(NOTE: The video has a lot of flashing lights and images, so do not watch if you may have a seizure from viewing it.)
Ruby Fray released their second album in late September called Grackle (K) and true to its label’s spirit, it was recorded in Olympia, Washington at the Dub Narcotic Studio, so it has that sound that you’ve come to know and love from the room. If you’re motivated to check out more from them, buy Grackle by heading to K Records or order below via Amazon.
Released two months ago was Mega Bog’s album Gone Banana (Couple Skate) and if you’ve had a few weeks to sit with it, you may have already seen this. If not, check out the mellow jazziness of “Aurora/99″, directed by Shaun Libman.
Charged Annoying Noise have released a new 9-song EP called Schizoid Fucker but this is what I hear: nine tracks that either sound the same or one song under four minutes divided into nine parts. I don’t know what’s coming or going, what’s forward or backwards, what’s sped up or slowed down. I like it and yet I don’t (but really do). I’m (not) confused.
If you like/prefer your punk rock to sound dirty and as if it was recorded on cassette with no sense of mixing, you’ll want to check out a new 12″ EP by a Norwegian band named Witchface. The record is called Skrekk & Gru and they’ve made only 200 copies. You can stream it in full above and if it hits you the right way, order it directly from Tigernet.no
FF released an album on Couple Skate Records called Lord and if you’re in the Pacific Northwest and wanted to know if they would visit you… well, they’re not going to visit you personally but you’ll be able to see them perform live at a small handful of shows.
December 3… Portland, OR (Discourage Records in-store)
December 5… Seattle, WA (The Cockpit) *
December 6… Vancouver, BC (Horse Records) +
December 10… Seattle, WA (Spin Cycle Records)
* = w/ Acid Rain (Travis Coster of Naomi Punk’s solo-project)
+ = w/ Cave Girls
Ho99o9 (pronounced horror) recently released an EP called Mutant Freax and if you have enjoyed it, what’s the song you wanted to be turned into a video? If one of them was called “Da Blue N***a From Hell Boy”, you are now in luck. The video is for you. If you haven’t heard the EP yet, check it out below. The group has some east coast shows coming up, head out if you’d like to show support:
November 28… Newark, NJ (e-mail svp [at] ho99o9 [dot] com for location and entry)
November 30… Brooklyn, NY (The Flat)
December 4… Miami, FL (Art Basel)
10 Watt Lazers is an EP that will be out on Liquid Amber, the label founded by DJ Shadow. The creator of the EP is an artist who goes by the name of Bleep Bloop, whose mom knows him as Aaron Triggs. As with Shadow’s own music for the last 23 years, Bleep Bloop is a bit on the adventurous and eclectic as well and to have a glimpse as to what he’s about, have a listen to some of the songs he has on his official Soundcloud page, including a song he did with Shadow called ““Blast Off“. The EP will be out on December 9th.
When you mention the name Stevie, you may get someone to say “Wonder”, “Ray Vaughan”, or “Nicks”. In 2015, you may just want to say “yes, I am a fan of Stevie”. Stevie are a duo consisting of producer Miro Mackie and singer Phoebe Imhoff, who may be familiar to those who remember Brisbane band Go Violets. Now they’re in Australia teamed up with one another to head to new places, and you can hear one of those places with the song “Come Around”. A Stevie EP will be on its way very soon.
A song with a title like “Gravy” may sound as if it was ready made for Thanksgiving but if gravy is a way of life or an everyday thing for you, then you’ll like this funny hip-hop track by Stuff You Guys. For those of you who like gravy on rice, on chicken, on pasta, on oatmeal, on eggs, or even on your hands, this is for you.
If music by The Wood Brothers, The Avett Brothers, or Ray Lamontagne is a turn on, may I turn you on to the music and words of Tyler Nail, an artist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina who offers his style of Americana to where it will become identified with him. He has an album out now (his second) called Feathers and from it is a very nice song called “Valentina”, which may remind you of The Eagles or Loggins & Messina too.