Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Evans the Death laughs high and aloud

It's sort of refreshing to run across a literally noisy band like London-based Evans the Death, who made their debut in 2012, whose vocalist Katherine Whitaker sounds so very young, and who remind of a mildly rougher version of Sheffield's Standard Fare (R.I.P.). Expect Delays gets released on Slumberland on March 10.



So...Felix made a comeback.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Having a party with Jerry Paper

New York-based Jerry Paper (Lucas Nathan IRL) will release third record Carousel on March 31; for a taste of Jerry Paper, refer back to 2014's Big Pop for Chameleon World, which makes it apparent that the artist is some bizarre hybrid of Steely Dan, Frank Zappa, London O'Connor, and clown music. It's hard to connect with Jerry Paper but he's undoubtedly one not to miss if you happen to be in the vicinity of Sumberjaya Surinamese Food in Aruba, come February.



This is the, um, promo for his new album.

Two marvelous, new Twilight Sad tracks, including an Arthur Russell cover






Visit them on tour in the U.S. this spring!

Feb 23 Boston, MA - Great Scott+
Feb 24 Brooklyn, NY - Babys All Right+
Feb 25 Philadelphia, PA - The Boot & Saddle+
Feb 26 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel+
Feb 27 Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox+
Feb 28 Chicago IL - Beat Kitchen+
Mar 02 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry+
Mar 03 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium (Upstairs) +
Mar 05 Missoula, MT - Stage 112+
Mar 06 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern+
Mar 07 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge+
Mar 08 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret+
Mar 10 Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp
Mar 11 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill+
Mar 12 Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer+
Mar 13 San Diego, CA - The Merrow+
Mar 14 Phoenix, AZ - VivaPHX
Mar 17 - Mar 21 Austin, TX – SXSW

+ Port St Willow to Support

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cruisin' for a bruisin'



St. Louis duo Bruiser Queen, vocalist/guitarist Morgan Nusbaum and drummer Jason Potter, have an aesthetic that initially appears to align them with a retro rockabilly movement of some sort, but Nusbam's gutsy yet feminine delivery brings the band quite close to the first Soviettes record; their second album, Sweet Static, sounds as though it might be ridden with harmonies, but between the two members and their production job, there's already plenty there.

Here's something a wee bit older from Bruiser Queen:






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mercury is in retrograde!

Miss Tati is Angolan by way of Portugal and (currently resides in) Bergen, Norway, and "Shakedown," just released yesterday, is refreshingly un-American -- it is confident but cool, has nothing to prove. Miss Tati herself has a jazz-inspired R&B voice, and the beat behind her sounds amazing on headphones. Yes. Yes. Yes.



There's a brand new SONICS song out (!) and because production has improved in the last 50 years, the Sonics now sound like every band that's imitated them since the '60s, Detroit-based or otherwise. Gerry Roslie uses an inhaler now and looks quite representative of his age (Niall O'Keefe of The Stool Pigeon once agreed, citing his heart transplant and recovery from kidney cancer), but the Sonics are still an incredible live band and it goes without saying that you ought to visit them while they tour this year. April tour dates for the U.S. are listed here. They're playing Viva Las Vegas!



Last month, Brooklyn band Surf Rock is Dead received mention here; today, they've got a brand new track to boast, albeit one that -- erm -- takes after "Just Like Heaven" to an unquestionable degree. Have a listen.



Last song of the evening belongs to James Davis, an act signed to Motown and comprised of fraternal twins and their brother. The video for "Better Than You Are" was filmed throughout Los Angeles (hey, hi, Circus Liquor!), and their self-titled debut album, entirely bedroom-recorded, will be released in the spring.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hitting Up France: The Return of Gratuit



The above is one of the tracks off an upcoming album by Gratuit, Antoine Bellanger IRL, who has chosen to describe his music as "prom-ball keyboard sounds." Apropos. His full-length, , sees a March 3 release on French label Kythibong, home of Vagina Town. Hear, also, the below -- to be featured on .



Bellanger's last album as Gratuit was the 2012 LP Délivrance; though comprised mostly of Eurodance prom-ball keyboard sounds, "Feu" had a nice Twilight Sad-style chord progression to it. Have a taste.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Revisiting old favorites in the new year

A 25-minute documentary on Girlpool was just released, and while the performances are not necessarily as polished as their live sets had gotten by December, and certainly, in spite of all the vocal fry (good lord, the vocal fry), Things Are OK is really damn delightful. Harmony and Cleo are an extremely likable pair who, musically, are essentially a next generation version of The Roches. And furthermore, they are perfectly normal teens, talking about how difficult it is to feel weird and then take your music public, where people can project their ideas and interpretations of it back onto you. A worthy little watch.



Ty Segall's new EP, released today, is simple, softer, and sounds like a whole lotta Topanga Canyon:



The new Twilight Sad single is gorgeous and will be released on Feb. 8.  And if you're not aware, they are offering LP and concert ticket bundles on their website, which do in fact apply to their American concert dates as well as those in the UK. They'll be starting a record store tour quite soon, and you can be sure that said dates will play out like this one, recorded in Los Angeles on Nov. 7 of last year.



And, finally, Exploding in Sound's Pile have got a new record out on March 3, You're Better Than This, and they'll be touring with the brand new van they'll have achieved via Indiegogo. Have a listen to their appropriately titled new single at Stereogum.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chanukah round-up of rockunroll

Really delighted to share a new song from Dan Melchior, whose All At Sea gets released next week.



A few months back, Michael Galinsky wrote a beautiful tribute to Dan's wife, Letha Rodman Melchior, for Rumur (featuring a ten-minute video very much worth watching). Letha passed away from cancer this past September, but her own second album, Shimmering Ghost, was completed shortly before her passing, and is now available for pre-order. It will see a January release. Having gotten a taste of new music by both Dan and Letha, it really does seem that the two had had a chance to influence each other's art while at home together over the last several years. And I'm glad for it -- the results are quite stunning.

Erase Errata are making a comeback -- Lost Weekend will be their first record in nine years, out Jan. 20, and the first taste of the album is showing a wild evolution, much more polished than where they began a decade and a half ago. The self-released Lost Weekend was recorded in Iowa City and is available for pre-order here.



Speaking of excellent lady-bands, this was the year of Sex Stains, yet another Allison Wolfe-fronted act, quietly making their way in and around Los Angeles throughout 2014. They are what the Slits ought to have been when they reformed an approximate decade ago, and they're an adequate replacement for the Mika Miko-shaped hole in L.A. that developed when Bleached became a band.





And speaking of bands partly named for sex, Minnesota punk band the Sex Rays have got a seven-inch out today, undoubtedly intended to fulfill the longing for new music by fans of Spider Fever and Beehive and the Barracudas.



Finally, making a return in 2015 are Wellington band the Eversons! They wish you a merry Christmas in the meantime.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Things are happening in New York.



Oh, swell, more Girlpool! They've got two more Mondays left of their free Monday night residency at the Echo in Los Angeles, and "Alone at the Show," posted above, is now part of this here compilation tape to be released by the Le Sigh. There'll be a release party for it at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn on Dec. 21, and as noted via the link: For those of you that can't make it out to the launch party, the zine and tape compilation will be available for purchase online on Monday, December 22nd. We will post the purchase link once it is up for sale.

Speaking of Brooklyn, Exploding in Sound has just released an EP by Kal Marks, Just a Lonely Fart (think rickety old man, not methane), and it's not far off from '90s rock fronted by Bingo Gazingo. Give 'er a try.