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DRAGSTER

16 Jul

Dragster is a speaker-melting garage rock band out of Rennes, France. Their style is fierce and grimey- somewhat similar to Thee Oh Sees. Check out the fuzzy, distorted, burner “Lou l’Enfer Chasseur De Dragons” from their new EP, Ganja War, below. The Ganja War EP is available now on cassette from Six Tonnes De Chair Records or digitally from Dragster’s Bandcamp page.

Dragster – Lou l’Enfer Chasseur De Dragons from Ganja War EP (2014)

White Reaper

7 Jun

Louisville, Kentucky’s trio of face melters, White Reaper, are about to drop their debut EP with Polyvinyl Records (out on June 24). This self-titled EP is 6 songs of rowdy punk rock sure to make any fans of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees sit up and take notice. Check out burner “Funn” below then head over to Polyvinyl’s site and click “buy”. Who knows you may even get a delicious Airheads® in your package.

White Reaper – Funn from S/T (2014)

White Reaper

Los Dos Hermanos

24 May

Los Dos Hermanos is a two-piece garage rock band out of Bordeaux, France. Their mix of 60′s style garage, surf guitar and echoey vocals (played in a face melting “Thee Oh Sees”-esque style) makes their new single Alienor a must listen for any fan of this style of music or any kind of rock ‘n’ roll. Alienor is available to purchase from their Bandcamp page or as a 7″ from Six Tonnes De Chair which includes an awesome Ty Segall cover medley on the B-side.

Special thanks to Jason at 7 Inches blog for introducing these guys to me.

Los Dos Hermanos – Alienor [MP3] from Alienor single (2014)

November Mixtape

18 Nov

Here are 15 tracks that are sure to meet your fancy. Featuring hits from Monster Rally, The Chemical Brothers, Black Lips, The Hold Steady, Pixies, La Luz, Bill Callahan, First Base, The Limiñanas, The Velvet Underground, Epicycle, Troubadour Dali, The Undertones and Elvis Perkins In Dearland. Enjoy.

November ’13 from simco1974 on 8tracks Radio.

First Base

26 Oct

With 12 songs in roughly 26 minutes, songs about girls and more songs about girls, Toronto’s First Base are a pop punk band in every way. After releasing several singles and EPs over the past few years, First Base has finally released their debut self-titled LP with Hozac Records. Check out “You Can Come Over” (below), it’s pure teeth rotting candy for your ears. Snag yourself a copy now. Enjoy.

First Base – You Can Come Over from S/T (2013)

Heavy Times

31 Jul

The dense, lo-fi, garage rock of Chicago’s Heavy Times has had me captivated for the past several days. Their recently released 3rd LP, Fix It Alone out on Hozac Records, is an 18 songs in 33 minutes frenzy of jangly garage rock, heavy fuzzed-out lo-fi and in your face punk rock that will leave you exhausted and wanting more. Check out the :41 second blast of “Future Creeps” along with the fuzzed out “In My Sleep” below, both songs are killer and represent the album well. Head over to Hozac’s site and snag you a copy before they are gone, I highly recommend it. Enjoy.

Heavy Times – Future Creeps from Fix It Alone (2013)

Heavy Times – In My Sleep from Fix It Alone (2013)

Barren Girls

17 Jun

North Carolina’s all female garage punk band Barren Girls formed back in 2011. After catching the eyes and ears of Merge Records at a show back in September, they recorded this 4-song EP in their cotton mill practice space. The EP blows by at pretty scorching speeds, with only one song clocking in at over 3 minutes. Alter Ego (below) is the shortest song on the EP, it’s also the most powerful. It’s short blast of strained vocals and hi-energy music sounds like the bands rhythm section is in an all-out race to the finish with guitarist/vocalist Carla Wolff. You will definitely need to catch your breath when it’s over. Enjoy.

Barren Girls – Alter Ego from S/T EP (2013)

The Lovely Bad Things

10 Apr

Orange County’s The Lovely Bad Things are right up my alley. They play infectious, hook-driven garage rock, sounding like a mixture of The Soviettes, Pretty Girls Make Graves and The Pixies. They also appeal to the geek in me by referencing Star Wars and Macho Man Randy Savage on three of their song titles. They even have an image of Bigfoot on the album cover.

The Pixies influence is strong on “Fried Eyes” (below) with spoken-word vocals and the laid-back, Kim Deal bass line. “Hear or Anywhere” (also below) the opening track from their new album, The Late Great Whatever, starts the album off right with sugar-sweet female vocals and pounding drums. The Late Great Whatever is out now on Volcom. For all of the analog lovers out there you can get this on cassette as well from Burger Records.

The Lovely Bad Things – Fried Eyes from The Late Great Whatever (2013)

The Lovely Bad Things – Hear or Anywhere from The Late Great Whatever (2013)

The Lovely Bad Things

Cocktails

20 Feb

I think it’s pretty obvious from a lot of my posts, that I have a fondness for anything punk rock. Cocktails are no exception. This San Francisco quartet’s just released, self-titled EP with Father Daughter Records, pulls at all my strings, with it’s power-pop, hook-filled, super catchy 4 songs in 11 minutes formula. Check out the hooky, suger-sweet melodies on opening track, “No Blondes (In California)” (below) to see what I mean. It’s sure to get you out of your seat. You might even find yourself shaking things you didn’t know you could shake, at least that’s what I’ve been doing while listening to it. Head over to Father/Daughter’s site and snag you a copy of the EP before they are gone.

Cocktails – No Blondes (In California) from S/T EP (2013)

Cocktails

Father/Daughter

Low Culture

5 Jan

Nothing beats an old comfortable chair. You can sit in other chairs and they’ll treat you right, but you always go back to the comfortable one. I have a chair like this in my house. It’s way old, a bit tattered, and you can feel a couple of the springs when you sit in it, but man, when you need to relax it always does the trick. Punk rock is like the old comfortable chair. I can go far away from it, listening to music on the opposite end of the spectrum, but when I hear a good punk rock song, it’s like being back in the comfortable chair. When I heard Low Culture for the first time today, I was back in the comfortable chair. Low Culture just released their debut LP (vinyl only for now) Screens on Dirtnap. The band is made up of members of The Marked Men and Shang-A-Lang. The title track below is a great punk rock song. It’s quick, it’s tight, it’s kind of grimey–not over-produced. Hear for yourself, then hurry over to Dirtnap’s store and get you a copy of the LP, they only pressed a few hundred, or you can wait until the digital version is released on January 9th. Enjoy.

Low Culture – Screens from Screens (2012/2013)

Dirtnap Records