Tuesday, June 6, 2017


We should all be grateful that this years-old song now has its own video and is on its way to making stars out of some very deserving kitties -- Nina, Sir Philip, Lolita, Tigger, Blackie, Miss Flea, Seymour, and Tsunami, who do their best to mouth the song's chorus. Check out the handsome fella at 0:30 and stay for the purrs.

Dion Lunadon of A Place to Bury Strangers has a record out (digitally) this Friday. The first single's title ("Howl") and the presence of a leather jacket on its Soundcloud background should be the biggest tipoff to the album's similarities, though Lunadon's record has a good amount of bite to it and some of the noise you'd come to expect from any member of A Place to Bury Strangers.

Story time: About ten ago, Oakland singer-songwriter Brian Glaze left me a note: "I hate B.R.M.C, B.J.M. Black LIps. Black Fucking Angles, and other Black shit!" [Sic, all of them.] But you know who doesn't hate Black shit? Dion Lunadon. This self-titled record is quite decent, especially through headphones, where you can hear the details in the recording; it's quick, snotty, extremely lo-fi, and might make you a bit nostalgic for the period about thirteen to fifteen years ago, when we had more "The" bands than we knew what to do with.

Argentinian Tall Juan has the mouthy approach of Richard Hell, minus the intellectualism, and he surely knows this -- look particularly to his cover of "Chinese Rock." There are also those heavy nods to the Ramones, which he's also in on, and a reference he's likely heard a thousand times. On the whole, Tall Juan Zaballa is a bit of a sexy fuck, a bit of a goof, a bit derivative, but he's entirely delightful. Oh, and Mac DeMarco's on this new album for a bit, on "Another Juan." Eh.

There's no beating around the bush. Montreal-based duo Co/ntry sounds the way man bun-era Thom Yorke looks when he performs.

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