Friday, August 16, 2019

Introducing Tibetan Miracle Seeds

No, this is not an infomercial aimed at home gardeners. This is about a newly discovered band called Tibetan Miracle Seeds.  They are from Scotland, and the members are Kieran Smith (drums), Lefty (tanpura/flute), and Jack McAfee (vocals/guitar/bass/didge), we don't know anything about them.  You can grab "Ideas" from Bandcamp, but it also is rewarding to wander on their Soundcloud page, which is where we found "Alone".  We also include a stream of "Mirage" from early 2018.  We certainly can't say these guys are rushing too fast in delivering an album, can we?


"My Girl" by ST.MARTiiNS

Katie Lynch and Mark Johnston, the Dundee, Scotland duo that calls themselves ST.MARTiiNS, is back with a breezy pop song about friends.  We think "My Girl" has just the right vibe to launch the final workday of the week.  Give it a spin below.

Various links to source "My Girl"
LAB Records

Thursday, August 15, 2019

"O'n ni'n Ffrindia" and "When He's Gone" by Papur Wal

As long as our ears are tuned to Wales, we think you should know about the two songs by slacker pop aces Papur Wal.  Their two latest releases via the fine Welsh label Libertino Records are "O'n ni'n Ffrindia" and "When He's Gone".  Other factoids of possible interest are that the name of the band means wallpaper in Welsh, and the band is led by vocalist and guitarist Ianto Gruffydd.

Libertino Records
Various links for "O'n ni'n Ffrindia"
Various links for "When He's Gone"

"Throw It Up" by Seazoo

When our inbox recently displayed a message about a fresh new song by Seazoo, we thought the name of the band sounded familiar.  A search through our archives (a scary place, indeed) revealed a feature of previous track "Dig" (link). So we have concluded that (1) our memory banks still function, and (2) after playing "Throw It Up", we remain impressed by this band from Wales (or "Whales", as some reality TV characters would have it).  Seazoo's sweet spot is a noisy brand of guitar pop that falls between Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Pavement, and we think you will like it.  And if you do like it, check out their 2018 album Trunks at the final link in this post.

Bandcamp. for "Throw It Up"
Various links for "Throw It Up"
Bandcamp for Trunks

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

"Polar Onion" by Allah Las

We still are a couple of months from the release of LAHS, the new album from Los Angeles band Allah Las.  But we have heard it, and it is one of our favorite albums of the year.  However, we aren't writing this post just to tease you, as we now can share album track "Polar Onion" with you.

Allah Las are Matt Correia, Spencer Dunham, Miles Michaud, and Pedrum Siadatian. LAHS will be available October 11 via Mexican Summer.  The band will be touring from now until mid-December in support of the album.  See the dates and venues at the bottom of the post.

Various links to pre-order LAHS

August 14th - The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI
August 16th - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
August 17th - Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago, IL
September 14th - Huichica Music Festival, Walla Walla, WA
November 4th - Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ 
November 5th - Meow Wolf, Sante Fe, NM
November 7th - White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
November 8th - Trees, Dallas, TX
November 9th - Empire Control Room, Austin, TX
November 10th - One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
November 12th - The Basement East, Nashville, TN
November 13th - Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
November 14th - Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville, NC
November 15th - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
November 16th - The Black Cat, Washington, DC
November 18th - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
November 19th - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
November 20th - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
November 22nd - Corona Theatre, Montreal, CA
November 24th - Lee's Palace, Toronto, CA
November 25th - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
November 26th - Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH
November 27th - Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
November 29th - Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
November 30th - Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO
December 2nd - Slowdown, Omaha, NE
December 3rd - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CA
December 4th - Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT 
December 6th - Neumos, Seattle, WA
December 7th - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
December 8th - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
December 10th - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
December 11th - The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
December 12th - The Mayan, Los Angeles, CA
December 13th - The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
December 14th - Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown, CA

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sweet Whirl - Love Songs & Poetry

Sweet Whirl is the musical platform for Melbourne musician Esther Edquist.  After a couple of releases on the Bedroom Suck with her former band Superstar (which we featured in 2015: link), Esther has marked her signing with Chapter Music by releasing a six-song EP titled Love Songs & Poetry.  The songs are introspective and incisive, written with intelligence and played with confidence.  The arrangements are pleasingly melodic and leave ample space for Esther's vocals and bass to star.  Love Songs & Poetry is a perfect play for the evening of a summer day.  And it is just what we are playing every night this week.

In addition to Esther, Sweet Whirl includes James Vinciguerra and Liam Barton.  Love Songs & Poetry is out now in digital and cassette formats via Melbourne's Chapter Music.

Chapter Music page for Sweet Whirl

Purple Pilgrims - Perfumed Earth

As Purple Pilgrims, Valentine and Clementine Nixon have crafted Perfumed Earth -- a lush, enthralling dreamscape of electronic folk and dream pop adorned with their crystalline soprano vocals.  Recorded in a shed in the New Zealand woods, the tracks conjure thoughts of Gothic spells and twisted tales with a nearly spiritual tone, all while pleasuring your ears with melodies and vocals that are as addictive as they are sweet.  The magic here is in the instrumental and vocal textures layered through the arrangements.  This album may be different than any other music to which you ordinarily listen, but we don't think you will be able to stop listening to it.  We certainly can't.  The standout tracks are plentiful, and we have provided a few below.  That said, we must admit a nostalgic fondness for the sisters' achingly sweet cover of "I'm Not Saying", one of our favorite Gordon Lightfoot songs.

Perfumed Earth was recorded with contributions by Gary War, Jimmy Mac, Joshua Kennedy, Jeff Henderson, Roy Montgomery, and perhaps others. It is out now via Flying Nun Records.