The ghosts of an Old Weird America hover in the atmosphere above STEVE GUNN’s achingly beautiful album, Way Out Weather. From the sustained spectral guitar slides and the groping in the dark piano figures that start the opening track, it’s clear this is a record that’s all about the search.
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The SPIDER BAGS fourth full-length album, Frozen Letter, may have just nabbed the award for best psychedelic-garage rock summer jam of 2014 (if such a thing even exists in these troubled times). A concise-but-concentrated dose of riffage that channels the spirit of both classic and even punk rock with just the right dash of wooziness at times; it’s a record that channels the chaotic spirit of such seminal works as Alex Chilton’s Like Flies on Sherbert to these ears. Continue reading “Spider Bags – Frozen Letter”
Bloomington, IN trio APACHE DROPOUT are back again with their new album, Heavy Window. It’s their third LP since 2011 and first vinyl full-length for the Magnetic South Recordings imprint in Indiana.
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Family Crimes is the latest entry in the SKYGREEN LEOPARDS’ growing discography. The band, which is comprised of Donovan Quinn (who is also a collaborator with Ben Chasny as part of the group NEW BUMS) and Glenn Donaldson, trace their origins back to the psych CD-R boom of the late 1990’s as a part of the Jewelled Antler collective. Family Crimes follows the bands’ trajectory following their last album, the country-flavored Disciples of California. It reveals a band that continues to refine their vision and scope. Continue reading “Skygreen Leopards – Family Crimes”
Pearls Dissolve in Vinegar is the second album from the Philadelphia-based 5-piece THE LOVE CLUB. Together the band creates a wild sound combining punk and psychedelic elements with twangy folk rock. Continue reading “The Love Club – Pearls Dissolve in Vinegar”
SOFT SERVE sent this EP our way toward the end of 2013. They’re a trio operating out of Vancouver, British Columbia, playing their own form of jangly guitar rock. These songs were recorded with Jay Arner, who has recorded with Tough Age and a slew of other bands. Continue reading “Soft Serve – Sink Deep EP”
After dropping their Phase II cassette earlier this year, Nashville band BLANK RANGE is back with their first vinyl experience. Scrapin’ comes courtesy of the Sturdy Girls Records label, delivering two new tracks of freewheeling folk rock.
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