Saturday, July 28, 2012

Gallon Drunk

Gallon Drunk - You Made Me
Gallon Drunk - A Thousand Years

How in the world would we pass on gritty blues-rock stalwarts Gallon Drunk and their new album, The Road Gets Darker From Here? - especially when the name of the disc itself kinda represents the dirty, dirgey, angst-ridden sounds found within. This thing is seriously generous on distributing the decibels to yer little earholes, so don't get fooled. This is brooding, bourbon-soaked drinking music, kiddos (but what else would you expect from former members of the Bad Seeds, huh?), and it's loud as fuck and a little bit frightening sometimes, too.

The Road Gets Darker From Here is available courtesy of Clouds Hill

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dark Time Sunshine

Dark Time Sunshine - Rock Off
Dark Time Sunshine - Look At What The Cat Did (ft. Busdriver)

The multi-layered, off-kilter beats of quirky hip hop duo Onry Ozzborn (of Grayskul) and Zavala, aka: Dark Time Sunshine, have been favorites of ours since their back-to-back Vessel/Cornucopia albums combo from 2010... So when the brand new ANX LP got released a few days ago (featuring a slew of like-minded weirdos like P.O.S. and Aesop Rock and Busdriver, plus peeps from Solillaquists of Sound and Free Moral Agents, and more, who help make this lil' eclectic listen even more enjoyable), we got a little weak at the knees. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

ANX is available courtesy of Fake Four, Inc.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Heavenly Beat

Heavenly Beat - Messiah
Heavenly Beat - Elite

One man bedroom/Beach Fossils side-project Heavenly Beat crafts breezy dream-pop tracks overflowing with lovely melodies and shimmering summertime vibes, and the warm and airy atmospherics on Talent should prove to be a relaxing lil' treat to listen to when yer downing brown-bagged bevies while lounging poolside.

Talent is available courtesy of Captured Tracks

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Crocodiles & Eternal Summers: Tonight!


We've been enthusiastically backing the delightfully nostalgic, throwback-esque-yet-refreshingly-relevant lo-fi psych-rock sounds of Crocodiles for quite awhile now, so you can probably imagine just how excited we are about finally having them swing through town - and with Kanine-powered pop sweethearts Eternal Summers (plus a few of us slinging tunes in between sets), to boot! Man, oh man! I can't possibly recommend this show enough, kiddos.

Crocodiles & Eternal Summers
Doors at 9:00 • $10/12 • 18+
New World Brewery: 1313 E. 8th Ave. • Tampa, FL

Friday, July 20, 2012

Com Truise

Com Truise - Open
Com Truise - Data Kiss

Sprawling sci-fi soundtrack swankiness with eerie synth warbles and Commodore 64-styled digital bleeps and bloops abound on this semi-retrospective surprise compilation album by one of our bestest weirdo faves. In Decay is made up of previously-recorded-yet-for-whatever-reason-unreleased tracks and demo material (not that we're complaining), and just like previous Com Truise releases, this one is quite apropos listening for, among other things, impromptu cyber sex-parties on the moon. In the future. With lotsa drugs.

In Decay is available courtesy of Ghostly International

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Theophilus London

Theophilus London - Dancing (ft. Marvin Gaye)
Theophilus London - Big Spender (ft. A$AP Rocky)

At this point, our affection for the talented Mr. London is by no means a secret of any sort, so when the genre-defying Brooklynite musician-slash-producer releases a FREE mixtape (ft. collabos with A$AP Rocky, Big Boi, Lunice, Machine Drum, etc.) of more eclectic, bouncy bangers and soulful goodies and shit that'll undoubtedly make yer booty shake, then it's a pretty good assumption that we'll be all up on it on it.

Rose Island Vol. 1 is available in its entirety as a FREE download, courtesy of Theophilus London. Click HERE to get it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Invisible

The Invisible - Wings
The Invisible - The Great Wound

Over the past few months Ninja Tune has released a whole slew of really great, and diverse, recordings that we've been diggin' on, like, a lot, and Rispah - by avant-garde art-rock trio The Invisible - is no exception. Think airy pop progression/production, breathless vocal stylings (flecked with somber-yet-introspective subject matter), and a solid-as-fuck and deeply satisfying rhythm section, to boot.

Rispah is available courtesy of Ninja Tune

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Crozet - Neon
Crozet - On The Line

Released waaay back in January, and pimped by like-minded synth-throwback aficionado Teeel (on his very own Synthemesc label), the lovely We'll Be Gone By Then full length - courtesy of sequencer-pop duo Crozet - hits all of those nostalgic lil' nooks and crannies with its electronically driven melodies, John Hughes soundtrack-styled vocals, and '80s-esque ballad beats.

We'll Be Gone By Then is available via Crozet and Synthemesc

Monday, July 16, 2012


Grasscut - Pieces
Grasscut - From Towns & Fields

For Unearth, electro-pop duo Grasscut decided to compose an entire series of lovely mini-opuses - an ethereal ode, if you will - dedicated to, and inspired by, the countryside of Mother England. The result is a complex, pastoral (both in theme and aesthetics) palette of melody and synthy hymns, complete with a slew of strings, meandering piano, and ambient samples, beats, and bounce.

Unearth is available courtesy of Ninja Tune

Friday, July 13, 2012


Doldrums - Egypt
Doldrums - I'm Home Sick Sittin' Up Here In My Satellite

The Canadian quirk-pop artist who makes music under the Doldrums moniker follows up on last fall's Empire Sound EP (and Grimes collaborations, and Portishead remix rendezvous/split responsibilities) with a new set of oddball tunes featuring lotsa off-the-wall percussion and peals of psychedelic goodness spread throughout. I know some of you douchebags always love to say shit like, 'let's get weird,' or other such nonsense, but this here's the real deal, ok?

Egypt is available courtesy of Arbutus Records
The Empire Sound EP is available courtesy of No Pain In Pop

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock - Zero Dark Thirty

Skelethon, the brand new, highly-anticipated (nay, drooled-over) Aesop Rock album, is just about to surface and it's only been, what - five years since the release of None Shall Pass? That's sarcasm, guys. What I really meant to say was, 'It's about goddamned time.'

But stop yer complaining, 'cause the self-produced full length was well worth its wait, and it's sure to stave off any Ace Rock aficionados who still might be hungry for new material. (Yes, there's been plenty of other dope, collaborative projects - both hands-on and behind the boards - in between solo efforts.) And on Skelethon, the overtly verbose hip hop stalwart continues to deliver; doubling down on more of his mind-boggling, tongue-twisting lyrical intricacies and dark-as-fuck witticism steeped in mild misanthropy. (Or maybe it's the other way around...) Musically, the new material is as varied and diverse as the accompanying vocabulary, appropriately mirroring a skewed, self-built lexicon and revealing a series of solid, studied-yet-eclectic (if not completely bonkers) tracks within the layers upon layers of samples, buzz, and beaucoup beats.

Congrats to our boy. It's just what we've been waiting for. More shock-and-awe musical abstraction! More syllables! More WTF-isms! More 'OH HELL YES!' Highly recommended, obviously.

Skelethon will be released on July 10th, courtesy of Rhymesayers

Friday, July 6, 2012

Failure Face: Tonight!

Failure Face

Oh boy. This Failure Face reunion show has been getting everyone around here (both in-the-know/old-school locals, as well as the younger, less experienced showgoers) all worked up into a frenzy, and I really wouldn't be too surprised if Crowbar ended up as a big ol' pile of rubble and smoldering ashes when it's all said and done. Don't miss out.

Failure Face
Doors at 8:00 • $6 • All Ages!
Crowbar: 1812 N. 17th St. • Tampa, FL

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Purity Ring

Purity Ring - Fineshrine
Purity Ring - Belispeak

Eclectronic-pop darlings Purity Ring have crafted a gem of a full length with their upcoming Shrines LP - and its got everything yer little hearts might desire (no matter who you are), including a staggering amount of weirdo beat combinations and wonky, off-kilter tempo changes usually reserved for, and often only found on, less accessible-ish concept albums by lonely bedroom producers (not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, just so you know). Plus! Overlapping choruses of gorgeous baby-doll vocal melodies, oddball portmanteau lingo and linguistic blends/bends (as evidenced by their song titles), and enough atmospheric acrobatics and digital beat intricacies to completely satisfy even the pickiest of listeners. Drool.

Highly recommended.

Shrines will be released on July 24th, courtesy of 4AD

Monday, July 2, 2012

Micachu And The Shapes


Watch out for this one, 'cause I have a feeling a lot of you are gonna recoil at the bizarre cuts found within. Really. Micachu And The Shapes are noisy and whimsical and endearing and oftentimes just plain weird, but if you can handle the unconventional, experimental scope of Never, then there just might be hope for you yet.

Never will be released on July 24th, via Rough Trade