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tysegall.goodbye

TY SEGALL Goodbye Bread CD/LP

Ty Segall could arguably be the most talented member of the current wave of San Francisco based garage/psychedelic bands. Over the last five years, Segall has spent time drumming in Sic Alps, Party Fowl and The Traditional Fools as well as recording with Mikal Cronin and contributing to Thee Oh Sees’ Castlemania. But it’s Segall’s […]

pinkreason.shit

PINK REASON Shit In The Garden CD/LP

It has been a few years since Kevin Failure released Pink Reason’s debut Cleansing The Mirror and while, over the years, he was kind enough to offer a few singles here and there, nothing comes close to what Failure has accomplished with Shit In The Garden. Much has been written about Failure’s depression and how […]

ohsees.castle

THEE OH SEES Castlemania CD/2xLP

John Dwyer continues to spit out releases at a pace that rivals Robert Pollard. If my math is correct, Castlemania is Dwyer’s twelfth full-length, in addition to numerous singles, compilations and EPs, in the last six or seven years. To call John Dwyer prolific is an understatement. What’s even more remarkable is that you’re not […]

iceage.newbrigade

ICEAGE New Brigade CD/LP

If Sassy was still around, Iceage would be a shoo-in for Cute Band Alert. Four handsome teenage punks from Denmark that exude sexy angst and craft songs with a sense of urgency and despair—perfect fodder to dampen panties. But these boys are more than just heartthrob material, New Brigade is packed with twelve songs that […]

pheromoans.rankles

THE PHEROMOANS It Still Rankles LP

First, the bad news—by the time you read this It Still Rankles will be next to impossible to find. Now, the good news—I found a copy! Convulsive only pressed 500 LPs (CDs? What CDs?) so run now or kick yourself later. If you haven’t heard, this white-hot UK five-piece embraces seventies post punk in the […]

bonniebillie.island

BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY & THE CAIRO GANG Island Brothers 10" EP

Will Oldham has recorded some of his best music in recent years, especially his pairing with Ashley Webber on Lie Down in the Light as well as his present-day collaborations with Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang). The latter have teamed again to release this two song 10” that will benefit disaster relief in Haiti. The […]

monotonix.notyet

MONOTONIX Not Yet CD/LP

After listening to Not Yet multiple times, and really trying to like it, I’m convinced that Monotonix have once again failed to live up to their live performances. Granted, it’s a tall order to fill but an important one nonetheless if you plan on keeping people interested. Without the ape-shit, frenetic energy that the band […]

akronfamily.cosmic

AKRON/FAMILY S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT CD/LP

Five albums down and still musically boundless, Akron/Family has delivered another chimerical collage of acid drenched psych-folk, expectantly, sounding like nothing else—including them. If Akron/Family has a formula it’s smoke a lot of pot, throw it out there, shake it out and see what sounds good.  While there have been reference points that connect one […]

antony.swanlights

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS Swanlights CD/LP

Antony Hegarty largely remains a cult figure despite the accolades, Nina Simone comparisons and heavyweight endorsements from Bjork and Lou Reed. This should come as no surprise since we live in a culture that isn’t likely to embrace a hulking transgender spirit with an otherworldly voice. Lady GaGa can wear a dress made of meat […]

partinggifts.strychnine

THE PARTING GIFTS Strychnine Dandelion CD/LP

Anything that Greg “Oblivian” Cartwright touches is an easy sell and The Parting Gifts is no exception. This time around Cartwright is paired with Coco Hames from The Ettes and supported by a handful of guests that include The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and The Raconteurs’ Patrick Keeler. Strychnine Dandelion finds Cartwright and Hames sharing […]