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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Robedoor - Endlessly Blazing

Genre: Drone, Experimental Psych, Avant Gard, Noise
Year: 2008
Label: Woodsist
Who: Alex and Britt
Where: Brooklyn
Like: An hour walk down judgment path
Rating: 8/10

Compare to: Sunn O))), Yellow Swans, Pocahaunted, Burning Star Core, Emeralds

Headless druids falling through a portal. Freak lore repeated as such. The overturning of blackened wax and the unfearthing of a howling mystery. Drone amulets, Robedoor, bring all five senses hailing back with their release of Endlessly Blazing. Listen while dreaming and you'll either never wake up, never want to wake up, or ever go back asleep again. I'm sorry, but I love robedoor, but be forewarned you may not.

1. Sabbath Breaker
2. Reality is a Mausoleum
3. Fire in the Hole

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Woods Family Creeps - Woods Family Creeps

Genre: Psychfolk, Experimental, Psychedelic, Lo-Fi
Year: 2008
Label: Fuck It Tapes
Who: Jeremy Earl, Jarvis Taveniere, and G. Lucas Crane
Where: NYC
Like: Watching an 8mm in somebody's garbage bagged garage in Iowa
Rating: 7/10

Compare to: WOODS, Lau Nau, Tickley Feather, Paavoharju, Blank Dogs

WOODS are back and reinvented with their release of Woods Family Creeps' self-titled album. The album is full of lo-fi rambling bullshit infused with a bit more soulful blues than their previous projects. Its fluid and easy to listen to, and if you like this definitely hop over to their site and check out the three other more lyric based tracks they have streaming. Aside from the hookish vocals, which as usual mirror anything anyone has ever licked into a microphone, the band's sound embodies a unique lo-fi style, flagging its own crispness as well as haughty psychedelic drone. well worth a listen.

Choice tracks: The Creeps, Diamond Days

1. End to End
2. Creeps Collage
3. Twisted Tongue
4. Family
5. Howling on Howling
6. Diamond Days
7. Spike
8. Sleep Sleep Sleep
9. The Creeps

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Dark Dark Dark - The Snow Magic

Genre: Gypsies yess?
Year: 2008
Label: Blood Onion Records
Who: Nona Marie Invie, Marshall LaCount, Todd Chandler, Jonathan Kaiser
Where: Manhattan/Minneapolis
Like: crying while drinking on the streets in the slums of Russia in the 20s
Rating: 7/10

Compare to: Beirut, Firekites, Deer Tick, These United States, Dresden Dolls

Heavy strings and harmonious vocals make Dark Dark Dark's debut album The Snow Magic a pure vision of fluid instrumentation and jarring imagery. The band's past is so deeply woven within the dynamics of their sound and style that it is impossible to not be moved by this album, though it may be a tad too movie soundtrack sounding. Singing of ghosts, murders, and of course love, Dark Dark Dark's dueling male/female vocals make you wanna swirl around to embroidered paper doll cut-outs and cotton ball clouds. Its intense if you're in the mood for daunting gypsy music sung by semi-realistic gypsies.

Choice tracks: Ferment in D Minor, Dig a Grave

1. Ashes
2. Benefit of the Doubt
3. A Cloud Story
4. Colors
5. Dig a Grave
6. Ferment in Dm
7. Junk Bones
8. New York Song
9. A Spell for Letting Go
10. That Light
11. Trouble No More
12. Winter Coat
13. All the Things

Try It. Then Buy It.
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Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic

Genre: Psychedelic, Avant Gard, Lo-FI, Ambient
Year: 2009
Label: Unsigned
Who: Luke Temple & Band
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Like: an eerie back alley bum tripping on shrooms
Rating: ?/10

Compare to: Luke Temple, Ariel Pink, Cass McCombs, Flying, Animal Collective, Caribou

Luke Temples side project is set to make their psychedelic debut this February under the name Here We Go Magic. The release has yet to leak, but the band is streaming a handful of tracks on of course their myspace. Having given these tracks more than a fair listen, I can say I am quite excited for this album especially since there aren't that may outstanding records forecasted for this spring. Here We Go Magic has a refreshingly mature lo-fi psychedlic sound abundant with flushing harmonies and warm beats perfect for a day in the grass with your shroomies. Although their sound may resemble classic psychedelia a tad too much, it can be heard with a modern ear which makes it better than anything Ariel Pink has ever attempted. But of course this is just based of three tracks.

1. Only Pieces
2. Fangela
3. Ahab
4. Tunnelvision
5. Ghost List
6. I Just Want To See You Underwater
7. Babyohbabyijustcantstanditanymore
8. Nat’s Alien
9. Everything’s Big

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Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion

Genre: Experimental, Freak-Folk
Year: 2009
Label: formally Paw-Tracks now signed to Domino
Who: Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz)
Where: NY/Washington/Lisbon/DC
Like: Like usual, hookish beats and vocal slurs underwater
Rating: 6/10

Compare to: Panda Bear, Grizzly Bear, Ariel Pink

Follow up to their previous release, Strawberry Jam and latest EP Water Curses, Merriweather Post Pavillion (due out on Jan 20th) is pretty much the same deal. One noticeable change would be their tendency to steer stronger toward Noah Lennox's style and structure. Personally, I think that's unfortunate, but what can you do. Nonetheless, here is Animal Collectives 2009 release. Its decent, as usual their tracks pick up towards the end making for a jammish finale.

Choice Track: My Girls (aka House)

1. In the Flowers
2. My Girls
3. Also Frightened
4. Summertime Clothes
5. Daily Routine
6. Bluish
7. Guys Eyes
8. Taste
9. Lion in a Coma
10. No More Runnin
11. Brother Sport
*12. Grace
*13. On a Highway

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