HIT BARGAIN is a four-piece punk band from Los Angeles. Their new full-length Potential Maximizer is being released by Buzz Records in Toronto, which coincides with an east coast tour for the band through June. They self-describe their hard-nosed sound as “queencore,” leaving it difficult to settle on any other descriptors once you’re exposed to their heavy sound paired with Nora Singh‘s thoughts.
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It’s a little odd after listening to the chronicles of the early years of Guided by Voices on Jeff Gomez’s “Self Inflicted Aura Nostalgia” podcast, to be dropping the needle on the groups’ latest effort Space Gun. For those not familiar, the podcast has been systematically dissecting every one of the group’s albums in chronological order.
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Ten years ago tomorrow, a band from Glen Rock, NJ dropped their debut album, The Airing of Grievances. It was initially released by Troubleman Unlimited in New Jersey, and then brought to Europe by Merok Records (and later reissued by XL Recordings in 2009). Before this, the band had little to their name aside from a couple of 7″ records and a handful of often inaudible live videos on YouTube.
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Longwave is the sophomore album from the Detroit, MI quartet BONNY DOON. Woodsist Records in New York is a fitting home for the record, which comes hot off the heels of their eponymous debut from 2017 on Salinas Records. It’s an impressive collection of material, leaving us just over 40 minutes of summertime-ready tunes, perfect for your next (psychedelic) road trip. Continue reading “Bonny Doon – Longwave”
Permanent Records got their grimy mitts on the original BAD AXE tapes, resulting in this brand new archival 7″. Both of these tracks date back to 1973, but the label has proudly pressed them to vinyl for the very first time in 2014. Continue reading “Bad Axe – Coachman 7″”
Content Nausea is PARQUET COURTS’ second album of 2014. Credited to the group’s alter ego, Parkay Quarts, the album is mostly the work of members Andrew Savage and Austin Brown along with some instrumental assists from Jackie-O Motherfucker’s Jef Brown on saxophone and Eaters’ Bob Jones on fiddle. Continue reading “Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea”
BROKEN ARM’s latest on Gringo Records reveals a band with some potential, but also some maddening tendencies that need to be left behind in their record collection for them to progress. Continue reading “Broken Arm – Life is Short”
Based out of Chicago and Milwaukee, CIRCLES consists of five core members that have been or are currently a part of a number of bands including Radar Eyes, France Has the Bomb, the Ponys, the Guilty Pleasures, Cococomas, Space Raft, the Holy Ghosts and Football. Continue reading “Circles – Shadowgraph”
Former Woods bassist and Babies’ frontman KEVIN MORBY’s second solo album, Still Life, is a rugged collection of searching, heartbroken, NYC-inspired tunes that from first listen sound instantly familiar. Continue reading “Kevin Morby – Still Life”
Broncho’s latest on Dine Alone Records, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, pulls a lot of tired formulas and techniques from the 80’s new wave playbook for an effort that makes you glad that period of music is just a speck in the rear view mirror. Continue reading “BRONCHO – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman”