Thursday, March 24, 2011

Episode 88

Topless Mongoes "Rowena" s/t 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
Sharp Ends "Broadview Pressure Test" s/t 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
B-Lines "It Rains" Bloodstains Across B.C. 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
Manic Attracts "Dead City" Bloodstains Across B.C. 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
Indian Wars "Get To The Point" Bloodstains Across B.C. 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
Yung Mums "BC Budz" Bloodstains Across B.C. 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
Timecopz "Laptop DJs" Bloodstains Across B.C. 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
Student Teacher "Eco-Babes" Bloodstains Across B.C. 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
UV Race "Low" Homo LP (In The Red) 2011
Vivian Girls "Lake House" Share The Joy LP (Polyvinyl) 2011 *due April 12
Crystal Stilts "Precarious Stair" In Love With Oblivion LP (Slumberland) 2011 *due April 12
Crystal Swells "Waco, Wasilla, Waikiki" Goethe Head Soup CS (self released) 2011
The Vacant Lots "Confusion" s/t 7" (Mexican Summer) 2011
onYou "Sight/Seen" White Waste one-sided 12" (Captcha) 2010
Krang "Speed Of Tent" Speed Of Tent 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.) 2011
Circuit Des Yeux "Self Satisfaction" Ode To Fidelity 7" (De Stijl) 2011
Motion Sickness Of Time Travel "Auto Suggestion" Seeping Through The Veil Of The Unconscious LP (Digitalis) 2011
Belong "Come See" Common Era LP (Kranky) 2011
Higuma "Pacific Temple" Pacific Fog Dream LP (Root Strata) 2011
Mandlebrott and Skyy "System R" OD-Axis LP (Digitalis) 2011

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Episode 87

Fungi Girls "Glare #2" s/t 7" (Group Tightener) 2011
Bitch Prefect "Holiday In America" s/t 7" (RIP Society) 2011
Dan Melchior "Stairway To Croydon" Assemblage Blues LP (Siltbreeze) 2011
K-Holes "Gutter" s/t LP (Hozac) 2011
Crystal Swells "Patent Trolls" Goethe Head Soup CS (self released) 2011
Iceage "Never Return" New Brigade LP (Dais) 2011
Psychic Paramount "N6" II LP (No Quarter) 2011
Lumerians "Burning Mirrors" Transmalinnia LP (Knitting Factory) 2011
Follakzoid "Now" s/t 12" (Sacred Bones) 2011
Holydrug Couple "Arabic Hash" Ancient Lands 12" (Sacred Bones) 2011
Gypsy Treasures "Strawdogs Of Wroclaw" Buried Goods CS (Not Not Fun) 2011
High Wolf "Flowers Of Congo" Etoile 3030 CS (Not Not Fun) 2011
Peaking Lights "Hey Sparrow" 936 LP (Not Not Fun) 2011
Hype Williams "William, Shotgun Sprayer" One Nation 12" (Hippos In Tanks) 2011
Tonetta "Big Rig" Vol. 2 LP (Black Tent Press) 2011

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 86

Hozac has hooked up a couple great LPs so far this year, with the most addictive being the new K-Holes full length (album cover above). Made up of a few members of Golden Triangle-- amongst a numerous other bands I can't gather much info on--the band combine thunderous, tribal drumming more than one drummer?), some voodoo sax wails and a bent take on surf rock. Moments of Golden Triangle's high energy pop up here and there, but this is certainly not the party music that their day job have become known for. Dirge-y, ritualistic and swampy blues that bring to mind The Birthday Party, Scratch Acid or, more recently, Australia's Slug Guts. Highly recommended stuff. Also make sure you check out the hammering thug-punk of France's Subtle Turnhips on their third album and first for Hozac.

Spotlight this week on the Not Not Fun affiliated 100% Silk label. It seems as if there is more than enough mutant disco, haunted R&B and chopped and screwed midnight soul for there to be an entire label dedicated to these hazy, late night dancefloor riddims. You can get these from most decent suppliers on the cheap (they're all 45rpm 12 inches that are housed in the exact same sleeve) and come highly recommended if you like what Amanda Brown, the head honcho of the label, does under her LA Vampires guise.

Fungi Girls "Owsley Knows" s/t 7" (Group Tightener) 2011
Kurt Vile "Jesus Fever" Smoke Ring For My Halo LP (Matador) 2011
Bitch Prefect "Marilyn Monroe" s/t 7" (RIP Society) 2011
Koban "Turn Him On" s/t 7" (Broadway To Boundary) 2011
K-Holes "Short Zippers" s/t LP (Hozac) 2011
Dizzy Eyes "Ay" Let's Break Up The Band 7" (Hardly Art) 2011
The Sticks "Under Pressure" Scrapes EP 7" (M'Ladys) 2011
Davilla 666 "Obsesiano" Tan Bajo LP (In The Red) 2011
Duchess Of Saigon "Zero Song" s/t LP (S-S) 2011
Los Llamarada "A Current" Restless Night 7" (S-S) 2011
Subtle Turnhips "Two Two" Terd Album LP (Hozac) 2011
Folded Shirt "Always Born That Way" F/S LP (Fashionable Idiots) 2011
Unholy Two "Sick Fuck" $kum Of The Earth (Columbus Discount) 2010
Metal Mountains "Orange Yellow" Golden Trees LP (Amish) 2011
Psychic Reality "Expla" Vibrant New Age LP (Not Not Fun) 2011
Samantha Glass "Sky Tricks" Celestial Night Queen CS (Not Not Fun) 2011
Tonetta "Get It Going" s/t 7" (Black Tent Press) 2011
Ital "Queens" s/t 12" (100% Silk) 2011
Cuticle "Towel" s/t 12" (100% Silk) 2011
Maria Minerva "Hagasuxzzavol" s/t 12" (100% Silk) 2011
The Deeep "Muddy Tracks" s/t 12" (100% Silk) 2011

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 85

Plenty of great local action to report on this week. First up is the long awaited (at least around these parts) seven inch by the two-piece Koban. The duo combine Joy Division-esque guitar lines of misery with thumping bass and super simple drum machine beats. Sam's vocals are at the right level of buried and distorted, just enough to mask them but clear enough to hear the lyrics. He usually sounds like he's singing from the back of the room, while Brittany's vocals are up front, very clear and act as an excellent counterpoint. The band have really come into their own as a live act since forming in 2008 as Manta Ray Gun and are surprisingly entertaining to watch live, which is kinda rare for a duo with their minimalist tendencies. You can catch them live twice this weekend--Friday will see them at the Lion's Den for their seven inch release party and they'll be opening up for NYC's Silk Flowers at the Anza Club on Saturday.

Vancouver's Dizzy Eyes also have a new seven inch out this week, released on the new-ish Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art. Three breezy tracks of urgent pop garage that verges on the anthemic and brings to my mind late era Pixies. Absolutely addictive stuff. Two of the three songs here have been cleaned up from their original and long sold out appearance on a split cassette with Mode Moderne. An LP is apparently in the works for Hardly Art later this year, though, outside of an appearance at SXSW later this month, the band will be on hiatus for a good chunk of 2011. Snatch that limited single up here or grab it from yr local grocer.

Dizzy Eyes "Let's Break Up The Band" Let's Break Up The Band 7" (Hardly Art) 2011
Beach Fossils "Out In The Way (Feat. Jack Tatum)" What A Pleasure 12" (Captured Tracks) 2011
Tim Cohen "New House In Heaven" Magic Trick LP (Captured Tracks) 2011
The Sandwitches "In The Garden" Mrs. Jones Cookies LP (Empty Cellar) 2011
Julian Lynch "Canopy" Terra LP (Underwater Peoples) 2011
Trophy Wife "Light Socket" s/t 7" (Private Leisure Industries) 2011
Peaking Lights "Amazing And Wonderful" 936 LP (Not Not Fun) 2011
Sonny Smith "Broke Artist At The Turn Of The Century" 100 Records Vol. 2 5x7" (Turn Up) 2011
Dirty Beaches "Horses" Badlands LP (Zoo Music) 2011
Koban "Solid Gold" Solid Gold 7" (Broadway To Boundary) 2011
Julianna Barwick "Prizewinning" The Magic Place LP (Asthmatic Kitty) 2011
Factums "Slow Run" Gilding The Lilies CS (Night People) 2010
Bad Indians "Come Down" Don't Hang That (On Me) CS (On The Make Music) 2010
Pheromoans "Trusthouse Blues" It Still Rankles LP (Convulsive) 2011
Cheveu "Charlie Sheen" 1000 LP (Kill Shaman) 2011
Folded Shirt "Hello Telephone Pole" s/t LP (Fashionable Idiots) 2011
Los Llamarada "Restless Light (Was Made Flesh In Me)" Restless Light 7" (S-S) 2011
Pas Chic Chic "Premier Souffle" s/t 12" (Semprini) 2010

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