Chicago's Impossible Colors Records have released the second of their monthly split cassingle series. This month features the nice post-punk track, French Girl, by Strawberry Jacuzzi, with plenty of Kathleen Hanna vibes b/w the tight Weezer reminiscent track, Brain In Two, by Post Child. The production on both is excellent and both bands rock enough to get one through a mundane workday. If you haven't subscribed to the cassingle series, get with it. Stream and buy this month's Impossible Colors Club release at the link below.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
FZB favorites Work Drugs have a new album out titled Runaways. The Philadelphia based duo of Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana continue to impress with their signature brand of dream pop. One thing you can always expect from a new Work Drugs album is that they will deliver a winner, and Runaways does not disappoint. The twelve tracks sore with slick production, huge sound, sterling vocals and wonderful songwriting. This is a group you need to be aware of and their latest must have album is as good a place as any to get hip to them. Stream and buy Runaways at the link below.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Brooklyn electronic artist/producer Radio Shock, aka MP Lockwood, has a new EP out, Romanse is the Death of Intellect. The six tracks are full on glitch affairs, with disjointed sounds, noise and out of control synths. Melody is stark and anything resembling conventional electronic genres nonexistent. Lockwood explores the experimental side of electronic music, relying on noise oscillations, heavy glitch synthesizers and unconventional guitar parts to create a dissonant cacophony of sound. Stream and buy Romanse is the Death of Intellect at the link below.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
FZB favorites Absent Hours, are back with their sophomore EP, End Effect. The Sydney, Australia based band of Alec Mallia, Jack McFarlane, Kyle Richards and Jesse Williams give us seven tracks of dark post-punk music with elements ranging from the subtlety of The National to the edginess of Interpol. This is a band that has continued to gain strength across their two releases, with this EP being a definite must have. Stream and download End Effect at the link below.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
New Zealand's Bad Blocks are back with their sophomore EP, released by our friends at Brooklyn's Stars & Letters Records. Daniel Neeve and Hamish Lang deliver four tracks of metallic zings distorted to sound like shooting stars, filter-swept synth pads drenched in field recordings of crashing waves, or time elastically stretched to fill the cavernous void of an empty Berlin club on a Sunday morning, This is a EP of singular beauty and depth. Stream and buy the Circulate EP at the link below.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Red Light Fever produces original music by pairing unacquainted musicians in the studio and challenging them to finish tracking a new song in just one day. The band exists for one day only, seeing players from different styles and backgrounds coming together to record a single with the whole process being documented in a video. Red Light Fever is about injecting new creative energy into recordings by challenging musicians' traditional approaches and forcing them to rely on their deepest creative Impulses. The project has now yielded its first 5 song EP, Red Light Fever Volume 1, which was released today. Push your own boundaries; stream and buy Red Light Fever Volume 1 at the link below.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Together is the latest album from New Orleans singer/songwriter Metro, aka Beth Hollingsworth. The twelve tracks are intimate lo-fi gems, that are compelling in every way a record can be. Hollingsworth is a gifted songwriter, whose post-punk anthems stylishly draw one into her world, never to return. This one is guaranteed to be on repeat for a long time; a definite must have. Stream and buy Together at the link below.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Ontario indie rockers Bass Lions release their new S/T album on October 28th. The band of James Vander Zaag, Daniel Stretch, Anthony James and Nathan Stretch make complex music sound easy, allowing them to engage with a broad group of listeners, and continue to combine evocative, mercurial arrangements with soulful lyricism. The 11 tracks deliver a strong original vibe and this album is a must have. Stream five tracks now and pre-order Bass Lions at the link below.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
San Diego band Suburban Campers have released their sophomore EP, Somerspace Canopy on Atlanta label Human Sounds Records. The five tracks are a collection of poppy, reverby SoCal indie, in the same vein as so many other bands such as Wavves, Best Coast, etc. There is little here to distinguish this record. Musically weaker than the other bands mentioned, with lackluster production, this EP misses the mark. The band is good, but in a landscape of so may similar, they just don't step up. Stream and buy a limited edition cassette of Somerspace Canopy at the link below.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Today marks the release of the debut single by garage-punk artist Braggers. The solo project of Kansas City punk musician Esteban Leon, the two tracks are edgy affairs with compelling guitar parts, sultry vocals and enough jangle to shake down a building. Leon, best known for his work with seminal 90's punk band The Dukes of Kansas City, has crafted two classic punk tracks that are tantalizing advance look at his debut EP, scheduled for a February release on Russian Winter Records. Stream and buy the Virtual 7" at the link below.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Austrian label KIM have released their new compilation, Spotting 2. Spotting is a weekly concert series, happening every Wednesday at the Postgarage, Graz. This compilation honors the start of the new season by featuring bands that played at Spotting last year: Empire Escape, Goldsoundz, Hidden by the Grapes, Fragments of an Empire, Petra und der Wolf, Aivery, Half Girl, Henry H., Luise Pop, Strom, KOKO, Robotra, Me and Jane Doe, Theta5 and Just Friends and Lovers. Stream and download Spotting 2 at the link below.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Austrian label Totally Wired Records regales us with new album from post-punk auteurs Bruch. Titled My Name Should Be Trouble, the twelve tracks tread the edge with new wave influences David Byrne vocal phrasing, great guitar sounds and a minimalist intent. This has quickly become one of our favorite records right now. A definite must have. Watch a video for album track Take Me Home Vienna and then stream and buy My Name Should Be Trouble at the link below.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Greek label Inner Ear Records has been one of the best curated new labels we've found. Now we have another gem with the new album Eclipse, from dark electro outfit Film. With massive synth facades and glitchy vocals, the trio glistens through nine superb tracks. Sterling production and melodic foreplay make this an essential listening experience for electro aficionados. Watch the video for album track Ping Pong With Angels and then stream and buy Eclipse at the link below.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Sorry State Records has picked up Raleigh, NC punkers No Love for their sophomore EP, Tape #2. The four tracks are hard edged punk reminiscent of bands like the Buzzcocks. This EP is marked by a dense combination of melodic bass lines, dueling lead guitar and anthemic vocals. Punk as a genre never seems to want for new edgy bands to continue carrying the banner into the future and No Love are certainly worthy flag bearers. Stream and download Tape #2 at the link below.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Psalm is the latest album from Swedish electronic duo Fatal Casualties, aka Stefan Ljungdahl & Ivan Hirvonen. The nine tracks are dark affairs, with pronounced beats and atmospheric vocals. Glitchy synths give an otherworldly sheen to steamy back alley sonic imagery. Rather than follow the super poppy direction of most Swedish music, Fatal Casualties show us that there is a dark side, where winter lingers and desperation is just a beat away. This is a very cool record that everyone should give a listen to. Watch the video for album track Somewhere In The Middle, then stream and buy Psalm at the link below.