Hot Off the Press: The People’s Temple, The Frowning Clouds, Axis: Sova, Clearance

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Hot Off the Press this week: Michigan’s brotherly purveyors of garage rock, THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, return with their second LP in 2014 (State Capital/ Eye Vybe), Australian garage sensation THE FROWNING CLOUDS have just announced their second album (Saturno Records), AXIS: SOVA has a new self-released cassette EP (Licking River Records), and CLEARANCE of Chicago has a new cassette compilation (Unsatisfied Records).

The People’s Temple – Weekends Time LP: For their second album of 2014, the band has turned a new leaf in their growing discography. Weekends Time offers a collection of nine new songs with a clear and sprightly pop approach. The band executes their psych-flared, surf-ready guitar jangle in a variety of ways, which includes two Ariel Pink covers – “Loverboy” and “She’s My Girl.” Elsewhere, “William’s Song” or “Human Cancer” reminisce the haunted, bluesy twangs from their previous albums, minus the hypnotizing, drug-fueled haze that blanketed their sound. That said, Weekends Time is a clean and accessible collection of garage rock that displays a new progressive direction for the band. State Capital Records in New York releases the LP on September 25th – color vinyl is limited to 50! Eye Vybe Records is doing the cassette version!

The Frowning Clouds – Legalize Everything LP: frowning clouds legalize everything lp saturno records 2014 hotp Based between Geelong and Melbourne in Australia, the Frowning Clouds have emerged with their second full-length. Saturno Records releases the LP from Sevilla, Spain, providing us with the proper follow-up to 2013’s criminally overlooked Whereabouts. The Clouds continue their groovy and effortless take on garage, delivered in efficient, 2-3 minute pop nuggets saturated by a wispy psychedelic haze. Summer is already over, but extend it for as long as you can by listening to “Sun Particle Mind Body Experience” here. Pre-order the album from Saturno Records now with a discount – it begins shipping September 22nd.

Axis: Sova – Worse Fools Cease To Be A Shadow CS EP:
Recorded late in a single night in Chicago, this new cassette from Axis: Sova will be available on their upcoming tour. The new 4-track cassette clocks in with nearly a half hour’s worth of sticky psychedelic pop, bubbling menacingly in a cauldron of hot, vaporous tar. Their slow and dirgy approach keeps you guessing through the first half, but they change the pace with the sunburned guitar grit of the speedy “Lucid Dreams.” Listen to the stream of “Eyes Have It” above and don’t miss them on tour later this month – they’re in Philadelphia on September 20th, playing at the local bagging cages (yes batting cages) Everybody Hits with Birds of Maya and Apache Dropout. See you there.

Clearance – Catalogue Nos. CS: clearance catalog nos cs ep unsatisfied records 2014 hotp Released by Unsatisfied Records (a sister label of Mock Records) out of Los Angeles and Oakland, Catalog Nos. takes all of Clearance’s recorded material from the past year (or so) and conveniently places it on one cassette. That includes both of their 7″ records, their “Carte Blanche” digital single from March, and a tiny handful of previously unreleased songs. Unsatisfied Records releases the compilation on September 16th, but you can stream the whole thing now. Take note of compilation closer “Merchant Copy,” one of their previously unheard songs. We know what you’re thinking early on, but the song transforms into an ecstatic and blown-out mess of melodically wigged-out guitar shards. If you’ve been sleeping on this band, this should be your wake up call, and luckily it’s still not too late.

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Robyn Hitchcock – The Man Upstairs

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It’s December 1996 at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ. I’m interviewing ROBYN HITCHCOCK pre-show and we’re talking about the afterlife, endorphins, Captain Beefheart and the 1960’s. From the first song on his 1981 debut solo album, The Man Who Invented Himself, to his new 2014 record, The Man Upstairs; concerns about that Man in addition to time, sex, food, death and insects have been some of the psychedelic troubadour’s primary lyrical concerns. Continue reading

Os Noctàmbulos – Corsica Garden LP

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OS NOCTÀMBULOS released their debut album, Corsica Garden, Septemeber 1, 2014. The promising Franco-British newcomers boast a distinctly 60’s style that combines garage rock, surf, psychadelia and shades of country. Corsica Garden is available on limited edition vinyl from Evil Hoodoo Records in Sheffield. Continue reading

Las Sultanas – Haren EP

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The Iberian Peninsula retains a diverse array of rich historical sights and sounds; homegrown aesthetics mesh with the internationally transposed. From the Costa Blanca, tucked away in the picturesque city of Alicante, a band called LAS SULTANAS beckons in sirenic fashion from the shore. Continue reading

Humanshapes – s/t EP

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Based in our lovely home in Philadelphia, HUMANSHAPES have just released a new digital EP. The songs were recorded at local hotspot the Golden Tea House, bringing to life a massively grungy and infectious sound. Continue reading

Hot Off the Press: Musk, Gunk, Suburban Homes, Yes I’m Leaving

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Hot Off the Press this week: Based in Oakland, California, MUSK drops their debut self-titled LP (Holy Mountain), Philly-based post-punks GUNK have their new debut LP (Square of Opposition), the SUBURBAN HOMES of the UK have a brand new 7″ EP (Market Square Recordings), and last but not least, a new third LP from Sydney-based noise-freaks YES I’M LEAVING (Homeless).

Musks/t LP:
Holy Mountain Records in Portland returns with a purpose, and that purpose is the crushing debut from Oakland psychedelic-punks Musk. From the label itself: “It’s been a while since we had a new release but this one landed in our laps and we couldn’t be happier letting the leash out a bit and having these guys jump up on you until you tell us you like them or we find out you hate animals.” Gee thanks! No seriously, thanks. We’re glad you’re back and this threatening new album is the perfect way to pick things up again. Holy Mountain drops Musk on September 16th, and it’s overflowing with this doom-laden psychedelic snarl. Captured by Chris Woodhouse, these songs are drenched by a foul-smelling air, led by the psychotic howling of frontman Rob Fletcher. Just please don’t sleep on this:

GunkGradual Shove LP: gunk gradual shove lp ranch records 2014 hotp Based right here in our backyard, Gunk has just put the finishing touches on their new debut LP. Gradual Shove comes released on both vinyl and cassette formats, by Square of Opposition and Ranch Records, respectively. The LPs are limited to 500 copies and the cassettes are already sold out, so you’re going to want to snag this pronto. “Ice Cream,” their new lead single, is a wonky mixture of angular pop and post-punk, driven by breathy vocals and jangly guitars, all whipped around by a mess of radio-static noise. Get listening below.

Suburban HomesThe Suburban Home 7″ EP: suburban homes the suburban home 7 ep market square recordings 2014 hotp Suburban Homes deliver slacker-esque, 70’s flavored punk rock from Crawley, West Sussex in the UK. Their new 7″ was released by the Market Square Recordings imprint, which is also based in the UK. Three songs are loaded onto their new 7″ EP – they’re short but sweet, brimming with gritty but melodic guitars with a sharp-edged fuzz. Vocals come with a grumble, bellowed out with a lazy, spoken-word tone. The single comes limited to 300 copies in three different colored sleeves. Get one now.

Yes I’m LeavingSlow Release LP: Homeless Records in Australia has been cleaning up with a slew of new records this year. They continue their run with Slow Release, the fourth album from these Sydney-based noise-punks. Their sound comes infused with a gaping black hole of aggression, evidenced by the explosive wave of energy that sucks us up whole in “One.” It’s a calculated mess of menacing guitar noise and swirling heat, pushing us to the brink with rugged vocals and a crushing sense of destruction. You can pre-order the LP from Homeless now – the first 100 copies come on smokey haze colored vinyl. Witness their wild sound this November when they tour the United States!

Throwback Thursday: Daryl Hall – Sacred Songs

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“The difference between Pop and Rock ‘n Roll? You might get fucked!” – Robert Fripp.
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