Massenger are back with their second album, and it’s my favorite release of the year so far! I was in Burger Record’s Fullerton store a few weeks ago and picked up a copy of the tape. They didn’t think they had them yet, but after a look in the backroom I came up trumps. I would also highly recommend the Banshee EP they released last autumn, which is only available on tape from Burger. Here’s a video for “Runnoft” from the Peeling Out LP. Dig it.
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The Record Turnover podcast is back, and long overdue. That’s why this one is a round-up of some of the best garage and punk releases of the year so far. Some great albums and singles have come out this spring, on labels like State, Castle Face, Burger of course, Randy, Trouble In Mind, Hozac and Famous Class. Two bands to watch are The Magnetic Mind who are one of the most promising new garage/psych acts from the UK (along with The Exploding Sound Machine), and Thing which is a new project from Reatards-member and Lover! main man Rich Crook. La Luz have released a new LP this month, and Negative Scanner and Sheer Mag I have already written about here or on HMYN. A review of the amazing Uh Bones LP is coming soon as well!
Uh Bones – Loretta
The Living Eyes – Bad Example
The High Learys – I’m a Fool For You
The Baron Four – Walking Out
La Luz – I’ll Be True
The Magnetic Mind – When The Morning Comes
Negative Scanner – Criticism
Nervosas – The Well
Black Time – Black Chant
No Joy – Remember Nothing
Zig Zags – Gröth
Thee Oh Sees – Turned Out Light
The Optic Nerve – Here to Stay
The BellTowers – You Never Know
The Zoltars – Movies
Hinds – Between Cans
Thing – Outta Control
Nancy – Holiday
Magic Jake and the Power Crystals – Boys and Girls
Golden Pelicans – Last Street Fighter
Sheer Mag – Button Up
The Splits – Melody
The Achtungs – I Don’t Care About You
Melted – Pepper and Milk
Wand – Flesh Tour
Did you make a #burgermix yet? Here’s one I made a Wednesday a couple of weeks ago, of some favourites from their catalogue. Check out the Fast Company interview with the Burger founders here. Making it big, they are!
John Krautner of The Go (and Conspiracy of Owls) is back, and he picks up where their latest longplayer Fiesta left off. If you liked bubblegum mega hits like “It Always Happens to You”, then Fun With Gum Vol. 1 will be right up your street. Again, out on the brilliant Burger Records. Bring on the second volume, I say.
There, handed in the final assignment for this semester. Next up, in 2015, will be the masters thesis. This last essay was about soft innovation, comparing Spotify to the new cassette-manufacturing boom, using Fred Thomas’ interview with Burger Records.
Here’s a tip about two debut albums both from all-female groups, which we’ve definitely needed more of this year. Be a luzer and join the La Luz hype. After being picked up by Hardly Art for their first ep Damp Face, that I’ve previously mentioned here, they’ve managed to release BOTH a stunning instrumental single on Suicide Squeeze called “Brainwash”, as well as their first album It’s Alive. For their Harly Art full-length they’ve taken the two best tracks off Damp Face, and added 9 more. There are a lot of instrumental passages, La Luz being rooted in the instrumental sounds of early 60s surf music. And lyrics may not be their strong point, but languid closing track “You Can Never Know” hits an almost hypnotic note. The ballad “What Good Am I?” also proves their voices deserve to carry more than “wooo”s and should be as much of a centre-point as the shimmery lead guitar. Some of the mixes would do well with a bit more punch too, but even without, this is a very enjoyable record as you can hear.
An album that really packs a punch, but on the other hand lacks a bit of low end, is Habibi’s follow-up to last year’s promising ep delivered by Born Bad. This 11-track party crasher includes new recordings of all three ep tracks, and they do sound much better. Pulling on a lot more post-punk influences than La Luz, Habibi’s songs are deceptively simply, with the secret ingredient being the vocal interplay between singer Rahill, bass player Erin (ex Girls At Dawn) and guitarist Lenaya. Now they’ve even fleshed out to a five-piece adding a second guitarist. Best track on the album might be “Detroit Baby”, which could prove to be as much of a floorfiller as Chain & the Gang’s “Detroit Music”. The slow ballad “She Comes Along” gets bonus points for having the most gorgeous harmonies of the year and a really understated guitar solo. “Persepolis” and “Let Me In” (below) are both enthralling too. Burger are releasing this on vinyl, but so far it’s only available on tape. Even if Neverever never releases anything ever again, Habibi should keep you going.
Finally, there’s the New Centre of the Universe #2 from Anti Fade. The first one was one of the central comps of 2012, and Anti Fade also have some other releases from this year that are worth writing about, so keep an eye out. But this new tape (this time it’s also available on CD!!) features local acts like The Stevens, Housewives, The Sulphur Lights, Gooch Palms, Sewers and some familiar names like Terrible Truths, Bits of Shit, Straight Arrows and Cobwebbs. Surprisingly there’s nothing from new sensations Cuntz, or Los Tones who released their debut 45 on Groovie this year. Perhaps the most notable discovery is The Fighting League who deliver a straight powerpop knockout of a track. Listening through their only release Tropical Paradise, there’s absolutely no telling where that brilliance came from. Get it straight from Anti Fade HQ.
The latest order from Burger turned up, including a purple Dead Ghosts LP. Burger Records are having another strong year release-wise, and Dead Ghosts’ sophomore album Can’t Get No has been one of this year’s most anticipated records for me. Already three years old, their self-titled debut can be considered a minor classic, and a high that we knew was going to be hard to improve on. I’m not sure how everyone else feels, but it’s been remarkably quiet about this release considering taster track “Roky Said” was featured on Pitchfork already early in the year. My expectations only increased after the basement gig at Drone in Copenhagen, which is still the show of the year for me. The first single off of the album, “I Sleep Alone” on Randy was brilliant, and the 11 other tracks are every bit its match. Marginally more diverse than their first set, they even include a bit of bar piano and a cheesy organ here and there. “That Old Feeling” gets a redress and I’ve already featured “Summer With Phil” on my summer mixtape. Their tribute to Roky Erickson is still a contender for best track, but equally, “I Want You Back” is rocking as tightly as “What to Do” did all those years ago. Even the C.M. Ruiz custom type feels like an upgrade from the Cassie Ramone look on the first record sleeve.
Also back with a follow-up are California trio Tomorrows Tulips, whose debut Eternally Teenage, recorded by Darren Rademaker, was one of last year’s brighter moments. Experimental Jelly is released on cassette only so far, in 250 copies. Opening track “Flowers On the Wall” is the one track you can hear online, but what a song it is. It quickly settles into a warm lo-fi lull, and builds to a slightly claustrophobic chorus. If the album title gives you some early Flaming Lips vibes, you’re not too far from the truth. The tracks range from quick sketches of songs to 5-minutes work-outs. The ideas are generally simple, but effective, such as the peculiar high-pitched sliding bass notes in closing track “Internal Perm”. Considering they have a standing drummer, it’s no surprise to hear their take on VU-style psychedelia on “Misses Hash”. The most perfect pop song suddenly appears towards the end of the swaying flanger of most tracks, showing us Alex Knost also knows how to play it straight. “Free” drones on that Byrds riff for a minute before resolving into a “Pale Blue Eyes” style ballad. Hear it below and pick up the tape now, or chance it and wait for an eventual vinyl release.