Archive for September, 2009

Hi! Albums again!

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Been a while…

Some of my favorite beats ever. Large Professor producing and MCeeing here, plus two Toronto DJs, K-Cut and Sir Scratch. Large Pro is still very much around – he released two really good instrumental albums in the past couple of years.


Some might better know Kurious from his work with MF Doom here and there throughout the years, but this is definitely his finest work. Great production from The Beatnuts and SD-50s.

Album Review: The Dutchess and The Duke, "Sunset/Sunrise"

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

RIYL: Mamas and The Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, other such sixties folkish pop acts. Vocal harmonies backed by rhythmic acoustic guitar, spare arrangements recorded beautifully. Moving, intimate, lovely songs. Great; gorgeous, sonorous.

Play All, But Especially: 1+++, 3++ (folky), 5+++ (dig weird guitar), 7+ (Be My Baby drums!), 8+++(oh my god…), 9


Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Phoenix, AZ pop enthusiasts Miniature Tigers played four songs – two old, two brand-spankin’ new – in the studio a few days ago. Their first album, “Tell It To The Volcano”, was a hell of a lot of fun, but I enjoy the direction they are taking their new material (especially with Lolita). All tracks are acoustic. We also discussed what it means to be “indie” these days, and what horrible movies M. Night Shyamalan has made. All content for your downloadable consumption below!

Tell It To The Volcano
Dino Damage
Fake Blood (new)
Lolita (new)

Album Review: Times New Viking, "Born Again Revisited"

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Our MD, Kenny, calls this “sludgegaze”, which I think is about right. Honestly, sounds almost exactly like Guided By Voices’ “Bee Thousand”, but with even more of a pop sensibility, which is just fine by me.

Play all, but especially: 2,3++, 4++, 6, 7++(love romantic trash, see also 14), 10, 11+, 13+, 14++

Goner Fest 6 This Weekend

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Yesterday I suddenly remembered that Goner Fest 6 was going down this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. One of the good things about being unemployed is that it gives you an extremely open and flexible schedule.

So it looks like I’m going to go on ahead and make the 8 hour drive (from Georgia) to catch the festival which runs from Thursday night through Saturday (or Sunday if you can hang around for some extra wind-down DJ festivities).

Goner Fest is an annual punk and garage rock (garage punk? punk garage?) festival hosted by Goner Records, the Memphis based label and record store owned by Eric Oblivian (you got it, of the legendary Oblivians).

It’s a pretty great lineup this year, especially for me. Some highlights:

Ty Segall (San Francisco, CA)
Reatards (Memphis, TN)
Intelligence (Seattle, WA)
Davila 666 (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Sonic Chicken 4 (Perpignan, France)
Fresh & Onlys (San Francisco, CA)
Mantles (Oakland, CA)
Compulsive Gamblers (Memphis, TN)
Yusuf Jerusalem (France)
Gentleman Jesse & His Men (Atlanta, GA)
and my personal favorites, Thee Oh Sees (San Francisco, CA)…
(full lineup here)

And speaking of Thee Oh Sees, remember when I said we could hope for another LP by the end of the year? Well the wish was granted (and earlier then expected). Their new LP, Dog Poison, is out now on Brooklyn based Captured Tracks. Do these guys (and girl) ever stick with the same label? Anyway, I know what I’ll be picking up this weekend…
[EDIT: Dog Poison is, in fact, a 45 rpm 12″ EP: 10 songs, 23 minutes. Full review coming…]

Suggestions for bands to catch welcomed.
But after all, Memphis is only a four hour drive from St. Louis. Something to consider.

Recap and pictures to come…