Archives for August 2012

From Ashes Rise – Rejoice The End/Rage Of Sanity 7″

Shrouded by the hardcore and emo surge in the early 2000’s, the crust punk scene remained vague and undiscovered to much of the “common household” ears. Hinged by philosophies of anarchy and DIY punk mentalities, the crust punk scene is known for being “gritty”, “dirty” and “political” - in almost every sense of these words - by encompassing … [Read more...]

Russian Circles post first part of in-studio video series

Chicago trio Russian Circles release the first of a three part live in-studio video series today. The clip is for the song "309" from the band's recent album, Empros. The live sessions were engineered and mixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood. The video series is the debut of a new live in-studio … [Read more...]

Antony and the Johnsons – Cut the World

Perhaps for many of us, the opening introduction into Antony Hegarty’s passionate music was on the initial strands of life of “Hope There’s Someone.” Although he and his Johnsons had already developed a rich following with their self-titled effort, I Am A Bird Now flourished with emotionally-vested, brilliantly-composed forays into the human heart … [Read more...]

Debut Album from Bear Mountain out now

Bear Mountain's single "Congo" and album out now http://soundcloud.com/bearmountain/06-congo Bear Mountain is an electronic dance band from Vancouver, B.C. Stirring and soulful, they blend syncopated bass lines and arpeggiated synth chords with live instrumentation and soaring vocals to create a sound that is both deeply moving, and sweetly … [Read more...]

Jukebox the Ghost – Safe Travels

Jukebox the Ghost has been putting out quality albums for the past few years (see especially the pretty amazing Everything Under the Sun), and this one is no exception. But whereas in their last album, JTG was content to be a slightly amped-up Ben Folds (heavy on the keyboards, frenetic pace), here they stretch out a little more, adding more … [Read more...]

Code Orange Kids tour in October

CODE ORANGE KIDS ANNOUNCE CANADIAN SHOWS IN OCTOBER ALONGSIDE BANE  New Album Coming Soon... Merging cryptic melody, dirty hardcore power, and intense dirges into their own uniquely inspired sound, Pennsylvania's Code Orange Kids do things their way, creatively cutting their own path through it all. The band recently wrapped recording their … [Read more...]

Fire Records lets loose another three Robert Pollard releases for 2012

Not content with consummating his new relationship with Fire Records with two creditable classic line-up Guided By Voices reunion albums (Let's Go Eat The Factory and Class Clown Spots A UFO) and a low-key yet likeable solo album (Mouseman Cloud) already in 2012, Robert Pollard returns for the latter end of the year with no less than more three … [Read more...]

Debut track from Western Affairs

Western Affairs Debuts Track "Iowa" "Iowa" - http://www.bantermm.com/tracks/WesternAffairs-Iowa.mp3 Western Affairs is a three-piece dreampop group based in Washington DC. Originally founded by Alex Lee in 2009, the band has gone through an assortment of different members until finding a winning combination in 2011 consisting of additional … [Read more...]

Spectre Folk – The Ancient Storm

'Well I don't know about art / but I know what I like' sang Lux Interior almost three decades ago, and I found his words resonating somewhat as I looked over the sleeve of The Ancient Storm. First impressions, I continue to maintain, are important, and I found myself looking at what is almost certainly the most off putting sleeve artwork I'll see … [Read more...]

New Silver Apples single, reissue and European tour

Forever rejuvenating ‘60s art-rocking synth pioneers the Silver Apples - beloved and honoured by the likes of Gallon Drunk, Moon Duo, Portishead and Stereolab (along with many others) - return yet again this September with a new single, a vintage vinyl reissue and an extensive European tour. Soon to be unleashed on Enraptured Records is a … [Read more...]