Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Discovery: Dibiase - Here Comes Forever EP

Dibiase is a strong instrumental four-piece from the Collinwood, Illinois (St. Louis area). When I say strong, believe me I mean it. This is real good heavy rock music, of the variety that you sometimes see referred to as "stoner rock": heavy riffs, great drumming and bass on the bottom, just real hair-shaking, head-bouncing stuff. They've got a new EP due out next Tuesday, Sept 13 which, based on these two tracks, I'd definitely recommend checking out.

It's on a newly-formed label Earth Analog, which was started by Hum's Matt Talbott and also refers to the recording style.

According to Talbot: The impetus for the label came from my desire to marry bands I liked with traditional analog recording methods in a real studio (In this case, my studio, Earth Analog). I know that doesn’t sound very exotic…but bands are now so used to working on computers and with unlimited tracks, editing, and processing capabilities. My studio offers an alternative to that. I still think tape sounds better than any analog to digital converter I’ve ever heard, and the track count and editing limitations put the focus squarely on the band, their songs, and their performances.

Here's "Hails from Dark Places": Dibiase: "Hails from Dark Places" by earthanalog

And here's "12 Pound Tooth": Dibiase: "12 Pound Tooth" by earthanalog

I'll be looking for more from this group... and label.

Dibiase Facebook Page

New Discovery: Teens

I love garage rock, I love surf rock, and I love punk rock. It should come as no surprise that I'm delighted to find a young band that combines two or more of those elements. Boise, Idaho's Teens combines all three. Teens are David Wood (guitar/vocals), Gabriel Rudow (bass/vocals), Christopher Kolody (guitar/vocals), and Dustin McFadden-Elliot (drums). They recorded their debut, Teens, in an underground bomb shelter outside of town with two mics and less than professional equipment. It has a bit of the old Black Lips loose energy, and if they can produce Teens under those circumstances, I think they can make a splash.

Barn Owl Records (with free download)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stream the new Girls album!

The Hype Machine has made Father, Son, Holy Ghost, the new album from San Francisco's Girls, available for streaming. And here it is.

Since the entire album is available to stream, and I've previously put up a video of one of the songs, I'll let you review the album for yourself. However, if you want my opinion, I think it likely is a top-ten-of-the-year album. Of course, I thought last year's EP and the prior LP were top ten albums as well. And I'm never wrong.

The album is available on September 13.


New Sounds of Scotland-Part 26: Natalie Pryce; The Last September; Aggie Doom

As I was listening to the various Natalie Pryce tracks available on Soundcloud, I was musing about how to describe a band that has been described (according to their own Facebook page) as 'a tirade of obscene poetry', 'more psychotic than pornographic', and 'Bosch meets Kafka at a crack party in Islington'. And then I realized that listening to Glasgow's Natalie Pryce in 2011 is like listening to the Monks of the 1960s, if the latter band had grown up in this century and resolved that Velvet Underground nihilism was a more comfortable artistic voice than proto-punk. So there you have it. The band is comprised of Mark (Misc), Greg (Guitars), Litts (Bass), and Stephen Coleman (Drums).

Natalie Pryce by Natalie Pryce


Edinburgh band The Last September is taking an unconventional approach to potential success. After their first album, Vagrant Song, they put the band on the shelf for five years. Now they are back with their second album, As the Crow Flies. The band's sound is indie rock with a folk edge, and is distinguished by beautiful songs. The band consists of Pete Deane, Dave Bishop, Calum MacLeod, Jos Collins, Ali Petrie, Poppy Ackroyd, and they have no label at this point.

The Last September has released the following two-track single, "Precious Time", comprised of songs from their new album:


Glasgow band Aggi Doom plays music they call darkwave, which seems to be a somewhat more darker version of '80s new wave. I say it "seems to be" rather than it "is" because I don't have much of a musical record for evaluating the band. However, what I've heard is good and interesting. The band members are Claudia Nova (vocals, keyboard), Hillary Van Scoy (vocals, guitar), Joan Sweeney (vocals, bass), and Scott Caruth (vocals, drums).

"Loving Kind"


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Midnight World Pop Scout-30: Little Dragon

We only have one band on the MWPS this week, but in terms of potential, they are worthy of carrying the burden by themselves.

Little Dragon are from Gothenburg, Sweden, although the lead singer, Yukimi Nagano, is from Japan. The other members of the band are Fredrik Wallin, HÃ¥kan Wirenstrand, and Erik Bodin. Their sound stitches together electronic, R&B, new wave and experimental pop. After building buzz for months, they released the album Ritual Union in late July.


"When I Go Out"

"Little Man"


New Bloody Hollies video for "I Dream of Bees"

From the upcoming album Yours Until the Bitter End, to be released on 9/13.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Soul Corner - Sam and Dave - "Hold On, I'm Comin'"

How could we go for 30+ weeks of the Soul Corner and not include Sam and Dave? Well kids, the long wait is over.
And have we got the classic live performance for you, from the 1966 Stax-Volt European tour. Backed by Booker T. Jones, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper, and Al Jackson Jr, and a killer horn section, Sam and Dave throw down here! Be sure to watch all the way through. And what slacks those fellas are sporting! You may think you know the song but you have to experience this live version:
The track was produced and co-written by Isaac Hayes. Legend has it that Hayes was trying to hurry his songwriting partner David Porter from the men's room while they were starting to write the song, when Porter bellowed out "Hold on, I'm comin'."

New Single and Video: Veronica Falls - "Bad Feeling"

We recently learned of a new single from the UK band Veronica Falls. "Bad Feeling" is released on Slumberland Records in the US and Canada. The release is accompanied by a video directed by Philippa Bloomfield, which we've provided below as it is an enjoyable way to experience the song. Veronica Falls is Roxanne Clifford, Patrick Doyle, James Hoare and Marion Herbain. Their sweet spot is well crafted, great sounding pop songs with a dark cast. They will be releasing their self titled debut album later this month.

As for "Bad Feeling", I like this song quite a bit. It has a good melody with a nice jangly delivery and insistent rhythm. The vocals have quality that remind me of the 60s, but it a good way. If this is a representative taste of the album, I'm looking forward to eating the whole thing.

"Bad Feeling"

Veronica Falls - Bad Feeling from Slumberland Records on Vimeo.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

How about a cool video from Unnatural Helpers?

Unnatural Helpers is a Seattle band comprised of drummer/singer Dean Whitmore and apparently whoever's calendar is clear on that particular evening. They have a lovely raw noise that's sort of a cross between late-era Bumpyface and the Unicorn Knuckles. To be candid, I am pretty sure no band ever has used either of those names. Do you remember those Tool videos for the songs on "Undertow"? Well, I don't know if this was done by the same guy, but if so, thanks to the warden who let him out to start scaring little children again.

"Girl in the Window"

That tune is ample evidence of the awesomeness of their 2010 album Cracked Love and Other Drugs, a 15 track, 26 minute exercise in garage. Here's another, earlier tune with that urbane UH vibe, aptly entitled "Gettin' Classy".

Unnatural Helpers on Facebook
and on Hardly Art Records

Mogwai to release new EP, Earth Division on September 13

Following on the heels of Mogwai's excellent Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will (WYMA review here), we're looking forward to their previously-announced four-song EP, Earth Division, due out September 13.

According to the band, these aren't outtakes from Hardcore Will Never Die..., but new songs, representing "a creative departure from the band’s trademark cinematic mantra of pulverizing, scorched guitar riffage, into a more recontextualised domain of hazy electronic distortion, accompanied by spiky wafts of violins, violas, cellos and double bass and jagged keys."

But just in case you haven't got Hardcore Will Never Die... yet, here's a chance to download "San Pedro":

Mogwai Website

Emerging Seattle Band: Pickwick

Not to get too confessional with all of you virtual strangers, but I'm genuinely remorseful that, as a Seattle-based music blogger, I haven't presented this band to you before now. In addition to exuding quality, and a personalized take on a respected genre, Seattle's Pickwick wins the highly coveted "Best Reinvention" prize from When You Motor Away. The band now presents a R&B/neo-soul oriented version of indie pop along with some of the best vocals I've heard lately. However, when formed in 2008 Pickwick had an alt country sound, and then they tried their luck as a folk act. While struggling to attract a following in those musical spaces, the lead vocalist, Galen Disston, was inspired by Sam Cooke recordings to try a musical style that allowed greater vocal range. The happy result is represented in this live recording from January of this year:

Live From The Basement - Pickwick from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.

Apparently, enthused by Disston's vision for a new direction, the rockers dug into Stax and Motown recordings. In my view, the result isn't a cover of those great old sounds, but the Pickwick version of those sounds. Yes, the rhythms and vocals are R&B and soul, but there still is an indie rock edge and jangle to the proceedings. I like the result a lot, and hope it helps them stand out.

Here is their March 25, 2011, release, Myths, Vol. 3:

In addition to Disston, the band is comprised of Michael Parker, Garrett Parker, Matt Emmett, Cassady Lillstrom, and Kory Kruckenberg. The band is working on an album intended for release in 2012. I'm not aware of any label in the picture at this point.

Myths, Vol. 2 from December 17, 2010:

Myths, Vol. 1 from November 2010