Thursday, January 31, 2013

Delta Riggs – Rah Rah Radio

The Delta Riggs are back and more brutal than ever.

“Rah Rah Radio,” the lead single from their forthcoming album, sounds like the Rolling Stones hopped up on methamphetamines with a belly full of Jack Daniels at the height of a three day bender. It’s pretty clear that these five Aussies breathe fire and bleed whiskey.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Filthy Boy - Jimmy Jammies

Have you heard the new Filthy Boy tune yet? If not, it’s time to get on it.

Those hilariously depraved chaps from London have done it again, dropping another sexually unhinged single. “Jimmy Jammies” is dripping with sleaze as singer Paraic Morrisey lustily whispers his wickedest geriatric  desires over a heavy marching beat that never quite reaches an explosive climax, instead it sort of fizzles and emits a quiet a death rattle, not unlike a septuagenarian in the sack far past his sexual prime.

Have a gander at the video below.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dirty Beaches – Love Is The Devil

He’s baaaccckkkkk!!! Dirty Beaches aka Alex Zhang Hungtai just announced that he’ll be releasing an entirely instrumental double LP sometime this year.

As a preview, he released the album’s title track, “Love Is the Devil,” and based on the single, the new album will be even more moody, atmospheric, and heart-wrenchingly romantic than his first.

Wong Kar Wai, hurry up and have Dirty Beaches score your next movie already.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Neighbbourhood – A Little Death

Entirely inappropriate for work and devilishly depraved, the latest from The Neighbourhood is loin swellingly good.

On the latest single from the California-based quintet, darkly sexual beats mingle seductively with 80’s synths and ruinously alluring vocals. Jesse Rutherford croons with the promise of utter annihilation, “Touch me, I want you to touch me there” and “Make me feel like I am breathing/Feel like I am human.”

This is pure liquid sex pony. Get on it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

AA Review – Hunters @ Glasslands 1/22/13

Once upon a time, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were a no name band that travelled the Williamsburg circuit making a splash with their outrageous shows. Karen O would hop on stage wearing nothing but a bikini bottom and some tape over her nipples, and proceed to get into tussles with broken glass.

Fast forward to 2013 at Glasslands Gallery and it is clear that that brand of thrashing, brutal minimalism is alive and kicking in Hunters. With hardly a word to the audience, the Brooklyn quartet proceeded to roar through their set.

Consisting entirely of punishing two-minute riot inducing anthems, Hunters perforated the ear drums of the audience with a fine frenzy of noise. Without fail, Derek Watson and his dreadlocked coiff kicked off each track with savage guitar attacks and leering vocals before engaging in a feisty vocal fire fight with his partner in crime Isabel Almeida.

As the two traded shots, innocent bystanders were indiscriminately sprayed with their sneering petulance, and as the set wore on the vocal exchanges escalated into a kicking and shoving match that ultimately ended in a scuffle on the floor that resembled the tangled chaos of Custer’s Last Stand with arms and legs splayed every which way.

An adept graduate with honors from both the Karen O School of Mayhem and the Alison Mosshart School of Wicked Flailing, that hell cat she devil Almeida radiated raw energy and sexual malice, creating that brand of terrified arousal that swallows you whole and spits out your bones. As my friend eloquently put it, she’s “nymphomaniacal.”

Needless to say, their post punk garage rock left the audience breathing hard, charged with sexual energy, and ready to light some shit on fire.

For a sample of the mayhem, have a gander at the video below, courtesy of DeathMirror365 (although, i can't vouch for the audio quality).

Taken at last year's show at Glasslands, with significantly better audio quality.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Brutalists – No Means Yes

Sandy O meets Karen O? Oh my!

Sydney Indie-rock duo the New Brutalists stir up some entirely unwholesome emotions with their brand of bracing snarling surf rock meets sugary sweet double claps. Think The Cramps collide with the Beach Boys with a she-devil sex kitten on vocals. 100% pure uncut calamity, just like it should be.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Brandy Kills - Undressed

The world always needs more dark wave dance floor bangers, and fortunately for us, Brandy Kills has dropped their latest single, “Undressed” from their new album Dead Love Songs.

Like Depeche Mode mainlining China White, “Undressed” is dark, moody, and loaded with 80’s synths.

Stream and download available below or head to bandcamp for the full album.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Eleven Pond – Watching Trees

Williamsburg circa-2012 or Rochester, New York circa 1986? More proof that minimal dark wave never goes out of style.

Taken from the short-lived Eleven Pond’s only album Bas Relief, which has been remastered and digitized here.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Vernons - Honey

Don’t let the suits and meticulously combed coifs in their press photos fool you, The Vernons are four very, very bad Aussies who make some serious blues rock that has been infected with 60’s-pop and gospel. Think of an Australian version of The Greenhornes.

Stream their latest single, the rollicking barn burner “Honey,” below along with “Eliza.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Blessed Feathers – Holyoke(Springfield)

Just some nice indie folk from the so-adorable-it-makes-you-want-to-die Blessed Feathers.

If the he and she duo weren’t cute enough, while on stage at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Wisconsin two weeks ago, Donivan Berube got down on one knee and asked his lovely band mate, Jacquelyn Beaupre, to be his partner in crime forever and ever. Isn’t that precious? Not that I’m jealous or anything and it’s not like everyone I know including all of my ex-girlfriends are getting married. I mean that’s totally not happening in my life right now. Seriously, I’m fine! I’m totally okay with it. Fuck you Jenny! You cheating slut! Good luck with your marriage!

Sorry, where was I? Oh right…in honor of their nuptials, okay not really, the nice couple recently released a free download of “Holyoke/Springfield” from their new-ish EP. Stream and download the track below.

Oh and for the record, Jenny, I always thought your elbows were way too sharp.

Oh and in case you're curious, you can see the heart-warming moment between the two Blessed Feathers below, courtesy of Cream City Sound Check.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Brighter Later – The Woods

Here at Aesthetes Anonymous we’ve been chugging along at a hard charging pace of late, courtesy of all the rollicking blues rock thrashers that have been endlessly screaming through our speakers, so the gorgeous folk of Melbourne’s Brighter Later is a welcome change of pace.

Their debut single “The Woods” is the brainchild of the multi-talented Jaye Kranz and features the magical serenity of an enchanted forest. Like the mythical creatures of the woods, Kranz exudes an alluring cool and that quiet intimacy found only in the early hours of the morning. Throw in some jazzy riffs, beautiful chants, and some lushly textured soundscapes, and you’ve got some serious indie folk. While others have frequently likened Brighter Later to “Beach House gone folk,” for some reason I keep hearing Art of Noise’s “Moments in Love” playing endlessly in my head.

Have a listen below and be sure to check out their debut album, The Wolves, which is expected to drop early this year.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tin Sparrow – The Beast

If you haven’t already heard the psychedelic Americana of Tin Sparrow, then get ready to trip hard.

Like a horse-back ride through the blazing deserts of New Mexico, while completely blitzed on acid, Tin Sparrow combines the best of barn-burning, foot stomping folk with jangling 60s-tinted harmonies and hallucinogenic synths in a tie-dyed kaleidoscopic swirl.

Think Edward Sharpe with less jangle and more southern twang or the unhinged insanity of Jodorowsky’s surrealist Spaghetti Western El Topo.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

White Blush – Mirror

While it seems like everybody and their mother is experimenting with vintage synths and ethereal vocals, LA’s White Blush aka Carol Rhyu is a welcome addition to the ever-widening realm of moody dream pop.

On her debut self-titled EP, a dense fog of 80’s-tastic synths, lurking malice, and pulsing rhythms coalesce around her sultry whisper to form a distant vision of a cold Blade Runner-esque world.  Particular standouts include the darkly danceable “Juice of My Heart,” the swirling “Mirror,” and “Jolene,” which pays homage to Dolly Parton’s classic.

If Wild Nothing, Chromatics, and Exitmusic are your jam, you’ll definitely want to have ear sex with the White Blush EP. Stream it below or head over to bandcamp to snag your copy.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tiger High – Be The Indian

2012 was a big year for Memphis-based psychedelic rockers Tiger High, with the quartet dropping two absurdly good albums. While their debut album Myth Is This was fantastic, the band opted for a far more punishing and brutal sound on their second album – think less Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band amiable tripping and more full blown vicious dinosaur-faced-orangutans-swinging-from-chandeliers-Hunter-S.-Thompson-acid-melt-down.

But there’s no need to fret, Tiger High’s brand of Southern garage rock, buzzy vocals, scorching guitars, and fuzzy psychedelics will have you dancing with your perverse visions rather than shrieking in terror.

Stream and download the fantastic single “Be the Indian,” from Catacombs After Party, and be sure to also check out the Velvet Underground-inspired projector party music video.

For more head over to bandcamp.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Cairos – Listening Party

Let's kick the year off right with the twisted, deranged, and primal garage rock of Australia’s The Cairos, who know a thing or two about making some serious sweaty back room thrashers. Despite their brazen swagger and their bone crunching guitar riffs, these four knaves find the time to harmonize on some 60’s-tinted vocals. While that may sound a bit odd, it works perfectly in this case.

Stream the single below and be sure to head over to their bandcamp for more.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013