November 17 Mixtape: The Unrest Edition

November 17 Mixtape | 3hive.com

23 punk rock slabs dedicated to our favorite radio DJ – Sean Boy Walton. Enjoy.

1. 7 Seconds – Here’s Your Warning
2. T.S.O.L. – World War 3
3. The Lillingtons – I Saw The Apeman (On The Moon)
4. Hüsker Dü – I Don’t Know What You’re Talking About
5. The Replacements – Something To Dü
6. SAMIAM – Long Enough To Forget You
7. The Briefs – Year Long Summer
8. Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
9. Hard-Ons – Girl In The Sweater
10. The Undertones – Male Model
11. Descendents – Jean Is Dead
12. Adolescents – Self Destruct
13. Circle Jerks – Moral Majority
14. Misfits – Astro Zombies
15. Zodiac Killers – Radiation Beach
16. Bad Brains – Sailin’ On
17. Dead Milkmen – Tiny Town
18. The Marked Men – Doctor Dan
19. Rocket Reducers – Don’t Wanna Wake Up
20. Zig Zags – Sin Eaters
21. Bad Religion – Quality Or Quantity
22. Offspring – Hand Grenades
23. SNFU – Big Thumbs

Tall Friend

Tall Friend | Safely Nobody's | 3hive.com

Tall Friend | Safely Nobody's | 3hive.com

One of my favorite albums for the last month or so is Safely Nobody’s by Philadelphia’s (by way of D.C.) Tall Friend. Singer/songwriter, Charlie Pfaff’s lyrics are intimate and their soft, almost hushed vocals are damn powerful. This is the most punk rock record I have heard in a long time, I highly recommend it.

Safely Nobody’s is available now from Exploding In Sound. I also recommend you giving their Audiotree session (below) a spin as well.

Omni

Omni | Multi-Task | 3hive.com

Omni | Multi-Task | 3hive.com

Atlanta trio Omni are back with their newest release Multi-task. It’s 28 minutes of wiry post-punk, pogo-worthy goodness is worth your time – there is definitely no sophomore slump here.

We have Multi-task on radical red vinyl in the 3hive Co-op Shop. Give the handy-dandy button below a click to get yourself one.

Petite League

Petite League | Rips One Into The Night | 3hive.com

Petite League | Rips One Into The Night | 3hive.com

New York duo Petite League has been pumping out their fuzz-pop jams since 2014. Their newest release, Rips One Into The Night is their strongest effort yet – featuring 10 tracks of warm, bedroom pop meets fuzzy, garage pop goodness.

Give standout “Sun Dogs” a spin below – it will make you feel happy. You can pick up Rips One Into The Night on vinyl from Native Sound Records and digitally from Petite League’s Bandcamp page.

The Safes

The Safes | Tasty Waves | 3hive.com

The Safes | Tasty Waves | 3hive.com

Chicago’s The Safes play sugar-sweet garage pop tunes that are a sure cure for any sour mood. Their new album, Tasty Waves, is 22 minutes of warm, summery-pop bliss – a perfect remedy for the cold, winter-like weather we’ve been having in my neck of the woods.

Tasty Waves is available now on vinyl and digital from Hidden Volume Records. I highly recommend it.

FRONDS

FRONDS | Cold Across My Skin | 3hive.com

FRONDS | Cold Across My Skin | 3hive.com

Fronds is the solo project of former Mallard drummer Dylan Tidyman-Jones, Cold Across My Skin is his second release as Fronds.

Cold Across My Skin was recorded at Dylan’s home back in 2015. It’s shimmering, stripped-down arrangements shine throughout the album and blend well with Tidyman-Jones’ smooth, almost hushed vocals.

Give the album standout “Phantoms” a spin below. You can pick this up on vinyl from Gold Robot Records or digitally from Fronds’ Bandcamp page, and I highly recommend that you do – it’s steadily climbing up the list of my favorite releases of the year. Enjoy.

Michael Nau

Michael Nau | Some Twist | 3hive.com

Michael Nau’s latest solo LP, Some Twist, is a chilled-out, reverbed, groove-psych effort with Nau’s vocals as the key ingredient that ties this magic all together. Give “Oh, You Wanna Bet?” (below) a spin, it’s all you need to get hooked. Oh, and if you’re a tad slow like me, Michael Nau is from Page France and Cotton Jones/Cotton Jones Basket Ride. I love the Cotton Jones albums!

Fazerdaze

Fazerdaze | Morningside | 3hive.com

Fazerdaze | Morningside | 3hive.com
24-year-old New Zealander Amelia Murray writes, produces, and sings as Fazerdaze. Her debut full-length Morningside is an impressive collection of spunky, sun-drenched jams and soaring dream pop. Her songs are tight and her vocals outta sight, with lyrics that get right at it (“I’m trying not to try so hard for you”). Soak it in and make your summer more summer-y.

[Morningside is available on beefy vinyl via the legendary Flying Nun Records. Buy your copy in the 3hive Co-op Shop while supplies last.]



The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats | Goths | 3hive.com

The Mountain Goats | Goths | 3hive.com
I wasn’t a fully committed goth in high school but I listened to my fair share of goth music, and sometimes dabbled awkwardly in goth fashion. The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle – nowadays known for his storytelling skills, as a lo-fi turned hi-fi musician and awarded novelist – spent his teen years as a “goth kid”, though I reckon we shared a similar awkwardness. So when Darnielle directs an entire album’s worth of songwriting to the genre/culture, it’s because he has enough material to work with.

Whether the Sisters of Mercy-esque strains of “Rain in Soho” or their tribute to the SoM frontman himself, “Andrew Elritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”, Darnielle and company deliver each track with a clear knowledge of and empathy for its subject matter. On “Stench of the Unburied” Darnielle sings, as someone who suffered his way through SoCal summers in all black: “Outside it’s 92 degrees/And KROQ plays Siouxsie and the Banshees”. In typical Mountain Goats fashion, it’s followed by a narrator’s wink and nod: “Ice chest full of Corona and Pineapple Crush/It’ll take 20 years for the toxins to flush.” It’s this tension that makes Darnielle’s songwriting so authentic, endearing, and surprising.

Goths avoids the trappings of a concept album. Musically it wanders, however coherently, from ominous minor key anthems to loungey new wave to flute-driven baroque pop to an entire bonus record of ambient mixes “for the all-night goths who need to reply to the dawn with total darkness.” The thread remains, but Darnielle trusts his listener to figure it out in their own way.

To me, Goths is about the sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous struggle of adolescent identity (which continues to plague some adults). The search for identity often chased by self-doubt and self-consciousness gets summed up in the album’s best line, the chorus to “The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement”: “I’m pretty hardcore, but I’m not that hardcore.”

Even without explanation, Goths is a great album. “We Do It Different on the West Coast” – while relevant here – would fit on any Mountain Goats record, with it’s perfectly Californian brand of self-deprecating coastal pride. It’s followed by “Unicorn Tolerance” which is just plain adorable. Do yourself a favor and listen to Goths, regardless of how much black eyeliner, white foundation, red lipstick, and hair spray you have on your person.

[Buy the deluxe edition of Goths on “vampire red” vinyl with the aforementioned bonus LP of ambient mixes in the 3hive Co-op Shop, while supplies last.]

Timber Timbre

Timber Timbre | Sincerely, Future Pollution

Timber Timbre | Sincerely, Future Pollution

My introduction to Timber Timbre was back in 2011 whilst perusing the goods at, the now extinct, Slowtrain Records, and their latest release (at the time), Creep On Creepin’ On was playing in the store. Timber Timbre’s wonky, psychedelic groove mixed with Taylor Kirk’s smokey vocals hooked me instantly, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Their recently released, Sincerely, Future Pollution, still checks all those boxes that hooked me 6 years ago. Timber Timbre keeps getting better and better. It’s time to let their psychedelic groove hook you too. Enjoy.

[Buy Sincerely, Future Pollution on shiny black vinyl in the 3hive Co-op Shop – while supplies last.]