Psychic Ills has released their latest album One Track Mind on Sacred Bones Records and it’s packed with pulsating paisley perfection.
Long time proto-punk new wavey LA rock and rollers The Intelligence had a strong showing in 2012 with their album “Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me”. Their long discography is definitely worth a spin, put “Fake Surfers” up high on that list.
The Zig Zags are a bagful o’ tease, we got 2 excellent EP’s out of them last year and are waiting waiting waiting for a full length and they go and drop a cassette of the old stuff! come on! give us the goods, we need it. . . more please.
Killer Dreams EP was released early 2012 and is about as solid an EP as they come, all 4 songs are worth listening to repeatedly, each song has its own flavor of Pangea, and the album cover is one of my favorites in recent history.
Bay Area natives, The Mallard, released their album Yes On Blood early 2012 on Castle Face Records and have been playing around for the past year and working on some new stuff to be released very soon (hopehope). . . They’re playing this year’s Noise Pop fest in SF and i think at SXSW
Happy Jawbone Family Band is as quirky as their name implies, and if I’ve learned anything about creative people, I’ve learned that they absolutely adore the moniker “quirky”. HJFB is not quirky, they are good. It is music that evokes and emotes. It puts me in a place distinctly within my mind and soul, a familiar place, a place that is comfortable, that is me- quirky. what.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra released II this year and are on the road until forever, check their site for when they’ll be in your town, and pick up the album because it needs you. They are groovy New Zealanders with a lo-fi psychedelic coating of awesome.
Southern California band, The Growlers, just released “Hung At Heart” on Everloving Records and infuse the psychedelic into a psychobilly romp of a good time. Good driving music, que it up for your next road trip.