One to Watch: New Mexico – “Have You Met My Friend?”

Artist: New Mexico (formally Apes of Wrath) Album: Have You Met My Friend? Genre: Garage Rock Release Date: November 16, 2010 Label: Unsigned Track: “Abused and Amused” There’s nothing about this San Diego-based trio (formally Apes of Wrath) I don’t like. Their music gives me that warm, tingly feeling. The kind of instant love I […]

Cassettes Are The New Vinyl, Part 2: A Band’s Perspective

Grand Canyon is a New Mexico-based band that recently emailed us about their debut album release ‘The Hits’ on cassette tape.  They shared with us their insights for choosing cassette as their physical medium.  The group also has a digital version of the album, which you can download for free on Bandcamp. For us, cassettes […]

SF Spotlight :: Man/Miracle – “Don’t Waste It”

Artist: Man/Miracle Hometown: Oakland, CA Featured Track: “Don’t Waste It” One year after the release of their debut album, The Shape of Things, Oakland-based Man/Miracle is hard at work on their next LP due out sometime this spring. “Don’t Waste It” is a taste of things to come with reportedly more singles coming soon. The […]

The OCMD :: Bands to Watch in 2011

As much fun as year end ‘Best Of’ lists are, I find the new artists releases starting in January even more exciting. For me, wrap up lists are more about catching what you’ve missed. But from now until SXSW in March there is always a building crescendo of album releases and buzz. It’s a busy […]

My Top 25 Albums of 2010

Artist: Deerhunter Album: Halcyon Digest Track: “Desire Lines” Artist: Tame Impala Album: Innerspeaker Track: “Vital Signs” Artist: New Mexico (formally Apes of Wrath) Album: Have You Met My Friend? Track: “Abused and Amused” Artist: Ty Segall Album: Melted Track: “Imaginary Person” Artist: Lower Dens Album: Twin Hand Movement Track: “A Dog’s Dick” Artist: Future Islands Album: In the Evening Air Track: “As I Fall” Artist: The Radio Dept. Album: Clinging to a Scheme Track: […]

Brightblack Morning Light (BBML) – Motion to Rejoin

Artist: Brightblack Morning Light Album: Motion to Rejoin File Under: Freak Folk Recommended if You Like: Devendra Banhardt, Joanna Newsom, Spiritualized Featured Track: Oppressions Each Brightblack Morning Light is headphone heaven mood music to me.  It’s trippy, hypnotic and spellbinding. ‘Motion to Rejoin’ is the third album they recorded from a secluded adobe in New Mexico.  And […]