Antwon: Dying in the Pussy
Antwon?s latest EP comes courtesy of indie stalwart Suicide Squeeze. Mixed by Lars Stalfors, producer and engineer behind multiple Mars Volta and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez albums, ?Dying in the Pussy? marries an MC?s traditional sexual bravado with a signature style of smoked-out fatalism over ominous interweaving synth lines. In contrast to the A-side?s sinister swagger, ?Life Is What You Make It? is Antwon?s summer jam. A stylistic continuation of last year?s collaboration with Pictureplane, this b-side gem is a perfect blend of chilled-out West Coast hip-hop set against the backdrop of glitchy, warbling electropop. Th.e two-song EP is available worldwide both digitally and as a limited edition 7? (250 copies on white w/ black marble, 500 on black) with a download coupon.
Audacity: Finders Keepers
There?s a common-held notion that great rock music only comes out of big cities, as if the grime and struggle of life in urban spaces is the essential fuel for truly passionate rock n roll. But this was a belief when cities were emptying out and the suburbs were growing. Now we?re witnessing the repopulation of major metropolitan areas. Suburbs are becoming the new wasteland. Perhaps that?s the reason why the Orange County suburb of Fullerton was finally able to birth a band like Audacity. Nurtured by local garage rock havens like record store/label Burger Records, the young brash power pop of Audacity kick out jams that are both aptly sunny and gritty?a perfect blend of SoCal?s good weather and endless concrete. With two LPs under the young four-piece?s belt, they?ve set aside two songs for a 7? on Suicide Squeeze before they unleash another full-length later this year. For the uninitiated, ?Finders Keepers? b/w ?Onomatopoeia? is the perfect introduction to Audacity?s potent combination of pop melodies and roughly hewn energy. The first pressing of this 7? is limited to 500 copies on translucent green vinyl with a free download code as well as being available digitally worldwide.
Audacity: Butter Knife
Audacity?s latest full-length Butter Knife is still, at its core, a garage rock record. The economic instrumentation, grit-tinged guitar jangle, pogo-prompting tempos, and sing-along choruses can all be traced back to the seminal Nuggets collections. But ultimately, Butter Knife doesn?t sound so much like an homage to The Sonics as it sounds like a young band striving to make the most ebullient and jubilant noise possible. Album opener ?Couldn?t Hold A Candle? is a perfect introduction to Audacity?s battle plan?a balanced blend of pop sensibility and ribald power. ?Hole In The Sky? showcases the band?s gift for the on-the-dime changes, sophisticated melodies, and clever instrumental interplay. ?Red Wine? demonstrates a Robert Pollard-like knack for turning an unexpected chord combination into a remarkably punchy chorus. And album closer ?Autumn? harkens back to the balladry of power pop kings Big Star. All of which is to say, Audacity are tighter and more clever than your average suburban band, and consequently they?re one of the strongest acts in the Southern Californian garage rock scene.
Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Can't Ride Anything
Cotton Jones: Tall Hours In The Glowstream
Cotton Jones “Tall Hours In the Glowstream” marks an exciting new chapter in the bands young career. While “Paranoid Cocoon” found the band lending itself to the occasional lengthy jam, Tall Hours? finds Cotton Jones reigning in the songs, for a more succinct pop feel. The resulting sounds are rich and charmingly lo-fi, full of vivid imagery, gorgeous vocal harmonies and makes “Tall Hours in The Glowstream” the band’s most accessible album yet.
Cotton Jones: Sit Beside Your Vegetables
Here we are, in 2011, again approaching the simple, understated perfection that marks the music of Cotton Jones. Yes, Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw have recorded some new songs ? four of them, to be exact ? that fall sonically between the duo's last album, "Tall Hours In the Glowstream," and their next... The new EP is titled, "Sit Beside Your Vegetables." It's a digital-only valentine ? with a February 22nd release date! These are the sounds to herald spring, to call your friends along outside, racing the warmer weather...
Cotton Jones: Paranoid Cocoon
Crystal Skulls: Outgoing Behavior
Crystal Skulls: Blocked Numbers
Destruction Unit: Two Strong Hits
Newly reborn out of the Ascetic House art collective, Destruction Unit emerges with ?Two Strong Hits," a 7" single that will stick in your head for weeks, more and more echoed until you no longer hear it -- you LIVE it. It is organized, driving chaos, determined to break everything loose and free everybody from their imaginary prisons and phony leaders. In just under eight minutes, Destruction Unit's sonic repetition, feedback experimentation and pummeling drums make for two songs that go off like a machine gun in the trenches of your psyche, all without a note feeling out of place. This 7? is limited to 750 copies as well as being available digitally worldwide.
Dirty Beaches: Lone Runner b/w Stye Eye
It's time to announce another installment in Suicide Squeeze's ongoing series of select 7-inch EPs. Dirty Beaches! Yeah, it's an easy leap to guess this would be a proper summer release. But, if you're already familiar with Alex Zhang Hungtai's music, you know it's got a special connection to the end of that season, and the beginning of autumn. And if not, this EP will offer a perfect introduction. The lead track "Lone Runner," is simple perfection: Handclaps lead off a vocal style locked in with both Nick Cave and Elvis, yet totally his own. A song that may drag you by hand to a place you've never been. And then you got "Stye Eye," on the flip: A stomping anthem with an insistent grind that seems to sway and swing, gaining in intensity as the track progresses. This release - like all in SSR's 7-inch series - is limited. 750 copies will be available worldwide (250 clear vinyl, 500 black). Both will come with a download coupon.
Earlimart: Answers and Questions b/w Caruthers Boy
Eating Out: Burn
Eating Out is the crunchy, distorted, pop-oriented project of Nü Sensae drummer Daniel Pitout. The big distorted guitar riffs and heartfelt melodies of Pitout?s brainchild are a notable departure from Nü Sensae?s roaring assault. But Eating Out also has the proud distinction of being a Vancouver supergroup of sorts. While Pitout assumes the songwriting duties and the accompanying positions of guitarist and vocalist, fellow Sensae Brody McKnight rounds out the guitar department, White Lung vocalist Mish Way lends her bass skills, and Peace?s Geoff Dembicki fills in on drums. While vestiges of Nü Sensae?s brash tonalities, White Lung?s melodic treatment of hardcore, and Peace?s bold anglophile pop can all be heard in Eating Out, Pitout?s songs owe more to girl-grunge groups of the early nineties than to any of his co-conspirators? primary projects.