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Amen Dunes

4 Jun


Photo: Tuomas Kopijaakko

Amen Dunes is the project of Damon McMahon. He just released his third full length LP and second with Sacred Bones titled Love. Amen Dunes’ other releases were mostly solo projects, but on Love, McMahon surrounded himself with several other musicians including members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Love is McMahon’s most musically focused album to date, taking him a year and a half to write and record as opposed to just weeks for his other releases.

Check out “Lonely Richard” and “I Can’t Dig It” (below) they both represent the album well. Love is solid from start to finish, another perfect summertime album. It’s available now in all formats from Sacred Bones. Enjoy.

Amen Dunes – Lonely Richard from Love (2014)

Amen Dunes – I Can’t Dig It from Love (2014)

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)

Silver Dapple

4 May

If you’re a fan of fuzzy pop music, Montréal’s Silver Dapple is the band for you. Their brand of grimey shoegaze is quite intoxicating. Hear for yourself (below) the title track from their new 4 song EP I Hate My Birthday. It is available to buy digital or on cassette from Silver Dapple’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Silver Dapple – I Hate My Birthday from I Hate My Birthday (2014)

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Denney and The Jets

9 Apr

Nashville’s Chris Denney has taken 70′s arena rock and mixed it up with bits of 60′s psych/garage, and a pinch of AM country gold to create his debut LP – as Denney and The Jets, titled Mexican Coke.

If Mick Jagger and Hank Williams were combined in some awesome accident of science, and Kiss was the backing band, their music would sound like Denney’s first single (below) from Mexican Coke, “Bye Bye Queenie”.

Mexican Coke was just released (April 8th) on Burger Records and Limited Fanfare Records. You can also stream/buy it from Denney’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Denney and The Jets – Bye Bye Queenie from Mexican Coke (2014)

Regal Beast

31 Mar

Salt Lake City’s Regal Beast have carved a special place in my heart. They have taken me back to the “good old days”. The late 80′s and early 90′s, when my ears were opened to the world of “alternative” music.

The pounding drums, heavy guitar and especially Hans’/Thayne’s vocals (they list both of them as singers on their Facebook page) on “Orcas Magnus” (below) reminds me of Soundgarden from the Badmotorfinger days. Which is one of the albums that I had on constant repeat back in the day. Regal Beast’s rocking debut album, Beastia Novus Rexus Trismegistus, is out now and available to stream and purchase on their Bandcamp page.

Thanks to Garret for the heads up.

Regal Beast – Orcas Magnus from Beastia Novus Rexus Trismegistus (2014)

Regal Beast

Woodsman

10 Mar

Brooklyn’s (by way of Denver) Woodsman are a three-piece psych-rock juggernaut. They recently released their self-titled third LP on their own imprint Fire Talk Records.

The album is best when listened to from start to finish, but since we only share one song “Healthy Life” (below) is the one. It’s thick bass line, snappy drums and spacey guitar suck you in and don’t let go. This is my favorite album to listen to in the car, especially on my way home from work. I can crank it up and get lost in it. You can get it now through Woodsman’s Bandcamp page or from Fire Talk, you won’t regret it.

Woodsman – Healthy Life from S/T (2014)

Doug Tuttle

28 Feb

Sometimes life and the drama that comes with it can twist you up into a giant mess that seems impossible to unravel. Then, out of the blue, something great will come along and completely change your attitude. That something for me is Doug Tuttle’s recently released, debut, self-titled LP. Tuttle’s use of shimmering, jangly guitars, bits of what sounds to me like organ, crashing cymbals along with his slow as cold molasses vocals combine to make an album of songs that will help you forget your troubles for at least the thirty-seven minutes it takes to get from start to finish. Doug Tuttle’s LP is out now on Trouble In Mind. I highly recommend it.

Doug Tuttle – With Us Soon from S/T (2014)

Doug Tuttle

Trouble In Mind

Ruined Fortune

14 Feb

Ruined Fortune is the duo of Angela Garrick and Australia’s Nic Warnock. Both have played in several other projects, including Southern Comfort, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys and Model Citizen to name a few.

Their heavy, thick-sludge version of rock ‘n’ roll is right up my alley. Check out the bottom-heavy chug of “In A Hole” below, it’s one of the standout songs on the album. Their debut self-titled LP is out now on Hozac Records. Get yourself a copy today. Enjoy.

Ruined Fortune – In A Hole from S/T (2014)

Ruined Fortune

Hozac

Travel Check

2 Feb

Travel Check is a four-piece garage rock band out of Paris, France. I stumbled across their Bandcamp page while searching for something new to listen to. Their fuzzy vocals and guitars along with driving beats are quite intoxicating, and grabbed my attention immediately. Check out “La Gravière” (below) to hear their fuzzed-out goodness for yourself.

They just released their newest 7 inch 66$ with Howlin’ Banana Records and on their Bandcamp page. I highly recommend it.

Travel Check – La Gravière from 66$ (2014)

Morgan Delt

27 Jan

Shimmery guitars, wacky background noises and reverb for days are just some of the elements that make California native Morgan Delt’s self-titled debut LP a psychedelic masterpiece. Delt cites artists like The Byrds and Love, along with Curtis Boettcher and West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band as influences and he wears those influences proudly on his sleeve throughout his new album.

“Obstacle Eyes” (below) is just a taste of the goodness contained in this release. It’s sunniness is sure to break you out of your winter funk. Morgan’s new album comes out  January 28 on Trouble In Mind Records. Enjoy.

Morgan Delt – Obstacle Eyes from S/T (2014)