Friday, December 2, 2016

Sloucher: Certainty

Certainty is the debut album from Seattle based singer songwriter Sloucher, aka Jay Clancy. The drummer for two well known indie bands, Cayucas and Hibou, Clancy has stretched out to showcase himself as a talented artist in his own right. The seven tracks are polished indie rock, with imaginative songs, lush vocal and instrumental melodies and pristine production. Taken together, the album is one of the best of 2016 and is a definite must have. Stream and buy Certainty at the link below.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Billy Moon: That Which You Can't Throw Away

Hamilton, Ontario based artist Billy Moon is back with a boiling hot new EP, That Which You Can't Throw Away. Moon has a penchant for making tasty garage punk tracks that are infectious. Drawn from the same mold as artists like Ty Segall and Jay Reatard, the five tracks are melodically and dynamically diverse, while holding true to a punk aesthetic and authenticity. This is just a simple EP full of great music.Watch the video for EP track, Different Song, then stream and buy That Which You Can't Throw Away at the link below.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dorothy's Surrender: Late Bloomer

Miami based rockers, Dorothy's Surrender, have released their debut album, Late Bloomer. Featuring the vocals of Megan Morrison and blistering guitar of Ian Michael, the 6 tracks are hard rock anthems in the vein of Garbage and The Pretty Reckless. Polished and altrock radio ready, this album is deep on tried and true rock formulas, rather than charting any new ground or original sounds. The album is solid, competent, enjoyable rock, but unexciting. Stream and buy Late Bloomer at the link below.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Vaudevileins: Magician

Chicago band Vaudevileins are back with their sophomore album release Magician. While the band has released a couple of EP's, it has been five years since their debut S/T full length. The ten tracks on Magician represent a multi year songwriting and recording effort, that comes through on the album as refined indie rock with a decidedly progressive rock bent. Where a lot of prog rock can come off as pretentious, Vaudevileins instead deliver raw, edgy tracks that are melodically interesting, yet still accessible. Stream and buy Magician at the link below.

Monday, November 28, 2016

NBTMusicRadio: A Swell Swoon Compilation

Germany based independent internet radio station NBTMusicRadio is a stalwart of the independent broadcast medium. In its years of operation, NBT has gifted the world with finding and airing some of the finest emerging talent on the planet. They now bring us a wonderful compilation album with tracks from 25 artists including the talents of Ummagma, Stella Diana, Visual Poetics and Rodney Cromwell. This is one of the finest collections of emerging music that you will find and is a definite must have. Stream and buy A Swell Swoon at the link below.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ana Threat: Cold Lve

Avant garde punk artist, Ana Threat has released her debut album, Cold Lve, on Vienna indie label Cut Surface Records. The ten tracks are dark affairs, with a strong 60's vibe, lo-fi sheen and an edgy attitude. Channeling influences of Lydia Lunch and Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Threat moves through a stylistically diverse jungle of rhythms and musical textures, all the while balancing on a razor's edge. Black arts for a black Friday. Stream and buy Cold Lve at the link below.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Patrick Joseph: Hindsight

Hindsight is the new album from L.A. singer/songwriter Patrick Joseph. The ten tracks are polished indie rock that showcases Joseph's gritty voice, superlative songwriting and tight delivery, honed for countless touring. The songs are both intimate and instantly familiar sounding, striking a chord with personal feelings and shared experiences. Flawless production and arrangements tie a bow on an album that is a gift from start to finish. Stream and buy Hindsight at the link below.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

In Light Of: Little Treasures

Canadian post-rock duo, In Light Of, have released their debut EP, Little Treasures. True to its name, the five tracks are instrumental gems, with wonderful melodies, crisp musicianship and clean production. Every part has a place and the aural experience is sublime. To our ears the tracks beg for vocals to be fully realized, but the duo's artistic choices stand on their own. While the instrumental take will greatly limit the audience, those that do open themselves to this work will be greatly rewarded. Stream and buy Little Treasures at the link below.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Gramps The Vamp: The Cave of 10,000 Eyes

Something very different today from Chicago band Gramps The Vamp. Their sophomore album, The Cave of 10,000 Eyes is as unique a record as you will likely find. Mashing together jazz, afro-funk and horror movie soundtracks, the ten tracks offer highly original music that gives a completely unexpected and enjoyable listening experience. Step outside the box and give yourself an early holiday present with this album. Stream and buy The Cave of 10,000 Eyes at the link below.

Monday, November 14, 2016

WHOOP-Szo: Citizen's Ban(ne)d Radio

Citizen's Ban(ne)d Radio is the new album from FZB Favorites, WHOOP Szo. Released on Canadian label Out Of Sound records, the seven tracks are a collection of experiments and demos done throughout the band's rigorous touring schedule. Ranging from very heavy rock to acoustic pop and everything in between, the album is an intimate look at a fine band's creative process, while finding a collective voice. Stream and buy Citizen's Ban(ne)d Radio at the link below.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Annie and The Station Orchestra: Bingo Halls

Scotish indie label Bearsuit Records, brings us Bingo Halls, the new album from Annie and The Station Orchestra.The band of former Pep Boys member Chas "Annie" Kinnis and singer/songwriter Jean Sibelius Ramsay, deliver eleven tracks of mostly instrumental music, with a nice experimental edge. Innovative uses of guitar, synths, melodies and drones, create an album that is both accessible and challenging. This is a masterful work that will satisfy discerning musical pallets. Stream and buy Bingo Halls at the link below.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Port Juvee: Crimewave

Canadian post-punk band Port Juvee are back with their third studio release, Crimewave. The seven tracks move through tasty punk and garage anthems and 80's inspired new wave to deliver and album that is strong on melodic content, musical chops and catchy songs. Production ranges from dark vibes and lo-fi feel to crisp power pop. This album is a must have. Stream and buy Crimewave at the link below.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sundayman: Scene Missing

Scene Missing is the third album from Greek artist/producer, Sundayman, released by Inner Ear Records. The ten tracks are original and creative synthpop music, that shows both depth as an artist and prowess as a composer and producer. The album is crisp, dark and atmospheric, with compelling melodic structure and imaginative synth pads. This album is a must have. Stream and buy Scene Missing at the link below.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Boobs of Doom: Wow Is Dead

Scotish electro duo, Boobs Of Doom, have released their latest album, Wow Is Dead. With over an hour of music, the seven tracks are dark, glitchy and imaginative. Delivering an amalgam of styles and textures, with a sinister vibe, the album is dynamic, surprising and all together enjoyable. A perfect piece for stirring the imagination and unsettling the status quo. Stream and download Wow Is Dead at the link below.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Crim: Blau Sang, Vermell Cel

Blau Sang, Vermell Cel is the new album by Spanish hardcore band Crim, on BCore Disc Records. Heavy, driving and in your face, the band delivers a worthy followup to their last record, which was dubbed the best punk album in Spain. This release shares elements of metal and alternative and shows a band that is at the forefront of Spanish rock music. A stellar release. Stream and buy Blau Sang, Vermell Cel at the link below.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Magana: Golden Tongue

Today marks the release of Golden Tongue, the debut EP from Brooklyn artist Magana on Audio Antihero Records. The four tracks are lo-fi-tinged folk rock, with a nice New York bohemian feel. Sparse instrumentation and breathy vocals, married with the production, give the EP a nice edgy feel. The songs are deep and emotional and the whole EP is a beautiful listening experience. Stream and by Golden Tongue at the link below.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dia: Tiny Ocean

L.A. based singer/songwriter Dia has released her debut EP, Tiny Ocean. The six tracks were produced by Joey Waronker (Beck, Atoms For Peace) and are stunning folk rock excursions. Dia's strong but delicate vocals soar and entice, while melodic instruments swirl around in a beautiful choreography of sound. The EP is one of the strongest debuts this year and is a must have. Stream and buy Tiny Ocean at the link below.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Al Bird Dirt: Lost Home Recordings (1999-2009)

Cut Surface Records has released Lost Home Recordings (1999-2009) by seminal Austrian producer, DJ and garage punk Al Bird Dirt. The twenty tracks are glitchy gems of genre bending DIY that shows the artist as a raw, edgy auteur, making music to challenge the senses and break convention. These works define a punk aesthetic like few have been able to accomplish. Stream and buy Lost Home Recordings at the link below.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hoover: Hoover

Hoover is a seminal Washington DC post punk/hardcore band and their self titled album is resurrected by DC label Discord and Barcelona BCore Disc. Originally released by Slowdime Records in 1998, the five tracks are an archaeological look at one of the best post punk punk scenes of that time. Raw, always on the edge and authentic, Hoover slam their music into the establishment with unrelenting energy. This is a classic that should be part of everyone's collection. Stream and buy Hoover at the link below. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

His Clancyness: Isolation Culture

Isolation Culture is the new album from post-punk band His Clancyness on Toronto indie label Hand Drawn Dracula. Recorded at Portishead's Invada Studios, the twelve tracks are tight, dark indie rock masterpieces. Reverby vocals with up front melodic guitars, the songs weave naratives that will satisfy the most discriminating listener. This album is super strong from start to finish and is a must have. Stream and buy Isolation Culture at the link below.