Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Daily Jam - Web in Front

Some days i really, really miss Fun Fun Fun Fest here in Austin, the now defunct music festival that stretched for 10 years and gave me so many wonderful performances.  Every year brought acts and artists i never thought i'd get the chance to see.  One of those was Archers of Loaf, in 2015 i think, and they were great.  Anyway, here's "Web in Front," our Daily Jam.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Daily Jam - Orange Crush

I have a whole lot of favorite REM songs, but this REM song is my very favorite REM song.  It doesn't get much better than "Orange Crush," a perfect pop melody set politically minded lyrics.  Good stuff.  Listen below, our Daily Jam.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Daily Jam - Rise

I don't care who you are or who you think you are, this song fucks.  So without further ado, Herb Alpert's "Rise," our Daily Jam.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have made something like 15 albums in the last 6 or 7 years, one of which came out a couple months ago.  And now they've already lined up another with the forthcoming "Infest the Rats' Nest."  This time around though, their shedding a lot of the psych and pop and folk they've utilized over the years for something a little more...thrash metal.  And brothers and sisters, it works.  Watch the video for "Self-Immolate" below and get the record in August on Flightless/ATO.


Daily Jam - Road to Recovery

Hail Hail to the random old albums i picked up in the dollar bins over the years whose creators have managed to become my favorites.  The dancey, techno-laden, synth pop of Australian outfit Midnight Juggernauts is just such a group, particularly their debut full-length LP "Dystopia" from 2007 or 2008 (depending on where in the world you lived).  It's been in the regular rotation ever since.  Here's "Road to Recovery," our Daily Jam.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Grotto Terrazza

Here's some weird and warped, lo-fi and experimental post punk from Munich artist Thomas Schamann, recorded and released under the moniker of Grotto Terrazza.  Infectious reverb and fractured riffs set to warbled vocal effects and a steady beat, this one can get under the skin and stay there indefinitely.  Listen to "Gestalt Bondage" below and get the "Stumpfer Gegenstand" cassette here from Maple Death.


The Soft Cavalry

Slowdive are one of my all time favorite bands, and i'm pretty much going to follow any of the members anytime they venture off to do another project, be they solo albums, other bands like Mojave 3 or Monster Movie, and so on.  Anyway, Rachel Goswell has a new project, the dreamy, shoegazey pop band The Soft Cavalry, and their self-titled debut is coming our way next month on Bella Union.  Watch the video for "Bullet Proof" below and get the record here.


Daily Jam - Summer's Gone

Summer's here.  It's hot as balls.  Here's a song called "Summer's Gone" by Chapterhouse, our Daily Jam...


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Blood Cultures

Jersey band Blood Cultures are kind of hard to describe, a mix of warped pop, dreamy synths, dance rhythms, and occasional bouts of industrial noise.  They're also fairly mysterious, what with the bags over their heads and all.  Anyway, they've been slowly dolling out singles over the past few months, and now it looks like we're getting a new full length, "Oh Uncertainty! A Universe Despairs," coming out in September.  Listen to "Best for You" below and pre-order the record here.


Daily Jam - Jessica

For a jokey, quirky, novelty song, Adam Green's "Jessica" sure is pretty and melancholy.  Listen below, our Daily Jam.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Molly Burch

Texas dreamy alt-country artist Molly Burch has a new single coming out in August via Captured Tracks.  Listen to the lovely and romantic "Only One" below and order the "Ballads" 7" here (quickly as they're almost all gone).


Chelsea Wolfe

Goth folk and metal chanteuse Chelsea Wolfe has a new album headed our way in September on Sargent House.  "Birth of Violence" finds the artist shedding back some of her more harder edged metal elements for something a little more straight folk, though the doom and gloom remain.  Listen to first single "The Mother Road" below and pre-order the album here.


Daily Jam - Fama Allah

Every now and again, i find myself down a Youtube rabbit hole, listening to the all the obscure and exotic music from around the world that i can handle.  And those trips generally yield amazing results, one of which is this amazing 1978 track of hypnotic and frenetic desert psych from Malian music teacher Idrissa Soumaoro and his student band L'Eclipse.  Listen to "Fama Allah" below, our Daily Jam.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Daily Jam - Berlin

Lou Reed's "Berlin" is one of those great, unsung albums that maybe never quite got its due.  Reed was working on a whole different level on that record and it can be a transcendent listen from start to finish if you let it.  Listen to the jazzy, lounge-ish, and contemplative album opening title track below, our Daily Jam...


扎克

I don't know a thing about producer/composer 扎克, nor can i really find much, other than someone describing him as a "healing sound propagandist."  And that's cool i guess, but what really matters is how soothing and meditative his "Orchestral Tape Studies" album is.  Utilizing orchestral loops of the quieter moments of classical compositions, the artist has has created a piece of work that feels like Philip Glass meeting William Basinski.  It's beautiful, maybe a little haunting, and very relaxing.  And i found it to be the perfect accompaniment to reading.  Listen to the whole thing below and get it here from Past Inside the Present.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Daily Jam - Right Where It Belongs

Listening to those Ashley O songs from Black Mirror made we want to listen to Nine Inch Nails' original version of "Right Were It Belongs," the closing track from 2005's "With Teeth," and a detached and depression-tinged song that's always struck a chord with me.  Listen below, our Daily Jam.


Ashley O

By now you've probably heard that in the new season of "Black Mirror," there's an episode featuring Miley Cyrus as a popstar whose songs might sound vaguely familiar.  Trent Reznor gave the series permission to reinterpret some Nine Inch Nails song into little pop ditties, and it all works strangely well.  Anyway, i have not had a chance to watch the episode yet, but it sounds like a potential highlight.  In the meanwhile, Cyrus has released two tracks under the persona of Ashley O, "On a Roll," a take on the seminal "Head Like a Hole," and "Right Where I Belong," a version of the lesser known Nails track "Right Where It Belongs" from 2005's "With Teeth" (coincidentally one of my all time favorite NIN songs).  Check out both songs below and watch the show on Netflix.





Reznor, for his part, his been super supportive of this whole thing.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Pinkish Black

Forth Worth's doom-tinged, experimental metal band Pinkish Black are back this month with a new record, this time around with a slew of synthesizers on board.  "Concept Unification" is a dark and moody opus that kind of sounds like an alien invasion and the end of the world.  Check out the title track below and get the record here from Relapse.


Burial - Claustro / State Forest

Enigmatic producer and electronic artist Burial released a new 12" yesterday of dark and dubby grooves.  Both tracks are great, but the B-side "State Forest" is the standout, a moody drone and ambient track that wouldn't feel out of place in a David Lynch film.  Listen to both below and download them here via Hyperdub.


Daily Jam - The Happening

I know i'm in the minority here, but i like The Pixies' "Bossanova" LP better than "Doolittle."  And i guess i'm prepared to die on that hill.  Anyway, here's "The Happening."  It's about aliens and stuff, and it's our Daily Jam.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Spotlights

My friend Shawn has been raving about New York trio Spotlights' latest opus over at his blog for the last week, and i finally sat down to give "Love & Decay" a good listen last night, and holy shit is it a beast.  A bombast of sound and beauty, the record is equal parts post metal, shoegaze, doom, post rock, and space rock, a heavy swirl of layered guitars atop pummeling drum blasts, crunchy, reverbed riffs, and buried, ethereal vocals that sound heavenly despite the cacophony surrounding them.  Listen to the album opening "Continue the Capsize" below and get the record here from Ipecac.


Friday Horror Trailer - The Addiction



Daily Jam - Moth

Failure have been one of my favorite bands since first hearing them in the '90s, from their peak with "Fantastic Planet," through their long hiatus, to their reunion and subsequent new material.  Here's a crunchy space rock track from their 1994 album "Magnified."  Check out "Moth," our Daily Jam.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Nebula

Speaking of bands that have been around forever but that i'm only just now hearing for the first time, LA stoner rock band Nebula have a new album of '70s heavy psych tinged nuggets out now via Italian label Heavy Psych Sounds.  Listen to the doom and stoner grunge of album closer "The Cry of a Tortured World" below and get the "Holy Shit" LP here in a variety of different colored vinyl.


Major Stars

Major Stars is one of those bands that's been around forever, in this case for over 20 years, that for some reason i had never heard of until now.  The Boston band make fuzzy and anthemic alt-rock, heavy on guitar riffs and with just the right amount psychedelic noodling throughout.  Their latest album, "Roots of Confusion Seeds of Joy," is out in August on Drag City.  Listen to "Out in the Light" below and pre-order the record here.


Christian Fitness

Christian Fitness is a one-man-band out of the UK that makes frenetic, lo-fi bedroom post punk.  It's rough edged and spastic, but also kind of funny.  New album "You Are the Ambulance" is out now.  Get it from the artist here and listen to the excellent album opening "Newly Colonised Moon" below.


J McFarlane's Reality Guest

Here's some quirky, experimental pop from J McFarlane's Reality Guest, the solo project of Twerps member J McFarlane.  "Your Torturer" is a weird and lo-fi mix of psych jazz, bedroom pop, and more, a kind of idiosyncratic piece of art pop.  Watch the video below and get the "Ta Da" record here from Night School.


Vanishing Twin

Stuck at work.  Shorthanded.  Nowhere to go.  Nothing to do.  So, here i am digging up all the new music i can handle before the day winds down.  Currently keeping me afloat is the wonderful new album from London band Vanishing Twin.  Listen to the kosmische indebted psych pop of "Magician's Success" below and grab the new "The Age of Immunology" LP here via Fire Records.


Kendra Amalie

Milwaukee's Kendra Amalie is one of the latest signees to the ever and increasingly wonderful psych rock label Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.  Her album "Intuition" is out in September, but in the meanwhile, watch the video for alt-rock and psychedelia hybrid "Breath Underwater" below and pre-order the record here.


Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan has been making music forever, first with his old project Smog, and for the past several years under his given name.  A soothing, almost speak-sing baritone, laid over alt-country, folk, and Americana, Callahan sounds like taking a walk into the woods or the countryside and staring critically into the heart of a nation, campfire stories and laments.  New album "Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest," his first in over 5 years, drops tomorrow on Drag City.  Check out "Son of the Sea" below and order the record here.


Here Lies Man

August brings us new music from LA experimental psych rock outfit Here Lies Man.  Check out "Clad in Silver" below, a funky, soulful little stoner jam that feels like intro music for one bad mofo, then pre-order the upcoming "No Ground to Walk Upon" here from RidingEasy Records.


Badge Époque Ensemble

Combining elements of jazz, prog, psych, and library funk, Canadian collective Badge Époque Ensemble, which includes members of US Girls' backing band, released a flute heavy album of groove and sway.  Make some room in your ear and head space and listen to the 10+ minute album centerpiece "Undressed in Solitude" featuring James Baley below, then get the self titled record here from the band.


Daily Jam - Sorrow

Because of my dad, i'll probably always have a soft spot for old folk music.  Here's Peter, Paul and Mary's rendition of the traditional song "Sorrow" (aka Man of Constant...) for our Daily Jam.


Black Pumas

Black Pumas are a psychedelic soul duo from Austin who make grooves for days.  Their self-titled debut drops next week via ATO.  Pre-order it here and listen to "Fire" below.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tennis System

I've been a Stan for shoegaze for a long, long time now, unashamedly so.  And i've certainly been digging on the genre's quiet and noisy resurgence over the last decade.  LA's Tennis System falls right into that, and their upcoming album "Lovesick" gives me all the beautiful, glorious waves of heavy reverb and sound that i could want.  Listen to album opener "Shelf Life" below and pre-order it here from Graveface or look for it in August.


Maladia

Here's some crusty, reverb-drenched goth punk from the UK's Maladia to wake you up today.  Listen to "9th Circle" below and get the band's "Demo" here from Cold Comfort as a pay-what-you-want download or maybe snag that last cassette.


Daily Jam - Lagu Rindu

I recently discovered Indonesian psych rock band The Rollies, and so far i'm having a blast going through their discography.  So, from their 1971 album "Let's Start Again," let's listen to the mellow, breezy, and soulful psych pop of "Lagu Rindu," our Daily Jam.  And dig on that flute.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Radiohead - MINIDISCS [HACKED]

So apparently, some asshole hacked Thom Yorke's computer and absconded with hours and hours of "OK Computer" era Radiohead sessions and then demanded a ransom or he'd release them.  The band pretty much told him to fuck off and then released all of the sessions themselves today.  Now, for the next 18 days, you can download all 18 hacked minidiscs (about 18 hours worth of music) for 18 pounds, all of the proceeds going to Extinction Rebellion.  In a lot of ways, this is probably just for the diehard fans, though it is really interesting to hear the germ of a song idea slowly evolve into its final form, and the funds go to a great cause.  Get it all here, and stream the whole thing below.  What, are you busy for the next 18 hours or something?

Poison Abbey

Here's a silky smooth pop jam from Australian artist Poison Abbey.  "Upmarket" plays like something that would accompany a day at the pool, or on the deck of a boat.  Yeah, it's yacht rock.  Listen below and get it here Dinosaur City.


Al Lover

San Francisco (formerly of Austin) artist Al Lover has crafted a kind of love letter to his old abode, an experimental collage of psychedelic tape loops, groove, and hiss.  "Death in Texas" plays like a drunken, deep-fried acid trip, oppressive heat and a landscape that goes on forever and ever.  Listen to the wonderfully titled "Lone Star & Brisket Breath" below and download the album here.

Daily Jam - This Time Tomorrow

Wes Anderson movies aside, The Kinks are one of those great old bands that for some reason or another, are never discussed with the same kind esteem as many of the rest of their contemporaries.  And that's a shame because their entire discography is a treasure trove of wonderful pop songs.  So today, here's "This Time Tomorrow" from the seminal "Lola Versus Powerman and The Money-go-round Part One" LP, your Daily Jam.


Monday, June 10, 2019

Honey Radar

Philly band Honey Radar have a new full-length album heading our way next month via What's Your Rupture.  Check out the fuzzy, lo-fi jangle of "Kite Balloons" below and pre-order the "Ruby Puff of Dust" LP here.


RIP Bushwick Bill

Growing up in Texas, i was always prone to be hyper supportive and protective of our homegrown artists, particularly in hip-hop.  I think that with New York and LA long being the two mega hubs of the hip-hop world, that our stuff just felt special.  And for a lot us, Houston's The Geto Boys encapsulated that.  It was reported last night that Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 52.  Honestly, there was no one else on the scene quite like him.  He will be missed.  RIP Bushwick Bill.

Daily Jam - Bastards of Young

Like a lot of people who grew up in the '80s and '90s, i was pretty much glued to MTV for much of my childhood.  And while plenty of those old music videos have faded in my memory as my own kids turn my brain into mush, i still vividly remember the first time i saw the video for The Replacements' "Bastards of Young."  The one-take, black and white, mostly still shot image of a faceless person just smoking and listening to a record before kicking the shit out of the speaker has stayed with me, the antithesis of so many other big budget videos that came out of the era.  I loved it.  I still love it.  And it got me listening to The Replacements which is always a good thing.  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.


Sunday, June 9, 2019

De Evergreens

Belgian label Radio Martiko specializes in reissuing the most obscure bits and pieces of old pop, rock, and soul from across the world.  One of their most recent finds comes from the Dutch-Indo surf and ballroom bands, The Evergreens.  Check out the grooving and worldly instrumental "Es Lilin" below, mis-credited to De Evergreens just as the original 45 was.  This get the "Surfing on the Shores of Java and Casablanca" 7" here.  Also be sure to check out the rest that the label has to offer.  It's all fantastic.


Daily Jam - All I Want to Do Is Rock

It's been a long, long, long time since Britpop act Travis has been on my radar, but their first single (in the US anyway), "All I Want to Do Is Rock," still...er...rocks.  Watch the old video below, your Daily Jam.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Bodywash

Montreal band Bodywash have an album of dreamy, hazy pop headed our way at summer's end.  Listen to the spaced and blissed album opener "Reverie" below, and pre-order the upcoming "Comforter" LP here from Luminelle.


Body of Light

Arizona brother duo Body of Light are readying their new album "Time to Kill" for release this July via Dais.  It's equal parts synth pop and techno.  Listen to the title track below and pre-order the record here.