Friday, March 23, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The New Tigers are Appu Jasu, Janne Kauppinen, and Baltteri Virtanen. Do Xao will be released via Soliti Music.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Brilliant Missing Link EP is available in digital and vinyl formats via Jigsaw Records.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Hey, if any of you are in the Orlando area and see Marc With a C, please tell him he passed the audition. What audition? Well, he sent us a copy of his new album Obscurity some weeks ago, but Marc -- excuse me, Marc With a C -- hadn't been on our musical radar and the press of life prevented us from listening upon receipt. However my unique filing system resulted in the CD still being on my desk last week, so I grabbed it on my way to work and loaded it into the car stereo. It still is in the car stereo, and I'm still listening to it. It turns out that Marc With a C is a very adept pop craftsman, and his album is an engaging selection if intelligent, witty tunes that encompass acoustic, power pop, and several other styles with panache. Enjoy a few of them below, including the Smithereens' style power pop of "Terribly Popular", bitter indie pop "Your Goddamn Birthday", the folk rock "One Of These Are Gonna Be Your Day", and the country ditty "Please Don't Let My Art Die". Any further requirements can be satisfied at the Bandcamp link.
Bandcamp for Obscurity
Fire Records is working hard to ensure that the music of Pat Fish, aka The Jazz Butcher, doesn't become lost to new ears (or old fans). We think that this is a divinely endorsed mission, and we encourage you to support it. Last year, the label released a compilation of The Jazz Butcher's first four albums entitled The Wasted Years. They now have followed that with The Violent Years, which brings together albums Fishcoteque, Big Scarey Planet, The Cult of the Basement, and Condition Blue, all of which were released via Creation Records from 1988 to 1991. The Violent Years is available now as a four CD bookback set (20 page booklet) or digital download.
The 42 songs are superbly crafted, and are packed with pop references, social commentary, dark humor, love, loss, and joy. The presentation often jangles and there is a bit of a too-cool-for-school vibe that adds to the outsider atmosphere. But working with various artists, including at time members of Spacemen 3, Suede, Blue Aeroplanes, and the rhythm section from The Weather Prophets, Fish's arrangements are deceptively tight and perfectly proportioned. While the collection could be described as dream pop, the collection includes sufficient examples of jangle pop, drone rock, garage pop, roots rock and country modes to resist any single tag. References could include the The Velvet Underground, The Go-Betweens, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, The Weather Prophets, among many others.
In our opinion, this is an essential guitar pop collection that transcends boundaries of style, geography and era. We've provided multiple samples below, but we strongly encourage you to visit the Bandcamp link and listen to the entire album while waiting for your own physical or digital copy to arrive.
Bandcamp for The Violent Years
Bamboo Smoke are Louise (lyrics, vocals) and Tom (instruments, production).
Link for Two Human EP
Monday, March 19, 2018
Kennedy, whose past projects include Plums and Deadstar wrote all of the songs and created the album art. For this record she is joined by Ian Wadley (drums/bass), Mick Turner (guitar/keys) and Marty Brown (drums on track 4). Mick Turner also produced the album
Bandcamp for Swimmers EP
Flowers In The Dustbin page for "Is This Disco?"
Pre-order page for Under the Paving- Sones
Sunday, March 18, 2018
We haven't had this much trouble choosing only four representative songs all year, so enjoy the streams below, but then go to Bandcamp and try them all. We have only had this album for a few days, but it has gone from "oh, nice" to "essential listening" to "end of the year favorites list" to "we can't listen only to Flower Truck, can we?"
Flower Truck are Hamish, Charles, Sarah, and Will. Mostly Sunny is out now via Spunk Records.
Bandcamp for Mostly Sunny
Spunk Records page for Mostly Sunny CD
Spunk Records page for Mostly Sunny LP
Friday, March 16, 2018
If you want to celebrate public transportation and the people that make it work, or if you just want a good indie pop single, head over to Bandcamp and choose between digital and cassette versions.