Artist: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Release Date: July 17
Hails From: Australia
Featured Track: “Cold Feet”
Stunning. Love at first listen. As the bio so aptly stated: “The DM edit of “Cold Feet” was inspired by the slow-motion house music played at heyday London come-down parties where guests might ingest acid-laced apricots and sway lazily to the music, (PVT‘s Dave) Miller channels greats like Omar S. and Theo Parrish to produce an impactful reworking with a retro and hallucinogenic feel.”
Well done. The original version ain’t so bad either. Scheduled for release in North America on July 17 it’s sure to be on heavy rotation in my household.
Artist: Deep Time
Album: Deep Time
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Hails From: Austin, TX
Like a breath of fresh air, this Austin duo – comprised of Jennifer Moore on organ, electric guitar and vocal microphone, and Adam Jones on drums- will knock your jaded socks off. Formerly known as Yellow Fever, the first time I laid ears on them it reminded me of a more pop version of She Keeps Bees, with hints of Tune-Yards eclecticism. I’m hooked. The eponymous album is out on Hardly Art Records July 10.
Album: The Lost Tapes
Hails From: Germany
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Featured Track: “A Swan is Born”
Often dubbed the fathers of krautrock, CAN is a 70’s era experimental rock group that has influenced countless bands – Joy Division, Talking Heads, Bowie, Pavement, The Stone Roses. Radiohead and The Jesus and Mary Chain have covered them. Kayne West has sampled them and the indie rock group, Spoon, named themselves after the Can hit of the same name.
Set to release today in the US, The Lost Tapes is a 3 CD set of unreleased tracks covering a period from 1968 to 1977 that was compiled by bandmates Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller and sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did then. Classic.
Artist: Thieving Irons
Album: Behold, This Dreamer
Hails From: Brooklyn
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Featured Track: “So Long”
“Thieving Irons is a collective of close friends navigating together through dense sonic terrain,” says the band’s biography. Those close friends are led by Nate Martinez, who started the band in 2009 after the break up of Pela. Martinez was also a recording and touring member of The National. And so his sonic navigation has led him here to Thieving Irons and their second LP entitled, “Behold, This Dreamer”. Behold, this beautiful dream rock.
Artist: Echo Lake
Album: Wild Peace
Hails From: London
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Featured Track: “Wild Peace”
Beach House meets My Bloody Valentine in the debut album from this London 5 piece.
Featured Track: “Talatur”
Tigermilk is the solo project of Paulina “Kuky” Tala. Described as something between Marissa Nadler and Os Mutantes, her upcoming EP, Turi, was dedicated to Atacameños (Likan-Antay) culture, a ancient tribe in northern Chile. Exotic and beautiful.
Artist: Neneh Cherry + The Thing
Album: The Cherry Thing
Hails From: UK
Release Date: June 18, 2012
Featured Track: “Dream Baby Dream (Four Tet Remix)
This track is hot, hot, hot. And is on heavy rotation on my playlist. Stuck in my head to be exact. A woman on the move with a fascinating heritage, Neneh Cherry is a creative force to be reckoned with. Don’t put her in a box. On her latest effort, she’s partnered with Sweden jazz trio The Thing, a group who took its name from a piece by world/free jazz trumpet great Don Cherry. So it makes sense that they should eventually team up with Don Cherry’s daughter.
The Cherry Thing tracklisting:
1. Cashback (Neneh Cherry)
2. Dream Baby Dream (Suicide)
3. Too Tough To Die (Martina Topley-Bird)
4. Sudden Movement (Mats Gustaffson)
5. Accordion (MF Doom)
6. Golden Heart (Don Cherry)
7. Dirt (The Stooges)
8. What Reason (Ornette Coleman)
Artist: Guantanamo Baywatch
Album: Chest Crawl
Hails From: Portland, OR
Release Date: May 22, 2012
For Fans Of: Surf punk, Rockabilly
Featured Track: “So Sad Over You”
Album: If You Wanna Die Then I Wanna Die
Hails From: Fullterton, CA
Release Date: May 17, 2012
Featured Track: “Motorcycle One”
So Velvet Underground and perfectly aligned with so many other San Francsico garage rock groups I love so much – think Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo. Check out their new album. Love.
Artist: Girls Names
Hails From: Belfast
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Featured Track: “A Troubled See”
Irresistible indie pop. Deliciously 80s. This is the single from Belfast-based Girls Names off their 7″ split with label mates Weird Dreams.