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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Six Records CMM Wants You To Know

Bounties "SU!" E.P. (bounties.bandcamp.com)

Barcelona, Spain based surf/indie rock band Bounties have created one of the most fun and upbeat E.P.'s you will hear all year. From the "in the pocket" sounds of lead off track "The Ocean" to the swaggering garage rock stance of "Mousetrap" you know you are in for something special. "Found You" is a sonic blast of early 90's style jangle pop while the thunderous stomp of "Hitchhiking" is sure to satisfy your need for no frills rock n roll. The quick paced "Aquella manera" sends things home in fine form as it's relentless tempo and savage blasts of fuzzed out guitars show you why Bounties are one of the most exciting bands on the planet. More please!!!

Hot Curl "Late Bloom" E.P. (hotcurl.bandcamp.com)

Brooklyn's Hot Curl deliver a vibrant mix of infectious indie rock that capitalizes on incredible song writing and lush, surf style guitar riffs. Opening track "Silver" glides along with atmospheric grace as Prescott Horn's stellar vocal delivery puts everything over the top. "Time To Go" is a bit more laid back and breezy but also has an underlying groove that drives the song along well, while "Warped" offers up a fine blend of indie pop and modern psych flavor. A remarkable effort that's refreshing, colorful and warm. Highly recommended.

Paper Daggers S/T E.P. (paperdaggersnyc.bandcamp.com)

These New York City shoegazers hit a home run on their 3 song self titled debut E.P. Paper Daggers are all about atmosphere and there's a lot of it swelling around these songs. The rich spaced out guitars and ethereal vocals give things an "other worldly" feel at times while still harnessing a strong balance of melodic riffs and true rock n roll swagger. A phenomenal trio of songs that dig at your soul and leave you wanting more.

Soccer Mommy "Allison" Single (Fat Possum)

Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy has released another track from her upcoming album "Collection". The song simply titled "Allison" is a delightful acoustic based number highlighted by Allison's beautiful voice. Comprising of reworked versions of some of her best Bandcamp releases, as well as a few new songs written, mixed and produced by Sophie herself, this record is a fine introduction to Soccer Mommy's sound. "Collection" is due out on August 4th courtesy of Fat Possum Records.

Swim Team S/T E.P. (swimteam613.bandcamp.com)

Ottawa, Ontario indie rock unit Swim Team make absolutely epic music. They also gel together perfectly as musicians as the arrangements and dynamics that move throughout this 3 song E.P. are brilliant from beginning to end. Tracks like "Snowbird" and "Westward" use intricate guitar work with a booming rhythm section to create moody yet hopeful feeling songs while "Aurora Boresadness" combines beautiful layers of atmospheric sound with heartfelt vocals and a passionate delivery that is sure to be one of the most intense songs you will hear anywhere. Hands down a truly incredible release. Get into it.

Yoo Doo Right E.P. 2 (yoodooright.bandcamp.com)

Montreal's Yoo Doo Right certainly have their own sound. Sure there are elements of shoegaze, post punk and kraut rock but on their latest E.P. they demonstrate their own brand of twisted, experimental sonic debauchery. The mind bending rhythms of "Whilst You Save Your Skins" and "Marche des Squelettes" are backed by a sea of hypnotic energy that sounds like it's being beamed in from another dimension while the three part piece known as "Apatride" moves from droning ambient soundscapes to a frantic surf inspired riff fest. One of the most original and inspiring releases I've heard in some time. Play this loud and play it often!!!

CMM : News And Notes For 6/22/17

U2 bassist Adam Clayton to be honored at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in New York on June 26

MusiCares has announced that the 13th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor 22-time GRAMMY winner Adam Clayton of U2 at PlayStation Theater in New York on June 26. Clayton will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund as well as his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process. Performers on the night include Jack Garratt, The Lumineers, Macy Gray and Michael Franti, with Cat Deeley hosting the evening plus a special performance by U2 to close out the night.

You People "Dropouts" Vinyl LP Available Now

You People "Dropouts" LP's are in and available now at http://custommademusicva.com/release/dropouts-cd-cassette/ "Since their debut performance, Boston’s, You People have been quietly amassing a tattered catalog of noise-pop songs with feedback-soaked brutality. Slashing guitar circles over fuzzed-out rhythm and poignant half-confessional/half-accusatory lyrics sung in 3 part harmony; the whole affair constantly threatening to run off the rails at any moment. 4 years of explosive creativity has resulted in You People throwing down a much-anticipated heavy classic that harkens back to albums that shaped the band as impressionable 80s youth. “Dropouts” available on 12/16/16 is You People’s first full-length album and is a celebration of life’s failures, as well as its tempered victories."

Dog. Paper. Submarine "Posthuman Melodies" Cassette Out Soon On CMM

Swedish indie rock/post punk powerhouse Dog. Paper. Submarine just released their crushing new album "Posthuman Melodies" and CMM will have the pleasure of releasing the record as a limited run cassette with a release date planned for Friday July 7th. Check out this action packed album right now.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Six Records CMM Wants You To Know

Alan Vega "DTM" Single (Fader Label)

"DTM" is the first single from Alan Vega's new album "It". The record is his first posthumous album since his passing last summer and it is nothing short of classic. It's raunchy, distorted beat and Vega's trademark voice moving over top of the sea of industrial swing, literally gives me chills while listening. It's primal nature and no punches pulled stance are everything that's great about rock n roll. There will never be anyone else like Alan Vega. RIP.

Dog. Paper. Submarine "Post Human Melodies" LP (dogpapersubmarine.bandcamp.com)

Over the last two years Sweden's Dog. Paper. Submarine have truly become one of my favorite bands. Their thunderous power pop/indie rock approach and introspective songwriting abilities shine brightly on this brand new album titled "Post Human Melodies". Highlights include the high energy, sonic power of "Baby Machine, soothing acoustic based "Reason" and hook filled barn burner "Praise The New Bones". This is really a stacked album from begging to end. It never let's up, it just keeps pounding you with great song after great song. Get into it!!!

Highland Eyeway "Dark Waters/Xen" E.P. (highlandeyeway.bandcamp.com)

Vancouver based post punk/shoegaze unit Highland Eyeway impress on their latest two song E.P. Up first is the wandering feel of "Dark Waters" which captures the perfect balance of driving rock n roll intensity and moody ethereal bliss. It's got just the right amount of noise and grit to meshes perfectly with it's elegance and grace. "Xen" is even more hypnotic in delivery as it's pounding beat sets the pace while layers of dark psych filled sounds loom over a sea of blistering guitar leads. The two songs pair together in the perfect way making it one of the most intense and introspective new listening experiences you will hear all year. Highly recommended.

My Home Is The Sea S/T E.P. (myhomeisthesea.bandcamp.com)

There are so many amazing bands coming out of Philly these days and My Home Is The Sea are no exception. Highlighted by the captivating vocal deliver of Natalie Wimberg their self titled debut E.P. offers up 5 spectacular songs full of top notch musicianship and diverse instrumentation. The passionate sounds of "Chase Something" offer up an "other worldly" flair to the mix as an infectious guitar riff carries you through a vast array of beautiful atmospheric sounds. There's a mysterious approach to tracks like "Do As your Told" and "No Ones Daughter" that really put things over the top. I've been enjoying these songs over and over and hear something new that I missed each time. The layers of sonic textures that flow throughout the tracks are sure to make a lasting impact on your psyche. Hands down one of the best records I've hear from beginning to end in some time.

Lee Ranaldo "Circular (Right As Rain)" Single (Mute)

Lee Ranaldo is back with this absolutely beautiful new single from his upcoming album "Electric Trim". It starts with a swirling sea of hypnotic sounds that move like psychedelic waves that echo the spirits of "Revolver" ear Beatles and The Byrds. Ranaldo's vocal phrasing shines in peak form and the songs arrangement is truly incredible. Can't wait to hear the rest of the record. "electric Trim" is due out September 15th courtesy of Mute Records.

Yucky Duster "The Ropes" Single (Infinity Cat Recordings)

This latest single and video from indie rockers extraordinaire Yucky Duster is simply second to none. Drawing from classic 60's psych ah la The beach Boys "The Ropes" is one of the bands best songs yet. It's catchy chorus and jangling guitars are subliminally infectious and sure to get you singing along in no time. Check a check a check it out.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CMM : News And Notes For 6/15/17

REV REV REV RELEASE "RIPPLES" VIDEO

Italian shoegaze unit Rev Rev Rev have released this beautiful video clip for their latest single "Ripples". The song is from their most recent album ""Des fleurs magiques bourdonnaient" which is available now on CD and cassette at www.custommademusicva.com Check out more of the bands music at revrevrev.bandcamp.com

KLUTE ANNOUNCED FOR FESTIVAL NOROESTE ESTRELLA GALICIA

Spanish power pop/post punk trio Klute will be a part of Festival Noroeste Estrella Galicia. The event takes place on August 13th in A Coruña, Spain and will also feature performances from The Jesus And Mary Chain, Kaiser Chiefs and many many more. Klute will be heading into the studio later this month to work on a new full length album. For more info on Festival Noroeste Estrella Galicia visit festivalnoroeste.com and for more on Klute visit klutebanda.bandcamp.com

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE RELEASE "VILLAINS" ALBUM TEASER

Queens of The Stone Age have announced their new album "Villains" via this Liam Lynch directed video where the band take a polygraph test. You can here a few seconds of new song “Feet Don’t Fail Me” a couple of minutes into things. The Marc Ronson produced album still doesn't have an official release date but we can't imagine we will have to wait too much longer for this highly anticipated release. Keep up with all things QOTSA at qotsa.com

Friday, June 9, 2017

Six Records CMM Wants You To Know

Andrew Czajka "Black Coffee" E.P. (andrewczajka.bandcamp.com)

Detroit based musician Andrew Czajka impresses on this high energy instrumental release. The title track gets things going with it's intricate guitar riffs and uplifting beat. It kindly blends elements of indie rock, 70's glam and post rock, making it one of the most fun tracks you will hear all year. "147" covers similar ground and incorporates some really awesome Johnny Thunders style leads while "Greg" is a bit more chipper and breezy sounding. I think what I like most about this release is Andrew's willingness to simply go for it. I get an amazing sense of spirit and fun from all the tracks and that gives off the impression that this was a really fun record for him to make.

Flying S/T E.P. (flyyingg.bandcamp.com)

Based in Ann Arbor Michigan, Flying create a whirlwind of rich, cosmic psychedelic sounds that balance top notch musicianship with an intense and at times primal vocal delivery. Opening piece "Duality" brings forth a swinging beat that's surrounded by a wash of swirling experimental tones that are as colorful as they are desolate. The pounding pace of "Bullfrog" comes off like the ghost of Kurt Cobain sitting in on a Roger Waters performance of The Wall while "Breakfast" is a laid back soundscape style piece that eventually moves into breathtakingly beautiful territory. The E.P. is rounded out by the hazy feeling "Ranunculus", the quickly paced "Old/Beside" and the lush psych pop approach of "All That Is". Overall Flying deliver an incredible release that blends infectious melodies with diverse, mind bending atmospherics. Highly recommended.

Oh Sees "The Static God" Single (Castle Face Records)

Thee Oh Sees have once again changed their name and are now simply known as Oh Sees. They've also just released this powerhouse of a single titled "The Static God" which is from the bands upcoming album "Orc" due out August 25th courtesy of Castle Face Records. The track is nothing short of a barn burner as it's frantic guitar attack and driving beat are dripping with a blissful psychedelic glow. A welcoming addition to the bands ever growing catalog of garage rock fury.

Palehound "Flowing Over" Single (Polyvinyl)

I've been loving this new single from New York City based band Palehound. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Ellen Kempner the band bring a driving rhythm full of big punchy guitars and infectious melodic hooks that work perfectly alongside Kempner's dynamic vocal attack. The song has a galloping, uplifting approach that really gets you going and is sure to get you singing along in no time. You really should just be blasting this track and dancing around right now!!! It's from the bands upcoming album "A Place I'll Always Go" out June 16th on Polyvinyl.

Tricky "The Only Way" (trickysite.com)

Trip-Hop pioneer Tricky has unveiled this new sleek, laid back soulful single called "The Only Way". The music comes off like a cross between Issac Hayes version of "Walk On By" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by The Beatles. His one of a kind vocal stance also shines bright next to the orchestral like soundscapes that flow throughout the track. Tricky now working out of Berlin recorded the song in Moscow. The single is officially available today at trickysite.com

Twin Peaks "Tossing Tears" Single (twinpeaksdudes.com)

Twin Peaks just announced a new 7" singles series that will feature 2 new songs each month for the rest of the year. The first installment is this absolutely delightful number called "Tossing Tears". This song is just down right golden as it's grooved out rhythm flows brightly alongside a heavy dose of swagger and sway. It's almost like T Rex jamming out with Andy Partridge of XTC. It's blissful,, it's psychedelic and it's the perfect song to jump start your summer. Can't wait to hear what comes next. Get all the info on the singles series at www.twinpeaksdudes.com.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

CMM : News And Notes For 6/8/17

DEATH VALLEY RALLY "UNTIL IT MELTS AWAY" VIDEO

Virginia shoegaze/indie pop unit Death Valley Rally have debuted their video for "Until It Melts Away", the lead single from their latest album "Northern Lights". The band have upcoming shows August 25th in Fredericksburg, and August 26th in Winston Salem with plans for a west coast tour in the fall. "Northern Lights" is available now as a vinyl LP and digital release at deathvalleyrally.bandcamp.com and custommademusicva.com

LA TERMINAL PREMIER VIDEO FOR "BESANDO EL SUELO (CON LETRA)"

Post punk powerhouse La Terminal just released a video for their track "Besando El Suelo (Con Letra). Based in Peru the band harness a desolate, dirge driven sound that celebrates the days of early 80's post punk and early 90's grunge. The track is from their self titled debut album which is available now on CD and cassette from Custom Made Music and at laterminal.bandcamp.com

SWERVEDRIVER ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR PERFORMING "RAISE" AND "MEZCAL HEAD" AlBUMS IN FULL

In 2013, Swervedriver performed their debut album, Raise, in its entirety in Australia and the UK and then went on to record the band's highly acclaimed fifth album, I Wasn't Born To Lose You, released in March 2015. This September, Adam Franklin, Jimmy Hartridge, Mikey Jones and Mick Quinn will be reprising the performance of Raise shows - for the first time in the USA - but with one large difference: they will also be performing their much loved second album, Mezcal Head, from front-to-back. The show will comprise of two sets. A new (sixth) album has been penciled in for a 2018 release - stay tuned for more details.

September 7th - Chicago, IL - Metro

September 8th - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace

September 9th - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

September 10th - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

September 11th - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

September 12th - Washington D.C. - Black Cat

September 14th - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

September 15th - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West

September 16th - Orlando, FL - The Social

September 17th - New Orleans, LA - Siberia

September 18th - Dallas, TX - Trees

September 19th - Austin, TX - 3Ten Austin City Limits Live

September 21st - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole

September 22nd - San Diego, CA - Casbah

September 23rd - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club

September 24th - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

Friday, June 2, 2017

17 Favorite Songs Of 2017 So Far

So 2017 is nearly half over and it's been a phenomenal year for music so far. So many amazing new albums and songs. Here's a rundown on 17 of my favorite songs that have come out so far.

1. The Psychotic Monks "It's Gone"

"It's Gone" the opening piece from The Psychotic Monks latest album "Silence Slowly and Madly Shines" is one of the most menacing songs you will hear all year. It's dark, mysterious, psychedelic vibe draws you in and never lets you go. Absolutely crushing.

2. Mayflower Madame "Drown"

Released just before their first U.S. tour "Drown" is one of Mayflower Madame's darkest and most impressive tracks to date. Look for a new album from this Norwegian psych rock outfit later this year.

3. A Deer A Horse "Backswimmer"

A Deer A Horse have been one of my favorite bands over the last few years and "Backswimmer" the title track from their latest E.P. ushers in a new direction and even more sense of power and determination to the bands sound. The trio will be out on the road touring all summer and fall.

4. Mariana Rivals "Take"

This California/Connecticut based synth pop unit deliver big on their latest single "Take" It's pumping bass line, passionate vocals and layers of shimmering synths are sure to get you singing along in no time.

5. News From Neptune "The Cold Open"

One of the most incredibly intricate and breathtakingly beautiful pieces you will hear anywhere. David Miller aka News From Neptune balances an array of sonic textures throughout this absolutely brilliant track.

6. Waxahatchee "Silver"

I can't get enough of this new track from Katie Crutchfield's Waxahatchee. It's one of the most infectious songs I've heard in a long time as the rich, melodic guitars and Crutchfield's voice are truly delightful.

7. Potential Red "Broken"

Canadian post punk/new wave outfit Potenial Red strike big on this brand new 4 song E.P. Lead off track "Broken" is an energetic piece full of swirling soundscapes and chiming guitars that fans of The Smiths and The Cure are sure to enjoy as it gets things started in grand fashion.

8. Telespace "A Click Away"

Swiss indie/psych unit Telespace quickly create an ethereal world through the cinematic sounds of "A Click Away" as it's calming dose of mind numbing guitars are soon followed by an intriguing left of center style vocal delivery.

9. Boss Hog "Shh Shh Shh"

This no frills groove filled rocker is one of the stand out tracks from the bands brand new album "Brood X".

10. Meatbodies "Creature Feature"

"Creature Feature" has an intensely odd slant to it all that's backed by a swaggering groove that reeks with undeniable appeal. It also includes some of the best guitar manipulation and fuzz driven leads you will hear anywhere that are equally matched by the deranged vocal cadence that sends the track into psychedelic overdrive.

11. Wanweird "Green Jelly"

Another fabulous track from Wanweird. This is the type of track that has just enough bounce to it that it's fun to sing along to but backs it up with a solid dose of 90's inspired rock n roll angst that pulls no punches.

12. The Red Shift "No One Else"

My favoriute track from this Ohio based power pop/punk rock bands debut album. Get into it

13. Guided By Voices "5 Degrees On The Inside"

One o the stand out tracks from the bands latest offering "August By Cake" which happens to be the 100th LP of founding member Robert Pollards career. Here's to 100 more.

14. Thurston Moore "Smoke Of Dreams"

"Smoke Of Dreams" from the new Thurston Moore album "Rock N Roll Consciousness" is a hazy, laid back number that reflects on his times in New York City and the underlying mystic of the past that surrounds it. There's a bit of a cathartic element to the song as if Moore is giving you a tour of his old haunts and allowing a bit of insight into a lost world.

15. Mathew Sweet "Trick"

"Trick" has all the key ingredients that make up an amazing Matthew Sweet song. Catchy hooks, melodic guitars and Sweet's signature vocal delivery.

16. faUSt "Lights Flickr"

From their brand new album "Fresh Air", "Lights Flickr" features the lyrics "Lights Flickr as I blink my eyes to the beat to the beat to the beat" as a frantic saxophone and sea of feedback blast over top of a thunderous beat. What more could you ask for???

17. Beach House "Chariot"

From the bands new "Rarities and B Sides" album, "Chariot" sounds like it could have been part of the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch film. Truly beautiful from beginning to end.