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OK Ikumi - Outside

OK Ikumi - Outside

It is easy to lose yourself at work, at home or in your car while listening to OK Ikumi.  Although the 7” only offers a taste of this electronic ambience, there is a download card included for all seven tracks of the 2014 EP: Outside.

The simple complexity of these tracks makes it easy to revisit them time and time again, arousing the sensation of energetic tranquility. - Kim

- Listen to the title track on Soundcloud.

 
Naomi Punk - Television Man

Naomi Punk-Television Man (Captured Tracks)

If you know me then you (may) know my penchant for uniquely syncopated rhythms, cryptically buried vocals , handsomely augmented guitar chords, fantastically well-placed  bridges and complexly beautiful melodies.  Well this record has all of these and in spades.  The solicitation for this release mentions” mid-tempo cathartic punk” but I can’t really find anything punk about it except maybe the production  and the second word in their name.   Hypnotically dense and terse as hell (10 songs at around 36 minutes) it is a fluid piece where no songs feels out of place and every drop, time change or key change is apt and food for repeated listenings.  If you asked me to get poetical I would say some songs shamble on through a thin curtain of occluded chaos while others meander past  as a duet of distorted integrals.  Or some such thing. - Corby

 
Del Shannon - The Further Adventures of Charles Westover

Del Shannon - The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover

So this is not a new re-issue , however it is new to me! this is Del Shannons psychedelic album! He only made one and after listening to this you will wish he made more. Released in 1968, this album, like lots of other artists at the time, is Dels response to Sgt Pepper. Key tracks are "I Think I Love You" and "Gemini" . first pressings of this on vinyl go for $150.00 to $200.00. This isnt the early 60's Del you may be familiar with, no falsetto here, however Del was always a great songwriter and he really sunk his teeth into this album. A must have for any 60's psychedelic music fans!
- Bill

 
Ben Frost - Aurora

Ben Frost - Aurora

Frost played drums on Swan's "The Seer" last year and on "Aurora" Austin's own Thor returns the favor. Loud Synths and heavy drums blend and melt to create long hypnotic anthems seperated by breif moments of quiet reflection. - Pablo

 
Eno/Hyde - Someday World

Eno / Hyde - Someday World

Brian Eno (formerly of Roxy Music) teams up with Karl Hyde (of Underworld) for a new album called "Someday World". Although not as glam as Roxy or as techno as Underworld, the two manage to meet somewhere in the middle to craft a fine set of brilliant ambient pop songs. Things went so well for the two, they have recently announced plans for a second album. Great for roadtrips, afternoons at work, dinner paries, etc... - Pablo

 
The Bats

The Bats - Volume I

My favorite music in the world is from New Zealand from the late 70's to the middle 80's. Before the Internet New Zealand had to make due with imports of all the up coming punk/new wave music coming from overseas so they definitely have there own spin on those styles of music with brilliant results. The most important band of course is the Clean. To me the second most important is The Bats! Robert Scott just so happens to be on both bands. They are very different in styles for sure. This is pop music at its best. Jangle sounding guitar, with a tight rhythm section. Great blending of vocals from Robert Scott and Kaye Woodward all wrapped up in under 3 minute pop masterpieces. This is a must have for Bats fans (for all pop music fans actually!, as it its the first 3 lps and singles with lots of never released before bonus tracks. You need this collection!



Daddy's HighwayThe Bats - Daddy’s Highway LP (Re-Issue)

This is a must have for all pop music fans. All three re-issues are great, but Daddy's Highway  is definitely cited as the best..start here then get the other two..

- Bill

 
Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

The minimal new solo album by Neneh Cherry Blank Project features Cherry's domestic-centered lyrics and voice backed by a sparse, insistent background of synthesizers and percussion. The fascination this album conjures revolves around its non-adherence to any recognizable genre, yet its nods to soul and jazz precursors within its ten distinct and memorable poem-songs. Neneh Cherry's voice sounds natural, free-flowing and powerful in its simplicity. Blank Project embodies a refreshing creative immediacy. - C

 
Molly Drake

Molly Drake - Molly Drake

This is a remarkable and haunting document of Nick Drake's mother Molly's fragile piano songs, which show the similarities between mother and son's vocal tone and chordal sense. Although this album of songs does elucidate those connections, it does stand on its own as a document of one woman's singular imagination. Molly Drake's compositions are not folk music, in the sense that its commonly thought of. They are more comparable to jewel-like art songs infused with a melancholy and eccentric interpretation of popular ballads, show tunes, and light classical music (enlightening as to the unique qualities in Nick Drake's compositions that set him apart from other folk-artists). Molly Drake's performances are arresting in their simple confidence and assured artistry, her voice and playing perfectly matched and the songs fully realized. The intimate nature of the non-professional recordings only further the sense of a series of unique moments perfectly captured. - C

 
Daniel Bachman

Daniel Backman - Jesus I'm A Sinner

Daniel Bachman continues to develop and refine the tradition of American acoustic guitar playing/composition as advanced (primarily) by John Fahey. Bachman's particular contribution to this tradition seems to be, so far, to highlight his capacity for fluidity and tonal variety; there's a light, playful quality to Bachman's playing at times that is refreshing. Equally, on the more emotionally yearning compositions, Bachman manages to not sound heavy handed. He doesn't seem to be grand-standing emotional gravitas to the listener. It simply just happens that the is presented with straight-forward emotional depth. Partially, this may be because Bachman does not for the most part attempt to merge the style of the other major American guitar lineage - Robbie Basho - with that of Fahey, as many young guitarists have lately attempted to do. Bachman also brings in a more communal folk-music sense by featuring the banjo playing of Charlie Divine and fiddle playing of Sallie Anne Morgan on a few tracks. Jesus I'm A Sinner is a warm, cozy and accomplished album made more powerful by its modestly assured tone. - C

 
Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson - Hirta Songs

Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson - Hirta Songs

The impressive achievement of Hirta Songs finds renowned Scottish folk artist Alasdair Roberts setting writer Robin Robertson's poems to music and turning them into beautiful sounding songs. Backed by fiddle, harp, flute, upright bass and other instruments, the songs are Robert's most organic yet; and, this is certainly helped along by the fine instrumentalists. Hirta Songs also features Robertson reading his works as recitation accompanied by more atmospheric backing. Another album that shows Roberts as an increasingly mature artist. - C

 
Jenny Hval & Havard Volden - Nude On Sand

Jenny Hvall & Havard Volden - Nude On Sand

The first thing one notices about Nude On Sand is Hvall's distinctive, flexible soprano voice. It wouldn't be quite accurate to call it beautiful because of its thin and reedy quality. However, it's quite clear that Hval is capable of utilizing her vocal instrument to its full capacities and then some. She seems to want to describe minute differences in mood, emotion, meaning and intent through her voice and pull the listener along into what almost seem like a series of song-stories or poem-songs. The musical background, consisting of sparse and experimental acoustic guitar played by both Hvall and Volden at least seems largely improvised and providing a nod to Derek Bailey (albeit, not as dedicated to avoiding open strings). Hvall's lyrical interests reflect the centering of the female experience while at the same time centering mystery and non-determinism. Hvall avoids sentimentalism and provokes reflection. - C

 
Circuit Des Yeux

Circuit Des Yeux - Overdue

Circuit Des Yeux's (Haley Fohr) Overdue opens with the lush, string-driven "Lithonia" that immediately reminds of some kind of idiosyncratically emotional art-song take on Glass/Russell style N.Y.C. minimalism. "Lithonia" sets the tone and bar for the rest of the album, in that it is the most memorable and melodically sweeping song of its kind on the album. Other directions that Fohr pursues on Overdue are instrumental psychedelic folk, abstract vocalizing, over driven power guitar and Columbus, Ohio inspired rock-n-roll. Circuit Des Yeux is distinguished by Fohr's distinctively deep and powerful vocals. Also, her incorporation of found sound material, a view towards creating an emotional arc throughout the album, and the intensity with which she attacks her vision all make Circuit Des Yeux a compelling music project. - C

 
Coathangers - Suck My Shirt

Coathangers - Suck My Shirt

Favorite tracks:
Drive, Dead Battery
RIYL:
Le Tigre, the Runaways

Blasting off with “Follow Me” and wrapping up with the more gentle, “Drive,” this album is packed with gritty rock n’ roll riffs, catchy backing vocals, and their quintessential aggressive attitude. In the band’s latest release, Suck My Shirt, they find the perfect weaving of their femme-punk approach with more honest songs and innocent lyrics. Each song brings a unique flavor to the album, highlighting the band’s diversity while still maintaining cohesiveness of the album and slipping in a few surprises that keep listeners on their toes. The Coathangers have developed a style that sounds effortlessly cool and bold, and Suck My Shirt is indeed a shining example of the band’s rawness and power, with a hint of vulnerability that we have not yet seen from these ladies. - Alicia

 
Linda Perhacs - The Soul of All Natural Things

Linda Perhacs - The Soul Of All Natural Things

Perhac's Parallelograms is an absolute classic example of sui generis artistry. Forty years later Perhacs returns with The Soul Of All Natural Things, and the first thing one needs to do as a listener if one wants to appreciate this album for its own achievements is to banish the thought that Perhacs could ever approach the special confluence of time, place, spirit and taste that produced her first album. Soul shows Perhacs still committed to the peace and love ethos of a certain segment of the 60s/70s counter culture, including an emphasis on harmonious beauty and lyrics that reflect hopefulness and positivity. Some may find these aspects too cloying or irrelevant. However, others may find these aspects refreshing. Perhacs gets help from young musicians such as Julia Holter to fully flesh out her songs into a contemporary new age/ pop amalgam. There is, in truth, something very sweet, yet something very sophisticated about Perhac's conception of song that's worth being immersed in for the length of this album. It doesn't pack the aural punch of Parallelograms, but is much more challenging in its own way - by asking the listener to set aside cynicism and let Perhac's unique voice be heard. - C

 
Cross Record - Be Good

Cross Record - Be Good

Cross Record's Be Good, a generally floating chamber-folk affair tinged with subtle repetition and earnest female vocals, emerges with more sophisticated arrangements than at first readily apparent. Flute, piano, clarinet, ukulele, loops, percussion, guitar and keyboard are fully integrated into hazy compositions that impress with their totalizing sound. Gentleness, finesse, beauty and pleasantness are emphasized on Be Good, with the details of how that is achieved emerging upon concentrated listening. - C

 
Marissa Nadler - July

Marisa Nadler - July

Nadler continues to develop and refine her lush folk music on July, her latest album. July is impressive in its complex melodies and arrangements, with Nadler handling all vocal duties including backup vocals. Marissa's voice has become over the years more flexible, less mannered and an impressively expressive instrument perfectly suited to her yearning melodies. Guest Eyvind Kang makes a key contribution to the lush beauty of the album with his string arrangements. Melancholy and very pretty, July, somehow manages to seem at once serious, yet not 'heavy'. Lyrically, the album reflects the inner-gothic psychological style that Nadler's been perfecting for the past decade plus. Marissa Nadler's years-long dedication to her song craft becomes especially impressive in light of the continued stripping away of songwriting tropes from the American underground. The fact that July is released on Sacred Bones, a label that enjoys much influence in current underground circles, may have interesting results for Nadler, and for the perception that song is 'over'. - C

 
Courtney Barnet

Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas

Favorite tracks: Anonymous Club, Are You Looking Out For Yourself
RIYL: Cate Le Bon, Beck

Courtney Barnett’s pre-debut collection of work is layered with complementing styles including the rollicking 1960’s-inspired “History Eraser,” dreamy pop of “Anonymous Club,” and noise rock-inspired simmering tension and jangly guitar solo of “Canned Tomatoes (Whole),” all the while remaining true to folk lyricism. Her playful way with words is apparent in the title of Barnett’s double EP and in track titles like “Avant Gardner” and “Ode to Odetta.” Barnett’s songs sound more like journal entries, relaying ordinary, yet relatable stories that expose her personal insecurities in her clever, straightforward style. With her deadpan, carefree delivery and several references to sleep, laziness, and the mundane, Barnett is convincing as a self-proclaimed “slacker.” However, the artfully-crafted songs in The Double EP display her wild imagination, witty poetic musings, and sense of humor, which make her anything but…  - Alicia

 
Manilla Road - Voyager

Manilla Road - Voyager

This is Manilla Road's 15th release from 2008 reissued. Hailing from Wichita Kansas in 1977 , these guys are easily my current favorite metal band. They were more "proggy" in the early days and when they re-formed (with main guy Mark Shelton being the only original member left) incorporated more of the contemporary metal sound. to me it really works. Think 70's Judas Priest meets Candlemass. - Bill

 
Glowgod

Glow God - House Of Distractions

Beaming out of Oklahoma City, Glow God is here and hopefully the world is ready. After a slew of demo tapes, House of Distractions marks the debut official release from these sludged out grunge-worshipping freaks. The record is a journey starting hard and fast then venturing down paths of heavy rock jams. Prepare yourself- you might break a sweat. - Tracy

 
Fall - Remainderer

The Fall - Remainderer

If you are familiar with The Fall, you know Mark E. Smith and his crew are prolific with their output.  This time around is a glimpse of what has been going on and a preview of what's to come via the curious format of the 10" record (and CD)--and it's exciting!  Packaged in a nice gatefold cover with artwork that doesn't shame the band's iconic imagary (much like many of their recent releases had), we get the sing-talk of days past coupled with the growling hiss of his newer output.  The members of The Fall have stayed strong over the last four releases (the longest consistent lineup in the band's 36 year history) and their idea of what makes The Fall "The Fall" has really hit their stride on this limited edition UK-import EP.  Definitely the best Fall release in the last 10 years, possibly the best Fall release in 20 years. - Tracy

 
Gories - Shaw Tapes

The Gories- Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88 (Third Man Records)

This Michigan trio was churning out Mutant Blues Garage Rock back when Jack White was still an altar boy. Way ahead of the Garage punk revival of the mid-1990’s.

Dual guitars/vocals, no bass, no-frills primitive drumming to raw stripped down Motor city rock n’ roll. This release documents the band during a party in Detroit in the 1988. I know you like parties, don’t ya? -Angel

 
Mark Lanegan - Imitations

Mark Lanegan - Imitations

This is Marl Lanegan's covers album. All our favorite artists eventually do one, some are good some not so good. Imitations however is REALLY good. I never would have thought all those years ago listening to my Screaming Trees records full blast that one day I would hear that awesome voice of his covering "You Only Live Twice"! Every song on here is pretty dang perfect. Theres old songs like "Solitare" and contemporary ones like Chelsea Wolfes "Flatlands". Also available on vinyl… -Bill

 
Spray Paint - Spray Paint

Spray Paint - Spray Paint CD

Austin's Spray Paint now out on CD! This collects the first lp and the first two 7" singles . This is one of my favorite live bands in town right now! and the live show is definitely captured in the studio. If you like your rock aggression with a smile, this band is for you! -Bill

 
Dead C - Armed Courage

Dead C - Armed Courage

In typical Dead C fashion this new slice of noise-rock Heaven comes with zero information except the title of the album . With two tracks clocking in around 23 minutes each , this is everything you want in a Dead C album. Its nice to hear the drums again! there are even some vocals (very little) on the second track! hypnotic as always the new Dead C has made my day! -Bill

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