Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 40

Veronica Falls "Found Love In A Graveyard" s/t 7" (Captured Tracks) 2010
Wetdog "Lower Leg" s/t 7" (Captured Tracks) 2010
Hanoi Janes "Skeleton Girl" s/t 7" (Captured Tracks) 2010
Dignan Porch "The Day Things Changed" s/t 7" (Captured Tracks) 2010
Beach Fossils "Daydream" s/t 7" (Captured Tracks) 2010
Cosmetics "Soft Skin" s/t 7" (Captured Tracks) 2010
The Babies "Caroline" s/t 7" (Wild World) 2010
Ora Cogan "Daughter" The Quarry LP (Isolated Now Waves) 2010
Grouper "Hold The Way" split w/ Roy Montgomery LP (self released) 2010
The Art Museums "Oh Modern Girls" Rough Frame LP (Woodsist) 2010
The Wicked Awesomes "Nowheresville" Punk Holograms LP (Psychic Handshake) 2010
Eat Skull "Don't Leave Me On The Speaker" Jerusalem Mall 7" (Woodsist) 2010
Dadfag "Hangover Head" Scenic Abuse LP (Broken Rekids) 2010
AFCGT "Korin" s/t 7" (Sub Pop) 2010
Von Bingen "The Futility Of All Effort, The Vanity Of All Plans" s/t LP (Amen Absen) 2009
Emeralds "Diotima" s/t LP (Gneiss Things/Wagon) 2009
The Passenger "Sometimes Dreams Can Trick You" s/t 7" (self released) 2009
Ed Sunspot "Landline" (Resonant Hole) 2010

DOWNLOAD EPISODE 40 here (right click link, then Save As)

Holy shit, Captured Tracks! Slow down for a minute. My wallet has been takin' a severe hammering for the past few weeks, as they quickly unveil each new batch of releases, and this here new one is the best they've delivered in this young year. CT's infatuation with the UK continues, with top notch releases by Wetdog (post-punkin' in the vein of Raincoats, Slits etc), Veronica Falls (lovely pop with a nice bent angle...PS where's the single for the much beloved Beachy Head?) and Dignan Porch, who have an LP to be released on the label soon. CT has also cast some love to our own neck of the woods by releasing the first Cosemtics seven inch, with another coming soon. Cosmetics will also be playing with Blank Dogs in a loft/living space somewhere along West Hastings on April 16th. Details forthcoming. CT also has a new twelve inch by ETMS faves The Fresh and Onlys due soon...

Edmonton's Wicked Awesomes have escaped my grasp since their inception, but a copy of their LP on Psychic Handshake was sent my way and the ears have finally been opened. Not sure what is going on in Alberta but there has been a serious renaissance in their punk/fucked-up-rockinroll department for the last year or so. Bands like The Famines, Moby Dicks, Grown Ups, Sharp Ends, and Myelin Sheaths have been steadily releasing seven inches and cassettes on local labels and even some higher profile labels like Hozac in Chicago and Bachelor in Germany. Wicked Awesomes are actually the perfect archetype for the weird waves emanating from our neighbor province. Punk Holograms is a slapdash rave up of demented punk suitable for those who still think the genre is dead. Weird Canada summed it up best-- "It's a beautiful pawnshop display case of wastoid punk. Highly recommended stuff. Grab it here. For more Albertan flailing head to the Honey Lounge this Thursday, March 11th for the Grown Ups.

Though I've raved about it in the recent past, I'd like to spread one last bit of love for the AFCGT LP. As I mentioned before, the album only comes in LP format and is limited to 550 copies. The best part is it comes with a bonus seven inch that has what is easily the most interesting piece I've heard from them. Korin is a 4 minute industrial-funk workout that totally stands out from the rest of the muscular sound record. Well worth the price alone. Plus, this package is one of the best I've seen in recent memory. Four panel fold-outs for the LP and the bonus seven inch! Check that shit out.


Brad said...

Art Museums + Emeralds? It's like my subconscious is making your playlists!

Keep up the awesome work!

Mark E. Rich said...

Hah! yeah, the show has always had a pretty varied approach. I certainly don't listen to just one or two styles of music, so I've always felt my show should reflect that. mixing down from the pop stuff to the noisier end of the show has always proved a little difficult.