While the Black Friday-ness that has descended upon Record Store Day has dampened much of my enthusiasm for the event, releases like Commissions I by Oneohtrix Point Never, released in conjunction with the event, still give me hope. Gathered from different venues that commissioned Daniel Lopatin (aka OPN) at various points over the last few years, the 12″ is a mesmerizing collection of his immaculate minimal ambient music. Listen below to the cautious, fraught, and overwhelming beautiful “Music for Steamed Rocks,” which is a testament to not only Lopatin’s genius but to a genre of music that can evoke more feelings without words than 99% of musicians can with them. A stunning song and a stunning release.
The latest tape from the always great Moon Glyph is the self titled tape from new supergroup (superduo?) Dorval & Devereaux. Featuring the masterminds behind White Poppy and Samantha Glass, D&D have crafted a meticulous, shimmering collection of synth based ethereal pop music. Listen to samples below, ranging from the lush soundscape of “Hearing Wishes” to the static laced space-pop of “Solar Surfing” to the hazy, wobbly synth ecstasy of “Heavy Hands,” the early indications are that it is going to be an amazing CS. Grab it from the Moon Glyph website before it’s gone.
Listen below to the spooky, spaced-out pop of Satvia Flats from their forthcoming Moon Glyph released self titled CS/EP. The group, featuring Chris Robes, Bennett Johnson, Scott Watson and Neil Weir, have cut their teeth playing around town over the last couple of years, most often in the basement of the Turf. Their sound meshes the influences of the four members other bands, blending the myriad of pysch/kraut/dream pop/drone sounds that they have been exploring separately and together over the last few years. If the members of the band and this first song are any indication, Satvia Flats is going to be a chill experience tailor made for late nights through your best pair of headphones. I can’t wait to hear the whole tape.
Leisure Birds made a pretty significant change to their sound from LP1 to LP2 (along with lineup tweaks), going from a reverb-soaked, rock-centric group to a band of psyched-out interstellar synth wanderers. It seems that for their third LP, the joint Moon Glyph/Totally Gross National Product released Tetrahedron, the band will continue to evolve their sound along the dark and hypnotic path they began on Globe Master.
Listen below to “Waveforms” for a taste of the charging, lush krautrock the band haven proven so adept at creating and keep an eye out here for more updates on the LP, set to drop this summer.
People know and love John Dwyer for different reasons, but no matter how you came to his music, I think we can all agree he is awesome. Below are recent musical outputs from three iterations of Monsieur Dwyer. From his dearly departed, and somewhat revived band Coachwhips, there is live footage that was released recently to commemorate their short run of reunion shows. From his most well known band, pysch garage-punk mainstays Thee Of Sees, we have two new songs from their forthcoming Drop LP (out next week), and from his new synth based solo project Damaged Bug we have two new songs. All highlight the manic genius of a man who seems to have no issues with writers block.
The midwest has a great history of small scenes of bands popping up all over. Inflatable Best Friend hails from Kalamazoo, MI which while only a few hours from Chicago and Detroit, is only a small college town of 75,000 people. Recently they’ve teamed up with Minneapolis’ own Bongonya for a split 7″. “Beelzebum” opens up the Inflatable Best Friend’s side with a jangly sort of garage rock chord progression before the band kicks into something a bit sludgier, layered vocals pushing the track into some great Sonic Youth style guitar madness. “750 Dollar Ambulance Ride” follows a similar path but hits with some heavier riffing. Bongonya’s side is just a single track to IBF’s two songs but kicks things right into a breakneck riff before settling on a great stoner rock groove. The 7″ is now available from Don’t Panic, It’s A Distro.
Inflatable Best Friend plays the Hexagon Bar tonight with The Grow Fangs, Warp Rider and Hastas. Facebook event for more info.
Not many are doing the slightly-out-of-focus jangle garage rock better than the Allah-Lahs, who released their debut, self titled LP in 2012. Transporting from some flowery, smoke-filled West Coast bungalow in the late 60’s, the group are back with their first new material in a while with the chilled out “Had It All.” No word if it means LP2 is in the works, but another great offering from a band that haven’t seemed to get the credit that they deserve in their short lifespan.
Twin Cities doo wop/garage rock trio Some Pulp’s debut full length LP will be arriving on May 6th via Forged Artifacts label (full disclosure, FA founder Matt Linden has occasionally contributed to this site). We’ve been fans of Some Pulp for some time and eagerly anticipate the release. You can get a preview today in single “Oh Oh (Who’s Cryin Now)” which was recently made available. It’s a perfect example of the band’s heart-on-the-sleeve garage pop aesthetic – infectious guitar chords, vocal harmonies, and overall a heartbroken-yet-defiant tone. Check it out below and keep your eyes peeled for news of the band’s 5/10 release show details.
Medium Zach is best known from his work with Minneapolis rap mainstays Big Quarters, but he recently ventured out solo for a three song EP. You can stream Valued Input, which features Mally, Metasota, and Slug, and hear Zach bringing the classic but fresh sound he is known for in spades on his new project. It is slightly dark, silky smooth, and the beats are deep as the ocean. The biggest downside? It is only three songs. Dive in below and catch these tunes, and more, tonight at Icehouse as Medium Zach is joined by K.Raydio and DJ O-D Todda for the EP release show.