Archives for March 2014

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”

It seems appropriate that Avey Tare’s (aka David Portner) new band is named Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. The horror film motif fits their murky and somewhat grotesque sound, and promotional images project the band wearing masks and shining knives at the cameras. But, the name also describe the place Tare’s main project, Animal Collective, has in … [Read more...]

New Album and Video from U.K. duo Smoke Fairies

UK DUO SMOKE FAIRIES SHIFT GEARS ON CELESTIAL NEW ALBUM SMOKE FAIRIES OUT MAY 6TH IN NORTH AMERICA (4/14 EU) ON FULL TIME HOBBY "Eclipse Them All": (photo: Steve Gullick) Smoke Fairies’ new album, the eponymously titled Smoke Fairies, shows the band in top form, combining … [Read more...]

Ellis Island Sound – Regions

Over the last 16 or so years, Peter Astor and David Sheppard have seemingly used Ellis Island Sound as a low-key repository for ideas overspilling from their higher-profile work together and apart (The Wisdom Of Harry, State River Widening, Phelan Sheppard, Snow Palms, solo projects and so on).  Moving from the bedroom-built electronica of early … [Read more...]

Debut EP from Australia’s Glass Towers out now

GLASS TOWERS RELEASED U.S. DEBUT EP 'COLLARBONE JUNGLE' ON HUB/DINE ALONE RECORDS "Griffin":         Australian quartet, Glass Towers, released their U.S. debut EP, Collarbone Jungle on Hub/Dine Alone Records (purchase here). Collarbone Jungle … [Read more...]

New Album and U.S. Tour for rockers Band Of Skulls

BAND OF SKULLS CONFIRM SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR - NEW ALBUM TITLED HIMALAYAN NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER, SET TO BE RELEASED APRIL 1 Band of Skulls will embark on an extensive North American tour this spring.  The North American shows are in celebration of the acclaimed U.K. trio’s forthcoming album, Himalayan, which will be released April 1 … [Read more...]

Aurora Borealis – World Shapers

Aurora Borealis from Waldorf, Maryland storm back with a vengeance on their latest release World Shapers on Xtreem Music.  I am familiar with their brand of black and death metal, but never really delved headlong into their back catalog.  Utilizing the same personnel heard on Timeline, it should be interesting to see what Ron Vento and company have … [Read more...]

Swans – “A Little God in Our Hands”

Coming off of the primal and anthemic sounds of The Seer, I expected Swans' “A Little God in Our Hands,” from their upcoming LP To Be Kind, to begin much the same way most of their post reunion-era work has. Between “Lunacy” and “No Words/ No Thoughts,” I expected bells, chanting, the sounds of a band building a temple of noise and discord ready to … [Read more...]

Exclusive Album Stream of Made Of Stars by Strata Florida (Louise Trehy of 1990s 4AD duo Swallow)

Louise Trehy is back at long last with a spectacular new album that channels the dreamy bliss and noisy distortion of the best of the 1990s U.K. dream-pop and shoegazer bands.  Fans of Kate Bush, Liz Fraser/Cocteau Twins, B’linda Butcher/My Bloody Valentine, Miki Berenyi/Emma Anderson/Lush, and Toni Halliday/Curve will not only be enthralled … [Read more...]

Perfect Pussy – “Interference Fits”

Syracuse noise-punks Perfect Pussy seemingly emerged out of nowhere in the fall of 2013 with a great demo (I have lost all desire for feeling) that featured an utterly amazing track ("I") which perfectly encapsulated what made this band so interesting. Sure, the distortion and two-minute rushes of adrenaline easily connected them to their mosh-pit … [Read more...]

Louise Trehy of 4AD duo Swallow is back as Strata Florida

Strata Florida is the newest project of Louise Trehy, formerly one half of the 4AD duo Swallow. Debut album Made Of Stars is only Trehy's second album in twenty years. Swallow's flame flickered bright but brief in the early 1990s, and disillusion after the band’s break up caused Trehy to abandon music altogether. Her creative spark was … [Read more...]