The Velvet Hands – “Games”

Toby Mitchell and Dan Able, the two young - and, it must be said, highly photogenic - blokes at the core of garage-rock band The Velvet Hands, aren’t adverse to sharing the spotlight and the mic on their gritty, but tuneful songs, none more so than on the appealing track “Games”.  Toby (lead vocals, guitar) and Dan (lead guitar, vocals) released a … [Read more...]

Oakland’s Ol’ Silver Tongue to release debut EP

Ol' Silver Tongue, a crushingly rugged garage rock duo out of Oakland CA, is comprised of Boronkadonk on vocals/guitar and C. McCock on percussion/vocals.  Their debut EP Nobody Special will be released independently on June 27th at The Independent in San Francisco, CA. Their debut EP Nobody Special was recorded by Jacob Winik at Decibelle … [Read more...]

The Wave Pictures – Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon

Since forming in Wymeswold, Leicestershire in 1998, The Wave Pictures have promiscuously swapped labels and collaborating artists, whilst genre-hopping all along the way, to the extent that it feels hard for a newcomer to pin them down easily.  With this is mind, joining up with eccentric garage-rock purist Billy Childish feels like both a logical … [Read more...]

Wreckless Eric – Le Beat Group Électrique / The Donovan Of Trash (reissues)

Although best known for his more commercially successfully stint as a Stiff Records punk-poet and contemporary of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe in the late-‘70s/early-‘80s, ‘Wreckless’ Eric Goulden has also bequeathed the world with a larger and more eccentric body of work over the last 30 or so years that is worthy of deeper inspection.  Now thanks … [Read more...]

Toy – Join The Dots

Thousands of years B.C. an old transcript was rumored to have been unearthed, outlining the basic precepts of how to succeed in the music biz. Since time immemorial, man has searched the deepest crevices and most towering mountains for said transcript. It is said to contain ‘The New Sound’ that has been consistently lusted after by perfectly … [Read more...]

Kurt Vile and the Violators – It’s a Big World Out There (and I Am Scared) EP

Culled from last year's Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze recording sessions, Kurt Vile’s follow-on Big World EP offers an additional seven tracks of his trademark psych-Americana, employing equal parts Neil Young-inspired songwriting and J Mascis-esque vocal drawl. Lyrically, Kurt continues to hone his wry witticisms that sometimes hint at an indiscernible … [Read more...]

Crystal Antlers – Nothing is Real

From their inception Crystal Antlers has always been a band indebted to a wall of sound that while vast, was always purposeful. They padded this wall with organs, horns and percussion that fed to their psychedelic tendencies with great ease. Through their first two releases their sound was various parts rock with pop hooks and that great DIY, … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 EPs

Blood Red Shoes – Water EP Laura-Mary and Steven muddy the waters with a harder, fuzzed-out sound on their latest EP, an emphatic nod to hard rock and garage rock styles.  The inherent exuberance and defiance found on their earlier output is bogged down on Water by a sludgy sonic brew … [Read more...]

Q&A with Grave Babies

Hiya Danny!  Your new album Crusher is out in late February and it’s your debut for the Sub Pop sub-division Hardly Art.  You’ve previously released a cassette/vinyl album, a 7” single, and an EP on other labels.  How did you end up with Hardly Art? Hardly Art put out our last release which was our EP and the 7" ("Pleasures") before that as … [Read more...]

Ty Segall – Twins

Steadfast and willingly able to further his craft, Ty Segall returns with his third album of 2012, Twins. His first and only album of the year as a solo artist, it follows Slaughterhouse’s smashing success and Hair’s brilliant chemistry with sounds that are reliably Segall’s. And thank goodness really, Segall has been one of music’s most consistent … [Read more...]