Saturday, October 20, 2018

Washed Out - Don't Wanna

2009 was so very long ago, a lifetime even.  It was a time that seems so faded now in my memory as to actually embody the airy, retro, faded sound of the pop fad that dominated the music blogosphere that year, a sound that was dubbed "chillwave" by some guy i guess.  Anyway, annoyingly trite and clever genre names aside, i was down with the sound so it were, records from Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, Memory Tapes, and more sliding into my collection with ease.  Undoubtedly, my favorite from that whole scene were the relaxed and breezy tunes of Washed Out.  And now, the artist's "High Times" album, originally available on cassette only, is getting reissued on vinyl next month, and will include a few songs not on the original release.  Hooray!  Watch the animated video for "new" song "Don't Wanna" below and pre-order the record here from the artist.

October Horror Trailer - The Blob

Surprise album from The Body

Last night, Portland's droney, noisy metal duo The Body dropped a surprise album to shred our eardrums, the gloriously titled, "O God Who Avenges, Shine Forth. Rise Up, Judge of the Earth; Pay Back to the Proud What They Deserve."  They recorded it over two days just last week, so this is about as raw of an album as we are likely to get from them.  Listen to album opener "Voice of Passion" below and download the whole thing here from the band.

Ioanna Gika

Ioanna Gika, Greek-American artist and one half of the LA band IO Echo, is readying a solo record of dark electro-pop for Sargent House.  Our first taste is the throbbing and echoing "Roseate."  Give it a listen below and download it here.

Friday, October 19, 2018

VHS Glitch

There are a looooooooooooooooot of artists out there aping on retro '80s horror synths and spooky techno, but one of the ones that i keep coming back to is the prolific VHS Glitch.  As the artist's music creeps and bumps, you can envision the imaginary film taking place in your head, like some old tape you watched half hidden under a blanket as a child.  The latest album, "They Made Me an Animal" dropped yesterday.  Listen to the title track below and download the whole thing here.

October Horror Trailer - Basket Case

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tuğçe Şenoğul

I've been a fan of various forms of world music for a while now, exotic tones and sounds making up a large portion of the stuff i listen to whilst searching and exploring for new things to hear.  And there is just something so damn enchanting about another culture's take on western music.  In this case, it's the dark and dreamy synth pop of Turkish artist Tuğçe Şenoğul.  New album "Gölgelerine" sounds like the Istanbul cousin of Kate Bush, an eerie and sensual take on melancholy pop.  I am completely mesmerized.  Listen to "Bunu Sana Demiştim" below and download the album here from Shalgam Records.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Halloween

Last year Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross dropped a surprise cover of John Carpenter's "Halloween" theme just in time for the holiday itself.  This year, that song gets a vinyl pressing courtesy of Sacred Bones, and again just in time for the holiday.  As a bonus, the B-side is Carpenter's own re-recorded version.  Listen to both below and order the record here (the orange vinyl is already gone).


Remember that band The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players from several years ago, the husband/wife family indie pop band with their little daughter on the drums?  They were okay i guess, but so adorably twee as to be completely unbearable.  Anyway, that little drummer Michelle Trachtenberg still makes music, and now has her own band called Wooing...and they're good.  Listen to "Could Have Been" below and pre-order "The Clouds" 7" here from Kanine Records.