Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wavves - Whatever Happened to the Cool Jumper Sessions?

As much as I like Wavves latest album, King of the Beach, from hearing the few tracks that Nathan of Wavves wrote with Zach Hill a little over a year ago, which were available to listen to, I always felt that artistically those songs surpassed the creativity of King of the Beach. Although KOTB reflected much more of Nathan's personality, I feel that the collaboration between Zach and him was amazing. I've heard rumors of that particular album being released on Zach's home label, Sargent House. Recently, Zach and Nathan posted three tracks, from those sessions, on their respective blogs and Zach also posted a link to download the track "Horse Shoes".
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Also check out the video for the title track of the latest Wavves album, King of the Beach.

Death Grips - Full Moon (Death Classic)

Zach Hill is a wanted man. Not in the sense that he's on the run from the authorities but in the way that many a musician wants his intense and erratic drum stylings as well as his unique production. He's been busy touring with Deerhoof in the project he created with Deerhoof member Greg Saunier called Nervous Cop. In the past he's also worked with Wavves, creating a complete album, which precedes the latest Wavves album, King of the Beach, that has yet to see much of the light of day. Rumor has it he is currently working on an album with David Scott Stone. If you aren't very familiar with Zach's work check out his early work with Hella and, obviously, his solo work.

About five months ago Zach started jamming out with friends and neighbors of his in the Sacramento area. This has culminated into a project known as Death Grips. Get a peek into the world of Death Grips with the music video for their song Full Moon (Death Classic) and also check out the Death Grips site filled with more videos and six downloadable songs.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years

Cold Cave's newest album will be released next week on April 5th but I've been given the opportunity to stream it, before it comes out, on this blog. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Zoobombs - Psychedilc Donuts Rock or Punk Floyd

My gripe with the current psych-rock revival is that there seems to be this slavish adherence to the former aesthetics; visually and auditory. While there are a few bands who have tried break the mold (very few successfully), others subjugate themselves to a style that grows quickly tired. While I do find some of these bands entertaining, I've come to the conclusion that both are missing components that truly separate themselves from the pack; the fact that they don't follow the pack.

Psych rock, for me, has always meant anything that was melodic yet with a rock n' roll foundation. Take for instance bands like Butthole Surfers or The Flaming Lips. Both bands began with this basis yet they have always accepted different aspects of different genres like punk and noise. And then along comes Zoobombs.

I was recently introduced to this band via my friend Dana Poblete's (Batwings Catwings) blog. I watched a few videos of them and listened to some of their music on their facebook and was blown away. This band is truly a good example of what psychedelic can be. Notice the lack of their adherence to the psych rock dress code and the ability to be, in Dana's words, "effortlessly cool". Yeah, I'm putting all psych rock posers on blast. I don't care if Zoobombs never blows up to massive proportions. I know that this band destroys everything else that comes out these days that even claims to be psych.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kit - Ambrosia

This has to be the best video I've seen in a while. Kit has a new album available on Upset the Rhythm and the song in this video is on it. They're headed out soon for a tour of Europe/UK and hopefully a US tour to follow.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jeremy Jay - Caught in a Whirl

Here's a cool little jam from Jeremy Jay. The footage on this video is from Jorgen Leth’s 1969 danish short film ‘Det Perfekte menneske’. This song will be on his new album that will be out on K Records which will be available this April.

Just a Number 05272011 - He Didn't Want A Love Song

Totally digging the Swedish band "Just a Number 05272011". Don't know much about them other than you can stream their song "The Pain" from their Soundcloud and check out the video for their song "He Didn't Want a Love Song" on Vimeo. Check them both out here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Michael Nhat - Bjork as a Teenager

I am quite sure that there is no other MC/producer/artist quite like Michael Nhat. From the very beginning, when just hearing about him through my buddies in Halloween Swim Team, watching a few videos and seeing pictures of his cover art, I instantly liked the aesthetics to his art. I'm pretty sure that many "heads" will pick apart his style and find elements of his work where they could compare him to other artists. Yet the simple fact remains that even with those kinds of critique, you would never have predicted the outcome that is Michael Nhat's art. And now with the recent announcement of his decision to leave Los Angeles for Philadelphia, PA, the talent that is Mr. Nhat will hopefully be a little more recognized. It sounds really cliche but sometimes you don't realize what you have until it's gone. Good luck in Philly Michael!

Michael Nhat - "Björk As A Teenager" from Joshua Clarkson on Vimeo.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Batwings Catwings - Endless Summer

How did I sleep on this one. Well, I guess it's only a month old but I still don't know how I missed this music video. Check out Batwings Catwings music video for their song "Endless Summer".

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ghost Animal - Youth

What is the sound of youth? How do you describe that sound? Would it be the yelps, screams, laughter, and hollering made in an elementary school playground? Would it be the silent shuffle of teenage feet onto a porch hours after they were expected to be home? Ghost Animal's latest album, Youth, would describe it with blissful, lo-fi pop filled with catchy oo's and ah's that would take many back to some of the most splendid moments of one more youthful days and nights. You can download their new album for free via the label Kill Hurt Recordings. If you purchase the cassette you get two bonus tracks. Also, check out the new video for their song "Young and In Love".

Halloween Swim Team - Look Back In Anger

So my friends in Halloween Swim Team have posted their cover of David Bowie's "Look Back In Anger", which was included on the Manimal Vinyl's David Bowie tribute "We Were So Turned On", on their Soundcloud. You can download it there or you can just pick up the whole tribute album which includes a lot of really great covers from a lot of really great artists like Sister Crayon, A Place to Bury Strangers, Vivian Girls, Warpaint, Carla Bruni, Duran Duran, and many others. You can pick it up directly from Manimal here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Radiohead - Lotus Flower

Three words; new Radiohead video.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Batwings Catwings - Peacock Collection

Batwings Catwings have a new EP called "Peacock Collection"and it's ready to attack your ears. Download it here!

Zoo Music - Flowers in the Dustbin

Zoo Music, a label based out of San Diego, CA has a pretty awesome compilation out called "Flowers in the Dustbin" that features artists like The Dum Dum Girls, Reading Rainbow, and Crocodiles. Right now they have that comp available for download at for free for only a limited amount of time! Here's a direct link! Enjoy!

Sister Crayon - Music Video for "I'm Still the Same Person"

A few weeks ago I posted a link to Sister Crayon's song "I'm Still the Same Person" and today they just premiered their music video for it. Check it out!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hausu - I am the Cold, You are the Dark

I often get friends asking me how I find out about the music I listen to. One of the ways I find new music is to just look around me and pay attention to what my friends are checking out. Thankfully Facebook makes it easy to see what my friends are getting into. Hausu, which is Japanese for "house", is a band that my friend Sam, from No Paws and Family Time Records, just recently "liked" on Facebook. I decided to check them out and give them a listen. I 'm a sucker for their jangly pop/brit pop sound and goth influenced vocals. Check out their video and download their EP for free on their Bandcamp page.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sister Crayon - I'm still the Same Person

I first saw Sister Crayon at the most recent Manimal Festival and, other than Religious Girls and Halloween Swim Team, they were easily one of my favorite bands of the day. Next month they will be releasing their newest album "Bellow". For now Fader magazine has posted a track from their upcoming album on their site. Check out "I'm Still the Same Person".