27 September 2011


Either this cassette is titled Demo, or these guys have got it all backwards and are now releasing their last piece of music. In either case, here's another from Psychic Blood! Keeping their noisy presence, these boys have put together a handful of songs that would be the angsty offspring of a hardcore punk mother and a noise grunge father. As each song dives deeper into the minute count it becomes an adventure; the listener will follow through journeys of distorted anguish and mildly melodic organized chaos with a pinch of feedback and squeel. Sift through piles of guitar riffs for a heavier and slightly different approach than their last cassette - take a listen!






22 September 2011


Public Dims, a male 'n' female duo in crime from San Juan Capistrano, have a great psychedelic/western twang and swing about themselves and recently played with White Mystery (who I know you read about just the other while ago) at one of your favourite record stores. Their simple rhythms, both drum and treble'd guitar, along with lazy woe-some vocals make for some catchy garage rock. Call it surfy, call it bluesy, call it country, call it what you will - this EP captures an essence of rock and roll...though some of you will be looking for that important driving low end; the last piece to make a power trio. If you need a super catchy tune to get you started, check out their fan-favourite, Lorimer - but stay away from Head Cold Letters - it unfortunately distracts from the gut wrenching melancholy psychedelia through out the rest of this release. But you should definitely take a listen to the entire album. It's not gonna hurt to take less than half an hour out of your day. These cats are working on a new tape out and an October tour, hopefully somewhere near you. If not, then watch the music video, download this one for FREE, and when that tape surfaces BUY IT.


06 September 2011


Got word of this awesome 7'' from Jason at 7inches, a real muso from Brooklyn, NY. Jason runs that rad blog and is starting his own label - Sweaters and Pearls. As I understand it's going to primarily pump out 7'' goodies for your ears and your collections. His first release ( a collaborative effort with Velocity of Sound ) is a stellar split featuring The Super Vacations and The Ceiling Stares. The Super Vacations unfortunately don't have a bandcamp, they still live in the MySpace world. But you can check out their tumblr and find a handful of tracks that are streaming. Anyhow, these dudes rock it pretty well. Their first track on this split 7'' is titled Controller. It's a great combination of surf, rock 'n' roll, and grunge that all of those failed 90s bands wish they could have sounded like. Their second track, Hexing, is fantastic as well. It hits a little harder but has the same moving feel with pounding drums, and rippin' rhythm riffs, and string lickin' leads.



The Ceiling Stares, are a group of 5 cool cats from Pittsburgh who generally bring grungey psychedelic tunes to the table. They are a clean and tight knit group of kids who will run circles around your band, unless you have been featured on this blog. They even have a bandcamp where you can check out their self-titled release where this song came from! Gotta love that! Their track on this 7'' is titled A Tunnel Through the Air. This song starts with a catchy lead riff that brings you, the listener, into their chanting grunge and rock and roll influenced sound; a great B-side to this 7'' that you WILL buy.


All in all, this release should put you back into the good ol' 90s and on the set of Pete and Pete dancing with Danny Tamberelli - forget the other Pete, he wasn't as precocious and wild; what a square. Need something to celebrate the end of a season and the beginning of a new? GET IT AT SWEATERS AND PEARLS! (he would like your monies so he can continue to bring us new releases - like his next one comin' out w/ FAT HISTORY MONTH!)



Got these guys in the inbox a bit ago; thought they were buzzworthy.

Otro Mundo (Spanish for another world) is from Tempe, Arizona home of the Sun Devils and an eclectic weirdo music community...that is probably better than yours. Anyhow, these gents are a spacey four piece that bring some eclectic influences (such as Sonic Youth, and Husker Du) into their tunes. Their cassette, which just released a bit ago under Ascetic House. They haven't taken advantage of one of those helpful streaming audio sites for musicians, but you can take a listen to the title track of their cassette on that embedded YouTube video. Combining their multiple band powers, like the kids did with their rings in Captain Planet, Otro Mundo is following an idea that my band and many other bands follow. It's like that movie with Haley Joel Osment when he was actually making money in film because people thought he was cute, except it's with bands; Every member of every band should have at least one other project, thus creating four bands from a four piece band. Take a lesson from these boys and do the same. And speaking of other bands, Otro Mundo is going to be on a nice little winter tour! Check 'em out in a city near you!

Take a listen to the appropriately titled title track 'Jellied' and then get that free download, or order their cassette by sending a friendly e-mail and a few bucks! For those of you not born in the 90s, this should bring back some memories of when grunge was on top and the soundtrack for all the DIY skateboarding films.