Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Frankly we’re still trying to understand the whole Parquet Courts / Parkay Quarts thing, where the overlaps are and what the significance of the two names are…

However, that aside, Content Nausea will be a new release from the latter: recorded, mixed and mastered in two weeks on a 4-track tape machine. Apparently the band wanted something that listeners could “live with over the winter.” At 35 minutes, the record lies somewhere between an EP and an LP, and finds the band exploring sounds that were previously only hinted at; Townes Van Zandt, Warren Zevon, and Dylan are evident points of departure on Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth, a lonesome tale about “two men tragically colliding in the deep south“.

The 13th Floor Elevators get a hat tip via NYC reinterpretation of Slide Machine, and there’s even an unexpected, gender-bending cover of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walking.

Who cares about the names when it sounds this good…

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New Videos: Lola Colt || The Franklys || September Girls || Meat Wave

Four videos to set pulses racing from Lola Colt, The Franklys, September Girls and finishing with Meat Wave’s insanely catchy punk rock.

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(Download the whole album on a pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp).

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Another From Howard Enyon’s So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam

The upcoming Fire Records reissue of the frazzled, bejewelled, uniquely madcap tall tales of  Howard Enyon’s 1970s acid-folk masterpiece So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam is certain to be one of our favourites of the year.

Until then, here is another track to treasure, the six minute album closer Shadows & Riff.

Out on the 17th November, you can pre-order the album here. Check our previous post here.

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Introducing >>> The Don Darlings

Introducing >>> The Don Darlings

The new single from Gothenburg based The Don Darlings is a masterpiece of southern gothic Americana.

If You Can’t Be Good is an odyssey about the life of an infamously pathological liar who some believe was named Johnny Bode. The title is a veiled, yet precise, warning about how life can turn out through a destructive device of doing everything you can in the most horrendous manner possible. Yet at the same time, there is an enormous power to this come-back king. He was a driven by a thirst to prove his talent and fight against the narrow-mindedness of his age. An unbearable ability to always find new ways to succeed despite the chains of his powerful madness.

It comes from their forthcoming self-titled second album due out on the 24th October.

Listen/download it here.

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New Album From Steakhouse

New Album From Steakhouse

A couple of years back we waxed lyrical about the drifter rock of San Francisco’s Steakhouse, which somehow managed to merge dusty country inflected Americana with krautrock influences to create something that was as hypnotic as it was eerie.

We’re pleased to report that they have a first “proper” full length album coming out soon, and here are a couple of tracks from it for your listening pleasure: the expressive Downcountry Blues and album closer Sleeper.

Check their website for more details here.

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Introducing >>> Daddy Issues

Introducing >>> Daddy Issues

The excellently named Daddy Issues are an all girl trio producing a twisted, distorted take on garage-pop that drips with acerbic irony and a healthy dose of cynicism.

Ugly When I Cry is a wonderful slab of downbeat grungy pop that we’ve had on repeat ever since we heard it!

Stream it below, or grab it for a buy-now deal at Bandcamp.

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Return Of The Manhattan Love Suicides

Return Of Manhattan Love Suicides

The Manhattan Love Suicides burnt bright between 2006 and 2009. Taking their ferocious sonic assault all over the UK and further afield to New York and SXSW twice. They released one full rough and raw sounding studio LP, a clutch of 7″ singles and EPs, plus a bumper 27 track compilation CD in their four(ish) years together.

In 2009, the band came to an unexpected halt and that, so we thought, was that for The Manhattan Love Suicides.

Then, at the tail end of 2013, a new song appeared completely out of the blue on YouTube - (Never Stop) Hating You. A rough mix, and unmastered, but a taste of what was to come. It meant the band were back and will release their second full length LP, More Heat! More Panic! in early 2015. While the record stays true to their three minute buzzsaw guitar attacks, it also showcases a band comfortable in trying new things and tempering the noise with a tender side. But noise fans can rest assured that the band haven’t forgotten about their fuzz pedals. This album delivers all the noise and fury you’d expect. It also delivers a few things that might just surprise you.

Want proof? Then try (Never Stop) Hating You

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Trans Upper Egypt – Moon Doom

Check out the fried sonics of Trans Upper Egypt’s new track Moon Doom.

Drums in constant motion, bass that moves from bouncy to sinister, both competing with the syncopated dissonance of two synthesizers-spaceage sounds melting into a chainsaw fight, and all punctuated by scorched vocals.

It comes from their second album, self-titled, out on the 4th November via Austin based label, Monofonus Press.