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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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Night School

8 Jun

Night School are a 3-piece garage pop band out of Oakland, Ca. Their sugary sweet, debut full-length, Blush, is packed with reverbed vocal harmonies over shimmery, fuzzed-out guitars. Give the sun-soaked “Last Disaster” (below) a spin – it’s a 60′s era pop gem that’s sure to get you bopping around the house.

Blush is out on June 17 through Graveface Records. You should definitely check this out.

Night School – Last Disaster from Blush (2016)

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Massenger

5 Jun

Massenger are a 4-piece garage punk outfit out of Ventura, Ca. They play a heavy, fuzzed-out brand of punk rock that’s sure to get the beads of sweat forming on your forehead. Check out the grimey burner “Eego Game” below for a taste.

Their new album, Peeling Out, is available now on vinyl or cassette from Burger Records or digitally from their own Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Massenger – Eego Game from Peeling Out (2016)

June Mixtape

3 Jun

June 2016 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

16 RAD summertime hits!

1. Conveyor – What A Low Heart
2. Sculpture Club – Thieves
3. Time Travelling Toaster – Cosmosoboso
4. The Herbaliser – The Missing Suitcase
5. Leggy – Kick The Habit
6. Night School – Last Disaster
7. LiquidLight – Get Up/Get Around
8. Stefan Weich – Holy Nights
9. Cedar Spring Motel – Waiting (For The Rain)
10. B-17 – Down On The Beach
11. Sweetie – Eyeliner Kid
12. Pure Moods – Blurb
13. Newstalgia – Blake’s Theme
14. Spinach Prince – Frantic Session
15. Maple Stave – Danzig Has All The Fun
16. Odonis Odonis – Needs

Blktop Project

20 May

I’ve been a fan of Tommy Guerrero since I was 13 years old, 1987 – the year I picked up on skateboarding. The Bones Brigade were in their prime and Guerrero was my favorite skateboarder. During that year my friends and I watched The Search For Animal Chin at least 100 times. His flaming dagger deck was one of my very first rides.

Flash forward to 2004 when I was reintroduced to Tommy Guerrero as a musician on this very site in a post by site founder Sean. Now, 12 years later Tommy is still at it with his new band BLKTOP PROJECT featuring Josh Lippi and fellow skaters Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez.

Recorded live over two days, their new album, Concrete Jungle is a loose, grooved-out, rocker of a record with a great jam session feel to it. Check the stream of “A New Line” below for a taste. It’s a real rump shaker.

Concrete Jungle is out today through Guerrero’s own Too Good records and available to buy from his Bandcamp page.

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

6 May

Those of you familiar with Australian psych rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard know that they are always pushing the musical envelope. On their 8th album in 4 years, Nonagon Infinity, they are at it again. This time they have created what they are describing a “never-ending album” – with each of the 9 tracks flowing into each other, including track 9 flowing back into track 1.

Putting the “never-ending album” claim to the test over the past weekend, I made Nonagon Infinity my soundtrack for around 15 miles or so of walking, and it is as advertised – seamless.

Nonagon Infinity is a damn fine album, potentially album of the year, packed wall to wall with scuzzy guitars and throbbing bass lines over the top of frenzied double drumming beats.

Nonagon Infinity is available now in all formats via ATO Records and King Gizzard’s Bandcamp page.

Newstalgia

4 May

Using cuts from the 1966 French spy movie Agent 505: Death Trap Beirut on his newest release, The Formula, Michigan producer/beat maker Newstalgia has created one of the coolest hip hop/beats albums I’ve heard in the past couple of years. If you’re a fan of Madlib and/or early 90′s Beastie Boy instrumentals, The Formula is the album for you.

Check out some of Newstalgia’s goodness on title track included below.

The Formula is available now via Producers I Know’s Bandcamp page. It’s definitely worth your time. Enjoy.

Newstalgia – The Formula from The Formula (2016)