The Memories were part of that huge garage rock resurgence from back in the day, but one of the things I always appreciated about their sound was that they often stepped outside of the expected lineage. Today they announce Pickles & Pies, their new LP, and they do so with this casually sunny piece of pop music. It’s the sort of pop tune seeped in the the lore of California, fueled by this natural wistfulness that always has you looking towards the horizon. In the case of this tune, you’re left wondering if you’d travel down the same road again…and in the case of this band…it’s an assured yes. So get in your car and drive down that road; the new album will be out on May 29th via Gnar Tapes/Axis Mundi Records.
Rikky Gage is a busy man these days, be it running Gnar Tapes or working with The Memories and White Fang. How then did he find the time to create this Free Weed album, featuring lo-fi bedroom recordings that perfectly fit in afternoon of waking and baking? But, just as the band’s name might reference a little drug usage, those who don’t actively partake will also find something delicious in the relaxed approach to crafting pop songs. This tune plods along with a slight bounce and a really great melody that surfs its way throughout the track. His debut album, Introducing, will be released on the 24th of February via Bad Diet Records.
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Sadly, Mikey Hodges, the man behind Pop Zeus, as well as on-again off-again drummer for the Memories, was killed in a tragic accident in December. But, the Memories are offering a glimpse at his work with a 7″ they recorded with Mikey back in 2013. It’s a short 7″ being released by Wharf Cat Records, and both the songs are a great look at what the band accomplished during their time working with Mikey. If you love the song, you should pick it up soon, as all proceeds will be going directly to his family during their time of need.
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I’ve got some tunes from the Memories; I like the band well enough, I just feel like they could do a bit more. But, it looks like that time has finally come, as the band are readying a new album that’s been worked over by Sonny Smith, who I trust above many others. There’s already a subtle R&B production to the tune, while the band maintains their approach to brevity in their songwriting; it sort of reminds me of Girls early on…you know, when that band meant something. Look for the band’s new LP Hot Afternoon next month from Burger Records.
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I’ve been jamming to the Memories for a good bit of time, but this new tune is really unexpected, in a good way. Personally, I like the humor in this track, which isn’t entirely new, yet the overall attitude of the track is much more relaxed. Of course, I can also relate to all those girls who don’t speak Spanish; it’s a big deal for RayRay and myself. The group’s got a new record coming out on Burger Records; it’s titled Love is the Law and it will see a release date of July 23rd. Just another great installment in this group’s growing career.
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It’s really hard to narrow down a list of Top Albums of 2012, especially when you have four contributors with different opinions. We gave the reins to Nathan.Lankford and Nicole Baumann on this one, since they write the majority of the album reviews, but we all have a little representation within this. Now, we do realize that our site has specialized tastes, so please realize that these are our OPINIONS. You’re welcome to disagree, and, in fact, we encourage that process. Also, we’re doing a Top 100 because so many records came out this year, it wouldn’t be fair to narrow it down. Not to mention it might lead you to discover some hits you hadn’t heard about yet. Oh, and we don’t really like Frank Ocean or hip-hop…just a personal choice…here’s the first segment.