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