Saturday, July 16, 2011
I had the incredible pleasure of seeing Modern Man open for Coma Cinema a few months back. I just now realized I never posted anything and I am ashamed! Live they sounded like late 90s Radiohead filtered through surf-punk and stoner metal. This video has their front man creating something slightly different, but just as awe-inspiring. If you dig it, listen to more on bandcamp.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Ultra-prolific Sam Ray of Ricky Eat Acid decided yesterday to finally release his "Teen Suicide" side-project. With strong doo-wop influence, and zero self esteem, Bad Vibes Forever is lo-fi to the core. Songs like "No Fun" and "I Feel Like Dying" show respect for their doo-wop influence and fall somewhere between Dirty Beaches and Wavves. Although the punk efforts fall much closer to the Wavves end of that spectrum, they have the emotional teeth to cut through any drug-induce haze and straight to the bone.
This summer's Adult Swim singles series had a bit of a slow start, but it's safe to say its in full swing now! Grab the last (and best) two entries from the series, from ATHID favorites Active Child and The Tallest Man on Earth
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Dead Computer + Broken Charger. Borrowing a friend's today though, so if you haven't seen the new video for Cult's (relatively) old song, check it out above!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sure, they fell off the planet for a while, but "Fair Ohs" are back! They've dropped the "thee" but their sound hasn't changed much. Stereogum says their debut LP will be out by the end of the month on the always respectable Lefse. Check out the opening track , and the seasonal essential "Summer Lake."
Baldessari - Fair Ohs
Summer Lake - Fair Ohs
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
There isn't much "new" going on in New Daze, but I've been whistling that horn line for about a week now. I can't entirely describe why I've been listening to this song as much as I have lately, but some melodies just grab you on first listen and won't let go. Songs this perfect for a lazy summer don't come around as often as they should.
Thanks to NMB for the original post!
Subpop duo Memoryhouse surround themselves with a talented group of muscians. You might recognize their former bass player as Foxes in Fiction, so its about time to round the group out. Below you can hear the debut single from touring drummer Daniel Gray's solo project MPSO (Mount Pleasant Sympathy Orchestra). Falling in similar territory to the most recent Foxes in Fiction release, its tempting to call these two tracks ambient. And while that wouldn't particularly offend Daniel, the label doesn't quite fit. On the A side the drums are too fierce, and the bass is too prominent. "Blue Night" falls into more traditionally ambient territory but I've never been a huge fan of the word at all. Those Were Different Time's false ending, and Blue Night's slow and steady build demand too much attention to fade into the background.
Those Were Different Times - MPSO
Blue Night - MPSO
Daniel is currently working on his debut EP, tentatively titled "Wisdom Teeth" which should be out by the end of the year. The single doesn't have any official art at the moment, but I used my graphic design experience to whip that picture up in approximately 3 hours. If you're digging the single, check out a few demos and keep up with MPSO on tumblr.
Bo and the Locomotive sound like a combination of all your favorite american indie bands. The title track brings to mind Fleet Foxes, while the closer definitely could have been written by Isaac Brock. However, what they lack in originality they make up for in good vibes and good old St Louis charm, so no one really complains. The tape was just added to bandcamp, where you'll find a second EP also for free.