Friday, December 24, 2010

Tristeza


Tristeza - Raise Your Gaze
Tristeza - Newbury

Around these parts (namely, my cramped, one bedroom apartment), instrumental outfit Tristeza are well known for crafting gorgeous, winding, almost stream-of-conciousness-type tracks that are absolutely delightful to drink numerous High Life tallboys to - and the newish album, Paisajes, is certainly no exception. Think upbeat (yet often deliriously melancholic as well), post-rock instrumental melodies, beautiful effect-laden atmospherics, and warm, drunken afternoons on a front porch with your equally lazy drinking buddies.

Paisajes is available courtesy of Sanity Muffin

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tyvek


Tyvek - 4312
Tyvek - Underwater Too

Detroit's Tyvek create gnarly, amped-up, catchy modern punk. Teaming up on this record with a fitting label, In The Red, who have put out Jay Reatard, The King Khan & BBQ Show, Thee Oh Sees, many other stripped-down, badass albums! Filthy black shirts, lil' girls in the pit, fists raised high in a sweaty ass basement, and gear about to explode pretty much set the picture for this sophomore release.

Nothing Fits is available via In The Red Records

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Scrog: Tonight!

Scrog

Holy shit. This one is gonna be a veritable "who's who" in the Bay area music scene (past and present), especially with the inimitable Scrog reuniting again, just for tonight, and backed-up by our pals in Zillionaire and Guiltmaker, of course. Non-locals and youngsters most likely won't "get it" but don't worry - this show is bound to bring out a bunch of old-school faces and long-lost friends, and we're just as excited about seeing them as we are watching the line-up. Don't miss out.

Scrog, Zillionaire & Guiltmaker
Doors at 9:00 • $7 • 21+
New World Brewery: 1313 E. 8th Ave. • Tampa, FL

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Liquid Jesus MixTape 01:05


LIQUID JESUS - MixTape 01:05

Been sitting on this one, tweaking it, etc., and sometimes you just gotta let it go. So, look at it as a holiday gift, something to rock while hitting the road to visit fam, or another meaningless endeavor with a bunch of drunks. Cin cin! Full tracklist is available after the jump. Enjoy.

Depressed Buttons


Depressed Buttons - Folding Protein
Depressed Buttons - Mighty Putty

Ya know, I was never really big on The Faint, and I'm really not that big on Depressed Buttons, but I've found myself listening to them both a lot in recent weeks. Maybe it's more of an indictment on my fragile mental abilities or the repetitive keyboard hop-a-long beats... but here we are! Oh, btw, the three dudes that make up Depressed Buttons are also in The Faint.

The Qwerty EP is available via Mad Decent

Chikita Violenta


Chikita Violenta - Tired
Chikita Violenta - ATPG

Chikita Violenta sounds a little bit like Broken Social Scene, so it's no wonder that Toronto's very own Arts and Crafts is releasing the Mexican indie rock darlings' newest album, TRE3S (which, surprise, surprise, features collaborations from members of BSS, as well as The Most Serene Republic and others), 'cause it's pretty much a perfect fit... It's an obscenely infectious pop record with sweeping rock melodies and lotsa cute and catchy sing-alongs. We've been playing tracks off of this thing since we first got our hands on it way back in August and talking it up to anyone who'll listen, but now that the official release date is finally quickly approaching, we feel like it's about time to give it a lil' bit more love here on the Liquid Jesus blog.

TRE3S will be released on January 25th, courtesy of Arts and Crafts

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Spoon


Spoon - Rhythm and Soul (demo)

Don't freak out just yet, ok? This isn't quite a 'new' Spoon album, at least not in the all proper-like sense - these are demos and rough-takes (taken mostly from the Gimme Fiction and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga sessions and slowly released by the band, one by one, over the last few years) all packaged up all nice and neato-like into a single disc entitled, Bonus Tracks: 2008-2009. While the actual studio recorded versions of these songs are clearly much more refined and meticulously produced, this collection is a delicious lil' sampling of all your favorite Spoon tracks in all their unpolished, lo-fi glory.

Bonus Tracks: 2008-2009 is self-released and available courtesy of Spoon

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tobacco


Tobacco - Lamborghini Meltdown (ft. Zackey Force Funk)

Following up on the wonderfully weird Maniac Meat full length, this new Tobacco release - curiously dubbed the LA UTI EP - features a handful of reworked tracks from its predecessor (as well as a few new ones) and multiple guest appearances from collaborator hip hop pals (Anti-Pop Consortium, Doseone, Serengeti, Rob Sonic, more), to boot. The results are just as mind-blowingly strange and hard-to-wrap-you-head-around as you'd probably expect, but that's exactly why we're diggin' on it, as if you didn't already know.

The LA UTI EP is available via Tobacco and Anticon.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Phenomenal Handclap Band


The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 15 to 20 (80Kidz remix)
The Phenomenal Handclap Band - The Martyr (live KEXP session)

Remix efforts work in strange ways sometimes, and while I'm still scratching my head as to why The Phenomenal Handclap Band actually thought an album like this really, truly, needed to exist, I gotta admit - a little bit of hard (re)work(ing) from some of their pals was actually able to turn a fairly mediocre first effort into a pretty interesting, and mostly downright catchy, collection of tracks.

Remixes is available courtesy of Tummy Touch Records

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Caroline


Caroline - Swimmer

I ain't even gonna front - I've been waiting on this album for nearly five years now. From the first time I heard Where's My Love back in the winter of '05/'06 I've been diggin' on this subtle Japanese songstress. Her minimalist, angelic pop are simultaneously frosty yet burning with subdued beauty, and it fits right in next to Bjork, Tori Amos, Herbert, or Cocteau Twins.

Verdugo Hills will be released on January 25th, via Temporary Residence

Monday, December 6, 2010

Neon Indian

"Brooklyn via Austin, Synth-Pop outfit Neon Indian today unveiled the new video for the widely, well-received single "Mind, Drips". Directed by Lars Larsen, the video features the first-time use of the LZX Visionary - a brand new piece of technology developed by Larsen and his partner Edward Leckie, which manipulates and creates images in the same way a musical synthesizer does for sound. The resulting video is one that compliments the track perfectly, bringing to life the sounds of the song with vibrant colors and imagery.

Hailing from Austin, TX, Larsen is an electronics designer and multimedia artist whose own work focuses on synergistic relationships between technology and subject and the resurrection of forgotten pre-Computer Age technologies. For this music video, Larsen used the new LZX Visionary in the tradition of esoteric video art tools used in the 1970's. All of the visual effects were recorded in real-time using techniques such as abstract pattern synthesis, video feedback, and analog compositing."

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Soft Moon


The Soft Moon - Breathe The Fire
The Soft Moon - Parallels

With hauntingly, melancholic aesthetics reminiscent of certain early '80s synth acts, the sound of The Soft Moon isn't necessarily breaking any new ground - at least musically - but this lil' gem of a full length is so well put-together that it's a fairly refreshing listen, no matter what it reminds us of. The somewhat dystopian-esque atmospherics (created by the slew of hollow post-punk tones, generous amounts of reverb, a sparse yet driving bass line, and a set of sometimes indistinguishable, yet always unsettling, vocals) establish a slightly ominous, overall sense of foreboding and uneasiness throughout the entire album, and it's for reasons like that that we've been listening to this thing for weeks on end.

The Soft Moon is available courtesy of Captured Tracks

Friday, December 3, 2010

Merchandise


Merchandise - I Locked The Door
Merchandise - What Was Left Behind
Merchandise - Worthless Apology

Oh, hell yeah! This is some dirty lil' rock 'n' roll here! Tampa buds Merchandise recently released their debut LP, (Strange Talks) In The Dark, and we are really feeling its messy/goth/spaced-out arrangements. These guys embrace noise and feedback, and in so, churn out a really smart pop record with a distorted electronic intensity.

(Strange Talks) In The Dark is available via Katora Works