Thursday, September 29, 2011

We Rise Again! Liquid Jesus Returns: Tonight!

We Rise Again

It's been a long, long while since we've thrown a party of our own, but guess what? It's on again TONIGHT at Crowbar, and we're gonna celebrate in style! Especially now that Liquid Jesus is a certifiable, award-winning entity (dubbed 'Best Musical Informant' by our lil' buddies over at Creative Loafing). That's right. Someone out there must really dig our crazy tastes in music, self-deprecating style of overly-enthusiastic run-on sentences, wildly abusive use of potty-language, made-up adjectives, and just plain stupid tongue-in-cheek humor. Or maybe it's just all of the beards and booze.

In any case, come on out for a drink or two. It's a FREE party with great drink specials, and this time we've got the ENTIRE Liquid Jesus family representing: RIG, Colonic, Delach, Ms. Mollie Gondi, Walker, Darrell Darrell, and Mes McDonald! See you tonight, boys and girls!

$2 PBRs
$3 Jim Morrison shots
$4 Blast Extra Tall Boys
$5 Jamesons
$6 Liters

Doors at 10:00 • NO COVER • 18+
Crowbar: 1812 N. 17th St. • Tampa, FL

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Drums

The Drums - How It Ended
The Drums - Days

The Drums are back if you hadn't heard. This record is the kinda mix of super upbeat and world-weary that gets my right foot tappin'. The rhythm section, which might be the whole band in this case, keeps shit extra tight. Of course, the vocals are mad "Moz-ish," but in a good way, plus I enjoy the straightforward lyrics. Also, every time I play "Money" at the club, a pretty girl thanks me for it. What more do you really need?

Portamento is available courtesy of French Kiss

Monday, September 26, 2011

Renegades Of Jazz

Renegades Of Jazz - Hooked On Swing
Renegades Of Jazz - Blow Your Horn

This one makes me smile. A lot. Think big band-style swing and vintage jazz sounds, but combined with an upbeat instrumental hip hop bounce and modern breakbeat flavors... that's what German producer Renegades Of Jazz has accomplished here on the nostalgic-yet-refreshingly-fun (and strangely sophisticated-sounding) new album, Hip To The Jive. If this take on hand-clappin', knee slappin' polyrhythmic compositions with lotsa delicious percussion and noisy brass stabs (plus piano, upright bass, and cymbal-crash combos) doesn't start bringing jazz back to the dancefloor, then I don't know what will.

Hip To The Jive is available courtesy of Wass Records and Renegades Of Jazz

Friday, September 23, 2011


Casiokids - Det Haster!
Casiokids - Golden Years

Norwegian synth-troupe Casiokids have been garnering quite a reputation for their off-the-wall brand of retro-esque electro-pop and the bouncy, bassy live shows (locals might remember the impromptu on-stage dance-party when they performed with Starfucker earlier this year) that accompany their quirky, catchy-as-hell sound... and Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen is full of tasty new tracks that further prove these kids still know how to have a good time.

Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen will be released on October 11th, via Polyvinyl

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Surfer Blood: Tonight!

Surfer Blood

This is very exciting. Expect this veritable all-star indie event to be positively brimming with catchy guitar hooks and infectious, feel-good melodies... especially with pop darlings Surfer Blood coupled-up with local buddies Sleepy Vikings, plus Fake Problems and more! Much more - like RIG, Mollie, and Delach slingin' out the drinking songs (and drinking to 'em) in between sets. Be warned, there's gonna be lotsa sweat and booze and anthemic sing-alongs during this one, so catch up on your sleep and seriously think about calling in sick to work tomorrow.

Surfer Blood + Sleepy Vikings & Fake Problems
Doors at 7:30 • $10/12 • All Ages!
Crowbar: 1812 N. 17th St. • Tampa, FL

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Neon Indian

Neon Indian - Polish Girl
Neon Indian - Hex Girlfriend

With a decidedly noticeable lack of the gauzy haze found throughout Neon Indian's debut full-length, Psychic Chasms (or reinterpreted extended release, Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed), Era Extraña might be a bit more polished and jazzed-up, production-wise, than previous endeavors… but look at that! - it makes up for it with a whole slew of solid, seductive melodies and psychedelic synth-work - so much so that the shift in sound shouldn't deter fans of the band's familiar, warbly electronic dreamscapes and nostalgic brand of chilled-out melodic pop.

Era Extraña is available courtesy of Mom + Pop

Monday, September 19, 2011


Kone - Funk #971
Kone - Filth To Fury

Man, am I glad we didn't miss out on The Tractatus when Alpha Pup released it last month, 'cause what a weird lil' instrumental treat this one turned out to be... especially with all its crunchy/dirty drums and big beats, dusty samples, and meandering/stream-of-consciousness-styled atmospherics. For a better idea of what beat-maker Kone's got up his sleeve, think all of that plus jazz-influenced melodies, hypnotic loops, and electronic production coupled with organic bits 'n' pieces of live instrumentation.

The Tractatus is available courtesy of Alpha Pup Records

Saturday, September 17, 2011

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow - Back To Front (Circular Logic)
DJ Shadow - I Gotta Rokk

Not yet sure what to make of The Less You Know, The Better as a whole, but these tracks (a few of which feature contributions/collabs from the likes of Talib Kweli, Tom Vek, and Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, plus more) are ambitiously schizo-rific/genre-defying to say the very least, and this wide-ranging, exploratory album is almost guaranteed to make you pull a WTF-style head-scratch + fully enthusiastic head-bob combo, for reals.

The Less You Know, The Better will be released on October 4th, via DJ Shadow

Friday, September 16, 2011


Cave - W U J

Chicago-based prog-rocker quartet Cave churns out another heavy handful of chaotic, hypnotic, and utterly rockin' jams on the new full-length, Neverendless. Think repetitive (ie: not boring) psych-grooves, experimental/wandering rhythms, mighty motorik beats, and a soaring sense of urgency through and through. More drugs, please. Get 'em in me.

Neverendless will be released on September 20th, via Drag City

Thursday, September 15, 2011


M83 - Midnight City
M83 - Steve McQueen

Gorgeous, blissed-out, throw-back (as in steeped in nostalgic melodies/grooves) dance tracks that are sooo impossibly soaring and frenetic and fun that you won't be able to help but dance along to every single one of these synth-drenched numbers. Plus, in case you haven't heard yet, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is a double album, which means all of the vinyl-enthusiast nerds (like us) are gonna hafta walk over to the turntable a couple extra times to keep the M83 party going. Small price to pay for this kind of goodness, methinks.

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming will be released on October 18th, courtesy of Mute


If you were lucky (smart) enough to see Starfucker perform when they were in town a few months back then you're already halfway prepared for this brand new (and delightfully strange) video for Bury Us Alive, off the Liquid Jesus top-fave album, Reptilians. Just what the fuck is going on here? We don't know either, but it doesn't necessarily hafta make sense, now does it?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi - All Alone

After releasing Underneath The Pine earlier this year, Toro Y Moi does us a solid and quickly resurfaces with the short but sweet Freaking Out - once again delving straight into a hazy atmosphere of pop-infused funk/disco melodies. It's perfect for all y'all to shake your bottoms to, so dust off your dancing shoes, boys and girls, and get ready to work up a sweat.

Freaking Out is available courtesy of Carpark

Monday, September 12, 2011


Groundislava - Animal (ft. Jake Weary)
Groundislava - Young Lava

Creepy 8-bit R&B? Sounds good to me these days. This dude's down with that crew of West Coast folks that are kiiiiinda killin' shit right now on the whole, you know, "beat tip." You don't have to be into Street Fighter and being sad to like this, but it don't hurt.

Groundislava is available courtesy of Tall Corn Music


Alias - Revl Is Divad
Alias - Tagine

Fever Dream is as straightforward in its proverbial (unorthodox) mission statement as it is a delightful WTF jumble of aural twists and turns in its execution. That is to say: it's a pretty dope collection of abstract/multi-layered, funk-inspired beat-tracks brought to you by spaced-out hip hop producer Alias, and it's got more fuzzy samples, turn-on-a-dime melodies, and wandering, instrumental grooves than you can handle.

Fever Dream is available courtesy of Anticon.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Liquid Jesus MixTape 02:04

LIQUID JESUS - MixTape 02:04

After seeing all of the dope mixes the Liquid Jesus crew has been dropping, it was only a matter of time before Mini Horse would gallop his way into the fold. Mini Horse, aka Matt E. Lee (courtesy of Brokenmold Records), plays guitar and synthesizers in Poetry 'n Lotion, keyboards in Brahm Bones, and you'll often spot him at the occasional Florida Night Heat gig as well. Mini Horse is not a DJ, nor a horse... but he does love a good drink and a good mixtape, and isn't that what this place is all about? Support your local Mini Horse! Full tracklist is available after the jump. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Astronautalis - Dimitri Mendeleev

If you've ever seen Astronautalis perform live then you already know this dude can spit out rhymes about pretty much anything he comes across, and on This Is Our Science he does so on top of a soundtrack that's flush with everything from avant-garde hip hop tracks, to love songs with a twist, to murder ballad-esque melodies... and what's best yet - with impressive eclectic/intellectual wordplay (and subject matter) that's just as dense and diverse as the beats that accompany it.

Highly recommended.

This Is Our Science will be released on September 13th, via Fake Four, Inc.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hunx And His Punx & The Coathangers: Tonight!

Get ready, boys and girls. Pop outfit Hunx And His Punx are performing tonight at Crowbar and they're bringing their sock-hop inspired brand of '60s-era garage-rock revival with them. Plus! Atlanta-based grrrl-punk rockers The Coathangers are coming along for the ride... Man, oh man! It's gonna be super-dooper fabulous evening, so just make sure you don't miss out.

Hunx And His Punx & The Coathangers + Special Guests
Doors at 7:30 • $8/10 • All Ages!
Crowbar: 1812 N. 17th St. • Tampa, FL

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Woodsman - In Circles
Woodsman - Tone Cloak

SWEET FANCY MOSES! Swirling guitars, double drummers, delayed vocals, and more ambiance than a KenTacoHut! Brooklyn by-way of Denver psych-rock foursome Woodsman have released five albums to date, each twisting with layers upon layers of sounds, textures, stereophonic ripples, and basically just straight headiness. It's time to buy one of those hand-held vaporizers.

Mystic Places will be released on October 25th, via Fire Talk

Monday, September 5, 2011

Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls - Bedroom Eyes
Dum Dum Girls - Teardrops On My Pillow

More easy/breezy garage rock ala Dum Dum Girls. We've already hyped these ladies and their brand of sugary-sweet pop once or twice in the past, so what more do you want from us on this one, huh? You know what to expect, I'm sure.

Only In Dreams will be released on September 27th, courtesy of Sub Pop

Sunday, September 4, 2011


ANR - It's Around You
ANR - Big Problem

Miami psych-pop duo ANR (fka Awesome New Republic) create some slick, layered, sugary-jams. Seems as if the times have finally caught up to what ANR has been doing for years: tropical and polished indie-crunk. RIYL: TV On The Radio, Gil Mantera's Party Dream, MGMT, and methadone lollipops.

Want more? Check out bonus videos for Big Problem, Stay Kids, and The Endless Field of Mercury, after the jump.

Stay Kids will be released on September 13th, via 10K Islands

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Flash Bang Grenada

Flash Bang Grenada - Beat My Bitch
Flash Bang Grenada - Moisturizer

File this one under: FUCK YEAH! This dope 'n' dirty and hella fun hip-hop collab between witty wordsmiths Nocando and Busdriver is an almost all-around ace-as-fuck album (but what's up with the hack Microsoft Paint cover artwork, guys?) from start to finish. Think impressive/eclectic production (served up by the likes of Liquid Jesus faves Mexicans With Guns, Free The Robots, and Nosaj Thing among others) and smolderingly-spit pun-infused rhymes that are strangely introspective, chock full of braggadocio, funny as hell, and borderline head-scratchingly bizarre. Do it. Do it now.

10 Haters is available courtesy of Hellfyre Club