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LACE CURTAINS: A SIGNED PIECE OF PAPER

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Coomers (of Harlem, probably one of the more underrated bands on Matador) returns with his second solo-ish album as Lace Curtains, set in a semi-imagined L.A. somewhere between Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard and Warren Zevon’s Gower Avenue and soundtracked by what sounds like Gary Wilson’s Blind Dates and a pack of wolves. (Listen to ‘em howl on “Kali.”)

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THEE COMMONS: ROCK IS DEAD: LONG LIVE PAPER AND SCISSORS

November 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Rock is Dead: Long Live Paper and Scissors is a comprehensive anthology containing 20 tracks hand-picked from Thee Commons’ nine EP discography. For the first time in their relatively short (but extremely prolific) tenure as a band, they’ve released a compilation that brings together the best of the best from all of their mini-volumes into one CD, chronicling their growth as musicians and tracking the various influences that have shaped their unique style along the way. Here, they bring together a very diverse array of elements including 60’s-era garage riffs, strong surf-guitar melodies, cumbia rhythms and vocals heavy with retro-Latino flair.

TÜLIPS: “HOTSPUR” B/W “WAIT” CASSINGLE

August 29th, 2014 · No Comments

It spurs fantasies in me of what Belinda Carlisle might have gotten up to if she’d never dropped the moniker “Dottie Danger” and had saved Sid Vicious’ life by getting him to play bass with her in Superchunk.

THE PHENOMENAUTS: ESCAPE VELOCITY

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Imagine an after-hours party with Marc Bolan, Devo, and Cheap Trick . . . and then the Groovie Ghoulies show up!

THE EVANGENITALS: MOBY DICK; OR, THE ALBUM

July 20th, 2014 · No Comments

I haven’t heard harmonies ring this good since the Chapin Sisters were on the scene.

OPEN MIKE EAGLE: DARK COMEDY

July 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Mike gleefully references comic books, Seinfeld jokes, and even They Might Be Giants! And he doesn’t shy away from calling out people for their idiocy and greed.

CHRISTIAN LEE HUTSON: THE HURT AND THE NATURAL CHARM (DAYTROTTER SESSIONS)

July 9th, 2014 · No Comments

The guitar picking eventually reduces itself to just idle, almost inaudible strumming, before Hutson comes back strong with the kind of woe that sounds almost indistinguishable from tired frustration.

PSYCHIC WEATHER: SHINING IN THE RED

July 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Mothers of Gut, play a show with them.

THE ANTI-JOB: YOU’RE NOT REAL

July 4th, 2014 · No Comments

The tunes have changes, great hooks, all kinds of keys, all kinds of acoustic and fuzz pedal combinations, all kinds of rhythms, stoicism, loneliness, storytelling, and, yes, a pop sensibility.

THE MOLOCHS: FORGETTER BLUES

July 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Forgetter Blues (now finally on vinyl) plays like an album’s worth of “I’m Straight” for 2014: “I go out with a girl / she buys me drinks / but I can’t buy her anything,” sings Lucas, who has plenty more to say about how tough it is when you just wanna do your own thing.