Track Premiere: Male Gaze

MaleGazePRPhoto1.165438Male Gaze is a San Francisco based band we’ve talked about on this here website several times in the past and I know Nathan and myself have grown to admire them over the last year or so. With our fandom also comes a strong desire to share their songs with the world and spread the good word. Today I’m excited to do exactly that with this brand new single premiering here today entitled “Bad Omens”. This one is a perfect way to kick off your weekend in a frantic and energetic way. Seriously, this band seems to play at such a fast pace but also play everything with perfect timing and superb musicianship. Enjoy the new single below.

Male Gaze will release King Leer via Castle Face Records on June 17th.

Sludge Rock From ORB

unnamed (1)Australian based sludge trio ORB make music comparable to a band like Terry Malts if they collided with some of the heavy guitar sounds of a band like QOTSA. With that in mind, hit play on this new single from the band entitled “First and Last” and see what it is I’m talking about. We’re mixing some parts psych rock here with some parts sludge and a bit of classic rock thrown in for good measure. It’s nice.

New album Birth will hit stores on July 1st on Castle Face Records.

Three Kelley Stoltz Records!?!?!

kelleyThree new Kelley Stoltz records? That’s a gift to us all. I feel like he labored with his follow-up to To Dreamers, so it’s great to see the songsmith back so soon with three new albums, although one is being attributed to Willie Weird. Regardless, I’ll go on a limb here and say that Stoltz is the poor man’s (or rich man’s, depending on your view) M. Ward. He’s got the same great recording processes that tie into the nostalgic landscape of American music, yet he’s a little bit left of center…so perhaps he’s never gotten his due.  I’m hoping these three releases get him some much deserved accolades. It seems the big release is In Triangle Time via Castle Face in November, whilst 4 Cuts and the Scuzzy Inputs of Willie Weird albums come out on Stroll On, a UK label. Here’s some samples:

Jack Name Readies New LP

jackieboyJack Name has worked with a lot of your favorite heroes, and in doing so, he’s built a following all his own.  His music’s something of an outlier, at least upon the first listen to his new song.  There’s a synthesized beat that serves as the backbone, while the darkness of his vocals is so enchanting that I can’t pull myself away from it.  He’s also got the approval of John Dwyer, who he’ll be touring with (including this week’s Austin date at Hotel Vegas); Dwyer  will also be releasing Jack’s Weird Moons LP on his Castle Face imprint in January of next year.

Fun Fest Interviews: Ex-Cult

unnamedIt’s really hard to believe, but Fun Fest is just a short two weeks away now and it’s time to start doing some prep work.  As usual, we’ll be offering up some interviews, band previews, tips, photos, and anything else we stir up on our crazy minds.  Today we shall begin our coverage with a quick interview spotlighting Memphis punk band Ex-Cult.  We’ve been fans of this band for awhile so naturally we’re excited for this one.  Follow the jump for interview.

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Have Fun With Male Gaze

artworks-000080875768-n3iggi-t500x500Male Gaze is a San Francisco based trio that rose from the ashes of many great Cali rock bands.  After getting together, the band already have new music in the works and are ready to share this great new rock track called “Cliffs of Madness” with your eager awaiting ears.  It’s a fuzzy, loud, in your face tune that’s sure to wake any of you sleepyheads up on this dreary hump day.  Let the rock begin.

Pick up this track on a new 7″ now via Mt. St. Mtn. and stay tuned for a full length coming later this fall on Castle Face Records.

Dyaln of the Mallard Returns as FRONDS

frondsRemember the dark punk of The Mallard? Well, don’t think that FRONDS is going to sound anything like that just because former member, Dylan Tidyman-Jones, is behind the sounds.  Instead, he’s crafted this incredible dreamy pop album, featuring the song below; it’s a self-titled album that will be out on October 8th by new Castle Face imprint Do Not Disturb.  My ears hear bits of Papercuts, just in the way there’s a shimmering bit of pop lurking beneath the dream-like atmosphere of the tune.  It’s just a really majestic tune that seems perfect to take us all into the weekend.

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Download: FRONDS – Crush [MP3]