Been digging the excellent new record from Denton’ Mind Spiders big time the past week or so.It’s called Meltdown and has at least four of the year’s most completely badass psyche/punk tunes in “Beat”, “On the Radio”, “Play Out Out”, and “Wait for Us”.Mind Spiders is the solo project of Mark Ryan, whose day job is co-fronting another punk band called The Marked Men.Check out two of the tracks below, and the rest of the album streaming over at Spin.
Just like last week, here’s a slice of charming, summery beach-pop to get your winter weekend started.Summer Twins’ are sisters Chelsea and Justine Brown of Riverside, CA.Their self-titled debut is out now through Burger Records (yeah, also home of the amazin’ Tough Shits), and it’s there you’ll find “I Don’t Care” and a whole batch of other songs as ear candy.Stream the rest of the LP here.
French Kissing, British purveyors of shimmering beach-pop/garage rock, have been relatively quiet in the 2+ years since blowing my mind with their “Oh Suzanne” single back in early 2010. Since then the band has stuck their head out of the water only once, to my knowledge, releasing the track “Beach Ball” on a compilation called Endless Bummer. Well, just in time to keep you warm on this upcoming frigid weekend is a smokin’ new jam called “I Want More”, which is an older track and has been gathering dust for a while. Whatever the reason for its hibernation, it’s a perfect showcase for the band’s fine sense of vintage recording techniques and multi-part harmonies. Also in the works is a single called Wild Women/Love is For for French label Croque Macadam. That one’s due March 19, and hopefully we’ll get our hands on a sample from that for your listening pleasure before too long. Until then, here’s some more summer bliss for the dog days of (this admittedly mild) winter.
Following that new one from Grimes, here’s another new track via an up-and-coming Montreal artist.Hopefully you recall Expwy’s excellent Dance Maul from last year, but if not you should get on that.Expwy’s main man Matt LeGroulx contributed a guest post to PHW recently and appeared on my Songs of 2011 list for the rather excellent “Armory Hall”.A few weeks back he released a second free LP via Bandcamp called Total Gold, which continues his lo-fi take on vintage classic rock radio sounds.Have a listen to the album’s first track, “Waters’ Grey Vapors”, below and go grab that free download while supplies last.
Grimes, the songwriting/production vehicle of Montreal’s Claire Boucher, has recently signed to 4AD. The esteemed label will drop her latest full length, Visions, on February 21 in the States. Despite the buzz she’s garnered over the past two years, I’ve honestly never been all that impressed with Grimes. But the gorgeous, feathery-soft vocals and alluring electro-pop arrangement of “Genesis” sure bring her to another level – this is a promising glimpse into the new record.
New Guided by Voices album out this week – Let’s Go Eat the Factory.Original 90’s line-up, Pollard writing vintage lo-fi power/pop songs like this one, etc.PHW a few weeks behind on 2012 music and against complete sentences right now.Might change that header quote up there to “too drunk to know”.
The muted, gauzy indie-pop of Memoryhouse got a lot of attention last year in large part for the hauntingly beautiful single/video “Lately” from the EP The Years. Now signed to Sub Pop, the Canadian duo is ready to release The Slideshow Effect, their full length debut, on February 28. Check out the excellent (and surprisingly jaunty) lead single “The Kids Were Wrong” by donating an email address here.
Carey Mercer’s solo project Blackout Beach recently released Fuck Death on Dead Oceans.It follows last year’s Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph from his primary band Frog Eyes.Though predominantly built off synths, the new record is quieter but no less intense than the piercing guitar work and throaty, agitated growling Mercer employs in Frog Eyes.Fuck Death was named after a Leon Golub painting and is, in Mercer’s words, an attempt to make something about Beauty and War. I have very little experience with these concepts.You should read the CMG review for this one because, as usual, they pretty much nail it.
Veteran troubadour Damien Jurado will drop a new album on the world in February.According to the Secretly Canadian press release, the Richard Swift-produced Maraqopa finds Jurado branching out a bit from his well-worn folk style.One listen to the promising first single “Nothing Is the News” makes this pretty evident – the extended jazzy guitar playing veers this one into a brave new psyche-folk world.
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