Friday, August 28, 2015

West Thebarton Brothel Party - West Thebarton Brothel Party EP

It is the weekend, so it it time for a brothel party; specifically, time for a West Thebarton Brothel Party EP.  I learned of this band via "Misophonia", a kick ass garage anthem about the condition of not being able to tolerate certain sounds.  I then was overjoyed to discover that the song was but one of six on the debut EP from West Thebarton Brothel Party.  And although it seems to me that the referenced condition could be quite troublesome, I assure you that none of the songs will invoke the malady in any of our readers.  Loud, fuzz-soaked garage driven by multiple guitars, inspired gang percussion and on the edge vocals (a bit of Glasgow's Mummy Short Arms on that score, which is a compliment Ray), the edge-of-chaos vibe leaps from the speakers.

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
Mirador Records

Acid Tongue - I Died Dreaming

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

"Pop snuff-it" by Andrew R. Burns & The Tropicanas

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

"We Go Back" by Chinah

While we still have to wait for the debut EP from Chinah, the Danish trio has given us another song to help the passage of time.  With assured vocals, rich synths and a mellow R&B vibe, "We Go Back" is my Thursday delight.  The band's label is No. 3 Records, and our coverage of their debut song is here.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Ui Yia Uia" by NO ZU

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

Joey Kneiser and Kelly Smith - Live From The Standard Deluxe

Very few people reading this were at the Standard Deluxe in Waverly, Alabama on July 18 (OK, most of us have never been in Waverly at any point).  But there was some music magic in the air that night.  Joey Kneiser (mainstay of Glossary, the best heart-on-the-sleeve, booze-soaked southern rock band you may not have heard of) and Kelly Smith (also a Glossary vet and Joey's ex) decided to record a live show at The Standard Deluxe in Waverly.  While I like to choose my own words here, I'll borrow what another wrote about the event - it was capturing lightning in a bottle.  The trade off for not having a professional studio, multiple takes and computer editing is more than compensated for by the raw emotion and electric atmosphere that is evident in the record of the evening.  Two excellent performers with years of history singing together played a set of old Glossary tunes and songs from some of Joey's solo work for an appreciative audience.  Live From The Standard Deluxe is available in digital and CD formats.  See the Bandcamp or This Is American Music links below, or visit your usual digital sales outfit.  You also can stream the entire album at the Bandcamp link, which should help you decide that you need a dose of Joey, Kelly and The Standard Deluxe in your life.

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

"Oh Me Oh My" by Big Strong Brute

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 - Nevski

My French is quite rusty (the sound in the background is my high school french teacher snorting an 'it was never not rusty').  But language barriers aren't important here.   Just press 'play' on the self titled EP from France's Nevski and treat your ears to some of the most charming indie pop you've heard in a long time.  The record, their debut, consists of four tracks.  The first and second, "En Angleterre" and "Alligator", respectively, are wonderful nuggets of upbeat pop.  The third and fourth are slower and dreamier, but no less interesting.

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

David Cloud and the Gospel of Power - Today Is The Day That They Take Me Away

David Cloud's brand of garage rock is unique and refreshing.  Dave and the band growl and grind while spinning offbeat tales with swagger, humor and lust.  There was drone and distortion, and a strong core of rootsy rock and roll. That his brand of genius was just a bit too out there to strike a chord with mainstream audiences isn't surprising, although it is lamentable.  And since Dave died in February, time has run out on fame and fortune during his lifetime.  But Fire Records has released his final album, all 28 tracks in the aptly named Today Is The Day They Take Me Away (which, it should be noted, is the name of one of the songs on the album).  There is so much more Dave Cloud music, but this is a great place to start.  It is a rare collection, one part beat poetry, one part party rock, one part experimental roots.  You may not find another one like this one.

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

"Genius" by Love Sport

Last December we were excited about the Go!!! EP from Finland's Love Sport (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
Soliti Music

Friday, August 21, 2015

"Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party" by Courtney Barnett

"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.


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 - B├╝rgerhaus 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

"King Grudge" by The Legendary House Cats

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.