Criminal Hygiene is an L.A. based band we have known for many years after meeting at SXSW one year and doing a show together afterwards. Well the guys went quiet for a few years after that, but have returned this year with a ton of new music and a new album on the way. Their latest single “Dangers of Convenience” can be found below and features the always enticing garage rock, in your face style which is what caused me to originally be turned on to the band. I’m happy for the boys to hop on to major label Dangerbird to release the new album Run it Again on March 1st.
As I peruse some emails and the internet for new tunes to share, I came across this unique piece from Brooklyn based artist Bellows. It’s a bedroom pop piece blended well with songwriter elements similar to Sufjan or my old pal John Lamonica. You’ll even find some electronic elements along with some crazy wind instrumentation. This one really manages to blend a ton of genres to create a truly special pop sound.
Bellows will release new album The Rose Gardener on February 22nd via Topshelf Records.
After a five year gap from their last album until now, Chicago based group Walking Bicycles are ready to release some new music to the world. Their first single in awhile, “Fat Cat”, shows a band full of energy and passion as they slam through four minutes of powerful psych tinged rock music. If you’re into a bands like Screaming Females or even Ty Segall, then this will be your jam of the day. Check it out below.
Walking Bicycles will release new album Chooch on April 26th via Highwheel Records. Pre-orders are up now.
Way back in November we dropped some news of a new LP from our beloved Athens based rock band Deep State. Since the fall I haven’t heard a whole lot more buzz on the band so I was excited to receive notification of a new single/video from the group yesterday. This new track, “Son” features some of the most rock n roll, fast paced themed music the band has ever offered. I would imagine this jam is going to be an absolute banger in the live setting.
Deep State will release new LP The Path to Fast Oblivion on February 1st via Friendship Fever.
Not long ago I expressed, via a review of their DMTH soundtrack, my extreme love affair with Waxwork Records and all of the incredible releases they’ve dropped over the years. Seriously, they have no rival when it comes to re-releases of old school cult classics and niche horror films. Today I’m pleased to share with you news of the latest Waxwork release THE PROWLER. This is a personal favorite for me in the 80’s slasher/horror genre so naturally I was excited to see what Waxwork would do with the release.
Never one to disappoint, the re-release features a double LP with Army Green Swirl and Rose Petal Red Splatter. You’ll also get some incredible artwork from Ghoulish Gary Pullin, linear notes from director Joseph Zito, and even a sweet insert featuring Rosemary’s break-up letter from the movie. Seriously, Waxwork has done it again. I am peeing myself.
Pick yourself up a copy of the new soundtrack, featuring a score from Richard Einhorn, over at Waxwork Records today. Only $36! Cheap!
Prior to the writing of this post I had never heard the name of Brooklyn based band Weeknight. Now after hearing this new single “Settle Down”, I plan to become more acquainted with the band and delve into some back catalogue material. This one blends some nice elements of new wave with some entrancing synths and deep vocals. It’s fitting my mood and the weather outside perfectly at the moment.
Weeknight will release new album DEAD BEAT CREEP on February 1st via Dead Stare Records.
I’ve always had an affinity for the sounds of Minnesota based Tiny Moving Parts. The boys create a a very unique post-emo sound with my favorite screaming vocal elements similar to peers like Restorations or maybe even an Against Me. Yesterday brought a welcome surprise from the band when they announced a new 7″ single featuring two brand spanking new track. The A-side of the single, “For the Sake of Brevity”, is posted below and is sure to delight true fans of the group’s emotionally driven, raw take on their music.
The new 7″ inch vinyl is available now from Triple Crown Records.
After the great many successes of my Gimme 5 playlist feature, I thought it was nigh time we feature a Texas based artists on this thing. Imagine my luck, Houston based band Wild Moccasins are coming through town on January 17th at Stubbs Jr. and they were feeling the idea. Zahira Gutierrez, who fronts the band, chose five songs which truly inspire her and bring her joy as she creates her own music. To see what she came up with, hit the post for words, songs, and videos.
After a somewhat down year in 2018 for music, I’m moving into 2019 with the hopes of finding some inspiration via new bands and tunes. Today I look no further than Jacksonville, FL based band Sea Cycles and their new single entitled “Quota”. It’s as if a band like Choir of Young Believers took their mellow pop and meshed with with the striking beats of a band like Grizzly Bear. Here’s to a new year, and new music.
As many of us head back to work full time for the first time in awhile, it’s important to find some music to uplift your spirit and keep you focused. My new friend Mr. Jason Matu out of Brooklyn, NY has just the thing for you with his new single “I Don’t Wanna Do It”. His sound reminds me distinctly of a guy like Damien Jurado if he wrote more ironic/funny songs like David Bazan. Those are of course two artists I love so naturally this track is tailor made for me and I hope you enjoy it as well.