I Need You Bad, a new compilation curated by Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, Warm Soda), captures a glimpse of the contemporary San Francisco garage rock scene with a collection of songs from Magic Trick, Warm Soda, The Memories, Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones, Pure Bliss and more. Hear Pratt’s contribution to the album below. San Francisco folky Jessica Pratt‘s ”Dreams” is featured on the album and is available to stream below.
Poster by Curtis Godino of Drippy Eye Projections.
Our next show in Toronto is on July 31st with Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and his band of Freaks (which now happens to feature Dylan from Woodsman on drums). The show is fittingly going down the old The Comfort Zone, so you can expect Bleeker and co. to tap into the venue’s former jamband spirit with some deep improv. Supporting will be Toronto garage rockers Moves and Bonnie Trash. We’re giving away a few pairs of tickets to our readers so look out for those on Twitter and Facebook. RSVP on Facebook here. Lightshow TBA.
Tickets are $11.50 at local record stores Rotate This and Soundscapes or online via Ticket Fly.
Last winter, in what seemed like one of those 40-tab deep internet surfing sessions, I stumbled across the music of Bay Area garage rockers The Spyrals. I then wrote about them and enjoyed the album for several months. They kindly thanked us, and that was that. Over a year later (a few weeks ago), they once again made contact to tell us about a new, related project called Jesus Sons. The story is still the same—we know almost nothing about these guys. They come to us like riders in the night, delivering messages containing bluesy garage nuggets that will please fans of the Night Beats, early Stones, 13th Floor Elevators and so on. Below, hear a track and watch their new video. More via their Soundcloud page.
Hell Shovel, the project led by Jeff Clarke of Montreal’s Demon’s Claws, swung through town on Friday night and proved how they’re one of the best garage psych acts on the scene right now. They sound a bit like Ty Segall, but on significantly more acid. As their description reads, Hell Shovel “is the sound of Johnny Cash drowning in a pool of cough syrup.” Since its inception, the group has released a few albums in limited runs through labels such as the German based Sound Of Cobra Records and toured through the US and Europe with acts like Acid Baby Jesus. And just last year, the group released their debut LP, Hated By The Sun, which you can stream below or purchase via Bandcamp. Watch out for Hell Shovel!
Madison, WI-based garage-psych artist Dead Luke has released his third proper full-length on Oakland record label Moon Glyph. The cassette, titled God Takes LSD, melds Spaceman 3-esque stoner rock, jangly garage pop and murky blues riffs into a tapestry of delightful lo-fi, jammy psychedelia. Check out the slow burner “Oh My Lord Can’t Help” along with the sun-soaked pop of “I Love” below. Also be be sure to give a listen to “The Best Drug I’ve Ever Done” from Dead Luke’s 2010 release American Haircut.
Order God Takes LSD from Moon Glyph.
Brooklyn psychedelic garage rock ensemble Prince Rupert’s Drops have treated us to the second track from their highly-impressive debut LP, Run Slow. “Lungs,” which premiered on Friday via the good folks at East Village Radio, opens the album with a sprawling seven-and-a-half minute jammer that sets the tone for what follows. Beginning with a Quicksilver meets Fairport guitar intro, the song cruises through the valleys of West Coast psych with guitarist/vocalist Leslie Stein’s haunting vocals sailing on the distant shores. At the midway point, the song takes a turn toward an open-ended, dual guitar jam that demonstrates the group’s knack for extended improvisational journeys.
Hear the song over at East Village Radio.
The amazingly prolific San Francisco garage rock wizard Ty Segall has released a video for the song “The Hill,” featured on his forthcoming album Twins (his third this year). Directed by Segall himself and featuring Thee Oh Sees’ Brigid Dawson, the video travels through a bad VHS acid trip laced with oversized stuffed bears and just plain weird shit. Twins comes out out on October 9th via Drag City.
Preorder the album here.
With all of the recent press surrounding Russian feminist punk-rock group Pussy Riot (and the subsequent cultish orgy photos), it seems like Russian music is on a major rise. Right? Well, maybe not. But listening to Mother-Russian psych band The Karovas Milkshake, one would certainly be justified in believing so.
Hailing from the Russian town of Ekaterinburg, The Karovas Milkshake take their name from the milk bar in the film Clockwork Orange, the Korova Milkbar. If that was all they had to offer, we would still like them. Even if the music sucked. But, thankfully, it doesn’t. Quite the contrary, rather. Their sound openly exposes its ties to vintage car-hold rock (some prefer garage rock), lifting elements from bands like The Kinks, The Velvet Underground, and The Sonics with little rebranding or refurbishment. Even the production sounds authentically 60s, and it seems the band members aren’t afraid of this. “It’s hard being an idealist nowadays. But we try…People back then believed in the future–and we believe in the past,” they told Russian press.
The Karovas Milkshake recently released a single, “Freak Out” b/w “Factory” via their own Kaleidoscope Eyes label. Check it out below and purchase it via their Bandcamp page for a mere $2.00. Also be sure to check out the previously released Lo-Cow Motion EP. Support the rise of Russian music.
Our good friends over at Beyond Beyond is Beyond have started their own independent record label, Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. The Brooklyn-based label kicks off with the debut 12″, titled Run Slow, from the similarly geographically located psychedelic garage rock outfit Prince Rupert’s Drops this fall. “Pillar to Post,” the album’s first single, is a—to take a line from the label’s founder—cage-free burner with guitar lines that belong on the Dazed and Confused Soundtrack and hauntingly/delightfully distorted vocals from second guitarist/vocalist Leslie Stein. It’s a number for the road.
SHOW NOTICE: Prince Rupert’s Drops will be debuting tracks from their upcoming LP at a very special NYC show on August 16 at Glasslands with Buffalo Killers and the Velcro Lewis Group. Poster/details below.
Here’s the latest video from Ty Segall & White Fence’s session at Room 205.
Hair, The forthcoming collaborative LP from Ty Segall and Tim Presley’s White Fence is one that has been receiving a great deal of play around here as of late. Combining two heroes of the contemporary garage rock world, the album transports us back in time with retro fuzzed guitar freak outs, muddy, distorted vocals, and catchy psych trips aplenty. The pair recently stopped by Room 205 to record live session and you can now check out two of the videos below. Hair comes out on April 26 via Drag City. You’ll want to pick up a copy of this one.
“I Am Not A Game”
Spyrals, the debut self-titled full-length from San Francisco psych-rockers The Spyrals, is yet another impressive garage-y sounding record to come out of the Bay Area in the past year. Recorded at the band’s own studio on an eight-track reel to reel, the album shows two faces—one that recalls contemporaries The Fresh and Onlys or Women with a psych-pop sound, the other a heavier, droned out improvisational sound that ventures freely into the void. The nine reverb-drenched tracks offer up a mix of catchy guitar riffs and crashing percussion with a bluesy tinge added by the slide and harmonica work. Stream it below or purchase it from The Spyrals bandcamp site. You can also check out their video for album track “Trying To Please.”
[Photo by Colleen Barr]
The latest video from White Fence is for “Sticky Fruitman Has Faith” off their 2011 release Is Growing Faith on Woodsist. The footage captures the crowd scene during the band’s performance in Whittier, CA earlier this year, and is directed by Micheal Shifflett. Check it out below.