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!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Om Unit

It's Sunday, and i'm trying to reconcile my love of football with my disdain for its internal politics that ostracizes its more socially political members and, you know, covers up that whole brain injury thing.  Anyway, here's some cinematic synth music from London's Om Unit.  "Out of the Shadows" has kind of a Vangelis feel to it, with some house beats on the back side.  Listen below and pre-order the "Self" LP here, from Cosmic Bridge Records.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Acid Nightmares

I'm pretty sure that crate digging record label Numero Group has never put out an album that wasn't fantastic.  Everything they unearth, from unheard, swinging soul tunes, to crunchy power pop, to dusty old folk just makes my ears sing.  Previously focusing on rare folk jams and Americana, this time around the label's Wayfaring Strangers series takes a stab at acid drenched psychedelia on the compilation "Acid Nightmares."  The record contains 18 tracks of guitar fuzz, burn-out blasts, and fried freakouts, a perfect soundtrack for demented hippies blazing through the desert on motorcycles, chasing the demons in their heads.  Listen to "Dark Dawn" from Whistlers Mother below and cop the record here.


Friday, September 8, 2017

S. Maharba

It's been a little while since we last heard from UK electronic producer S. Maharba, and on the latest EP, the gorgeous and haunting "Mirror & Veil," the artist's dusty, warped, ethereal aesthetic remains firmly and wonderfully intact.  Listen to album opener "A Cold Glass Hand" below and snag the EP here.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Weyes Blood

Natalie Mering has been making music as Weyes Blood for a number of years now, and today via Mexican Summer, she's released a new 7" featuring covers of songs she used to regularly work into her sets in the early days.  The single features covers of Soft Machine's "A Certain Kind" and Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'," made famous by Harry Nilsson for the "Midnight Cowboy" soundtrack.  Anyway, they're both great.  Listen below and get it here.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts

Composer Daniele Luppi has a new collaborative album called "Milano" coming out in October, much in the same vein as his 2011 Danger Mouse/Jack White/Norah Jones project "Rome."  The new record feature New York post punk band Parquet Courts and Karen O, and should be interesting.  Listen to the cinematic "Soul and Cigarette" below and get the album from 30th Century Records.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Perturbator

It's going to be okay everybody.  We've got new surprise new music out from Perturbator today.  The "New Model" EP continues the artist's forays into cinematic synthscapes and techno blasts, but adds a layer of late 80's industrial flair to the mix this go around.  Listen to "Tactical Precision Disarray" below and download the album here.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Peter Oren

Western Vinyl has been amassing a pretty stellar string of releases of late, leaning towards more low key artists putting out impressive and intoxicating work.  Indiana's Peter Oren comes from a singer/songwriter aesthetic, but mixes a kind of dusty or earthy folk sound into his final product, all while the added orchestration gives everything a classic cinematic feel.  The "Anthropocene" LP is due in November, but go ahead and listen to the title track below now.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

PESSIMIST

Here's some dark tones and electronic drones from London producer PESSIMIST.  Listen to "Glued" featuring Loop Faction below and get the artist's self-titled album via Blackest Ever Black.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Kirsten Wenlock

Tacoma artist Kirsten Wenlock makes a kind of dreamy, hazy soul, retro R&B filtered through a lo-fi ear.  It's awesome.  Even more awesome is that she covered one of my all time favorite songs, The Four Tops' 1966 hit "Reach Out I'll Be There."  Listen below and get more from the artist here.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Deerhoof

Long-running, quirky and eccentric art pop band Deerhoof have a new record out next week on Joyful Noise.  New Deerhoof is always welcome around these parts, and if you order it here now and up to the official release date, 100% of the money made goes to the Emergent Fund.  Listen to "I Will Spite Survive" featuring Jenn Wasner below.