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June 2015
Annique Monet
"Phantom Letters

Some records have the ability to plunge the listener into some kind of alternate reality. Annique Monet's uber-psychedelic debut album 'Phantom Letters' will do that to you. It took a few notes for opening track "Salt, Veruca," (streaming) to hypnotize us with its haunting beginning: a simple electric piano part, whistles, a fake horn section and a droney verse slowly led us towards a celestial chorus, which was quickly fogotten - for good - in favor of a baroque, droney outro. The following track 'Voodoo', a grottesque and dissonant waltz, took us to a really weird (and scary) place: we saw the devil looking at us through the speakers, from Vienna. With a beautiful melody, the first few bars of "Nowhere"  brought back some hope for a return to light, but the song didn't go anywhere - we should have expected it, considering the title. 'Relapse' delivered another waltz - a more subtle one - but filled to the brim with eerie and decadent melancholy. From its plodding intro, Turtlenecks in July resurrected the ghost of The Beatles' psychedelic pop, although sounding nothing like it, while in '52,' Greek mermeids lured us with the most ghostly of lithanies, asking us to join them - and drown. The following two songs on the record kept this beautifully absurd, elusive dream going, with noteworthy track "Unchange" closing the collection.

Although we often praise structure in songwriting (many songs here would benefit from more of it), there's very little structure in a dream - which is what this album is. In a scene that seems to have lost the imagination of its peak years, this is a record that will hopefully inspire other NYC artists to be more daring.

The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

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
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
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: Sneakout, "Savior"

Sneakout (neé Victory) starts "Savior" bold, in terms of both frontman Robert Fleming's canyon-spanning vocals and the claim implied by the title. The lyrics solidify it: he's saving us from the doldrums of life, promising to be a "razor" cutting us free in order to "get us living," guaranteeing it with Southern-fried riffs. Fittingly, there's a secret agent strut to the fuzzy guitars, making a good soundtrack for 1960s teens looking to escape home for the night and feel like badasses as they do. But Sneakout isn't pinned to any one vibe: you can find a sassy, hard-edged cover of Lana Del Rey's "West Coast" on his website, which also links to all his available music. Grab a free download of "Savior," and get excited thinking about the possible ways Fleming can dress up his funk in the future. - Brian J.K. Regan



Jackie Cohen unveils debut track "Bold"

Singer-songwriter Jackie Cohen recalls the best of early 70's psychedelic-folk with her withdrawn, honey-toned vocal inflection, a trend that has been proliferating in the last few years with artists such as Jessica Pratt and Amen Dunes. Her first single, "Bold", is a drifting slow burner that showcases her intoxicating country drawl. With the help of madcap Foxygen member Jonathan Rado, who helped arrange the song's twangy, strung-out composition, the sparsity of the track gives Cohen the opportunity to daydream in desirous pleasure as its gentle atmosphere caresses her over an overcast, cloudy haze. 

Cohen is currently working on her first album at Dreamstar Studios with Rado, and "Bold" is proof positive that this fruitful collaboration could ultimately lead into something very haunting and alluring. 


Doomgazers SHEER plays Club Violaine with Mercury Antennae, Carisa Bianca Mellado

With their first music video just a week away, Simi Valley's SHEER comes out to perform with San Francisco's ethereal wave duo Mercury's Antennae and dark experimental singer Carisa Bianca Mellado at Club Violaine. Resident DJs will also be spinning songs in tribute to Lush along with other classic '90s shoegaze hits till 2 AM.

Since 2001, Club Violaine has kept its hand on the beat of Los Angeles' shoegaze-dreampop scene, hosting local and visiting acts including The Meeting Places, Light FM, Chapterhouse, and more. For seven years, Club Violaine was hosted at Roberto's Club near Chinatown until the establishment closed late 2013. Now it seems Club Violaine has found a new home at the M-BAR Music Lounge in Boyle Heights, easily accessible via Metro. Cover is $5 all night and doors open at 9:30 PM. - Ryan Mo

ROOM8 shake off the breakup in "No Hard Feelings"

The electro-pop power duo of ROOM8 composers Ezra Reich and Nic Johns recently released their newest single, “No Hard Feelings”. Accompanied by King Deco to create the catchiest breakup song to date, the track is coated with an uplifting dance beat to ignite the fire in your swelling heart. An upbeat bittersweet ending to a fling that was never meant to last, it seems as if Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist was missing a hidden gem. First time I played this song, I actually was going through a breakup that wasn’t all that important to me (regrettably) and ended up walking through downtown with noise cancelling headphones, (embarrassingly) strutting to the beat of this song. ROOM8 has a way of getting inside your head, soul and in your copy of Rolling Stone Magazine, as they were listed in the Top 20 Albums of the Year for producing Kitten's self titled LP. “No Hard Feelings” reminds us that breakups are difficult but not impossible to get over. It gets better. - Kayla Hay



Media Jeweler release new single Autopilot from upcoming album

OC's four-piece rock band (full-stop) Media Jeweler recently released their new single "Autopilot" from the upcoming album $99 R/T Hawaii, and it's an epilepsy of sounds. Moving against the current of synths and drum machines, Media Jeweler's tonal experimentation in this track includes brass melody, bass and guitar harmonics, and well-time dissonance that could be attributed as much to the late '90s ska-punk movement as to Sonic Youth. Fight against the temptation to prefix their genre; this is rock music — perhaps not so simple, but definitely pure.

Media Jeweler have also announced that the album will be self-released August 14th. Sadly, no shows till the second half of July, where you'll find at the Pomona dA Center for the Arts on the 24th, and Los Angeles' The Smell on the 30th. - Ryan Mo



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