Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 20
Not a lot of time to run through everything this week, so we'll keep it to the essentials...
The new A Sunny Day In Glasgow is another great slice of their shimmering Cocteau Twins via shoegaze production. Vinyl on this one is limited to a piddly 250 copies, so you'd be wise not to sleep on it too long. Nice heavy weight, pastel colored wax.
The UK lo-fi and garage underground has been finally pickin' up a bit of steam recently. The brand new Pens LP (pictured above) is definitely on the low end of lo-fi, but plenty of great melodies buried under the tape deck production. Anyone into the Shaggs or even Times New Viking should head their way.
Veronica Falls, also outta the UK, is a group that doesn't even seem to have a release yet, though, with Captured Tracks being in their top friends on their myspace, that should quickly change. Just two songs on their myspace right now, but both are amazing nuggets of dark and surfy garage dunkers. Keep an eye on these cats.
Two hot new 7" slabs courtesy of the label that apparently never sleeps, Sweet Rot. First local release from the Vancouver label is a mighty one and highly anticipated from yrs truly. Two dark garage rippers courtesy of the mighty (and mighty underrated) Sex Church (hey, Vancouver! Someone write an article on these guys asap). No one in Vancouver even remotely on the same plain as these dudes. Easily the best Vancouver 7" of 2009 and a nice notch in the lengthy Sweet Rot belt.
Sweet Rot also continues to come up with some of the best France has to offer, which is apparently a lot (see AH Kraken, Anals etc). 6 tracks crammed onto one 7" of tightly wound, one-man bedroom pop...of the dark and burly variety. Very recommended.
That's all we have time for this week, but we'll be seeing you all at the Wooden Shjips show this Sunday, right? Good.
DOWNLOAD EPISODE 20 HERE (right click link, then Save As)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow "Close Chorus" Ashes Grammar 2LP (Mis Ojos Discos) 2009
Grass Widow "Lulu's Lips" s/t 12" (Captured Tracks) 2009
Pens "Hate Your Calendar" Hey Friend! What You Doing LP (De Stijl) 2009
Veronica Falls "Beachy Head" unreleased 2009
Amen Dunes "Amen Dunes" Dia LP (Locust) 2009
Nerve City "Patience As A Virtue" I Fucked Death 10" (Kill Shaman) 2009
Six Finger Satellite "Half Contro"l Half Control LP (Load) 2009
The Dictaphone "It Tastes Better Than Before" s/t 7" (Sweet Rot) 2009
Sex Church "Let Down" s/t 7" (Sweet Rot) 2009
Pissed Jeans "Dream Smotherer" King Of Jeans LP (Sub Pop) 2009
Anals "She's The Man" Total Anal LP (Permanent) 2009
Billy Bao "untitled" May '08 LP (Parts Unknown) 2009
Wooden Shjips "Contact" Contact 12" (Mexican Summer) 2009
Moon Duo "Dead West" Killing Time 12" (Sacred Bones) 2009
Fossils "Young Guns" Young Guns one-sided 12" (Ketchup Cavern) 2009
Locrian "Rain Of Ashes" Rain Of Ashes CS (Fan Death Records) 2009