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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: Girlpool, "Jane"

Minimalist garage duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have a cautionary tale for all of us through the vague, yet felt message lying within their cryptic track "Jane". The vocals are as clear as they can be and with good reason - these two have a story to share and they want you to hear every single word, built around a steady guitar line and a slinky bass throb that keeps the tension high as they hone in on their message: "girls and boys if you are listening/if you feel imprisoned/feeling like your mouth is glued tight shut/you were born for a reason/share all your feelings". The screeching cries that accentuate each verse seem to imply some sinister wrongdoing, which makes it all the more effective. Girlpool are officially releasing their self-titled debut EP on November 18th through Wichita Recordings. And make sure to catch their hometown residency at the Echo this coming December. 


Soft Swells release "Floodlights" on 9.30

Soft Swells release their sophomore album, Floodlights, on September 30th, which follows their self-titled debut (2012) and follow-up EP Lifeboats (2013). Their first single, "Floodlights", was just remixed by the electro-pop band EXROYALE, lending the original's garage sounding guitar riffs a slightly more mellow pop finish. "Don't you want to think this is our time", the song's mantra echoes in both versions. The band name also serves as a pretty good description of their music. It's derived from surf terminology, and their sound mimics the ease of the small waves it represents. Though they may have started small, their swell is definitely growing. They have a standing Monday residency at the Echo until September 22nd. After that, they'll kick off their tour - the next stop being Austin, TX. Catch them before their wave breaks. - Jennifer Mergott


Stream: Monogem, "Stay With Me"

Singer/songwriter Jen Hirsh, otherwisde known as MONOGEM, continues to bridge the current surge of eighties-leaning synth pop with nineties R&B with "Stay With Me", a soulful slow-burn with a metallic sheen that's a sharp contrast to her previous, more dance-oriented single "All We Have". Hirsh follows a measured, more atmospheric tone that brings her delicate, yet robust vocals to the forefront. "Stay With Me" should be part of her upcoming EP, which, according to her official facebook page, should be arriving very, very soon.


File under "insane lo-fi": Cretin Stompers and Big Muff Radio

They say that it's almost impossible to recover from a bad first impression, but when three dudes choose a band name like Cretin Stompers (pictured) it is obvious that they are not interested in impressing anybody... Nonetheless, this is what you may call a bicoastal supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Wavves and Jay Reatard (from LA) and Brooklyn's own BIG MUFF RADIO. Their debut record 'Looking Forward To Being Attacked' is quirky enough to deserve the "cretin" denomination - together with the 'fun' one - with its bizarre arrangements, insane bursts of madness, recurrent super high pitch shifted vocals, and an overall approach that's somewhat reminiscent of a crazier, lo-fi, garage pop version of early Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev. It sounds like the high pitch vocal trick comes from BIG MUFF RADIO's 'hat,' since 100% of his latest record 'The Immaculate Collection' features that effect. He will be performing at Baby's Allright tomorrow (09.10) with WAVVES.


Kelela shares new track with Le1f and P Morris

Kelela Mizanekristos's style and soul has caught not only my attention but also LA based producer Kingdom. Her sweet sounding voice and low key, yet hype beats spun a much-acclaimed 13 track mixtape last year called CUT 4 ME. The sinfully true lyrics tell stories of heartbreak, and relationships with rousing beats that really do lead from the car, to the club, and to the bedroom. Her newest single, OICU, featuring LE1F, has a twist of Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko and The Weeknd packed into one song. It’s catchy and extremely fun rapping to, especially if you’re anything like me and can’t sing. Producer P Morris composed a perfectly blended mix of freestyle, instrumentals and synergy between all the parties involved, effectively mixing complex beats to help this upcoming star emerge from LA’s underground scene. - Kayla Hay





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