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)

Lasso

12 Nov

Lasso is the solo (mostly) project of Tucson multi-instrumentalist/beat maker Andy Catlin. He covers about every genre imaginable throughout his seven release discography, including psych, pop, electro, hip hop, pop and rock. His newest release, Into The Lasso, is a kind of groovy, psych-pop meets hip hop beats hybrid. Check out the Money Mark-like album opener “Pepper”, it’s a great example of what this guy can do.

Into The Lasso is available now from Lasso’s bandcamp page. While you are there be sure to check out his other releases, you will not be disappointed.

Lasso – Pepper from Into The Lasso (2015)

November Mixtape

6 Nov

15 solid gold hits, including the new single from The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. Enjoy.

Descendents – I’m Not A Punk [sst]
PEARS – Snowflake [fat wreck chords]
Poster Children – 0 For 1 [reprise]
The Lodger – A Free Period [slumberland]
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Hell [painbow]
Young Hunting – Blue Dream [self]
Grandaddy – Summer… It’s Gone [v2]
Okkervil River – Piratess [jagjaguwar]
Sheraf – Zero [six tonnes de chair]
Panthatone – I Say [self]
Lasso – Listzenwotha [self]
Milo – Souvenire (feat. Hemlock Ernst) [ruby yacht]
Tiger Waves – In Retrograde (feat. Jana Horn) [self]
FUZZ – Sleestack [in the red]
Library Voices – Bored In Berlin [nevado]

Club 8

4 Nov

Swedish duo Club 8 celebrate their 20th anniversary this month and they’re kicking things off with their ninth album, Pleasure, due out the 20th of this month. Club 8 began as a bedroom, twee-folk band with a knack for dropping in a few beats and knob-twists to taste. Based on the two songs I’ve heard from this new album, the band is putting a heavy emphasis on club. No longer the exception, dance beats are now the rule. For their 20 year celebration Club 8 is moving the party from their house to a nightclub—hitting the lights and getting down!

Public shout out to my man Todd for keeping the ‘hive alive! I dig his picks and I’m geeked to have him on board! If you’re keeping track at home, I haven’t posted here in over two years. Sad but true. Thanks for stopping by!

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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Library Voices

21 Oct

Back in 2011, before I was a contributor, I read Sam’s glowing review of Library Voices’ practically perfect sophomore album, Summer of Lust, and have been hooked on them ever since. You can understand my excitement when I saw their upcoming third release, Lovish, in my mailbox.

Lovish has a bit of a darker/heavier vibe than it’s predecessor, but don’t let that fool you, it’s a solid pop album. Check out the first single and opening track, “Oh Donna” below. It’s a standout track for sure, with it’s lush vocal harmonies throughout the chorus and some killer Yes-esque (don’t kill me for that comparison, just go with it) organ rounding out the end of the song.

Lovish comes out on November 6 via Nevado Music. Get to your local record store and demand that they carry it! Enjoy.

Library Voices – Oh Donna from Lovish (2015)

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The Staches

19 Oct

Swiss garage rockers The Staches pack a hefty one-two punch of chugging bass lines and distorted, psyched-out guitars on their new EP III. Album opener “Crocodile” (below) is a great example of their garage-psych goodness.

EP III is out now on Six Tonnes De Chair Records. I highly recommend you getting your hands on a copy.

The Staches – Crocodile from EP III (2015)

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Woolen Men

1 Oct

Portland, OR 3-piece, Woolen Men, bring their lo-fi brand of punk rock, on sophomore release Temporary Monument, and shove it right in your face. By the time you can catch your breath you are 6 songs in. The tempo is slowed a bit on the organ-driven track “After The Flood” (below) which makes it one of the standouts on the album.

Temporary Monument is out now and available via Woodsist Records. Go buy this record!

Woolen Men – After The Flood from Temporary Monument (2015)