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 ├╝ber-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