Archives for April 2014

Kramies – “Clocks Were All Broken” video

The new music video for "Clocks Were All Broken" from US dreampop artist Kramies featuring a collaboration with Jason Lytle (Grandaddy). The track is lifted off the 2013 EP The Wooden Heart which features collaborations with the aforementioned Lytle and Robert Pollard co-conspirator and GBV producer Todd Tobias. The song's theme of time standing … [Read more...]

Wooden Wand – Farmer’s Corner

Although 2011’s Briarwood and 2013’s Blood Oaths Of The New Blues had suggested that James Jackson Toth was seeking to settle Wooden Wand down into a more stable configuration with a more fixed label home at Fire Records, the last year has proved otherwise.  Through some download-only rarities closet clearing at his Bandcamp outlet, the sublime … [Read more...]

The Kooks – Down EP

You might expect the Kooks to know what they're doing. Formed in 2004, the south London four piece are unashamed survivors of the wave of 00s UK guitar bands that included The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, and a decade of experience needn't make any guitar band a dull bunch, as the Kooks can show us today. Lead track "Down" is … [Read more...]

New Single and debut Album from Kan Wakan

Kan Wakan's has released a new single and it's the track that's featured in the new HBO spring preview that airs before all the new shows. With a classically trained background, their music is big and cinematic.  Their debut LP Moving On is coming out June 3 on Verve Records. "Like I Need You": … [Read more...]

Bardo Pond – Looking For Another Place

Whilst it increasingly feels that Record Store Day is being used by bigger labels to eat the hand that feeds - i.e. physical music buyers and independent music retailers - through excessive amounts of exploitative releases at high prices, amongst the hundreds of records crammed into this year’s output there are still things worth fighting for.  … [Read more...]

Cormorant – Earth Diver

The true black metal aesthetic seems to have been pushed to its outer limits, so when bands utilize black metal as a base and sculpt around it with other styles it can be a worthwhile endeavor.  Cormorant from San Rafael, California manage to do just that on their new self-released album Earth Diver.  This marks their third full-length release and … [Read more...]

Skating Polly – Video and Tour Dates

Born from an impromptu jam at a Halloween party in 2009, Skating Polly is a punk/rock/pop duo made up of stepsisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse. On their second album Lost Wonderfuls (produced by Exene Cervenka and mixed by Flaming Lipsdrummer Kliph Scurlock), the Oklahoma City-based band revealed itself as a wildly vital force in the … [Read more...]

Mick Harvey – Intoxicated Man / Pink Elephants (deluxe reissue)

Thanks to improved international distribution of his work, Sylvie Simmons’ informative 2001 biography, 2006’s Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited tribute LP, Joann Sfar’s eccentric 2010 biopic and copious referencing from contemporary artists, Serge Gainsbourg is no longer such a misunderstood figure outside of his native France or recognised only for … [Read more...]

Debut Album from Tiny Empires out now

MEMBERS OF O PIONEERS!!! AND NEW BRUISES FORM TINY EMPIRES; DEBUT ALBUM, WEIRD HEADSPACE, RELEASED in APRIL Tiny Empires, a new outfit from O Pioneers!!! founder/vocalist Eric Solomon and New Bruises’ guitarist and Kiss of Death label owner Bryon Lippincott, release their debut album, Weird Headspace, on April 15. “After playing a few … [Read more...]

Owls – Two

It’s difficult to write good music that ventures outside the boundaries of traditional popular music.  Popular music, on the other hand, is relatively easy to write. Since popular music deals in chord sets and forms that exert a proven visceral pull on the listener, it has a built-in direction and clarity.  This is part of what makes it popular … [Read more...]