Wednesday, April 26, 2017

HEAVEN

Still and forever waiting for new records from Chromatics and Glass Candy, but Johnny Jewel keeps the morphine slow dripping with hints, tastes, and other new music here and there.  The latest project is HEAVEN, a dreamy and seductive new band with Jewel on the boards.  Watch the video for "It's Not Enough" below...and then patiently wait for an album to materialize...or not.  Keep an eye on Italians Do It Better for release info.


Shabazz Palaces

July will bring us new music from hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces, with their new album "Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star" on Sub Pop.  Listen to the mellow, dreamy first taste, "Shine a Light" below.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Comet Is Coming

Here's a little spacey, jazzy cosmic acid house that's not so much anything you can dance to...or meditate to, but man is it far out and trippy.  Listen to "Final Eclipse" below, and grab the "Death to the Planet" album here from the band in May.


Mesarthim

Good news everyone!  We've got a brand new EP from Australian black metal band Mesarthim out today.  Get the Presence EP here for a dollar and listen to the title track below.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Rope Sect

Here's a little noisy post-punk from Germany's Rope Sect.  The "Personae Ingratae" EP feels dark and cold, reverb ringing off the walls like the whole thing was recorded in a dilapidated, abandoned factory building somewhere in the German countryside.  Listen to "Fallen Nation" below, download the album here, and snag a cassette from Caligari Records.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Southwest Side Story: Vol. 19

Yesterday, i sadly missed out on procuring a copy of Ike Reiko's "You, Baby" LP, reissued for Record Store Day (and i'll be damned if i'm gonna drop $100 on one on Ebay), but every year, i inevitably end up digging on something unexpected.  One release this time around comes from the always wonderful and dependable Numero Group, a collection of rare and obscure soul jams out of San Antonio called "Southwest Side Story: Vol. 19."  The compilation consists of 14 grooving little nuggets that's probably going to have me heading south on a mission to find original old 45's.  Listen to The Eptones' "No One Else but You" below, snag a digital copy of the album here, and venture out to a brick and mortar record store to find a physical copy.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Midnight Sister

LA duo Midnight Sister make music that sounds like it was record in some surrealist's daydream and then broadcast across the world via old AM radio waves.  New single "Leave You" is out now via Jagjaguwar.  Watch the noirish video below and be on the lookout for a full-length LP later this year.


Friday, April 21, 2017

5 Record Store Day Recommendations

Well, tomorrow's the day: the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, a yearly Saturday in April best known as the day where i spend way too much money.  But hey, i get some bitchin records to take home...and that's important.  This year is seeing the release of tons of great stuff, as per usual.  And i'm trying to narrow my selections down and keep to my budget, which generally means i'll have to make some cuts while i'm at the record store tomorrow morning.  But here are 5 releases i'll be searching for, and that i recommend you save a little scratch for.

Good luck.

 1. David Bowie - "Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles 74)" 3LP
This one's kind of a no brainer for me, a 3 disc Bowie live album from 1974, lovingly mixed and mastered by Tony Visconti, featuring a whole slew of great songs from Bowie's earlier years.  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!



2. John Scoggins - "Pressed for Time" LP
Rhino Records reissues a rare power pop gem from the 1970's from John Scoggins.  Finding an original copy of "Pressed for Time" will set you back a few hundred bucks, so this reissue is probably the way to go.  Oh, and it's fucking great.



3. Ike Reiko - "You, Baby" LP
A mix of erotic jazz, spy music, and Japanese pop, all with a quirky Serge Gainsbourg vibe, Ike Reiko's very rare "You, Baby" LP is a wonderful oddity that needs to be on my record shelf.



4. Popol Vuh - "Cobra Verde" OST LP
An exotic and trippy Popol Vuh score to a Werner Herzog film starring crazy person Klaus Kinski?  Why would i not own this?



5. The Wipers - "Better Off Dead" 7"
Old Wipers records are pretty hard to find, and usually kind of expensive when you do, so what better way to close out you record buying bonanza tomorrow with a reissued copy of the legendary band's debut release?



So there you go.  I could easily recommend a dozen more (The Bad Signs, Dennis Wilson, Nico and The Faction, etc.), but i wanted to keep it reasonable.  Have fun tomorrow.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kendrick Lamar - DNA

So, after a couple of listens, i'm pretty sure Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." will most certainly be on 100% of every year-end best-of list...oh, and that he's also probably the best rapper in the game right now.  Anyway, here's the video for "DNA," starring Don Cheadle no less.  Also, if you act fast and preorder the record TODAY over here, you can snag yourself a autographed copy of the record on color vinyl, an MP3 download, and a t-shirt for $40.  Get on that.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fat Tony - Drive-Thru

It's not all doom and gloom around here.  Houston's Fat Tony just released his ode to the joys of Whataburger, and as someone who has lived in Texas for most of his life, i can't say i disagree with the man.  Watch the wonderfully ridiculous video for "Drive-Thru" below, and then maybe go off that diet and grab a burger for lunch today.