Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lantern - Dream Mine (Bathetic 2012)

Jeans Wilder - Totally (Everloving 2012)

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"The 11-track set is his most realized work, packing the sounds of sunshine-y 60’s pop, toes-on-the-nose surf jangle and resin-scraping grunge.
On Totally, Jeans sparks and exhales a heavy toke of reverbed guitar, vocal harmonies and downer lyrics into your ears.
Jeans is the nom-de-plume of San Diego-based Andrew Caddick, former band member of Fantastic Magic (with Nathan Williams of Wavves and Matt Barajas of Heavy Hawaii). He has been honing his melancholic beach pop since 2008, channeling the light and darkness of America’s Finest City. With a handful of cassette and vinyl releases already under his belt, Totally is as much the next step from his celebrated Nice Trash LP as it is a huge leap forward for the lonesome drifter. Where previous releases have seen much more sparse instrumentation, Totally delivers a more fleshed out sound while bringing Caddick’s voice further into the foreground with strong delivery and melodic hooks.
The lo-fi wash and dub-like production are still part of his signature, only now Jeans is a little bit further from the shade and closer to the sand. It’s the soundtrack for a bonfire at the moment where you steal away from the others to sit and watch the tide. Somewhere between the crashing churn of the Pacific, Jeans Wilder is out there."-Everloving 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wymond Miles - Under The Pale Moon (Sacred Bones 2012)

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"Wymond’s previous EP, Earth Has Doors was about intangible and esoteric concepts; the music drifted beautifully in somewhat of an oceanic, boundless state. For the LP it was very important for him to make the songs be felt somatically. In his own words, “I wanted it to hit the body, I wanted it carnal.” Whereas the EP had been a drawn out labor of love he worked on and then shelved for several years, most songs on Under the Pale Moon developed quickly last winter. He describes them as being effortless to write, short songs with stripped down arrangements; recorded straight away as soon as they came to him. Feeling very raw and alive, he wrote the basic structure for most of the record within a few weeks.

He had the chords and melody for album standout “Singing the Ending” when last year began to take a cathartic turn. In a short span of time his closest friend was killed and he lost some family members. Without much time to deal with grief, he immediately had to tour Europe with the Fresh & Onlys for two months while still basically in shock. He became filled with an ardor for life and seeing the record through. The loss had emerged as a purifying fire and manifested not as a morose lament on tragedy but as a feverish grindstone of passion, dissent, desire, and an apolitical rebellion cry against the bondage of established order. While never overtly attempting to address his influences, the listener can hear a bit of Go-Betweens, Echo & the Bunnymen, Nick Cave, Nikki Sudden and The Cure present in his work. Miles creates a big romantic pop record reminiscent of Roxy Music at the height of their power. Under the Pale Moon is a gorgeously dramatic and romantic debut; a focused departure from his work in the Fresh & Onlys, he emerges as innovative songwriter with limitless pop potential."- Sacred Bones 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sacred Bones Presents - Todo Muere Vol. 2 (Sacred Bones 2012)

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"Sacred Bones is thrilled to present our second Record Store Day compilation,Todo Muere Vol. 2, featuring ten songs — nine of which have been previously unreleased or only released in limited edition. The first song, by Copenhagen’s War, is a complete break from the “At War For Youth” 7-inch we released in February, and is a modern-day, post-apocalypse love song for the ages. Led Er Est’s “The Gold Cane” is an outtake from their new full-length LP out in May, and mixed by Chris Coady. “Neon Lights,” by Pop. 1280, was the A-side of a split with Hot Guts originally released on Philly’s Badmaster Records. “Adult Living,” the brand new single from our beloved Brisbane recreational drug enthusiasts Slug Guts, shows a far more refined, instrumental performance, paired lovingly with a fully unhinged performance by frontman JD. The Crystal Stilts track “Dark Eyes” appears on their EP, Radiant Door, but the song is so good we felt it needed to be released twice. Side A closes with “Strange Desire” by Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys; this is a preview of his first full length which we will be releasing this summer.

Side B of Todo Muere Vol. 2 explores the more psychedelic side of our roster, beginning with “A Minor,” an epic unreleased jam by The Men. Santiago, Chile’s Föllakzoid returns to the fold to unveil their new song “Trees”; Sacred Bones will be releasing a full length from them later this year. The Amen Dunes track, “Ethio Song,” is from a European double 7-inch originally on kindred label Kraak, and is one of his most moving works to date. Finally, we end with an alternate demo version of “Mind Daze” from our beloved Psychic Ills."- Sacred Bones

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Honeydrum - Stranger Calls 7"

Black Jeans Chromavision Video

Chromavision, Episode 1 - Black Jeans from Goldwave Studios Inc. on Vimeo.

Monday, June 4, 2012

YYU - TimeTimeTime&Time (Beer on the Rug 2012)