Boyfrndz – Self Titled

October 2, 2012

These dudes slept on my floor last night. Up until about 20 hours ago, I didn’t even know they existed. My roommate and I got back from school today to find this little gem in our living room. Ballin. This is some spazzy, mathy, indie rock with an edge to it. Imagine what Duck Little Brother Duck would sound like if they hadn’t completely abandoned pop structures, were a little easier to digest, and focused more on sung vocals. It’s really cool stuff, for serious. Go download this for free on bandcamp. Also, check the facebook page to see if they’re coming to a town near you. You’ll be blown away by how these boys can play.

 

Download It/Buy the Vinyl.

DTS is currently touring around the country with Aesop Rock. The duo’s new album, Anx, rules so hard. Apparently they’ve been described as a “psychedelic Gang Starr,” which seems appropriate to me. Pick up their new album and revel in its great beats, brilliant lyrics, and stunning delivery. It features guest spots from a variety of hip-hop’s best, including P.O.S. and Busdriver. As proof of why you need to pick this up, here’s my favorite song off of Anx. Pay extra attention to Rochester A.P.’s verse. He kills it.

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Title Fight – Floral Green

September 5, 2012

Here’s what you’re going to do. You’re going to preorder this album. Then listen to it once through. Then sit in awe of how much better this band has gotten. Then, put “Head In The Ceiling Fan” on repeat, and get weird. You can thank me later.

Preorder.

Get Weird.

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While killing time on the internet today, I stumbled on this great punk band from Brooklyn. They play a type of fuzzy, melodic punk. Equal parts Dinosaur Jr. and Black Flag, sprinkled with more contemporary peers such as Fucked Up, Hoax, and Titus Andronicus. A few moments on their Clean Dreamin’ 7″ even remind me of some old Level Plane bands. Anyway, they seem to be churning out 7″s faster than the seasons can change; with 4 released in the past year, they appear to be coming out strong from the proverbial gate. Check a few of these 7″s out on their bandcamp and support ’em if they ever roll through your town.

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When I saw Des Ark play on their tour with Pygmy Lush in the Spring of 2011, I was blown away by the versatility of singer/song-writer Aimee Argote. The band blew everyone’s hair back with three or four energetic songs as a full band, then rushed to the center of the crowd with acoustic instruments in hand. After a handful of hushed, intimate acoustic songs sang in an almost campfire fashion, the trio returned to their electric instruments for a manic, rowdy finale. Two of the acoustic songs really made an impression on me, and I scoured the internet for recordings for weeks following the show, but to no avail. I had all but forgotten about it until I heard Des Ark’s recently posted Daytrotter Session. Lucky me, the last two songs are the songs I fell in love with over a year ago and have not heard since. The performance really illustrates that Aimee is just as talented as a folk singer/song-writer as any other style of music she chooses to play.

 

Listen to it.

Foxing – Old Songs

August 20, 2012

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Here’s the debut 3 songs from Saint Louis’ Foxing. As a self-described beard-rock, these guys strike me as a solid mixture of the intensity of Duck Little Brother Duck with some of the heart-on-your-sleeve 90s emo worship you’d expect from Empire! Empire! These songs have a distinct ability to simultaneously tug at your heart strings and kick your head in. Aside from these songs, they’ll be putting out a split with Send Away Stranger, which I’m already really excited to hear. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for more from these guys and support them and Carucage, who will be releasing some material from Foxing in the near future. Until then, go see these guys and support them any way you can. 

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Also, Josh from Foxing writes over at Boss Koala. Be sure to check his blog out regularly. They’re consistently writing some of the best reviews and posting about great new music.

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The RCSN (recession) is Zach Schwartz, vocalist/guitar-puncher/song-writer extraordinaire of Glocca Morra. With this solo project, Zach shows some versatility by crafting bummed-out, lo-fi pop tunes in his bedroom. Rather than relying on sugary pop melodies like so many bands playing this kind of music, Zach builds his in layers, focusing on more complex melodies and progressions that are more angular in nature. The lo-fi production helps rather than hinders the songs, creating a varied palette of textures and tones. By writing solid pop tunes and ignoring many of the conventions that make this type of music seem boring (like, say, the overused surf rock aesthetic), RCSN has made bedroom pop seem fresh and interesting again.

Side Note: This tape is out on Ranch Records, which is ran by Sam Rudich. Yeah, like the Snowing song (Sam’s actually the guy holding the cat on the cover of Snowing’s full length). Sam’s on tour with Kite Party and Glocca Morra right now, and he’s a really great dude. Everyone on that tour is really great, for that matter. Go see the bands and buy some stuff from Sam. Like me, you could be pleasantly surprised by buying a release you’ve never heard of.

Buy it.

Download it.

Bandcamp… it. 

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I’ve been listening to this one consistently for the past few weeks since Andrew sent us a link to the album’s bandcamp page. In regards to the album, he writes:

This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can
be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from
home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a
subconscious return to America’s scandalous origin.

Pretty apt description for the general tone of this album. When listening to the past few albums in Savage’s repertoire (see Denton After Sunset, Unlearn, Foreign Lands, etc.), it would seem he and fellow songwriter, Austin Brown, have a pretty firm grasp on that general pulse.  A grumbling about lack of employment, a word or two about an old girlfriend, the shudder you feel when leaving your hometown. At the surface, these themes may seem very slanted towards a specific demographic; the white, suburban-middle-class raised 20-somethings. However, what generation hasn’t had the same complaints about the society around them? There have always been societal constraints and and the disillusioned to challenge those bounds. That said, I think my mom might like parts of this record.

Sonically, Savage and Brown take heavy krautrock influences and fuse them with punk and 90s guitar rock. The result is a vast improvement on the American Specialties cassette. It would seem that they’ve distilled those mixed and varied influences and created a sound that is unique to Parquet Courts. Both Savage and Brown share writing and vocal duties, but the whole effort is cohesive, yet varied enough to hold your attention throughout. Parquet Courts clearly have a knack for catchy songwriting that they show off uniquely on each of Light Up Gold’s 15 tracks.

Stream/download it at Dull Tools’ bandcamp and preorder a copy at their bigcartel. While you’re there, buy Teenage Cool Kids’ incredible Denton After Sunset!

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Here’s another great record I picked up for a few bucks at Amoeba. I fell in love with this band after they released When You’re In It a few years back but, for whatever reason, forgot to keep checking to see what these guys were up to. Last year, I stumbled upon their latest, Weird Life and was immediately reminded of how awesome these guys are.

These 6 songs find the band further expanding their catchy punk anthems. If you’d like to hear what the love-child of Glocca Morra, Kite Party, and Algernon Cadwallader would sound like and dig songs about dealing with post-college life with a glass-half-full attitude, you certainly should check this out. Also, be sure to order a copy from FSTT’s own Life on an Island records.

These dudes just got back from a short tour, but if you’re from the north east, be sure to catch one of their shows.

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Buy? (try messaging ’em on FB?)

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I spent the first part of my week out in SF for school. Luckily, my hotel was literally around the corner from Amoeba Records (also across from Golden Gate Park; the trip did nothing but reaffirm my love for that city). On Monday evening, I spent around 3 1/2 hours rummaging through their records and ended up snagging a few gems. I’ll be posting a few of them on the blog, but others on my list included:

Pg. 99/Reactor 7 Split 7″ – Document #3

Nana Grizol – Love It Love It

Rolling Stones –  In Exotic Honolulu Bootleg

Sainthood Reps – Monoculture 7″

Teenage Cool Kids – Denton After Sunset

Blind Willie McTell – Last Session

Boyd Rivers – You Can’t Make Me Doubt

Billy Childish and Sexton Ming – Here Come The Fleece Geese

Eric Burdon and the Animals – Everyone Of Us

The Babies – Cry Along With

For Serious This Time – Weird Life

Stirling Says – Balboa

Dr. Dog – Goner 7″

I paid a nearly criminal good price for this lot, despite the fairly hefty stack that I left with. I could have spent another few hours in there but I had my limit for one day.

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Anyway, back to what this post is supposed to be about, Balboa by Stirling Says from San Francisco. This band somehow seems to have flown under everyone’s radar, despite this insanely catchy gem being put out by Adagio 830. Irrelevantly, this band also has ex-member(s?) of Funeral Diner. I had seen this floating around a few distros but for some reason never got around to really listening to it (even though I remember having it on my last computer). The artwork definitely doesn’t immediately command your attention. Upon purchase, I found a small 5×5″ card stock lyric sheet/photo and a black heavy-weight record. What the album lacked in impressive packaging, it easily made up for as soon as I put it on my turntable.

These guys play 90s-style alternative that instantly calls to mind Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement. There are also definite nods to Teenage Cool Kids and some other contemporaries. The fuzzed-out guitar play is complimented perfectly with insanely catchy melodies. This album should have been topping year-end lists in 2009, but unfortunately was maybe just a little ahead of the curve with their exhumation of 90’s guitar rock. Who knows?

After checking for a website or an active Facebook page, I found nothing that would indicate these guys are still active. Regardless, download this for free off their band camp and pick up a copy from Bear Records or Bis Auf’s Messer (Europe, also grab some of their coffee!) or dig deep at their local record store (I got mine for $2.99). If anyone has the tracks from the split that they put out slightly before this or a copy they would be willing to part with, send me a message!

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