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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.

New Boss

15 Apr

Fuzzy, hook-driven, psych pop goodness is what you get when you fire up New Boss’s solid new release Home Problems. Check out the title track below, then head over to Funny / Not Funny Records’ site and snatch yourself a copy. Enjoy.

New Boss – Home Problems from Home Problems (2016)

Woods

13 Apr

Brooklyn’s Woods are back with their outstanding 9th LP, City Sun Eater in the River of Light. Taking the best parts of almost every genre of music out there and adding it their already wonky, folk-psych sound, Woods have created a groove-driven (dare I call it “groove-psych”), psychedelic rock masterpiece.

Check out the head bobbing beat of “Can’t See At All” (below) for a mere sampling of how cool this album is.

City Sun Eater… is out now and available on whatever media suits your fancy from WOODSIST Records – I highly, highly recommend it.

Woods – Can’t See At All from City Sun Eater in the River of Light (2016)

Polyon

25 Mar

Washington, DC trio Polyon unleash their brand of 90′s inspired shoegaze meets pummeling indie rock on their newest EP Blue.

Check out the fuzzy, heavy-as-hell title track below for a taste.

Blue is available now on cassette from Funny / Not Funny Records and digitally from Polyon’s Bandcamp page.

Polyon – Blue from Blue EP (2015)

Waveless

8 Mar

Waveless is a three-piece post-punk band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their layered, shoegazey, reverbed, noise-rock is hard to beat. Their newest 12″, Spirit Island, is out now through Deranged Records. Check out album opener, ‘My Apathy’ (below) for a taste.

Spirit Island is available to buy digitally or physically from Deranged Records, and is also available through Midheaven.

Waveless – My Apathy from Spirit Island (2016)

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Wahyas

22 Feb

Greensboro, NC duo Wahyas play a sinister style of raunchy, garage-psych that’s hard to top. Their own description, “Evil garage gospel like Johnny & June with less church”, pretty much sums it up.

They just co-released their 7″ single, Third Eye, with Shipwrecked Records and  Six Tonnes De Chair Records. You can get this on vinyl or digitally through Six Tonnes De Chair’s Bandcamp page. You can download this directly from Wahyas’ Bandcamp page as well. Stream this bad boy (below) and get your self a copy on wax before they are gone.

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Sea Pinks

18 Feb

Belfast trio Sea Pinks play an infectious style of hook driven, fuzzy pop that I can’t get enough of. Their new LP, Soft Days, has had me bouncing around the house for weeks, it’s one of my favorite listens right now. Check out the fuzzed-out, jangly guitars of title track “Soft Days” (below) for a sample.

Soft Days is out now through CF Records and available to buy on their Bandcamp page.

Sea Pinks – Soft Days from Soft Days (2016)

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WRAY

15 Feb

Shimmery guitars over pounding drums and dark throbbing bass lines, somewhat reminiscent of The Cure’s early releases, is what Birmingham, AL trio, WRAY,  bring to the table on their sophomore release Hypatia. Give the title track a spin below, it’s killer post-punk meets shoegaze goodness.

Hypatia is available now from Communicating Vessels. You should get your hands on it now.

WRAY – Hypatia from Hypatia (2016)

The Missing Souls

9 Feb

Garage soul stompers The Missing Souls are a 4-piece band out of Lyon, France. Their debut U.S. single features their snarly, lo-if take on two lost gems from the 60′s — Oscar & The Majestics’ “Got To Have Your Lovin’” and Lindy Blaskey & The Lavells’ “You Ain’t Tuff”. Both tracks rule!

Get this bad boy now from Hidden Volume Records. Enjoy.