Phaselicker - Phaselicker

From some un­cer­tain place in Bavaria, Ger­many comes this beau­ty of an EP med­dling in a fit­ting­ly neb­u­lous, fuzz-laden genre spec­trum be­tween garage- and acid punk, psych- and space rock. A re­quired lis­ten for, among oth­ers, con­nois­seurs of noise in the vein of De­struc­tion Unit, Os­ees, Su­per-X, Hamer, Ounce, Faux Fe­ro­cious or Drag­gs.

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Pisse - Lambada

I'm sure everyone's al­ready tak­en no­tice, but i can't leave that one out here, a new re­lease by the on­ly ger­man punk group i've ever heard of. In a nut­shell, Pisse are still very much Pisse (and yes, that is in­deed the ger­man word for piss), their jet of yel­low liq­uid still be­ing very pre­cise­ly fo­cused on the var­i­ous process­es and phe­nom­e­na in­volved in the grad­ual crush­ing of the hu­man soul in that so­ci­ety of ours while not spar­ing the punk scene their due amount of ridicule ei­ther. Their mu­sic on the fringes of post- and garage punk ain't noth­ing to be em­bar­rassed about ei­ther, even in the clos­ing track Fa­vorit, which drags some Sui­cide-es­que synth min­i­mal­ism through a de­cid­ed­ly ger­man schlager hell.

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Green/​Blue - Paper Thin

This project re­volv­ing around Jim Bla­ha (The Blind Shake, Jim and the French Vanil­la) and An­nie Spar­rows (So­vi­ettes, Awe­some Snakes) sounds quite un­like any of Jim Blaha's oth­er groups that i'm aware of on their sec­ond LP, these songs with­out ex­cep­tion hav­ing a dreamy, melan­choly pow­er pop vibe and an un­like­ly post punk edge to them - kin­da like a mix be­tween Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Mind Spi­ders and a slight­ly mut­ed The Es­tranged fused to­geth­er by rock sol­id song­writ­ing chops.

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Life Forms - Life Forms

A strong lit­tle batch of melod­ic garage punk by some UK group - fans of stuff like Ra­dioac­tic­i­ty, Sweet Reaper, Ex-White, Boo­ji Boys, Telecult, Steve Adamyk Band or Son­ic Av­enues lis­ten up!

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Ambulanz - Ambulanz

The Leipzig scene de­liv­ers re­li­able qual­i­ty once again with this EP made up of hy­per­ac­tive garage-/post punk bas­tardiza­tions call­ing to mind a clus­ter of groups á la Ony­on, Pat­ti, Big Bop­per, Warm Red, Cat Scan, Rogue… a bit of Ex-Cult & Con­stant Mon­grel, maybe??

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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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Ex-Gold - We Are Good

I al­most over­looked this beau­ty which ap­pears to have been out for a cou­ple months al­ready. Knoxville's Ex-Gold had put out a de­light­ful de­but EP in 2018, a cou­ple of whose songs have al­so been re-record­ed for this new one while the new tracks seam­less­ly con­tin­ue the ex­cel­lence of their de­but. That means more quirky pow­er­pop and garage punk with both a slight '77- and an old­school in­die rock touch. The best com­par­i­son i can come up with right now are UK wise­crack­ers Pro­to Id­iot but fans of stuff like Tom­my and the Com­mies, Bad Sports, Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Sweet Reaper, Cor­ner Boys or Steve Adamyk Band should al­so get a kick out of this.

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McQQeen - II

An ex­quis­ite jet-pro­pelled rack­et, the sec­ond long­play­er by Athens, Geor­gia group Mc­QQeen - now proud­ly car­ry­ing the Big Neck Records seal of qual­i­ty. What kin­da starts out a bit in the vein of bands á la Flat Worms, The Cow­boy and Fash­ion Pimps & The Glama­zons with a con­spic­u­ous Psychedelic/​Space Rock un­der­cur­rent then ex­pands in­to a quite com­pre­hen­sive sweep through much of what is and has been great on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage punk, noise rock, post punk and -core in­clud­ing con­tem­po­rary acts of the Metz, John (Timest­wo) or Spray Paint kind as well as the oc­ca­sion­al flour­ish of De­struc­tion Unit's space punk ex­cess, the fuzz punk or­gies of ear­ly The Men, even some slight touch­es of U-Men or McLusky are to be found in there.

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Welt Star - Ich Hasse Blumen

Some fa­mil­iar faces at work here, al­though it takes some de­tec­tive work to un­tan­gle the neb­u­lous web of con­nec­tions es­pe­cial­ly of gui­tar play­er and vo­cal­ist Robert Pawliczek. That dude has played in a lot of groups al­though i can't ex­act­ly con­firm all of them. So he seems to have had a hand at, among oth­ers, Heavy Met­al, Bob­by Would, Nee­dle Ex­change, Itchy Bug­ger, Pit­va… al­so, pos­si­bly, Diät and Id­io­ta Civ­i­liz­za­to? Of those two i'm the least sure. On bass du­ty, we ap­pear to have the same Bill Gray known of Bands like Shark Toys, Re­arranged Face. And this be­ing a Re­fry Records re­lease, of course they've got Vin­ny "Vaguess" Ear­ley com­plet­ing the line-up on drums. As you might have sus­pect­ed, the mu­sic fuckin' rips too, their post punk with some garage over­tones strik­ing me kin­da like a su­per brit­tle and dry ver­sion of Rank/​Xerok or the afore­men­tioned Diät.

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Cluttered Grotto - Cluttered Grotto

Con­sist­ing of a mix of pre­vi­ous­ly re­leased songs, some re-record­ings, a cou­ple new tunes and a Mis­fits cov­er, this tape is so far the most ac­com­plished re­lease of this dude from Con­cord, Cal­i­for­nia who's op­er­at­ing com­fort­ably with­in some well-es­tab­lished con­tem­po­rary garage punk pa­ra­me­ters of the clear­ly eggy kind - fans of (so­lo) Erik Ner­vous, Nuts, Prison Af­fair, Set-Top Box or Met­dog will sure­ly ap­prove of this shit.

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