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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)

Tape Waves

4 Oct

Tape Waves are a two-piece, dream-pop band out of South Carolina. Their addictive brand of warm, hazy, pop songs are perfect to lift your spirits on these cold, rainy, gray (at least where I live) days of fall.

Their solid new LP, Here To Fade, is out now through Bleeding Gold Records. For a taste give “So Fast” (below) a spin. Enjoy.

Tape Waves – So Fast from Here To Fade (2016)

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birdbird

26 Aug

New York trio, birdbird, blasts some heavy, noisy, ear drum melting, lo-fi, punk rock on “Corporation Setup” (below) from their debut EP, Corporation Setup. They describe their sound “…sounds exactly like a fire at your niece’s birthday party.” Pretty spot on. You need to give this a spin.

Corporation Setup is available now from birdbird’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

birdbird – Corporation Setup from Corporation Setup (2016)

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The Evening Attraction

18 Aug

Chicago rock ‘n’ rollers, The Evening Attraction recently released their newest 7-inch single, The Evening Attraction Presents: Tea Party, on Classic Waxxx Records. The A-side, “The Kids Don’t Care (For Rock ‘n’ Roll)”(streaming below) is a stomping, garage-pop romp that’s sure to shake even the gloomiest person out of their funk.

The Evening Attraction Presents: Tea Party is available digitally from The Evening Attraction’s Bandcamp page and also available on vinyl from Classic Waxxx – I highly recommend picking up a vinyl copy before they are gone.

Omni

12 Aug

Atlanta powerhouse trio, Omni, throw it down on their hook-filled, power-pop release Deluxe. The chugging bass, angular guitar and frantic backbeat of opener “Afterlife” (below) not only make it one of the best songs on the album, but one of my favorite songs so far this year.

Deluxe is out now through Trouble In Mind Records. It’s one of my favorite records so far this year and a great one to crank up and pogo around the house to. Enjoy

Omni – Afterlife from Deluxe (2016)

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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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)