One of Indiana’s biggest up-and-comers Stagnant Pools just released the first taste of their upcoming 2012 record, release TBA. “Consistency” is a massive slice of punked-out sky-high shoegaze from the Bloomington brothers, and it definitely gives indications of a fantastic record from these two. Below is a video of the duo playing “Consistency” at my now-defunct basement venue Jurassic Park, and the song sounds just as huge.
I meant to post this song a long time ago, but I didn’t. Basically, Gauntlet Hair rocks, this song rocks, and the album this song’s gonna be on is gonna rock. Gauntlet Hair will be out October 18 on Dead Oceans.
New Orleans duo Caddywhompus have followed up their 2010 colossal Remainder, with a brand new EP, The Weight. Check out the big title track above, or head over to their label, Community Records, to download the whole EP for free. Caddywhompus will be making a stop in Cleveland at the Happy Dog with fellow labelmates A Billion Ernies on Tuesday (tomorrow), and I’ll be DJing before the bands from 8-10. So come out, eat a hot dog, and see these fun out-of-towners!
Fresh off their beautific 2010 EP, Mystery Tape, here’s two mega-trippy MP3s from their upcoming full length, Rare Forms, along with a drugged-up new video for “Serfer.” You can preorder the LP from Fire Talk or Lefse.
Recorded last year, Cleveland noise-makers Swindlella are using the time of the year to release a special Christmas album called Purr rump pum pum pum. In comparison to their last release, the Titanic concept album A Woman’s Heart Is An Ocean of Secrets, these Xmas tracks are low-key for Swindlella’s standards, and you might even call them catchy at times. They still take the opportunity to go into noise frenzies in opener “Rudolf Hitler” and standout “Jingle Bells.” In between those fits, Swindlella shows a love for the jazz on their piano-and-bells cover of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Christmas Time Is Here.” Other Christmas songs represented are “Frosty The Snowman,” “First Noel,” “Silent Night,” and the album closer “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Check out a few of the tracks above, and download the full album by clicking on the album art above!
This Colorado two-piece is furthering itself as one of 2010’s best new bands. Seriously, they only have five songs recorded and they all are incredible, that has to amount for something. Here it there newest maximalist-dream single, “Out, Don’t…,” out now on Mexican Summer on clear gold/yellow vinyl. Buy it here. And if you haven’t already, check out huge track “I Was Thinking…” from an earlier 7″ on Forest Family Records.
Birthing out of towns and cities around Cleveland, OH, Wombs is four guys trying to put their complex sexual thoughts and masculinity into music on their second album, Unitopians. I got turned onto Wombs by their drummer, Jayson, who also plays for Cloud Nothings and Swindlella. Their second-effort definitely leans on the experimental side, but still screams a self-described “big pop” sound. “Topiary Living” is a drone-y opening for the stand-out track, “God is my co-Pilot.” It’s an absolute powerhouse on the album, with the first half showcasing Ryan Manning’s haunting falsetto leading right into a mid-song nuclear bomb. It’s reason enough to check out this band, along with the insanely creepy album art. Wombs, alongside Megachurch, will be opening for Herzog at their record release show at the Happy Dog on September 10th, SO GO SEE EM! Also, if you feel like entering a deep trance, watch the music video for “Topiary Living” below. Download Unitopians from their Bandcamp for free.