France’s Dusty Mush bring the noise on their newest release, Cheap Entertainment. Their brand of lo-fi, garage rock sludge is highly recommended, especially for any Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees fans. Bludgeon your ears with some “Hot Tomato” (below) for a taste, you’re going to dig it.
16 tracks of snotty punk and garage rock grime.
1. The Spits – She Don’t Kare
2. Mind Spiders – No Romance
3. Thee Spivs – It’s True
4. Booji Boys – Confess + Control
5. Heavy Times – Midnight Highway
6. Leggy – I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy
7. La Louve – St. Theresa
8. Jigsaw Youth – Aunt Jenny’s Got My Back
9. KRIMEWATCH – ?? ?? (track 1)
10. Futuro – A Torre da Derrota
11. Foster Body – Drawer
12. Zig Zags – Runaway
13. Petite League – Sun Dogs
14. Pink Mexico – Rake
15. Little Big Ian – Je Ne Te Pardonnerai Pas
16. Gorilla* – It’s All Pop
Matthew Melton recently put an end to his garage pop outfit, Warm Soda, after releasing their 4th LP, I Don’t Wanna Grow Up. His new band, Dream Machine, which includes his wife Doris, is a definite step forward from Warm Soda – it may be safe to say the Dream Machine sound is a little more grown up.
Their debut release, The Illusion, was recorded using the healing powers of A=432HZ, it is eleven tracks of organ driven, garage-prog groove – equal parts Iron Butterfly and the Doors, with some YES sprinkled in for good measure. Go ahead and sample some of their delicious groove on “All for a Chance” below. I can’t wait for more from these guys!
At the end of last year, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard frontman Stu Mackenzie promised they’d release five studio albums in 2017. Murder of the Universe is the second album so far, a riveting three-chapter sonic assault based on the title subject, which begs the question: how do you possibly follow up scoring the end of the universe?
Well, if you’ve been following KG and the LW you know they’ve surely got some more tricks up their sleeve. So buckle and enjoy the ride.
[Murder of the Universe is available on “vomit splatter” colored vinyl in the 3hive Co-op Shop while supplies last.]
Mac DeMarco is back with more tasty, spaced-out, pop songs on his third LP release This Old Dog. At 27 years of age, DeMarco is nowhere near “old dog” status, but 5 releases (3 LPs and 2 EPs) in just over 5 years makes Mac a veteran at his craft. This Old Dog will grow on you with every listen, I recommend that you let it. Give the two earworms, below, a spin – you’ll be glad that you did.
Nova Scotia’s Booji Boys play a grimy brand of punk rock that’s right up my alley. Their solid, self-titled, LP is 12 tracks in under 20 minutes of snotty, distorted punk rock goodness. Give “Dear Donny” and “Bad Boy Blues” (below) a spin, you’ll be glad that you did. You can download this bad boy from their Bandcamp page, or snag it on wax from Drunken Sailor Records. Enjoy.
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.
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.
[The deluxe edition of Goths comes in “vampire red” vinyl with the aforementioned bonus LP of ambient mixes. We have it in the 3hive Co-op Shop, while supplies last.]
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.
Germany’s Death Canyons smack you right in the teeth with their reverb filled, psychedelic, surf punk on their second release Death Canyons II. You can bounce around to their standout track “Dorian Gray Syndrome” (below), then head over to La Pochette Surprise Records and snag yourself a copy on cassette or grab a digital copy from Death Canyons’ Bandcamp page. Enjoy.