Dehidratált Fejek - Igyad Azt Menjünk

Damn, i thought i was done blog­ging for the week and then this un­ex­pect­ed lit­tle gem of crude and sham­bol­ic noise by a Bu­dapest group crops up last minute, their sound strik­ing me as a pe­cu­liar fu­sion of odd­ball garage punk in the Ed­dy Cur­rent Sup­pres­sion Ring and UV Race vein with sim­i­lar­ly weird acts in the post punk and old­school in­die rock field such as Tree­house, Kitchen's Floor, The Molds and City Yelps.

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Weak Signal - War and War

Wow, i didn't re­al­ly ex­pect that much en­joy­ment out of the most re­cent LP by this New York group… in fact, these folks have com­plete­ly evad­ed my radar so far. What we get is a heav­i­ly Vel­vet Un­der­ground and Je­sus and Mary Chain-in­spired melange of fuzz-/pow­er-/noise-/dream pop that con­vinces by sheer strength of the un­der­ly­ing song sub­stance while in terms of son­ics, they sure like to slow-cook their songs at low-to-mod­er­ate heat - the re­sults are fuck­ing de­li­cious, just to­tal­ly melt­ing in your mouth as you rel­ish every sin­gle hook, every speck of low-lev­el tex­ture in their rich son­ic land­scape.

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Air Vent Dweller - Air Vent Dweller

A nice lit­tle bat­tery of vague­ly egg-ish garage punk and fuzz pop com­bin­ing more re­cent weird­ness à la Print Head or Freak Genes with a good mea­sure of Des­per­ate Bi­cy­cles, some ear­ly Fly­ing Nun Records vibes - es­pe­cial­ly The Clean and The Stones - a touch of C86 pop (as in Cow­boys Aren't Re­al) or al­so: loads of ran­dom 80s cas­sette cul­ture ar­ti­facts that might or might not have cropped up on some Messthetics/​Homework/​Hyped To Death com­pi­la­tion over the years.

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Toe Ring - Footage

A won­drous and strange lit­tle EP full of oth­er­world­ly garage-/pow­er-/fuzz pop from a Philadel­phia Duo. The tape starts out as if the in­sane pop qual­i­ties of, say, Boo­ji Boys or Daugh­ter Bat & The Lip Stings col­lid­ed with the smart rhyth­mic post punk of Lithics, while the re­main­ing three songs then set­tle in­to a slight­ly more low-key kraut-lean­ing psy­che­del­ic groove, the likes of which you might sus­pect some­where in the lo-fi pop worlds of acts like Germ House, Far Cor­ners, Vi­o­lent Change, Hon­ey Radar or even ear­ly Woolen Men. Ex­cel­lent shit through­out.

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Daughter Bat and the Lip Stings - More Love Songs

Sydney's Daugh­ter Bat And The Lip Stings, who've al­ready been mak­ing some waves with a whole shit­load of fun EPs in 2020, are now re­turn­ing with their strongest se­lec­tion of tune­ful garage punk, fuzz- and pow­er pop smash­ers so far, their knack for catchy hooks pro­vok­ing thor­ough­ly flat­ter­ing com­par­isons to the likes of Boo­ji Boys, Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Roy­al Headache or Sweet Reaper.

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The Nico Missile - 8 Ways To Get Infected

The Nico Mis­sile is an­oth­er one of Ricky Hell's many pas­times. There are few sur­pris­es here, in­stead you get more of his fa­mil­iar trade­mark of qual­i­ty. If you know some of his oth­er Bands like Fas­ci­nat­ing or Ricky Hell And The Void­boys you kin­da know what to ex­pect: Garage-edged Fuzz Punk and Noise Pop some­where in the Neigh­bo­hood of No Age, Ter­ry Malts, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! TIger! or Male Bond­ing. What more could you want?

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