Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Black Bananas


Black Bananas - Do It
Black Bananas - Rad Times

This swanky/wanky, psych-inspired rock romp from a reincarnated (if not simply renamed) RTX is a pretty fucking fantastic listen if I do say so myself, and I'm pretty sure you're gonna dig it, too - especially if you tend to fall hard for noisy, down 'n' dirty warehouse parties and moustaches and making out with women who drink their weight in PBR (and do it often). Oh, and drugs. Lots of 'em.

Rad Times Xpress IV is available courtesy of Drag City

Friday, February 24, 2012

Liquid Jesus MixTape 03:01


LIQUID JESUS - MixTape 03:01

Mes McDonald put together another unapologetically woozy, spur-of-the-moment, stream of consciousness styled MixTape brimming with twists and turns and cryptic goodies galore, and tailored just for LJ... And after the slightly sinister Mes/Colonic/Delach collusion from last night - throwing shifty glances at everyone else around 'em, and getting real quiet when approached - the timing on this one couldn't have been more appropriate. Full tracklist is available after the jump. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Best Fiend


My Best Fiend - Higher Palms
My Best Fiend - Cracking Eggs

Hmmm. What an interesting debut from this difficult-to-define (like most of the bands on the Warp roster) Brooklyn-based space-rock ensemble. For lack of a more adequate description, cue the inevitable Spiritualized comparisons and think ethereal airiness of fuzzy guitars, atmospheric psychedelia, hypnotic/drugged-out melodies, and a slew of anthemic, sing-along choruses.

In Ghostlike Fading is available courtesy of Warp

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tennis


Tennis - Origins
Tennis - Petition

While the rest of the Liquid Jesus team seems to have gone off the deep-end (or completely fallen off the face of the earth) these days, Colonic has decided to be the responsible one instead and has taken the entire month of February off from drinking. Who'd've thunk it, right? The result has been really fucking weird and disorienting to all parties involved... but the breezy, sock-hop influenced brand of throwback surf-pop on the new Tennis release/follow-up, Young & Old, has helped all of us make it through these confusing times.

Young & Old is available courtesy of Fat Possum

Saturday, February 18, 2012

School of Seven Bells


School of Seven Bells - The Night
School of Seven Bells - Lafaye

Methinks most of you might be just as excited about the brand new SVIIB full length as we are, am I right? Or at the very least, you're probably just interested in getting down and dirty into the fuller sound (ala wildly voluminous dream-pop hooks, sprawling melodies, and even more absolutely enchanting vocals) and tighter approach they've been developing over the last year and a half or so since the release of Disconnect From Desire.

Ghostory will be released on February 28th, via Ghostly International

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Rhye


Rhye - Open

Yet again, attempting to be obscure proves to only brighten the spotlight, ie: The Weeknd, WU LYF, et al. All signs point to Rhye being a duo from Europe, but are now located out of Los Angeles. This three song EP is an exercise in pretty badass baby-making music, and it's right up our alley, especially since some of us reportedly hate pulling out. BUST IT!

The Open 12" is available courtesy of Innovative Leisure

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lilacs & Champagne


Lilacs & Champagne - King Of Kings
Lilacs & Champagne - Listener X

Been listening to this one a lot over the past few weeks and it's still a bit difficult to wrap my head around (hint: this is a good thing) sometimes. Think creeping beat adventures in hallucinogen-hop, with re-appropriated snippets of sinister/psychedelic sounds abound. Think hazy/dazey drugged-out production style with lotsa crackly sample-heavy layers and experiments in textural diversity. Think ghostly, hypnotic, swirling atmospherics. Or don't think too hard about it at all. Maybe that's the point.

Lilacs & Champagne is available courtesy of Mexican Summer

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Grimes


Grimes - Genesis
Grimes - Circumambient

We're obsessed. Really. If you take a look at some of our recent playlists, you'll probably notice that we've been including a lot of Grimes tracks for a while now, and why not? With lovely (and utterly impressive) vocals swirling around on top of catchy, warped and wonderful experimental sounds of weirdo, lo-fi synth-pop and avant-garde electronic beat goodness, I'd say it's about time that everyone gets in on this eclectic lil' love affair. You won't be sorry.

* For the locals: Grimes will be performing on Tuesday, March 6th at The Orpheum in Ybor City

Visions will be released on March 12th, courtesy of 4AD

Monday, February 13, 2012

Young Magic


Young Magic - Slip Time
Young Magic - Jam Karet

Young Magic follows up on a handful of promising singles with Melt, a for-real full-length made up of a lil' bit of previously released material and a buncha new tracks that bubble over with lo-fi marching rhythms, hypnotic, chanting choruses, and crackly Yeasayer-esque melodies and textural similarities. Plus! Neato, psychedelic cover artwork that appropriately represents the sounds found within.

Melt will be released on February 14th, courtesy of Carpark Records

Sunday, February 12, 2012

aKido


aKido - Thirteen
aKido - All Your Fears

We drooled over the electro-beat-heavy Gamechanger collection when it was birthed into the world a couple summers back, so we're pretty excited about this brand new slew of follow-up tracks, natch. Montreal-based aKido wields an ever-evolving musical style that seems to become more refined with each subsequent release, as evidenced by the wide-ranging palette of experimental beats, warbly low-end synth melodies, and dazzling/dreamy/delightful atmospherics on the gorgeous and diverse Undark.

Undark is available in its entirety as a name-your-price download, courtesy of aKido and Nordique Records. Click HERE to get it.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mux Mool


Mux Mool - Raw Gore
Mux Mool - Cash For Gold

If you've gotten yourself into the habit of sippin' on half price martinis up at The Bricks on Thursday evenings then you'll probably recognize at least a few bits 'n' pieces from beat-artist Mux Mool's quirky/catchy (and Liquid Jesus mainstay fave) Skulltaste full length. If not, then you probably haven't been paying close enough attention. Perhaps another round of eclectric, weirdo instrumental beat tracks (by way of Planet High School) will set you straight.

Planet High School is available courtesy of Ghostly International

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Place To Bury Strangers


A Place To Bury Strangers - So Far Away

Onwards To The Wall is a quick lil' EP from the always-as-loud-as-humanly-possible A Place To Bury Strangers, and while it might seem like a shortened, cock-tease of a release, rest assured that this thing more than makes up for it with the APTBS brand of explosive, pummeling melodies and volume-up-all-the-way, distorted sonic texture. Yeah, it's loud. Stop being such a little mama's boy.

Onwards To The Wall is available courtesy of Dead Oceans

Friday, February 3, 2012

Porcelain Raft


Porcelain Raft - Put Me To Sleep
Porcelain Raft - Unless You Speak From Your Heart

Atmospheric and hazy, with quick and dirty peals of glitchy, synthy bits and pieces spread throughout, the new Porcelain Raft album, Strange Weekend, hits all the right spots when we're drinking all serious-like (and heavily), and kinda self-destructively (but that's pretty much normal around these parts these days), you know? Yeah, you know.

Strange Weekend is available courtesy of Secretly Canadian

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Florida Night Heat


Florida Night Heat - Caballo Sucio (Dirty Horse)
Florida Night Heat - Bobby

Our fine lil' city has got a pretty choice collection of movers and shakers and music-makers in our midst, and the boys in Florida Night Heat are among the best of the best. I don't think there's anyone in their right mind who'd dispute that, especially after witnessing their atmospheric, quirky yet oh-so majestic and meandering instrumental opuses, and sweat-soaked, deliriously booming (and boozy) live shows. Now that we finally got the green light to tout #Immortality all official-like, I'd like to say this, once and for all: OH. HELL. YES!

#Immortality is available in its entirety as a FREE download, courtesy of Florida Night Heat. Click HERE to get it.