Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Presenting: Blastoids!

Let's talk about genre for a second. While watching Blastoids play 255 last night, a thought occured to me: At some point, people stopped calling it 'ripping off Chuck Berry' and started calling it 'rock and roll.' What made me think this was that in order to accurately describe Blastoids' music I had to either a) take the easy way out by simply saying they sound a lot like Animal Collective or b) take the annoying way out by attempting to coin a snappy new genre name under which to file the band. Well, I'd rather be called lazy than annoying, so here goes:

Blastoids trade in the kind of amorphous electro-tribal jams that have been popping up more and more frequently in this post-Merriweather Post Pavilion world. Animal Collective's looming influence over their music is sure to turn some people off, but who cares about those people? While they're off dismissing Blastoids as mere "rip-offs", others are sure to be mesmerized, as I was, by the band's unique take on this brave new genre (there, I said it).

To say they just "sound like Animal Collective" is to sell the band short. Sure, Joe Volmer's and Tyler Walker's dual electronics/vocals attack is bound to sound a bit too familiar to AC "purists," but I can't recall ever hearing drumming as frenetically precise as that of Charlie Hareford on anywhere, Animal Collective or otherwise. The man plays like Zach Hill would if he didn't feel the need to change tempo every other second, and his complex yet steady beats are a perfect compliment to the melodies supplied by Volmer and Walker, which as often as not fall a lot further into "traditional" territory than most neo-weirdo-electro bands ever dare to go, and I mean that in a good way.

So is it time to start inventing new words to describe music? Let someone else decide; I'm too busy listening.

Blastoids - "Cowboy"
Blastoids - "Kenny Winker"
(both taken from Blastoids' self-released CD-R)

Blastoids hail from Murfreesboro, TN and are currently 30 days into a 45-day tour culminating in an appearance at Whartscape 2009 at Baltimore's Wham City. Check the dates here, and if they're coming near you, by all means check them out!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tiny Animals Worship Fire

After hearing about Point Juncture, WA via 3hive earlier this year, I was very excited to see the band open for the Thermals when they came through town this past May. Although there were only four people on stage, their inventive arrangements and collective multi-instrumental proficiency made them sound like a band twice their size.

Later on at the merch table, I scoffed a bit at their LP's $20 price tag (to be fair, the CD version is a more reasonable $12), but I plunked down the dough anyway, and when I got the thing home later that night, I found that my money had been well-spent, and not just for the lavish packaging (die-cut, letter-pressed, white wax, the works!), but also for the music contained therein, which manages to be even more impressive than the sleeve it comes in.

If I had to pick one band to compare Point Juncture to, the obvious choice would be Stereolab. Heart to Elk is packed with the same sorts of Krautrock beats, shimmering vibraphones and austere female vocals that characterize much of that band's work. Also, the album's crisp production brings to mind the work of frequent 'Lab collaborator John McEntire, so I was surprised to read that much of Heart to Elk was home-recorded!

Still, it's clear Point Juncture has worked hard to forge a sound they can call their own, and the album is a resounding success on that front. The songs range from blissful to brooding, with meticulously conceived arrangements and structures. Some cuts jump around so much I'd be tempted to label them "prog" if they didn't maintain such a poppy seamlessness, and the band even breaks into full-on freakouts on a couple of tracks. Overall, this is the kind of album where if you dig the first cut, you won't be let down for the album's duration. So good.

[mp3] Point Juncture, WA - "Once Tasted Ever Wanted"
[mp3] Point Juncture, WA - "Sick on Sugar"
(both from Heart to Elk; buy it from Mt. Fuji Records)

Shoguns and Hulk Hogans

The SCnP podcast is back after a one-week hiatus to allow for a stress-free vacation to DC last weekend, and as I posted last week, I did not return empty-handed. This week's installment features several tracks from records I picked up in DC, plus another song from the upcoming Fluffy Lumbers 7-inch I wrote about the other day and a couple of dedications to this week's fallen musical innovators. Also, the return of back-announcing the mic break music!


Hermit Thrushes - "Snowflake Heart" (buy)
Toro y Moi - "Take the L to Eave" (download)
Fluffy Lumbers - "Mutant Barrymore" (buy)
Michael Jackson - "Ben" (buy)
Babe Rainbow x Wavves - "Weed Demon (Surf-Step Edit)" (download)
The Seeds - "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" (buy)
Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard - "Slogans" (buy)
Richard & Mimi FariƱa - "Reflections in a Crystal Wind" (buy)
Best Coast - "Sun Was High (So Was I)" (download)
Chris Knox - "Belly Up & Grinning" (buy)
Cath Carroll - "Bad Star" (OOP)
Bosco & Jorge - "Bad Times" (buy)
Miaow - "Belle Vue" (OOP)
Tee Pee - "Conscious" (download)
Real Estate - "Green River" (buy)
City Center - "Summer School" (buy)
Babe Rainbow - "Celebrate" (download)
Joe Christmas - "Two Ways a Thousand Times" (buy)


Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Kids Call It "Crabcore"

I've been laughing at this video for a week. Is this really where the emo/screamo genre is at right now? To quote a commenter on the WFMU blog (where I first saw this video), "Those guys sound more like everyone else than anyone else ever has!"

For additional laughs, you might want to check out the Wikipedia entry on the "crabcore" genre, which these guys are the prime example of. Wikipedia deleted it recently, but here's a link to Google's cached version. Funny stuff, guy.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Presenting: Fluffy Lumbers!

As you can probably tell from the last few podcasts, I've really been digging the recent wave of easy-going, summer-obsessed indie rock (Real Estate, Wavves, Ducktails, etc.). Seems like every week there's a dozen new 45s and LPs full of songs about the beach, and it'd all be kinda irritating if there wasn't so much quality stuff to be had. Well, hopefully with all this hype getting thrown around and getting all over everything, Fluffy Lumbers' time in the sun will come soon, because from what I saw last week at the John Rivers Communications Museum, they've definitely got the goods.

Fluffy Lumbers tread a lot of the same ground as their fellow New Jerseyites Real Estate, but with a bit less Grateful Dead and a lot more My Bloody Valentine; total shoegaze, but with a beat more suitable for head-banging than head-bobbing, and with all of this new sub-subgenre's inherent good vibes turned up into the red, blown out like it's blasting from a boombox that got too much sand in it.

Although I saw them as a band, the recorded version of Fluffy Lumbers is the solo project of 20-year-old Sam Franklin. Franklin is also one half of Frat Dad, who you might recognize from the recent (and awesome) Underwater Peoples comp.

FL's debut 7-inch, The Police Cruisers EP, isn't out yet (at least not officially), but I managed to snag the band's last test-pressing, and it's been holding its own against my recent DC purchases, although I must say it's a bit different sonically from the band's live assault, which is not to be missed. Given that, I thought it'd be best to share the track that bears the greatest shoegaze influence. I expect great things from these guys.

[mp3] Fluffy Lumbers - "American Visions"
(from The Police Cruisers EP, out soon on Weird Hug Records)

If you're in the NYC area, they're playing tomorrow night (June 27th) at Market Hotel with Ducktails, Julian Lynch and Night Time. I'd be there if I didn't live 10 hours away.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Last Shot Is My Favorite

Let's consider for a minute the physical role music plays in our everyday lives. Where do you listen to music? How? What are you doing while you do it? Are you sitting down in a comfortable chair, seated eight to twelve feet from two symmetrically-placed speakers which are also eight to twelve feet apart from each other and turned ever-so-slightly outward so as to give you a better impression of the recording's "stereo image" as you listen intently, eyes closed, savoring each tiny nuance of every sonic frequency contained therein?

Most likely, no. These days if you're listening to music, you're probably hearing it through a pair of cheap earbuds or on an all-in-one shelf stereo you got for Christmas in high school. But do you enjoy your music any less because of this? Of course not. This video is for all the people rockin' out to tinny boomboxes by sinks while they do the dishes, putting their shelf stereo speakers in two different rooms so everyone at the party can dance, and plugging their turntables directly into the auxiliary input even though it comes out all quiet without something your audiophile friend calls a "preamp". Who says you need to empty your bank account to properly enjoy music? Not Deerhoof.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Record Huntin' in the District of Columbia!

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent the weekend visiting family in the DC area, but while I was there I got to spend an afternoon alone with a few of the city's record stores, and I thought readers of this blog might be interested in where I went and what I picked up, so here's a little rundown of my afternoon hunting for vinyl in our (or my, for any international readers) nation's capital. In the present tense.

I step off the escalator of the Dupont Circle Metro station at around noon on Sunday and make my way four or five blocks up 18th St. to Red Onion Records and Books, located in the basement of a rad-looking brick Victorian on the corner of 18th and T St. As soon as I descend the steps from the sidewalk into the tiny store (I've seen bigger record stores in flea markets), I know I'm in a special place. See, I'm a complete used bin junkie, and Red Onion is basically a big used bin of astoundingly high quality. I say a quick hello to the fellow behind the counter and, with Tortoise's excellent new LP spinning on the store turntable (more on how excellent it is in a later post), I set to work thumbing through the store's "rock" section, coming up with two albums I've been meaning to pick up since high school, the Byrds classic Younger Than Yesterday and Under Thunder and Fluorescent Light by Storm & Stress.

Not wanting to blow my whole wad in one store, I take a pass on the store's tempting jazz section and make my way to the counter, where what should await me but a bin of 45s! I can't say no, and a quick flip-through reveals pure gold, a first pressing of the Joe Christmas/Kincaid split 7" on Kindercore (a label which has apparently returned from the dead recently) from way back in 1996! On clear wax! Numbered edition of 50! And for two bucks, no less! When I pay up, my bill comes to less than twenty dollars! I make a mental note never to visit DC without making a stop at this store, then head further north on 18th in search of more vinyl.

As I head a few more blocks up the street to Crooked Beat Records, the only other store turned up by a cursory Google search for "Washington DC record stores" done before my trip, I notice a sidewalk sign for Smash Records and decide to investigate. (There's nothing quite like being surprised by the existence of a good record store.) While Red Onion was more of a record nerd's record store, Smash has a decidedly punk-as-lifestyle vibe, with studded belts and band patches hanging from the walls behind the counter and a couple of racks of vintage clothing. The vinyl selection is still quite sizable and varied, though, but this unexpected stop has me a bit pressed for time, so after eying a couple of Beefheart LPs, I decide to focus on the 7-inches. I chuckle at a hand-written sticker on the first Minor Threat single (one of several copies in stock) that reads "members of Egghunt & Teen Idles" and leave the store with two singles, one by Chisel, Ted Leo's pre-Pharmacists band, and another by Cath Carroll on Teen Beat. (For those who don't know about Cath, she fronted the awesome, nearly-forgotten Factory Records band Miaow in the late 80s. Check them out!)

Checking my watch as I leave Smash, I notice I'm running short on time. Luckily, my final stop, Crooked Beat Records, is a mere twelve paces further up the street. Crooked Beat is another basement store, maybe three times the size of Red Onion, and has quite a lot to offer, but by now I'm getting kinda burnt out, so after rummaging somewhat aimlessly for about half an hour I settle on a copy of Jeffrey Lewis' latest, 'Em Are I (my only non-used purchase of the day), which I've been wanting to check out ever since his live performance on WFMU a few weeks ago (which you can download for free here).

So as early afternoon gracefully gives way to late afternoon, I leave the store, the fruits of a good day's record hunting tucked safely under my arm, and head over to Julia's Empanadas to look over my bounty while enjoying a savory baked treat, the perfect way to end my DC vinyl adventure. Seriously. That was one damn good empanada.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

SCnP Is Going on Vacation!

Since I'm heading up to DC tomorrow for my annual one long weekend of vacation, I'll be taking a break from blogging for the next few days, and there will be no podcast this week (although I may get antsy by Wednesday and do one late anyway). In the meantime, here's a few songs by my all-time favorite DC band. See you next week!

[mp3] Unrest - "So Sick"
(from Perfect Teeth; buy it here)

[mp3] Unrest - "Isabel"
(from the Isabel Bishop EP; buy it here)

[mp3] Unrest - "91st Century Schizoid Man"
(from Tink of S.E.; buy it here)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

That Gaping Fucking Hole

I kinda embarassed it's taken me so long to post this, but legendary New Zealand musician and lo-fi pioneer Chris Knox suffered a stroke last Thursday. According to everything I can find on the story, Knox is currently in stable condition, but according to a statement issued by his family, it's too early to tell what the long term effects of the stroke will be.

At 56, Knox has been an integral figure of the NZ music scene for over 30 years, first fronting The Enemy, then Toy Love, and finally the great Tall Dwarfs. I was first introduced to his music a few years back when a friend lent me a copy of his 1995 solo album Songs of You and Me, which shows the man at the height of his powers, crafting track after track of perfect fuzz-pop with little more than a 4-track, a drum machine and an electric guitar (Sound familiar?). Since then, I've explored his back catalog, but to be honest, I've barely scratched the surface, there's just sooooo much of it. I'm sharing a couple of my favorites with you here, and I heartily recommend that you explore Knox's massive output further.

[mp3] Chris Knox - "A Song to Welcome the Onset of Maturity"
(from Songs of You and Me; buy it here)

[mp3] Tall Dwarfs - "Song of the Silents"
(from Hello Cruel World; buy it here)

If you're interested in updates regarding Chris' condition, his family has set up a blog for concerned fans at chrisknox.blogtown.co.nz.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This Is What a House Show Looks Like

Last night, Fayetteville, Arkansas, descended upon 255 like an angelic visitation as St. Anthony, the Kicker Knot, Sciences, and Savannah, GA's Hula Hoop (which contains one former Fayettevillian) swaddled an appreciative audience in blissed-out beats and reverb-laden loops, filling the space with a record-breaking amount of good vibes. Normally, such nights go undocumented at 255, but videographer/photographer and SCnP-pal Joel Schooling brought his camera and has been kind enough to let me post some of the photos here on the blog. The full set can be viewed here on Joel's Picasa.

The Official 255 Organ:

Hula Hoop:

One half of Sciences (sorry I don't remember your name, dude):

The Kicker Knot:

Ah, the Party Tree...:

Unfortunately, no snaps of either Sciences' or St. Anthony's sets (which were both excellent, by the way), but you'll be hearing more about both of those bands in future posts. Promise! In the meantime, why not check out the Kicker Knot's new album, Ghost Mouth of the Clouds, which the band has made available for free download here!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Don't Need You for My Enemy

Slowly working our way back into an acceptable schedule here, folks. Monday morning is the official target post time for podcasts around here, and this week I've actually managed to hit the mark! Go me!

Anyway, we got a fun one this time around, definitely one of my favorite episodes to put together so far. Lots of brand-brand-new demos and fresh finds, not just a bunch of reposts of songs you've already heard about from ten other blogs (only three other blogs, tops!), plus, a brief look at 60's Indonesian garage rock!


Best Friends Forever - "Up Up"
Hermit Thrushes - "Fourth" (buy)
Beach Fossils - "Daydream" (download)
Sam Buck Rosen - "Just Jealous" (download)
Toro y Moi - "Ektelon" (download)
Brilliant Colors - "I'm Sixteen"
The Vaselines - "Sex Sux (Live @ Primavera Sound 2009)" (download)
Dave Van Ronk - "That Song About the Midway" (buy)
Dara Puspita - "Bhaktiku"
Koes Bersaudara - "Poor Clown"
Rank/Xerox - "Muscle Dogs" (buy)
Holy Shit - "Written All Over Your Face" (buy)
Cave - "Made in Malaysia" (buy)
The Intelligence - "Universal Babysitter" (buy)
Dog Day - "Rome" (buy)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

"Nice Dress"

With the state of music videos these days, it's not often I see one interesting enough to hold my attention for its entire duration without clicking away to something else (damn ADD), but this excellent clip for "Prehistoric Dog" by Portland's Red Fang, a song I played on the podcast a few months back, is easily one of the best (and funniest) videos I've seen in years, combining metal, beer, LARPing and Monty Python-style gore! You'll definitely want to pass this on to your friends.

Buy Red Fang's self-titled debut LP here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Your Last Desirable Trace

Yeah, gimmicks are annoying, but only when used in lieu of actual talent. Here at SCnP we have a saying that goes, "If you've got the goods, gimmick away," and Best Friends Forever definitely pass that test, even if co-founders Bri Smith and Jes Seamans did name the band after the fact that they've been best friends since 1995.

BFF sound like every great indie pop band you've ever heard, with lots of doo-wop backing vocals and Phil Spector drums, with Smith and Seamans doubling up on lead singer duty, busting out vocal interplay on par with early Camera Obscura or even Pavement! This is total sugary pop, but with a generous pinch of classic indie rock to cut the sweetness, to say nothing of Seamans' incredible bass playing, which in and of itself is reason enough to check out the band.

[mp3] Best Friends Forever - "Tape Song"
(from the Romance Conflict Adventure CD. Buy it from Plan-It-X, only $5!!)

BFF will be playing Charleston tomorrow night (June 13) at 88 Columbus along with the Sundowners, Bookjaw, Oicho Kabu and Fussy Anal. Fun starts at 7pm!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Note from the Editor

Those of you who subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or any other podcatcher probably received the Sam Rosen and Reading Rainbow mp3s I've posted in the past couple of days along with the normal podcast (I know I did.). This is not intentional and I'm working on fixing it, but it's probably going to involve moving the podcast to a separate, dedicated feed. I'll keep you posted about this as I get things figured out over the next couple of days.

Hugs and kisses,

They Placed a Phone Call Right in My Brain

I'll start by admitting this: I'd never heard of The Intelligence prior to the past year's tidal wave of press regarding every facet of the American lo-fi/garage scene. In fact, it was only after slowly falling in love with their new album Fake Surfers that I bothered to even google their name. (Irresponsible, I know. To be honest, I picked up the album solely on the merits of its rad GBV-style cover art!)

Since then I've learned that the Intelligence have, in fact, been around for a decade and recorded and released four albums, plus at least a dozen other vinyl releases of various inchitudes. So much for getting in on the ground floor. Still, at a time when more people are paying attention to Bands on In the Red than perhaps ever before, Fake Surfers serves as a fine introduction to the band.

The album starts off with a weird, hypnotic title track that on first listen had me expecting some kinda nifty psych-drone workout, and in some ways it sort of is, but the second the choppy echoed-out guitars hit on "Moody Tower," Fake Surfers veered in a spooky, reverbed-out quasi-pop direction and stayed the course for the duration, at times bringing to mind Unrest, Faust's IV, and especially Georgia's legendary Rock*A*Teens!

It's the third track I'll share with you, though, a song that, after a twenty-second spin in the reverb tank, drops into a groove that might be called (in the parlance of our times) "surf goth" if only it didn't sound so timeless, and songer/mastermind Lars Finberg compliments the arrangement nicely with oddball lyrics describing a man's woes at the hands of a psychic debt collector. (I also love the Casio drumroll going into the second verse! You can't miss it!)

[mp3] The Intelligence - "Debt & ESP" (buy it from In the Red Records)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Free WFMU @ Primavera MP3s

Those who tuned in to WFMU's live coverage of the 2009 Primavera Sound Festival a couple weekends ago were no doubt a bit disappointed by some of the technical difficulties that interrupted a lot of the broadcasts. However, there are several reasons not to hold such bummers against WFMU, the most obvious being that it's just a jerky attitude to have, but the most wonderful reason not to bear a grudge against the greatest radio station in the world for cutting out during your favorite Vaselines song is that they're posting some of the sets for free download on their Free Music Archive!

Stuff just started going up today, and I'm not sure how much of what was on the air will make it to the internet, but so far FMA has posted sets by Dan Deacon, Throwing Muses and the aforementioned Vaselines! Get on it, people!

WFMU live from Barcelona @ Primavera Sound 2009

You Get the Feeling and It Feels Alright

He lives in New York, he's buddies with Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors, and he plays funky, African-influenced pop, but it would be unwise to dismiss Sam Buck Rosen as just another bandwagon rider at a time when more and more white boys seem to be looking to West Africa (or Paul Simon's impression of it) for their musical inspiration. While his songs certainly bear a resemblance to the aforementioned bands, Sam has two big things going for him.

The first is his voice, a rich, sonorous tenor as agile as that of main Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth, but with a warm, honeyed quality often lacking in the more academic approaches of his peers. And all this from a young man not yet old enough to buy his own beer!

Second is his music's sheer rawness. Now, maybe I'm just a sucker for the lo-fi, but it seems to me that if you're going to bite a few African grooves, it would serve you well to play them fuzzy and loose, like you're jamming on the street in the middle of summer, with tape hum standing in for the buzz of a crowded outdoor market. This is how Sam Buck Rosen brings it, plenty rough around the edges and completely unmastered, but you can tell he's having a blast, and let me tell you, the good vibes are infectious!

[mp3] Sam Buck Rosen - "Just Jealous" (unreleased)
[mp3] Sam Buck Rosen - "Trenchtown" (from Get the Motion, buy it here)

For more free and legal Sam Rosen mp3s, I suggest checking out his website, which has lots of songs for download, including his excellent 2008 EP, Hold Me. He also recorded as session last summer for Daytrotter, which can be had here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

You Should Already Know

I forget exactly what breadcrumb trail of links led me to discover the music of Brilliant Colors, but a few months ago I found myself staring slack-jawed at their MySpace, utterly entranced by the shambly, jangly, girl-fronted indie pop pouring out of my speakers as though 1992 never ended. Hailing from San Francisco (and not to be confused with Portland's Explode into Colors, whom I also dig and plan to post about very soon), Brilliant Colors have already released two 7-inches this year on Make-a-Mess and Captured Tracks, both of which sound like they could have come out 15 years ago on K or maybe Sarah Records (oh, how I yearn for the days of Tiger Trap!). Needless to say, these guys hit all my lo-fi pop pleasure points, and their singles have spent a lot of time on my turntable this spring.

Unfortunately, it looks as though both releases have gone permanently out of print, but with the good news that they're being compiled onto a 12" with an exclusive extra track (that's a total of seven tracks, for those of you keeping count) scheduled for release later this summer. Until then, why not wet your whistle with a track from each single right here? After that, I suggest you head over to the band's MySpace page to hear two new songs, "Motherland" and "I Start With Your Name". You know you want to...

[mp3] Brilliant Colors - "Should I Tell You"
[mp3] Brilliant Colors - "Highly Evolved"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Splitting Ions in the Ether

Wow, it's Monday and I've actually managed to get the podcast out on time! Will wonders never cease? By my count, this is the 20th episode of SCnP, an appropriate number considering the selections on this week's playlist span 20 years of indie rock'n'roll history (give or take a Big Dipper track). There's also a mini-set honoring the great Merge Records, which turns 20 this year, in case you hadn't heard. Enjoy!


Vomit Launch - "Block of Wood" (buy)
Charlie McAlister - "Suburban Beachtown" (buy)
Yo La Tengo - "Periodically Double or Triple" (pre-order)
Polvo - "Sure Shot" (buy)
Portastatic - "St. Elmo's Fire" (buy)
The Clean - "In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul" (pre-order)
Big Dipper - "Man o' War" (buy)
Jay Reatard - "It Ain't Gonna Save Me" (pre-order)
Cap'n Jazz - "Yes, I Am Talking to You" (buy)
Pere Ubu - "Breath" (buy)
Reading Rainbow - "Totem Pole"
Matthew Alexander - "Top of the Stairs" (buy)
Ear Pwr - "Super Animal Bros. III" (buy)
Bird Names - "Defined Stijls" (buy)
Circulatory System - "Overjoyed" (pre-order)
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - "Where Was My Brain?"

I Can Fly Twice as High

Okay folks, the SCnP Better Blogging Campaign starts now! From here on out, I'm gonna try my hardest-est to post at least once a day about new bands I'm digging, old faves I've rediscovered, and (slightly) more in-depth posts about Charleston-related musical happenings.

Today, let's focus on Philly lo-fi duo Reading Rainbow, who first came to my attention via a short, mysterious post on Said the Gramphone. Further research revealed that RR is comprised of Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton and was formed when another band they were in had to play a show without their drummer, forcing Everton behind the kit. The resulting sounds definitely fit in with the current lo-fi/no-fi revival, but rather than strictly toe the surf/garage line drawn by the likes of Vivian Girls or Wavves, Reading Rainbow practice a more thoughtful variety of minimalism that brings to mind a more-distorted Beat Happening or a less-busy Bird Names.

The band hasn't quite got any releases under its belt yet, but that should change real soon with the impending releases of a split 7" with Eternal Summers on Chimney Sweep Records due out any day now and a full-length LP on Slipshod Mucus Kiss coming later this summer. Until then, you can check out a few tunes on the band's myspace, and in the spirit of instant gratification, here's a couple of mp3s:

Reading Rainbow - "In the City"
Reading Rainbow - "Totem Pole"
(mp3s via StG)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I Am Fighting the Good Fight

...And the tardiness continues. Sorry for the delay again, loyal listeners, but this week I was thwarted by an internet outage that turned out to be caused by my bed being jammed up against the cable hookup on my wall. Whoops. Well, now that that's taken care of, I can podcast at you without hindrance! Here's this week's episode:

Update: It has come to my attention that there are all sorts of skips and digital artifacts on the Don Cab song. I have fixed this.

Bill Callahan - "My Friend" (buy)
Versus - "Double Suicide (Mercy Killing)" (buy)
Japandroids - "Crazy/Forever" (buy)
Nothing Painted Blue - "Undeserving" (buy)
Pill Wonder - "Wishing Whale" (download)
Tortoise - "Yinxianghechengqi" (buy)
The Intelligence - "Debt & E.S.P." (buy)
Jeffrey Lewis - "Anxiety Attack" (download)
The Books - "Motherless Bastard" (buy)
Summer Hymns - "Mr. Brewer (Cackle, Cackle)" (buy)
Mandarin Dynasty - "A Good Fight" (buy)
Trumans Water - "Speeds Exceeding" (buy)
Circus Devils - "Apparent the Red Angus" (buy)
Don Caballero - "June Is Finally Here" (buy)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

255 Brings You the Heaviest Mondays in Town

Sorry for the terrible title/image pun, but I had to think up some sort of snappy way to mention that there are a lot of Monday shows at 255 Ashley this June. Now I know Mondays are rough on most people, but what better way to ease your way into the week than by unwinding with your friends at a super fun house show? Here's a rundown of all the fun this month at 255, plus a few other SCnP-approved shows around town.

Sunday, June 7th @ The Pour House - 9pm
Garage Cuban Band
Oicho Kabu
Your Bad Self

Monday, June 8th @ 255 - 8pm
The Ocean Floor
Brook Pridemore
Vikesh Kapoor

Saturday, June 13th @ 88 Columbus St. - 7pm
Best Friends Forever
Oicho Kabu
Fussy Anal

Monday, June 15th @ 255 - 8pm
St. Anthony
The Kicker Knot

Thursday, June 18th @ The Communications Museum - 8pm
Followed By Ghosts
The Huspa Concept

Monday, June 22nd @ 255 - 8pm
Lonnie Walker
Motel Motel
Will Pittman

Friday, June 26th @ 255 - 8pm
Chicken & Whiskey
Heavy Flow

Saturday, June 27th @ Halligan's (???) - 8pm
Southern Culture on the Skids

Monday, June 29th @ 255 - 8pm
The Huspa Concept