The Minni-Thins describe themselves as “…a loud hodge-podge of nineties indie rock, punk, folk, and even country…. think: the Butthole Surfers doing LSD with Connor Oberst and having a bad trip while trying to write an album in the style of The Pixies.” I can’t top that. Give their burner “Apparent” (below) a spin, it’s a sure thing to clean out your sinuses.
Their album, That Old Kentucky Blackgrass, has finally been unleashed upon the masses after being shelved for 10 years. You can get a hold of it now on their Bandcamp page. Enjoy.
Kansas City’s 5-piece indie pop band Rachel Mallin & The The Wild Type are just what you need to get yourself out of the early stages of “winter funk”. Check out toe tapper “Dropout” (below) for a taste. Their new EP
Degenerate Matters is 4 tracks of hook-driven gold which can and should be snagged from their website. Enjoy.
New York trio, birdbird, blasts some heavy, noisy, ear drum melting, lo-fi, punk rock on “Corporation Setup” (below) from their debut EP, Corporation Setup. They describe their sound “…sounds exactly like a fire at your niece’s birthday party.” Pretty spot on. You need to give this a spin.
Corporation Setup is available now from birdbird’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.
Chicago rock ‘n’ rollers, The Evening Attraction recently released their newest 7-inch single, The Evening Attraction Presents: Tea Party, on Classic Waxxx Records. The A-side, “The Kids Don’t Care (For Rock ‘n’ Roll)”(streaming below) is a stomping, garage-pop romp that’s sure to shake even the gloomiest person out of their funk.
The Evening Attraction Presents: Tea Party is available digitally from The Evening Attraction’s Bandcamp page and also available on vinyl from Classic Waxxx – I highly recommend picking up a vinyl copy before they are gone.
Yea-Ming And The Rumours debut album, I Will Make You Mine, is an exceptional 33 minutes of indie-surf-country-pop-rock. Yea-Ming Chen’s smokey voice is a killer, and really matches up well with all the different genres she and her band, The Rumours, throw at these 10 songs. Give the country-like, album standout “You Took Be By The Hand” (below) a spin, you will not be disappointed.
I Will Make You Mine is available now on cassette from Burger Records and also available digitally from Yea-Ming And The Rumours Bandcamp page.
Tucson, AZ’s Sea Wren is the side project of Cherish Rendon, who also plays for the fabulous psych-pop band, The Resonars. As Sea Wren, Cherish writes, sings and plays all guitars on all songs, with fellow Resonar, Matt Rendon, on the drums.
Her self-titled debut is out now on cassette through Lolipop Records and digitally available from Sea Wren’s Bandcamp page. It’s a jangly, garage-pop gem that you will find yourself playing over and over again. Give the standout track, “Birds of Slumber” (below) a spin to see what I mean.
Cedar Spring Motel are a snotty, heavy, in your face punk rock trio out of Hamilton, Ontario. They describe their music as “… the feeling you get on your teeth when you forget to brush them.” How do I top that?
Give their spazztic, Refused-esque, scorcher “Smoke Break” a spin below – it’s a neck breaker. Cedar Spring Motel’s debut self-titled EP is out now and available on 7 inch vinyl or digitally from their Bandcamp page. Get it!
There is nothing better than music to take you away to other times, whether they be good times or bad. Courtney’s voice always takes me back to when my kids were little, when his other band, Brothers And Sisters, were on constant rotation in the house and in the car. Good times.
Now, 10 years later, Will is releasing his sophomore solo effort, Planning Escapes, which was recorded in Texas with his backing band, The Wild Bunch, which features members of Brothers And Sisters.
Planning Escapes has a little bit of everything in it’s 10 songs, from down-tempo country ballads to straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. Give the Neil Young-esque “Sad, Sad Eyes” a spin below, you won’t regret it.
Planning Escapes is solid from start to finish, I highly recommend it. Get your hands on it now from Will Courtney’s site.
1. Japandroids – Continuous Thunder
2. The Rentals – Friends of P.
3. Fourth of July – Surfer Dude
4. Fascinations Grand Chorus – I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love
5. The Up! Up! Ups! – Love Tuck And Roll
6. Primitive Programme – Modern World
7. Foster Body – Touching & Moving
8. The Read – Yr Garbage
9. bellwire – Time Out
10. bed. – Wayward
11. The Light Footwork – Coastlines And Landmines
12. Betty & Oswald – Schmuck
13. The Scrap Dealers – She Doesn’t Wanna Leave Your Mind
14. Leggy – July
15. Devin Davis – The Choir Invisible
This New York duo’s bouncy debut, self-titled EP, is a pop-stomping good time. Who knew that a mutual love for the Misfits could bring two people together to create something as catchy as this.
Check out the jangly EP opener “Welcome”(below) for a sampling of the Fascinations Grand Chorus’ goodness, then head over to their Bandcamp and pick this sucker up. I’m hoping there’s lots more music to come from these two. Enjoy.