Big Star – Live in Memphis

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The story of Memphis’ BIG STAR is a tragic and ultimately triumphant one – a group that managed to conjure transcendent rock music in the face of bad distribution deals and commercial indifference. The story of Big Star’s rise from obscurity to posthumous cult fame is a tale that’s now oft been told. For the uninitiated, 2012’s documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is an excellent place to start (add it to your Netflix queue, if you haven’t already). Continue reading

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Jensen Serf Company – Triple Freaks A Beach 12″

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A name that has not graced our pages in some time, JENSEN SERF COMPANY is coming back in a wave, just like their mutilated take on noisy, fouled-up surf punk. Continue reading

Dan Melchior & Russel Walker – Kill Shaman 7″

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Kill Shaman Records in Oakland drops a record every now and then when they see fit. Their most recent, a collaborative 7″ single between two largely prolific artists, Dan Melchior (Dan Melchior und Das Menace, Lloyd Pack) and Russel Walker (Pheromoans, Bomber Jackets, Lloyd Pack). Continue reading

The Young – Chrome Cactus

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Their third album and second for Matador Records, THE YOUNG return in 2014 with Chrome Cactus – a backbreaking album containing 10 metal-tinged, guitar-heavy blowouts. Continue reading

Wand – Ganglion Reef

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WAND are yet another group in the latest of bumper crop neo-psychedelic wunderkinds. Their debut album Ganglion Reef is like some kind of genetically engineered and overgrown mutant pumpkin. From just the right sprinkling of Barrett-era Floyd to the chugging Blue Cheer-isms, it’s an album that sticks the landing on more occasions than not. Released on Ty Segall’s now established GOD? imprint (which is available via Drag City), it’s a driving and at the same time cosmically-inclined set of songs. Continue reading

Hot Off the Press: White Ass, The Mad Doctors, Aaron & the Burrs

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Hot Off the Press this week: We’ve got a new 12″ LP from WHITE ASS in France (Kizmiaz Records), THE MAD DOCTORS of Brooklyn, NY are readying their debut LP (King Pizza Records), and AARON & the BURRS have a new 7″ that is a split release from Feral Kid and UT Records. Continue reading

Mr. Garisson – s/t 7″ EP

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Azbin Records in France just set free a new batch of vinyl. Their latest includes the debut self-titled EP from MR. GARISSON, cramming four garage-punk bangers onto a 7″ slice of hot, crusty wax.
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