Leggy

6 Mar

Cincinnati 3-piece, Leggy, pull no punches with their brand of in your face, fuzzy, dream-pop meets garage rock sound. I especially enjoy track #4, “A Reverie” (below). It’s distorted bass and guitar along with the relentless pounding drums and sugary, fuzzed-out vocals make the track pure ear candy.

Leggy’s new EP, Nice Try, is out now and available to download on their Bandcamp page. Stop what you are doing and snag this now, you need these 6 songs in your life.

Shout-out to euro60 on the Randomville boards for the heads up on these guys.

Leggy – A Reverie from Nice Try (2015)

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Sonny and the Sunsets

5 Mar

Sonny and the Sunsets’ newest release Talent Night at the Ashram is equal parts chill, groove and pop mixed together to create 10 songs of toe tapping, head bobbing goodness. Talent Night at the Ashram is available now from Polyvinyl Records. You should buy it.

Sonny and the Sunsets – Cheap Extensions from Talent Night at the Ashram (2015)

The Prefab Messiahs

3 Mar

Massachusetts’ 4-piece The Prefab Messiahs began their short-lived time together as a band in 1981. By 1983 they had disbanded with only one cassette release, Flex Your Mind, under their belt.

Fast forward 32 years, an anthology release with Burger Records and some reunion shows, the Prefab Messiahs are back with their spacey-garage-rock-psych-pop sound in full effect on their new maxi-EP, Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive. You can get a taste of their goodness below with the garage rock punch to the gut of “Weirdoz Everywhere”.

Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive comes out on March 10 on cassette from Burger Records, vinyl from KLYAM Records and will also be available digitally from the Prefab’s Bandcamp page. I highly recommend it.

The Prefab Messiahs – Weirdoz Everywhere from Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive (2015)

Danny James Etc.

24 Feb

Taking the best parts from the 70′s era arena rock, glam and funk, and combing it into some kind of garage-pop-electro-space-funk hodgepodge, Danny James has created one of the most sonically pleasing albums that I have heard in quite some time.

I’m not exactly sure when Pear was officially released. Danny James’ Bandcamp page shows 2012, but I know that Burger Records just released this on vinyl, cassette and CD last week. Regardless it’s a solid album, and by far one of the best releases of 2015 or 2012.

Give opening track “Tight Lipped” (below) a spin, then get yourself over to Burger and snag a copy before they are all gone.

Danny James Etc. – Tight Lipped from Pear (2015)

Hey Mandible

17 Feb

“Ahhhh… the 90′s.” That’s the first thought that came into my mind during my first listen of Florida 3-piece Hey Mandible’s new album The Arse. The heavy bass lines and swirling, distorted guitars take me back to my late teens and early twenties when I was destroying my stereo speakers with bands like Nudeswirl, Mind Funk and Gruntruck.

Those super-heavy bass lines and distorted guitars are the driving force behind opening track “Supernovatone” (below). Caution, if played too loud it’s sure to melt your face.

Classifications be damned! If you dig loud, distorted, in your face music–Hey Mandible is the band for you. Fort Lowell hooked us up with an exclusive full album stream to share with you guys, check it out below you won’t be sorry. The Arse comes out on March 31 on Fort Lowell and Infintesmal Records. You can preorder it now from Fort Lowell Records. Enjoy.

Hey Mandible – Supernovatone from The Arse (2015)

The Paperhead

12 Feb

There is so much music out there it’s impossible (obviously) to hear it all, and it’s really easy to miss out on a gem. One of those gems I missed on last year is The Paperheads excellent album Africa Avenue. It’s killer blend of spacey synths, pounding drums and jangly/crunching guitars sound like they came straight out of the 60′s.

You can sample their psych-pop goodness on lead track “Africa” below. Africa Avenue is available to buy now from Trouble In Mind and I highly recommend that you do.

The Paperhead – Africa from Africa Avenue (2014)

Goodwolf

4 Feb

Listening to West Virginia’s Goodwolf is like getting off a time machine in the late 90′s/early 00′s. Their fresh take on twangy – Lemonheads meets a peppier Cub Country with a dash of The Promise Ring – indie rock is a sweet, sweet nostalgic ride.

Goodwolf released their latest LP, Car In The Woods, back in October with Twin Cousins Records. It’s a solid release and definitely worth your time. Check out “Rechico” below for a taste.

Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for upcoming tour info. Hopefully they are coming to a town near you. If you are in the Chicago area you can check out Goodwolf during Twin Cousins showcase at the CIMM Festival in April.

Goodwolf – Rechico from Car In The Woods (2014)

February 15 Mixtape

2 Feb

This month’s mixtape has 11 songs that are sure to get you through the blah’s of February.

1. Albino Father – The Milk Comes In [self]
2. Darker My Love – Backseat [dangerbird]
3. Gorillaz – Kids With Guns [warner]
4. Paces Lift & Ben Bounce – Feline [wax thématique]
5. Forest World – Love More [self]
6. Leggy – Sweet Teeth [self]
7. Girls on the Beach – Highlife [self]
8. The Stents – Meet Mike Hate [hidden volume]
9. The Busy Signals – Stereo [dirtnap]
10. Springtime Carnivore – Collectors [autumn tone]
11. Gold Panda – Same Dream China [ghostly]

February 2015 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

La Cerca

30 Jan

Tucson’s La Cerca have been around as far as I can tell since at least 2002, but they are brand new to me. I stumbled across their new album, Sunrise for Everyone, one afternoon while searching the nets for new music. Their dusty, hook-filled brand of indie rock immediately captivated me.

Sunrise for Everyone took the better part of three years to record, and it shows as it’s songs are full of masterfully crafted layers of indie rock gold. Check out the standout, slow builder  ”Weather Festival” below for a taste.

Sunrise for Everyone is available now from Fort Lowell Records. I highly recommend it.

La Cerca – Weather Festival from Sunrise for Everyone (2014)

La Cerca

Twerps

26 Jan

Let’s keep this pop theme going…

Twerps formed in Melbourne back in 2008. In their 7+ years as a band they have released one full length and several EPs of shimmery, sickly sweet pop music – including last years Underlay, their debut EP with Merge Records. Tomorrow (Jan 27) they will drop their newest long player, Range Anxiety, again with Merge.

Range Anxiety is indie pop gold with it’s glimmering guitars and killer vocal harmonies. Get a taste of their sweetness below with downloads of “I Don’t Mind” and “Shoulders” as well as the video for “Back To You”. Enjoy.

Twerps – I Don’t Mind from Range Anxiety (2015)

Twerps – Shoulders from Range Anxiety (2015)

Twerps – Back to You (Official Music Video) from Merge Records on Vimeo.