Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MAINE

Synth soundtracks to films both real and imagined take up a lot of my earspace, and have for years now.  French synthwave artist MAINE takes these horror and sci-fi cues we've all grown to love and distributes them accordingly on new record "V," creating an atmospheric, and sometimes dancey record that twists and turns just like you'd imagine a pretend film it could accompany would.  Listen to "L'autome" below and get the album from Burning Witches.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Björk - The Gate

Anytime we get new music from Björk, it's an event.  Going on 3 decades now, starting with her time in The Sugarcubes, the artist continues to push boundaries and pursue innovations in both sound and vision.  Watch the video for new song "The Gate" below and look for new album "Utopia" in November on One Little Indian.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Venomous Maximus

Well, the Texas/Southern Cal game ended up being way, way better than anyone had anticipated...but the final result was still not in my favor.  So, a little bummed, and i've probably had too much to drink (it is pumpkin ale season after all).  Anyway, here's some psych-infused, horror stoner metal from Houston's Venomous Maximus.  The band's "No Warning" LP is out now (get it here).  Listen to "Spellbound" below.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

RIP Harry Dean Stanton

We lost another icon yesterday, as it was reported that great actor and all around awesome person Harry Dean Stanton left this mortal coil as the age of 91.  Even if you don't recognize the name, you know who he is.  You've seen him in something.  The prolific actor popped up in all manner of film and television, cementing himself to our pop culture in a way few others can replicate.  I'll always remember him for his roles in "Alien," "Escape from New York," "Repo Man," and his recent turn in "Twin Peaks: The Return," but he did so much more.  He's even in "Cool Hand Luke," which instantly makes him cooler than you, cooler than me, and cooler than his many peers in the industry.  And by all accounts, he was an excellent human being to boot.  So, RIP Harry Dean Stanton.  You will be missed by many and matched by none.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Beaches

I really don't know what they put in the water over in Australia, but whatever it is, it certainly makes the continent spew out some of the most fantastic psych rock this world has to offer.  "Second of Spring," the latest from the quintet Beaches, is an album of epic proportions.  Fuzzy guitar wail, sun fried droning energy, and hypnotic garage stomp spread over 17 tracks of psychedelic mayhem, the record is cosmic blast from start to finish.  Listen to the album opening "Turning" below and get the record from Chapter Music.


Living Nudes - Goodbye Lover (Hello Dirt) Alternate Mix

More shameless self promotion from around these parts.  I remixed/reworked the closing track from last month's "My World Exploded" LP.  Give "Goodbye Lover (Hello Dirt) - Alternate Mix" below, and stay tuned for more bedroom recordings in the future, as that's pretty much what i do with my free time now.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

RIP Grant Hart

Bad news this morning.  Grant Hart, founding member and former drummer for Hüsker Dü passed away today from cancer.  I've always loved the band, so much so that years ago i was almost in a band called Husker Don't.  Anyway, listen to the Hart penned "Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely" below.  RIP Grant Hart.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

John Carpenter - Christine

As we're entering a new Hollywood Stephen King Renaissance, or so it seems, cemented by how freaking great "It" was, i expect that the rest of the horror nerds and i will go and revisit all those King properties we grew up before the onslaught of new films and remakes.  So, it's only fitting that for John Carpenter's upcoming album, "Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998)," he gets back behind the camera for the first time in seven years to direct a video for his theme for "Christine."  It's kind of a quick, re-imagining of the original film, and it makes me long for the man to make more films.  And while that's probably not going to happen, at least we've got this.  Watch below and get the album in October on Sacred Bones.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pink Fink

New Orleans duo Pink Fink, purveyors of swampy, funky, disco-Italo, horror synth, are releasing their debut full-length, self-titled record in October on Disko Obscura...just in time for Halloween.  Listen to album opener "Haunted Boogie" below and pre-order here.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Ecstatic Union

Summer's almost over, so here's a sunshine-fueled psych jam from LA's Ecstatic Union.  "Illuminator" hits all the right notes, like some long lost Elephant 6 nugget.  Watch the video below and get the self-titled record from Lolipop!