Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Aug Stone is a writer and songwriter in the Boston area. The single is out via London's Soft Bodies Records. See the Bandcamp link below.
Blog for The Love Conspiracy
Bandcamp for record
What is Jumping The Shark? Concise but loose-limbed character sketches -- perhaps of people you wouldn't bring home to your mother (unless your mother is one of those types) -- narrated in a intimate baritone over a sparse electronic canvas by a man who formerly assumed the costume and character of an aged lounge singer when performing (he no longer effects the transformation, but the album art is of the artist in costume). Welcome to the world of Sydney's Alex Cameron, formerly of the electronic project Seekae. The tales dig deep in the grime of the downtrodden and failed people on the fringes with a clear-eyed perspective, but the phrasing is poetic and the delivery is breezy and engaging without being dismissive of the subjects. And it must be said that part of the connection here is the listener's uncertainty of the extent to which the songs are stories by Alex Cameron, or stories about Alex Cameron. Not that it really matters; an exploration of failure is something to which all honest men and women can relate.
Jumping The Shark may not sound like anything else you are listening to, but take my advice: Once you listen to it, you keep going back to it. This record is a dead solid keeper.
Bandcamp for Jumping the Shark
Secretly Canadian page for Jumping The Shark
Alex Cameron Tour Dates:
Fri. Sep. 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West %
Sat. Sep. 10 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In %
Sun. Sep. 11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater %
Mon. Sep. 12 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre %
Wed. Sep. 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer %
Thu. Sep. 15 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club %
Sat. Sep. 17 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall %
Sun. Sep. 18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw %
Tue. Sep. 20 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair %
% with Angel Olsen
* with Unknown Mortal Orchestra
# with Mac DeMarco
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
However, endings and beginnings go together, and at least you can mark down Dora Maar as a band to watch for the future. Named for an early 20th century photographer, poet, left wing activist and founding member of the Surrealists, Dora Maar consists of Andrew R. Hill, Andrew Scott, Daniel Markey, Erika Sella, and Grant Munro. If you are lucky enough to live near a show, the band may still have some copies. And perhaps some or all the songs will get new life on another recording.
And we strongly urge you to visit the Soft Power Records' Bandcamp link at the bottom of the post and help them out by reducing any remaining stock. Quite simply, their catalog is wonderful.
Bandcamp for Flights EP
Soft Power Records' Bandcamp Page
Monday, August 29, 2016
I was thrilled when I learned that Big Wave Riders were delivering a new album, and I expected it to be good. What I didn't expect is that the boys would vastly exceed my expectations. Endless Summer is the perfect way to extend the season well into the Autumn chill.
Big Wave Riders are Teppo (guitars/vocals), Aleksi (bass/backing vocals), Anssi (guitar/backing vocals), and Pete (drums). Endless Summer is out now via Helsinki's Soliti Music. Check the Bandcamp link below or your preferred digital provider.
Bandcamp for Endless Summer
Soliti Music's page for Big Wave Riders
Friday, August 26, 2016
The digital version of the album is a steal at $5. But for a mere $11 you can get a CD and a very cool booklet with information about the artists and a few comic strips.
Bandcamp for Fuckin Ziggurat
Emotional Response link for CD and booklet
Bandcamp for Hard To Be EP
Thursday, August 25, 2016
As an aside, sadly Fortuna POP! is closing its doors soon. They will be sorely missed here at When You Motor Away.
Slumberland Records' pre-order page for Continental Drift
Mercury Girls on Facebook
The Spook School on Facebook
Wildhoney on Facebook
Tigercats on Facebook
The Argentinian band consists of Silvina Kelly and Cecilia Kelly, and they will be joined by Manuela Ducatenzeiler for their upcoming tours. And speaking of tours, European fans should review the dates and venues listed at the bottom of this post.
Las Kellies on Tumblr
Fire Records' Bandcamp for pre-order of Friends & Lovers
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Another Century from Lawrence Arabia on Vimeo.
Absolute Truth is out now on CD, vinyl and digital formats
Friday, August 19, 2016
The bottom line for us here is that Animal Races is the best work yet by a band we have followed since their first demos popped up on the web. I'm going camping this weekend and this album is one of the few that I'm taking with me. I'm hoping the mountain goats in the central Cascades appreciate it.
Animal Races is available via Cellar Door in North America and Melodic Records in the UK/Europe. Burger Record has the cassette. Cool Ghouls are Alex Fleshman (drums/percussion/piano), Pat McDonald (vocals/guitar/drums/mellotron), Ryan Wong (vocals/guitar/bass/mellotron), and Pat Thomas (vocals/bass/guitar/farfisa). For this album, they received contributions from Tom Heyman on pedal steel, and producer Kelley Stoltz on midi guitar and percussion. The album was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young.
By the way, Cool Ghouls are traveling the western states right now, so check and see if you are in the vicinity of a show.
Bandcamp for Animal Races
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Savage Mansion is the project of Craig Angus, formerly of a band we also covered here, Poor Things (they are a band no longer, poor things). Craig relies on the help of friends such as Taylor Stuart, Jamie Dubber, and Andrew MacPherson to flesh out the sounds. You may also be interested to know that the Savage Mansion's debut EP Everyone To The Savage Mansion will be a cassette release on October 7 via Cool Your Jets.
Free download of "Elwood" by Savage Mansion
Cool Your Jets
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
They Make No Say compiles 45s from various artists released by North London's wonder label The Polytechnic Youth Label. The overall vibe of the tracks reflects late '70 - early '80s synth and electronic music, although not necessarily by artists from that period. However, within that channel there is incredible diversity of styles -- minimal, experimental, tribal, dance, electro-pop. Some songs bubble sweetly (or slyly), some thunder, some play, and some threaten. But all are accessible and entertaining. With a DIY ethos and primitive at its core, this is a delightful set of underground, analogue electronic music unencumbered by pop pretension or big label demands. That this album isn't being lauded all over the internet is truly a sign of malaise in modern culture. Jump on it and help save us all!
Apparently, many of the original releases are collectors items, with some now trading well in excess of $100. A vinyl version of this collection was released by The Polytechnic Youth Label and sold out in one day. However, the digital and CD versions now are available from Arizona's Emotional Response label.
Bandcamp for They Make No Say
Emotional Response page for CD order
Polytechnic Youth Label on Facebook
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
It is the middle of winter in Auckland, New Zealand, but Ghost Wave has delivered a wonderful summer album. Radio Norfolk combines dubby effects, layers of percussion, electronics, horns, and jangling guitars to create a shimmering, psychedelic aural brand of sunshine. The melodies sparkle, the basslines are propulsive and the songs flow with purpose. The purpose may be to dance yourself into another dimension with someone you love, but that sounds like a good goal to us.
Ghost Wave are Matt Paul and Eammon Logan. Ages, their debut album was an appealing jangle pop set, and I've been anticipating their second act for three years. Radio Norfolk doesn't follow its predecessor in style, but as fond as I am of jangle pop, I think it is a stunning step forward for the band. If one were to be limited to a one word descriptor, it would be "more". More bass, more layers, more haze, more smiles. more love, more trippy jams. You might detect influences such as Happy Mondays, Spaceman 3, and Stone Roses, but the freewheeling duo of Ghost Wave make this sound all their own.
The vibe is so cool, you may feel compelled to wear sunglasses. It is OK, I'm wearing them now as I type and listen to the album. Welcome to Radio Norfolk -- it may be your favorite summer album this year.
Radio Norfolk is available now via Flying Nun Records and Arch Hill Recordings.
Pre-Order page for Radio Norfolk
Hailing from small-town Texas, Allen is better known as an painter, sculptor and performance artist, and his work in those areas has drawn praise and awards. But Juarez deserves to live again, and to delight those that were unaware of its existence. It now has been reissued by Paradise of Bachelors, and for the first time since the '70s is available with Allen's artwork. The release is in vinyl, CD and digital formats.
I've tried to provide a flavor for the tale, and the quality of the music, with the streams below. But the only way to truly appreciate this album is to go to the Bandcamp link and play it start to finish. It is worth your time.
Bandcamp for Juarez
Paradise of Bachelors
Monday, August 15, 2016
Tonight's Music is available now in digital, CD and double LP formats via Fire Records. It was recorded in Boston, NYC, and Western Massachusetts. A native of Australia, Davies now lives in the United States. In addition to The Moles, Davies' projects include Cardinal, and (with Robert Pollard) Cosmos.
Richard Davies on Facebook
Bandcamp for Tonight's Music
Friday, August 12, 2016
Our favorite punks from The Netherlands, Rats On Rafts, have combined with fellow Dutch punk rockers De Kift on the intriguing "Sleep Little Links 2 3 4". The combination is mind-blowing rock magic, and will prompt any fan to ask "can't they play together more often?". Actually, there is an answer to that question. They are playing together quite a bit in the next few months. See below for a list of their joint dates, as well as additional performances by Rats On Rafts. But wait, there is even better news (because many of our readers don't live in Europe) -- the bands are releasing a collaborative album via Fire Records on October 14.
Rats On Rafts on Facebook
Rats On Rafts on Twitter
De Kift on Facebook
De Kift on Twitter
Bandcamp page for album
Rats On Rafts & De Kift Live Dates
28 Aug: Festival Noorderzon, Groningen, Netherlands
13 Oct: Patronaat, Harleem, Netherlands
22 Oct: Ekko, Utrecht, Netherlands
27 Oct: Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, Netherlands
28 Oct: Burgerweehuis, Deventer, Netherlands
18 Nov: Hall of Fame (013 op locatie), Tilburg, Netherlands
26 Nov: Explore The North, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
16 Dec: Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Rats On Rafts (only) Live Dates
25 Aug: Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany
26 Aug: Dutch Impact @ Stadgarten, Cologne, Germany
10 Sep: WOS Festival, Santiago, Spain
11 Sep: La Salvaje, Oviedo, Spain
12 Sep: Club de Vila-Real - Dedos Bionicos, Vila-Real, Portugal
14 Sep: La Lata de Bombillas, Zaragoza, Spain
15 Sep: Dabadaba, San Sebastian, Spain
16 Sep: La Coopérative de Mai Club, Clermont, France
17 Sep: Levitation Festival, Angers, France
19 Sep: Le Pop Up du label, Paris, France
20 Sep: La Péniche, Lille, France
21 Sep: Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
22 Sep: Dutch Impact @ Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
24 Sep: Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
26 Sep: Crane Lane, Cork, Ireland
27 Sep: Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
28 Sep: KASBAH Social Club, Limerick, Ireland
01 Oct: Shacklewell Arms, London, UK
Rats On Rafts on Facebook
Rats On Rafts on Twitter
De Kift on Facebook
De Kift on Twitter
Bandcamp page for album
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Bandcamp for Secret Kids
Song By Toad Records
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
"Talk Like That" is available now via your preferred digital platform.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
New York's KNGDAVD is back again with a tune they contributed to this week's soundtrack for Guilt. We really need more music from this project. I hereby request that they suspend normal life and get busy.
Monday, August 8, 2016
After multiple listens, I cannot identify a song that stands out from the others, but that is true only because the songs all have such adeptly layered emotions and elements, such perfectly blended melancholy and hope, that each listen reveals new joy. At various points my favorite song has been "Drunk In A Park", "Basically", "Only One", "Songman", and "Popular People". I'll listen again tonight and may well find a new candidate ("I Might Not Be Right" is trending heavily). The overall feel of the album is uplifting, to no small degree owing to pace of the tracks and the rich detail in the arrangements. We don't want to put scandalous notions in the heads of indie guitar pop fans, but you could even dance to this album.
The Wonderful Shapes of Back Door Keys is released by Dunedin's Fishrider Records, but for fans in the UK/Europe it is jointly distributed by Occultation Recordings. North American fans can buy physical copies from Jigsaw Records and Midheaven soon, and if you can't wait, order from Fishrider and have it shipped. You can stream the entire album at the Bandcamp link at the bottom of this post.
The Prophet Hens are Karl Bray (guitar/vocals), Penelope Esplin (keys/vocals), Robin Cederman (bass), and Ben Morton (drums).
Bandcamp for The Wonderful Shapes Of Back Door Keys
Friday, August 5, 2016
It is a digital release, so head to your favorite electro-store for electro-pop.
Beautiful Disaster is out via Seattle's Freakout Records (see Bandcamp link below) in digital, CD and cassette formats, and is available on digital platforms. Failure By Design Records in the UK has a stock of cassettes of the EP as well. Folks, this is a four-song gem for your weekend slacking around the 'hood.
Soundcloud for Beautiful Disaster EP
Bandcamp for Beautiful Disaster
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
What does it sound like? Perhaps like a joint effort of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Pavement. Check out the entire record below. If you only have time for one song, press play on the title track. You don't think you will be disappointed.
Fuzzkill Records Bandcamp page for Nostalgia Factory
Wolves and Vibrancy Records
Monday, August 1, 2016
This album is one delicious '80s-hit-that-was-never-released-in-the'80s after another. It is a soundtrack to a top grossing '80s brat pack movie that was never made. It is your summer guilty pleasure that your friends actually will like unless they are too stiff to be worth it. I will confess that when I first read about the album, including references to Kenny Loggins, I wasn't particularly interested. But I tried a few tracks, and became a fan. Play this album loud in the beach parking lot and, whatever your gender, you will be "the man".
Point of No Return is out this Friday, August 5, via Burger Records and Wyatt's own Lolipop Records.
Bad Wave on Soundcloud
10K Islands on Facebook
10k Islands on Soundcloud