I can’t believe it’s been two months since I started working on this post. My apologies to the bands & labels that sent stuff in for review. That being said, some of the reviews might seem a lil’ out of date, but <spoiler alert> all the releases reviewed are worth at least one listen.
This time around reviews include new releases from Andre Williams, Danko Jones, Kurt Baker, The Bloodtypes, Boneworm, The Organ Beats and the first solo release from ex-R.E.M. dude Peter Buck.
I know we are way late with posting this, but it has been a pretty dry week for new projects. The new additions to this week’s list include the debut album from the Greek band Barb Wire Dolls and a 2xLP tribute to Kris Kristofferson that includes tracks by Calvin Johnson & Little Wings. We have also added a couple of projects that should appeal to musicians and recording geeks; Sicphones: A high end Silicon Carbide headphone amplifier and a new fuzz pedal from Sioux Guitars that was inspired by Cheetah Chrome.
We’d also like to congratulate both Corktown Popes and Scott Reynolds for their projects reaching their goals this week.
New projects this week include an app from DEVO, a plastic ukulele start-up, a re-release of an album from F.O.D. & documentaries about Joe Meek and the group of prison inmates who formed the 70′s soul band The Escorts.
There is still time to pledge to other great projects like the Girl Trouble doc & new albums by The GTVs & Scott Reynolds (ex-ALL).
It seems like every time I open a social networking site I am hit with a notice that someone I follow is promoting a crowd funding project. I figured rather than regurgitate re-share each individual post and update, I keep track of them here on the site on a weekly basis. I will limit to campaigns that I think are of interest to you readers/listeners and parse the list down to the ones that have yet to reach their goal.
This week’s round up includes new albums from former members of Mondo Topless, ALL and The Jam, as well as a documentaries about Buddy Rich, Girl Trouble and Sam Fuller.
I’m so far behind with posting about music that has been sent in for inclusion on the show, that I’m sure I’ll never catch up. However, here is the first attempt at giving you an idea of what quality releases have recently come to my attention.
The Tanked / Tuck & Roll – Two Short of a Six Pack (split 7″) – The Tanked is a band that cheer-leads “The Drinking Lifestyle”. Having seen them live a number of times I can say that the two songs here do a good job of representing there raw punk rock sound and humorous lyrics, especially “Bottle Fight”. This release was actually my first introduction to Tuck & Roll. Judging from their two tracks, I look forward to hearing more from them like their song “Another Dive Bar Night”. Limited to 200 copies. Buy from The Tanked or from Amazon or preview it on Spotify
The Suicide Notes – Hey Baby (7″) & Suicide Note (7″) – With three female vocalist in this band it might make you think that you’re in store for something in a Ronnettes style. However, this band was formed by Ray Cathode formerly of the Epoxies, and like his previous band the focus is a bit heavier on pop-punk, as you can hear in “Wolf Couple” Over all it’s a great sound and word is they put on a fine live show too. Both singles are available from Hovercraft or you can get it digitally from Bandcamp.
Continental – All A Man Can Do (LP/CD) – This is the first full length release from Rick Barton (ex-Dropkick Murphys) and his new band, and it’s one of the finest albums of the year. In fact the track “Into View” may be my favorite song of this summer. A great mix of street punk and straight up rock & roll. The band is currently making their way across the U.S. but it appears that their stop in Portland was cancelled (BOOOO!). Buy it from East Grand Records or Amazon
Long time listeners of the show will remember when Rachel Flotard (of Visqueen) talked about her travels to Laos (MonkeyBeat 32). Since then she been apart of a number of fundraisers to help the local school in Ban Na Muang. To date these events have raised over $5000, which has gone to buying the students supplies and provide the school with a floor and walls. (ed- It’s amazing how far $5k can go in other countries and says a lot about the state of US foreign policy.)