John Dwyer took a little break from his band Thee Oh Sees to put out an album under his unique project named Damaged Bug. It’s notably less guitar heavy than his normal output for Thee Oh Sees. This makes for some odd and eccentric Rock n Roll that sounds more like Devo than any kind of garage rock.
“Gloves for Garbage" starts the album out, with a floaty synth line that sounds a little like a theremin (is it a theremin? not sure.). The rest of the album drags a little after this cool opening song, but it’s still a cool glance at what John Dwyer gets up to when there are no guitars in the room.
I covered this amazing British/Nigerian led electronic group Ibibio Sound Machine just recently with their first single “Let’s Dance”.
Now they just released their second single, entitled “The Talking Fish (Asem Usem Iyak)”, and man-o-man is it filled with some awesome funk. The bass line that starts out the tune sounds like something Bootsy Collins would have laid down during his stint with James Brown and the JBs. The electronics soon come into play and they create some of the most unique Dance music I’ve heard in a while.
They’re on tour as well and I’d imagine they put on one hell of a live show! Check out their tourdates and see if they’re coming anywhere near: http://ibibiosoundmachine.com/tour.html
Santigold’s sophomore album “Master of My Make-Believe" was released in 2012 and it’s still getting a lot of play from me. I rated it pretty high on my list that year, but it’s one of those albums that you continue to rediscover. Some of the catchy hooks are nestled in deep under the heavy percussion and take a little time to really get into.
“Look at These Hoes" has Santigold at her best, rapping in flow with the rhythm with amazing syncopation. I love the “Killah Killah" lines that she disperses every so often during the chorus. I hope Santigold is working on some new material, as I’d love to hear another album within the next year or so.
Eternals Summers is a Indie-Pop duo from Roanoke, Virginia that I’ve covered for a while now. Their sound progressed nicely with their 2012 record “Correct Behavior”, and now they just released a new record entitled “The Drop Beneath”. While their sound hasn’t really changed as much from the last record, they still continue to put out shimmering, catchy pop songs. If it’s not broke, why fix it, right?
I’m enjoying this tune, “Capture”. The guitars are soft and glide along nicely as singer Nicole Yun injects her bright vocals into the mix. Solid stuff from this band yet again.
The new album from San Francisco garage rockers Warm Soda is now available to stream online, courtesy of Noisey/Vice. It’s entitled “Young Reckless Hearts" and it’s filled with catchy pop-coated garage rock tunes. Enjoy!
The first single has just been released from The Fresh and Onlys upcoming album “House of Spirits”. It’s entitled “Bells of Paonia”, and it has a cool, fuzzed out sound that reminds me of some mellow Velvet Underground tracks. It’s a slow burn of a song and has me looking forward to hearing more from this record.
Tycho’s newest record “Awake" has the electronic music producer yet again doing what he does best: making pristine sounding electronic post-rock.
Each song has a slow build, with more and more elements entering the music as he builds his beautiful compositions. It’s a formula he’s sticking by, and this latest record proves that it’s not getting stale.
This 2011 record by California band Craft Spells still gets a lot of play from me. It has that late 80’s pop sound mixed with some elements of New Order… even the album cover is oddly reminiscent of a New Order record:
Lots of people don’t like when bands have that derivative sound, but in this case of Craft Spells, I think it’s much more honest and really is just a springboard for the kind of music they play. They’re not ripping anyone off, they know what they like and they create great tunes.
Recently watching the HBO show True Detective, I caught this tune being played at the end of the first episode. Reminded how awesome of a song it is. This is the Black Angels at their best… dark, haunting guitar lines which blast into their trademark psychedelic trance. You’d be hard pressed to find a better Psych-rock band these days than the Black Angels.
Beck’s breakout record “Mellow Gold" turned 20 just yesterday. Hard to believe that this album was such a success with it’s anti-commercial leanings. Lots of noise and punk rock elements but it ended up catapulting Beck into stardom and he stayed there while putting out great record after great record.
“Pay No Mind (Snoozer)" is the one tune on Mellow Gold that really gave us a look at what Beck would become. Slacker folk rock at it’s best.
Natural Child’s newest album “Dancing With Wolves" sounds like a psychedelic country album from the 60s. If you didn’t know it was a record that came out in 2014 then you really would have thought it was an unknown country band that didn’t get the same attention as the Byrds. It’s that good. The musicianship, the harmonies… they’re all top notch and true to their roots. This record is just pleasing to listen to on a bright sunny morning or a slow summer day.
“Saturday Night Blues" is one of the more up tempo numbers on the record. The whole record has a nice flow, with most of the songs coasting along at a little slower pace, but this tune gets things kickin’ for a second. I love the addition of the pedal steel guitar during the chorus. I’m telling ya, check this album out!
This new Black Lips single “Make You Mine” off their upcoming record “Underneath the Rainbow” just oozes of “Exile on Main Street” Rolling Stones era. It’s a slight goofy country/blues that’s catchy and raw. I’ve always thought the Black Lips’ more blues/country sound fit them well. It doesn’t hurt that Patrick Carney of the Black Keys produced the album, so his touch of blues is all over the record. I think it’s one of the Black Lips’ best, check it out: Click Here to Pre-order “Underneath the Rainbow”
The War On Drugs’ new album “Lost in the Dream" is imminent for release. They’ve put out the single "Red Eyes”, which is a great guitar driven rocker, but now we get to hear a softer side of the record with this tune “Suffering”. It’s a very patient build up, with some added guitar effects that play well with the emotional weight of the song.
This record seems to be The War On Drugs really cementing themselves as a great songwriting band. Singer Adam Granduciel’s best moments are in the subtle, softer tunes, but they still blend that with some noisey rock n roll similar to the Dire Straits or Tom Petty… just mixed with some experimental guitar soundscapes. Real great stuff, can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.