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Drowned in Sound: The Drums - Encyclopedia

July 2014

Last year Baked came out with a tape called S/T Cassette.  Two songs short, it's enough to see where the band is coming from; they're not afraid to blur themselves, letting the sounds melt into landscape jams.  On Debt, their debut off Exploding in Sound, Baked is still melting, but it's a much more guided flow.  The album mixes high velocities with the turned down mellow feels that Baked just seems to ooze from every orifice.   R.J. Gordon's vocals take a back seat under a wash of reverb, sitting just below the pop driven melodies that surround him.  "Mick Jagger" especially is a stunner, where Yoni David's drumming drives the tune as the rest of the sounds float in zero gravity.  There's something unobtainably attractive about this band's sound, whether it's because they remind us of England's long lost Wu Lyf, or because they channel Bedhead at the same time. - Jake Saunders

The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

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Stream: Roses, "It's Over"

Roses, a fairly new dream-pop trio out of LA, has pumped out two perfectly dance-worthy singles in preparation for their debut EP, Dreamlover, via Group Tightener. Their most recent single, "It's Over" (streaming below) pays homage to 80's disco with familiar 90's shoegaze guitar wash. Juan Velasquez, previously of noise-pop band Abe Vigoda, sings with a half-talking drawl akin to David Byrne's unmistakable vocal presence. The band almost sounds like a west coast Diiv, particularly in song structure, but also because of that warm chorus/tremolo effect that every slacker-rock band out of New York seems to be using these days. The EP is out on August 5th, and you can catch them live tomorrow at the Bootleg Theater among United Ghosts and A Sunny Day In Glassgow. -Jake Saunders


Video: GUNAKADEIT, "South"

San Diego singer-songwriter GUNAKADEIT's latest video for the track "South" is handled with an imaginative creativeness and abstruce bend of reality, and it molds around her unique style. Filmed around the non-absent artist, a beautiful red head is an actress that slowly drowns in the world around her. The song speaks loudly with hints of social distractions and insecurities, almost as if gazing at a piece from an art show, engagingly directed with detailed cinematography with the help of Liz Nistico of HOLYCHILD. Nistico’s style was made for an artist like GUNAKADEIT; HOLYCHILD has a nag for taking down social stigmas" in their videos,  like in their song ‘Playboy Girl’, which mocks gender expectations. Nistico brought a view of social situations becoming too much for someone and eventually breaks them, which evidently plays into the lyrics of "South". - Kayla Hay



Stream: Paper Days, "Playground Days"

A noodling guitar lines opens the brightly cathartic "Playground Days" by Carlsbad quartet Paper Days, and it quickly hits you with a radiant glow that's far more serene than its busy arrangements initially lead you on. The track soars with an anthemic pull, and yet it's never showy or grandiose - the rthytmic interplay between the band members balances their formidable skill, letting the math-rock guitar lines and jittery drum strokes play together with some breathing space as it builds into an urgent finish; subtle yet all the more alluring for it. "Playground Days" opens their three-track debut EP of the same name, which they just released this week and is now available to stream on their official soundcloud page. 


Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars Release You Were The Fire on July 29th, Shares New Video "Rebel"

Fresh off their upcoming album You Were The Fire (out July 29th), San Luis Obispo folk trio Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars offer up their bittersweet single “Rebel.” The track, described by Kellner as “a civilized yet fumigating song directed at the ways of our society,” provides a soothing and satisfying three-way marriage between mellow and uplifting folk instrumentation, melancholy lyrics, and smooth-rasp lead vocals. Reminiscent of the somber tone of Death Cab For Cutie, the rock vocals of Switchfoot, and the driving jug band quality of Mumford & Sons, “Rebel” succeeds as a modern-day indie-folk ballad filled with a healthy dose of acoustic twang, heavenly backup singing, and 90’s soft rock charm. - Michael Iemma



Video: The Canyon Rays, "The Sunshine Growers"

As an east coaster by-way-of the west coast by-way-of the east coast (it's a been a lot of there and back if you know what I mean), I whole-heartedly welcomed the sunny vibes that The Canyon Rays so expertly delivered upon my first listen. The band fits in perfectly with the sunshine pop aesthetic, so naturally pioneered by bands like The Turtles and The Beach Boys. I can't help but think of this band as an amped up west coast version of Real Estate whose music may be a bit mellower but share similar song structures. The Canyon Rays expel positive vibes to no end, combined with uplifting back up vocals and just the right amount of synth to add a tinge of dream-pop into the mix. The Canyon Rays recently released a music video for their self-explanatory song "The Sunshine Growers" which you can watch below; three minutes and sixteen seconds of nothing but happiness, posy-vibes and you guessed it…sunshine. - Jake Saunders



Summer 2014. NYC Issue #39
(10 Year Anniversary!)
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Stream: Wunder Wunder, “Midnight Hours”

Australian duo Wunder Wunder made their 8,000 mile trek to Los Angeles after being seduced by this city’s sun-drenched landscape, which they romantically describe having “continuous unspoiltskies, pastel sunsets, and backdrop of palm trees.” Producers Aaron Shanahan and Bejamin Platt sure try to replicate our balmy ambiance on their latest single “Midnight Hours”, a sauntering mid-tempo number with arpeggiated guitars and luminous synth patterns that could just replenish this drought-filled summer. This is the first single off their upcoming full-length Everything Infinite, which will be released on July 15 via Dovecote Records. And make sure to catch them opening up for Cymbals at The Echo on July 22.


United Ghosts play The Bootleg on July 16

United Ghosts is a band who likes to insert momentum into their music. "Out of Love", the first track off their upcoming EP, Dear Electric Sun, begins with a bass line reminiscent of a playing card in the spokes of a bicycle wheel; a ceaseless anthem of shoegazey pop, the song doesn't really let up, and that's a good thing. United Ghosts displays a powerful array of influences ranging from the power pop of Arctic Monkeys to the high-reverb landscapes pioneered by My Bloody Valentine, complete with static ridden melodies and spacey electronics. Every song on the EP is an anthemic wall of sound, where the dynamics rarely shift out of the higher gears. You can catch United Ghosts on July 16th at Bootleg Theater. - Jake Saunders




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