Friday, July 31, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Galactic – “ (Celebrating twenty years together, the veteran New Orleans funk band recently released their new album, Into The Deep, via Provogue Records.  Guest vocalists Macy Gray, JJ Grey and the living legend Mavis Staples contribute their unique assets and match well with the album’s overall soul-drenched sound.)   

Barna Howard – “Indiana Rose” (Portland singer-songwriter Barna Howard recently released his long-awaited sophomore album, Quite A Feelin’ via Mama Bird Recording Co.  His classic country & western-leaning brand of folk recalls Townes Van Zandt with earnest lyrical sentiments and laid-back instrumental ornamentation that evokes nostalgia for home, wherever that may be or have been.)
Stream the title track and first single with its flickering banjo here:    

Teenage Time Killers – “Barrio” (The much-hyped mega punk/metal supergroup led by Corrosion Of Conformity’s Reed Mullin and My Ruin’s Mick Murphy released their debut album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 today via Rise Records.  They have recruited an impressive list of contributors including, Dave Grohl to play bass of all things, Jello Biafra, Neil Fallon of Clutch, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Tommy Victor of Prong, Lee Ving of Fear, Brian Baker of Bad Religion, Phil Rind of Sacred Reich and many others.  With a twenty-song tracklist of mostly originals and a couple of covers performed by such a diverse set of musicians, though likeminded in many ways, don’t expect much cohesion but each member brings the spirit and essence of their parent band to each individual track.)  

Check out the old school Misfits-like Matt Skiba-led punk anthem here:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Rev Gusto – “Burnt Out Friends” | CONTEST: Rev Gusto – Too Much Rock Single Series 7”

The K.C. garage-pop band Rev Gusto released, Burnt Out Friends, their stunning debut album, this week via High Dive Records (Bummer, Sky Boys, Empty Moon).  Frontman Jerry Frederick along with his brother Sam Frederick, Peter Beatty, Shaun Crowley and Quinn Hernandez create infectiously catchy and laid back 60’s-inspired pop songs that recall the sun-streaked harmonies of The Beach Boys and the raucous garage-rock of The Kinks.  In fact, Frederick studied songwriting in England with Ray Davies from The Kinks.  Don’t worry, the resulting album is not some tired, retro-minded rehash but is near-perfect pop pleasure without the pastiche.
Recorded live in studio to capture their kinetic live energy the album is front-loaded with knockout after knockout with the opening track, “Boys Are At It Again” leading the charge with a hip-shaking rhythm, Jerry’s drunken vocal cadence and an impossible-not-to-sing-along-with chorus. The propulsive acoustic guitars and glam-pop melodies of “Goodnight Laura” follows, giving way to “Click Click” and its jangly Velvet Underground meets beach blanket bingo sound.  The bouncy, organ-drenched “Blood In A Bag”, the trippy, psych-rock of “Surf City/Mind In A Cage” and the piano and trumpet-led album closing single, “Suburb Of Hoboken” are standouts as well. 

Last year, Rev Gusto released a 7” single as part of the Too Much Rock podcast’s Singles Series, which has also included releases from Schwervon! and Josh Berwanger.  The instantly catchy A-Side "Still There" is matched with the band’s take on Graham Parker's New Wave classic, "Local Girls" on the B-Side.   
Atlas and the Anchor in conjunction with High Dive Records and the Too Much Rock podcast have a copy of this limited edition 7” to giveaway.     
Just email with your name and favorite track from Burnt Out Friends for a chance to win.  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, August 3.  Good luck and thanks for reading and listening!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

SHOW ALERT: Deftones w/ Death From Above 1979 & The Bots at LC Pavilion, Columbus July 28

Currently, 90’s alt. rock veterans Deftones and Incubus are on a co-headlining summer amphitheatre tour along with modern indie rock favorites Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. 
Tomorrow night – July 28 - at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, the Deftones will headline an off night from the tour with all of the previously mentioned bands except for Incubus. 
Deftones are gearing up for the fall release of their long-awaited follow-up to their 2012 album, Koi No Yokan and Incubus recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus with the release of a new EP and have plans to release yet another EP later this year.  The opening bands - the recently reformed post-punk duo Death From Above 1979 and the L.A. based garage-punk duo The Bots –are both touring in support of new albums released last fall.
Join me and get there early enough to catch the incendiary opening set from The Bots, the young sibling duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Mikaiah Lei and drummer Anaiah Lei.  Pink Palms, their very promising debut full-length is out now via the Fader label and it showcases their ramshackle brand of blues-drenched and skate punk-inspired garage-rock that packs a bittersweet pop punch. 
Check out the super-catchy first single, “All I Really Want” and its clever Buzzfeed-inspired lyric video below and pick up tickets for the show here:

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Friday, July 24, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Watkins Family Hour – “Brokedown Palace” (The brainstorm of siblings Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, the Watkins Family Hour is the acclaimed monthly residency at the Largo in L.A. that began in 2002.  Recently Sean & Sara gathered some of their virtuoso musical friends and residency performers such as Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Greg Liesz, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington to record their self-titled debut album, out today via Family Hour Records.  Recorded live in studio in just three days, the recording captures the spirit and spontaneity of their live performances with a selection of cover songs originally by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and more.  Additionally, the collective will take the show on the road for the first time this summer.)

Check out the Fiona Apple-led album closer, “Brokedown Palace” here:  

Strange Wilds – “Starved For” (The Olympia-based power trio formed from the ashes of hardcore punk bands Negative Press, Outlook, and Wreck; their debut album, Subjective Concepts is out today on Sub Pop.  Their retro-leaning yet modern sound recalls the early days of the label with thunderous blasts of gritty, noise-addled skate punk alongside fuzzed-out grunge for a very promising debut.)

Stream the stomping, sneering Bleach-era Nirvana-esque single here:  

Hope Drone – “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning” (The experimental Australian post-metal band released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Cloak Of Ash, today via their new label home, Relapse Records.  On it the quartet combines oppressively dark, Deafheaven-like black metal atmospherics and a brutal, sludge-thick heaviness with sweeping layers of droning, dissonant noise all to prove that they are an all-consuming, unrelenting force to be reckoned with.)

Stream the epic, torrentially mournful first single here:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Free Download: Bad Bad Hats – “Psychic Reader”

The Minneapolis indie-pop trio, Bad Bad Hats - led by guitarist/vocalist Kerry Alexander’s honey-sweet vocals and sharp, biting lyrics - released their highly-anticipated debut album, Psychic Reader last week via Afternoon Records.  The album is available as a free download in exchange for your email address and will also be made available on vinyl later this fall.

Building off of their excellent 2013 It Hurts EP - led by the infinitely infectious title track - the band has stretched their legs on their full-length to include crunchy 90’s-indebted guitar tones, danceable rhythms and synth-smeared dream-pop melodies for an assured and very promising debut.  
Standouts include the anthemic sing-along “Fight Song”, the propulsive, starry-eyed title track, “Psychic Reader”, the melancholic yet bouncy opening single "Midway", the swooning acoustic guitar-led "All-Nighter" and the catchy, garage-rock rave-up ‘Shame”. 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

White Reaper – “I Don’t Think That She Cares” (Today the Louisville garage-punk band has released their highly-anticipated debut album, White Reaper Does It Again, via Polyvinyl Records.  With a punk-informed snarl and a stuck-to-the-ground bubblegum melodicism, their energetic take on rock and roll explodes with fuzz-leaden guitars, bouncy New Wave-like synth lines and furious breakneck rhythms that deliver on the hefty promise of last year’s outstanding debut EP.)   

Failure – “Mulholland Drive” (After nearly 20 years, the legendary 90’s alt-rock trio led by Ken Andrews recently released The Heart is A Monster, the long-awaited yet unexpected follow up to their 1996 masterpiece, Fantastic Planet.  The band reformed in 2014 for a few celebrated reunion dates, which turned into a full-fledged tour with Tool, which turned into a new album and now even more touring.  The stunning new album is a collection of 18 perfectly crafted songs that are drenched in their trademark dense guitar-driven space-rock and Ken’s knack for soaring, ear-worming melodies for a most welcomed return that is worthy of the lengthy wait.)    

Refused – “Elektra” (Yet another surprise came from the monumentally-influential Swedish punk band Refused, who recently released Freedom, their first album since 1998’s iconic The Shape of Punk to Come.  Out now on Epitaph, they return with an incendiary new set of politically-charged punk anthems and though they claim “nothing has changed” on the feral first single with its metallic riffs, stuttering rhythm and throat-shredding screams; the band shows off a new experimental side that introduces elements of Chili Pepper-like funk and bright pop production from Top 40 mainstay Shellback into the mix resulting in an experience both polarizing and satisfying all at once.)
Stream “Elektra” here:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Bummer – "Spank" EP

Bummer is the Olathe, Kansas based trio who are destroying eardrums and everything else in their wake with their heavy, knuckle-dragging brand of 90’s-inspired sludge-punk that recalls the Melvins along with elements of noise-addled hardcore like Deadguy.  After forming in 2012, they have released two EPs and will release their third EP, titled Spank, tomorrow via High Dive Records - available digitally and on limited edition cassette and 10” vinyl.
The 6-song Spank EP includes standouts “Infinite Witches” and “Escotada” from their self-released Milk EP (2013) in raging re-recorded form and is led by the crunching, pummeling first single, “Dude Baby” and the lurching bass-led rhythm and feral fury of the anti-rape anthem “Bad News”. 
Bummer’s Spank EP is already at the top of my list of the best EPs of 2015, listen and see what you think here:

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Friday, July 10, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Kaia Kater – “Come And Rest" (Kaia Kater has quite an interesting back story – born in Canada with mixed Afro-Caribbean heritage, singer/songwriter/banjo player – but really it’s her smooth voice and timeless Appalachian roots music that takes the spotlight.  Kater’s sophomore album, Sorrow Bound was released last month via Kingswood Records.  Assisted by producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Bartos (Sarah Harmer, Barr Brothers), it is a nice mix of four originals along with seven traditional folk tunes arranged in her engaging banjo-centric style, including one sung in French.)  
Stream the album’s standout closing track and original tune with its propulsive flickering banjo figures and Gospel-soaked vocal melodies here:

Between The Buried And Me – “Famine Wolf” (The prog-metal veterans return with their cinematic seventh album, Coma Ecliptic – which blends classic 70’s-era prog-rock with their distinct brand of technical death metal - out now via Metal Blade.   Check out the dynamic standout track here with its chugging strings, swirling finger-tapped guitars and theatrical pop-leaning moments.)  

T. Hardy Morris – “Me My” (The former frontman of the Georgia psych-rock band Dead Confederate recently released his sophomore solo album, Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountain Top, via Dangerbird Records.  Improving on his promising debut, he has added in raw, grunge-smeared garage-rock guitar riffs and melodies to his country-leaning folk-rock sound that fits right in line with his Southern vocal snarl.)

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: mewithoutYou – “Pale Horses”

mewithoutYou, the Philadelphia-based post-hardcore art-punk band recently released Pale Horses, their highly-anticipated sixth album and debut for new label, Run For Cover Records.  Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive) the new album perfectly captures what the band of 15 years does best - alternating between explosively intense moments of cathartic triumph with spiraling guitar melodies and quieter, more intricate and introspective arrangements with poetically spiritual lyrical themes in frontman Aaron Weiss’ distinct vocal cadence. 
Standouts track on the album include the shape-shifting, hymn-reciting “Watermelon Ascot”, the pretty opening title track, “Pale Horse” and the standout single, “D-Minor” with its galloping rhythm and twinkling guitar melodies.         

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Hanz Bronze – “Elderberry Dawn” (Hanz Bronze is an Oregon-by-way-of Kansas City singer-songwriter who was used to playing in the background, playing percussion on the White Flight (Justin of The Anniversary) album and writing lyrics for Suzannah Johannes.  That all changes now with the Range Life Records release of his eclectic self-titled debut album, available digitally and on limited edition cassette.  Recorded and mixed by Dave Jablonski of Marmoset, the spotlight now shines on his short blasts of quirky pop sensibility, humorous lyrics and raucous slacker-rock riffs alongside jazzy, lounge lizard freakouts for a very promising debut.)  

Check out the shimmery and jangly falsetto-filled funk of the standout single, “Elderberry Dawn” here:

Ecstatic Vision – “Astral Plane” (Featuring members of former metalcore band A Life Once Lost, the Philly-based Ecstatic Vision – self-proclaimed “primal heavy psych” band - creates a hypnotic Hawkwind-like hybrid of heavy 70’s-inspired psych-rock meshed with pounding tribal rhythms on their trippy debut album, Sonic Praise, out now via Relapse Records, that certainly lives up to the description.)  
Stream the cosmically epic and mind-altering first single here:

August Burns Red – “The Wake” (This week the Christian metalcore mainstays released Found In Far Away Places, their sixth album and label debut for Fearless Records.  The excellent new album is bursting with all of the positive lyrics, raging riffs, brutal breakdowns and off-kilter time changes that you have come to expect from the band but well-placed experiments with soaring and waltzing old world-style orchestration bring a fresh approach to their unrivaled sound.  Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember contributes vocals to another standout track, “Ghosts”.)   
Stream the first single and pummeling, statement-making opening track here: