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!
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)
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)
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.
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 – “You Don’t Know Anything” (play/download mp3)
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
Cinematic, spacious, and poetic, the songs of Laughingstock pull you in with layered textures while celebrating the victories, defeats, and spirituality of everyday life. “Like Texas” is a quiet little epic metaphor for America’s largest contradiction.
“Like Texas“ (play/download mp3)