Monday, October 21, 2013


65daysofstatic - Prisms
65daysofstatic - Unmake The Wild Lights

No one knows what is happening. There is a lot of danger out there, ok? That's how this thing begins, so you can probably guess where it ends up. Think atmospheric and moody, instrumental and soaring sci-fi goodness - combining both big guitar and glitchy bits, booming bass and drums, plus synth beats and experimental electronic sounds, too (as if you even had doubts to begin with, right?) - on post-rock powerhouse hybrid 65daysofstatic's new full-length, Wild Light.

Wild Light is available courtesy of 65daysofstatic

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blue Sky Black Death

Blue Sky Black Death - II (ft. Child Actor)

One of our faves! Prolific-as-all-get-out beatmaker duo BSBD create more sprawling digital landscapes of mellowed-out loops and otherworldly melodies and vast stretches of haunting atmospherics (with Fake Four labelmates Child Actor, and others, lending sugary-sweet vocal assistance) on the spiraling and epic-like Glaciers.

Glaciers is available courtesy of Fake Four, Inc.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Melt Banana

Melt Banana - Candy Gun
Melt Banana - Lie Lied Lies

After a bit of a recording hiatus and a few line-up switch-a-roos and slim-downs, the preeminent Japanese noise outfit Melt Banana is back with a slightly altered outlook on Fetch. Sure, the new album might delve into bizarro moments of art-pop and other more accessible genres, but at its core it's still made up of the fast and furious spazz sounds that you're expecting and it's just as relentlessly weird as anything else the band has released in the past. I know you're excited, but man, your civilian friends are gonna hate it.

Fetch is available courtesy of A-Zap

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Obits - Taste The Diff
Obits - I'm Closing In

Just in case you're not familiar, the Obits powerhouse descends from a whole slew of monumental acts that make me drool a bit - like Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes, and Edsel, etc. (quite a pedigree, for sure) - and true to form, they play it fast and loose on their third full length, Bed & Bugs, following up on Moody, Standard, and Poor from a couple years back. It's dirty and sloppy and lo-fi garage rock with bits of punk and surf and a whole bunch more mixed in, and I'm really looking forward to getting sweaty and drunk while these fine gentlemen rock my face off when they roll into town for Pre-Fest later next month.

Bed & Bugs is available courtesy of Sub Pop

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Braids - Fruend
Braids - Amends

Braids teased the sublime Flourish // Perish long player way back in June with the warm-up In Kind // Amends EP (remember?), so if your fancy got tickled by those first four introductory tracks, then you'll probably also enjoy this new batch of impossibly delicate synth-pop arrangements and the minimalist-yet-sprawling melodies that these crafty Canadians are quickly becoming known for.

Flourish // Perish is available courtesy of Arbutus Records

Monday, September 9, 2013

Black Joe Lewis

Black Joe Lewis - Skulldiggin
Black Joe Lewis - Come To My Party

Electric Slave is a darker, more volatile incarnation of Black Joe Lewis and his backing band (sans Honeybears branding this time around), and showcases the soulful crooner's progression away from a straightforward lineage of delta blues and soul and rock 'n' roll, and into a much more urgent and visceral amalgamation of roaring riffs and hot guitar licks, big horn choruses, and tireless howls, with bits of funk, punk, and dirty garage goodness to get even grimier to.

Electric Slave is available courtesy of Black Joe Lewis

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Free The Robots

Free The Robots - Reflect And Reform
Free The Robots - Adore

True to its name, The Balance begins with a swirling serenade of smoky vocals and downtempo beats, luring the listener into the intentional juxtaposition of space-age speakeasy-style sounds and glitchy, free-form cyber jazz compositions - thus establishing a lil' bit of disconcerting harmony between drunken lounge ambience and the woozy, wobbly digital ballads that producer Chris Alfaro, aka Free The Robots, is so so good at conjuring up.

The Balance is available courtesy of Free The Robots

Sunday, August 25, 2013


DIANA - Strange Attraction

DIANA (in all caps for some reason) crafts some seriously nostalgic, funk-infused synth-pop that's just dripping with sax and sultry vocals, and the über retro vibes on Perpetual Surrender make it a pretty perfect soundtrack for anyone who find themselves reminiscing over the bouncy bass sounds and icy electronic compositions of the 1980s.

Perpetual Surrender is available courtesy of Jagjaguwar

Friday, August 23, 2013


Crocodiles - I Like It In The Dark
Crocodiles - Virgin

After slobbering over their first three albums (HERE, HERE, HERE + the Haunted Hearts side project), I think it's pretty safe to say that there's already a very special place in my heart for the fine fellows in Crocodiles. I also think it's safe to tell y'all that Crimes Of Passion is another thick and juicy slab of sounds to sink yer teeth into, all while expanding the duo's familiar set of sugary-sweet psych-grooves into a brand new slew of sprawling fuzz-pop anthems. Upbeat and summery-sounding, for sure, but still pretty dark 'n' dirty on the underbelly - think slightly sleazy love songs and nostalgic raucous 'n' roll romps with throw-back themed guitar melodies, plunking piano keys, a chorus of horns, and hazy feedback - and I think by now you'd have already gotten the idea.

Crimes Of Passion is available courtesy of French Kiss

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Jel - La Resolve

Avant-garde indie hip hop artist slash producer slash jack-of-all-trades Jel has kept himself quite busy over the past few years with other projects like Themselves and Subtle and 13 & God, so all of his actual solo releases since Soft Money have either been mixtapes of experimental miscellany or unreleased track collections of sorts. Late Pass, however, is a proper album, finally, and it's a fairly laid-back and murky listen, with the some real neato twists and turns and woozy beat experiments and murmuring stream-of-consciousness styled bits of existentialist doubt - or wisdom, depending on your interpretation - spread throughout.

Late Pass is available courtesy of Anticon.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pop. 1280

Pop. 1280 - Lights Out
Pop. 1280 - Human Probe II

Man, I loved loved loved Six Finger Satellite (I still do) and I'm pretty sure that the boys in Pop. 1280 are big fans, too, because there's absolutely no way in hell that Imps Of Perversion came into being without a healthy dose of Law Of Ruins influencing its tracks of discombobulated space-noise-post-punk-rock and dirty, droning bass beats and gritty feedback. The similarities are uncanny - all of the creeping synths, and peals of caustic bits and pieces, and howling vocals, and snarls, and the all around angsty goodness - there's gotta be an acknowledged wink and a nod to 6FS, right? Or maybe it's just a big coincidence. Either way, I'm not complaining, because now I love love love Pop. 1280 as well.

Imps Of Perversion is available courtesy of Sacred Bones

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Demon Queen

Demon Queen - El Camino 2
Demon Queen - Despise The Lie (ft. Isaiah Toothtaker)

Oh man. I'm trying to contain myself, but it's tough, 'cause I'm excited as hell about the Exorcise Tape long-player, which sounds exactly like what you would expect when Tobacco, the brains behind the seminal Black Moth Super Rainbow operation/outfit and just plain all-around weirdo, teams up with lo-fi desert nomad slash eclectic sound savant Zackey Force Funk (and a couple of his Machina Muerte peeps, for good measure). For those not in the know, the first incarnation of these co-conspirators appeared on Tobacco's LA UTI collab EP, duh, and then evolved into a case of full-blown Demon Queen over the past few years. The result is an unabashed barrage of dirty electronic beats and lurching loops, with a slurred and kinda sleazy vocal delivery and lots of warped melodies plus extra-bizarro miscellany strewn everywhere along the way.

Exorcise Tape is available courtesy of Rad Cult

Monday, July 29, 2013

Washed Out

Washed Out - It All Feels Right
Washed Out - All I Know

Even more blissed-out melodies courtesy of Ernest Greene, aka: Washed Out, who's made a serious habit out of creating summery soundtracks for the season (see debut full length, Within And Without, and the delightful Life Of Leisure EP for additional dreaminess). The new Paracosm is no exception with trademark feel-good grooves and a thick instrumental haze swirling around, like, everywhere. You know you want it.

Paracosm will be released on August 13th, via Sub Pop

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Octopus Project

The Octopus Project - The Falls
The Octopus Project - Whitby

Anything goes, I guess - especially for the ever-eclectic electronic wizards in The Octopus Project, so while their last release, Hexadecagon, was a decidedly cerebral/conceptual exercise, the new Fever Forms is a return to the mostly breathless frenetic mixture of synth and tech guitar chords, pop beats, noise baubles, and ever-escalating momentum that made this quartet so much fun to listen to in the first place. Plus! the bonus disc contains even more 8-bit bleeps and bloops, digital noodling, and instrumental extras, if you're into that kind of thing.

Fever Forms is available via Peek-A-Boo Records

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Soft Metals

Soft Metals - Tell Me
Soft Metals - Hourglass

Snaky disco beats, chilling vocal maneuvers, and wavering synth peals here on the follow-up to the self-titled Soft Metals release from a couple of years back. Lenses doubles down on the electronic haze and haunting italo-pop tinged grooves found on the debut, and its extra icy-cold atmospherics and nostalgic influences make for a wonderfully retro-riffic summertime treat.

Lenses is available courtesy of Captured Tracks

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fuck Buttons

Fuck Buttons - Prince's Prize

Electro-noise duo Fuck Buttons have pieced together a brand new batch of textural tracks on the epic Slow Focus - seven of 'em, to be exact - spanning the course of nearly an hour of grinding noise, dirty sci-fi grooves, and churning electronic goodness galore, plus a shit-ton of tempo changes and beat switch-a-roos. For a better idea, imagine an amalgamation of vintage video-game montages, conspiracy theory cyber chatter, and brooding apocalyptic future OST-style space jams.

Slow Focus will be released on July 23rd, courtesy of ATP

Friday, July 19, 2013

Young Fathers

Young Fathers - I Heard
Young Fathers - Only Child

Tape Two is the follow-up to Young Fathers' rereleased Tape One debut dropped on Anticon a few months back - and I know it's a little difficult to pinpoint influences, but if you're familiar at all, then you already know there's a hella lot of 'em swirling around throughout the Young Fathers sound. Almost an overwhelming amount, actually - from hip hop to soul to reggae to some other, more undefined melding of genres all mixed up among the chanting group vocals and crunchy bass, synthesizers, and dense, percussion-laden beats.

Tape Two is available via Anticon.

Monday, July 8, 2013


Postiljonen - We Raise Our Hearts
Postiljonen - Skying High

Just because you can't pronounce their name doesn't mean you should shy away from the sweet sounds of Swedish trio Postiljonen, am I right? So to better wrap your head 'round the sexy summer anthems on the soaring, utterly feel-good Skyer LP, think warm, airy vibes similar to M83 and maybe a few dreamy vocal melodies, ala The Naked And Famous, tossed in for good measure.

Want more? Check out the video for Atlantis, after the jump.

Skyer is available courtesy of Best Fit

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Of Montreal: Tonight!

Of Montreal

That's right, kiddos. Tonight's the culmination in what seems like a forever run-up to the very last show in the Imperial Theater, featuring avant-garde art rock troupe Of Montreal (+ bonus points for opening side project Yip Deceiver) and their fantastically flamboyant ultra elaborate stageshow slash experimental sexy psych-pop extravaganza. Man, I gotta tell you - I'm sick of waiting for this one, and I'm glad that this event is finally happening. I hear it's gonna be quite the party.

Of Montreal & Yip Deceiver
Doors at 7:00 • $20/25 • All Ages!
Imperial Theater @ Czar: 1430 E. 7th Ave. • Ybor

Friday, July 5, 2013

Beautiful Swimmers

Beautiful Swimmers - Swimmers Groove
Beautiful Swimmers - Big Coast

It's almost as if the very arrival of the dog days has summoned up Beautiful Swimmers and their new release, Son, as well, and with its über-upbeat poolside party soundtrack sound that conjures up images of sweaty red solo cup tipples and backyard BBQ (think breezy, casio-inspired grooves and swanky electro-funk beats) it's a perfect fit for summer, for sure. Now if only it would stop raining.

Son is available courtesy of Future Times

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Taurus Scott

Taurus Scott - You Don't Know Sh*t
Taurus Scott - Check Check

Low End Theory affiliate Taurus Scott released this self-titled exercise in creepy/crawly/crackly beat goodness way back in April, but that doesn't mean I can't continue to ponder over its wobbly sci-fi sounds right now. Fans of likeminded producer peeps Gaslamp Killer and/or Free The Robots (and pretty much anything Brainfeeder, one way or another) will undoubtedly get off on these tracks of weird and wonky instrumental loops, churning low end, and digital murk, as well.

Taurus Scott is available courtesy of Hellfyre Club

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Braids - In Kind

Here's a lil' four-song tidbit run-up to the upcoming Flourish // Perish long player from Montreal-based avant-garde three-piece Braids (see HERE and HERE for a couple of other related projects that we also like a lot a lot). Think swirling, hypnotic pop experiments with lotsa synth and percussion and lovely vocals that are oh-so precious and delightful, you dig?

In Kind // Amends is available courtesy of Arbutus Records

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels - Banana Clipper (ft. Big Boi)

Yep. Been waiting for this one for a while. After R.A.P. Music and Cancer For Cure, the kinda follow-up collaborative Run The Jewels project features more crushing beat alchemy production skills and big sci-fi beats and furious lyrical duels between mastermind members Killer Mike and El-P, plus contributions by Big Boi, Prince Paul, and others. Does exactly what it says on the tin, and the digital version is downloadable for FREE, to boot.

Run The Jewels is available in its entirety as a FREE download, courtesy of Fool's Gold. Click HERE to get it.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Generationals - Durga II
Generationals - Spinoza

The day is finally here. Tomorrow, New Orleans' own Generationals are going to bring the record that is soundtracking out summer to life in hot and sweaty fashion at one of our favorite joints, New World Brewery. If you prefer living in caves and sweatpants, then you might not be a fan of Heza's eternally blissful vocals, a million-times-better-than-an-Instagram-filter dusty beats, and joyous bells and guitar lines, but if you're anything like me, then listening to this record probably makes you want to hop on your bike with a few beers in your system and simply enjoy the breeze and Vitamin D.

* For the locals: Generationals will be performing at New World Brewery tomorrow, and our pals at Suburban Apologist are giving away a pair of tickets and a copy of Heza on clear vinyl, click HERE for details.

Heza is out now, via Polyvinyl Records

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós - Brennisteinn

This one is a darker, dirtier beast than you might be expecting from your favorite Icelandic space-rock trio, but while Kveikur tends to lean toward a more aggressive and crashing-down-all-around-you sound than the decidedly more whimsical and delicate in nature material from preceding releases, this thing is still just as majestic and gorgeous and uplifting as anything else you could hope for.

Kveikur is available courtesy of XL

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Child Of Lov

The Child Of Lov - Heal
The Child Of Lov - Owl (ft. DOOM)

Been enjoying these tracks quite a bit, and I think I slept on this one for a little too long (and probably because of that cringe-worthy accompanying artwork, to be honest), and now I kinda feel like a dick about it, 'cause this weirdo Child Of Lov character makes some really groovy, avante garde R&B sounds that are mad swanky and his new self-titled album even sports DOOM and Thundercat appearances amidst all the quirky funk beats and otherworldly mystical shit swirling around everywhere. But I still can't figure out exactly what's happening on that cover.

Want more? Check out the video for Give Me, after the jump.

The Child Of Lov is available courtesy of Double Six

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man - Creep In A T-Shirt
Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends

Over the past almost decade or so the poppy progsters in Portugal. The Man have been slowly crafting an impressive collection of simmering singalongs and ridiculously infectious melodies, so it shouldn't be too surprising that the brand new, Danger Mouse-produced and polished Evil Friends LP is also an insanely catchy and anthemic psych-sound extravaganza that's probably gonna get itself stuck inside your head for days.

Evil Friends is available HERE

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Boards of Canada

Boards of Canada - Nothing Is Real
Boards of Canada - New Seeds

The collective pair of proverbial trousers worn by the electronic aficionado community got a wee bit tighter when the Scottish duo Boards of Canada announced the impending release of a brand new long-player after, what - eight years since the last one? So yeah, Tomorrow's Harvest is gonna scratch that itch with more tasty sounds from these shadowy, cult-favored ambient beat juggernauts. At least that's what I hear from everyone else not shutting the fuck up about it. Seriously, guys, stop drooling. Ah, who am I kidding? I'm pretty damn excited about it as well.

Tomorrow's Harvest will be released on June 10th, via Warp

Friday, June 7, 2013

Gold Panda

Gold Panda - We Work Nights

The knob-twisting, textural-tronic wizardry on Half Of Where You Live is a bit more restrained than its Lucky Shiner predecessor LP, for sure. But with its hypnotic beats snuggled up, all cozy-like, in an atmospheric, geo-influenced ether, I feel pretty good about saying that it fits rather nicely into the melodic discography of now-Berlin-based producer, Gold Panda. In other words, shit's pretty dreamy.

Half Of Where You Live will be released on June 11th, via Ghostly International

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Mono/Poly - The Killers
Mono/Poly - Crew

Even while in the midst of collabing around with fellow Brainfeeders Thundercat and Flying Lotus, producer Mono/Poly still found time to expand on the original Killer B's EP to include even more of his woozy, staggering glitch beats and creeping/crunching low-end rumbles, bleeps, and bloops, plus extra previously-unreleased tracks and bonus remixes. How's that for multi-tasking, huh?

Killer B's Deluxe is available courtesy of Hit + Run

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Wampire - The Hearse
Wampire - I Can't See Why

In spite of the silly name and godawful accompanying cover artwork, the Wampire sound is infectiously upbeat and bouncy with hints of sci-fi and surf-rock and twangy guitar riff goodness - quite delightful, actually - and it's not hard to spot the similarities/influences of fellow Portlander acts Starfucker and Unknown Mortal Orchestra within the synth-driven dance party pop and/or über-catchy hooks and/or psych sounds on Curiosity, with a little bit (lots) of extra pipe organ tossed in, for good measure.

Curiosity is available courtesy of Polyvinyl

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bad Veins: Tonight!

Bad Veins

In case you had somehow forgotten, Bad Veins is performing tonight at Crowbar (this evening's show will make it the fifth time the Ohio indie rocker duo has been down in our neck of the woods in a little over a year) and we're pleased as Punch to see them back in town again, obviously, especially with locals Jensen Serf Co. and Death Starsky rounding off the bill for what promises to be a super dooper dope as all get out good time.

Bad Veins
Doors at 8:00 • $10/12 • All Ages!
Crowbar: 1812 N. 17th St. • Tampa, FL

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The National

The National - Don't Swallow The Cap
The National - Graceless

Been looking forward to new material from The National since the release of their last LP, the complex and bittersweet High Violet, which we loved loved loved. So raise a glass to this one, guys, 'cause Trouble Will Find Me has more dark hymns of headiness and swirling melodies and the immediately recognizable baritone delivery of intimate/nuanced/oftentimes quite bewildering lyrics and subject matter to accompany you to the bar on your next emotionally-exhausted-based bender.

Want more? Check out the video for Sea Of Love, after the jump.

Trouble Will Find Me will be released on May 20th 4AD

Friday, May 17, 2013


Mokhov - Magic Times
Mokhov - Sun Clouds

Electronic producer Mokhov makes music that sounds like it's been retroactively crafted as a soundtrack to every single cross-country drive I've ever been on. Or something like that. I usually ignore blurbs penned by artists trying to hype themselves, but in this case the self-proclaimed Boards Of Canada and Four Tet similarities are actually fairly accurate 'cause I can definitely hear influences from both, and I can easily see fans of also-similar-sounding peeps like Tycho and Yppah getting down with the dreamy beats and atmospherics on Magic Times as well. So there.

Magic Times is available courtesy of Mokhov

Thursday, May 16, 2013

No Joy

No Joy - E
No Joy - Blue Neck Riviera

If you happen to have the patience to peruse through the past few hundred or so of our picks, it will probably become more and more apparent just how much we enjoy the Mexican Summer roster and back catalogue, 'cause good god! they've put together a ton of quality releases over the years... A few of our top faves include Washed Out and Lilacs & Champagne and The Soft Pack and Best Coast and The Fresh & Onlys and I'm sure there's more. Montreal's very own No Joy and their excellent shoe-gazey sophomore release, Wait To Pleasure, is a perfect addition to that list, don't you think?

Wait To Pleasure is available courtesy of Mexican Summer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Baths - Worsening
Baths - Miasma Sky

Look look look! New beats courtesy of Baths (aka electronic wizard Will Wiesenfeld) plus more quirky melodies and tons of stop-and-then-start-again glitchy goodness on Obsidian, following up the acclaimed Cerulean debut long player from a couple three years ago! Yes, I'm excited. As if you couldn't tell.

Obsidian will be released on May 28th, via Anticon.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Grip Grand

GG DOOM (Grip Grand x MF DOOM) - But How? (Jesus Pizzas)
GG DOOM (Grip Grand x MF DOOM) - Gonads

On the unauthorized But How? remixtape, producer Grip Grand crafts a pretty fucking solid reinterpretation of the man in the mask out of random MF DOOM acapella tracks and a crackly combo of golden age television bits, vintage radio snippets, and off-the-wall beats, natch.

But How? is available as a FREE download, courtesy of Grip Grand.
Click HERE to get it.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Black Milk

Black Milk - Piano Moog
Black Milk - Drunk Tweets

Detroit hip hopper slash producer Black Milk shows off his sci-fi-styled skill side on the aptly titled Synth Or Soul collection of beat oddities, but I guess it's really not a question of either/or as the name suggests, 'cause he does a pretty good job of melding synth hooks with soul grooves and weaving a serious set of quirky instrumental beats out of pretty much any sound snippet he gets his hands on.

Synth Or Soul is available courtesy of Computer Ugly

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Still Corners

Still Corners - The Trip
Still Corners - Berlin Lovers

Still Corners and their lush melodies + looping basslines tend to remind me a bit of likeminded Chromatics - with similar swirling vocals and minimalist motorik beat tendencies to boot - though I feel like less discerning listeners might lean towards lumping this dreamy duo in with other, less memorable nostalgia-pop acts instead of acknowledging the truly savvy/sexy/synthy and downright gorgeous twelve tracks on their new sophomore release, Strange Pleasures.

Strange Pleasures will be released on May 7th, courtesy of Sub Pop

Friday, May 3, 2013


!!! - One Girl / One Boy

For real. The fine fellas in the !!! powerhouse keep the Strange Weather, Isn't It? afterparty going strong by slinging out more slinky/sexy beats and some fierce as fuck, catchy-ass funk grooves on their brand new THR!!!LLER full length. Even if their brand of unabashed, infectious disco punk isn't quite yer bag, methinks you'll at least consider a good booty-shaking whilst listening, 'cause you'd hafta be a real special kind of pussy buzzkill not to.

THR!!!LER is available courtesy of Warp

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lilacs & Champagne

Lilacs & Champagne - Sour / Sweet
Lilacs & Champagne - Le Grand

We wore out the digital grooves offa the debut self-titled effort from Grails peeps' producer project Lilacs & Champagne a little over a year ago, so follow-up LP Danish & Blue is an especially tasty treat, ya hear? More psych sounds in a loungey beat haze, all cult film OST style, with tons more dusty samples, crackling audio fragments, and brooding atmospherics for y'all to sink yer lil' teeth into.

Danish & Blue will be released on April 23rd, via Mexican Summer

Friday, April 19, 2013


Alpine - Hands
Alpine - Gasoline

Light 'n' breezy siren-song Aussie act Alpine is finally getting a stateside release of their kinda/sorta-ish self-titled and shimmering A Is For Alpine full length after charming the pants offa everyone else in the world who's already heard it. Colonic digs it 'cause it's cutesy and airy and inventive all at the same time, and we think you guys are gonna love it, too.

A Is For Alpine will be released on May 21st, via Votiv Records

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Knife

The Knife - A Tooth For An Eye

I'm sure you've got an opinion about this one already, but for what it's worth The Knife released their Shaking The Habitual double (or triple, depending on your preferred format) album a couple weeks back and because of just how massive this thing is - both in runtime and in conceptual scope - I've been stuck wading through its layers of chilling synth and quirky percussionary accoutrements and twisting bits of noise abstraction and esoteric constructs ever since.

Shaking The Habitual is available courtesy of Rabid Records

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Appleseed Cast

The Appleseed Cast - Great Lake Derelict
The Appleseed Cast - North Star Ordination

While they might be the seemingly odd man out offa the otherwise bonkers Graveface roster, mid-west indie outfit The Appleseed Cast are gonna absolutely shine regardless of whatever company they may keep. Don't agree? Check out the soaring post-rock hymns and warm, melodic subtleties and gorgeous, echoing choruses on this, their eighth full length, Illumination Ritual. And then try to tell me otherwise.

* For the locals: The Appleseed Cast will be performing on Tuesday, July 16th at Crowbar in Ybor City

Illumination Ritual will be released on April 23rd, courtesy of Graveface Records

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fol Chen

Fol Chen - A Tourist Town
Fol Chen - You Took The Train

These weirdos in Fol Chen are getting real good at perfecting their brand of sugary lullaby-esque pop with layers upon layers of glittery, quirky synth-beats and staggering stop-n-go changes. Hard to describe, guys - just remember that The False Alarms is half-n-half tracks of bubbling playfulness, and then about-face, straight into arrangements alternately icy and foreboding, with (all the while) sauntering, sexy vocals that just make me melt.

Want more? Check out the video for 200 Words, after the jump.

The False Alarms is available courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Thermals

The Thermals - Born To Kill
The Thermals - You Will Find Me

I still can't believe that I get this excited about the Thermals and their big chords and chunky guitar/bass combos and sweaty, adrenaline-fueled, sing-along-styled anthemic choruses, even after listening to 'em, and completely digging the shit outta every single one of their albums, for the past ten or so years. We've gone over all of this before, but if you want to hear something that truly gets me going, without fail, this is it.

Desperate Ground will be released on April 16th, via Saddle Creek

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mixed Blood Majority

Mixed Blood Majority - Fine Print
Mixed Blood Majority - Ritual (ft. Kristoff Krane)

This whole Mixed Blood Majority collaboration pairs up Crescent Moon and Joe Horton (Kill The Vultures and No Bird Sing, respectively) with Doomtree affiliate Lazerbeak - Minneapolis peeps, all. Featuring percussion-heavy production skills and a sometimes straightforward, sometimes minimalist series of beats alongside the witty, often biting banter between two veteran lyricists, natch.

Mixed Blood Majority is available courtesy of Mixed Blood Majority and F to I to X

Friday, March 29, 2013


Lapalux - Guuurl
Lapalux - Straight Over My Head

Brainfeeder producer Lapalux wobbles/churns in and out like a fever dream throughout most of the new Nostalchic full length and I can easily foresee some of y'all getting mighty confused while attempt to discern between the solid, soulful bits 'n' pieces and the more bewildering moments of borderline noise and disarray. Yeah, sure, some tracks are more accessible than others, obviously, but I always really hate it when peeps complain about "listenability" or whatever, so now I'm not quite sure why I even mentioned it at all.

Nostalchic is available courtesy of Brainfeeder

Monday, March 25, 2013


Bleached - Next Stop
Bleached - Searching Through The Past

The sister sirens in Bleached compose infectiously energetic power-pop with a very noticeable nod to '70s punk/rock 'n' roll plus lil' bits of twee tossed in, so yeah - sorry if I just can't help but recall some of my more formative years whilst listening to their nostalgic Ride Your Heart debut. Think lovely vocals and catchy garage/surfy sounds, and wistful love songs tinged with a teenage angst that lasts years and years longer than it should.

Ride Your Heart will be released on April 2nd, via Dead Oceans

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Amp Live

Amp Live - Color Me (Intro)
Amp Live - D.H.E.A.

The unpredictable and all-around WTF approach of Amp Live's new Kaleidoscope Theory has tracks shifting and drifting into one another without warning as the beat-maker/producer half of Zion I steps back from the full-frontal electrofunk of Murder At The Discotech and into a whole 'nother set of innovative complexities and song structure switch-a-roos on this freeform jazz-influenced, impromptu-esque extended-play recording.

Kaleidoscope Theory is available in its entirety as a FREE download, courtesy of Amp Live and Plug Research. Click HERE to get it.