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Knife The Symphony

26 Jul

Cincinnati, Ohio’s Knife The Symphony have been destroying speakers for the better part of 10 years. They’ve performed with Mission of Burma, 7 Seconds, The Bomb and many others. They have several releases under their belts, including their newest split 12 incher with Smoke Signals….

KTS’ drummer/vocalist, Jerry Dirr, also runs Phratry Records and has been putting out releases from bands like Swear Jar, A.M. Nice and Kelley Deal since 2004.

KTS’ newest release is the aforementioned, 12″ split, with Smoke Signals…. KTS’ three song contribution are blistering, punk/noise rock blasts that are sure to get any fan of Drive Like Jehu to take notice. They also remind me a lot of the, now defunct, SLC band Form of Rocket. Check out the face-melting opener, “Causation” (below), for a taste. You will like it.

The Knife The Symphony/Smoke Signals… split 12″ is available now in most formats from KTS’ Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Knife The Symphony – Causation from the split 12 incher with Smoke Signals (2016)

Knife The Symphony – Woolly Mammoth from the split 12 incher with Swear Jar (2013)

Sea Wren

21 Jul

Tucson, AZ’s Sea Wren is the side project of Cherish Rendon, who also plays for the fabulous psych-pop band, The Resonars. As Sea Wren, Cherish writes, sings and plays all guitars on all songs, with fellow Resonar, Matt Rendon, on the drums.

Her self-titled debut is out now on cassette through Lolipop Records and digitally available from Sea Wren’s Bandcamp page. It’s a jangly, garage-pop gem that you will find yourself playing over and over again. Give the standout track, “Birds of Slumber” (below) a spin to see what I mean.

Sea Wren – Birds of Slumber from S/T (2016)

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Cedar Spring Motel

18 Jul

Cedar Spring Motel are a snotty, heavy, in your face punk rock trio out of Hamilton, Ontario. They describe their music as “… the feeling you get on your teeth when you forget to brush them.” How do I top that?

Give their spazztic, Refused-esque, scorcher “Smoke Break” a spin below – it’s a neck breaker.  Cedar Spring Motel’s debut self-titled EP is out now and available on 7 inch vinyl or digitally from their Bandcamp page. Get it!

Cedar Spring Motel – Smoke Break from S/T EP (2016)

Will Courtney

15 Jul

There is nothing better than music to take you away to other times, whether they be good times or bad. Courtney’s voice always takes me back to when my kids were little, when his other band, Brothers And Sisters, were on constant rotation in the house and in the car. Good times.

Now, 10 years later, Will is releasing his sophomore solo effort, Planning Escapes, which was recorded in Texas with his backing band, The Wild Bunch, which features members of Brothers And Sisters.

Planning Escapes has a little bit of everything in it’s 10 songs, from down-tempo country ballads to straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. Give the Neil Young-esque “Sad, Sad Eyes” a spin below, you won’t regret it.

Planning Escapes is solid from start to finish, I highly recommend it. Get your hands on it now from Will Courtney’s site.

Will Courtney – Sad, Sad Eyes from Planning Escapes (2016)

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Ladyhawke

13 Jul

New Zealander Pip Brown, AKA Ladyhawke, has made some changes in her life over the three years since her last album’s release. She gave up drinking and focused on getting healthy. This new found health is clearly evident on her newest sunny, electro-pop release Wild Things.

Album opener ‘A Love Song” (below) is packed with bright tones and throbbing synths – a real pop gem that’s sure to get a dance party started, even if it’s only a dance party for one.

Wild Things is out now and available from Polyvinyl Records. Check it out.

Ladyhawke – A Love Song from Wild Things (2016)

July 2016

2 Jul

July 2016 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

15 tasty tracks perfect for your backyard BBQs?

1. Japandroids – Continuous Thunder
2. The Rentals – Friends of P.
3. Fourth of July – Surfer Dude
4. Fascinations Grand Chorus – I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love
5. The Up! Up! Ups! – Love Tuck And Roll
6. Primitive Programme – Modern World
7. Foster Body – Touching & Moving
8. The Read – Yr Garbage
9. bellwire – Time Out
10. bed. – Wayward
11. The Light Footwork – Coastlines And Landmines
12. Betty & Oswald – Schmuck
13. The Scrap Dealers – She Doesn’t Wanna Leave Your Mind
14. Leggy – July
15. Devin Davis – The Choir Invisible

Holy Monitor

30 Jun

If fuzzy, spaced-out, psychedelic, kraut rock is your thing then Greece’s Holy Monitor is the band for you. Get lost in the reverbed, jangly, grime of “Golden Light” below. It’s a killer example of what these guys can do.

Ongakubaka Records has compiled both of Holy Monitor’s self released EPs onto one fine cassette (available for preorder now) which will be unleashed on July 16. Golden Light/Aeolus is also available now digitally via Ongakubaka’s Bandcamp page.

Holy Monitor – Golden Light from Golden Light/Aeolus (2016)

A.M. Nice

22 Jun

What a pleasant surprise A.M. Nice’s new release was when I found it in my inbox a week ago or so. The Cincinnati trio’s angular guitars, chunky bass lines and pounding drum blasts throughout their upcoming, self-titled LP, make for one tough as hell release.

Give opening track “Self Mediate” a spin below – it will shred your speakers.

A.M. Nice’s new LP is out on June 24, I highly recommend it. It’s available on CD and vinyl from Phratry Records and their own Bandcamp page. Thanks to Jerry at Phratry for sending the vinyl my way!

A.M. Nice – Self Mediate from S/T (2016)

Used Cassettes

14 Jun

The members of Seoul, Korea’s Used Cassettes hail from all over the map, including Canada, South Africa and Detroit. They have been tearing up the local scene while becoming the first foreign band to be signed to top Korean label, Magic Strawberry Sound.

Their new LP, Rock N Rills is a sun-soaked, guitar-driven blast that’s perfect for sharing with the neighbors as your cruising down the street with the volume cranked to 11. Check out the slower-paced “Ducati” (below) for a taste of what these guys can do.

Rock N Rills is out now and available through iTunes.

Used Cassettes – Ducati from Rock N Rills (2016)

Fascinations Grand Chorus

9 Jun

This New York duo’s bouncy debut, self-titled EP, is a pop-stomping good time. Who knew that a mutual love for the Misfits could bring two people together to create something as catchy as this.

Check out the jangly EP opener “Welcome”(below) for a sampling of the Fascinations Grand Chorus’ goodness, then head over to their Bandcamp and pick this sucker up. I’m hoping there’s lots more music to come from these two. Enjoy.

Fascinations Grand Chorus – Welcome from S/T EP (2016)

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