Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Murlocs - Comfort Zone

Ambrose Kenny of King Gizzard fame, fronts an excellent side project as well, The Murlocs.  The band just released a new single and video for the Elton John-tinged "Comfort Zone," a wonderful little psych pop ditty.  Check out the video filled with revenge below, and be on the lookout for a release on Flightless.

Saturday, January 19, 2019


As i'm gradually investigating the list of artists i've never heard of who will be attending this year's SXSW, one that has stood out thus far is the fusion of world beat and post punk from the Democratic Republic of the Congo's KOKOKO!  Rhythms abound.  Listen to "Affaire A Mbongo" below and get the "Liboso" EP here from ICI.

Music For Sleep

I stumbled upon the ambient work of Berlin artist Music For Sleep last night when i was laying in bed reading.  Soothing, meditative, and sprawling pieces of sound, the music proved to be the perfect accompaniment to said reading.  The artist's latest, "Infinite Tape Loops: Vol. 1," came out last month on Rohs! Records, and has kind of William Basinski "Disintegration Loops" vibe to it, very peaceful, but somber.  Listen to "Spirits Drifting (Tape Extended Version)" below and download it here.

Black Rain

Black Rain makes a kind of gray, bleak, and moody form of bedroom techno, subdued beats laid along droney ambience and darkened cinematic flourishes.  It's kind of plays like a soundtrack for an imaginary cyberpunk movie filmed in black and white.  New album "Computer Soul" is out now.  Get it here from Blackest Ever Black and listen to the gloomy album opener "City of Atomic Ghost" below.

Shana Cleveland

Surfy garage rock band La Luz's Shana Cleveland is striking out on her own for a solo record of sci-fi psychedelic beach pop.  Listen to the haze of "Face of the Sun" below and pre-order April's "Night of the Worm Moon" here from Hardly Art.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


I knew that Austin garage rock band Harlem (now a duo) were back at it and working on new music, but i did not realize that said new music is headed our way in February on new album "Oh Boy," the band's first since 2010's excellent "Hippies" LP.  Judging by the three songs i've heard so far, the band is going for a more laid back vibe, contemplative and melancholy, a far cry from their more raucous garage bangers, but a mood a can get behind nonetheless.  Listen to album closer "Queen of Mosquitos" below and pre-order the record from the band here.


A month or so ago, French synth artist Hante. released a teaser for her upcoming new album "Fierce," which comes out tomorrow.  And now we've got a full track, and it's a cold and moody pop banger.  Listen to "Wild Animal" below and get the record here from Synth Religion.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tredici Bacci

New York band Tredici Bacci's particular brand of Morricone soundtrack-inspired Italian pop music was far and away one of the most entertaining things i saw at SXSW a couple of years ago when the group performed one of the day parties i attended.  And now, with a new record headed our way in March, i can only hope that means that a return to Austin is in store for us as well.  Listen to the JG Thirlwell assisted "Emmanuelle" below and pre-order the "La Fine Del Futuro" LP here from NNA Tapes.

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats

Speaking of music i missed out on last year, holy shit the new record from Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats.  The British metal act, known for their mix of stoner metal and prog, add some layers of psychedelic cosmic choogle and a sound damn near approaching glam rock.  It's amazing, a sound i didn't know i needed, but will travel with me evermore.  Listen to the album opening jam "I See Through You" below and get the "Wasteland" LP from Rise Above Records.

Yves Tumor

Continuing to find stuff from last year that i missed, experimental electronic artist Yves Tumor released the complex and eclectic "Safe in the Hands of Love" on Warp back in September.  The album fuses pop, noise, trip-hop, R&B, and more more more into its audio tapestry to create something at once familiar and wholly unique.  Check out the frayed and noisy album closer, that somehow never completely flies of the rails, "Let the Lioness in You Flow Freely" below and get the record here.

Xeno & Oaklander

March brings us a new release from synth duo Xeno & Oaklander, which is always most welcome news.  New album "Hypnos" looks to continue the band's sonic explorations with a whole mess of analog synthesizers in hand.  Listen to "Angélique" and pre-order the record here from Dais.

Le Groupe Obscur

French band Le Groupe Obscur are set to unleash their debut "Selesȼa" EP digitally later this month, with a very limited press vinyl edition coming out in March via Midnight Special.  The band's fusion of dreampop, shoegaze, and new wave hits the ears in all the right places.  Listen to "Piȼedelula" below, and pre-order here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Khana Bierbood

Western pop culture has pretty much invaded every corner of the globe now, and will probably only continue to do so as the world gets more and more connected.  And while there are certainly pros and cons to this movement of culture, i have to say that i love, love, love different countries' interpretations of Western psychedelic rock.  They're generally more faithful to their forebears, but often better and more original than the sound they're aping.  Take Thailand band Khana Bierbood for instance.  Their debut full-length album, "Strangers From the Far East," could have been plucked right out of the '60s, and yet they sound leaps and bounds ahead.  Listen to the garagey "Plankton Bloom" below and snag a copy of the record here from Guruguru Brain.

Ash & Herb

The state of Maine doesn't really make me think of psychedelic cosmic Americana.  To me, it's more trees and child-eating clowns, but here we are with the wonderful upcoming new 7" from psych folk rock duo Ash & Herb.  Their latest is "Salt Lick," a veritable swirling kaleidoscope of trippy, organic sound.  Listen below and pre-order the 7" here from Flower Room.


As it's been for the last decade, Australia continues to churn out a steady stream of psychedelic rock to expand and melt our brains to.  Let us hope that it continues on ad infinitum.  Anyway, one of the continent's latest is the Eastern-tinged Bananagun.  The band's "Do Yeah" 7" is out next month on Anti Fade.  Listen to the title track below and pre-order here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Business of Dreams

LA artist Business of Dreams put out a pretty good album of smoky, dreamy synth pop back in 2017, and now a follow-up is headed our way next month.  "Ripe For Anarchy" drops on February 1st on Slumberland Records.  Listen to album closer "Keep the Blues Away" below and pre-order the album here.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Men I Trust

Montreal's Men I Trust make sweet and dreamy pop music, and the word on the street is that they're prepping a full-length record for release some time this year.  Listen to the melancholy "Say, can you hear" below, and download it here from the band.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

Experimental lute player (one of the funnest combinations of words ever) Jozef Van Wissem has paired with filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch for the upcoming album, "An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil."  Eerie, oozing, minimalist drone, the album sounds like the beginning of a ritual or the end of the world depending on your mood.  Listen to "Concerning the White Horse" below and pre-order the record here from Sacred Bones.


Have you been reading the relaunch of Fangoria?  Well, you should be.  And i guess to encourage you to do so, the magazine has assembled a soundtrack of sorts of 10 synth wave artists to provide just the right amount of horror synthesizers to accompany said reading.  "Hollydoom" features jams from Power Glove, Carpenter Brut, Umberto, Wojceich Golczewski, John Carpenter, and more.  Listen to the whole thing below, download it here from Lakeshore, and subscribe to the magazine here.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Krallice - Wolf EP

Had it not been officially released at the end of 2017, New York black metal band Krallice's "Go Be Forgotten" LP would have easily been one of my favorite albums of 2018, its mix of brutal noise and icy, astral wandering serving as the perfect soundtrack for the encroaching end times.  And now the band has released a surprise EP, "Wolf."  This one's a little more straight to the point, a pounding cacophony of spit and sound.  Listen to album closer "Time Rendered Omni" below and get the EP here from the band.

Friday Horror Trailer - Neon Maniacs

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jorge Elbrecht - Coral Cross

Jorge Elbrecht has been making music for years in various forms (Lansing-Dreiden, Violens, etc.), and it runs the gauntlet from dreampop to new wave to industrial.  His latest, which is either under the moniker of or titled Coral Cross does all of that with some added metal elements as well.  Listen to "Emerald Gasp" below and pre-order the upcoming "Coral Cross - 002" LP here from the artist.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Coathangers

I don't think i've ever truly appreciated how prolific the raucous Atlanta punk trio The Coathangers are, except that i seem to be posting about a new record of theirs at least once a year.  Anyway, new album "The Devil You Know" is headed our way in March from Suicide Squeeze.  Listen to the kinder, gentler (and catchy as hell) version of the band on "Bimbo" below and pre-order the record here.


April brings us new music from DC punk band Priests, and if the title track of the upcoming "The Seduction of Kansas" is any indication, these guys and girls are growing in all kinds of different directions.  Notes of cowpunk and post punk abound on the new single, all tied together with an avant garde groove.  More like this please.  Listen below and be on the lookout for a pre-order soon from Sister Polygon Records.


London by way of Italy band Qlowski released their second EP, "Pure as Fear," back in November, and it's a burst of crusty, lo-fi post punk, garage new wave, and pop glory.  Listen to "Taking Control" below and order the 7" here from Maple Death.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

A number of years ago, i tried to get into yoga, implementing it into a workout routine to drop weight, get in shape, and blah blah blah.  It didn't take, my doughy body refusing to twist and hold itself int position.  But, i totally get why some people get way into it, the mix of pain and stillness i guess offering some kind of transcendence or inner peace or whatever.  Anyway, i've long been a sucker for cheesy new age music, the kind that would fit perfectly in a planetarium or a yoga studio, and electronic artist and analog synthesizer enthusiast Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has created a record of just that, but minus the cheese.  Originally released digitally in 2014, but now getting its first physical release, "Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga" sounds just like its namesake, the tides of the ocean moving and flowing and ebbing, intricate little pieces of synthetic sound to be played with eyes closed, mind open, and body relaxed...or in screaming pain.  Listen to "Tides III" below and get the record here from Touchtheplants.

Monday, January 7, 2019

ll nøthing ll

Houston's ll nøthing ll makes a kind of smoky, dreamy electronic music that feels like sitting in a large chair and then sinking into it for the rest of your days, the linger bits of electric hum, hazy jazz, and smooth, disintegrating hip-hop beats enveloping you like a warm ooze.  Listen to the artist's "Higeki" EP below and get it here.

Buck Gooter

Virginia duo Buck Gooter are described as primal industrial blues...and yeah, that pretty much nails the sound right there.  New album "Finer Thorns" is out in February on Ramp Local (pre-order it here).  In the meantime, listen to album opener "Peace Siren" below.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Dandelion

It's Sunday morning, the cold and rain have left us here in Central Texas, the sun is out, and i've got a bunch of Christmas stuff to take down.  So, here's some spacey, trippy psych pop from Aussie artist The Dandelion.  Listen to "Every Other Day" below and get the 7" here from Six Tonnes de Chair.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Zombierella's Tentative Reels

Zombierella, the bassist from experimental St. Petersburg band Messer Chups, has struck out on her own with her new project Zombierella's Tentative Reels.  Later this month, the artist will release her "Suicide Commando" 7" featuring two tracks of cold wave, post-punk glory.  The title track is a cover of early '80s German band No More.  Listen below and order the record here from French label Six Tonnes de Chair.  It's awesome.  And now i also have to explore the back catalog of Messer Chups.  2019 off to a good start.

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Still cold and rainy here, but rather than go for the warmer jams like yesterday, today we're listening to a cold and icy sliver of ambient drone from St. Petersburg, Russia's NVLL KVLT.  It's probably a better fit.  Listen to "Patapan" below and grab "Guillo Pran Ton Tamborin" here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Wolf Club

It's cold and rainy in Central Texas today, and i'm feeling totally cheated that it's not 10 degrees colder, because then there'd be snow and ice everywhere, and i wouldn't be at work.  This are shuts down in ice situations.  And it sure would have been nice to hang out at home with my wife and the kids, goofing off.  But it was not to be.  At least Texas won last night.  Anyway, here's some dreamy synth pop from Wolf Club to warm things up a little until i can get home and make a fire.  Listen to the summer ready "Infinity" below and get the album of the same name here from NewRetroWave.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Buio Mondo

Spanish synth artist Buio Mondo's "Zombie Due," a cover of Frizzi's score came out about a month ago, but it just seems right to start the new year off with it, a foreboding and oozing little bit of sound.  Listen below and grab the split 7" with Nashgul and Thrtcl on the B-side here.