Niilo Smeds

Niilo Smeds | Once You Were A Baby | 3hive.com

Niilo Smeds | Once You Were A Baby | 3hive.com

Former Dim Peaks member, Niilo Smeds’ recently released new album Once You Were A Baby is a lo-fi, country-like album of finger-plucked ballads and haunting instrumentals that are definitely worth your time . Check out “Marker of Days” and “Toward A More Thorough Rejection” below.

[Snag Niilo Smeds’ Once You Were A Baby on shiny black vinyl in the 3hive Co-op Shop, while supplies last.]

Best of 2016 (Todd’s List)

20. Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances [castle face]

19. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits [castle face]

18. Rocket Reducers – S/T [dead beat]

17. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos [lex]

16. ORB – Birth [castle face]

15. OHIOAN – EMPTY / EVERY MT [gold robot]

14. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service [epic]

13. Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale [paradise of bachelors]

12. Natural Child – Okey Dokey [natural child records]

11. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw [dead oceans]

10. Newstalgia – The Formula [producers i know]

9. Ultimate Painting – Dusk [trouble in mind]

8. Omni – Deluxe [trouble in mind]

7. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity [ato]

6. RUMTUM – Mora Tuga [wax thématique]

5. Monster Rally – Mystery Cove [gold robot]

4. David Bowie – Blackstar [columbia]

3. Doug Tuttle – It Calls On Me [trouble in mind]

2. Woods – City Sun Eater In The River of Light [woodsist]

1. Conveyor – Ready Not Ready [gold robot]

Conveyor

Conveyor | Ready Not Ready | 3hive.com

It’s a bit early to name Conveyor’s new release, Ready Not Ready, album of the year for 2016, but it’s jangly guitars, over groove-driven bass lines, mixed with some well-placed horns and strings, all wrapped up nicely with some tight as hell drum kit work, has set the bar possibly too high to surpass. Give one of the many standout tracks, “Caul”, a spin below. It’s a great sample of the album’s geniusness.

Ready Not Ready is available now on vinyl from Gold Robot Records and digitally from Conveyor’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

June Mixtape

June 2016 from 3hive on 8tracks Radio.

16 RAD summertime hits!

1. Conveyor – What A Low Heart
2. Sculpture Club – Thieves
3. Time Travelling Toaster – Cosmosoboso
4. The Herbaliser – The Missing Suitcase
5. Leggy – Kick The Habit
6. Night School – Last Disaster
7. LiquidLight – Get Up/Get Around
8. Stefan Weich – Holy Nights
9. Cedar Spring Motel – Waiting (For The Rain)
10. B-17 – Down On The Beach
11. Sweetie – Eyeliner Kid
12. Pure Moods – Blurb
13. Newstalgia – Blake’s Theme
14. Spinach Prince – Frantic Session
15. Maple Stave – Danzig Has All The Fun
16. Odonis Odonis – Needs

Top 25 Albums of 2015 (ToddS List)

25. Leggy – Nice Try EP [self]

24. Library Voices – Lovish [nevado]

23. Faith No More – Sol Invictus [reclamation]

22. Say Hi – Bleeders Digest [barsuk]

21. Giggly Boys – Bastards of Young [self]

20. The Diamond Center – Crystals of the Brass Empire [funny / not funny]

19. Gun Outfit – Dream All Over [paradise of bachelors]

18. Woolen Men – Temporary Monument [woodsist]

17. Expert Alterations – You Can’t Always Be Liked [kanine]

15. Albino Father – II [self]

14. Mikal Cronin – MCIII [merge]

13. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down… [matador]

12. King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon [ato]

11. L’Orange & Kool Keith – Time? Astonishing! [mello music]

10. Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes [trouble in mind]

9. Wand – Golem [in the red]

8. Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv [slumberland]

7. Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun [sacred bones]

6. Lazy Knuckles – Bucolic [gold robot]

5. Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeted At Last [castle face]

4. Danny James Etc. – Pear [burger]

3. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear [sub pop]

2. Destroyer – Poison Season [merge]

1. The Butterscotch Cathedral – S/T [trouble in mind]

Lazy Knuckles

Lazy Knuckles is the sample-based experimental project of Ohio’s Brandon Klaiber. The word Bucolic, the title of his debut full length, means “of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life”. The chilled out, lo-fi beats on Bucolic hit that definition to a T – it’s like listening to the leaves change.

Check out one of the standout tracks, “Sudser”, below to see what I mean. Bucolic is the soundtrack for enjoying the last few days of summer/first few weeks of fall. Enjoy.

Bucolic comes out digitally on September 11 via Gold Robot Records.

Lazy Knuckles – Sudser from Bucolic (2015)

You can also check out/download another track “Dreams of Memories” from Gold Robot’s Soundcloud page.

Monster Rally and Jay Stone

After a long holiday break, I feel refreshed and ready to start bringing the hits again. For the first post of 2015, I am stoked to be sharing a couple tracks from the upcoming Monster Rally & Jay Stone collaboration, Foreign Pedestrians.

Monster Rally’s hazy, exotic beats mixed with Jay Stone’s razor-sharp vocal delivery are a match made in Heaven and hopefully the first of many collaborations between the two. I can’t recommend this album enough. You must buy it now. Foreign Pedestrians is possibly the best album of 2015.

Foreign Pedestrians will be released on January 27 through Gold Robot Records.

Monster Rally & Jay Stone – Cognac (w/Brandon Rayson) from Foreign Pedestrians (2015)

Monster Rally & Jay Stone – Recollection from Foreign Pedestrians (2015)

Ladada

Ladada is the solo project of Virginia Beach native Josiah Schlater. By combining everyday sounds like eggs sizzling and water dripping with live instruments, Schlater has created a warm lo-fi experience that’s tough to beat. Ladada’s self-titled debut EP is out now on Gold Robot Records and available from Ladada’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Ladada – Comets from S/T EP (2014)

Yalls

Berkeley-based musician Dan Casey’s (a.k.a. Yalls) debut album, United, is a 44 minute escape from reality, filled with groove-holmes beats and synths straight from outer space. The warbly synths of “Warlords” (below) is just what I’m talking about – combined with a chilled-out beat and hushed vocals, it’s one of my favorite tracks from the LP.

United comes out May 6 on Gold Robot. Do not miss out on this release.

Yalls – Warlords from United (2014)

Roman Ruins

I am super late to the Roman Ruins party, and even later sharing the album on 3hive. Better late than never, right?

Roman Ruins is the solo project of Oakland-based Graham Hill. Hill began crafting these songs while on tour with Beach House as their drummer.  His debut LP, Homebuilding, came out in 2012 on Gold Robot Records. On a side note his first 7-inch, Releasing Me/Your House, was Gold Robot’s first ever release.

Check out the fantastic, slow building “Mighty Love” (below). It’s chilled-out, electro-pop goodness has more layers than my mom’s seven layer dip. You will go back for more.

Roman Ruins – Mighty Love from Homebuilding (2012)

Also for your listening pleasure

Gold Robot

Roman Ruins Bandcamp