Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 12

The sweat continues to drip from my fingers and on to tasty new platters of wax as Vancouver is pummeled with a heat wave.

The show kicked off this week with some serious feminine heat, courtesy of midnight disco-murk goddess Nite Jewel, a new CDR of outtakes by the Magik Markers taken from their recently released 'Balf Quarry' LP, the new tightly wound Little Claw on Ecstatic Peace, and a new 7" re-issue from Grouper. No wonder my palms were so sweaty in the booth this week.

New 10"er by Nerve City has been receiving many hits at home, and I couldn't be more excited for a full length LP from them, due in the coming months from local label Sweet Rot. Stay tuned for more on them...

Managed to snake a copy of the limited to 200 cassette (sold only at the Captured Tracks/Woodsist fest that happened a few weeks back in NYC, try Fuck It Tapes for a copy) by the Fresh and Onlys. Wow, can that band ever pump out the tuneful garage kickers. Two 7"s, two cassettes, and an LP all in one year? Scratch that...two LPs. New full length of all new material due out on Woodsist sometime in September. Band of the year?

Speaking of owning '09, Ty Segall continues his onslaught with a handful of 7"s, a new full length and a split LP with the UK's Black Time. West Coast tour coming from the one-man wonder. Have to fit that into my schedule somewhere along the lines...

Coupla' new-ish numbers popped in the mail from the burgeoning Almost Ready label. The new Pink Noise is worth the peeping, but the best of the batch is the 'World Is Lousy With Ideas Vol. 8', which contains the best Blank Dogs song I e'er laid ears on (played on this show, thanks to Grimmertown for heppin' me to that one), not to mention exclusive tracks by Pink Reason, Times New Viking, Vivian Girls, Sic Alps, and a heap of others. This one won't stick around for too much longer.

Finally got to lay my hands on a copy of the Amen Dunes LP, which is slowly making it's way up the ladder of best of '09. A lot of acoustic-based lo-fi downer-pop. It's a headful but worth the investigatin'.

Moon Duo, which is Ripley the guitarist from Wooden Shjips, continues on down the same trail already being burned up by his mothership. Get a hold of it at Aquarius Records, as it seems to be disappearing fast and they probably have the last copies. Don't get caught paying ebay scum prices. Also on the heavy psych tip is the new Blues Control (pictured at the top),which finally made it's way up to Canada, and was it ever worth the wait. Four tracks of molten psych, submerged and then raised up in all the right spots. Not quite as tops as 'Puff', but a necessary piece of contemporary/future psych.

Squeezed in a nice spotlight on Indiana cassette label El Tule, which just released the Ducktails side-project Parasails. More drifting beach psych from the reigning prince (Sun Araw is still king in that arena). El Tule has also been pumping out some other great cassettes, two of which are highlighted below. Anyone interested in some Parasails action should drop a comment below.

Until next week, keep yer records out of the sun.

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Grouper "Untitled" He Knows 7" (IOG) 2009 (re-issue of 3" CDR from 2006 on Collective Jyrk)
Nite Jewel "What Did He Say?" Good Evening LP (Gloriette) 2009
Magik Markers "untitled" Shame Mask CDR (Arbitrary Signs) 2009
Little Claw "Colours You Drown" Human Taste CD (Ecstatic Peace/LP soon to be released on Not Not Fun) 2009
Nerve City "Patience As A Virtue" I Fucked Death 10" (Kill Shaman) 2009
Fresh & Onlys "Red Light, Green Light" Bomb Wombs CS (Fuck It Tapes) 2009
Cave Weddings "Bring Your Love" s/t 7" (Hozac) 2009
Thee Oh Sees "The Drag" split w/Ty Segall 7" (Castleface) 2009
Ty Segall "Universal Momma" s/t 7" (True Panther Sounds) 2009
Ty Segall "Cents" Cents s/t 7" (Goner) 2009
Ty Segall "Swag" split w/Black Time LP (Telephone Explosion) 2009
Ty Segall "In Love" split w/Black Time LP (Telephone Explosion) 2009
Pink Noise "Buzzsaw" Alpha LP (Almost Ready) 2009
Black Time "Glass Shatters" split w/Ty Segall (Telephone Explosion) 2009
B-Lines "Social Retard" Burnt CDs 7" (Nominal) 2009
Amen Dunes "By The Bridal" Dia LP (Locust) 2009
Blank Dogs "Ages Ago" World Is Lousy With Ideas Vol. 8 LP (Almost Ready) 2009
Moon Duo "Love On The Sea" Love On The Sea 12" (Sick Thirst) 2009
Blues Control "Good Morning" Local Flavor LP (Siltbreeze) 2009
Parasails "untitled" Skylife CS (El Tule) 2009
Dylan Ettinger "untitled" Bread Of The Dead (El Tule) 2009
Women In Tragedy "Imaginary Listener" Nothing But Dreams CS (El Tule) 2009