Monday, April 19, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 46

White Fence "I'll Follow You" s/t LP (Make A Mess) 2010
Pens "Love Rules" s/t 7" (De Stijl) 2010
Huckleberry Friends "Testing" s/t 6.5" lathe cut (Scotch Tapes) 2010
The Bitters "Wild Beast" East General LP (Mexican Summer) 2010
Hanoi Janes "Summer Of Panic" Year Of Panic LP (Captured Tracks) 2010
Twerps "Good Advice" s/t CS (Night People) 2010
The UV Race "I Go Blank" s/t LP (Aarght!) 2010
Deaf Wish "Backwards" Reality and Visions LP (Exo) 2009
Defektors "Bottom of the City" The Bottom of the City LP (Nominal) 2010
Daily Void "Psychic Violence" The Eclipse of 1453 12" (Sacred Bones) 2010
Grand Trine "Radio Frequency" split 7" w/Black Feelings (Blue Skies Turn Black)
Rayon Beach "Memory Teeth" Memory Teeth 12" (Hozac) 2010
Gary War "Hollow Failures" Reality Protest 7" (Sacred Bones) 2010
Blank Dogs "Carry It Well" Leaves CS (Captured Tracks) 2010
Sun Araw "Beat Cop" On Patrol 2LP (Not Not Fun) 2010
Sandra Electronics "New Purpose" It Slipped Her Mind 10" (Downwards) 2010
Nurse "Mountain Sickness" unreleased mp3

Reviews coming later...

In the meantime, get a hold of that White Fence LP. 2010 contender.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 45

Not a ton of time for reviews this week, so we're sticking to the essentials...

Two brand new ones this week from Pop Drones faves The Fresh & Onlys. The twelve inch on Captured Tracks is the band in fine pop form, while their one-sided seven inch on the Hell Yes! label is a much darker affair. Not sure why Hell Yes! released a one-sided seven inch for these guys, especially considering the vast amount they've released since their inception. You figure they coulda come up with another track. Kind of expensive once the euro and shipping is involved, so I can only recommend this to the die-hard fan. The F&O's have another seven inch due soon on another small-run European label, Plastic Spoon Records, based out of France. Pre-order that here. Of course, the long awaited LP on In The Red is due soon, as well. Vancouver fans can catch them with King Khan at Venue on April 11th.

Though it's not out for a few weeks, Matt K. Shrugg's new LP on Tic Tac Totally is shaping up to be one of those great summer records that stick with you until the bitter cold of winter arrives. Buncha new tracks dropped on his myspace, so if you've been following this cat's seven inches for the last few years, this full platter full o' amped up garage anthems is gonna hit the right spot.

In case you haven't heard yet, Blank Dogs is making his first appearance in Vancouver this coming Friday. I got a pair of tickets to give away on the show this Wednesday (the 14th), so tune in between 10am-113oam for yr chance. Gonna be a must-see show.

A note for all the Vancouver bands who are still looking to play Music Waste this year. Deadline for entries is April 15th, so get yr shit together and send some basic info here

submissions (at) musicwaste (dot) ca

Still looking for volunteers for this as well. Email the above to help put on Vancouver's best fest.

On to Episode 45...

Ty Segall "Caesar" Caesar 7" (Goner) 2010
The Fresh & Onlys "Garbage Collector" August In My Mind 12" (Captured Tracks) 2010
The Fresh & Onlys "Witchy Woman" s/t one-sided 7" (Hell Yes!) 2010
Matt K. Shrugg "Freak Out" Gone Ashtray LP (Tic Tac Totally) 2010
Crystal Swells "James" unreleased mp3, recorded 2009
Teenager "Louisiana Lounger" Show Me Pink LP (Telephone Explosion) 2010
Unnatural Helpers "Sunshine/Pretty Girls" s/t 7" (Hardly Art) 2010
Blank Dogs "Heat And Depression" Phrases 12" (Captured Tracks) 2010
Black Bug "Inside Out" s/t LP (FDH) 2010
Balaclavas "Roman Holiday" Roman Holiday LP (Dull Knife) 2010
Heather Leigh Murray "untitled" Jailhouse Rock LP (Not Not Fun) 2010 *reissue of Fag Tapes CS from 2007
Sun Araw "The Stakeout" On Patrol 2LP (Not Not Fun) 2010
solars "Flagstaff (live)" Mist CS (Prairie Fire) 2010
Infinite Body "Out To Where I Am" Carve Out The Face Of God LP (PPM) 2010
James Ferraro "F-150..." Last American Hero LP (Olde English Spelling Bee) 2010

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 44

Thanks to the always vigilant ear of DJ Rick over at Art For Spastics, I was recently hipped to another great band from the San Fran area--Baths. Darkly woven psych-garage that's sure to impress some fans of like-minded bands from that scene (think the Fresh and Onlys' somber moments), though they certainly stand tall on their own legs. Sure enough, after Rick urged someone to press these guys to large-format wax, Woodsist has announced they'll be putting out an LP later this year, and Hozac will be releasing a seven inch, too. For now you can grab a self-titled cassette from Wizard Mountain, but I bet we can expect some of these tracks to appear on the forthcoming LP. Also, the band have a seven inch available on the hard-to-track-down Rad Key Records label.

Night People has been busier than ever, releasing over a dozen of cassettes over the last few months, not to mention the outstanding Broken Water LP. The Pheromoans follow up two well received seven inches with a tape of hissy, ramshackle DIY punk songs that sound like they fell off a Messthetics compilation. Definitely not as "polished" as the songs heard on those previous seven inches, but well worth the investigation nonetheless. Keep an ear out for an EP on Sweet Rot, and lathe cut split seven inch with Dan Melchior on Scotch Tapes and their debut LP on Convulsive.

Despite releasing a lot more vinyl than ever before, LA's Not Not Fun still have time for new cassettes, with two new notables by Dylan Ettinger and Edibles. Ettinger, who runs the El Tule label, had an earlier cassingle and seven inch on NNF and half a dozen cassettes on various labels, releases his most cohesive and streamlined effort yet. New Age Outlaws is a slow build of vintage synths that eventually mold into a laidback cruise through cities previously envisioned in William Gibson novels. There have been a long line of releases like this from Ettinger but this is easily his magnum opus and apparently his last statement in this style of futuristic soundtracking.

If Dylan Ettinger is in cruise control in the clouds of a fictional future city, then Edibles (aka Dewey Mahood of Eternal Tapestry and Plankton Wat) is drifting down a hazy, sun-speckled river of content. Crazy-echoed guitars slither around deep bass hits and pitter pattering bongs, evoking a stoned reggae seance far from urban annoyances. Definitely not what you'd expect to hear from the shredding guitarist who's best known for throwing down with heavy psych juggernauts Eternal Tapestry. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Ducktails or the lighter, reggae-tinged side of Sun Araw.

One last cassette to mention here is the recent Gnod release on NNF. Gnod have been slaying the UK with their intense bouts of hammering psych for several years now, meanwhile, they've released a few cassettes (most sold out) on psych-minded labels like Sonic Meditations and Sloow, not to mention a few self-released CDRs. Now Not Not Fun have managed to wrangle them in for two side-long blasts that'll blow yr scalp off by the end of each side. Look out for a 2LP release with White Hills due next month on Rocket Recordings.
This is probably the type of band that really needs to be seen live, so check the youtube clip below for an apporoximation...

Broken Water "Say What's On Your Mind" Whet LP (Night People) 2010
Baths "Sitting In My Room" s/t CS (Wizard Mountain) 2010
Pheromoans "Mock The Week" s/t CS (Night People) 2010
Guinea Worms "Drunk In Yr Uggs" Sorcererers Of Madness (4rd Year In A Row) 2LP (Columbus Discount) 2010
Virus "Nothing" split w/Dots 7" (Depression House) 2009
Lamps "I've Been On A Lot Of Camels" s/t 7" (Dull Knife) 2010
Rot Shit "Local Band Forever" s/t 7" (Columbus Discount) 2010
Nice Face "Garbage Head" Immer Etwas LP (Sacred Bones) 2010
Pink Noise "The Hallow Gods" Birdland LP (Sacred Bones) 2010
LA Vampires "untitled" s/t cassingle (self released) 2010
Tracey Trance "Fountain 1" Fountain CS (Night People) 2010
Terrorbird "We Were Monsters" We Were Monsters CS (Scotch Tapes) 2010
Edibles "Lazers" Super Space/Mind Peace CS (Not Not Fun) 2010
Dylan Ettinger "City Lights, City Streets" New Age Outlaws CS (Not Not Fun) 2010
Robedoor "untitled" Flatliners CS (Jerkwave) 2010
Gnod "Deadbeat Disco In Paper Error Shocker!" Science and Industry CS (Not Not Fun) 2010

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 43

Tons of great new music this week, including an out-of-nowhere surprise by a new band from Olympia called Broken Water. They had one under-the-radar self-released seven inch to their name, so this new LP on Night People is sure to garner them more attention. The band consists of two ex-members of Sisters and a member from Congratulations, both of which now seem to be defunct. This three piece continue the current trend of late80s/early 90s revivalism, with easy comparisons to Sonic Youth, Unwound, Eric's Trip, and Dinosaur Jr. Much like their forbearers, they manage to flit easily between the grinding noisy end of guitar rock and the woozier, atmospheric side. The comparisons to SY and Dino will probably follow these guys for some time because Jon Hanna's vocals are tapped into the laid back drawl of J. Mascis and the snotty cool of Thurston Moore. I don't really want to spend too much time dissecting the record-- the proof is in the puddin'. This one's a contender for favorite of the year so far. Seek it out asap!

After two years of teasing us with seven inches, NYC's Nice Face finally release their debut LP. Thirteen tracks of noisy and electro-damaged synth punk that's sure to whet the appetite of fans of bands like Feeling Of Love, Amber Alerts, Dead Luke, and Blank Dogs first year, though the singer has a distinct sneering vocal style that helps separate them from the rest of the pack. Immer Etwas, unlike the quick stabs of the seven inches, flip the switch on and off between the alarmist synth punk we've come to know and anthemic fuzzy punk rock that would've fit in well with the late 70s punk heard in NYC. Essential listening for '10.

Italy's Avant! Records caught my attention about a year back with the release of a seven inch by Mexico's Los Llamarada, which, alongside their excellent LP on S-S, received a ton of play at the homestead. Avant! has recently released a brand new from one of Metz's finest, Feeling Of Love, who already had a packed few months with a single on Sweet Rot and an LP on Kill Shaman. This single's A side is "Waiting for the cheerleaders to get drunk" and contains some real creepo lyrics about lurking under bleachers waiting for, well, you get the idea. A hypnotic strum 'n' bleep that is easily the most restrained and cleaned up I've heard the band. On the flip they take some classic Zombies lyrics and give 'em the FOL treatment. Avant! has just recently snatched up another winner from France and released an LP by Cccandy. Look out for the in a future episode...

Excellent new batch from Olde English Spelling Bee, who have been on a bit of hypnagogic roll the last few months. OESB has a keen ear for releasing vinyl for groups that would normally disappear into the cassette underground. In fact, Rangers and Forest Sword both had their start releasing limited cassettes. Rangers traverse the same territory as their previous Not Not Fun tape, which has been dubbed as "mirroball funknagogic pop". Basically it's a much more upbeat version of the cheese-infused soundtracks created by Skaters, Lamborghini Crystal etc.

Forest Swords has two previous cassette releases on Woven Tones and Leftist Nautical Antiques, and Dagger Paths features revamped tracks from both, so if you missed those tapes, now's yr chance. Stuck in the middle of northern England, Forest Swords creates hallucinatory dubscapes by apparently using the coastline as inspiration (interview on that here). Languid guitar lines on repeat alongside dubbed 'n' screwed bass with the occasional vocal sample slipped in, riding somewhere between the warmth of Burial and the shamanic simplicity of Pocahaunted. Highly recommended and limited to 500...

Speaking of Pocahaunted, the band's mainstay, Amanda Brown, has ventured into solo territory with her new L.A. Vampires moniker. Having released a track on the outstanding crimson wave comp My Estrogeneration, and a recent self released cassingle (grab that from the NNF site), L.A. Vampires drop a side of wax, splitting it with the like-minded Psychic Reality. Brown drops some hip-hop inspired Robitussum beats and adds flourishes of horns, flutes, a shit ton of EFX, and then douses every track with layers of her trademark Siren vocals, making for one of the strangest and hardest-to-define releases of the year.

Psychic Reality takes over the flip of this record and manages to outweird L.A. Vampires with her hall of mirrors vocal shrieks and decayed disco and dancehall beats. There's also a middle eastern feel to the whole side, too, making this incredibly hard to pin down, requiring several listens to soak up. Limited release on this one, too...

Zola Jesus "I Can't Stand It" Stridulum EP 12" (Sacred Bones) 2010
Dum Dum Girls "Throw Aggi Off The Bridge" Blissed Out CS (Art Fag) 2010
The Pink Noise "Oh Caroline" Birdland LP (Sacred Bones) 2010
Nice Face "I Want Your Damage" Immer Etwas LP (Sacred Bones) 2010
Feeling Of Love "Respect Exotic Love" s/t 7" (Sweet Rot) 2010
Feeling Of Love "What's Your Name Who's Your Daddy?" s/t 7" (Avant!) 2009
Lamps "Niels Bohr Was An Excellent Ping Pong Player" s/t 7" (Dull Knife) 2010
Rot Shit "Hipster Grandma" s/t 7" (Columbus Discount) 2010
Heavy Chains "Dumbed I, Witch" unreleased mp3, 2010
Broken Water "Memory" Whet LP (Night People) 2010
Dirty Beaches "Coast To Coast" s/t CS (Night People) 2010
Yves/Son/Ace "Bitter Pill" Parade Of Thoughts/Can't Sleep LP (Night People) 2010
Dead Luke "People Are Freaky Then You Die" Cosmic Meltdown CS (Night People) 2010
Teepee "D.R.O.N.E.S." s/t CS (Night People) 2010
Pocahaunted "All Of Is Of" Make It Real LP (Not Not Fun) 2010
LA Vampires "Acid We" split w/Psychic Reality 12" (Not Not Fun) 2010
Psychic Reality "Seela/See" split w/Pocahaunted 12" (Not Not Fun) 2010
Forest Swords "Miarches" Dagger Paths LP (Olde English Spelling Bee) 2010
Rangers "Bear Creek" Suburban Tours LP (Olde English Spelling Bee) 2010
Empress "untitled Side B" s/t 2xCS (Soldier Pumps) 2010

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Passing along some upcoming local shows, including a rare appearance by Mecca Normal at Fake Jazz on the 14th...


BLEEDER + FUCK NO! tour kickoff show with HARI LEGS and PHONECALLS

(night of doom/sludge/drone - Victoria band NOMAD play FIRST, right at 10:15 SHARP)

LICK (Fake Jazz)