You’ll all be interested to know that Emotional is the new project from former Melted Toys member Brian Wakefield; you’ll be more interested to know that our first glimpse of new music from the outfit is perfectly blissful pop. Imagine yourself listening to a more warped, more electronically stimulated version of a Destroyer record, then you’ll find yourself in the place that is occupied by this San Fran outfit. They’ve just announced their first release, Ahh…the Name is Emotional, Baby…which is going to be handed by the trustworthy people over at Empty Cellar Records…and a million others.
It’s surprising to me that this new single from Seth Bogart has sort of flown under the radar, considering how important Hunx has been to the musical culture over the last few years. Perhaps it’s because on this tune he’s turned down the garage inflection, instead choosing for a more pop-centric approach to his songs. There’s some casio-keyboard beats and a distorted guitar meeting up with Seth’s voice. Personally, I always think he’s best when he’s writing introspective songs, such as on Hairdresser Blues. This new album is titled Forgotten Fantazy, it’s being released in late February by Burger Records.
When trolling for songs in internet land, one must always check with the labels they know are always killing it, so naturally, Burger Records is responsible for North LA’s Levitation Room. This track, “Crystal Ball,” is pretty much your textbook psych rock, but that doesn’t mean it’s plain or not worth a listen. It’s got a solidly catch choral hook as well as 70s-esque vocals, plus an overall mystical vibes surrounding the song. Their debut full length album, ETHOS, is due out in February, so keep your ears to the ground for more from the band.
Remember when we put out that first Grape St. LP? Yeah, that was pretty sweet. But, the band have since gone on to release their latest album, this time with Burger Records. The album is titled Wallpaper, and if anything, it’s another assured dosage of garage pop power from Curtis O’ Mara. Listen to this new single they just tossed up to support their mini West Coast tour; it has long been a staple of their live show, and I have a feeling you’ll dig hearing it in the recorded version. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to grab their new LP. You can get their old debut HERE.
The power of a producer looms large in the indie realm. The likes of Ty Segall and Jason Quever just being at the helm on a studio session pretty much guarantees some instant “likes.” But, what if you go with someone heralded in the pantheon of bands, like a Tommy Stinson from the Replacements? This new single from together Pangea definitely sees the band playing tracks more to my liking, and the recording seems bright in all the perfect places; the guitars are crisp, and while there’s a bit of a rough edge to the vocals, it feels intentional. They’re releasing The Phage EP this Friday (10.16) via Burger Records, so give this new tune a listen to see if it’s up your alley.
Really happy for our boys in Grape St.; they’ve moved on from our little label to really bang out their excellent new effort over at Burger Records. Luckily for Austinites, the band’s going to be celebrating their release tomorrow night over at Hotel Vegas. Their shows always get sweaty, and are nothing short of a classic rock n’ roll party, meaning you should schedule it in right now. As for their album, Wallpaper, it’s the best work Curtis has done since Harlem went on Hiatus; it’s gritty when it needs to be and poppy in all the right places. They’ll have CDs on sale for super cheap, with a slight delay in the vinyl, so that’s on its way too. Jam this track, one of my favorite live ones from the band.
It’s probably pretty clear that I’m obsessed with all things Tijuana Panthers, so when I realized that Coromandelles was a supergroup of sorts, fronted by Dan from TP, I of course got in on the party. However, there’s definitely a distinct difference, both stylistically and in the recording process. For me, it seems like the natural evolution of pop music in the last five or so years…taking on the garage/surf aesthetic and applying it to the swelling combination of harmonies and melody. It’s sort of like your favorite Cali garage bands doing their take on the Polyphonic Spree…minus the whole cult thing. The group release Late Bloomer’s Bloomers on October 20th via Porch Party Records.
I’ve always jammed to Shrouded Strangers, so of course new material means new mass consumption, on my part. But, the band just put up the closing track to their latest release, Teleport Beach. I love the way the tune opens up with this hazy psychedelic stomp; if it kept up with that style alone it would get a lot of love, period. But, the band completely switches positions and styles, turning the track into a charming saloon style boogie with some help from their friends like Nikki West. You can grab the cassette on August 28th from Burger Records!
Traditionally, I wouldn’t post a lyric video…but seeing as this song isn’t available any other way yet and it’s in Portuguese, it might just require such a post. Well, there’s that and the fact that I really enjoy the work that Boogarins have been doing…this new jam included. You’ll definitely hear moments of the band’s exploratory psych tendencies, but I also like the art-pop moment that comes from the line “that will not let me see the sun/they will not let me see the sun;” it’s possibly my favorite moment on the track. Their new LP, Manual, will be available on October 30th via Other Music/Burger Records.
Everyone knows every good indie rock song can be made even better with twee organ sound running through the whole thing, and Summer Twins are on that same train of thought. “Demons,” the single below, comes off of their upcoming record Limbo, and it’s a blast and a half of a tune. The LA based group gives you 50’s style vocal harmonies with harken to the girl group aesthetic of that time, but then the guitars have a bit of snarl and psychedelic buzz to them. Take a listen and get ready for Limbo out October 2nd on Burger Records.