Saturday, October 25, 2014

Run The Jewels


Run The Jewels - Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
Run The Jewels - Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)
Run The Jewels - Lie, Cheat, Steal

Fuck yes. Here’s the sequel to the original Run The Jewels full length from last summer, featuring even darker, angrier content, and more innovative, oftentimes headscratchingly bizarre production chops from the RTJ duo. (El-P + Killer Mike. Do I even hafta mention that at this point?) Bad news for vinyl aficionados who weren’t quick enough on the preorder draw - this slab of wax is long since sold-out, but good news for pretty much everyone: the digital version is available for FREE just like the first album was. I’ll say it again. Fuck yes.

Run The Jewels 2 is available in its entirety as a FREE download, courtesy of Run The Jewels. What’s remaining of any physical copies will be released on October 27th, via Mass Appeal

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Camera


Camera - Roehre
Camera - Hallraum

Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide features thick, juicy slices of the OST-worthy, improvisational-styled brand of krautrock from Berliner trio Camera, with all twelve tracks soaked in psychedelia and tight, repetitive grooves and modern day motorik beats ala similar-minded contemporaries such as Chicago prog-rockers Cave, maybe a lil’ bit of the more straightforward parts of post-rock stalwarts Trans Am, plus a smidgen of the same swirling spacey electronics as sci-fi Parisian duo Zombie Zombie. Yay.

Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide is available courtesy of Bureau B

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Stardeath and White Dwarfs


Stardeath and White Dwarfs - The Chrome Children
Stardeath and White Dwarfs - The Screaming (ft. Flaming Lips)

Wastoid is the follow-up to the first Stardeath and White Dwarfs disc, The Birth, from 5 or so years ago. Remember? We liked that one a whole lot back then, and we like this one a lot, too - with its abstract sounds and refined stoner grooves and the swirling, undefinable weirdo-ness that you’d probably expect from any member of Coyne family tree. And hey, look at that! Uncle Wayne and The Flaming Lips even make an appearance to help round out all of that heavy fuzz and distorted atmospherics and most likely drug-influenced psychedelic goodness. I mean, c'mon - I'm sure it's called Wastoid for a reason.

Wastoid is available courtesy of Federal Prism

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Zammuto


Zammuto - Good Graces
Zammuto - Great Equator

I’ve been enjoying Anchor a lot more than I thought I would. That is to say, I’ve been listening to it a lot and I’m digging it more and more each time, in part because of its progression of surprising sounds and experimental, manic style shifts throughout the album as a whole. Think minimal, almost hypnotic atmospherics and chilly electronic elements that evolve quickly into quirky, offbeat grooves and heavily textured melodies, bouncing bass and complex percussion (and back again) over the course of twelve tracks. Predictable, this is not.

Anchor is available courtesy of Temporary Residence

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Death From Above 1979


Death From Above 1979 - Crystal Ball
Death From Above 1979 - Government Trash

This one might be bit predictable, but yeah - we’re really happy to see these boys back after a decade plus since they first swooped in and reduced everything else we were listening to at the time to rubble and ash with Heads Up and then You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine. Nothing’s been the same since, and nowadays, picking up where they left off, Death From Above 1979 is set to destroy a whole new generation of vulnerable eardrums and sensitive morals with The Physical World.

The Physical World is available courtesy of Kill The 8

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer Jam 10: Today!

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After a decade of Summer Jams, it seems like a good time to call it quits, I guess - so this, the 10th and very final edition of the down & dirty summertime classic might make for a bittersweet, end-of-an-era event for some - but it’s also a goddamned PARTY, so enjoy yourself. For real: SJ10 sports tip-top line-ups at both venues, chock full of some seriously recommended acts, ie: Reptar, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Have Gun Will Travel, MillionYoung, Beach Day, Sunbears!, Gwan Massive and more. Man, it’s hard to choose a fave. Make sure to peep the print-outable schedule HERE and read up on the storied past, pre-final chapter, of this longtime Labor Day weekend blow-out over at CL.

Summer Jam 10
NWB doors: 6pm • Crowbar doors: 7pm • $25 day of event
New World Brewery & Crowbar • Ybor City

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Haunted Hearts


Haunted Hearts - Initiate Me
Haunted Hearts - House Of Lords

A year or so after their bitesized Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good b/w House Of Lords introduction, the Haunted Hearts duo (aka: the husband/wife Crocodiles + Dum Dum Girls power couple) are back and offering up a few more tracks of layered fuzz and buzz and lush sonic swirls of psychy lo-fi goodness on the (fairly newish) Initiation full-length.

Initiation is available courtesy of Zoo Music

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Blackbird Blackbird


Blackbird Blackbird - Tangerine Sky
Blackbird Blackbird - Rare Candy

Big, big shouts out to Tangerine Sky - not because we’ve been impatiently waiting for a proper Blackbird Blackbird release for awhile now, or because it’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything at all - but mostly because of this disc’s delicious, summery vibes with swirls of uplifting synthy textures, and atmospheric guitars, and overall nostalgic feels that just make me happy for no real reason, ya dig? Play this one real loud for a pretty perfect start to the summer, all official-like, or to just feel happy again, for a change.

* For the locals: Blackbird Blackbird will be performing on Wednesday, June 25th at Crowbar in Ybor City

Tangerine Sky is available courtesy of Om Records

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Young Fathers


Young Fathers - No Way
Young Fathers - Get Up

Young Fathers released Dead several months back and I’m only just now able to start soaking up all of warped + warbly beat combos and off-the-wall influences from this experimental hip-hop Scot trio. Yeah, this is one weird record, for sure, with its genre-defying amalgamation of strange sounds and busy/bustling energy - but it’s weird in a good way, following up on the just-as-weird-in-a-good-way Tape One and Tape Two, which, of course, we also enjoyed very much.

Dead is available courtesy of Anticon.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

CYNE


CYNE - Avians
CYNE - Tears For Uriah

Goddamnit I’m in a good mood, so let’s shout-out some more positive hip hop sounds to see if we can put all of y’all in a good mood, too. Perhaps the non-sequitur storytelling-style rhymes + crisp production and catchy beats offa the (mostly) optimistic and summery All My Angles Are Right long-player, courtesy of Gainesville-based (and maybe now PDX) peeps CYNE, will do the trick.

All My Angles Are Right is available courtesy of Hometapes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mike Mass


Mike Mass - Get Busy
Mike Mass - 'Til I Make It (ft. Monica Delgado)
Mike Mass - I Just Go

Been a hot minute since posting on LJ, my hand was forced for a good reason. Tampa MC/Producer Mike Mass has dropped some of the dopest new Native-Tongue style hip-hop we've heard since forever-ever. His full range of flowin' on porch stoops, or gettin' the crowd hype with an unforgettably nasty party track like Get Busy is beyond impressive and extremely rare. DO NOT SLEEP on this unsigned artist!

Get Busy is already available courtesy of Mike Mass

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tobacco


Tobacco - Eruption
Tobacco - Father Sister Berzerker

Yes, it’s weird, but what else would you expect? Ultima II Massage is the first proper Tobacco full length since Maniac Meat back in 2010, and it does a bang-up job of reintroducing the masses to more of Tom Fec’s crunchy combinations of bandsaw beats and woozy psych synths and vocoder vocals dotted with the occasional bubble-gum flavored pastoral melody. The inimitable Black Moth Super Rainbow and the dirty dirty Demon Queen collaboration have filled the void in between, natch, but this one is a whole other breed of aural oddity, second to none.

Ultima II Massage will be released on May 13th, via Ghostly International

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra


Thee Silver Mt. Zion - Fuck Off Get Free

Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything was released back in January, but I’ve been listening to it a whole lot more nowadays than I did a few months back, so there. If you’re not familiar with Thee Silver Mt. Zion and all of its aliases and incarnations, then brace yourself. Think extended, densely layered movements in multiple parts per proper track - an uplifting multi-instrumental orgy, if you will - all unabashedly presented with heavy doses of reckless abandon and meandering sound intricacies that are somewhat similar to, but still a wee bit more primal and booming than the musical fare refined by half-sibling act Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the rest of the extended Constellation Records family.

Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is available courtesy of Constellation

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lilacs & Champagne


Lilacs & Champagne - The Door

Shower Scene is the first release in the Midnight Features series from the Lilacs & Champagne producer project (see HERE and HERE for more), featuring an expanded line-up and live instrumentation for an even broader re-interpretation of era-based theme-song stylings. Think overly noir ’70s-era pulp OST sounds - just as sleazy as you’d imagine - with funk-inspired grooves and crackly interwoven samples to round out this diverse collection of cult-classic-esque goodness.

Midnight Features Vol. 1: Shower Scene is available courtesy of Mexican Summer

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cloud Nothings


Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma
Cloud Nothings - Giving Into Seeing

The follow-up to Attack On Memory sets a pace that I imagine must parallel the Cloud Nothings ever-evolving songwriting process. It’s a highly caffeinated jaunt that notches up the ferocity, bit by bit, throughout its eight tracks, building towards a proverbial breaking-point that never appears. So kudos to frontman Dylan Baldi for holding it all together with such ease, ‘cause while it sometimes seems that Here And Nowhere Else might come close to falling apart and crashing down into pieces, it never does, and continues speeding along, furthered by its own momentum and a breakneckedness intensity that will leave you gasping for breath if you can’t keep up.

* For the locals: Cloud Nothings will be performing on Tuesday, April 22nd at Crowbar in Ybor City

Here And Nowhere Else is available courtesy of Carpark

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wet


Wet - You’re The Best
Wet - No Lie

Is it really possible to develop a crush on someone, fall in love, then breakup and hate them within the span of one record? If you're Brooklyn-based trio Wet, then the answer is "yes" with a healthy dose of jangly-guitar driven synth-pop to boot. The band's self-titled EP is just four-songs long, but if you're not obsessed with frontwoman Kelly Zatrau after opening track "Dreams," then the next cut - "You're The Best" - will lock you into the kind of eternal-bliss/drunken drooling, oogling, and longing usually reserved for steamy nights on the patio of your favorite, dimly lit bar. It's all thanks to the cute, subtle auto-tune, programmed hand claps, and almost-creepy honesty Zaturau spills all over the record's 14-minutes. You almost feel like you completely wronged her as she almost cries on "I Don't Wanna Be Your Girl," but it all ends soon enough to remember it's all just pretend and start the whole thing over.

Wet is available now on Bandcamp

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Liars


Liars - Mask Maker
Liars - Mess On A Mission

The weirdo jack-of-all-trade trio of musicians in avant-outfit Liars have blown through experimental, self-created genres like there’s no tomorrow over the last decade or so - and this brand new long-player upholds that tradition of skirting quick-and-easy stylisms in exchange for continuing quirk and off-the-wall switch-a-roo sounds. So, even if I had the proper words for Mess, I’m not sure I’d know where to begin.

Mess is available courtesy of Mute

Friday, March 21, 2014

Grayskul


Grayskul - I Adapt (ft. Solillaquists Of Sound)
Grayskul - Not Going Anywhere (ft. Aesop Rock)

Featuring themes and story-telling skills from the dark/dreary crevices of Seattle (with a slew of guest spots by Raekwon, Reva Devito, Solillaquists of Sound, and more), and weirdo hip hop beats + way out-of-left-field production from god-knows-where (courtesy of Aesop Rock, Moodie Black, and a few others), Zenith, by Pacific Northwest duo Grayskul, was released back during the fall of last year - approximately around the time you started reading this run-on sentence of a write-up.

Zenith is available courtesy of Fake Four, Inc.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Casket Girls


The Casket Girls - Same Side
The Casket Girls - Ashes To Embers

Juxtaposing the sugary-sweet, hypnotizing vocals of headlining siren sisters with a series of staggering hooks and eerie electronic grooves (courtesy of multi-instrumentalist mastermind and BMSR alum Ryan Graveface), True Love Kills the Fairy Tale is both heartfelt and haunting, carving out a sound that straddles genres with equal parts dream-pop and synth-psych-amalgamation-core or whatever, with otherworldly, druggy feels spread throughout its catchy hooks and distortion and fever-dream-esque atmospherics.

* For the locals: The Casket Girls will be performing on Wednesday, March 19th at Crowbar in Ybor City

True Love Kills the Fairy Tale is available courtesy of Graveface

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tycho


Tycho - Spectre

Hell yes. More gauzy, elegant ambience from Tycho mastermind Scott Hansen & co., following up on the gorgeous Dive full-length from a few years back... which was much swooned over ‘round these parts, and it’s safe to say that I’m crushing on Awake a wee bit as well. Think blissed-out, summery instrumentals made up of complex, yet oh-so-simplistic sounds that make you want to melt away, much like a pat of butter on top of a stack of hot pancakes. Or sex and drugs. Yeah, I’m a fan.

Awake will be released on March 18th, courtesy of Ghostly International

Thursday, March 6, 2014

RJD2


RJD2 - Her Majesty’s Socialist Request
RJD2 - Bathwater (ft. P. Blackk)

More Is Than Isn’t got released several months back, but I’ve been listening to it again the past few days - quite a bit, actually - and I’m really looking forward to seeing RJD2 and his explosive turntable wizardry styles, this weekend, at the Gasparilla Music Festival. The uninitiated should expect quite a show, ‘cause whether he’s performing under one of his weirdo, sci-fi alter-egos, or contributing skills in a nifty side-project collaboration, my man is guaranteed to single-handedly obliterate beat genres in the most quirky and catchy and booty-shaking-est ways possible.

* For the locals: RJD2 will be performing on Saturday, March 8th at the Gasparilla Music Fest, Higher Ground Stage

More Is Than Isn't is available courtesy of RJ’s Electrical Connections

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Trust


Trust - Capitol
Trust - Rescue, Mister

Trust’s upcoming second studio album is both weird and wonderful and full of spooky dance anthems (and make no mistake - Joyland is quite the perfect soundtrack for yer next dance-party, whether it’s one with pals or a solo effort in front of a mirror) with a quirky electronic palette of seductive beats and dark synth-pop sounds that would almost border on menacing if they weren’t also so goddamned catchy.

Joyland will be released on March 4th, courtesy of Arts & Crafts

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bike For Three!


Bike For Three! - Full Moon
Bike For Three! - Ethereal Love

Man, I loved, loved the More Heart Than Brains long player when it appeared years back, and figured, at the time, that it was just a charming, one-off sort of album from a charming, one-off sort of side-project (ie: Bike For Three! ie: Buck 65 + Greetings From Tuskan) instead of, you know - any kind of lasting endeavor. Which it apparently is, and the follow-up, So Much Forever, proves it with more gorgeous beats and quirky, heart-on-the-sleeve themes from this enigmatic collaborative duo.

So Much Forever is available courtesy of Fake Four, Inc.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mogwai


Mogwai - Remurdered
Mogwai - Hexon Bogon

On Rave Tapes, the inimitable Mogwai lads exercise an admirable amount of restraint and precision while turning their backs, somewhat, on the rapturous sounds off of Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will (for the most part), and channeling more of the haunting atmospherics and subtleties from their Les Revenants score.

Rave Tapes is available courtesy of Sub Pop

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Son Lux


Son Lux - Lost It To Trying
Son Lux - Easy

The swirling sounds on this long player by jack-of-all-trades Son Lux (from waaay back in October, part of my recapping-all-the-shit-I-forgot-to-shout-out-because-I-was-dealing-with-my-own-personal-problems-so-sorry series) reminds me a bit of Yeasayer's All Hour Cymbals debut and maybe some Timber Timbre at times, but honestly, it's rather difficult - if not impossible altogether - to pigeonhole Lanterns, with its organic old-world elements vs modern-day electronic beat experimentation, and a drastic, jarring shift between uplifting melodies and funeral-march-style dirges.

Lanterns is available courtesy of Joyful Noise

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Notwist


The Notwist - Close To The Glass
The Notwist - Kong

Hello there, it’s been awhile. Following up on a couple of my personal favorites - the 2008 full length, The Devil, You + Me, and Neon Golden, of course, from what seems like an entire lifetime ago - The Notwist is finally releasing a new album. Yes, I’m pretty excited about it. Full of electronic-tinged melodies, alternating between joyous, manic maneuvers and then into straight-up somber sounds, Close To The Glass is equal parts charming and uplifting, and yet still quite haunting, mesmerizing, introspective, and melancholic. Look - after a pretty much perfect track record, I’m gonna swoon over almost anything these German boys are involved in, so yes - this is highly recommended.

Close To The Glass will be released on February 25th, via Sub Pop