Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 56

The Native Cats "Once and Never Again" Always LP (Ride The Snake) 2010
Moonhearts "I Can Go On" s/t LP (Tic Tac Totally) 2010
Tonetta 777 "Red, White and Blue" s/t LP (Black Tent Press) 2010
Jeans Wilder "Pretty Bird" Relics 2xCS (Bathetic) 2010
The Sandwitches "Stardust" Duck, Duck, Goose 12" (Empty Cellar) 2010
Fabulous Diamonds "Untitled 4" II LP (Siltbreeze) 2010
LA Vampires/Zola Jesus "Searching" LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus 12" (Not Not Fun) 2010
Holy Strays "Black Journey" Hyperion CS (Not Not Fun) 2010
Pop. 1280 "Bedbugs" s/t 7" (self released) 2010
Anita Fix & Bam Bam "Run For Joy" s/t 7" (Ride The Snake) 2010
The Men "Problems/Burning Up" Immaculada LP (self released) 2010
Zond "Stupid Gods" s/t LP (RIP Society) 2010
High Wolf "Meeting of the Three Seas" Ascension LP (Not Not Fun) 2010
Evan Caminiti "Thunder Breaks the Dawn" West Winds LP (Three Lobed) 2010
Metal Rouge "May 1971" Trails LP (Emerald Cocoon) 2010
Isengrind "Strigele Tanze" Modelitewnik LP (Blackest Rainbow) 2010

DOWNLOAD EPISODE 56 here (right click link, then Save As)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 55

High Wolf's debut LP has finally arrived, after about a year of releasing cassettes either through his own label, Winged Sun, or on Not Not Fun. If you haven't caught the minor buzz on this French native yet, then now is no better time. Looped guitar lines intermingle with shamanic percussion and shimmering electronics, cascading in psychotropic(al) crescendos. Fans of Sun Araw take note. Absolute highest recommendation.

Been awhile since we've heard anything from the members of the cult psych legends Monoshock, but, kinda outta the blue, there is now a full length to be had done under the name of one of their songs, International Hello. Picking up where they left off, the newly christened band haven't lost any edge, in fact, the intensity level has been considerably amped up. 4 tracks of aggressive and live wire psych exploration that's bound to bring up comparisons of Comets On Fire. Do not sleep on this one...

Tim Cohen "That's My Baby" Laugh Tracks LP (Captured Tracks) 2010
The Fresh & Onlys "Garbage Collector" August In My Mind (Captured Tracks) 2010
Tonstartssbandht "Midnite Cobras" Midnite Cobras 7" (Psychic Handshake) 2010
LA Vampires/Zola Jesus "Bone Is Bloodstone" LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus 12" (Not Not Fun) 2010
Edibles "Invader" split w/Duck Dive CS (Stunned) 2010
Sean McCann "County Heirlooms" Chances Are Staying LP (DNT) 2010
Rene Hell "Bored Night Stalker" Baroque Arcade CS (Night People) 2010
Dirty Beaches "Paris" Night City CS (Night People) 2010
Tracey Trance "untitled" Mummy Fingers CS (Not Not Fun) 2010
High Wolf "In My Bones" Ascension LP (Not Not Fun) 2010
International Hello "Someone's Coming" s/t LP (Holy Mountain) 2010
Mark McGuire "The Invisible World" The Invisible World CS (Cylindrical Habitat Modules) 2010

(Right click link, then Save As)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 54

Excellent new(ish) full length on the unstoppable Fan Death Records comes courtesy of Baltimore's Pfisters. Heavy Jesus Lizard influence on this one, which mostly comes courtesy of their guitarists' demented, almost country-ish twang combined with clean, melodic guitar lines. Though the singer definitely has a bit of the slurry Yow thing going on too. Narcicity is the kinds of record that barely gives you time to breath, streaming from one end to the next. Sadly, got to this one a little late, as it looks to be sold out from the label, but some fine distros and shops ought to have this one still.

After Vile's disappointing debut LP for Matador (there was something about Childish Prodigy that seemed forced), the Philly songsmith has relaxed a bit and dropped an unexpected EP that drifts along as effortlessly as those early recordings that we fell for in the first place. Square Shells is actually more hazy and dreamy than any of his preceding records. An excellent follow-up to a disappointing full length.

Excellent batch of new material over at Night People. Sleep Over make an eerie, almost goth-like smear of shoegaze electronics. Featured on the excellent Dark As Night comp on Bathetic. The kids have something going here, so stay tuned...

Birthed from Olympia, the same city that brought us Broken Water, the unfortunately monikered Lazer Zeppelin are also grafting some interesting sounds together. Mainly a honky tonk stomp blown out into a heavy psych whirlwind. Can't wait for some higher fidelity recordings.

Rene Hell, who has also released music under the moniker Marble Sky, Secret Abuse, Impregnable and a few more, has two new releases under the moniker and this tape for Night People is the best of the label's new batch. Here's what NP had to say

"Will anyone ever fully catch on, be able to keep track of, or catch up with Jeff Witscher’s mysterious output? like trying to understand alien technology, like feeling space and time itself like a drug, this cassette of new Rene Hell material falls easily amongst Witscher's best offerings and falls like a prelude to his upcoming LP on Type. An intense abyss of ambiguous voices, decaying rhythm tracks, synth ambience, super hi fi production and panning techniques, Baroque Arcade endlessly stretches out from the speakers like some new world being born."

Definitely recommended for fans of the new breed of synth heroes, including Oneohtrix Point Never and Emeralds (both on this week's show). This tape is still available and so is the excellent LP on Type. Snatch 'em up

Kurt Vile "Invisibility: Non-Existent" Square Shells 12" (Matador) 2010
Altar Eagle "Lazy Circles In The Sky" Vintage Cats CS (Digitalis) 2010
Miracles Club "untitled (?)" Light Of Love 12" (self released) 2010
Lazer Zeppelin "Highway Hypnosis" Pyramid Echo CS (Night People) 2010
Sleep Over "Your World Is Night" s/t CS (Night People) 2010
Nu Sensae "Passing The Word" TV, Death and the Devil LP (Nominal) 2010
The Men "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition" LP (self released) 2010
Pfisters "Drag" Narcicity LP (Fan Death) 2010
Psychedelic Horsehit "Modern Daze" Acid Tape CS (Fan Death) 2010
Rene Hell "M. Far" Baroque Arcade CS (Night People) 2010
Rene Hell "IV 18 54" Porcelain Opera LP (Type) 2010
Emeralds "Lake Effect Snow" s/t 7" (Wagon/Gneiss Things) 2010
Emeralds "The Cycle Of Abuse" s/t 7" (Wagon/Gneiss Things) 2010
Oneohtrix Point Never "Where Does Time Go?" Returnal LP (Editions Mego) 2010
Faceplant "untitled" Get High and Listen CS (Catholic Tapes) 2009

DOWNLOAD EPISODE 54 here (right click link, then Save As)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 53

Oh man, lots of music to catch up this week. Apologies for the lack of updates. The summer sun has finally hit Vancouver, resulting in, well, an inability to be able to sit in front of a computer for extended periods.

Anyways, right to the goods...

After a spate of releases when he first appeared, which quickly resulted in his announcement of retirement, Madison Wisconsin's Dead Luke re-appears with a full length LP on Florida's Dying. Quite unlike the warped synth punk/garage heard on his Sweet Rot, Sacred Bones and Sky-Fi releases from 2008, American Haircut is more of a psychedelic blues record with almost gothic overtones that doesn't really sound of this time and era. Sitars, synths, acoustic guitar and hazy vocals intertwine and make for some uneasy summer listening. Limited to 500 copies. Eye popping cover art, too!

New York's The Men have dropped their second vinyl release and topped the previous effort. Immaculada is a puzzling mix of wailing, bending shoegaze guitars, drone and hardcore-style vocals. A head scratching mix if there ever was one, but highly recommended if you like yr disparate genres ....
First press of 300 handmade, self released copies sold out quickly. Looks like a second press is due soon.
Check out this in depth review over at the always amazing Built On A Weak Spot blog.

Speaking of self released records in the hardcore vein, Drunkdriver, after much hullabaloo, have decided to put out their new LP on their own (buy it here). If you picked up the Fire Sale seven inch on Fashionable Idiots or the LP on Parts Unknown, you know what to expect--wrenching feedback, vein-popping vocals and pounding riffage of the AmRep variety. Awesome looking record in a nice tip-on sleeve in a one-time pressing of 1000. Don't sleep on this...

Vancouver's own Nu Sensae have finally released their debut LP. A nice advancement on the Isolated Now Waves one-sided 12" from a few years back, TV, Death And The Devil ups the ante considerably on the fidelity end, while also fine-tuning and honing their vicious bass/drums/scream assault. This record actually does their ear splitting live show justice. Not only a modern punk classic but one of the finest LP releases Vancouver has ever seen. Also comes with a poster about the size of a fridge. Released on the essential Nominal Records, who earlier this year dropped another Vancouver insta-classic, Defektors' Bottom Of The City (snatch those here).

After an impressive cassette on Not Not Fun a few years back, LA's Metal Rouge return with a heavy dose on their own Emerald Cocoon record label. Diverging from the Eastern drone of earlier releases, Metal Rouge have opted for a decidedly more rock-based psych exploration, showcasing the bands muscles which were previously hidden from the listener. LP is limited to 300 copies. Grab that here.

Montreal's Psychic Handshake has been culling some of the oddest and skewed punk/garage bands from across our nation, beginning with the Nymphets, Red Mass and one of my 2010 favorites The Wicked Awesomes LP. The label has recently issued two new seven inches, both Montreal-based bands. Dead Wife make an urgent stab of noisy hardcore and snot garage, while Tonstartssbandht have a blown-out, damaged psych vibe that seems to radiate off the turntable. 'I'm A Welsh Souper' is particularly anthemic and forceful, not to mention addictive. Easily one of the best singles of the year. Tonstartssbandht also have a new cassette of Parson Sounds (!) covers that you can snatch here. Psychic Handshake now have proper distribution across North America, so don't sleep on this limited number. Grab it here if yr local grocer is sleeping. Looks like the band was ready to play Vancouver with Run DMT this July but their myspace is saying otherwise. Anyone in Vancouver have any info on this? Drop a comment, please. Oh, and be sure to grab some of their free tunes from Free Music Archive.

Tonsstartssbandht "I'm A Welsh Souper" Midnite Cobra 7" (Psychic Handshake) 2010
The Mantles "Cascades" Pink Information 12" (Mexican Summer) 2010
Gun Outfit "Dead Broke" Possession LP (PPM) 2010
Dead Luke "Dreaming Pt. 3" American Haircut LP (Florida's Dying) 2010
Broken Water "Feminism" s/t CS (Night People) 2010
Black Feelings "Magic Feeling" split w/Grand Trine 7" (Blue Skies Turn Black) 2010
The Men "Lazarus" Immaculada LP (self released) 2010
Drunkdriver "Half Mast" s/t LP (self released) 2010
Veins "The Thrill Of Utter Defeat" s/t CS 2010
Dead Wife "Gentleman Rapist" DWSYHF 7" (Psychic Handshake) 2010
Nu Sensae "I'm A Body" TV, Death and the Devil LP (Nominal) 2010
Lumerians "Deathray Bradbury" s/t 7" (Rococo) 2010
Moon Duo "Set It On Fire" s/t 7" (Agitated) 2010
Cave "Hot Bricks" Pure Moods LP (Drag City) 2010
Gnod/White Hills "Drop Out" Gnod Drop Out With The White Hills II 2LP (Rocket Recordings) 2010
Metal Rouge "The Sunshine Path" Trails LP (Emerald Cocoon) 2010
Oneohtrix Point Never "Returnal" Returnal LP (Editions Mego)

DOWNLOAD EPISODE 53 here (Right click link, then Save As)