I wonder what the world would be like if everyone agreed with this song. Cruel but true, “You Don’t Know Anything” is a real message. This brand new band really drives that message home. “Check Out The Fashion Slaves” is a great live recording, where I found this song.
The Fashion Slaves
from “Check Out The Fashion Slaves”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
The Fashion Slaves – “You Don’t Know Anything” (play/download mp3)
This track from The Uptones‘ new CD is dub sunshine in a bottle. Huge molten brass slathered over a miles-wide bass and drum beat mixes it up with skankin’ guitars and shimmering organ bubbles. An instrumental reggae lovefest, “Solar Disco Ball” just became the soundtrack to my East Bay spring day.
from “East Bay Orbits”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
“Solar Disco Ball” (play)
Bowerbirds 2007 album Hymns For A Dark Horse, was unanimously applauded by forward listening music audiences everywhere. “In Our Talons” – one of the many standout tracks on their debut album – throws mediocrity out the window as the South Carolina trio experiments with their folk-inspired sound.
“In Our Talons“ (play/download mp3)
Checkout: the Bowerbirds’ official site
Brooklyn by way of Boston, Bishop Allen is a quartet named after the street in Cambridge MA where the two founding members, Justin Rice and Christian Rudder, started writing songs. And like any hip young band on the East Coast, they relocated to Brooklyn. “Dimmer” is the opening track on 2009′s album Grrr…, and is everything indie rock represents: sweat lyrics, soft acoustics, and hipster accessible.
“Dimmer“ (play/download mp3)
Visit BA’s website to see what comes next.
Horn driven, bass heavy, Jamaican dub. Abassi All Stars are a collective of Germany roots/dub practitioners. Keeping the heavy sounds of instrumental dub alive!
“Heavy Load“ (play/download mp3)
Visit Abassi All Stars’ label to hear more!
Godspeed is one of Canada’s most famous bands. One of the archetypes of the post-punk sound, a style of instrumental music that builds and descends in epically long tracks. After releasing an EP, Godspeed released a double album (totaling a whopping 9 songs), “Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven.” This title track is a beautiful introduction to their sound. This song builds and builds until it crescendos making you feel like raising your skinny fists to the heavens!
“Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven“ (play/download mp3)
Buy/Listen to all of Godspeed’s music.
Punchy, catchy post-rock from UK’s now defunct stars, The Rakes. “Retreat” is the title track to The Rakes’ first EP, released in the US on Dim Mak Records. This gem is begging: “slacker’s anthem.”
“Retreat“ (play/download mp3)
Buy The Rakes music at Amazon
Ah the yummy post-rock guitar-scapes of Mogwai. This should be the soundtrack to hiking up Everest with the complete hardcover Tolkien in your backback. Cascading layers of über-proggy goodness.
“San Pedro“ (play/download mp3)
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Controller Controller‘s “Silent Seven” is an angular punky funky song about paranoia and the dumbing down of society. Sharp, socially conscious and witty, with a Gang Of Four meets early XTC sound, and an odd 80′s pop chorus quote thrown in for spice. Very cool stuff.
Dead Moon is truly one of the most revered Northwest underground bands of all time. With Fred Cole and wife Toody on bass, vocals and Guitars, and the indefatigable Andrew Loomis on drums, Dead Moon have been churning out their own brand of blues-driven rock and roll for nearly 20 years now.
“Dead Moon Night“ (play/download mp3)
Buy Dead Moon records here.