Archive for November, 2009

Quarterbar – Sweet Burger Sandwich

Quarterbar - Sweet Burger Sandwich EP

The outstanding California hip-hoppersMeanest Man Contest happen to be a dynamic duo, if you will, made up in part (I’m sure you can guess how large a part) by the immaculate Quarterbar. Thanks to the fab folks at Sneakmove, his new EP, which they point out is “for some reason” called Sweet Burger Sandwich, is available to download for free. Clocking in at about 12 minutes with only 8 tracks, it probably isn’t going to fill up your long walks or drives. It does, however, showcase Quarterbar’s mastery of beats and samples and easily shows at least half of why Meanest Man Contest is so outrageously great. If you’re like me, it will also probably be the only album by a “Q” artist on your iTunes.

Here’s the EP’s opener via Sneakmove, go grab the rest of the tunes via the same:

Quarterbar – Flips In

Happy Thanksgiving! If you can, go apologize to your Native American friends.



November 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

WETDOG on Captured Tracks


WETDOG is – by their own account – Billy Easter, Rivka Gillieron, and Sarah Datblygu of Kent, a predominantly white county in the southeastern UK, and thanks to Captured Tracks of Brooklyn, their new album Frauhaus will be coming to America alongside a reissue of their debut Enterprise Reversal. WETDOG sounds like an all-female Talking Heads playing grungy garage pop. That’s usually where I and many others would add a comma and break in to some inane analysis, qualification, or even further comparison, but I don’t really see what else you need. If saying WETDOG sounds like an all-female Talking Heads playing grungy garage pop isn’t enough motivation to keep your eyes-peeled for everything that may ever happen to wander your direction from this band, I don’t know what is.

Look for the two LPs in early 2010, but enjoy this video for their song “Lower Leg” in the meantime. Thanks to Captured for posting it and doing all pf the other wonderful things they do.

WETDOG – Lower Leg



November 25, 2009 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Visions of Trees – “Cult of Cobras”

Visions of Trees: The Man Himself

In anticipation of a new release (which I’ll be telling you more about in the very near future) Visions of Trees have sent along a new video and mp3 for “Cult of Cobras,” one of the tracks destined to appear on it. Enjoy them in the meantime, and since you’re not doing anything, head over to their blog where you’ll find a working paypal button will allow you to pay shipping for and arrange the receipt of their debut cassette.

Visions of Trees – Cult of Cobras (Demo)



November 25, 2009 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Phil and the Osophers – Parallelo

Phil and the Osophers - Parallelo

This August Phil and the Osophers released their sixth LP Parallelo, via Factual Fabrications, slipping under my radar as easily as I imagine the first five did. Much to my shame and detriment. Their latest is one of the smartest, most catchy albums released all year, and would easily justify itself were it only one or the other. Combining jangly guitar pop with thoughtful lyrics, Parallelo is fun and engaging, perhaps ultimately leaving some wondering what to pursue: fun or thought. Mind you, I don’t mean to fuck around with “ignorance is bliss” notions or suggest that I never listen to smart music; it’s just that I don’t hear lyrically complex garage fare very often. I suppose it’s not so complicated a prospect if the two are properly coincident, but then you’d be handling a different kind of fun and very probably a different kind of thought. The two certainly cohabitate, thank God, but when the album’s outrageously catchy lead track inquires “what are the uses of a man?” I would need to be in a very particular kind of good mood to assimilate the question and not just dance to, literally, its sound. All of which raises the fun question of how hearing ideas presented through music changes the way that you integrate the question itself, your new ideas, etc. Discounting the apparently least musically relevant consideration – thought (don’t argue) – Parallelo is at very worst an awesome, summery garage pop album of a high caliber.

Here are a couple of mp3s and a video for their song “We Have All Summer,” featured on Parallelo and Friendship Bracelet One (still available for free download):

Phil and the Osophers – We Have All Summer
Phil and the Osophers – Pineapple



November 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

Nude Beach – Slut Club

Nude Beach - Slut Club

Nude Beach is a foursome out of New Hope, PA, composed in part by friend-of-the-label Dan Svizeny, aka, Cough Cool. This Friday Bathetic Records released their debut EP, Slut Club, featuring eponymous track “Nude Beach,” which you may remember was featured on Pitchfork’s Forkcast in August. Slut Club is eighteen minutes of engrossing ambient cassette jams, beautifully assembled from samples and lo-fi home recordings; introverted but gregarious for the profound mental engagement that each track builds and carries over to the next.

As Bathetic still seems to be laboring under the misapprehension that what they’re selling isn’t pure gold, Slut Club is, like damn near all of their releases, only $5, postage paid. Kind label that they are, Bathetic sent this mp3 over just for you, so don’t show it to anyone or it’ll land on Pitchfork or something:

Nude Beach – Nude Beach



November 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm 1 comment

Jookabox – Dead Zone Boys

Jookabox - Dead Zone Boys

Jookabox is the newest iteration of Grampall Jookabox, itself an offshoot, consequence, or some such thing of BIGBIGcar—all of Indiana. Dead Zone Boys is the band’s third album and confirms the Appalachian folk hip-hop moniker labelling previous releases as well and rightly earned. As an honest-to-God Appalachian, I can dig the comparison. Having said that, it bears clarification. Dead Zone Boys is driven by tribal beats, overlaid with psych-pop and garage-punk, giving it a distinct affinity with the shotguns, shacks, and social tension that people outside of Appalachia tend to identify in the region. There is a less significant bluegrass element than in their debut and sophomore albums, but what is there blends with a profound sense of otherness, creating a very different but equally meaningful link to the genre. In the album’s most evocative songs, like “Glyphin’ Out,” Jookabox emphasizes this otherness with unnaturally high pitched lead vocals, that can actually be heard created without effects-aid in Appalachian archival recordings. Another supplements this by referencing geographical difference, saying “I need trees in my life” as the song winds down.

The band’s label, Asthmatic Kitty, describes what David Adamson, Jookabox himself, is doing with Dead Zone Boys: “One hand with mic and the other a shotgun, Jookabox pushes through as troubador and protagonist to free the decayed city and its few outposed survivors of the fear of death.” An oddly accurate seeming bit of graphic whimsy.

For a pre-purchase listen, head over to MBV Music, where the whole album is streaming. For a post-listen purchase, look to Asthmatic Kitty for your fix.



November 21, 2009 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

Yeti 8

Yeti 8

On November 30, Yeti 8 will begin shipping. This was the third issue of Yeti that I’ve had the pleasure of working on and it’s every bit as good as the last two. Among the variety of great written content in Yeti 8 you’ll find an interview with Nika Roza Danilova (probably better known as Zola Jesus), Olivier Malosse’s novel introduction to and photographs of abandoned Japanese amusement parks, and the pleasantly odd interview with Bishop Perry Tillis. Not to be outdone, this issue also has an incredible CD accompaniment , with contributions from Ty Segall Fergus + Geronimo, and Zola Jesus, to name just a few. It’s currently available to preorder individually for $11.95, but it’ll also be the first issue you get with Yeti’s new subscription offer: $39.95 for four issues.



November 21, 2009 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

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