Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ADVANCE BASE- Nephew in the Wild - 2015

It’s been three years since Advance Base’s debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer, made #19 on MOJO Magazine's Best Albums of 2012 list. Since then, singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Owen Ashworth has published a book of drawings, made beats for Chicago rapper Serengeti, recorded the debut single by psych-folk troubadour Julie Byrne, paid tribute to gospel & outsider music legend Washington Phillips (see 2013’s The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP), contributed electric piano & co-writing credits to Sun Kil Moon’s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Benji, & produced more than a dozen other releases for his own label, Orindal Records. Ashworth has finally turned his focus back on his own music & given us Nephew in the Wild, the second official album by Advance Base.

Nephew in the Wild is a nostalgic, melancholic & occasionally harrowing collection of lo-fi indie rock & electronic pop. Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons & the occasional guitar lay the foundation for sweetly sad stories about lonely Midwesterners trying to make sense of their troubled pasts. In the world of Nephew in the Wild, the internet hasn’t been invented yet, & a change of address is the only thing a person needs to exit their old life completely. Disappearance, displacement, hell-raising, child-raising, Christmas, Michigan, arson, aging & animals are recurring themes throughout the album. Nephew in the Wild was recorded by Ashworth in his basement in Oak Park, IL

collin thibodeauxx - nothing buttrock - 2015

He just released his debut EP 'nothing buttrock' which incorporates a splendid mix of fuzzy guitars, odd vocals & psychedelic charm. Being heavily influenced by The Pixies, Krill & Built To Spill. We believe it is a impressing debut for a very promising artist. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Sidekicks - Runners In The Nerved World - 2015

So good! Excellent, melodic alternative rock...

Cattle - Somehow Hear Songs EP - 2015

This is the debut release (following a couple bandcamp-only singles) from a young, new shoegaze/dreampop band from Tokyo. This may only be an EP, but it packs quite a punch! These six songs fall on the powerful end of the shoegaze spectrum (think Pinkshinyultrablast or Ringo Deathstarr) - even when the band slows things down on the finale, "Birth", they never loosen their grip. The vocals are mostly female-sung (and what a sweet voice!), though there is some harmonization with the male singer. Also the lyrics are sung in English, but in fitting with the genre, they're blurred in with the music as just another piece of the tapestry of noisepop, so it's nearly impossible to tell. A very strong debut from a very promising band!

Dean Wareham - Luna Demos 1991 - 2015

These are demo tracks from the period after Galaxie 500 broke up, recorded at Wharton Tiers' Fun City Studios in New York City, featuring Dean Wareham accompanied by drummer Jimmy Chambers (Mercury Rev) and, on "I Can't Wait" by Hamish Kilgour of the Clean. Later versions of the songs appear on Luna's Lunapark album. 

Luna (at this early stage Dean Wareham) was signed to Elektra by A&R man Terry Tolkin who had previously worked at Rough Trade, Touch & Go and Caroline Records. Terry now lives in New Orleans and is gravely ill. He is fighting a rare and aggressive virus that has his doctors perplexed, and facing huge medical bills for hospital visits, thrice-weekly dialysis and prescription drug co-pays. 

All profits from the sale of this digital EP on Bandcamp are being sent directly to Terry to help pay his bills. Price is $7 but you are free to donate more. . .

Hanssen - Seven Years Week Remixes - 2015

Lesser Strays - Funeral Tropicana - 2015

She leaves before spring has arrived. The lesser stray replaces the right side of the bed with red wine that costs more, but hurts less. How much more time he has now to record a new album, which is a thousand worded musical insult to the passionless love pretenders he’s met in the west. “I’m making a new record,” he says. (They are half interested or have heard that three times this week from other sons of bitches with a keyboard and Garageband.) “What’s the sound?” Tropical gothic 80’s revival. Long live synth marimba and delayed congas.

Indie Folk, Electric project founded by Joshua Petroni. Lesser Strays relocated to Portland, Oregon after the "Epoch" EP released in the summer of 2013. The EP "Kid and The Queen" released in April of 2014. The following year the 7-track EP "Heaven and Hell" was released. After a year of playing in Portland, the first full-length album was released, and the project relocated to Milan, Italy.

Arkells cover of Can't Stop Thinking About You

“When I heard the Tobias record, I immediately got jealous. The chord-melodies and string arrangement are right up my alley. He’s channelling all the 70’s piano-balladeers that I love so much. I think there is a real kinship in our songwriting, and dude's got nicer curls than me too. Might be a long lost cousin."

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Olds Sleeper - COWGIRL - 2015

Olds Sleeper makes all his music in Pennyslvania. He also records as Jellyspine Jenkins, and Amnesia Girl. keep it lofi.

Very fun summertime release….

Citizen - Everybody Is Going To Heaven - 2015

Ronald Ashey This album is like Brand New and Nirvanas love child. It's perfect and I'm completely in love with it Favorite track: My Favorite Color.

Mickey Feliciano So addicted. This album puts me in a trance much like "The Devil and God..." used to. I've been looking forward to this release for a while now, and though it's not what I expected, I'm so impressed. They're evolving really quickly for such a young band. Excited for what's in store for them! Favorite track: Numb Yourself.

Dominik Wehner Dark, heavy and the best release I heard for a long time. Also the first release for quite some time that lived up to my expectations, and is even better than I expected. Candidate for best album 2k15 for sure.