Radiation City

1 Mar

Portland-based Radiation City recently dropped their third LP and first with Polyvinyl Records. Synesthetica is a hook-driven, electro-pop gold mine – the deeper you dig into the album the more rich stuff you find. Check out one of many standout tracks “Milky White” (below) for a taste.

Synesthetica is out now and available in all formats from Polyvinyl.

Radiation City – Milky White from Synesthetica (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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jinsang

17 Feb

California beat maker jinsang combines jazz cuts over chilled out beats to create some killer, smooth, grooved-out tracks. His latest release, solitude., is 26 tracks of pure groove. The more I listen to it the higher it jumps up my favorite releases of 2016 list.

His entire catalog is available to buy on his Bandcamp page for only a measly $7 bucks! Trust me that’s $7 bucks well spent my friends. Below are a few tracks from solitude. and a new one he just put up on his Soundcloud page. Check them out, then go get your hands on some of his music. Enjoy.

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.

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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Pillar Point

18 Jan

Scott Reitherman is back with his second album as Pillar Point, Marble Mouth. Recorded at Kevin Barnes’ (of Montreal) home studio, Marble Mouth is an electro-pop masterpiece with of enough throbbing bass and synths to make any fan of 80′s electro drool. Check out the sun-soaked “Dove” below for a taste.

Marble Mouth is out on January 22 through Polyvinyl Records, it’s a must have for your record collection.

Pillar Point – Dove from Marble Mouth (2016)