Thursday, May 27, 2010

Guidance Counselor


Guidance Counselor - Separate
Guidance Counselor - I Want I Want

We're kind of ashamed to admit it, but we had never heard of Guidance Counselor until now. Still, we're thrilled to have finally made their acquaintance and we're already fans of those throbbing, crunchy bass lines and new-wavy keyboards and that screechy guitar noise - all of it set to bouncy, up-tempo dance beats, of course. It's the perfect soundtrack for down-and-dirty basement dance parties or, ahem, that notorious yet unfortunately underacknowledged 2 for 1 Everything monthly that you've probably heard everyone talking about but still never bothered showing up for.

The self-titled Guidance Counselor album is available via Old Wave Records

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Born Ruffians


Born Ruffians - Retard Canard
Born Ruffians - Nova Leigh

Truth be told, this is quite an endearing and delightful album. Say It is packed with wild, punchy melodies and innovative guitar-work (don't forget those distinctive vocals), and with it, Born Ruffians continue to display their jaunty eloquence in songwriting. They've remained unapologetic in their methods, which are quirky and whimsical, and achieved by playfully flirting/tinkering with time signatures and off-kilter syncopation. Will owning this album demonstrate a lighthearted affinity to modern indie-pop music? Or maybe a more serious and discerning prowess in musical taste? I'd like to think both.

Say It will be released on June 1st, via Warp

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Kings Go Forth


Kings Go Forth - Don't Take My Shadow
Kings Go Forth - High On Your Love
Kings Go Forth - One Day

It's totally fair to say that I've got a huge gooey spot in my heart for Soul, Doo-Wop, and anything Motown. When these lil' morsels of Funk/Soul-revival goodness made it into my grubby little paws I kept them all to myself, but now with licky jeees upon us, we can generously dole out this Milwaukee-based Soul music. Think Sharon Jones, Curtis Mayfield, and of course, Staxx Records.

The Outsiders Are Back is available courtesy of Luaka Bop

Monday, May 24, 2010

A-Trak


A-Trak - Trizzy Turnt Up
A-Trak - Ice Cream On Blast
A-Trak - Make the Trap Wile Out

Take this into consideration: Every time we listen to A-Trak's Dirty South Dance 2 mixtape Colonic starts squealing like a 6 month-old baby playing peek-a-boo. He just can't help himself. Don't take that the wrong way - this thing is a powerhouse collection of re-worked, A-Trak-ified hip hop/electro mash-ups with some pretty damn impressive/top-notch production, but goddamn, if it also isn't a fucking party from start to finish. And Colonic really likes to party.

The Dirty South Dance 2 mixtape is available in its entirety as a FREE download, courtesy of A-Trak. Click HERE to get it.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tame Impala


Tame Impala - Desire Be Desire Go
Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss

Man, let's hear it for that groovy, nostalgic brit-pop aesthetic, 'cause Innerspeaker is absolutely soaking it in. Think catchy, lo-fi guitar hooks and drugged-out, psychedelic soundscapes combined with generous doses of reverb and feedback... don't worry - the melodies absolutely shine in spite of the overwhelming fuzz and dissonance they're interacting with. The result is a delicious collection of retro psych-rock with an infectious, textually kaleidoscopic sound. It's a good thing it's not fattening.

Innerspeaker will be released on June 8th (U.S.), courtesy of Modular

Friday, May 21, 2010

Silver Columns


Silver Columns - Cavalier
Silver Columns - Yes and Dance

We've been fairly impressed with the sudden emergence of Silver Columns and their new album, Yes and Dance, and rightfully so... We're predicting that it's only a matter of time before these tracks start packing the dance floors with sweaty hipsters with an affinity for swoon-worthy dance music combined with delicious beats, 'cause that's exactly what this is. These guys have got a tasty electro-pop sound that's warm and bubbly and slightly hypnotic, and hell, it's catchy enough to get even the most stubborn asses (ie: us) off the barstools for a quick jaunt around the room.

Yes and Dance will be released on May 31st, courtesy of Moshi Moshi

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This Will Destroy You


This Will Destroy You - Threads
This Will Destroy You - They Move on Tracks...
This Will Destroy You - Communal Blood *

Originally, This Will Destroy You was introduced to me as just another band that drew comparisons to Explosions In The Sky or Mogwai, but their cinematic and shimmering instrumentation definitely grabbed my attention and made me a fan of their self-titled album as well as their previous recordings. After their s/t release some two years ago, the band parted with both their bassist, Raymond Brown, and drummer, Andrew Miller. Austin's post-rock quartet have now gone down a much darker road that has produced a extremely organic orchestra of blood-dripping anxiety.

* Communal Blood will be included on the upcoming album, Tunnel Blanket

This Will Destroy You (the self-titled album) is available via Magic Bullet Records
Tunnel Blanket will be released in the Summer of 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Liquid Jesus Apparel



Finally! We decided to get real serious-like about the Liquid Jesus, er... brand, so we placed an order for these just a few moments ago. We should have 'em back within a week or two, so stay tuned to find out how to get one for yourself.

The Hundred in the Hands


The Hundred in the Hands - Sleepwalkers

This is the second time we've done a post about The Hundred in the Hands (if you're interested, the first post is HERE) and we're well aware that our newfound interest in them might come off as slightly obsessive... Still, after the first listen of their brand new EP, This Desert, we're fairly confident that our little-schoolgirl-esque crush on these guys is well warranted.

This Desert is available courtesy of Warp

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wolf Parade


Wolf Parade - What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
Wolf Parade - Ghost Pressure

I originally had fairly extensive plans for Expo 86. I figured that by now Wolf Parade really doesn't need another bullshit write-up with boring song-by-song analysis, or lengthy comparisons of previous recordings, but I really wanted to put a little bit of extra effort into describing this one. I even thought about listing out an entire series of similar artists to compare and contrast, and then to endlessly speculate about common influences or something like that. That was the plan and I was gonna stick to it, no matter what.

Needless to say, it didn't happen. Instead, I gave up on that idea altogether and drank a couple High Life tall boys on the front porch, and Expo 86 is what I listened to while I did it.

Expo 86 will be released on June 29th, courtesy of Sub Pop

Monday, May 17, 2010

Liquid Jesus Returns: Tonight!

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Peeps in the Tampa Bay area are encouraged to join us in celebrating this month's installment of our eponymous monthly event, which takes place tonight at the Orpheum in Ybor City. We'll be drinking heavily and making complete asses out of ourselves, I'm sure. We'll also be playing some music.

Feat. Resident Selectors DJ RIG, Colonic & Delach + Special Guests!
Drinks are two for one EVERYTHING. Doors at 10:30
The Orpheum: 1902 N. Avenue Republica de Cuba • Tampa, FL

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Dead Weather


The Dead Weather - The Difference Between Us
The Dead Weather - Die By The Drop

Sea of Cowards is the second installment of dirty, blues-tinged rock 'n' roll birthed into the world by The Dead Weather, and it's rife with the eclectic, brooding madness that you'd expect from this collab. It's volatile and down-and-dirty, and it goes along perfectly with dimly-lit dive bars, cigarette smoke, and an open bottle of mid-shelf whiskey - it's that kind of drinking music. It's also perfect for drowning out the sounds of an exceptionally loud lovers' quarrel, or complimenting the noisy make-up sex afterwards.

Sea of Cowards is available via Third Man Records

Friday, May 14, 2010

Washed Out


Washed Out - Get Up
Washed Out - New Theory

Life of Leisure is quite the appropriate moniker for this almost-too-short sampling of slightly seductive, lo-fi dream-pop. These songs are strangely reminiscent of hazy/lazy, sun-baked afternoons, complete with the familiar, lackadaisical ambiance and feel-good, blissed-out reverberation that accompanies them when they're filled with one too many delicious adult beverages. You know - just the way we like it.

Life of Leisure is available courtesy of Mexican Summer

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nice Nice


Nice Nice - See Waves
Nice Nice - A Vibration

Truth be told, any short description like this will inevitably come off sounding much too vague to encompass exactly what's happening here. Among (many) other things, this is genre-defying, tumultuous, electronic-tinged noise and what it lacks in comfy/traditional song constructs it makes up for in exceptional innovation and complexity. It's not that No Wow lacks any sort of familiar, coherent sense of direction, it's just that this disc tends to constantly redefine the very direction it's heading in.

Extra Wow is available via Warp

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Crocodiles


Crocodiles - I Wanna Kill
Crocodiles - Soft Skull (In My Room)

Summer of Hate is another unanimously-revered Liquid Jesus fave. It's rife with catchy hooks, hazy reverb, and a generous helping of wildly-familiar-yet-hard-to-pinpoint throwback '80s influences. Even after a year of spinning this disc to no end, its fuzzed-out shoegaze goodness still manages to conjure up images of endless lazy days coupled with drug-induced summer nights.

Summer of Hate is available via Fat Possum

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Common


Common - Next Time (Just Wright) (ft. Queen Latifah)

While I absolutely abhor ALL of Common's acting work and will 1000% not be seeing his upcoming film Just Wright with co-star Queen Latifah (singing the hook), their new collabo produced by Kanye West has me wanting to watch lil' kids double-dutch and run after Good Humor trucks. The song will appear on Common's Go! Common Classics, his best-of album which will be dropping on May 25th.

Go! Common Classics will be available via Interscope

Broken Social Scene


Broken Social Scene - Song For Dee
Broken Social Scene - Eling's Haus

Lo-Fi for the Dividing Nights is the minimalist companion disc to Broken Social Scene's brand spankin' new Forgiveness Rock Record (which we enthusiastically highlight HERE). It's a playful experiment in wispy soundscapes and throwaway overdubs, and while it doesn't necessarily fit in with majority of tunes within the BSS canon, it definitely carves out its own individualistic niche among them.

Lo-Fi for the Dividing Nights is available via Arts & Crafts

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Gaslamp Killer


The Gaslamp Killer - Anything Worse
The Gaslamp Killer - Turk Mex

My Troubled Mind consists of a particularly menacing batch of eerie, spaced-out beats, and foreboding, drugged-up jazz samples/aesthetics - the by-product of, obviously, one mad-scientist of a producer. We consider this disc less of a collection of actual songs than a potential soundtrack, or better yet - a themesong - to a sinister, and inevitably, self-destructive all-nighter. Plus, the artwork on this one is fucking dope.

My Troubled Mind is available via Brainfeeder

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pit Er Pat


Pit Er Pat - Water
Pit Er Pat - Godspot

Granted, The Flexible Entertainer is an overly avant-garde odd-ball of a long-player, but don't let the initial wave of unfamiliarity ruin it for you. While this thing dabbles in minimalism, it's still completely packed with disturbing off-kilter programmed beats, interspersed fragments of dub and hip hop, assorted found sounds, and woozy, staggering melodies. Some of these hidden textures absolutely shine when they're out in the open, so we suggest turning up the volume (loud) for optimal listening conditions.

The Flexible Entertainer is available via Thrill Jockey

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mophono


Mophono's Halftone Society - Bumps

Let's face it, the summer is fucking here and you know what that means... Swimwear, sweating while doing absolutely nothing, and jawking at the ladies who are wearing less than usual! This track by San Francisco-based DJ/artist/producer Mophono, is dirty, dirty jazz where the brass is boomin' and the drums are just straight nasty. I'm already day-dreaming about drinks with straws in 'em, sand in my crotch, and having problems lighting a blunt while gulfside.

The Sinicism EP is available via Bastard Jazz

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Baths


Baths - Aminals
Baths - Hall

Minimalist glitch-pop that's sample-heavy and layered with notes of lo-fi quirkiness, abstract hip hop influences, and random elements of whimsy. On the surface, Cerulean seems almost overwhelmingly playful and lighthearted, but it's also riddled with more subversive, somber moments of ghostly ambiance, and the combination of these dueling aesthetics makes it surprisingly intriguing and catchy as hell.

Cerulean will be released on June 22nd, via Anticon.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The National


The National - Little Faith
The National - Afraid of Everyone

This is quite exciting. Anticipation for High Violet has just about reached a fever pitch, especially among the Liquid Jesus peeps. One could easily narrow down the root of our impatience to something as base as us simply being suckers for excellent drinking music, but this time it's a bit more complicated than that. High Violet is much more than just great music to drink to. It's a tortured narrative and a swirling array of absolutely gorgeous orchestral compositions. It's darkly hypnotic and bleak and emotionally exhausted, but it's steeped in a strangely evocative, furrowed-brow kind of beauty. It was well worth the wait.

Highly recommended.

High Violet will be released on May 11th, courtesy of 4AD

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rusko


Rusko - Got Da Groove (ft. Gucci Mane)

The title of Rusko's debut album doesn't quite fit with our overall take on the record, but this wobble-ful leaner features one of our main dudes: dirty south MC, Gucci Mane. Take some of our favorite elements of Chromeo, Chipmunk Soul, Grimey-ass dubstep, and utter ridiculousness, and BAM! - yet another lickie jeezy staple.

Rusko's debut, O.M.G.!, will be released on May 4th, via Mad Decent

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sleigh Bells


Sleigh Bells - Tell 'Em

Holy shit, this track is epic. Sleigh Bells has quickly developed a reputation for highly combustible bangers like this one; it's aggressive, yet immediately seductive; it's snarling and downright infectious. It's a dirty, throbbing, aural assault of an anthem, and it's loud as fuck. Colonic sez, "I could probably fuck a hooker while listening to this," and goddamn, that's an endorsement if I've ever heard one.

Sleigh Bells' debut, Treats, will be released on May 11th, via Mom + Pop / N.E.E.T.

Ratatat


Ratatat - Drugs
Ratatat - Neckbrace
Ratatat - Bob Gandhi

Damn. We didn't even know it, but this was exactly what we've been waiting for. We had almost forgotten about Ratatat and their renowned combination of unsettlingly sexy synth and hot guitar licks. Unsurprisingly, LP4 contains some pretty goddamn imaginative melodies, layered with manipulated organic elements and intricately designed beats, all of it sans lyrics, of course. Let's face it - when something sounds this good, there's no reason to ruin it with a bunch of fucking words.

LP4 will be released on June 8th, courtesy of XL Recordings