pop to be had on Heavily Spaced. *Insert Women reference here*. Name your price over at bandcamp.

- Dan

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Zig Zags - Party at Dave's House

L.A. based Zig Zags manage to cover a ton of ground in this 5 song, 10 minute EP. A trio of Black Flag inspired punk/thrash tunes are bookended by a bone crushingly heavy psych opener and a melancholy, reverb drenched closing track. I seriously can't recommend this enough. Check out Zig Zags bandcamp page for upcoming shows, and tell these guys to hurry up and record a full length LP so I can throw that on repeat too.

- Steve

Monday, November 19, 2012

White Fangs - s/t

Excellent Belgian garage punk. Snotty slap-backed vocals and relentless guitar riffs. LP out now on Azbin Records/Frantic City and limited to only 300 copies. Don't let the other cool kids beat you to it.

- Dan

Sunday, November 18, 2012

VIDEO: Dreamtime - Centre of Mind

It's been a pretty great week for the Australian psychonauts. Not only did they release their sophomore album, SUN, yesterday, they were also one of the bands announced for Austin Psych Fest 2013 this upcoming April (which I'm taking all the credit for, btw....I'm just kidding, sort of). Feed your head by checking out the rest of SUN over at bandcamp, and start preparations now to ensure you're attendance of the festival. See you there? 

- Dan

Friday, November 16, 2012

Divine Intervention Now - Demo

Many many months ago, I received one of the coolest submissions ever in the mail: a USB flash drive made to look like an insect. Deep within the abdomen of this travelling bug was a 5-track demo from a solo artist from Philadelphia. Phillip Mahoney, under the moniker Divine Intervention Now, creates dark, lo-fi, psych folk tracks for the post-apocalypse. The 3rd and 4th tracks fucking rule. Grab a free download over at bandcamp, where you can also pick up one of your very bugs for 20 bones. Easily one of the more unique formats you'll ever come across.

- Dan

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

VIDEO: Then Comes Silence - Slowly Dragging You Down

Totally creepy shoegaze inspired jam from Sweden. Then Comes Silence's self-titled debut dropped last week. Head over to the Novoton Records website and snag a copy.

- Steve

Obnox - Rojo

Incredibly loud tunes out of Cleveland. Psychgaragepunknoise featuring thunderous percussion, squealing woodwinds, and wailing guitar that'll enter through your ears and rocket out your fucking asshole. Only 300 copies were pressed, with 100 on bone wax directly through Permanent Records (only a handful left). Get this shit ASAP.

- Dan

Friday, November 9, 2012

VIDEO: Dumbo Gets Mad - Radical Leap

Been digging this track/video. First single from the Italian psych-poppers sophomore effort due out in early '13. Download the track over at soundcloud.

- Dan

Friday, November 2, 2012

Birdfingers - Birdfingers II

Hailing from Kalamazoo, MI and featuring Andy Catlin of Lasso,  Birdfingers II is a gorgeous and delicate orchestral folk record. The music has a slow churning, ethereal quality to it punctuated by some of the deepest baritone vocals this side of a Beat Happening album. There's a lot going on in most of the songs--nearly a dozen musicians are credited with contributions and they all put their fair share of work in. Miraculously, nothing ever gets muddled amidst all the instrumentation, and the group's subtlety and quiet restraint create a warm and inviting record that rewards repeated listening. Truth be told, this sort of album normally isn't my thing and yet I still find myself coming back for more. Check out Birdfingers' bandcamp page for more downloads, or pick up a physical copy Birdfingers II which includes a handmade gatefold sleeve.

- Steve