Some great tunes that were sent our way during the month of December. I’ll be short and brief regarding each, but all are worth a listen or download.
Big bad guitars and drums that could push down the Great Wall if used effectively as artillery, this Portland band is back with another larger than life EP that fans of hard hitting psychedelic music with a bit of How Water Music thrown in are sure to enjoy.
The JFK assignation felt like just yesterday for an old ghoul like me, but for most of you, it is likely just another conspiracy theory that some nefarious agents carried out against a philandering Irish booze-hound. Turn Me on Dead Man Recordings has done something I am unfamiliar with, but a great idea that I will surely steal at some point. They put together a great comp of garage and punk rock bands making songs related to the JFK assassination. There is a lot of great material to comb through here, but my favorite from the first half of the record is Dark Fog’s “God Damn Texas.”
I love England in 1990. I was kicking it around London listening to lots of what would later be called shoegaze and doing copious amounts of acid. Kids: don’t let anyone tell you that drugs got boring after the 1960s! This group’s EP is a great mix of soaring reverb drenched guitar lines and the sneering bravado of a drunk lad from Glasgow at 6 in the morning coming home pissed from the pub. Highly recommended.
More bigger than life pop music from Montreal (or are these headphones just bloody awesome?), this short single would have been huge if these kids had been come out in 1993 and toured with Suede. I should add that the vocals are recorded just right for a release of this nature.
This French label (Retard Records) is definitely going on my list of best new record labels. They put out a slew of great releases this month, but this compilation of French garage rock jams is the icing on the cake. If you do not immediately love Kaviar Special, you might be an ailment ridden idiot. Great cover, great tunes, great label.