Drew Price’s newest project “Hustle Strange” finds him back on a twangy electric guitar after forays into minimalist electronica, hip hop production, and bedroom shoegaze. He’s back with a few new tricks up his sleeves and the record sounds a lot more polished than his earlier jangly guitar pop on records like Cat in the Rain. “Hustle Strange” is infected with a Lou Reed type of laid back cool. That cool classic rock feel is mixed with slices of outsider pop greatness like R. Stevie Moore’s meandering melodies and timings and Ed Askew’s intimate odball quality. Check it out above and buy the tape from Happenin Records.
Moral Authority does punk infused hardcore with the crushing simplicity and punk influence of contemporaries like The Flex or Hounds of Hate. This seven track demo has been in the works for way too long, but it was worth the wait. From the punk n roll intro to the surprise mosh part in track 6, this thing is wall to wall bangers. MA features members of other Bham extreme music heavyweights Counter and Love is a Black Widow.
Listen/purchase: You’re Not One Of Us by Moral Authority
One of my favorite dudes/producers (Arborist) teamed up with one of my favorite MCs/boundary pushers (Serengeti) a while back and did a tape called Firebird Logo. I’ve already made a post about the tape, but here’s a video for the title track.
Delay’s latest record is over all even more slowed down and minimalist than their previous LP Rushing Ceremony. It’s hard not to make 90’s comparisons with the crushing almost Hum like guitar tones and dragging grungy tempos of songs like album opener “Explanation” and track 8 “Endless”. Those ultimate slow jams are balanced by the power coupling of tracks like 3 and 4 (“Don’t Worry Now” and “Blood let Summer” respectively) which are both bouncy power pop masterpieces. This records sparseness gives everything room to breathe and with lyrics and song writing this powerful that can only be a good thing. I’ve said it before, but if this were the 90’s Delay would be up to their necks in radio hits. This record brings their powerful and direct rock to a slightly darker place. It’s a little bit less Weezer and a little bit more Mineral than Rushing Ceremony. Great band. Great record. Great guys. Give it a listen above, and pre order it over at www.salinasrecords.com!
I’ve been in a funk lately blogging wise, but Diners “Always Room” has lifted me out of my blog fog. This album is so good, I have to tell the world! Diners are one of a slew of criminally underrated gems from AZ (see Dogbreth). “Always Room” is their debut LP and it delivers the same catchy pop that could be found on their first two EP’s, but with a little bit more polish. It has all the charm of Mac Demarco, but with a bit less schtick and a bit more sincerity. While their straight foreword lyrics could be compared to Demarco or Best Coast, theres a level of honesty and transparency here that you don’t get from the aforementioned bands. The songs on this record have a great ebb and flow end to end, from rockers like “Good Zone” to the laid back instrumental “Daydream Receiver” Diners cover enough ground to keep you listening while keeping things cohesive and bouncy enough that you’ll never have to skip a track. This is a seriously catchy record. Listen to it! I pre-ordered the vinyl over at phatnphunky.com : "Always Room" by Diners
Why is it so hard to hyperlink on Tumblr now. Did they just move all that shit around and I’m not seeing it or do I actually have to figure out how to do real ass coding? I’m just trying to put some hyperlinks in my descriptions of records. fuck!
I missed it until just now, but it’s rad. I’ll probably listen to this while I ride tomorrow. There’s some serious go-fast-music on here.
Cassette Lost Sound Tapes
Dogbreth has been on my short list of hot new bands since before I started this blog. In fact one of the shows that inspired the blog was Iji/Megabog/Dogbreth/Generifus and my old band Spells. That show was the dawn of a new era in DIY pop in Birmingham for me in a lot of ways. I could tell there was something special going on. At that point Dogbreth existed as more of a folk punk project and Tristan played by himself on a beaten up acoustic. I could tell that his pop sensibilities went deeper than your average plan it x disciple (no disrespect, plan it x is rad). There were already hints of pop classics in the songwriting here and there. Every new thing I heard from Dogbreth rocked a little harder and stretched it’s legs melodically a little bit more. Sentimental Health finds the band as a well oiled slacker rock machine. Tyler (of Diners fame) provides some hot licks over these fuzzed out posi rock bangers, and their catchiness is unmatched. I hate to make this comparison because I feel like it could be taken the wrong way, but it’s like Wavves with significantly more well thought out songs and a sunnier attitude. If you like Wavves melodies but you’re trying to smoke weed less and play outside more you should give Sentimental Health a spin.
My favorite track is probably The Surface. It reminds me of a more indie rock Ergs!
You can listen to the whole record here.
"reasons for unhappiness occur every 5 to 10 minutes, but reasons for extreme joy occur more than 5 times every second. to be angered as easily as the hornet or the bull is to be as common as the name these animals have been given. are you the everyman? are you another number? yes, pain is real…
Tripp Norris was the vocalist of a litany of Birmingham punk bands and he was also an incredible writer and poet.