Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 51

Girls Names "Warm Hands, Cold Heart" s/t 12" (Captured Tracks) 2010
John Bellows "Great Big Roller" Clean Your Clock LP (Moniker) 2010
Ty Segall "Bees" Melted LP (Goner) 2010
Box Elders "Tiny Sioux" s/t 7" (Hozac Hookup Klub) 2010
Teeth "B Is For Buck Knife" s/t 7" (Hozac Hookup Klub) 2010
Kurt Vile " I Wanted Everything" Square Shells 12" (Matador) 2010
The Feeling Of Love "Goin' Back To The Nineties" OK Judge Revival LP (Kill Shaman) 2010
Flight "Ghosts" s/t 7" (Plastic Spoon) 2010
Daily Void "Several Feet Under" The Eclipse of 1453 (Sacred Bones) 2010
Famines "Got Lies If You Want 'Em" s/t 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2010
Nu Sensae "Strange Games" TV, Death and the Devil LP (Nominal) 2010
Deaf Wish "Smash" Reality & Visions LP (Exo) 2009
Sun Rarara "Nothing" unreleased mp3, 2010
Wooden Shjips "What It Is" What It Is 7" (Sick Thirst) 2010
Magic Lantern "On The Dime" Platoon LP (Not Not Fun) 2010
Emeralds "Candy Shoppe" Does It Look Like I'm Here? 2LP (Editions Mego) 2010 (pictured above)
Mark McGuire "The Passing of the Road Chief" Tidings/Amethyst Waves 2LP (Weird Forest) 2010, Tidings originally released on cassette on Wagon in 2007 and Amethyst Waves originally released on cassette on Wagon in 2008
Empty Love "Black Mould" Black Mould CDr (Geographing) 2010

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 50

The Fresh & Onlys "Cloud 9" s/t 7" (Plastic Spoon) 2010
Fungi Girls "Doldrums" s/t 7" (Hozac) 2010
Lenguars Largas "How A Man Should Live" s/t 7" (iekk! sounds) 2010
Baths "After Death" s/t CS (Wizard Mountain) 2010
Broken Water "Dead Light" Whet LP (Night People) 2010
Box Elders "Plenty Of Room At The Bottom" s/t 7" (Hozac Hookup Klub) 2010
Larry Wish "Hi-Five" Crazy Taxi Cool CS (Moon Glyph) 2010
John Bellows "Travel On" Clean Your Clock LP (Moniker) 2010
Teeth "A Is For Asshole" s/t 7" (Hozac Hookup Klub) 2010
Flight "Crackerjack Woman" s/t 7" (Plastic Spoon) 2010
Feeling Of Love "Leader of the Cops" OK Judge Revival LP (Kill Shaman) 2010
Naked On The Vague "Blank Mind" Heaps Of Nothing LP (Siltbreeze) 2010
Sex Church "Mistaken" 6 Songs LP (Convulsive) 2010
Black Clouds "5 Years Behind Your Time" s/t 7" (Ride The Snake) 2010
The Famines "Syllables" s/t 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2010
Puffy Areolas "Fuck Your Pretzel" In The Army 1981 LP (Siltbreeze) 2010
Charles Albright "Headphones" I'm Happy, I'm A Genius LP (Permanent) 2010
Total Abuse "Discipline" Mutt LP (PPM) 2010
Twin Stumps "Landlord" Seedbed LP (Fan Death) 2010
Mongst "Glass Factory (Song For The Grandfathers)" De-Colonisation LP (Isolated Now Waves) 2010
Mugstar "Ouroboros" Sun, Broken CD (Important) 2010

No time for reviews this week, so I'll let the guys over at Mess & Noise sum up one of the best records of the year so far--Naked On The Vague's Heaps Of Nothing: "If you don't like Heaps Of Nothing, use your fucking imagination, and then try again".

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 49

Girls Names "Let Me In" s/t 12" (Captured Tracks) 2010
The Fresh & Onlys "You're Known To Wander" August On My Mind 12" (Captured Tracks) 2010
La La Vasquez "Hello?" s/t 7" (Captured Tracks) 2010.
Wild Nothing "Live In Dreams" Gemini LP (Captured Tracks) 2010
Circle Pit "Another Trick" Bruise Constellation LP (Timberyard) 2010
Eddy Current Suppression Ring "Wet Cement" Wet Cement 7" (Mexican Summer) 2010
Teenanger "Rats" Give Me Pink LP (Telephone Explosion) 2010
Defektors "Torn To Pieces" Bottom of the City LP (Nominal) 2010
The Feeling Of Love "You're Better Than A Dog Detective" OK Judge Revival LP (Kill Shaman) 2010
Male Bonding "Nothing Remains" Nothing Hurts LP (Sub Pop) 2010
Ratas Del Vaticano "Esclavo" Tempos De Austeridad LP (Siltbreeze) 2010
Twin Stumps "Business Class" Seedbed LP (Fan Death) 2010
Shearing Pinx "Magnolia's Tomb" Void White LP (Isolated Now Waves) 2010
Puffy Areolas "Deathcraze" In The Army 1981 LP (Siltbreeze) 2010
Magic Lantern "Cypress" s/t 7" (Not Not Fun) 2010
Sun Araw "The Stakeout: Reprise" On Patrol 2LP (Not Not Fun) 2010
Bitchin Bajas "Fresh Hair" split w/Moon Duo 7" (Permanent) 2010
Ducktails "Mirror Image" Mirror Image 7" (Shdwply) 2010
Aerosol Constellations w/Bird Costumes "New Moon At Dawn" s/t CDR (Thankless/Isolated Now Waves) 2010

Two quick recommendations this week...

2009 was definitely a banner year for releases of punishing, muscular and frightening punk and rock records (Hunches, Mayyors and Twin Stumps LPs come immediately to mind), but it's been a slow start for 2010. Enter the debut LP by Cleveland's Puffy Areolas (pictured above). These guys have blended 80s hardcore, Big Black's industrial-strength intensity and heaps of feedback for one of the most ear-splitting releases in recent memory. If any of the above mentioned bands get you up in the morning, then seek this out immediately.

And if you just can't get enough punishment, then the newest Twin Stumps LP on Fan Death is also recommended. With a hammering wall of noise and out of control feedback that manages to outstrip their previous release on Dais, Seedbed is a buzzing, speaker-shredding strike of lightning recommended to all fans of vicious hate rock. Fans of Swans and even Whitehouse are urged to seek this out.

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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

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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

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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.