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Cian Nugent

29 Jan

Night Fiction is Irish guitarist Cian Nugent’s third album, but his first in the role of singer-songwriter. Those familiar with his previous, mostly instrumental work will not be disappointed as Cian’s guitar skills are prevalent throughout the album. Check out his noodly guitar work on opening track “Lost Your Way” (below) for a sample, it’s definitely one of the standouts from the album.

Night Fiction is out today (01.29.16) on Woodsist Records. It’s a great listen, you should check it out.

Cian Nugent – Lost Your Way from Night Fiction (2016)

The Madcaps

27 Jan

I missed on the Madcaps debut self-titled last year, I will not make that same mistake twice. These rockers out of Rennes, France play a sugary sweet brand of fuzzy garage pop tunes that could come off of any of the old Nuggets compilations of psych/garage songs from the 60′s. Their ode to the Taco Truck could be our founder, Sean’s theme song.

Below are two songs for your listening pleasure, “Too Big for Your Boots” from their new album, Hot Sauce, and “Emily Vandelay” from last year’s debut. Both are great examples of what these guys can do.

Hot Sauce is out now on Howlin’ Banana Records. Enjoy.

The Madcaps – Too Big For Your Boots from Hot Sauce (2016)

The Madcaps – Emily Vandelay from S/T (2015)

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Magic Shoppe

21 Jan

Jangly, reverbed, lo-fi, psychedelic, fuzz are just some of the adjectives I would use to describe Boston’s Magic Shoppe. Their newest EP, Interstellar Car Crash, is a wall to wall psychedelic gem, sure to alter your state of mind with it’s reverbed guitars and hypnotic vocals. Check out “City Alight (Yeah)” below for a taste.

Interstellar Car Crash is out on February 5 through Optical Sounds, I highly recommend it.

Magic Shoppe – City Alight (Yeah) from Interstellar Car Crash (2016)

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Krisp

6 Jan

Miami quartet Krisp blend elements of electro-pop, chillwave and some good old rock and roll to create a throwback of sorts to the new wave sounds of the 80′s.

Check out their super-tight, dance-pop single “167″ below (named for it’s BPM), it’s the most upbeat track from their new album, Sonic Monarch, and one of the best from it.

Sonic Monarch is out on January 15 via Gummdrop Records.

Krisp – 167 from Sonic Monarch (2016)

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Platinum Boys

4 Jan

Laurent from Six Tonnes De Chair just sent me this single from Milwaukee’s Platinum Boys. They play a grubby brand of lo-fi, power pop that’s right up my alley. You can check out the stream of the A side, “Confessions”, below. You can get this 7″ from Six Tonnes De Chair or their full EP, Junior Varsity, from Forged Artifacts. Enjoy.

Peter Stringer-Hye

30 Dec

Nashville native, and member of The Paperhead, Peter Stringer-Hye recently released an incredible self-titled EP with Trouble In Mind Records. Check out EP closer “Throw Away The Day”, it’s a country tinged, psychedelic, toe-tapper and my favorite track from the EP. Head over to TiM’s site and snag yourself a copy before they are all gone.

The Trash Templars

29 Dec

Bielefeld, Germany’s The Trash Templars bring the snotty, in your face garage rock on their new self-titled EP, available now from Kuriosa Records. Give opening track “Want To Be Like You” a spin, it’s a 2 minute stomper that I guarantee will get you bouncing off the walls. Enjoy.

The Trash Templars – Want To Be Like You from S/T EP (2015)

Ripper

10 Dec

Ripper’s newest EP A.D. came to my attention via an email from their label Land Ski Records. Their description of Ripper’s sound is what really caught my attention, “…Dead Kennedys, Germs, Sonic Youth, and The Beach Boys”. There’s definitely some Protomartyr-esque post-punk mixed in there as well.

Standout track “On The Curb” (below) is heavy as hell and the chorus reminds me (somewhat) of pre slap-bass, 80′s era, Suicidal Tendencies. The entire EP makes me want to blow the dust off my skateboard and go thrash some curbs with it blaring in my ears.

A.D. is out now on cassette and digitally through Land Ski Records and Lawn Chair Records. Enjoy!

Ripper – On The Curb from A.D. (2015)

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Fuzz Ghost

8 Dec

Nashville’s Fuzz Ghost, bring the fuzzed-out, surf style, garage rock on their debut, self-titled EP. Check out the heavy, slow burning, Ty Segall-esque, “Sunshine” (below), for a taste of this EP’s goodness.

Fuzz Ghost’s EP is available now on cassette and digitally through Ongakubaka Records. I highly recommend it.

Fuzz Ghost – Sunshine from Fuzz Ghost EP (2015)

The Mantles

3 Nov

San Francisco’s The Mantles are back with their newest pop masterpiece, All Odds End. Check out the throbbing bass lines and jangling guitars of “Hate To See You Go” (below) it’s a great example of the album’s psych-pop goodness.

All Odds End is out now and available via Slumberland Records. This album belongs in your collection. Enjoy.

The Mantles – Hate To See You Go from All Odds End (2015)

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