Omni announce Networker for 11/1 release

by Woody on October 17, 2019

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Sub Pop’s latest addition, Omni, is set to release their label debut on 11/1. The post-punk outfit from Atlanta sees Networker, their follow-up from 2017’s Multi-Task as a cleaner and certainly easier album to connect with. Here’s a little more on the track below.

On the band’s latest offering, “Courtesy Call,” Omni successfully ride the line of being able to pleasantly reference influences without mimicking. They venture into experimental Haruomi Hosono territory while still managing to sound like Thin Lizzy. Flood premiered the band’s new video for the track today and had this to say: “Courtesy Call” exemplifies the highs Omni achieves when Networker, a minimal post-punk album with guitars that trot rather than chug, tackles modern malaise with equal amounts dread and semi-subtle levity.”

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Good Morning is the Melbourne-based recording project of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons. Basketball Breakups Their second album of 2019 was recorded at the end of a tour in Japan. The whole album has a loose feel to it; many of the tracks are early takes and instruments bleed into each other. My initial take was that it sounded like early Parquet Courts; but loaded up on Ambien. It just ambles about pointing shit out.

The track below, Classic Quip, is my favorite on the album and the video does it justice. It’s kind of like they’re letting us in on the joke. A couple of my other favorites are Garden and WAr On Me. The other album they release this year, The Option, is more a polished studio affair and equally worthy of your time. They’re going to be at The Empty Bottle on Saturday. If I can exfiltrate myself from kid’s sporting events, I plan on taking in their set.

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Hurt Valley sign to Woodist, announce debut LP

by Woody on October 17, 2019

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Hurt Valley is the folk-pop project of Brian Collins. Collins is moonlighting from his day gig of heading up a science department in the Hollywood area. His music certainly has a Southern California feel to it. Anyway, Glacial Pace will see the light of day on 12/6/19 via the fine folks at Woodist. Here’s some info from the PR squad.

Hurt Valley has shared the album’s melancholic first single “Apartment Houses.” “The song is about people who you think you know well, but through some toxic event, you come to find you don’t know them at all, and vice versa,” says Collins. “It’s like that time you thought you were holding someone’s hand, but they were holding your hand, only to drag you into the woods and throw you into a pit of snakes.”

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James Alex’s Beach Slang is back with his first LP since 2016’s A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. I didn’t know what to expect when I clicked on that link but this first single rips from front to end. And Tommy Stinson helps out on this album. Anyway, here’s some info the PR team.

While James Alex has always infused his anthemic power pop with the earnestness of a gutter poet, Deadbeat Bang sneaks up on you. Like all Beach Slang albums, the eleven tracks are all written and arranged by James. It’s big, loud, and brash, immediately setting the tone for a record more inspired by the stadium classic rock of Cheap Trick than early Replacements. The record was mixed by heavy-hitter Brad Wood, celebrated for his work with the Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair.

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John Calvin Abney – Safe Passage (album review)

October 15, 2019

Photo Credit: Rambo John Calvin Abney is one of the finest guitarists you’ve probably heard on a record but had no idea he existed. He has played with countless artists over the years and it was supporting that John Moreland when I was left slack-jawed at his playing. For his solo stuff, you’d half expect […]

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Desert Sharks – Baby’s Gold Death Stadium (album review)

October 2, 2019

Photo Cred: Shawn Cuni While Brooklyn’s Desert Sharks have been at it for nearly a decade, they only recently landed on my radar. Some of that is I don’t live in Brooklyn and most of that is that I am old. Part of being old is that I have my youth to look back and […]

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Kate Davis announces Trophy for 11/8 release

October 1, 2019

PHOTO CREDIT: MELISSA NELSON If your PR piece touts Sharon Van Etten and Bob Boilen as big fans, there’s a good chance I’ll (eventually) open that email. And I’m glad I finally got around to Kate Davis. In a nutshell, this is wonderfully executed mid-tempo indie sung by someone with a lovely voice. Trophy is […]

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Wilder Maker release new single – Infinite Shift b/w Black Wood Shine

October 1, 2019

photo by Annie Del Hierro Wilder Maker is a band that I feel like I’ve been meaning to post about it for a while now. But due to my feeble brain and increasingly busy schedule, I’ve forgot. Anyway, they’re going to be at Sleeping Village tonight with local favorites, ROOKIE. You may see me there […]

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Starcrawler announce Devour You for 10/11 release

September 27, 2019

Photo by Autumn de Wilde LA’s Starcrawler are back for their sophomore release. Devour You will see the light of day on 10/11 via the fine folks at Rough Trade Records. The first single, Bet My Brains, was consistent with their debut. On the latest, No More Pennies, it kicks off an early 70s Stones […]

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Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender (album review)

September 26, 2019

photo by Graham Tolbert Albums by Hiss Golden Messenger are balm for my soul. There is something about the music of M.C. Taylor that rights my wrongs unlike anything else out there. The music. The lyrics. It is just so genuine that I feel that he’s singing to me and me alone. At a time […]

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