Houston, Texas trio Khruangbin (for the phonetically challenged like me, it’s pronounced KRUNG-BIN) came together from a common love of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Thai funk and soul music (you can listen to their “Essential Thai Funk Mixtape” here). Their new album Con Todo El Mundo is a smoking hot, groove-filled slab of funk, psych and soul. Give “Maria También” a spin below for a sample – you will not be sorry. Con Todo El Mundo is out now via Dead Oceans and I can not recommend it enough. Enjoy.
Massachusetts’ Prefab Messiahs are back with Psychsploitation, a new slab of psyched-out, fuzz-pop goodness. This time only taking 2+ years from their last release, Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive – compared to the 32 years between KYSDA and their first album, Flex Your Mind.
Psychsploitaion’s 10 tracks are politically charged and crammed full of all the reverb, fuzz and jangle you can handle. Give my favorite tracks “Having a Rave Up” and the appropriate album closer “Last Day on Earth” a spin below for a taste.
San Francisco’s Spiritual Cramp are a refreshing throwback to the snotty rock ‘n roll and punk rock days of the 70’s and 80’s. Their debut EP Mass Hysteria is a real stomper. Check out the shimmery (dare I say Clash-like?) “Tenderloin” and the in your face “Wrecking Machine” below.
Brooklyn (by way of Nashville) duo Sufis are back with the third LP, After Hours, out today (Jan 12) via Burger Records. It’s a groove-filled (seriously, this sucker is groovy as hell), psych-pop romp that’s been on repeat since it landed in my inbox. I highly recommend you spend some quality time with this album.
Give standout tracks “Till I Get Home” and “All Knowing (71)” (below) a spin to sample their goodness. Enjoy.
There are several albums from 2017 that have been on my list to get on the site for quite some time. Towards the top of that list is Ogden, Utah’s Josaleigh Pollett. Her latest, Strangers, is a top-notch country/folk album that showcases Pollett’s excellent songwriting, killer guitar picking and powerful vocals. Her backing band is pretty damn awesome too. Check out “Ghost” below for a taste.
Strangers is available now on vinyl or digital via Josaleigh Pollett’s Bandcamp page.
Here are my favorite albums/EPs from 2017, in no particular order…
Monster Rally Flowering Jungle (Gold Robot)
Spotting Spotting EP (self-released/Aarght)
The Rebel Set 4 Song EP (Hidden Volume)
Ty Segall Ty Segall (Drag City)
Molly Burch Please Be Mine (Captured Tracks)
Doug Tuttle Peace Potato (Trouble In Mind)
David Bowie No Plan EP (Columbia)
FRONDS Cold Across My Skin (Gold Robot)
Jake Xerxes Fussell What In The Natural World (Paradise of Bachelors)
Lilith Apology Plant (Disposable America)
Tall Friend Safely Nobody’s (Exploding In Sound)
Oh Sees Orc (Castle Face)
Bedouine Bedouine (Spacebomb)
UV-TV Glass (Deranged)
Destroyer ken (Merge)
Mountain States Whispers (Coaster)
Kevin Morby City Music (Dead Oceans)
Otoboke Beaver Love Is Short! (Damnably)
Century Palm Meet You (Deranged)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Soul of a Woman (Daptone)
Slowdive Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
Open Mike Eagle Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music)
Milo Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?! (self-released)
Michael Nau Some Twist (Suicide Squeeze)
Thundercat Drunk (Brainfeeder)
Jack Cooper Sandgrown (Trouble In Mind)
Waxahatchee Out In The Storm (Merge)
OCS Memory of A Cut Off Head (Castle Face)
Once And Future Band Once And Future Band (Castle Face)
The Safes Tasty Waves (Hidden Volume)
Ted Feighan is back with his newest and strongest Monster Rally effort yet, Flowering Jungle. His cut and paste production skills are on point as he takes the listener on a groove-filled tour into his world of hip hop beats meets exotica from days past. As soon as the needle drops on track one, “Sunny Sloth”, your troubles are whisked away and replaced with warm thoughts of chilling on the beach in some far away land where Monster Rally is DJing and the Mai Tai’s are constantly flowing. Thanks for the escape, Ted!
Flowering Jungle is available now from Gold Robot Records – you need this record.
23 punk rock slabs dedicated to our favorite radio DJ – Sean Boy Walton. Enjoy.
1. 7 Seconds – Here’s Your Warning
2. T.S.O.L. – World War 3
3. The Lillingtons – I Saw The Apeman (On The Moon)
4. Hüsker Dü – I Don’t Know What You’re Talking About
5. The Replacements – Something To Dü
6. SAMIAM – Long Enough To Forget You
7. The Briefs – Year Long Summer
8. Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
9. Hard-Ons – Girl In The Sweater
10. The Undertones – Male Model
11. Descendents – Jean Is Dead
12. Adolescents – Self Destruct
13. Circle Jerks – Moral Majority
14. Misfits – Astro Zombies
15. Zodiac Killers – Radiation Beach
16. Bad Brains – Sailin’ On
17. Dead Milkmen – Tiny Town
18. The Marked Men – Doctor Dan
19. Rocket Reducers – Don’t Wanna Wake Up
20. Zig Zags – Sin Eaters
21. Bad Religion – Quality Or Quantity
22. Offspring – Hand Grenades
23. SNFU – Big Thumbs
One of my favorite albums for the last month or so is Safely Nobody’s by Philadelphia’s (by way of D.C.) Tall Friend. Singer/songwriter, Charlie Pfaff’s lyrics are intimate and their soft, almost hushed vocals are damn powerful. This is the most punk rock record I have heard in a long time, I highly recommend it.
Safely Nobody’s is available now from Exploding In Sound. I also recommend you giving their Audiotree session (below) a spin as well.
Atlanta trio Omni are back with their newest release Multi-task. It’s 28 minutes of wiry post-punk, pogo-worthy goodness is worth your time – there is definitely no sophomore slump here.
We have Multi-task on radical red vinyl in the 3hive Co-op Shop. Give the handy-dandy button below a click to get yourself one.