Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Punk flavored lo-fi beach pop featuring Zsofi from Piresian Beach. Kind of like Best Coast for people who like this site.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I'm loving the resurgence of post-punk showing up all over lately. Piresian Beachis a solo project by a girl in Hungary named Zsofia. She does the vocals and plays all instruments with some looping thrown in. Combining post-punk and shoegaze with just a hint of 60s psychedelic inspiration, Piresian Beach have made an album that deserves an official release. Don't sleep on this.
Stumbled onto this album from a recommendation on Broken Cups bandcamp. First of all, this is so good for a demo. These guys are from Hungary and on this demo they mixed punk style and snotty garage rock riffs with just a little post-whatever indie band you listen to. The drums range from simple surf garage beats to fast paced d-beat, punk fills and clap track worthy disco beats in the last song, a ten minute epic that makes you eager to hear the next release.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
This album Black Byrd came out in 73 and it's this giant funky, psychedelic, jazzy pimp walk from beginning to end. Try to imagine Sly & the Family Stone sitting down with Parliament and krautrockers Can rewriting the soundtrack to Shaft as seen through the eyes of Miles Davis.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Jungle Hop! are another great French garage punk band. These guys play a mix of almost post-punk like gunk punk with a psychedelic lean. I'm realizing that French garage's must be much gloomier than American ones. In America we have happy poppy riffs dominating the scene with the occasional punker slipping in but France is pumping out these gritty garage rats that bring out a much darker side of garage rock. Bands like Catholic Spray, La Secte Du Futur, Regal, Le Pecheur, Dusty Mush, and now Jungle Hop! All I can say is more please. Everything free on their bandcamp.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
This tape rules. Noisy no wave post punk goodness. Get the free download.
This one is more of an odd experimental vocal tape. Still cool stuff, though. Meditation music on the first track. The second is a super blown out noise track. Great contrast.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Catchy 60s style garage rock with more of the original trashy garage rock sound than the Ty Segall/Oh Sees version of neo-garage. Buy this cassette for only $3.50 or download for free on their bandcamp. I got #37/50 so only 13 left.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Five tracks of relaxed, floating in the cloud psych pop songs. Rain drips on has some major Phil Collins dripping off it's sleeves to start the album but the second song Outside the Province leads the way into a song that still holds onto some Phil Collins moments but more like if Phil had been part of Tame Impala and not Genesis. This song has a nice psychedelic break in it that lets you drift off before coming back to a 90s style chorus outro. Swimmers is next. This one is a sing along dream pop gem. Nice song for the summer if you can find some water and get out of the record breaking heat. Below the Forest Floor is next and it comes in with a more folk/psych rock approach. This one is a big change in mood from the previous songs, though, with a sadder sound for half the song before being transitioned by a reverb drenched building solo into a hopeful sounding end. Last is Howling Hollow, which sounds almost like a mix between Lasso and Devendra Banhart.
Two new tracks from the King Gizzard guys out of Australia. Bloody Ripper is a mix of psych rock, and 90s alternative with a hint of country twang buried beneath reverb for days. Sam Cherry's Last Shot is a slowed down song that sounds like a soundtrack to a psychedelic western stand off.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Heavy Ghost is Caden Moore, who is also the guy behind LAKE R▲DIO, who has been featured on the blog before. Heavy Ghost is a different kind of weird electronic exploration than you find on LAKE R▲DIO releases. This one is like if My Bloody Valentine and Depeche Mode did some drugs in the attic with Billy Idol huddled in the corner bobbing his head. And by that I mean, highly recommended.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Swahili are coming in strong on their self titled out on Translinguistic Other. Second record featured from the label, the first being Integratron by Midday Veil. First thing I have to say is Translinguistic Other has some of my favorite production. It's raw but clear and makes you wish you could be there for the live experience. That being said, it's what helps make the drone you find on Swahili so intense and relaxing at once. It starts off with Chapel, which starts slow and evolves steadily into a pulsing rhythmic force before tapering out and dying off. Next is Invocation. This song is evil. Whatever it is they're trying to invoke, let's hope they can tame it. It starts off with a buzzing, droney evil section that brings in a slowly played bongo and some tambourine to help the rhythm. Then comes the haunting distorted vocals and the chant builds into a seriously psychedelic droney tribal jam and ends with another evil sounding cymbal noise wall of sound. The third track, Soma, comes in like a cross between Pocahaunted, Sonic Youth and Naked On The Vague. Three bands that I love, which means I'm really starting to dig this album. Kidhr is next and it's a short noisy helper along your transcendental stage. This brings us to track number 5, Fall Out. This one is a big change from what you find on Soma. The psych out rock style you found there is replaced by a more desperate, apocalyptic sound. Distorted vocals, distorted symbols, and an overall feeling that something horrible might happen but if it does, Swahili are ready to play the soundtrack. Following that is Into One. It's a big change from everything else on the album and feels like a shift in mood halfway through the album. Not a bad change though, more like an eye of the storm kind of change. It almost sounds hopeful at times, even if that hope is distant and slightly troubled. The next song is Ascher J2000. The name sounds like a robot and so does the song. Well, more like the theme song of a robot and a pretty kickass one. It definitely sounds like the soundtrack to an early nintendo game but it works. Kirghiz is next and is a high pitched, meditative, headphone smack in the face. This is great headphone music here. This sounds a lot like what you hear from Emeralds. However, as soon as you find your center in Kirghiz, Agni comes in with a vengeance. Agni is a beast. Blown out drums mixed with an eerie tribal feel that is ready to wake you up and take you on a new ride. Surrender is next and is another short extremely trippy song that sounds like they want to make sure you're thoroughly disoriented. The final song is Contact. This one is a nice slow head nodding drone with distorted vocals at first but ends in a noisy synth ending in one last brooding psychedelic jam. All said and done, Swahili has put together one great psychedelic album and hopefully this will only be the first Contact of many we get with Swahili. Soma, Fallout, and Into One for free download. Buy the album to get the rest. It's worth it.
Birdlips is by far the best psych pop duo out there right now. Their albums just have everything going for them. Mixing a 60s psychedelic feel with an indie makeover and a nice mix of folk and New Weird America for extra taste, they create one great song after another. Thunderbolt being a standout track for me. Good lyrics, good quality, interesting and original songwriting and the vocal style is incredible on it's own. Name your price downloads at bandcamp. It's free but it's worth paying for.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This makes the 3rd release from 3 Leafs this year. The first being the great Canal Smarts, then one long 45 minute epic called Spaa, and now En Super Forme. They play long droney space rock. Perfect soundtrack for the inner vacation you've been needing.
Another nice psychedelic selection. This is sitar, guitar, and some funk beats playing 2 tracks of psychedelic madness. Main focus is on the sitar but the guitar is a nice psych style background with a mix of funk and tropicalia and the beats range from having a funk influence to a more ominous almost droney style on the second track.
Friday, June 22, 2012
This time we have some more recordings from Lil Daggers. I posted their full length (which is still available for free on their bandcamp) last year but never got around to posting the 7" until now. This is the 7" + 2 new songs from the band. The new songs are showing more of a 60s pop influence than before. Losing some of the dreary overtones we've gotten used to with the band and showing their ability to make some fun catchy songs as well as dark catchy ones.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
This is some psychedelic noise that was waaaaaaaay ahead of it's time. Les Rallizes Denudes combines 60s pop/soul with some of the noisiest guitar you'll ever hear. Imagine Sonic Youth with some major edge and the soulful flavor of the 60s buried beneath a wall of sound.
Extremely underrated Japanese artist. Live recording from '77 with a random video added.
Extremely underrated Japanese artist. Live recording from '77 with a random video added.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Weird psychedelic off kilter hip hop. Perfect for when you're looking for a new weird cassette to throw in and drift off to.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Crane Angels are another unique French band. However, this time, instead of the usual, surf punk we find a weird but very enjoyable pop record. This isn't regular pop, though, this is a much more intense animal. Imagine Beach Boys hanging out with Sonic Youth and listening to Queen records on repeat and you kind of have an idea what you find here. Get the vinyl over at Animal Factory Industries.
Ketamines play a unique style of surf/garage music. It's catchy, it's weird and unusual, and there's loads of punk attitude. With a well produced lo-fi sound, they power through one great song after another on their first full length out on Southpaw records.
OK, so every once in a while you hear an album that leaves you wondering how you've been missing this. This is the case with the new album Integratron by Midday Veil. Now this album was sent to me by Emily who I believe is one of the amazing people you hear on this album as well as one of the founders of the label Translinguistic Other. We'll start with the title of the album, Integratron. The Integratron is a building located in California, invented by a man named George Van Tassel. As explained on their website, www.integratron.com , "The Integratron is an acoustically perfect tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert." This statement is proven extremely well by Midday Veil on their album named after this experimental building. The sound you find on Integratron really is like nothing I've heard before. The sound is so deep and rich and the authentic reverb separates this sound from other building, droney psych bands, relying on their amps for acoustics. The three songs on here are similar but very diverse in their own ways. For me Rejuvenation was really the standout track, you have a menacing bass with some almost slowed funk drumming at the beginning, which eventually leads to some haunting vocals by Emily that weave in and out of a chaotic but blissful wall of sound and some strained, almost desperate sounding screeches from one of the guys. This mixed with the apocalyptic tribal warpspeed ending and you have one of the best psychedelic songs I've ever heard. Overall, Integratron is the psychedelic experience you didn't know you were missing. Go buy this tape now over at http://middayveil.bandcamp.com/. Also check out some of the great art Emily had to offer over at her website at http://www.emilypothast.com/.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Psyched out garage rock. Heavy on the psych stuff. Album out on Burger Records.
In the midst of a relentless USA / European touring schedule (including copious performances with contemporaries / new label mates Acid baby Jesus) and the release of a small handful of 7” singles, the Slovenly posse is trying to wrap our brains around this warped debut LP / CD called “Hated By The Sun” by Canadian bumpkin punks HELLSHOVEL (aka Hell Shovel). Led by Demon’s Claws frontman Jeff Clarke, and featuring Dox Grillo sharing the strings / vox duties, with Bloodshot Bill (TANDOORI NIGHTS / DING DONGS / swarthy one man band LEGEND who makes an effortless transition on the drums from his [un]usual wild man rockabilly fare), “Hated By The Sun” is the sound of Johnny Cash drowning in a pool of cough syrup - a gooey reminder of the most irradiated moments of Demon’s Claws poisonous choo-choo train shamble. A swank, full color gatefold jacket houses the wax. CD comes in a most classy 6-panel Digipak. --From Slovenly Bandcamp.
Dusty Mush is a band I've been following since they put their demos up on bandcamp. This is what I would consider their first actual release and it was definitely worth the wait. The 4 songs here are all amazing with the title track Tom Pitt's Acid Trip being a new favorite of mine. Catchy sing-a-long choruses and lots of garage psych fueled punk action. 15 tapes made but I think they're gone already.