Monday, September 29, 2008

Conifer - Crown Fire

"Though Conifer has received quite a bit of critical praise they've somehow managed to live off the grid for the past six years. With Crown Fire Conifer is finally getting the exposure they deserve. Mixing post-rock, kraut-rock, metal and pschychedelia they have created this relentlessly driving and hypnotic masterpiece. Crown Fire's only vocals are from Oxbow's Eugene Robinson fronting the albums final 13 minute epic." -Important Recs.
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Label/Date: Important Records, 2008
Genre: Instrumental Sludge, Post-rock, Doom, Psychedelic, Experimental
From: Portland, Maine
Similar/Related: Capricorns, Oxbow, Year Of No Light, Mouth of the Architect, Harvey Milk, Isis, Rosetta, Tusk, Minsk
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Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth

"Riffs, man. Important love of the riff. Honestly loving the shit that you do. You would just, like, do anything for the riff. It's like your child: you create it, and you nurture it, and it grows and it grows, and it turns into this fucking amazing thing that you would die for, because it's your fucking child. And then you send it out into the world, and it destroys things." - Bison
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Label/Date: Metal Blade, 2008
Genre: Metal, thrash, sludge, hardcore, doom
From: Vancouver BC
Similar/Related: High on Fire, Saviours, Baroness, Motorhead, Kylesa, Unearthly Trance, Municipal Waste, Mastodon
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Todd - Purity Pledge

"..some of the nastiest, heaviest, hardcore/punk/noise rock ever. Repeat...EVER! Wave after wave of distorted noise-wrapped powerchords spill out of the speakers. The vocals are hideous growls, blunt shouts, and modulated washes. There are some keyboards added, but only to heighten the dymensia and further confuse the listener. " - [shiny grey monotone]
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Label/Date: Southern, 2005
Genre: hardcore/punk/noise/experimental
From: London, UK
Similar/Related: Am-Rep bands, Hammerhead/Vaz, Big Black/Rapeman, Young Widows, Boris, Kylesa, Jesus Lizard, Jucifer, Ministry, Part Chimp, Magik Markers, Killdozer
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Pygmy Lush - Mount Hope

"Pygmy Lush are a slow waltz. They are condensation on a glass that’s been resting on rickety table on a porch with creaking boards, while cicadas buzz off in the distance. They are voices from a thousand miles away coming in on a static-ravaged radio in the middle of the night. They are nostalgia and tradition, but also a soothing friend that is crooning just for you. Let’s not forget however that Pygmy Lush are a six-piece band from Sterling, VA..."
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Label/Date: Lovitt Records, 2008
Genre: folk, acoustic, indie
From: Sterling, Virginia
Similar/Related: pg.99, Iron & Wine, Neil Young, Brightblack Morning Light, Jose Gonzales, Nick Drake, Six Organs Of Admittance, Espers, A Whisper In The Noise, Decemberists, Calexico, Gentlemen Losers, Bob Dylan
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The Alps - III

"Although III might be the third album from San Francisco trio The Alps, it marks their first studio-based record and a fresh direction for the psychedelic supergroup. Made up of Tarentel mainman Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, ex-Tussle member Alexis Georgopoulos (better known as ARP), and ex-Troll member Scott Hewicker, there is a deft amount of skill on display as the three rip through eight tracks of sizzling spiritual bliss. Comparisons here are easy to bring up -- Popol Vuh, Ennio Morricone and Serge Gainsbourg spring to mind for starters, as the band toss and tangle through thick drum breaks and reverberating, sun-drenched guitar lines. III feels like a lost soundtrack to some crumbling Italian surrealist classic with its pounding bass lines and swirling synthesizers. This is visual music, inspired by the likes of Werner Herzog, Alejandro Jordorowsky and Michaelangelo Antonioni, but what results is far more than a pastiche. Rather, the trio have concocted a record which, while being aware of its sprawling influences, is far more than the sum of its parts. The finest excesses of progressive rock and the leanest intricacies of the psychedelic folk scene have been splashed together with a distinct, dusty funk overlook to produce something which is totally out of time. Free from some half-baked scene or other, this is the result of three musicians doing exactly what they want. III has taken a plethora of sounds and crumbled them into something altogether beguiling. From the distant supernaturalism of "Trem Fantasma" to the Terry Riley-influenced bliss of "Pink Light," The Alps show us that there's more to psychedelia than meets the eye." - Type Recs.

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Label/Date: Type Records, 2008
Genre: psychedelic folk/ambient
From: San Francisco
Similar/Related: Tarentel, Popol Vuh, Grails, Goblin, Pink Floyd, Ghost, Hawkwind, Ash Ra Tempel, Panda Bear, Neu!, Circle, Acid Mothers Temple, Ennio Morricone, Terry Riley, Tangerine Dream
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dungen - 4

"Dungen's fourth studio album extends the acclaimed Swedish outfit's sound past psychedelia into something far more rare. Moving beyond mere stylistic concerns, 4 finds Gustav Ejstes' focus on the extremes of Dungen's sound separating into two entities. Blazing, raw guitar workouts have their own time and place, but now, so do stirringly orchestrated, jazz-cooled compositions with cinematic undertones."
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Label/Date: Subliminal Sounds/Kemado, 2008
Genre: psych-rock, classic rock, pop, folk, soul
From: Vastergotland, Sweden
Similar/Related: Caribou, Witchcraft, The Doors, 13th FLoor Elevators, Black Mountain, Pink Floyd, Comets on Fire, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Led Zeppelin, Amon Duul II, Curtis Mayfield, Genesis, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Yes, Beatles, Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Beyond the Wizards Sleeve, Porcupine Tree, etc..
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sgt. - Stylus Fantasticus

"sgt. brings fans some of the best post rock to come out of Japan in the past few years. The chaos-infused elegance that ripples through this album is profound and a major step up from their Freshman release. The sheer sound quality in this album is so beautiful that it is hard to forget that this is a recording. There is a wide spectrum of instruments used on this album. Of course sgt.'s signature piano and violin style reverberates throughout the album. Stylus Fantasticus is dosed in extreme experimentation. Each sound has it's own unique feel and texture. For example, Subarashiki Hikari's soothing piano and cross fading guitar creates the dramatic feeling of being trapped in fog. Meanwhile, the next track has a never ending frantic bass line with guitar effects creating a chaotic feeding frenzy. With Byakuya's wonderful violin lead topped with a drum beat so tight there is no way you won't be in ecstasy." - HearJapan
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Label/Date: Penguinmarket Records,
Genre: post-rock/experimental
From: Tokyo, Japan
Similar/Related: Cue, Sweek, Laura, Lite, Magyar Posse, Rovo, Bondage Fruit, Te, Toe, World's End Girlfriend, Yndi Halda, Natsumen
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Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday

"Following up last year's Burning Off Impurities and their recent Take Refuge In Clean Living EP, Grails return with their darkest, heaviest record yet. Written and recorded over the last 18 months, Doomsdayer's Holiday delivers on the promises made by their previous albums, taking equal pride in smoky psychedelics and mountain-ascending riffs. With Faust, Earth and Sunn O))) collaborators acting as engineers - not to mention drummer Emil Amos having recently become the new other half of Om - Grails' avant-metal leanings are evident as always. But Doomsdayer's Holiday finds their already-broad palette continually expanding with 70s European film noir and cosmic free jazz explorations complimenting the Middle Eastern psychedelic folk-metal the group is already known for. After a wildly prolific three-year streak that saw the band ceaselessly pushing forward, Grails have finally made an album that pushes back." - their label
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Label/Date: Temporary Residence, 2008
Genre: experimental, psychedelic
From: Portland, Oregon
LIYL: Priestbird, Ghost, Bardo Pond, Faust, Ash Ra Tempel
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Hammerhead - Into The Vortex

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Label/Date: Amphetamine Reptile, 1994
Genre: noise rock, post punk
From: Minneapolis, MN
Similar/Related: Vaz, Shellac/Rapeman/Big Black, Jesus Lizard, Karp, The Cows, Unsane
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Brightblack Morning Light- Motion to Rejoin

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Label/Date: Matador, 2008
Genre: mellow, droning folk/psych/soul/dub ("slow-mo blues, languid guitarscapes, and druggy atmospherics")
From: Northern California, USA
LIYL: Gentleman Losers, Six Organs Of Admittance, Earth, Human Bell, Pocahaunted, Espers, A Whisper In The Noise, Calexico, OM
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Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - ARK.1

Huge thanks to Dimitri!
Info: "we got a big one here! you don't wanna' miss this! richard norris, founding member of the grid, and london's premier dj, producer and remix maestro erol alkan have been releasing music under the beyond the wizard's sleeve moniker since 2007, when their first 12" sold out in a matter of days. then came the second, third and fourth releases, all selling out as soon as they hit the shelves. here is a collection of some of the finest moments from the 4 highly sought after 12's. this is a serious slice of esoteric, eclectic freakbeat weirdness. re-edited nuggets, long lost exotic psychedelia and krauty, disco beats are all mangled into previously unheard shapes. totally exclusive to rough trade, this is simply some of the most vital, mindbending and great music to be heard. do. not. miss." -Rough Trade
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Label/Date: The Third Mynd Recordings, 2008
Genre: Electronic, Leftfield, Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock, Avantgarde, etc...
From: United Kingdom
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Tweak Bird - Reservations EP

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Label/Date: Volcom, 2008
Genre: stoner/sludge/psych, guitar/drums duo (2 brothers)
From: Los Angeles, CA
LIYL: Death from Above 1979, Big Business, Melvins, Clouds, Hotel Wrecking City Traders, Thrones, Kinski
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