Lewis Knudsen is an artist who gets involved in a number of different genres, even if you’re unsure of what you’re exactly listening to. The mixture is quite nice and he displays it all on his debut studio album called Joy, Pain, Love, Songs. There’s a slightly nostalgic/classic feel to his material but listen to it deeper and it’s the kind of music that is quite timeless. He calls Rock Island, Illinois home but he is sure to do his share of traveling in the years to come. Listen to the lyrics, listen to the music, listen to the songs. Then listen to Lewos Knudsen. You’ll be very glad that you did.
The epitome of cool can be desribed in a number of ways but for the band known as White Reaper, this is what they are describing as “Cool”, and it’s a whale of a song complete with a garage rock feel and masks. It may sound confusing but sometimes music videos can be that way, and White Reaper make it that way because it’s fun. You’ll find more fun on their self-titled debut EP, released last week on Polyvinyl Records.
This song sounds like something straight out of the early 60’s, or something you might have played alongside The Mummies, The Phantom Surfers, or Thee Headcoats. They are Guantanamo Baywatch, who play a style of surf/garage rock that rips hard, and the song is from the split 7″ they did with Natural Child, to be released very soon on Suicide Squeeze Records.
Reading the words “slightly goofy stoner punk” and I’m thinking “yes, I have to hear this”. This is a video by The Ghost Wolves, whose “Attack Attack Attack” is the reason why they may be slightly something, but they’re slightly something damn good. Carley and Jonathan Wolf have an album ready for release on July 14th, they’re calling it Man, Woman, Beast (Plowboy) and the world may not be able to wait that long.
In truth, you don’t have to wait too long, as the entire album is streaming at YouTube. Enjoy it, then buy.
The Rich Hands are a garage rock band from San Antonio who play with the kind of fervor that is similar to groups from the late 70’s/early 80’s who wanted to be balls out but not disgustingly so. Musically though, they are raunch and rock at their best, and Out Of My Head (Fountain/Burger) sounds like a band who love the music and the hooks, and then there’s the stories that are rich with power and you want to listen to it because you can relate to them. Where these guys plan on going is uncertain at this time, but they seem to want to do things without figuring out a complete destination, just a rough guide on where but not exactly when. Calling the album Out Of My Head may be where they want to go with their formula so they can figure how to get out (of not rid) of it.
Released last fall, the Sonic Bloom album on The Reverberation Appreciation Society by Seattle’s Night Beats is making rock fans love the fact that this style of music is not only back, but has never left the vicinity. It sounds like something you may expect to hear from The Troggs, The Yardbirds, or The Kinks but is sweats in a wicked manner by the Night Beats, and they sweat quite nicely.
Sadly, Skating Polly will not allow me to play their song “Ugly” on my website but if you see the link, you can head to Soundcloud to take a listen to a song from their Calvin Johnson-produced Fuzz Steilacoom album on Chap Stereo.
Teen Sound Records will be responsible for the mayhem when Portland’s Paradise release a new album on April 22nd called Soldiers Of The Modern Age. These troopers are going to go crazy and so will fans, if “Born And Bound” is proof. It has a nice mid-60’s flair with a binch of bluesiness that made a out British bands proud to fly over the Atlantic.
If you are in Portland early next month, they’ll have a record release party on May 3rd at Doug Fir Lounge, with The Upside Down and The Suicide Notes playing as well. Show is only $10 and doors open at 8pm.
of Montreal’s “Jigsaw Puzzle” will be their contribution to a 7″ to be released for Record Store Day 2014. The B-side will be an alternate version of “Triumph of Disintegration”
Meanwhile, the group have a lot of shows planned through mid-May, and are scheduled to play at the Sasquatch this summer.
March 22… Natchitoches, LA (DemonFest @ Northwestern State University)
March 25… Zapopan, Mexico (Teatro Estudio Caveret)
March 27… Mexico City, MX (Vive Latino Festival )
March 29… Athens, GA (Velena’s Birthday Party @ The 40 Watt Club)
March 31… Greensboro, NC (The Blind Tiger)
April 1… Lexington, KY (Cosmic Charlie’s)
April 2… St Louis, MO (The Ready Room)
April 3… Iowa City, IA (Mission Creek Festival @ The Blue Moose Tap House)
April 4… Wichita, KS (The Crown Uptown)
April 6… Memphis, TN (The Hi Tone)
April 17… Columbia, SC (Columbia Museum of Art) (Indie Grits Festival)
May 2… Little Rock, AR (Revolution Music Room)
May 3… Austin, TX (Austin Psych Fest)
May 4… Baton Rouge, LA (Spanish Moon)
May 5… Pensacola, FL (Vinyl Music Hall)
May 6… St Petersburg, FL (State Theatre)
May 7… Miami, FL (Grand Central)
May 8… Orlando, FL (The Social)
May 9… Charlotte, NC (Chop Shop)
May 10… Baltimore, MD (The Ottobar)
May 11… New York, NY (Le Poisson Rouge)
May 12… Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer)
May 13… Buffalo, NY (Town Ballroom)
May 14… Pontiac, MI (Crofoot Ballroom)
May 15… Grand Rapids, MI (The Pyramid Scheme)
May 16… Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall)
May 17… Cincinnati, OH (The Taft Ballroom)
May 18… Carrboro, NC (Cat’s Cradle)
July 4-6… George, WA (Sasquatch Festival)
June 24th may seem like a long way off, in fact, it’s three months and two weeks away and in the music industry, that’s almost forever. It is the day that Welsh/Scottish group Gulp will be releasing an album of their brand of pop, rock, and hints of garage and ethereal-ness called Season Sun (Everloving). The group is a new project from Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce, a slight departure from what he has been known for but a welcome addition to what he has done over the years. Those who are headed to SXSW next week will be able to see them at The Hideout Theater on Thurday, March 13th. Until then, listen to their very exciting sound by entering “Vast Space” with them.