"Might Take a While" is the first single off of Psychic Ills' upcoming record on Sacred Bones.Can't wait to hear the rest of One Track Mind. Pre-order the limited edition LP + bonus 7" here. Video by Bret Zausmer.
Just when I think Andy Catlin and the rest of the good folks in the Double Phelix Collective can't blow my balls off with another awesome release, they drop Real Lasso into my inbox. If you haven't checked out Lasso's southern fried, lo-fi garage pop yet you're missing out. Real Lasso is a tight 5 song package with some excellent hooks and impressive musicianship. I love the way these guys toy with the lo-fi aesthetic. Nothing gets bogged down in fuzz or buried in the mix. It reminds me a bit of when the Byrds recorded Sweetheart of the Rodeo with Gram Parsons--which is weird because I'm pretty sure a guy named Graham Parsons from Kalamazoo plays on Real Lasso. Consider your mind blown. Head over to Bandcamp and check out the rest of their music, available in your standard physical formats or digitally for a pay-what-you-want download. These guys live in a barn and heat isn't cheap, so throw them some cash.
The Cult of Dom Keller have a debut full-length coming in late March of this year and are in need of your support to cover album costs, promotional costs, and subsequent tours. They've still got a ways to go until hitting their goal, but there's a huge variety of options if you choose to back their project. Grab a T-shirt, poster, the new album on CD/vinyl, private show, a date with their manager, or a CD of early and unreleased tracks, which includes the track below. Head over to their Kickstarter to give them all of your money.
Surly Gates are a psychedelic rock band from Austin, TX that sounds like a psychedelic rock band from Austin, TX. This 4-track EP is to be listened to in a haze of cigarette smoke with a Tecate in hand. Mixing 1960s harmonious garage rock vocals with the slow churn of the more modern psychedelic movement, Surly Gates has proven to be a band to keep an eye on right out of the gate. Give 'em a like on Facebook to stay updated.
Noisy French garage rockers and triple tit lovers, Catholic Spray, are back with a sophomore full-length to follow up Amazon Hunt (which you may remember made our top 10 records of the year in 2011), and it looks as though Earth Slime will be making a strong case for this year's top 10. Literally cannot turn this one up loud enough. Stream the whole thing below, and be sure to snag a vinyl copy from Born Bad Records when it drops this March.
Detroit's seminal electro-funk-pop-musical kitchen sink collective, Lord Scrummage returns on February 1st with their latest album Triangle or Die. Lord Scrummage is more than just a band, they're a celebration of DIY ethics and pushing pop music to its absolute limits. They're also some of the unofficial musical ambassadors of underground music in Detroit, and the focal point of a segment in the Sundance Channel's New American Noise series, premiering January 18th. Check out their last album, From the Future for more tunes.
Did I mention the music video is in 3D? 3D MOTHERFUCKERS. Better steal a pair of glasses from your local theater or you'll miss out.
Killer Japanese Can-inspired psych/kraut jams. Some of these tracks feature serious balls-out grooves, with frenetic fret-work, polished drums, and oh yeah look at that a motherfucking moog. Mandog founder Keiichi Miyashita is joined by drummer Masataka Fujikake (ex Zeni Geva) and bassist Akira Kikuchi (Kawaguchi Masami's New Rock Syndicate) for this 2011 tour CDR. Really great stuff. Grab a copy over at Norman Records.
Debut release from Bristol, UK's independent label, Stolen Body Records. The Bad Joke That Ended Well play blues and booze-ified 60s-inspired jangly garage rock, with Cobain-like growls and enough fuzz to give you a bad case of cottonmouth. Download it free via bandcamp, and pick up the vinyl HERE.
West Michigan surf rock featuring singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso/heartthrob Matt Maier. Great Wave continues Matt's long running streak of only writing great fucking songs. Throw this one on your playlist for now, and hopefully Dead Mavericks will have an LP ready for us soon.
Athens, Greece-based label Somehow Ecstatic Records began a series of releases in early 2012 that requires an artist or band to write and record an entire album within a 24 hour period. Masturbation Goes Cloud's contribution to the series is an exercise in kraut-ility and their math-y guitar repetitions and soothing vocal drones are guaranteed to have you completely zoned-out in a matter of minutes. Each installment in the series is available as a free download via bandcamp.
The OST for Berberian Sound Studio drops today in the UK and tomorrow in the US. If you haven't seen this movie yet, it's a absolute must for all you audiophiles out there. This collection of compositions provided by Broadcast perfectly accompanies the downward spiral of the mental health of the movies main character, who is tasked to record and mix the audio for an Italian horror film, which includes goblins, witches, severed limbs, burnings, drownings, etc. A copious amount of fruits and vegetables were harmed in the filming of this movie. I got my official download earlier today, and my vinyl copy is presumably en route as I type this. Grab yourself a copy over at Bleep.
Lo-fi psychedelic folk 4-track recordings from Toronto's David Kleiser and a rotating cast of characters and instruments. There's a definite slacker pop/singer-songwriter vibe in the mix as well. This CD-r and all of his/their previous releases are available as a free/name-your-price download over at bandcamp.
Scottish rock of the art and noise persuasion. Tumbling guitar and drums, wavering vocals, and the general dissonance you'd expect to hear within the genre. A solid 6 track EP clocking in at just under 20 minutes. Limited to 50 hand-painted cassettes through their in house label, hikikomori family.