Plastic Psalms - Self-Stained Slate

Self-Stained Slate re­leas­es March 19th via Tape Dad /​ Cult Love Sound Tapes.

Canid - Claim

Claim re­leas­es March 5th.

Verspannungskassette #14 (C-90)

Nag - Observer

Fol­low­ing last year's some­what more re­fined full-length de­but, the sec­ond LP by At­lanta dark-/post punk group Nag feels more like a throw­back to their ear­li­er EPs - and i mean that in all the best ways. These songs are raw as fuck, the arrange­ments al­most as sparse as you can pos­si­bly stretch the genre be­fore it's gonna col­lapse. Why write a god­damn nov­el when all you need to get across is a sin­gle but rather des­per­ate sen­tence?

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Nice Surprise - Nice Surprise

Nice sur­prise in­deed, this lathe cut 7" de­but by some Austin duo mak­ing catchy noise some­where in the realm of pow­er- and garage pop. Es­pe­cial­ly the killer A-Side I'm Old will no doubt be a feast for fans of bands like Tom­my & The Com­mies, Bad Sports, Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Cheap Whine or Son­ic Av­enues.

Exxxon - Gas Tape /​ More Gas

This group of un­clear prove­nance re­cent­ly put out their sec­ond tape - once again via Wyoming cas­sette la­bel Deluxe Bias - and just like the first one it's a mas­sive lo-fi blast of noise that sounds a bit like The Stooges and MC5 reimag­ined as a hard­core band. A certein Bad Brains dri­ve adds even more to the over­all old­school vibe and in the cur­rent scene, you might de­scribe them as a slight­ly souped-up ver­sion of Vexx… yeah, makes per­fect sense i guess. Their fuel's got 50% more X.

Poison Ruïn - Poison Ruïn II

I al­ready liked this Philadel­phia group's first tape a lot but its suc­ces­sor rais­es the bar even high­er for their own mix­ture of garage-, post- and dun­geon punk that doesn't shy away from al­low­ing quite a bit of very old­school "heavy" met­al in­to the mix - in re­gards to the movie just as much as the genre.

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Trash Ferraris - Trash Ferraris

Some straight, sim­ple, stu­pid, and su­per-ef­fec­tive garage punk fun made by some folks of the ex­tend­ed Vaguess, Use­less Eaters, Fer­nan­do & The Teenage Narcs or­bit. Has some Ex-Cult vibes, but pri­mar­i­ly i'm re­mind­ed of aus­tralian groups like The Liv­ing Eyes, Ed­dy Cur­rent Sup­pres­sion Ring and Mi­ni Skirt. Even a slight Saints/​Radio Bird­man feel is clear­ly present here.

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Collate - Medicine /​ Genesis Fatigue

It took the Port­land, Ore­gon trio a few re­leas­es to get there, but their newest 7" is push­ing all the right but­tons for me with its no wave-in­fused as well as Gang Of Four-in­spired dance­able post punk, which in this par­tic­u­lar case re­minds me es­pe­cial­ly of Brighton group Aus­ter­i­ty.

Shimmer Bed - Aquaria, Escapism & Other Favorites

The re­cent record­ed out­put by Los An­ge­les garage project Shim­mer Bed is, to be quite hon­est, a bit too pro­lif­ic for me to dive deep­er in­to right now - which is why this ex­cel­lent com­pi­la­tion tape put out by the span­ish la­bel Dis­cos Per­o­qué­bi­en is such a wel­come gift that made me aware of this dude in the first place. Over the span of a whop­ping 22 tracks we get to wit­ness a re­mark­ably di­verse spec­trum of sounds rang­ing from bed­room weirdo garage punk that might evoke the melod­ic­i­ty of Vaguess, the noise pop of Jah Hell and the play­ful­ness of Dee Bee Rich, Nuts or Prison Af­fair, to psy­che­del­ic pop rem­i­nis­cent Rat Columns or var­i­ous eight­ies Fly­ing Nun acts and in­be­tween al this, there's even time for some noisy post punk sketch­es.

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