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Great Grandpa: Can Opener, Plastic Cough

20 May 2018 · No Comments

“Cheeto Lust” and “Ram” from the “Can Opener” EP struck me as really good attempts to craft Speedy Ortiz songs not actually by Speedy Ortiz – guitar lines that hop around and between chords instead of linear scale movement or arpeggiation, mid-chorus sideways lurches. It pushes my buttons, but seems a little too specifically [...]

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Tags: g · indie rock

Dilly Dally – “Gender Role”

19 May 2018 · No Comments

I’m down for Dilly Dally in general, rough-voiced, grunge-inflected angry indie is fine with me, but I missed this tune, which was released between the lower-fi tunes that first caught my ear (like “Candy Mountain”) and the excellent, more polished, LP Sore. “Gender Role” does this thing where the last of the chorus guitar decays [...]

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Tags: d · indie rock

Dude York – Sincerely

19 May 2018 · No Comments

Riff-heavy tuneful indie rock with nice harmony work. I get a kinda 90s vibe from this, maybe just coz I’m old, but for instance, “Tonight” reminds me of Urge Overkill (in a good way). (Prolly would’ve bought this sooner if there’d been more than a few songs available to preview on the bandcamps.)
Dude [...]

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Tags: d · indie rock

toe – The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety

19 May 2018 · No Comments

toe is kinda exactly why I’ve resurrected this blog: co-worker came to work in a cool shirt for this band toe, which I asked about, and he said they were kinda Japanese math rock. “Like Melt-Banana?” I asked hopefully. No, he said, not at all. Much mellower, crazy proficient instrumentally. “That sounds pretty cool,” I [...]

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Tags: math rock · t

Juna: Marina Goes To Moon

19 May 2018 · No Comments

I’ve been impressed lately by the number of quality of Brazilian shogegaze/dreampop acts (most of which I found via The Blog That Celebrates Itself) and I love visual references to Georges Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon,” so this one jumped to the top of the listen-to queue. Juna’s take on dreampop has a [...]

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Tags: dream pop · j

Beach House: 7

19 May 2018 · No Comments

First spin through 7 left me impressed by a lot of the sonic detail, but craving something with a bit more bite (I went with Lush). Warming more to the record as I spend more time with it, but it’s still a bit languorous depending on my mood. Weird guitar bits pull me in hardest, [...]

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Tags: b · dream pop

Red Hare: Little Acts of Destruction

19 May 2018 · No Comments

In case it’s not obvious, I spend a fair amount of time on music discovery, and I’m pretty loyal to artists, labels, and producers associated with music I already like.
So it’s effin’ weird that I only found Red Hare in May 2018, cause it’s more or less a successor band to Bluetip (auto-buy) and they [...]

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Tags: dischord · punk · r

Grave Babies: Gothdammit

19 May 2018 · No Comments

There’s no way I’m not going to listen to a record called “Gothdammit” when I find out about it. So much high end sizzle it’s literally almost painful, yet delightful. (Some folks reference JAMC but my lazycrit combo is the lovechild of a menage between New Order, The Cure, and Parts & Labor). I was [...]

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Tags: g · goth · post-punk

Aura Noir: Aura Noire

06 May 2018 · No Comments

Thrashy black metal with an obvious debt to Motorhead and maybe early Metallica too. Sonically in my wheelhouse, but I’m not fully convinced by the songcraft. I tend to like it best when it slows down and breaths a little, as on “Hells Lost Chambers” or “Cold Bone Grasp,” although the terse and speedy “The [...]

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Tags: a · heavy metal

The Plurals: RIP Grant Hart, SWISH

05 May 2018 · No Comments

Stumbled into The Plurals via their lovely mostly acoustic rendition of “Green Eyes” on the “RIP Grant Hart” EP, more than enough to get me to check out their own stuff. Turns out they specialize in the sort of punk-influenced, slightly scruffy, but melodic, co-ed vocal featuring indie rock for which my appetite is [...]

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Tags: indie rock · p