Oh yay a new cassette from everyone’s favorite summer dream pop master Teen Daze is being released on Waaga Records. Not that I don’t have some special love for cassettes, I only wish that TD would put some tunes on wax. But yes, Yay cassette!
A Silent Planet cassette (and the continually archaic compact disc) are available to pre-order through Lefse right now here.
Also apparently pre-orders will recieve a special surprise.
By now you’ve probably heard the new single from Twin Sister, Bad Street available as a sweet heavy 10” from Domino Recordshere. This tune is a brand new demo, just released by the band today via their blog. I saw them play the Iron Horse Friday night to an intimate crowd of >100 people. Now, without too much hot wind, I have been a major fan of these kids since their debut track (at least to me) Kimmi In The Ricefield last January on The Report Vol. 1. McGregor also threw Nectarine on my custom cassette mixtape, and I’ve been devoted ever since.
So when I say this was one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen, maybe its a little biased. However my gf, whom had only given them a listen or two, and frankly whose excellent taste in music tends to run a few decades older than mine, declared it was the 2nd best show she had seen (out of easily 100+), I realized I wasn’t alone or biased. She then bought their three records immediately, despite that I own them all already.
As good as they sound recorded, their live sound is leagues above and beyond. In person you begin to see how many complex arrangements are occurring simultaneously, even in a seemingly simple song such as Bad Street. Seeing Nectarine live acoustically was so damn beautiful it, it nearly brought tears to my eyes.
Until seeing them live, I had major reservations about the new direction Bad Street was taking the debut LP, but my concerns were crushed and tossed aside. Their ability to masterfully play so wide a range from folk to funk, to the insane hard rock jam finale, was beyond impressive. Rarely do I spend so long writing up one band, but these guys deserve the effort.
See Twin Sister live. Do it. Drive the miles, you won’t regret it.
Grab their vinyl from Domino here. Watch for the new forthcoming LP In Heaven, out September 27 from Domino Records.
But what makes them stand out from the myriad other biters of these sounds is their punchy, purposeful songwriting, their flab-free arrangements and the crystalline vocals of Hall, which come over like a heavily reverbed, robotized descendent of Young Marble Giant’s Alison Statton. This is proper electronic pop music, coolly (retro)futuristic but sweepingly romantic, and highly recommended to fans of John Foxx, early Human League and modern day standard-bearers like Xeno & Oaklander and John Maus. ~FACT Magazine
When I first discoveredSoft Metals - The Cold World Melts 12” from Captured Tracks (CT-69) last year I thought I was privy to some secret wondrous 12”. I had only heard clips, and couldn’t snatch it off what at the time, but I dig most things released by CT so I dove in head first. The above description hits exactly on some of my first reactions to the The Cold World Melts last year: retro but futuristic, and darkly poppy, but sensually romantic. Also that EP is on beautiful heavy weight white vinyl. Can’t beat white.
So I’ve been anticipating this LP for some time, and it doesn’t disappoint. It sounds a little colder and more alien than the EP. When listening back to back, The Cold World Melts actually sounds like warm electronics, if that makes sense. There’s a constant assault of snyth beats, and while the first listen left me wanting a little more to be desired, the beat ultimately creates a hypnotic landscape. The more I listen, the more I like.
Soft Metals - s/t LP on Ltd turquoise/green heavy vinyl is available for sale now from Captured Tracks mailorder here
A pair of unearthed gems, mined from early sketches of Railcars brilliance, appear on this gorgeous release. Astute listeners may hear early incarnations of concepts found in the Cities vs Submarines and Cathedral With No Eyes albums. Vocals are provided by early members of the live Railcars show, Biljana Mirkovski for “B’s Skeleton” and Dasha Bulatova for “Saints are Waiting.”
First time listen for me, I just stumbled on this beautiful 7” by Railcars browsing through the Pure Groove catalog. I was instantly hooked by the combination of heavy dark synth, layered with sick beats and raspy voices. Snyth drowns out Biljana’s voice; its not poorly mixed, but in just the right combination to get you straining to hear her final gasps. B-side sung by Dasha is equally moving with a little more pop, some keys maybe mixed in, coupled with more scratchy noise. The Said Sister 7” is an absolute gem in the way that most excites me; catches my attention with the same draw I had to Cults on first listen.
At only 250 Ltd hand-numbered copies, it’ll be gone quick once people catch on.
Don’t let this sweet little 7” sneak under your radar. Tundra dub is releasing a gorgeous split 7” featuring Modern Witch and Os Ovni. Modern Witch released little cdr called Disaro in the past year that I quite enjoyed. Minimal 80s synth and whatnot.
The Love / Desire 7” is Ltd to 300 hand-numbered copies on solid, white, virgin vinyl. 100% original cover art by Mario Zoots of Modern Witch. Mastered 100% analog by Pat Stolley at Futureappletree Studios. All orders will receive an immediate download of both tracks. Vinyl done right.
Os Ovni/Modern Witch - Love / Desire 7” available here via bandcamp.
Austa consists of co-founder and lead singer Katie Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf. They make dark new wave dance beats that you might liken to something from circa 1980’s London. First impressions immediately remind me of The Knife, and something more. These guys are destined for great things, and you can grab an assortment of vinyl including a full length LP, 7”, and 12” single remix from Domino Records. Very impressed indeed.
New gorgeous track from Active Child via the Adult Swim’s 2011 Singles series. Amazingly those guys are really snatching up some amazing single. If you missed his highly overlooked white vinyl 10” from last year Curtis Lane EP, you can still snatch up copies on insound here. I thought that EP was epic, but apparently since then Pat Grossi as only been further refining his sound and upping the ante. Debut full length, You Are All I See comes out via Vagrantin August, but no news on the vinyl status of the LP from the label. Ironically, hmv already has a page setup for pre-ordering the LP. Not that I doubt it’ll be on wax, just amusing to see such an early pre-order up.
So I can’t decide if knowing these guys when they were playing sick house shows in the ghetto (aka Scribner Village) makes me cool or old? I guess that was only six years ago that I was trying not to fall on Sam drumming because there literally wasn’t enough room for people to cram in. See: basement walls covered in black plastic trash bags; see: glow in the dark skeletons; see: crowd surfing in a living room?! Wtf.
Damn those shows were out of control.
Psyched to see Snakes Say Hiss being successful and putting their new tunes on wax via Famous Class. This tune however, is back from their college days selling zine cdrs after sweaty basement/rooftop shows. From the sound of the new MJ tune, Jamie has really stepped up his game. Check these guys out for sure.
Snakes Say Hiss - Right Behind You 7” is available here
Fantastic new Still Corners 7” from Subpop has shipped to pre-orderers (this kid!), and I’m listening to my slick piece of wax right now.
It is Epic.
For those of you that may have missed the boat when these guys first started catching steam, last year they released their Don’t Fall in Love 7” on The Great Pop Supplement, a good ol chap that self runs a label specializing in beautiful limited 7s made with care and concern; I highly suggest checkin the label out.
Followup Still Corners - Cuckoo 7” on tried and true Subpop doesn’t disappoint.
Grab the vinyl while you still can from Subpop directly here.