P.S. I apologize if you’ve been having trouble with the blog layout changing every 30 seconds over the weekend like a Ritalin deprived child. After nearly 3 years of blogging (this coming August!), I designed a long overdue logo and gave the site a complete overhaul. Hopefully you approve of the changes, and thanks for sticking around. xo
Goddamn they are so good. Their debut, The Bones Of What You Believe, is out September 23rd and up for pre-order on amazon. Hopefully this makes it on some vinyl, and not just a shoddy compact disc release.
Man its been a good month for quality submissions! Silkiesare Lira (vocals, guitar, bass), Caufield (guitar), Olivier (guitar), and Maxim (drums); now a four piece working on a new EP. Last November Lira and Caufield released 3 track EP on Young Latitudes and Heart Throb Records (Ltd to 50 cassette), and since then they’ve pulled together a full band for more recording. They would describe themselves as 60s girl groups (Shangri-Las, The Crystals, Las Mosquitas), riot grrrl bands (Emily’s Sassy Lime, Bratmobile, L7, etc.), and all that surfy garage stuff going on today, which I’d say is spot on. They sound some like early live recordings from The Babies, and personally I like the rougher Babies tracks far more than their cleaned up albums.
Artists trending from raw and rough to over produced studio albums is my number one heartbreak for artists I love.
Silkies sound genuine, with the raw energy I live to find and hear. I bet they’re killer live, and would sound right at home in the raddest house party you could fin in Boston.
Speaking of shows, they totally just played their first festival at NYC Popfest June 1st. Keep an eye out for their second EP due out June 18th, cause these guys are hot shit.
I’ve been increasing listening to more cold wave/post punk/minimal wave type of stuff, and if you’re into all of that, then Ancien Régime is top notch. I need to remember to keep a closer eye on Mannequin, seeing as they special in just exactly all of that, and their releases are small and quick to run out. This was Ltd to 300 copies and is long gone. Snatch a digital copy or start hunting discogs if you want the vinyl.
It’s quite unusual for an Italian band to get attention before its first full-length even comes to life. Ancien Régime from Rome might just be the exception to this rule. In fact, the band sole release before 2012 had been the quickly sold out limited edition Split Ep (Mannequin), released together with Brooklyn-based cold wave heroes Led Er Est. Since then, Ancien Régime have been playing all over Italy along with outstanding bands such as Two Door Cinema Club, Is Tropical, The Soft Moon, Clan of Xymox, A Place to Bury Strangers and many others.
Their first album “The Position” evokes new wave and synth-pop memories, delivering epic vintage sounds and wrapping them all with catchy riffs and melodies. Still, despite this fascination with the past, the band’s work stands out as a distinctive, highly personal take on the genre.
The album is opened by the single “Negative”, with its dark gloomy vocals and war-like drumming. “Negative” is, in fact, the quintessential Ancien Régime composition: wave, biting snare, interweaving synths and guitars, reverbs, delays.
“The Position” was recorded and mixed by Alessandro Gavazzi of “Hell Smell” – Rome, and co-produced by Alessandro Adriani from Mannequin Records and Ancien Régime.
I had never heard of The Snails until recently, but this popped up on my radar because it includes members from Future Islands, and those guys freakin rule. Plus you gotta respect any band sporting matching felt snail hats n glasses.
The Snails - Worth the Wait EP is excellently titled and being released on double gatefold 7” (one of the most unneccessarily extravagant vinyl formats, besides maybe an 8”). Ltd to 250 hand-numbered copies with one 7” pink and the other green. Another 750 copies will be pressed on non-colored vinyl. Order yours from Thrill Jockey or Friends Records.
Baltimore’s answer to the California Raisins, The Snails, are ready to come out of their shells for long enough to swoon a turntable and dance hall near you. With their own brand of AM radio reggae-pop fronted by Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands, these mollusks are no longer native to only Baltimore.
Roughly five years ago Spank Rock asked Future Islands to play his birthday party in Baltimore. Gerrit Welmers was down in North Carolina at the time, so Samuel T. herring and William Cashion put together a rag-tag group of friends to play some old songs by Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. Snail heads were created for the affair, and a few shows later the group’s own slimy songs were born.
True to their name, The Snails have only played about ten shows since, and all of them have been under their own rock. Those who have at times worn a snail hat include William Cashion, Abram Sanders, Samuel T. Herring, Andy Abelow, Drew Swinburne, Jana Hunter, Bob O’Brien, April Camlin, Ryan Syrell, Joel Herring, Brian Corum, Andrew Burt and Justin Lucas.
Friends Records is proud to present the long-awaited debut EP from The Snails, Worth The Wait. The five song album will be released via a limited double seven inch pressed to fluorescent pink and emerald green vinyl and enclosed in gatefold packaging. The release features the current cast of snails: Snail Braham, Snailburne, Sammy Snail, Snailliam, and Sandy Snailbelow.
The debut features hand-drawn art by fans that submitted their own versions of the aforementioned creatures, and was mastered by Sarah Register of Talk Normal at the Lodge.
Super sugarcoated electro pop from Strangeheart. On first impression is reminds be a lot of Starfucker and early Egyptian Hip Hop circa Some Reptiles Grew Wings, both bands I fucking love.Apparently they were working on an EP, but decided to push that off and go for a full length. Personally I would’ve rather seen an EP first, but if they can crank a whole album forth of pop this catchy I am so down.
I was lucky enough to receive a submission from Blush Beat Red a couple of months ago, and now I’m happy to update that they’ve fleshed out a few more tracks into their first EP. It’s up for streaming or purchase through their BnDcMp. The EP has a decidedly dark feel to it, definitely some basement techno scene beats for dancing till the sun comes up. The new tracks add to the catchy two they previously released (Boys and Girls & Coyotes in the Hen House). Pretty is probably my favorite of the new additions. No filler tracks here.
Hoping I’ll make it north to see them perform one of these days…
This super cool trippy, ambient full length from Yong Yong came out on cassette from Night School in the last year. Ltd to 75 copies and long ago sold out, I had picked up a copy on whim with my last NS order of the Golden Grrrls LP. I had given it a few listens and was happy with my purchase, but I’m kinda surprised to see it getting a reissue on vinyl? Sometime I wonder just how much of a demand there really is for obscure experimental ambient pieces like this, and that’s certainly not to put it down, cause I find myself increasing listening to more ambient/experimental tracks beyond my BOC vinyl discography. Check this one out, it’s quite a gem if you’re into this type of dark mysterious music, and clocking in at 53min, its some deep listening.