Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Surfer Blood Announce New EP "Tarot Classics"

"Miranda" is a three minute pop rock tune serving as the first listen for Surfer Blood's forthcoming EP, Tarot Classics, due October 25th on Kanine Records.


01 I'm Not Ready
02 Miranda
03 Voyager Reprise
04 Drinking Problem

Surfer Blood tour dates are as follows:

08-13 Bangor, ME - Bangor Waterfront
08-27 Saint Louis, MO - LouFest
08-31 Seattle, WA - Neumo's
09-03 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
09-10 Orlando, FL - Firestone
09-16 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09-17 Los Angeles, CA - The Getty
09-21 Tampa, FL - Crowbar
09-22 Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live
10-27 Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theatre *
10-28 Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Convention Hall *
10-29 Waterbury, CT - Palace Theatre *
10-30 Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Ballroom *
11-01 Portland, ME - State Theatre *
11-02 Rochester, NY - The Armory *
11-03 Easton, PA - State Theatre Center for the Arts *
11-05 Huntington, NY - Paramount Theatre *
11-06 Wilmington, DE - Grand Opera House *
11-08 Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum *
11-09 Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre *
11-10 Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre *
11-11 North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center *
12-09 Minehead, England - ATP Festival

* with Pixies


Monday, August 29, 2011

Sumsun - Arae

Over a year ago Judson of Sumsun shared with me some really amazing blissful aquatic tracks he had been working on. Around that time he had released Lake Life, a retro beat album with female vocalist Beverly Russell as Sumsun. He was keeping pretty secret about this new sound and anonymously put out the tracks under the name Arae. Sumsun has now released the Arae tracks on bandcamp. Arae's three tracks precede Samo Milagro, and serve as an inside look of Sumsun culminating that watery euphoric sound (the end of "Grey" shares the same voice sample as "Capella I"). Download Arae free on bandcamp, and listen below.


Monday, August 22, 2011


Telethon is a self described psych-pop-tronica band from Orlando, Florida. They blend elements of different types of rock and pop, creating a retro sound with large electronic synths and beats.

According to their discography on bandcamp, in a little over a year's time Telethon has dipped their feet in a pool of "surf rock" and another of electronic. Slowly but surely Telethon has found the perfect mix with their latest song "Get Things Wrong", which reminds me faintly of the band of Montreal. In a live setting, Telethon retains the energy and presence of a rock band, and they pull it off very well. If you're in Orlando I highly recommend you check them out September 10th at the Firestone with Surfer Blood.


Friday, August 19, 2011


Taken directly from their Facebook bio: "Woodsman is an experimental ambient post-psychedelic band based in Denver, CO. The quartet contains two totemic percussionists and two sonic animators who employ electric guitars, feedback loops, and recorded samples to build the dreamy astral soundscapes that define Woodsman’s sound. Influenced by hazy mountain passes, the cinema of Stan Brakhage, and early 1970’s improvisational recordings by Miles Davis Woodsman has crafted aural offerings that are uniquely their own."

Rare Forms has moments of free-form euphoria of reverberated major scale keyboard/guitar textures and fluttering percussion contrasted by more of rock "band" song structures. Definitely recommended:

Their upcoming EP Mystics Places, marking their fifth release, is to be released on October 25th. Pre-order the vinyl from Firetalk and check out "In Circles" off of Mystic Places below.

Woodsman are coming down to Orlando and Gainesville September 11th and 12th respectively. For non-Florida residents, their tour dates are as follows:

8/17 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN
8/18 – Project Lodge – Madison, WI
8/19 – Ball Hall – Chicago, IL
8/22 – Happy Dog – Cleveland, OH
8/23 – Embassy Vinyl – Scranton, PA
8/25 – Cake Shop – New York, NY
8/26 – Shea Stadium – Brooklyn, NY
8/27 – BIMA Music Festival – Baltimore, MD
8/31 – BAR – New Haven, CT
9/6 – Danger Danger – Philadelphia, PA
9/7 – Christ Episcopal Church – Richmond, VA
9/8 – Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC
9/9 – Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC
9/10 – New World Brewery – Tampa, FL
9/11 – BACKBOOTH – Orlando, FL
9/12 – The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL
9/17 – Pig Slop Studios – St. Louis, MO
9/18 – JR’s Lightbulb Club – Fayetteville, AR
9/19 – City Tavern – Dallas, TX
9/20 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
9/21 – The Exchange – Hot Springs, AR
9/24 – Boomslang – Lexington, KY
9/26 – WonderRoot – Atlanta, GA
9/28 – Tin Roof – Charleston, SC
9/30 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yip Yip - Bone Up

Since the summer of 2008, Yip Yip has been working on what has come to be Bone Up, a 16 track new full length; this year also marks Yip Yip's 10th year anniversay of being a band. Following the relase of Two Kings of the Same Kingdom, Yip Yip began performing and playing new instrumental songs live. In 2009, Yip Yip covered Nirvana's song "Very Ape". They were excited about how the vocals turned out, and wanted to figure out a way to fit vocals into the new compositions, and out of it created another group of songs. This long and premeditated process created one of the most unique and active albums I've heard this year.

There are no questionable areas of the album, Yip Yip's vision was well executed. I instantly recognize the songs from their live performance. By the time the songs came to recording, the essence and energy stayed intact, and upon this Yip Yip added a well defined, dynamic arrangement of intricate sounds ever-changing from measure to measure. They seamless pack multiple parts into mostly two minute songs; each part is very well composed and with an interesting rhythm, yet effortless to follow.

Purchase Bone Up on cassette for $4 and CD for $6 on their bandcamp.
Yip Yip self released this album, and for as inexpensive they are selling it for, it would be great if you forked over a couple bucks for the physical release. If not, the band was nice enough to give away the album for free (or you can name your price for digital tracks on their bandcamp).


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Maximino - Not So Cold, Cave

Maximino just released Not So Cold, Cave, the first of two 6-song EPs based around the Marianna Caverns in Northwest Florida. Gerald seemlessly blends organic cello, glockienspiel, guitar, and other instrumentation with more imaginative processed textures to create modern arrangements in digestible three to four minute songs.

It's worth noting that Maximino's live set incorporates all of these sounds in an engaging way; Gerald loops each keyboard melody, vocal harmony, what have you, but builds the songs up over a longer period of time. It's interesting to hear these songs come to fruition in a more compact form.

Be on the look out for the new EP coming soon. Not So Cold, Cave is available from Maximino's bandcamp for as little as free or as much as you're willing to support this Orlando artist.



Monday, August 8, 2011

VIDEO: Braids - Lammicken

Braids just released a new video by Mark Webber for "Lammicken" off Native Speaker put out by Kanine Records. Braids was a little startled when they saw our album art and visual projections when we played with them in February, so clearly the idea had already been in the works for them some time. The video turned out wonderful with great detail.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

VIDEO: Sumsun - Windstone

Jesselisa Moretti and Miko Revereza have teamed up produce a video to "Windstone", a song off Samo Milago, released last November on Leaving Records. The video visualizes the aquatic slushes and fluid movement of vibrance through the layers in the song.

Be sure to check out the new Beko DSL & Crash Symbols mixtape featuring a new song by Sumsun.

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