Traams is getting lots of play in my earholes. I’m hooked, its driving toe-tapping steering wheel slapping sing-a-long post pop punk at its best. get you some, fool.
fatcat (get the album) here
March 2013 launched Kinski’s Cosy Moments album, a heavy, pounding, riff-ridden beast of an album. Check out the tunes.
their site ———> here
their fb ———–> here
get the album at KRS ————–> here
Out of Olympia, blasting into new territory from their olden days of Old Time Relijun-y goodness Malaikat dan Singa throat sings you to new levels of euphoria, blast this shit loudly, and share it with someone you love.
their bandcamp ———–> here
Arrington’s tumblr ———> here
From Ontario, The Dirty Nil are releasing an EP this February and it has me very very excited. This is noisey punk garage rock at its finest. Enjoy responsibly.
their bandcamp (here is where you pre-order the shit) ———> here
their fb ———–> here
their tumblr ———-> here
Seattle surf-punk garage heroines La Luz have a full length album out called It’s Alive and they are currently on a lengthy tour of the western-most portion of North America before they head off to Europe. This music soothes your vibes.
their site ———> here
their record ———-> here
their fb ————> here
The Younger Lovers is a Bay Area band that is carrying on with the tradition of being really good. The punk rock movement is alive and well in Northern California and The Younger Lovers can take a little slice of credit for that.
their blog————> here
their fb—————> here
Southpaw Records————> here
In the early 1990’s, rising out of the neon concrete slab of Tokyo could be heard the acoustical assault that is Melt-Banana. Their new album “Fetch” continues the tradition; and the masses wept, some for joy, others for their impending doom.
(oh, i neglected to mention their bassist, Rika Hamamoto, in the show- she is awesome, and cute)
This here is 6 dudes from London sticking it in your face and waving it around- daring you not to like them, if you don’t like them it don’t matter. I like them.
their fb——–> here
their bandcamp ———-> here
UK band Hookworms released their debut album in October and it is a mind-blowing/mind-numbing bastion of sonic bombardment. Psychedelic jams that build, reverberate, resonate then retreat and repeat.
their website——–> here
their fb———–> here
world weird records (get the lp)———–> here
Out of Austin, Radioactivity is The Marked Men’s Mark Ryan and Jeff Burke with Daniel Fried and Mark Rutherford. They blast out 13 songs in 30 minutes on their self-titled debut that keeps selling out over at Dirtnap Records. Pick it up, order it, make them work it out.
So I’m once again riding the Sonic Train. I usually go about 6 to 8 months; I’ll hear a Sonic Youth song here or there and think “mmmm, so good.” But that’s it. Then out of nowhere, the urge overtakes me and it’s all I’ll listen to for a week or two straight. I’m in it. Just picked up some vinyl this week- I’ll post photos as they arrive. A nice Sonic Youth/Jay Reatard split 7″; Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star; Sister; Evol; and Dirty (which contains the song of the show).
I’ve got a lengthy show for you, to make up for lost time, a bit. I wrote an article on some of the best albums of 2013 so far and I’m going to play some songs from those very albums (and perhaps some that were not mentioned). So, here’s the list:
Best Albums of 2013. . . so far
Yeah, I’m a bit early for a best of list, just like seeing xmas decorations before Halloween- it’s a bit obtuse. But I got the time and I been listening to these handful of albums a lot. And besides, so what? It’s a list. I also haven’t had much time in the last couple of months to really explore what’s been released recently (I work in a field that is dependent on sunshine, so I get real busy in the summertime). I’m hoping to catch up on all the good stuff that’s been coming out this fall.
So I went over to last.fm and took a look at my scrobbles. Now this only includes the tracks that I listened to on Spotify and here is the top ten for the past 12 months:
(in that order) Starting with 350 scrobbles for Thee Oh Sees and ending with 113 for Gap Dream. Of course, the scrobbles aren’t only for the 2013 releases, it includes all their music available. Only 2 of those bands didn’t put out an album this year- OBNIII’s and Pterodactyl. And while The Mallard did put out an album this year, I really haven’t listened to it much, mostly I’ve listened to their 2012 release “Yes on Blood”. So those three bands aside, there is only one band missing that breaks my top 5 albums of 2013, so far. Pissed Jeans “Honeys” is a truly phenomenal album. So with all that said, here it is- the best albums of 2013, so far:
and I can’t believe I’m putting Thee Oh Sees at 5, I can’t put any of these at 5 really, they’re all tied for 1st, everybody wins.
Speedy Ortiz is getting some love, and rightfully so. . . their album “Major Arcana” is very, very niiiice. The melodies attach themselves to your medulla oblongata and deposit gritty pebble sized guitar notes that you’ll have a difficult time srubbing clean. Be prepared to foster their grunge pop into your life for the foreseeable future, you will not be disappointed.
A return to the music! The Visibles, a SF bay area band, released their self-titled debut LP this May and they open Season 4 of 1 Song 1 Show. Tucked away in the evergreens of Fairfax CA, The Visibles are a local favorite; and they have put out an impeccably produced album, hopefully one of many to come.
LA punks Lamps released the LP “Under the Water Under the Ground” last year and it pounds out some pleasurable sounds. Check it out.
Marnie Stern released her latest on March 19th and it is full of Marnilicious goodness. Plenty of Marnie to enjoy on this album, keep an eye out, she’s coming to a town near you dishing up 32 flavors of finger tapping fret slapping splendor.
East coast punks Pissed Jeans dropped their album “Honeys” in February and it contains a whole boatload of sonic syrup with which to coat thyself. The whole thing needs listening, you can start here with “Male Gaze.”
(originally appeared at FeedYourHeadCast.com
Thursday night at The Knockout began with a long trip down Mission, thinking about food and looking for a sweet spot to find some grub. After some seafood curry and chicken in peanut sauce up the street, we headed over to the show in time to catch G Green setting up their stuff. The Knockout is a narrow club with a long bar running up one side of it, a couple of seats and benches and a cozy stage at the end of it all. Between sets a young woman kept the groove alive spinning sweet songs one after another and 2 large video screens silently alternated between bodacious 80’s hair bands and films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligheri.
G Green, out of Sacramento, opened the show and tore into a quick set of songs driven by a limping drummer and giant bassist with a 6-foot smile- good kids…
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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.
Seth Olinsky from Akron/Family has a side project called Cy Dune, and it’s a bit heavier and fuzzier. Definitely worth keeping an ear open for more stuff from Cy Dune and Akron/Family.