Friday, October 11, 2013

Deap Vally’s Summer Playlist

With a sudden blast of horribly humid heat hitting New York and putting the inevitable march to Winter on hold for a bit, I figured it was time to trot out the summer playlist for one last go around.

Courtesy of PureVolume, the beer guzzling, glass breaking, moon howling vixens of Deap Vally, Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, have put together the perfect summer playlist.

On a side note, if you haven't picked up your copy of their blistering debut LP Sistronix that just dropped on Tuesday, you need to hurry up and tattoo it to your eardrums ASAP. 

The Smiths – Half A Person

“This song is best listened to on a summer road trip, windows rolled down, sun setting, hair blowing in the wind.”

Drenge – People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck

“We toured with Drenge – they are our bretheren. They’re a great fucking band and this is a killer tune.”

Tinariwen – Imidiwan Ma Tenam

“Listening to this song while laying in the sun is a euphoric experience.”

Tame Impala – Elephant

“This song is probably on most people’s summer playlist, and it should be. It’s one of the grooviest tunes I’ve ever heard.”

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Ain’t No Easy Way

“Cuz it’s always the season for BRMC”

The Knife – Heartbeats

“I will never grow tired of this song. The percussion has a Caribbean influence, which reminds me of being on a cruise when I was a kid.”

“Screamin’ Jay Hawkings – I Put a Spell on You

“This slow, swampy, sexy tune goes perfect with a balmy summer night by the pool.”

Kurt Vile – A Girl Called Alex

“This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)

“For its title alone this song is on my summer playlist.”

Safety Orange – State of Where I Am

This is my brother’s band. Listening to it while I’m on the road makes me happy because it reminds me of home.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ville Lizell – Truth As We Know It

Only 16 years old and Ville Lizell is pushing some seriously catchy indie pop. Like his fellow Scandinavian brethren, Lizell sounds a bit like Kings of Convenience as remixed by Air with his dreamy vocals backed by an acoustic guitar and some subtly space-age electronic beats.

Listen to “Truth as We Know it” and “Down The Line” below or head to Souncloud to hear more.

Oh, and be sure to check out his enormously talented older bro, Man on the Moon, and his track “Protestors.”

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Deap Vally – Sistronix

The highly anticipated debut album of blistering rock duo Deap Vally is finally here. On Sistronix, out today, these napalm breathing she wolfs will grind your bones to dust with their scorched earth take no prisoners fuck off blues rock.

With its brutal rhythms, guttural banshee wails, major distortion, and body shaking drums, the album is a fiery sacrifice to the gods of rock. Steeped in the live fast die young tradition, songs are dedicated to hedonistic debauchery and brutally hard living with titles like “Bad for my Body” and “Walk of Shame.”

Head over to Spin for the full album stream.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Burn Antares – Man’s Eyes

Australia’s Burn Antares is back, along with Aesthetes Anonymous (sorry for the long break) with the haunting new track “Man’s Eyes.”

In the same vein as “Into the Night,” this five piece is mining the depths of psychedelic 60s desert rock a la Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood meets Jefferson Airplane. With bewitching vocals that draw on those sirens Stevie Nicks and Wanda Jackson and scorching Ennio Morricone-esque guitar lines, “Man’s Eyes” sucks you in and takes you on a frenzied ride through the eerie darkness of the night where guns, mysticism, and vision quests rule.

Stream the track below or head over to bandcamp to snag a free download.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sorry for the long absence folks. I just moved recently and haven't had steady access to the Information Super Highway. I'm not ignoring your emails and I'll get to them as soon as I can.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with a bit of Bowie and Spiders from Mars.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013


"Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire." - Patti Smith

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Detroit Rebellion – Detroit Rebellion of ‘67

Smell the charred winds of social change and relive the chaos of the Detroit riots of 1967 with the new video for the aptly named single “Detroit Rebellion of ‘67” by, you guessed it, Detroit Rebellion – a Rhode Island duo that churns out some seriously swampy down home blues rife with the twang of a backwater wood shack.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Meat Market – Too Tired

Slaughterhouse punk meets classic surf rock on Meat Market’s wild riot-starting “Too Tired.”

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Vernons – Standing In Line

Australia’s rollicking garage rockers, The Vernons, are back with the lead single off their debut EP Volume 1. “Standing In Line,” is another solid bluesy pop tinged banger that will have you wailing away on your air guitar and “oh’ing and aah’ing” along on the infectious hook.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

U.S. Royalty – Blue Sunshine

The barn burning D.C. rockers of U.S. Royalty are back with the lead single off their forthcoming album, Blue Sunshine.

Moving away from the scorching blues rock of their early tracks, U.S. Royalty is continuing to build on their Fleetwood Mac, dazed Americana sound from their debut album, Mirrors, with lush musical textures and even more elaborate fairy tale adventure- laden lyrics.

On “Blue Sunshine,” the quartet embraces the mystical sounds of the desert – the hum of wheels and the beat of hooves that whisper of perpetual motion, vision quests, and enchanted adventures.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chicks Who Love Guns – Pencil Neck

Relive the apathy-laden teenage wasteland of the 90s with “Pencil Neck,” the latest from Chicks Who Love Guns.

A rolling bass line winding slowly through the guitar riff and sneering petulant vocals broken up by the occasional primal scream here and there will have you reaching for your Nirvana albums.

Watch the video below and head over to bandcamp to snag your copy.

Monday, August 19, 2013

She Rex – P.O.W.E.R

Australia’s She Rex are four very wicked sex panthers indeed.

In the same vein as rock goddess Abbe May's new record, She Rex are a howling combination of vicious hip-hop beats, sneering vocals, and grinding guitar riffs.

Check out their video for “P.O.W.E.R,” the lead single off their forthcoming self-titled EP.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Chastity Belt - No Regrets

Cling to the remaining scraps of Summer with Walla Walla, Washington’s dreamy Chastity Belt.

With their beautiful hazy guitars, twinges of 50s pop, and plaintive vocal wails, this quartet of femmes captures the fading beauty of summer in all its wistful desire to stop the progression of Autumn.

Stream “Black Sail” and “Seattle Party” below and be sure to snag a copy of their newly released debut LP No Regrets on bandcamp.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Preatures – Manic Baby

Australia’s The Preatures are back with “Manic Baby,” a sexy dark disco jam that sounds a  bit like Debbie Harry meets Elvira in a sleazy 80s bar.

Check out the video below, a softcore porn shot on the set of Jane Fonda's work out videos.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

After teasing us with the latest Arctic Monkeys single, silly copyright laws prevented us folks stateside from actually seeing it. Fortunately for us, the lawyers got it all sorted out and we’ve now got the premiere of “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” video to drool over.

Taking a cinematic approach, the clip follows a revved up Alex Turner on a deliriously soused late night quest for booty. Following in the same vein as “Do I Wanna Know?,” their latest single features a massive, steady rocking hip-hop inspired beat over the most minimal of vocals. To quote Alex Turner, it sounds “like a Dr. Dre beat” that’s been “given an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster.”

Mark your calendars, AM, the Monkey’s fifth album is out September 9 via Domino.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Delta Riggs - America

Loud, brash, and full of optimism, “America,” by Australia’s Delta Riggs, captures everything great about the glorious U S of A. While it’s not exactly a new song, it’s one that had to be shared as it’s been pumping through my speakers as I throttled across the scorching deserts of the Southwest.

Taken from their long-awaited debut album, HEX.LOVER.KILLER, which I’ve already gone ahead and included in my top ten albums of the year, “America” expresses the essence of our country at its most bourbon swilling, flag waving, fuel burning, gun blasting, Hemi revving, hair raising, cowboy swaggering, barn burning, rebel yelling, red, white, and blue dreaming self.

Stream the track below and be sure to check out the full album here.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ginger and the Ghost – Exiled to Earth

Stumble through the psychedelic dreamscapes of the neon Day Glo highlighted minds of Ginger and the Ghost.

In the opening video of “Choose Your Own Dreamstate" series, our intrepid tripster Ginger “awakens in a kaleidoscopic "dreamstate" of colour and texture. She is alone and lost, overwhelmed by this wondrous new world inhabited by three million fallen souls.”

The series “tells the story of Ginger And The Ghost as they are torn from their own world” and “isolated in a strange land, they must traverse a foreign, alien landscape in a quest to be reunited."

With the dreamy hallucinogenic sounds of Bjork and Grimes-like visuals, this is one mind-bending trip you won’t forget.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Deap Vally – Bad For My Body

The fire breathing, adrenaline spitting, diesel drinking vixens of Deap Vally are back with another single from their forthcoming album, Sistronix.

On “Bad For My Body,” Deap Vally embraces the sex, death, and madness of proper fuck off rock n’ roll. Guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Troy sneers with a petulance that only youth can muster, “Doin’ things that are bad for my health/Doin’ things that are bad for my future because I can’t help myself.”

Drink a bathtub of whiskey, inject a fire hose of heroin, or do whatever you’re into, but just make sure to turn it up to eleven.

Monday, August 5, 2013

I, a Man – Less Travelled

Sorry for the long hiatus, but I’m back from a few weeks on the open road. Rested, refreshed, and tanned I’m ready to stuff your greedy ears with as much aural pleasure as they can handle.

Seeing as I’ve just driven more than 5,000 miles, I’m a bit partial to the sounds of the road, so today’s post doesn’t come as a surprise. I, a Man’s latest single, “Less Travelled,” is filled with the easy laid back vibe of the open plains – cottonwood twang drifts lightly from the vocals, mellow country guitars ring out, and the drums beat out the hum of perpetual motion and spinning chrome.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

So long space cowboy

See you in a few weeks, it's time to hit the road.

"In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
Its a death trap, it's a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run"

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rare Photos of Morrissey

Have a gander at some rare images of Morrissey and the Smiths taken by Kevin Cummins courtesy of NME. The photos are part of a box set of 31 postcards of the band.

To see the rest, head over to NME.

Chance Wiesner – Wandering Ones

Full of country twang, psychedelic twinges, and plenty of American folksiness, Chance Wiesner’s “Wandering Ones” sounds like Lee Hazelwood incarnate.

Stream the single below, which is taken from Takin’ a Chance on Love out now via Ten Dollar Recording Company.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hibou - Dunes EP

Celebrate the weekend with the dreamy sounds of Seattle's Hibou.

Like a collision of Wild Nothing’s slow dreamy guitars, the Drums’ hazy surf-gaze, and the Smith Westerns’ wistful exuberance, the Dunes EP is seriously catchy.

Stream the EP below or head over to bandcamp to snag a copy.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bloody Lovely Audrey - Heat

Darkly sensual and dripping with wet malice, Australia’s Bloody Lovely Audrey sounds like a night filled with Hemi-powered monsters howling down a foggy highway deep in the sweltering southern bayou.

Like the mistress of a vampire bordello, Sinead Curry’s vocals entice you with their hungry allure and uncontrollable lust. Is that the sound of your heart thumping, the dark drums of Armageddon, or the pounding beats and grinding guitar riffs.

Stream the Four Dark Eyes EP below.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Upskirts – Disconnection EP

Bash and thrash punk collides with the apathetic nihilism of 90’s slacker rock on the Upskirts’ EP Disconnection.

Lecherous, sleazy, and reckless these four Aussies live up to their scummy band name – and I mean that in the best of ways, as in proper fuck off rock n’ roll.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Black Zeros – Teen Boy

With the sneering petulance and scowling snarls of Joan Jett on a surf board, Australia’s Black Zeros don’t mess around when it comes to thrashing surf punk.

Stream Teen Boy below or head over to bandcamp to snag a free download.

Friday, June 14, 2013

US Royalty - What's Going On

U.S. Royalty is slaying it as usual. Check out their folksy Americana take on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."

Originally recorded for the ONE Campaign's Protest Songs, but taken down courtesy of Sony, the DC quartet made a live alternative take in support of the Campaign.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Coppertone – Young Blood

Help the Coppertone aka Amanda Zelina stick it to the man.

This folksy rock n’ roller has been unjustly locked into a record contract that prohibits her from releasing any of her songs. For a whopping price of twenty thousand dollars, the record company has graciously allowed her to purchase her own songs back. Gee thanks.

To raise the 20k, Coppertone has launched a crowd sourcing campaign at Indigogo where you can pick up all sorts of goodies for contributing.

If you’re still on the fence, have a listen to “Young Blood,” a more power chord infused version of Heartless Bastards’ nostalgic Americana rock.

Monday, June 10, 2013

White Blush - Neptune

More dreamy shoegaze from LA's up and coming White Blush.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Classixx – All You’re Waiting For

It’s fuckin Friday, so it’s time everybody dance.

Just hit play and groove out to the latest from Cali production duo Classixx. I said, EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Major Leagues – Teen Mums

Australia’s Major Leagues make some deliciously breezy indie pop that sound like the shimmering halcyon days of summer.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Generationals - Spinoza

Now that summer’s been punching you in the face every day, cool off with the hazy sounds of “Spinoza,” the latest cut from Generationals’ new album HEZA.

Breezy vocals, bright guitar lines, and an insanely catchy, upbeat hook – what more can you ask for to help beat the heat.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Fringe Class – Goldmines

Just a bit of glittertastic new wave synth pop courtesy of newcomers Fringe Class for your Monday.

This young quartet out of Portland rips a hole in the time space continuum and pulls you back into the late 80’s with their Duran Duran/New Order meets Siouxsie and the Banshees sound.

Stream “Goldmines” and “Cherimoya” below and keep an eye out for their debut EP Fringe Class Forever out June 25th.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Abbe May – Sex Tourette’s

In her continued departure from hard rock, guitar goddess Abbe May opts for heavy synths and vocal acrobatics instead of searing guitar riffs and she-panther howls. 

Hypnotic synths, unhinged vocals, and tribal beats flood your ears on “Sex Tourette’s,” a lusty exploration of the dark depraved underbelly of sexual desire.

Watch the seductive video below.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Miles Kane – Darkness In Our Hearts

Miles Kane is back with a live video for “Darkness in Our Hearts,” another scorcher off his forthcoming album Don’t Forget Who You Are, out June 4.

Infusing a bit of a Strokes guitar riff into his big British rock sound, Kane’s got even more energy than usual. “Darkness in Our Hearts” is a good sign that his sophomore album won’t disappoint.

Stream the video below, and in case you missed it, the title track is below as well.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kae Sun – When the Pot

The genre-bending Kae Sun drops his sophomore album Afriyie today.

With a kaleidoscopic swirl of influences and styles that range from Raphael Saadiq, Bob Marley, and Cee Lo Green to folk, soul, and reggae, this Ghanaian-Canadian defies description.

Check out “When the Pot,” a dance-floor banger with an old-school feel below, and be sure to snag his newest album.

Friday, May 24, 2013

I Know The Chief – Creature

Kick the weekend off right with the breezy sounds of Australia’s I Know The Chief.

On“Creature,” sexy blue-eyed disco collides with the hazy surfers of Endless Summer.