Monday, December 26, 2011

Ho Ho Hozac!

According to our records, on 15 December of this year we found much fine tuneage over at Hozac Records. On this, the second day of xmas of this year, we finally post our five favorites. Please do not hate us for the delay, for 'tis the season of love and hypercapitalism.



Dead Parties Come Alive


Many thanks to When The Sun Hits for the headsup on this dreamy Melbourne fivesome. Read WTSH's excellent interview with guitvoxer Etienne Mamo here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Music of the Sphere: Resonars, Arlo, Left Banke, Pale Saints, J Coulton, Andrew W.K., Boys, FIDLAR, Bass Drum OD, Wax Idols, et. al. . . .


"Right, that's it, time to post." Thus spake our tiny brain upon finding that excellent song by The Resonars at The Finest Kiss. We're also pretty excited about the other fine tuneage we found at some of our favorite blogs. Thanks, favebloggers, for making us feel that way.

Arlo - Runaround - Peter's Power Pop

The Boys - Do The Contract Hustle - Raven Sings the Blues

Reading Rainbow - Runaways - The Pop Filter

FIDLAR - Oh - Pitchfork

Andrew W.K. - She Is Beautiful - Star Maker Machine
Jonathan Coulton - Chiron Beta Prime - Star Maker Machine

The Resonars - The Golden Age - The Finest Kiss
The Left Banke - Pretty Ballerina - The Finest Kiss
Pale Saints - Sight of You - The Finest Kiss

The Proper Ornaments - Who Thought - Austin Town Hall
Cinema Red and Blue - Walkin' To The Cemetery - Austin Town Hall
Black Twig - Death Scene - Austin Town Hall

Be forewarned that some of this next lot are perhaps a bit harder hitting, perhaps a bit rawer-edged than some pure poppers might prefer. We're not calling anyone wimps and such, just giving a little headsup. Just because they rocked our little world doesn't mean they'll do the same for yours.

Bass Drum of Death - I Dunno - Gimme Tinnitus
Roomrunner - Spinning - Gimme Tinnitus
Roomrunner - Aesthetic - Gimme Tinnitus
Parts & Labor - No Nostalgia - Gimme Tinnitus
Psychic Ills - Mind Daze - Gimme Tinnitus
Wax Idols - Dead Like You - Gimme Tinnitus

Tennis System - Hey, We Tried - Gimme Tinnitus - Wait until at least the 1:20 mark before making any drastic decisions. It picks up pace quiet nicely.

Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless - Gimme Tinnitus
Future Of The Left - i am the least of your problems (demo) - Gimme Tinnitus
Diehard - Back to the Future IV - Gimme Tinnitus
Diehard - Diehard - Gimme Tinnitus - Wait until at least :58 and especially 1:06.
Hunters - Brat Mouth - Gimme Tinnitus
Su - Mountain - Gimme Tinnitus


Incidentally, several years ago we bought at eMusic a bunch of songs by The Resonars, including "The Golden Age," and have enjoyed the group's product immensely. We might mention that we finally found their latest, That Evil Drone, at Bandcamp a couple of weeks ago. It had appeared on many Best-Of lists for 2008, but we hadn't been able to locate it until . . . a couple of weeks ago. We could easily understand why it made those lists. Here's an example.



We don't usually post strictly streaming tracks, but in this case were willing to make an exception. We feel kind of weird but also very, very fulfilled.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sporting Life's SINGLES


An excellent LP of singles by San Francisco's Sporting Life is available for "name your price" download at Bandcamp. Thanks to Get Off the Coast for the headsup and excellent song, "Immigrant." Here's our favorite from the album.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Going Down Under for a Spot of xmas Cheer with The JAC


From Perth, W.A. come three gifts of xmas cheer, one of which particularly rattles our (J&M) chain quite merrily. Joe Algeri of The Britannicas, Jack And The Beanstalk, The Rockefellers, Stonemasons, The Summer Suns, and pseudonymous The JAC, amongst others (and, yes, you, too, can read all this at his info page), was kind enough to send links to three new songs to the Audities list. You can find them here, here, and here.

That middle here is our favorite, and you can in fact find it right here. (Well, a few centimeters below here.) You might wanta send the kiddies out of the room before clanking/cranking it. On the other hand, frisky/dysfunctional families might want to have a singalong.


(And, yes, we're gettin' all kinds of fancy, what with our green and red customized xmassy widget and all, in case you didn't notice. Thank you.)

Friday, December 02, 2011

Guided by Voices: Fats & Doughnut


from the forthcoming LP
Let's Go Eat the Factory
coming on iTunes 20 December
and in stores on 17 January

Yes, we know, we should have posted the above weeks ago, you've already gripped it elsewhere, etc., etc., but we just got access to another downloadable (see below) by the classic GbV lineup and hope you'll forgive us. Click here to hear and download songs from our previous GbV posts. "Everywhere With Helicopter" was the first mp3 we ever posted, icywtk. The nice live video that pleased a sometime friend is still here.

Guided By Voices - Doughnut For A Snowman by FIRE RECORDS

The Well Wishers' Dreamy New One Due Next Month


We're delighted to hear from bandleader Jeff Shelton that San Francisco powerpoppers The Well Wishers will be releasing new LP Dreaming of the West Cost on January 24. The song below is downloadable at Bandcamp, where you can also stream the rest of the album. We've loved The Well Wishers for years now, and you can still download some songs we previously posted here and here. We don't usually do end-of-the-year Faves lists, but if we did, last year's Post Modern Romantic most definitely would have been on ours.