Following the Hot Place’s Sept. 12 live debut as a part of the Star Bar’s International Pop Overthrow, the group unveiled a solid first LP with The Language of Birds (No Big Wheel Records). Comparisons to '60s loving throwback acts are unavoidable, as the overall vibe of the album evokes the slick sounds of garage mainstays Detroit Cobras, with less bite and more saccharine. Also, singer and bassist Lisa King’s voice is reminiscent of pop legend Leslie Gore. But the album does not strictly pay homage to one era. Album highlights such as “Run Away Today” and “20th Century” give an updated twist to equally catchy new wave and college radio influences, creating a sound that's both fresh and familiar.
The recording project-turned performing band is the creative vision of King and producer and guitarist Jeff Calder, best known as a founding member of new wave rockers the Swimming Pool Q’s. Rounding out the lineup for the LP is guitarist Mike Lynn and original Swimming Pool Q’s drummer Robert Schmid. Further adding to the group’s legitimacy Television guitarist Richard Lloyd makes a guest appearance on the song “Saturn Moved.”
"Higher" — SBTRKT feat. Raury
Most folks are familiar with Raury's acoustic ways, but linking up the elusive SBTRKT finds the East Atlanta wunderkind putting his raps on display. SBTRKTs's haunting production's paired with lyrics that tread topics from segregation to Raury's fallout with his father. "Higher" is the latest offering from SBTRKT's forthcoming album, Wonder Where We Land (Sept. 22).
This week, Suitcase Recordings released the debut LP by Primeval Genius, the synth-driven goth-wave project helmed by Laura Jean Housley. Issued in an edition of 300 blue vinyl records, Machinist in the Underworld hosts 11 tracks of retro goth and industrial pop that's spiritually akin to Skinny Puppy or Death in June, but aligned with modern musicians such as Zola Jesus and LA Vampires. The above video for "Horns of a Ram" is the first taste of the album's lo-fi, dirge-laden pop, mixing esoteric imagery, a defective drum machine beat, and a guitar melody reminiscent of the Sisters of Mercy or the Cure.
The arrival of Primeval Genius' debut also marks the end of a two-year hiatus for Suitcase Recordings, thus initiating what the label describes as a "new era." Machinist in the Underworld is out now.
Local youngsters Ganges Phalanges are not loyal to just one offshoot of punk, as the group borrows from numerous sounds on its debut CD, Life is Posers . (Jabroni Records). Based on the album's title and artwork, some might expect to hear a modern take on classic West Coast punk sounds, complete with an occasional bass breakdown. You’ll hear that on two of the strongest cuts, “Adventure Time” and “Werewolves,” but the group refused to stick with just one time-tested sonic approach. Ska is another likely influence since half of the band performed that style in Skank Juice, but those sounds are only heard on “Daytime T.V.” There are also moments when tracks such as “Whatcha Gonna Do” and “Insomnia” mix heavy riffs with confrontational yet catchy vocals in the same vein as L7, which comes across as a good use of the band's combined talents. Thinking further outside of the box at times, the band celebrates the mundane in a fun way, reminiscent of the Descendents, on “IMMADOG.” Then there’s the gross-out humor of “I Just Threw Up a Little,” complete with hurl sounds provided by singer Amanda Anderson. Those last two examples are the keepers, as this group is at its best when its sense of humor is at the forefront.
Mahmood, who has worked closely with organizations such as Occupy Atlanta and the Low Museum, played a key role in not only organizing and designing the release, but in prompting Mills to adopt what will most likely be a new compilation-only approach with the label. "Hira reached out to me and said, 'I still can't quit listening to the F-Word comp you released. It's still one of my favorite things to listen to. Would you consider putting together another comp?'" Mills says.
Mills had already been mulling the idea of handling her releases via Big Blonde more like a magazine, and releasing maybe three compilations per year, possibly on a seasonal basis. The Interphase tape marks the beginning of this new direction. This latest comp features 19 songs from the Pinecones (featuring Bo Orr of Dead In the Dirt), Sioux City Sioux, Red Sea, Feast of Violet, deadCAT, and others, compiled with an archival sensibility. "A lot of local bands form and then are dissolved," Mills says. "Even if you look at the tracklist on the F-Word tape, not many of those bands are still around. These releases will function kind of like a mini archive and offer a look at what was happening at the time, at least in the scene that I was a part of."
The zine is a compilation of local musicians and promoters reflecting on music in some sense; it complements the tape by featuring many of the same people, or at least people from the same scene, writing on music in that particular scene. Jake Cook (Trench Party) has a piece of bravado about what an amazing performer he is. One local promoter, who wishes to remain anonymous, contributed two pieces: The first offers tips for traveling when your iPhone has no signal. The other offers insiders tips for selling alcohol at a DIY underground space.
If you missed the release show, copies will be available at Criminal Records and Wax 'n' Facts.
Follow the jump to check out the full tracklist.
Staying true to its self-set rule of releasing single-take, long-form jam sessions, Cave Bat has unveiled not one but two follow ups to July's Becoming the Sky EP. Since then, the experimental duo, which still includes roommates Nathan Brown and Kris Nelson, has somehow found time to release The Acorn Portal to Proxima 5 and now Beneath The Planet of the Cave Bat. This time, Brown and Nelson are in a much lighter mood, leaving behind any consuming clouds of noise or distortion for unencumbered vignettes of drifting haze.
The EP is largely void of any rhythm or pacing, opting more for the open space of tracks like "The Portal" and "A Coin for the Ferryman." That's not to say this is all careless bliss, though, as the duo unfurls the bizarre and whimsical electronic waltz of "The Quasar Upstairs" and the high-frequency miasma of closer "Twas Their Favored Lichen Sanctuary." Venture into the EP below and keep an eye out for Cave Bat's next EP, which will probably drop any minute now.
The forthcoming 7-inch will be on blue vinyl, is limited to 500 copies, and can be preordered through pet-friendly online vendor Gruesy. No release date was specified. The track unveiling was paired with a short list of tour dates, including appearances at the upcoming Meltasia Festival in LaFayette, Ga. on Sept. 5, and an appearance closer to home the following evening at the Drive-Invasion, hosted this year in a Turner Field parking lot.
There's a reason Raury got some serious Twitter love from Kid Cudi yesterday: "Cigarette Song." Produced by Raury and Daytrip, the guitar-heavy jam follows "Sunshine" and fan favorite, "God's Whisper."
"Cigarette Song" is slated to be on Raury's Indigo Child project, which will hopefully drop sometime before he opens for OutKast in September. Track below.
"High School" takes lead as a primitive, soft-focus bit of reflection that balances lo-fi pop (Rush's iPod plays the drums) and a template for the dynamics that connect Myer's falsetto and Kelly's melancholy songwriting.
Starbenders, Sheeba Darwin, and Small Talk play the Masquerade (Purgatory) on Saturday, July 12. $8. 7 p.m.
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