Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gentlemen: A look back at a top 5 album from the 90's.

MP3: Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
MP3: Afghan Whigs - When We Two Parted
MP3: Afghan Whigs - Fountain and Fairfax

First off: GENIUS album cover. The conception of such an idea is worthy of praise alone, but the fact that the photographer got these children to capture that moment so perfectly is nothing sort of incredible. I could seriously make this post about the cover alone, but the music contained inside demands to be written about.

My old boss at this record store I used to work at told me that the audio at the beginning of the Afghan Whigs' "Gentlmen" was the sounds of the highway leaving Cincinnati. It's a brilliant start to the lp and the soul and harshness that continues through cement it as an all time great. It's hard to not just post the whole album, but all 3 of these songs are a great start and a coda to the Whigs as a whole. Fuck yeah!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Best Coast: Boyfriend

Best Coast - Boyfriend

Here is the new single and opening track from the California pop teen sensations Best Coast. It appears on their upcoming long player "Crazy for You" which has the children crying over their Tiger Beats and BC official licensed comic books. Pre-order from Mexican Summer if you haven't already!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Neener neener

MP3: ceo - Illuminata

A release I had been looking forward since it's announcement is finally here. The ceo record! Erik Berglund of the mighty TTA doesn't stray too far from his other band's sound—which is a good thing because I've been awaiting a new Tough Alliance record for awhile now, and this will surely help to ride the tide.

Friday, June 25, 2010

FUCK YEAH: Melvins, as always.

As I stated in the comments of that post, I totally stand behind Matthew's selection yesterday. That said, it did sort of pussy things up a bit and it's the fucking weekend, so let's make some shit happen.

I don't know what the fuck this is about (yes I do, P4K just doesn't get it), cause the new Melvins record "The Bridge Screamed Murder" is another slam fucking dunk for the dudes since they recruited Big Business to make things more radical. Jam this one loud, we'll see you next week with some more choice nugs.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


I know I'm going to get totally derided for this (and possibly the blog as a whole by association), but I've been listening to Saves the Day's "In Reverie" a lot lately. I've always loved this album and considered it easily the band's pinnacle; it's especially perfect for the summertime. I recall it taking a pounding when it came out (mostly from fans), which led to the band dropping their integrity and any notion of progression and releasing shitty pop-punk again, but I digress.

Here was a band changing their sound completely for the better, making beautifully lilting pop music, with hints that their next move was into psych-pop had they further pushed the instrumentation and melody. One can only imagine where the band could explored had they not given up on the best thing they've ever done.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

T-T-T-Tame Impala

MP3: Tame Impala - Alter Ego

I don't know if you do drugs, but Tame Impala's Aussie psych masterpiece "Innerspeaker" is an audible argument to start. It kinda sounds like Dungen, space, DMT elves and the Fourth World all at once aka it's FUCKING AWESOME!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More new + rad Japandroids.

Yet another summer is here and Japandroids are still bringing fresh tunes for it. The 2nd in a series of 5 (so far) awesome 7 inch singles, Younger Us is up for pre-order now. Get it grrls and enjoy the a-side.

Monday, June 21, 2010

So radical.

MP3: Ty Segall - Girlfriend
MP3: Ty Segall - My Sunshine

Damn, Goner, you did it again. It's hard not to just leak this whole record, since every track is a hit, but here are 2 really rad Ty Segall jams from "Melted". This is the best and most listenable complete lp I've heard in a while.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Best Song Ever: Reasons

"Reasons" is the first song that actually got me to give a shit about Built to Spill. And uh it's Friday. The Best Song Ever b's week minus a day is over, enjoy it and the random BTS drawing above that I found on google.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Best Song Ever: Silver Soul

MP3: Beach House - Silver Soul

It says a lot about a band's staying power if you're still jamming their record that leaked in late 2009 and was released in early 2010. It's now the summer and Beach House's "Teen Dream" gets fresher with each listen. Thanks dudes.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Best Song Ever: Cat Walk

MP3: Beat Happening - Cat Walk

There are many great Beat Happening songs like there are days of the year: it all just depends on where you are at. I am at "Cat Walk" today, which is beyond fine with me.

Friday, June 11, 2010

FUCK YEAH: New Black Mountain

I love me some Pink Mountaintops and Lightning Dust, but man I've been ready for everybody to get back to it and record a new Black Mountain LP for what seems like ages.

Guess what? It is on mother fuckers: Wilderness Heart is the name of the game (that's the album art of the year up above) and will be out September 14th on Jagjaguwar. It's gonna rule, just like "Old Fangs" does.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Post Acid

MP3: Wavves - Post Acid

More Mountain Dew rock from their Green Label Sound soda label. "Post Acid" is the first peek at the studio polished Wavves, and it sounds pretty sweet for the most part. King of the Beach drops in August from Fat Possum.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The End Sessions

While Jeremy Enigk's 1996 masterpiece "Return of the Frog Queen" deserves it's own coverage, I've decided to detour and post a bit of a rarity today.

Enigk went to the studio he recorded ROTFQ with a full orchestra to replicate the songs' unique visions, while illuminating them further with the passion and spontaneity only live performance can bring. The sessions were broadcast to Seattle's The End radio station then were later pressed and shipped as promotional material by Sub Pop. It's pure lightning in a bottle and provides another look at a fine piece of work. Dig it.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Let It Sway

Holy shit you guys, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have a new record coming out! It's called "Let It Sway" and it sees release August 17th from the good ole boys at Polyvinyl. The first song released, "Sink / Let It Sway", definitely has the SSLYBY sound, which is awesome because that sound is radical. Can't wait for this one, coming just in time for the end of summer.

Pre-order it here and get yourself some free shiz, including a bonus 3 song digital ep.