Proper Ornaments

16 Jan

We are big fans of Veronica Falls and Ultimate Painting here at 3hive, so when the new Proper Ornaments (another project of James Hoare’s) landed in the inbox I was quite stoked to give it a spin and I really haven’t stopped listening to it since.

Foxhole, their latest release with Slumberland Records, has a lo-fi, groove-pop vibe reminds me a lot of Ultimate Painting – especially when the noodly Velvet Underground style guitar play is in full effect.

Give their chilled-out single “Memories” a spin (below) and head over to Slumberland Records and get your hands on a copy. Enjoy.

Proper Ornaments – Memories from Foxhole (2017)

Sam’s Top 23 Songs of 2016

11 Jan

(Sequenced for flow – not ranking – purposes.)

Tyvek “Choose Once” (In the Red)
My single of the year, from my album of the year. So raw, so good.

Mass Gothic “Every Night You’ve Got to Save Me” (Sub Pop)
Family Sing-Along Song of the Year honors go to this raucous doo-wop jam.

DIIV “Under the Sun” (Captured Tracks)
Shining down from a shimmering crack in the clouds that hung over 2016.

A Tribe Called Quest “We the People…” (Epic)
I could have chosen any of a half dozen tracks off this album but this here’s the anthem, get your damn hands up.

Francis and the Lights w/ Bon Iver “Friends” (KTTF)
Alan Parsons meets auto-tuned R&B meets, well, Bon Iver.

KAYTRANADA “LITE SPOTS” (XL)
Half this song is impossible to dance to; the other half is impossible not to dance to.

De La Soul “Royalty Capes” (AOI)
I wish this album had been more fulfilling than my anticipation of it, but there are some real gems amidst the scattershot experiments. This one’s about why a guy can’t find vintage De La on any of the streaming services.

Homeboy Sandman “Heart Sings” (Stones Throw)
Homeboy Sandman w/ I Am Many “Real New York”
(Stones Throw)
Sometimes he rhymes slow, sometimes he rhymes quick.

Beach Slang “Spin the Dial” (Polyvinyl)
“I was born at the bottom
But I never belonged
I’m hardly ever right
But I’ve never been wrong”
Could’ve been ripped straight from Paul Westerberg’s notebook.

The Men “Dreamer” (We Are the Men)
What you’d imagine to be playing anytime a parent pounds on their teen’s bedroom door and yells, “Turn it down!”

The Radio Dept. “Committed to the Cause” (Labrador)
A slinky statement of a song with hints of Prefab Sprout and St. Etienne.

Parquet Courts “Steady on My Mind” (Rough Trade)
Mmmn, Velvet-y.

Grandaddy “A Lost Machine” (Sony)
Man, this album can’t come soon enough…

James Blake “Love Me in Whatever Way” (Polydor)
That laugh track makes this even more heartbreaking than your average James Blake song.

ot to, not to w/ Noah Smith “Regretta I” (Other People)
Listen very closely.

The xx “On Hold” (Young Turks)
I know their 15 minutes of fame should be long gone, but that Hall & Oates sample…

Sonny & the Sunsets “Needs” (Polyvinyl)
The album where Sonny fell in love with a drum machine and made some goofy babies like this one.

Sunflower Bean “I Was Home” (Fat Possum)
Critics fawned over their debut but I found most of the album kinda boring. That said, this single is some transcendent psych rock amazingness.

Terry Malts “Used to Be” (Slumberland)
Terry Malts has been to me in the early 20-teens what The Wedding Present was to me in the early 1990s – completely durable and indispensible.

The Intended “Don’t Wait Too Long” (In the Red)
Rollicking goodness from Detroit’s garage (or basement, as the case may be) scene.

Leonard Cohen “It Seemed the Better Way” (Sony)
I’m a man of faith but after a year like this one, I get it. I really do.

David Bowie “Lazarus” (ISO/Columbia)
As my grandmother was bedridden and dying of cancer she’d ask my mom to open the curtains so she could watch the birds in the tree outside her window. When I first heard the bluebird line, I crumbled into a sobbing mess. Bowie gave until the very end…ain’t that just like him?

The Rebel Set

10 Jan

Phoenix, AZ punk rockers The Rebel Set are back with a new EP featuring 4 tracks of organ-fried, fuzzy punk rock goodness. You can stream all 4 songs below, I highly recommend that you do.

This bad boy is available now on vinyl (and digitally) through Hidden Volume Records. You should snag this on vinyl, that’s the best way to experience any Hidden Volume release. Enjoy!

Gloria

5 Jan

There is not a lot of info out there about Gloria out of Lyon, France. Their sound is a throwback to the 60′s, reminiscent of groups like The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las. They just released their debut LP, In Excelsis Stereo, via French label Howlin’ Banana Records.

Give the fuzzed-out, jangly “In The Morning” (below) a spin, you’re going to dig it. In Excelsis Stereo is out now and available in multiple formats from Howlin’ Banana.

Gloria – In The Morning from In Excelsis Stereo (2016)

Pow Wows

3 Jan

Toronto’s Pow Wows have been making their brand of grimey garage rock since 2010. Their latest 7 incher, Hey Doctor (via Hidden Volume Records), is another testament to their goodness.

Stream it now (below) and head over to Hidden Volume’s site and snag yourself a copy on vinyl or digital – I highly recommend this on vinyl. Enjoy.

Best of 2016 (ToddS List)

30 Dec

20. Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances [castle face]

19. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits [castle face]

18. Rocket Reducers – S/T [dead beat]

17. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos [lex]

16. ORB – Birth [castle face]

15. OHIOAN – EMPTY / EVERY MT [gold robot]

14. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service [epic]

13. Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale [paradise of bachelors]

12. Natural Child – Okey Dokey [natural child records]

11. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw [dead oceans]

10. Newstalgia – The Formula [producers i know]

9. Ultimate Painting – Dusk [trouble in mind]

8. Omni – Deluxe [trouble in mind]

7. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity [ato]

6. RUMTUM – Mora Tuga [wax thématique]

5. Monster Rally – Mystery Cove [gold robot]

4. David Bowie – Blackstar [columbia]

3. Doug Tuttle – It Calls On Me [trouble in mind]

2. Woods – City Sun Eater In The River of Light [woodsist]

1. Conveyor – Ready Not Ready [gold robot]

The Minni-Thins

28 Dec

The Minni-Thins describe themselves as “…a loud hodge-podge of nineties indie rock, punk, folk, and even country…. think: the Butthole Surfers doing LSD with Connor Oberst and having a bad trip while trying to write an album in the style of The Pixies.” I can’t top that. Give their burner “Apparent” (below) a spin, it’s a sure thing to clean out your sinuses.

Their album, That Old Kentucky Blackgrass, has finally been unleashed upon the masses after being shelved for 10 years. You can get a hold of it now on their Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

The Minni-Thins – Apparent from That Old Kentucky Blackgrass (2006/2016)

December Mixtape

15 Dec


Twelve nut cracking good tracks for your listening pleasure. Thanks to my friend Kris for lighting a fire under my butt. Enjoy.

1. Jets To Brazil – Resistance Is Futile [jade tree]
2. Vanishing Life – Seven Pointed Star [dine alone]
3. Dama Scout – Forget It’s Good [self]
4. No Sun – Erase [don't look down]
5. BEACHMEN – Deathwish [self]
6. First Base – If I See You With That Girl Again [la-ti-da]
7. JEFF The Brotherhood – Juice [dine alone]
8. Scooterbabe – Sick Spine [jigsaw/perfect attendance]
9. Veronica Falls – Buried Alive [slumberland]
10. Veiny Hands – Tonguing [self]
11. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Fall [major]
12. Violet Nox – Snow King [self]

Dogbreth

2 Dec

Here is some killer power-pop from Arizona’s Dogbreth for your Friday. Give “Hoarder House” from their newest LP, Second Home, a spin below.

Second Home is out now through Asian Man Records.

Dogbreth – Hoarder House from Second Home (2016)

Birds of Paradise

30 Nov

Hidden Volume Records is at it again with their latest rock ‘n’ roll 7″ – this time from Montreal duo Birds of Paradise.

The A-side (streaming below) is the duo’s thick and grungy version of Randy Newman’s “Beehive State” and on the B-side is their dusty, garage-pop rendition of Pearl Jones’ “Please Stay“.

As usual this is another solid Hidden Volume release that belongs in your collection. What are you waiting for? Go get yourself a copy from their Bandcamp page now, before they are all gone.

Thanks Scott for sending the vinyl my way!