Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween is approaching!'s time for a new Halloween mix!!!

1. Bob McFadden and Dor - The Mummy
2. Kate Bush - Waking the Witch
3. The Cramps - Zombie Dance
4. Dead Moon - Walking on My Grave
5. Electro-Tones - Ghost Train
6. The Fall - I'm a Mummy 
7. Five Blobs - The Blob
8. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs - Devil Do
9. The Hives - I'm a Wicked One
10. Ken Nordine - Strollin' Spooks
11. Les Savy Fav - Poltergeist
12. Murder City Devils - Demon Brother
13. Thee Oh Sees - Sucks Blood
14. Old Time Relijun - Daemon Meeting
15. PJ Harvey - Meet Ze Monsta (live)
16. Screaming Lord Sutch - She's Fallen in Love with the Monster Man
17. Subway Sect - Watching the Devil
18. The Gun Club - Ghost on the Highway
19. The Symbols - Do the Zombie

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Vaadat Charigim is being awfully strategic about the pacing of their singles.

An excuse to post more Vaadat Charigim, then. Here's "Where it Ends." All of their lyrics are in Hebrew; I've done my best with Google Translate:

Can not remember where you started
Can not remember where over
These take you up
Then down
It all starts from scratch

Revelers went home
The streets are empty so
Think about it every night
What could
And how to start from scratch

Climbing through Jaffa
Climb it
Scared of something you forgot
Then he remembered
Forgot where it ends

Gospel Gossip - Atlantic Blue

This is the most marvelous release to arrive in my inbox this week. Gospel Gossip is a Minnesota-based trio resembling the good stuff that came out of the early '90s. Frontlady Sarah Nienaber recalls a young Aimee Mann, and several years prior, with the Drift EP of 2009, helped make Gospel Gossip something of a hark back to Tanya Donnelly-fronted Belly, this wonderful mess of guitar thrash and drone at once, all the beauty of Nienaber's feminine vocals balanced by crushing drums. Gospel Gossip would've fit beautifully on a playlist in 1993.

Drift was more of a rock release than the Atlantic Blue EP, which is reverb-heavy and quite dreamy, the appropriate shoegaze soundtrack to what could be one of several fond memories. It is the romanticism of Orange Juice with the backbone of Throwing Muses, and would serve well as the setting for the final dance of the night at that shitty, shitty prom you've been weeping through. Oh, the emotion this music stirs!

The best part of Gospel Gossip? Nienaber is also the bass player for Is/Is, another band for whom I've declared my love on this very site. As for the other guys, for what it's worth, their drummer's a web developer by day, and their bass player is, so the story goes, a silver fox.

What's missing from this performance?

Oh! Now I remember. Sexual Chocolate, where have you gone?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Marika Hackman - Lithium

Marika Hackman is an unbearably young British singer-songwriter with a free EP of covers currently available on her personal website. This Nirvana cover is so wrong, and won't appeal to original fans, but it is well done and very much of the present (read: there are many artists out there who sound just like her. But she's achieved what she's sought to achieve.). Her EP also features a nicely done cover of Dusty Springfield's "Spooky," and might appeal to fans of Sarah Blasko or Emiliana Torrini.

Also, she's yet to become well-known in the U.S. and she's already hawking Burberry shit in the UK.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Crash and the Coots!

This is so strange.

And it came from this.

English label Heart Throb records will be releasing their debut cassette, the John Coles Park EP, on October 15, as well as a digital version on October 29. It's available fuckin' now.

The Baaaaabies.

New track out by the Babies (still apparently known as "that side project of Cassie Ramone from Vivian Girls"). Second record Our House on the Hill will be out on November 13, and there's a TOUR (!) to follow.

Nov 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
Nov 14 - New Haven -  CTBAR
Nov 15 - Montreal QC - Il Motore
Nov 16 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
Nov 17 - Detroit, MI - Garden Bowl
Nov 18 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
Nov 20 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
Nov 21 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
Nov 23 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
Nov 24 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
Nov 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Nov 26 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Nov 28 - Portland, OR - Holocene
Nov 29 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
Nov 30 - Seattle, WA - TBD
Dec 01 - Olympia, WA - The Northern
Dec 03 - Reno, CA - Holland Project
Dec 05 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go Records
Dec 06 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
Dec 07 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
Dec 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Dec 10 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
Dec 12 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Saloon
Dec 14 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Dec 15 - Dallas, TX - Bryan St Tavern
Dec 16 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe
Dec 17 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
Dec 18 - Atlanta, GA - 529
Dec 19 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
Dec 20 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Dec 21 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
Dec 22 - Philadelphia, PA - TBD

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lazily describing the Zig Zags.

The Zig Zags recently came to L.A., and they've got a brand spankin' new seven-inch out for "Monster Wizard," which you can hear above and purchase here. It's a limited release of 300. The lazy thing to do would be to compare them to the Stooges and MC5, but I'd like to go out on a limb and describe them as mid-'70s-style, guitar-driven stoner rock. Will also please fans of Oneida and the Melvins.