Monday, October 15, 2018

Viagra Boys: Street Worms Quick Review

My copy of Viagra Boys' new LP Street Worms came today via Rough Trade! For those unfamiliar, Viagra Boys hail from Sweden, though you'd never know it to hear tracks like "Best In Show" - a slow burner white trash spoken word ode to a dog show taking place somewhere in Texas.

All in all, Street Worms is the most engaging sludge garage record I've heard in a long, long time. Check out the video for track #3 "Sports" and decide for yourself. Then go adopt yourself a wiener dog.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Papercuts Shares New Single "Sing to Me Candy"

Papercuts is back with a sixth LP and has a new home at Slumberland Records! The new LP comes out on Oct 19th and is called Parallel Universe Blues. Take a listen to the preview track "Sing to Me Candy!" The band recently wrapped up an east coast tour opening for longtime pals and collaborators Beach House and has west coast dates in November.

Be sure to check out Papercuts Facebook and Instagram!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Download Seatraffic "Precious Stones"

San Francisco post-punk duo Seatraffic return this week with new single "Precious Stones" as the first sampling from their forthcoming full length debut Beauty in the Night set for late summer 2014 release. The new collection of sweeping, synth heavy tracks were recorded in fall 2013 at Different Fur Studios with Nic Pope (STS9, Bob Mould, The Morning Benders), the same fantastic team behind the project's beloved 2012 Crimes 7".

Seatraffic formed in 2011 when Mark Zannad added drummer Brandon Harrison to his then fledging solo project based in San Francisco. Together the duo wrote and recorded their self-titled EP merging together synth minded, layered pop with Harrison's background in northern California hardcore.

Following the initial EP the duo began recording at Different Fur Studios with Nic Pope in 2012 and released a string of singles as well as their Crimes 7" which included a handful of solid remixes.

As the project began to gain momentum Zannad headed out to Seal Rock, Oregon in the summer of 2013 and set up shop for 6 weeks writing and arranging tracks that would eventually become material for their forthcoming full length debut Beauty in the Night. Returning to Different Fur Studios that fall the duo incorporated elements of synthesizer drone, 80s post-punk and dreamy soundscapes to the new collection of tracks.

Keep an eye out for Beauty in the Night due out late summer 2014.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Papertwin "Arco"

Brooklyn synth-pop trio share new single "Arco" from their forthcoming Vox Humana EP. Stream the track over at Refinery29, or on SoundCloud.

Papertwin has been playing music together since 2009, formed by Max Decker after narrowly escaping a lucrative career as a landscape painter. After two homespun EPs, the band is set to release their first studio collaboration, Vox Humana, on June 17.

Recorded under the guidance of producer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Eleanor Friedberger, Turing Machine, DFA's Plantain Studios), and mastered by Joe Laporta (Vampire Weekend, Beach House), Vox Humana escalates the band's unique brand of synth-pop to new heights. Dreamy, dark, and nostalgically sci-fi, the EP features analog synthesizers, driving percussion, and reflective vocals. Drawing on influences from The Cure to Gillian Welch, Vox Humana builds upon the band's previous recordings Porcelain (2011) and Peru (2012).

Papertwin is comprised of Max Decker (vocals, guitar, synth), Francis Cardinale (drums, programming) and Nick Shopa (synth). They are friends, and have been for a while. Before forming Papertwin they were valet car parkers, land surveyors, piano tuners, landscape painters, denim tailors, movie popcorn poppers...and sometimes still are.

Beta Frontiers "Undone Things"

Toronto producer Beta Frontiers shares his latest offering, "Undone Things." The synth-heavy dance track is complimented by a color-washed video that compiles footage from 80s aerobic exercise videos. Check out the video for "Undone Things" over at SPIN, and stream the track on SoundCloud. The track is available for download on via iTunes/Bandcamp.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watch Glass Animals Video "Pools"

Fantastic track from Glass Animals. I love the delightfully creepy yet gorgeous claymation creations of directror Rafael Bonilla. Debut album ZABA out June 10th on Harvest Records.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Stream Parquet Courts "Instant Disassembly"

Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal out June 3 on What's Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop (US), June 2 on Rough Trade (UK/EU).

Friday, May 16, 2014

Arcade Fire - We Exist Video!

Really wonderful video from Arcade Fire for the track "We Exist." Touching look at gender identity and the struggles of LGBT youth. Starring Andrew Garfield.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ludwig Persik - Willow Video!

Psych-pop act Ludwig Persik premieres "Willow", a self-released atmospheric track produced by Warp's Jamie Lidell and taken from his forthcoming debut EP. The track is a sweeping of playful choruses blended with industrial instrumentation creating something ultra-modern. The electronically-tinged cut also comes along with a wistful yet experimental video, mirroring exactly what Persik symbolizes with a sonic palette.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pains of Being Pure At Heart "Until the Sun Explodes" Shazam Experiment!

Straight out of a dream and onto the screen... The Pains of Being Pure at Heart share a Jem and The Holograms inspired anime style music video today for "Until The Sun Explodes" which you can watch exclusively via Shazam.  Here's how it works:  play this 15 second video clip, and then using your mobile device, tag it using the Shazam app and it will unlock the full-length video.

Days of Abandon is out now via Yebo in North America and via Fierce Panda in the UK/EU on June 2. The band is currently on tour and will wrap its North American run of shows with a homecoming gig at Bowery Ballroom. In case you missed it, check out the video for the album's first single, "Simple and Sure."

The album was recorded at new Greenpoint studio House Under Magic which is owned by longtime Pains cohort Danny Taylor (ZaZa). Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall at  London's Engine Room (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine), The new record is the band's most musically sophisticated to date, channeling the gilded pop optimism of bands like Aztec Camera, The House of Love and The Lightning Seeds, while maintaining The Pains' penchant for earworm melodies and emotional candor.

"This album was a chance to push beyond Belong's universal style of songwriting into something that was far more personal and true to my ideals," says Kip Berman. "I wanted the music to be joyful, lush and full of possibility, even if the subjects were often more painful to confront."

The album artwork prominently features the work of newly celebrated South Korean artist Lee Jinju's work The Material of Mind.

Stream Gold-Bears - "Yeah, Tonight"

Gold-Bears' second full-length, "Dalliance," is a record about regret. It reminds you of that time you lied to your friend when you said you were too busy to hang out, but instead went to the bar alone. Or when you sent that really shitty email to your brother about something that really has no bearing anymore, because you were too caught up in the moment to think clearly. It also reminds you of the time you got divorced... from whatever or whomever.

In the past two years since Gold-Bears released their debut album "Are You Falling in Love?," main Bear Jeremy Underwood gathered a new crop of friends to carry out his fuzz-filled visions. "Dalliance" is more focused and abrasive than that 2011 debut, combining their noise-pop influences from forebears like Boyracer and The Wedding Present with shades of the post-hardcore, emo and post-punk on which the band all cut their musical teeth. This is not to say that Gold-Bears gave up impossibly catchy song-writing, just that their signature indie punk anthems are now even sharper, the guitars even more slashing, and the songs even more harrowing and heartfelt than ever.

"Dalliance" opens with the anthemic "Yeah, Tonight," a proper pop song featuring a duet between Underwood and Emma Kupa (of the defunct London indiepop band Standard Fare) that sets the agenda right away — sharp melodies and even sharper guitars, all whizzing by in less than three minutes. “Chest” rushes in almost immediately after, barely two and a half minutes of punk energy and fizzing feedback.

The stomping "From Gainesville to Tallahassee" features a gnarly feedback guitar solo and backing vocals from Black Tambourine's Pam Berry. “Punk Song No. 15” is as described, a blazing flash that condenses the history of UK noisy pop into just over one minute. “I Hope They’re Right” and the lovely, jangling “Hey, Sophie” show how much the band have expand their range, slowing the pace, turning up the jangle and taking on the big subjects.

Gold-Bears cover a lot of territory, musical and lyrical, in "Dalliance"’s 32 minutes and by the time that we reach the miniature epic of closer “Fathers And Daughters” we realize that we’re watching a band and a song-writer hit their stride, turning in an album that’s exciting, thoughtful and infectious.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Carsick Cars - 15 Minutes Older - Free Track Download!

Carsick Cars is one of the most established indie rock bands in China. Their much anticipated third studio album 3, produced by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, in New York, is set to be released on February 28th, on Maybe Mars.

Y . O . U - Heavy Crown

'Heavy Crown' is the first official release from Manchester based Y.O.U (Your Own Universe) out via Tigersushi this spring.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Notwist - Kong Video!

Close To The Glass is out 2/25 on SubPop.

T.W.i.N.S. - Republic Of Banana - Free Track Download

New EP 'T.W.i.N.S' our March 3rd via Split Records.

Papercuts - Still Knocking At The Door

Life Among The Savages due out 5/6 on Easy Sound Recording Co.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WOODS - Moving To The Left

From the upcoming Woods album, "With Light And With Love" out April 15th on Woodsist Records.