Sunday, April 22, 2018

Father John Misty

Father John Misty continues to make fantastic singer/songwriter pop music, simultaneously calling back to decades of material that came before while pushing ever forward.  The upcoming "God's Favorite Customer" LP, due in June on Sub Pop, feels a little scaled back from last year's epic, and arguably overstuffed, "Pure Comedy," but just as vital.  Listen to "Just Dumb Enough to Try" below and pre-order here.

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Evidently, trip-hop is still alive and well, and from the chilled and smoky vibes of Moderator's new "Sinner's Syndrome" LP, it's still quite awesome too.  Layering old spy movie riffs, roadhouse grooves, and desert sun glare along stoned hip-hop beats, the record feels like one of those future timeless LPs that could have come out anytime over the last 3 decades.  Listen to "Burning Bridges" below and get it here from Melting Records.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U

It's crazy to think that it's been 2 years since Prince passed away, but with that mythic and legendary vault of materials the man kept of his art, it seems we'll at least be getting unheard music for a long while.  Today, the Prince estate released a 1984 rendition of "Nothing Compares 2 U," the tune made famous by Sinead O'Connor...and it's outstanding.  Watch the equally fascinating video for the song below, compiled of old rehearsal footage from around the same time.  What a pleasant surprise for today.

Minami Deutsch

Japanese krautrock...far out.  Psychedelic fuzz, bursts of stormy noise, and a motorik beat to tie it all together, the sophomore record from Minami Deutsch is equal parts brain melting and meditation.  Listen to "I've Seen a U.F.O." below and get the "With Dim Light" LP here via Guruguru Brain.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Some Record Store Day Recommendations

So, this Saturday is the day.  And while i don't get nearly as stupid as i used to, i still take the day off of work so i can go wait in line outside of a record store at the ass crack of dawn.  So i guess i'm still kind of stupid.  That being said, here are 5 releases slated for this year's Record Store Day that are on my "must procure" list, that should be on yours too.

1. Lulu - "Heaven and Earth and the Star" LP
This cool reissue of the Scottish singer's 1976 album features her "Man with the Golden Gun" Bond theme and a couple of David Bowie covers, of which Bowie himself produced and appeared on as instrumentalist and backing vocalist.

2 Demon Fuzz - "I Put a Spell on You" 7"
British afro-rock band Demon Fuzz only released a couple of albums and a single in the '70s, all of which are amazing and expensive, so i'm pretty stoked to be able to finally afford one, and it's a Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover to boot.

3. Ennio Morricone - "Autopsy" OST LP
So, the fantastic Arrow Films also releases records, and this one is for a weirdo horror movie scored by the legendary Ennio Morricone.  Sold.

4. King Black Acid - "Sunlit" 2LP
Originally released in 1996, Portland artist King Black Acid's second album features 3 epic tracks of sprawling, psychedelic '90s space rock, and this is its vinyl debut.  Hooray!

5. The Black Lips and The Khan Family - "Play Safe" 12"
Some collaborative garage rock from The Black Lips and The Khan Family, so you know King Khan will be there, and his daughter Saba Lou too.  This record should be killer.

So there you go.  Be sure to check out releases from The Flaming Lips, Brian Eno and Kevin Shields, Tom Waits, S U R V I V E, and more, more, more...

Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John

I've been posting nothing but dark and foreboding works this morning, so we definitely need to lighten things up a little, and lo and behold, here comes ever awesome Juliana Hatfield with a whole album of Olivia Newton-John covers.  I'm not gonna lie, i have a soft spot in my heart for ONJ, most likely the result of repeated viewings of "Grease" and repeated listenings of the "Xanadu" soundtrack with my older sister when i was a kid way, way back in the '80s.  And Juliana Hatfield has always been effortlessly cool, so this whole project is pretty much a home run.  Listen to the aforementioned "Xanadu" below, and then be sure to go download the album here and pick it up on vinyl here via American Laundromat Records.

Leila Abdul-Rauf

Here's some creeping, ambient, neo-classical music with a little bit of a Gothic sheen from experimental composer Leila Abdul-Rauf to darken up your skies today.  New album "Diminution" is a ghostly, ethereal work, the sound of walking through a foggy grave yard at midnight.  Listen to "Wayward" below and get the album here.

Lebanon Hanover

I feel like i've glossed over the band Lebanon Hanover for a long time now, their name popping up here and there on my radar for the last few years, but a blip that i never investigated.  That was stupid.  Bury me in regret.  Because after listening to the German duo's new album "Let Them Be Alien," i think i've probably missed out on a whole slew of dark and minimal coldwave post punk.  And that's a shame.  Anyway, don't do what i did.  Listen to "Alien" below, download the album here, and snag a physical copy here from Fabrika Records.

Black Dresses

When i was in high school, i got way, way into industrial music.  And thanks to bands like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, i searched and listened to all manner of artist that made music in a similar vein, be it the Wax Trax back catalog, originators like Throbbing Gristle, plenty of German stuff, and the unifyingly awful run of mid-'90s torch carriers.  Then the style seemed to subside for a while, only to keep popping up more and more of late.  And i dig this new run of bands and artists, from the traditional to the strange.  Somewhere in the middle of those two descriptors lies Toronto duo Black Dresses, and their scorching, sneering debut "WASTEISOLATION."  It's noisy and abrasive with occasional grooves and a distinct feminine voice that hits all the doom and gloom notes in just the right way.  Listen to "Wiggle" below and get the album from band here.