Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 47 & 48

White Fence "Be Right Too" s/t LP (Make A Mess) 2010
The Whines "Here We Sit" Hell To Pay LP (Meds) 2010
Dum Dum Girls "Pay For Me" split w/Male Bonding 7" (Sub Pop) 2010
Happy Birthday "Shampoo" s/t 7" (Sub Pop) 2010
Dignan Porch "Like It Was" Tendrils LP (Captured Tracks) 2010
Male Bonding "Crooked Scene" Nothing Hurts LP (Sub Pop) 2010
Big Troubles "Wouldn't Mind" Freudian Slips 7" (Blackburn) 2010
UV Race "Dog Tired" s/t LP (Aarght!) 2010
Defektors "Never Really Tried" Bottom Of The City LP (Nominal) 2010
Daily Void "Spiral Staircase" The Eclipse of 1453 EP (Sacred Bones) 2010
Black Bug "Unicorn" s/t LP (FDH) 2010
Homostupids "Sea Wolf" Night Deacon EP 7" (Fashionable Idiots) 2010
Folded Shirt "15 Year Old Kids" s/t 7" (Fashionable Idiots) 2010
Stranger Son Of WB "Meterman" Other Songs From Lakes CS (Sloow) 2010
Grand Trine "I Am A Magnet" Sunglasses EP 12" (Divorce) 2010
Moon Duo "Bopper's Hat" split w/Bitchin' Bajas 7" (Permanent) 2010
Sandra Electronics "It Slipped Her Mind" Untitled 10" (Downwards) 2010

DOWNLOAD Episode 47 here (right click link, then Save As)

Wounded Lion "Dagobah System" s/t LP (In The Red) 2010
Rayon Beach "Wave Poll Ether" Memory Teeth EP 12" (Hozac) 2010
Broken Water "Mother" s/t 7" (self released) 2009
Mode Moderne "Real Goths" unreleased mp3, 2010
Thee Oh Sees "Warm Slime" Warm Slime LP (In The Red) 2010
Sex Church "Ghost" 6 Songs LP (Convulsive) 2010
Grand Trine "Catatonic State" Sunglasses EP 12" (Divorce) 2010
Charles Albright "Young Woman" I'm Happy, I'm A Genius 7" (Permanent) 2010
Teenanger "Carole Pop" Give Me Pink LP (Telephone Explosion) 2010
Anals "She's The Man (live)" split w/Shearing Pinx (Isolated Now Waves) 2010
Mongst "Follow The Messenger, Kill The King" De-Colonisation LP (Isolated Now Waves) 2010
Naked On The Vague "Wrong Room" Heaps Of Nothing LP (Siltbreeze) 2010
Moon Duo "Catch As Catch Can" Catch As Catch Can 7" (Permanent) 2010
Magic Lantern "Dark Cicadas" Platoon LP (Not Not Fun) 2010
Peaking Lights "untitled" Space Primitive LP (Fuck It) 2010

DOWNLOAD Episode 48 here (right click link, then Save As)

Apologies for the lack of updates. We're back up to speed and have lots of catching up to do...

First off we have the long awaited 12"er by local faves Sex Church, released on the fledgling Convulsive Records label. 6 Songs By is one moody record that veers from proto-punk shredders (Mistaken, Ghost) to tense, early Velvets-style buildups (The Floor), while lead singer/guitarist Levon (ex-Ladies Night, Master Apes) switches from a Mark E. Smith mumble to outright howling. No fuzz overloads or lo-fi shields, these are talented musicians leaving every note crystal clear on this expertly produced record. 6 Songs is a breath of the fresh stuff after hearing one too many local bands trying to become the next Animal Collective. This should hopefully be hitting the shelves in the next couple weeks, so hit up yr local grocer and demand they carry this.

Vancouver has been ripe with local vinyl releases, and Defektors have just added to the wealth with their debut LP on Nominal. After over two years of existence and two well received seven inches, Defektors finally dish out the long player and make it worth the wait. A few tracks here are re-recorded from those earlier releases and definitely jump out of the speakers with a lot more urgency. In fact, Bottom Of The City screams it, demanding your attention with a non-stop, chugging rhythm section and lead singer Ben Phillips' desperate, from-the-gut vocal style. This one should be just about everywhere by now and it's well worth tracking down.

The same label that us the amazing Tropic Of Cancer record is back with another 10 inch, this time for the long dormant Sandra Electronics project helmed by Karl O'Connor. This time around O'Connor gets a hand from Juan Mendez, who is one half of Tropic Of Cancer and also goes under the name Silent Servant. Much like the Tropic Of Cancer release, Mendez has steered Sandra Electronics into a similar throbbing and rhythmic goth-y trance, complete with echoed vocals and layers of swirling industrial drones and tics. Much like the packaging on the other Downwards releases, this one is on a clear ten inch that's tucked into a thick polyvinyl sleeve with a simple insert as the cover. Excellent eye and ear catching aesthetic from this burgeoning label. Watch out for a a new 10 inch by Dva Damas to be released very soon

One last record to mention this week is the outta-nowhere Whines LP released on the Meds record label, which is run by the cats at the amazing Exiled Records in Portland. Classic three piece rock lineup--vocals, bass, guitars and drums--led by singer/bassist Karianne, Whines definitely bring to mind the recent records by Little Claw and Magik Markers, though the trio's sound is a little rougher around the edges. Hell To Pay flits easily between space-y bedroom tracks and full-on, distortion heavy stompers. This is a sprawling, heavy listen and comes with the highest recommendation. This one may be difficult to track down, but interested parties should get in touch with me for copies.

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