Friday, October 11, 2019

Allah-Las - LAHS


If you had a magic lantern marked "L.A." you could rub it any time you needed or wanted and be bathed in sunshine, massaged by ocean breezes, and surrounded by sand and palm trees. Toss in some outdoor cafes, pan-pacific fusion taco trucks and some music clubs, and you have the perfect getaway from wherever you live that isn't Los Angeles. But if you are like us, you either don't have such a magic lantern, or you have accessed the genie too many times and he won't respond any more. Sad as that may be, we have a hack for you. Buy yourself a copy of LAHS, the new album by Los Angeles four-piece Allah-Lahs, and you can have Los Angeles any time you want, and as many times as you need.

Admittedly, we have little editorial detachment with respect to Allah-Las. For us, they are the shamans of SoCal psychedelic pop, the high priests of the LA vibe. But even with that disclaimer, we feel confident in writing that LAHS captures the magic, the glitter and the grit of Los Angeles in a way that no other band has, and them looks at the rest of the wide world through the same lens. It is their best work to date, and a thoroughly delightful album..

Allah Las are Matt Correia, Spencer Dunham, Miles Michaud, and Pedrum Siadatian. LAHS is available today, October 11, via Mexican Summer.  The band will be touring in support of the album beginning in November.  See the dates and venues at the bottom of the post.










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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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Persian Leaps - Electrical Living

If you like power pop, you like The Persian Leaps. The project of one Drew Forsberg and friends, they delighted us with several EPs of masterful, crunchy guitar pop, and then a superb, fully packed full length that served as a greatest hits album, as well as a swan song for that version of the band. But Drew has continued to write and record, and has just released a smashing set of songs titled Electrical Living that will power your weekend -- this weekend and probably many to follow.

For Electrical Living, Drew is joined by Jon Hunt, who also provided the album's cover art.








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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Echo Session - Wait And See

It seems like a long wait to hear these songs, as the good people of the Flowers in the Dustbin label have been teasing this album for over a year. But even if the wait was longer than we desired, consider the lads of The Echo Session. The Glasgow band, led by songwriter/vocalist Tam Maher, recorded these songs in the middle of the previous decade but were unable to gain label support for the release of an album. Fortunately, FitD stepped up a couple of years ago to release a single consisting of this album's showcase opening and closing tracks, and now has graced us with the ten-song Wait And See. The promise was an album that sounds like a long-lost doppelganger of the one and only album by The La's, with reminders of The Kinks as well. And in our view the finished product delivers with a strike to the bulls-eye. In particular, songs like "Down By The River", "Dear Old Sam" and "Sunshine in the Morning" sound like The La's and The Kinks got together in a back room after a Glasgow gig and hammered out a couple of future hits. For their part, the aforementioned bookend songs "But I'm Scared" (our favorite of the set) and "Wait and See", along with "Mystery Man" and "Barapba", have the charming earworm quality of '60s AM radio folk rock hits.

One run through this album and your heart will tell you that these are old, favorite song from your youth that you are thrilled to have rediscovered, even though your brain and the liner notes tell you that this is the first time (and maybe liner notes are the new fake news ...). But it really doesn't matter, as you have them now and they will be yours forever. Well, assuming that you hit the Bandcamp link below, they will be yours forever.








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"Sundown" by Pink Chameleons


We have been waiting patiently for Songs, the upcoming LP by Finland's Pink Chameleons. OK, semi-patiently. Having featured the first single from the album in August (link), we now can share the slow-burning garage brilliance of "Sundown". Think Lou Reed and The Jesus and Mary Chain finding themselves in a haunted house at when the sun goes down. The single is out via October 11 via Helsinki label Soliti Music.

Pink Chameleons are Paltsa-Kai Salama, Antti Sauli, and Ville Hopponen. Songs will be released on December 13 via Soliti.



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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

"Catch" by Emma Russack and Lachlan Denton

This new single from the upcoming Take the Reigns by Emma Russack and Lachlan Denton is quite the catch. In fact, it is titled "Catch". Coincidence? We don't think so. It is the product of two highly adept songwriters at the top of their game. The vocal interplay and positive message makes us feel like we are bathed in summer sunshine with our loved one at our sides, even though we are shut in our individual offices, alone and watching the cold fall rain.

The album will be out in ten days via Bobo Integral and Osborne Again, but there is no good reason to deny yourself this joyful tune another minute.



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Sunday, October 6, 2019

A Certain Smile - Bae EP


Portland, Oregon's A Certain Smile has given us three songs that amply demonstrate why they are a top class fuzz pop band. Bae EP begins with "Cherry Bomb", an aptly-named explosion of sound. The following "Honey Do" continues the hooky, fast-paced melodic rampage, and if the band stopped there, we would still be breathless and love this 7". But A Certain Smile provides a delicious, dialed-down change up with closer "Original Replacement".

Bae EP is out now in digital and vinyl formats via the Portland (formerly Seattle) Jigsaw Records.






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