Monday, October 25, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))jes: Episode 69

Shockingly great record from the boys that used to be known as The Go. Detroit mainstays who once had the infamous Jack White in their ranks, and also had their still-unreleased second LP, Free Electricity, denied by Sub Pop, prompting the band to leave the record shelved to this day, never to look back. They spent the next few years cultivating a cult audience, issuing LPs and seven inches on small labels run by friends and fans. With this recent release, they've changed their name to Conspiracy Of Owls and have quietly dropped one of 2010's great rock records. With lead singer and guitarist Bobby Harlow once again helming production, the band have delved even further into the lite-psych and 70s AM pop that was only dabbled in with their last LP, 2007's Howl On The Haunted Beat You Ride. Harlow and co. have managed to peel back several decades of easy-going rock, from Brian Wilson-esque odes to childhood to McDonald and Giles prog-folk, and twist it up into their own unique take, one that can be instantly recognized by long-time fans as The Go (errr, Conspiracy Of Owls). Fans of any permutation of what is known simply as rock and roll will have a hard time not finding something great on this record. An initial run of 500 has sold out, including a special edition glow-in-the-dark cover, though Burger Records has graciously pressed another 200. Absolute highest recommendation is bestowed upon this amazing record. Seek out immediately.

Dum Dum Girls "Dream Away Life" s/t 7" (Hell Yes!) 2010
Veronica Falls "Staying Here" s/t 7" (Captured Tracks) 2010
Grass Widow "Shadow" Past Time LP (Kill Rock Stars) 2010
Juan Wauters "Without You" Wandering Wondering CS (Captured Tracks) 2010
The Fresh & Onlys "Impending Doom" s/t 7" (Agitated) 2010
Conspiracy Of Owls "Raving Mad" s/t LP (Burger) 2010
Wheels On Fire "Black Wave" Cherry Bomb 7" (Kind Turkey) 2010
Cumstain "Just A Kid/Vicdumb" s/t CS (Burger) 2010
No Balls "Prove Everything Everyday" Less LP (Who Can You Trust?/Streaks) 2010
Running "Little Fucker" s/t CS (Permanent) 2010
Heater "Dead Bird/Fire Peacock" God And Hair LP (Permanent) 2010
Sun Araw "Midnight Locker" Off Duty 12" (Woodsist) 2010
N.213 "Untitled 7" split w/Reflektionss LP (Needs More RAM) 2010
Colored Mushroom and the Medicine Rocks "Last Chapter (Make Up An Ending)" s/t LP (Wagon) 2010
Raglani "Nothing Is Inevitable" split w/Outer Space LP (Nihilist) 2010
Pete Swanson "Believers" Feelings In America LP (Root Strata) 2010
Roger Mexico "Hallowmas Sabbat" Poisson CS (Vacant) 2010

DOWNLOAD EPISODE 69 here (right click link, then Save As) 2010

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You forgot Warpaint ;)