Friday, August 28, 2015
The EP comes out of the gate racing with the grand fuzz track "Billions". By the time I was part way through the following "Chemotherapy", I was crediting the band, producer and engineer for creating a set of songs that captured the energy of a live performance while still providing decent fidelity. The third song is the previously mentioned "Misophonia", which is my anthem for the summer, and thereafter until some other song manages to take it down. "Touchy Feely" is all fuzz, noise and energy and if you can't shout, you can't play along. "Two-Bit Loser" is a gritty blues jam that I expect is an absolute crowd-pleaser in live shows. The EP closes with an ode to cricket player "Glenn McGrath". And in case you are wondering, it is the kind of ode that produces smiles, not tears. You may, however, shed tears if you don't get this record and you find yourself a bit short of appropriate music for your next party -- or your next tailgater.
And as a bit of housekeeping, if my wife is reading this I've never been to a brothel party and I have no idea who Ashley Madison is.
West Thebarton Brothel Party is out now via Mirador Records in digital and 10" vinyl formats. Hit the Bandcamp link below for details.
Bandcamp for EP
Soundcloud for EP
Most of us probably woke up with at least four dollars that could be spent to make your day a bit brighter. And what could make your day brighter than a four-song EP from a new band with a great sound? (By the way, that was a rhetorical question, I really don't want to hear your perverted, sordid hopes and dreams that President Ted Cruz will probably make illegal just before the mass baptisms.) Today's gem is I Died Dreaming from Seattle's Acid Tongue. Leading off with your and my favorite song of the month, "Lately", the EP delivers soul-influenced retro '60s garage pop, country rock, blues rock with touches of glam and psychedelic rock. Four guys with a great vibe going and we hope to hear more from them.
There isn't a lot of information about Acid Tongue, although it includes members of other Seattle bands Motopony, Fox and the Law, the Mama Rags and Dark Hip Falls.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Our dear friends at Andrew R. Burns & The Tropicanas have another tasty snack of dreamslop headed our way on October 17 via Glasgow's Flowers In The Dustbin. You can sample the goods below with lead track "Pop snuff-it". If you pre-order the three-track record you'll get an immediate download of the song.
Bandcamp for release
Flowers In The Dustbin
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
When faced with a decision about which elements to include in their new single, "Ui Yia Uia", NO ZU considered a menu of synths, deep funk beats, semi-human chanted vocals, horns, bass from ten fathoms deep, and various other bells and whistles. They then said "yes" to the entire menu. The resulting track is hard to describe, but it is easy to like. Mysterious, funky, energizing and yes, a bit weird, it is just what the doctor ordered if you thought things were all sounding a bit alike around your homestead. If fact, that may be your doctor grooving out in the corner over there.
The single is out via Chapter Music, which also will be releasing the bands next LP, Afterlife, early in 2016.
Facebook for NO ZU
Chapter Music page for single
Bandcamp page for single
The Wildness, Joey's next studio album, will be released by This Is American Music in late November, featuring Joey, Kelly and a full band.
This Is American Music page for release
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Paul Donoughue is a Big Strong Brute, or so he calls himself while being musical. He released the five song Good Work EP in July. It has received some good press and in my view has earned every kind word directed its way. The record's epic break-up song, "Oh Me Oh My", is being released as a single, and we are using that event as an excuse to feature Big Strong Brute tonight. The song begins simply but builds in intensity and drama over its five-and-a-half minute running time.
I also highly recommend you spend some time with the EP. Paul is an deft songwriter, especially for such a big strong brute, so you are in for a treat. You can stream the entire record at the Bandcamp and Soundcloud links below. I've included the clever "Wedding Pages" and charming "The Roleplay" from Good Work below, but I assure you that I was torn about which songs to choose, as the opening "Wait" or "Heavy Mountain" could have carried the load as well.
Bandcamp for EP
Nevski are Rodolphe (guitar, piano, vocals), Quentin (guitar, vocals) and Simon (drums). The EP is released by Out of Map. You can find the digital or CD via the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for EP
Monday, August 24, 2015
Dave resided in Nashville, and was an actor and read books for the vision-impaired as well as pursued his music. His Gospel of Power crew included a rotating collection of local worthies
Today Is The Day That They Take Me Away is available now as a digital or CD release. It is expected that vinyl will be available soon.
Fire Records page for release
Sunday, August 23, 2015
review here). The quartet has our attention again, as they will be releasing a new six-song EP, Almost Doesn't Mean You Made It, in early September via Helsinki label Soliti Music. The first song to be shared is "Genius", and it is a free download. With guitar lines reminiscent of Pavement, Avi Buffalo and The Shins, it is a delightful marriage of slacker pop and jangle pop.
Bandcamp for Go!!! EP
Bandcamp for Go!!! EP
Friday, August 21, 2015
"Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party" is the latest single from Courtney Barnett's wonderful recent album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Think. We could just give you and audio stream, but we have something much, much better: A video of Barnett and her band performing the song outside the Camden tube station in London. So, enjoy the video and check out the tour dates below to see if you get lucky.
WORLD TOUR DATES
8.21.15 - Pukkelpop - Hasselt, Belgium
8.22.15 - Lowlands 2015 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
8.23.15 - Green Man Festival - Wales, UK
10.20.15 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA *
10.21.15 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
10.23.15 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY *
10.29.15 - Club Quattro - Umeda, Japan
10.30.15 - Liquid Room - Shibuya, Japan
11.05.15 - Bodega - Wellington, New Zealand
11.06.15 - St. James - Auckland, New Zealand
11.07.15 - Foundry - Christchurch, New Zealand
11.21.15 - Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof - Berlin, Germany
11.23.15 - Bürgerhaus Stollwerck - Cologne, Germany
11.25.15 - The Forum - London, UK
11.26.15 - The Forum - London, UK
11.27.15 - Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
11.29.15 - ATP Festival - Prestatyn, UK
11.30.15 - The Ritz - Manchester, UK
12.01.15 - O2 Academy - Liverpool, UK
12.02.15 - O2 ABC - Glasgow, UK
12.04.15 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK
12.05.15 - Gaite Lyrique - Paris, France
12.28.15 - 12.31.15 - Falls Festival - Australia
01.07.15 - Astor Theatre - Mount Lawley Wa, Australia
01.08.15 - Southbound Festival - Busselton Wa, Australia
01.16.15 - Enmore Theatre - Newtown, Australia
01.22.15 - Palais Theatre - Melbourne, Australia
* w/ Blur
A few weeks ago we brought to your attention (link) The Legendary House Cats. The (mostly) solo project of John Girgus (of Aberdeen, Languis and Non Ultra Joy) which explores the intersection of shoegaze, post punk and electronica. The Cats' latest offering is "King Grudge", written and performed by Girgus and Chris McRitchie. The arena-sized track explores the rocking side of The Legendary House Cats' sweet spot, and it is a great way to start the day. Check out the stream below and if you like it, it is $1 at the Bandcamp link.