Sunday, August 31, 2014


Part old school heavy metal, part doom, part psych, part prog, and part groovy 70's horror score, "Silence in the Ancestral House," the latest from New York band Occultation sounds like a bunch of well-frocked vampires playing to your dinner and demise in haunted castle in the black forests of eastern Europe.  It's fucking rad.  Listen to the excellently titled "Laughter in the Halls of Madness" below and look for the LP in October (fittingly enough) from Profound Lore.

Youth Code

LA's Youth Code are set to release a new EP on Dais next month called "A Place to Stand."  It will consist of new jams and remixes from last year's self-titled record.  The Wax Trax influence on this industrial duo is inescapable...but it also makes for some awesome music.  Listen to "Consuming Guilt" below.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Godflesh - New Dark Ages

And so, football season has officially begun, so let me get this out of my system...for now...or at least for the next few days.  FOOTBALL!!!  Okay.  Now that that's out of the way, i feel some intense, head-breaking, ferocious mood music is in order before i watch my Longhorns tonight.  How about this awesome new track from the legendary Godflesh?  "New Dark Ages" is an angry industrial rager and comes from the forthcoming "A World Lit Only By Fire," out in October on Avalanche.  Listen and rattle below.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Vaults cover alt-J

Though i'm not a huge fan of alt-J, i really dig their song "Hunger of the Pine" from their forthcoming album "This Is All Yours," and evidently, i'm not the only one.  British trio Vaults just released their haunting and organic take on the track, and it's mesmerizing.  Take a listen below.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

House of the Devil

The long awaited Death Waltz soundtrack for Ti West's "House of the Devil" looks to finally be getting a release date right around the corner.  This is literally years in the making.  Keep an eye out for it and listen to "House of the Devil Opening Titles" by Mike Armstrong below.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


About four years ago, whilst searching for music online, i came across an excellent track from Finnish synth trio Nightsatan that recalled so many classic synth scores that i fell for it instantly.  And then i couldn't find much more...which is a tragedy with a band name like Nightsatan.  But behold!  There is more.  Apparently, the trio have provided a soundtrack to, as well as star in, a film called "Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom."  I don't know anything about the movie, if it's real or fake, and ultimately, it doesn't matter.  The music is great.  Listen to "Rejects of the Wasteland" below and get the album on Solina Records.

Slum of Legs

Brighton's Slum of Legs craft jarring, lo-fi, DIY post-punk that sounds as raw as it is awesome.  This needs to be played in an abandoned warehouse somewhere.  And i need to be there.  Probably drunk.  Listen to "Begin to Dissolve" below and grab it here from Tuff Enuff Records.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Heavy metal has been in a bit of a Renaissance period of late, with a whole slew of releases coming out these last couple of years from new bands and old bands alike the reshape, redefine, revive, and all around revitalize every genre and sub-genre to blast into our ear holes.  Doom, stoner, sludge, black, and on and on have seen bombastic and shredding new albums added to the pool of noise.  It's been pretty damn cool.  "Clearing the Path to Ascend" is the latest album from the three-piece doom-purveyors of Yob, and it's a loud and crunchy monster, a perfect representation of everything that doom metal is supposed to be.  Take a listen to the sprawling wail of "Unmask the Spectre" below and get excited.  Then get the album via Neurot next week.  Hooray!

Monday, August 25, 2014


With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, LA band Misun send out the summer in style with their very girl-group inspired "Goodbye Summer."  Some nice throwback pop for your Monday.  Listen and download below and be on the lookout for a proper release sometime in the future.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


I've been jamming "Foundations of Burden," the sophomore album from Arkansas doom metal band Pallbearer on almost constant repeat this weekend.  It's amazing.  The band takes everything awesome about their first album, "Sorrow and Extinction," which itself was a monster, and just ups it.  The songwriting is better.  The production is more solid, and the vocals more confident and glorious.  The riffs are heavy and maddening, the drums bombastic.  This bad boy just jumped its way into one of the top spots for my favorite albums of the year.  Get it on Profound Lore and listen to "The Ghost I Used to Be" below.


Montreal synth-pop band TOPS have been kicking it around for awhile, and their latest single from their upcoming "Picture of You Staring" LP has been burning through my brain of late.  "Outside" is a smooth and flowing piece of sultry pop that sounds like score to an 80's movie love scene.  It's nice.  Listen below and grab the album in a couple of weeks from Arbutus.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sonic Youth - Creepers and Climbers

Don't get excited.  This is not a new Sonic Youth song.  That ship has sailed for the long foreseeable future.  But, this is a track we've never heard before.  "Creepers and Climbers" was recorded a few years ago, and comes from artist Peter Coffin's "Music for Plants" series that he began in 2002.  This is music meant to be enjoyed by plants.  Yeah.  The tune is pretty avant garde, and certainly not ranked among the band's best, but it sure does make me miss them.  Listen below.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Knife are breaking up...

Evidently, Swedish experimental electronic duo The Knife are disbanding once they conclude their European tour this November.  I'm really bummed out about this, as i never had the opportunity to see one of their live shows, but they leave behind a fascinating body of work.

Deafheaven - From the Kettle onto the Coil

I seem to be touting Adult Swim's summer singles series on an almost daily basis, but the output thus far this summer has been fantastic.  The latest, which will be available for free download next week, comes from San Francisco metal band Deafheaven.  "From the Kettle onto the Coil" continues the band's blend of black metal, shoegaze, post-rock, and pop that they perfected on last year's "Sunbather" LP.  Listen to the track below.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

For the last few weeks, the awesome folks over at Death Waltz Records, purveyors of horror scores galore, have been teasing an upcoming release of something they have been calling Death Waltz Originals.  Well, the announcement was made yesterday that said original release is a brand new and original score to Tobe Hooper's classic 1974 film "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" performed by horror score enthusiasts/revivalists Umberto and Antoni Maiovvi.  Even better, next month at Mondo-Con here in Austin, they will be screening the film with an accompanying live performance of the new score.  Even better still, the LP will be available to ticket holders.  I'm stoked.  Word on the street is that they've only pressed 800 of these, and that they'll only be available at the Mondo-Con screening and then later on at Beyond Fest in LA.  I want.  I want.  I want.  Listen to "Meathook" below.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

King Tuff - Black Moon Spell

Here's another new jam from the upcoming new album, "Black Moon Spell," by garage rocker King Tuff.  This title track is a sun drenched, riff-heavy piece of psych-pop bliss, and it gets me even more excited for the album coming out later next month on Sub Pop.  Listen below.

Run The Jewels

The ridiculously good Run The Jewels, the hip-hop duo comprised of El-P and Killer Mike have a new album on the horizon, the aptly titled "RTJ2" which will be available as a free download as well as other physical formats in October on Mass Appeal.  Listen to the blistering back and forth assault of "Blockbuster Night Part 1" below and get adequately pumped.  This album is going to be a monster.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peaking Lights

Here's a new tropical-flavored, low-tech jam from perennial crate diggers Peaking Lights.  "Breakdown" comes from the duo's upcoming "Cosmic Logic" LP out in October on Weird World, and it kind of sounds like walking through a dusk-lit pool party in slow motion, strutting, nodding, drinking.  Listen below.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Captain Murphy

Adult Swim continues its amazing and interesting Singles series with a new from Flying Lotus alter-ego Captain Murphy up for grabs this week.  "Cosplay" is a weird and stoney jam perfect for any nefarious late-night shenanigans.  Get it here and listen below.

Monday, August 18, 2014


The bay area seems to be churning out a vast array of black metal-inspired music of late.  Experimental band Botanist drape the aesthetic over their driving mix of drone and electronics for a wonderful and captivating listening experience.  Check out "Callistemon" from new album "VI: Flora" below and grab the album here from The Flenser.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

You'll Never Get To Heaven

Aside from having an excellent band name, London, Ontario's You'll Never Get To Heaven have a woozy and dreamy aesthetic, swooping, ethereal dreampop to just sail away to.  The band's "Adorn" EP is available now on Psychic Handshake Records, but go ahead and listen to the lovely title track below.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Here's a new and noisy new mindfuck from one-woman experimental artist Pharmakon.  "Body Betrays Itself" comes from new album "Bestial Burden" out in October on Sacred Bones...just in time for Halloween.  Listen below.

Friday, August 15, 2014


Somehow i missed out on the debut 7" from Madrid's wonderful garage band Deers.  "Demo" is a lo-fi dream, two tracks that sound like they were recorded in minutes and then unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace, 60's throwback jams to put smiles on all of your faces.  Sadly, the record is now sold out from Mom + Pop Records, but you can still grab the digital tunes here.  Listen to "Bamboo" below.


In the mood for some good, moody, goth synth-pop that owes its existence to The Cure?  Sure you do.  Vaniish hale from San Francisco and features Keven Tecon (formerly of The Soft Moon).  The band's debut album "Memory Work" is dark and vast and feels like it should be jamming in some dank, smoky warehouse party somewhere on the outskirts of town.  Listen to the title track below and get the album from Metropolis Records.  You can also grab the album on vinyl here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus has a new album coming out in October on Warp called "You're Dead!"  Here's a video teaser.  Hooray!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tomahawk - South Paw video (Mike Patton as a puppet!)

Last year, Mike Patton's Tomahawk project released their fourth album "Oddfellows."  Today, i was informed that album standout "South Paw" had a music video featuring the band as puppets.  It's kind of terrifying, but totally awesome too.  This information came to me from my wife because she is cooler than you or i will ever be.  Watch below and get the album on Ipecac.

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

So, it's kind of weird, but just the other day, i was listening to a bunch of CD's that i haven't listened to in years, and one of those albums was Austin gothic post-punk band I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness' 2006 LP "Fear Is on our Side."  While listening, i wondered whatever happened to them...and lo and behold, here is a new song from the upcoming follow-up "Dust."  Listen to "Faust" below and get the new LP from Secretly Canadian in October.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ty Segall - Susie Thumb

Prolific garage rock artist and amazing live act Ty Segall is gracing us with another new album at the end of the month on Drag City.  "Manipulator" feels like another rowdy garage record, and if first single "Susie Thumb" is any indication, there's some added glam and funk in the mix this time around as well.  New Segall albums are always an event, so be on the lookout, and listen to "Susie Thumb" below.

RIP Robin Williams

RIP Robin Williams.  Sad news.  Though he certainly starred in his fair share of garbage movies, he starred in some brilliant ones as well.  Go and watch "World's Greatest Dad" right now.  You owe it to yourselves.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Is/Is is a lo-fi, shoegaze band out of Portland, Oregon.  They are a throwback band in that they sound like the kind of stuff i would have obsessed over in high school, but the songcraft and melodies are so lush and gorgeous, that i can't help but kind of obsess over the band now.  Listen to "Shine Down" below and grab the self-titled album here.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Andrew Liles

I realize that Halloween is still two and a half months away, but that's no reason to not listen to some horror-themed music from experimental musician Andrew Liles.  "The Maleficent Monster and other Macabre Stories" sounds like an awesome mix of old spooky sound LP's and horror movie soundtracks from the last 60 years.  I'm kind of fascinated by it.  And dig on that EC Comics inspired album cover art.  Get the record here from Blackest Rainbow Records and listen to "How to Spot a Murderer" below.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Surf Nazis Must Die

As more and more little record labels open shop, reissuing any number of film scores from the 70's, 80's, and so on, i find more and more to be excited about.  Strange Disc Records are here with their first record, the first ever release of soundtrack to the classic 1987 Troma film "Surf Nazis Must Die."  The synth-laden score was composed by Jon McCallum, and it perfectly captures the mood of a post-earthquake southern California being overrun by a gang of surfing Nazis.  Light in the Attic is distributing the record, and you can pre-order it here.  In the meanwhile, listen to "After the Quake" below.

Friday, August 8, 2014

VHS Glitch

Of course i like this.  VHS Glitch come straight at your face with an album of 80's horror/sci-fi soundtrack and video game inspired synth-jams to make you feel like you're stuck in a past futuristic world...and time is running out.  Get the "Evil Technology" album here, and listen to "Jaw Breaker" below.  I'm so damn predictable.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mr. Twin Sister

For some reason or another, dreamy, synthy pop group Twin Sister have changed their name to Mr. Twin Sister.  Okay.  Anyway, here's a new tune from the group, the silky, floaty, sexy sounding "Blush."  The band's new self-titled album is out late next month on Infinite Best.

Recycle Culture

Here's a new sprawling, gorgeous, Balearic-tinged track from electronic producer Recycle Culture.  "Drown Me Up" came out last week and you can download it here.  It's a soothing way to start the work day.  Listen below.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New music from Weyes Blood

Former Jackie-O-Motherfucker member Natalie Mering performs under the moniker of Weyes Blood.  Her 2011 album, "The Outside Room," was one of my favorite albums of that year, a collection of haunting and eerie psych folk songs for the twilight hours.  New album "The Innocents" coming in October from Mexican Summer finds the folk singer channeling a more 60's vibe.  Think Linda Perhacs or Catherine Howe...something of that nature.  It's beautiful stuff.  Take a listen to "Hang On" below.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gap Dream

California band Gap Dream have a hazy new jam, "Strong Love," out on a split 7" with Part Time on Burger Records.  It's a dreamy and summery, a poolside song for these long August days.  Listen below.

Monday, August 4, 2014


Roses is the new murky, hazy weirdo-pop project from former Abe Vigoda member Juan Velazquez.  The band produces an intoxicating array of floaty, lo-fi, synth and guitar wonder-jams that play like the B-sides to some long lost 1980's bedroom masterpiece.  Fans of Mac DeMarco will enjoy.  Listen to "The Fog" below and look for the "Dreamlover" EP out tomorrow on Group Tightener.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Here's a new one from San Francisco heavy shoegaze band Whirr.  The driving and pounding "Heavy" comes from new album "Sway," due in September on Graveface Records.  It's noisy, reverby music to my ears.  Listen below.

On a side note, i did not realize that Nothing's Nick Bassett was the main man behind Whirr.  That explains a lot.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

New jam from Diarrhea Planet

Everybody's favorite raucous rock n' roll band out of Nashville Diarrhea Planet have a new burner out courtesy of the increasingly awesome Adult Swim Singles series.  Take a listen below and look for the free download on Monday.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Eyelid Kid

Dig on this summery, swimming pool ready, psych pop jam from mysterious Southern California band Eyelid Kid.  "Time Travel" is one of two tunes the band have put online.  It grooves and sways...and there's a sax in the mix...and i love me some sax in the mix.  Listen below, and grab the mp3 here.