Tuesday, July 28, 2009

holy shit GONER FEST.

a reunited reatards and compulsive gamblers headline the fest in memphis september 24-26.

in addition ty segall, nobunny, the intelligence, the oh sees and about every other garage punk band you should know about are playing. pretty much blows away the p4k lineup.

and guess what, i have to be in philadelphia for a wedding. m.f. bad timing.......

obits on the radio

the obits featured on the twin cities' the current.

listen below.....

Saturday, July 25, 2009

top ranking LPs this year so far

i have listened to these albums non stop all year long. these are my top ranking picks for 09 so far. by year end, it'll be a top 20 at least......

but since we're half way through the year so far, i thought i'd make my list for you.....

1 obits- i blame you
2 black lips- 200 million thousand
3 jay reatard- watch them fall
4 smith westerns- s/t
5 double dagger- more
6 pink mountaintops- outside love
7 matt & kim- grand
8 handsome furs- face control
9 mi ami- watersports
10 wavves- wavvves

honorable mentions to the following:

ty segall
kurt vile
vampire hands
kid congo
jack-o and the tennessee tearjerkers
condo fucks
animal collective
grizzly bear
mannequin men

shadows of the knight

shadows of the knight are my classic garage rock band of the week.

their LPs aren't that hard to find. rhino reissued "gloria" but if you find an original pressing in vg+ it will be pricey.........i recently found a real beat to shit copy of their first LP for five dollars and it was worth every cent.......

they are highly recommended.

garage punk classics - the oblivians

garage punk might not have been invented until the OBLIVIANS formed..... the memphis trio released nothing but the best loud catchy soulful garage punk ever recorded....... i love every album, single and ep they made......  to say i'm obsessed with this band is an understatement...

if you don't have any of their music, now is yr chance to change that.......

click below to grab some of my favorite albums of all time.......

popular favorites

soul food

six of the best ep

sympathy sessions

play nine songs w/ mr. quintron
never enough ep

best of the worst 

p4k wrap up

i have more to say about pitchfork fest, but for now all i can say is friday and saturday blew my mind.

friday having tortoise, yo la tengo, jesus lizard and built to spill play back to back was incredible. but jesus lizard definitely stole the show......

saturday was a dream show come true. ponytail, wavves, matt & kim and the black lips all playing the same stage and almost one after another was fucking awesome. black lips tore the house down........you really ought to see those guys at some point. they live up to their reputation for bat shit crazy shows..............

also i discovered so new favorite bands, killer whales and disappears both from chicago. i know now that i hate flaming lips fans, and am sad that grizzly bear had to play their entrancing set while most people jockeyed for positions close enough to see wayne coyne.......

many of the hyped bands at p4k seemed just that. vivian girls and japandroids were good, but nothing special. same for doom, m83 and the national. the thermals kind of rocked it...but again most bands are better to see live when there's less than a hundred people crammed into a small space.......which is where i'd still prefer to see them. also i still don't like the new thermals songs....which is disappointing cause i love their first three LPs..........

anway, i could say more. and i will. but that's my recap for now. p4k was awesome, but not quite as transcendent as i hoped for......

chicago scene

the smith westerns have their new LP out, glam garage punk perfect for summer afternoons. the hozac LP is distributed through revolver so you ought to be able to get it anywhere, though i think they made less than 500 of the vinyl.

white mystery played their 7 inch record release party at permanent records yesterday. two piece garage that makes you need to dance. their hozac single is super limited so it might be gone this week.......find ms alex white and grab yr copy soon........

the yolks have a new LP out as well, good ol fashioned rock n roll. i still need to pick it up, but i think a band that lent its songwriting abilities to nobunny for a track know how to write a good song.

aside from the garage rock, noise makers cacaw have a new LP out, which i need to buy after seeing them open up for double dagger. fucking abrasive royal trux-ish noise.....in vein of all those old touch and go records that are slowly getting recognized as classics.........i'll try to find some of their track to post here later.................


check out chicago's disappears, by clicking here. on their blog, you can download mp3s from two of their seven inches and a live cd.

drone garage rock.....very awesome.

they opened pitchfork music fest on saturday and totally destroyed cymbals eat guitars, who were playing at the same time. fuck the hype. download their songs instead........

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

jay reatard LP pushed up to august 4th.

jay reatard's new LP watch me fall leaked last week, and so matador has apparently pushed up the release date for the vinyl from august 18 to the 4th.

make sure you buy the LP when it comes out (or pre-order it now from insound, matador or jay himself), but if you can't wait, it's not too hard to find.......

the LP will feature an mp3 download at 320kbps, which is always better than the shit bitrates music pirates share on the internet anyway............

Saturday, July 11, 2009

the dirtbombs on pbs

We Have Signal: Live From Birmingham - The Dirtbombs from We Have Signal on Vimeo.

also from alabama public television's we have signal are shows featuring health and parts & labor...so check it out....

Mayor Daley, Local Noise Rockers: an except from the Chicago Reader

MAYOR DALEY | Facial Expressions | (Rotted Tooth)
Mayor Daley's MySpace page

Mayor Daley have a reputation as a band with an unstable lineup—the former members listed on their MySpace page outnumber the current ones six to three. Fortunately they seem to thrive on chaos. The queasy noise rock onFacial Expressions—the first release on the vinyl-and-cassette label run by Cacaw drummer Kyle Reynolds—sounds ready to fall apart at any second, like the Zipper at the county fair, and listening to it feels an awful lot like cheating death on a carnival ride put together by day laborers. Mayor Daley’s songs tend to be sludgy, lumpy, and long—only one of the four here clocks in under ten minutes—and their unambitious arrangements never include more than drums, bass, turded-out guitar, and Kelly Carr’s vocals, which are firmly in the haunted-woman tradition of Siouxsie Sioux and Lydia Lunch. Sometimes—like toward the end of “Showdown”—the band’s playing is so loose and poundingly simple that you can easily imagine they’ve turned their instruments over to a bunch of outpatients who wandered in off the street, but then they’ll turn around and deliver a tight bit of almost jazzy swing—maybe to prove they can do it, but probably just to fuck with us.

Mayor Daley, Cacaw, Onyou
Sun 8/2, 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $3.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

ty segall - lemons

TY SEGALL appeared out of nowhere.   his GONER records LP is the best thing i've listened to all month.....(and there's been some stiff competition......)
anyway check out  LEMONS below.....and go buy his LP somewhere.  i am right now............

however if you spent all yer money at the bar like me last night, grab the mp3s here......