Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jeremy Lee Lindsey Jr. is no more

I took these videos of Jay Reatard in Memphis at Gonerfest in 2009.

Blood Visions is one of the best LPs of the last decade, you should check it out. The guy was super talented, though at times, totally reatard. He was young, and his passing sadly unnecessary.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Medication - This Town

This is the debut LP from young Mikey Hyde, a New Milford, Connecticut resident who writes, performs and records all his own music, locked away in a bathroom somewhere apparently.

Medication is at its core a sort of 60’s style folksy pop, but it’s drenched in so much reverb and home-made basement fuzzy distortion that it takes on a more artsy, edgy tone.

Indeed, as you listen to This Town two things becomes evident. First, based on the crackling nuts and bolts you hear on every track, Hyde was quit possibly in danger of starting a fire or being electrocuted as he jury rigged this project together. And second, that this is a really talented guy, both in songwriting and song craft.

Hyde has gotten a few people together to help him play the LP live and taken Medication on tour along with Dutchess & the Duke. There are only a few dates left so if they are coming near you be sure to check ‘em out and buy their swag.

Jan 12 - Sneeky Dee's - Toronto, ON
Jan 13 - Majestic - Detroit, MI
Jan 14 - Calvin College - Grand Rapids, MI
Jan 15 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
Jan 16 - Wexner Center For the Arts - Columbus, OH
Jan 17 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD

This Town
(Hozac, 2009)
Hear Didn't Wanna Know via speakersincode

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Drone on you crazy diamond

Drone Punk. It’s what punk would sound like if rockers took something that mellowed them out a bit, like when Bugs Bunny was being chased by a mad scientist, both high on ether.

Floridian Eric Lopez (aka Teepee) has been doing some pioneering work in this field for the last few years as a side project to his other gig, guitarist for the Electric Bunnies. As Teepee he has released several tapes on the Jerkwave and Night People label as well as some stuff on vinyl, all of which are worth checking out.

Teepee’s newest record is the final release in Hozac’s 2009 Singles Hookup Club and in this small controlled dose, it’s quite medicinal. Maybe it’s the ether talking or maybe it’s the repeating, hypnotizing, trance inducing guitar riffs, mesmerizing and breaking down all will to resist and notions of self, but I think the kid is on to something here.

Exist – 7”
(Hozac, 2009)

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin - Reverse Shark Attack

Ty Segall had a prolific 2009, releasing Lemons, his second full length LP, Horn The Unicorn, a collection of older demos and cassette-only tracks, and several singles on various labels. But the San Francisco native and garage psych wunderkind fired out one more release before the end of the year and it’s a doozy!

A collaboration with long time chum Mikel Cronin of Charlie and the Moonhearts, Reverse Shark Attack sounds more like Segall’s debut LP on Castleface Records, barebones, loud and relentlessly distorted. The 8 track LP also leans more to the psychedelic side, including a cover of Floyd’s Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk. Audacious indeed.

Is it possible to have too much Ty Segall? Not as long as he is making music like this. If you are looking for more, tinygrooves has a nice post on some of Segall’s older stuff you may also want to check out.

Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin
Reverse Shark Attack
(Kill Shaman, 2009)
Listen to I Wear Black via Weekly Tape Deck.

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