Doomed Boys (previously Super Minotaur) is a Chicagoan collective of writers, illustrators, and musicians whose art tends to go in an alluringly scuzzy direction. This can be seen in the few drawings they’ve posted to their Facebook, as well as in these two most recent songs they’ve produced. Above, check out the fuzzed-out garage rocker “Werewolf,” and below, give a listen to the latest lo-fi piece from Doomed Boys affiliate Tim McGinn (under his moniker Tom Lincolnway). Enjoy!
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen goes electric and heavy on this new track from her forthcoming record, which is set to drop via Jagjaguwar on February 18th! The title of this thing: Burn Your Fire For No Witness. While I’m not huge on this mid-paced, slightly lo-fi garage rock sound, Angel’s intensely passionate vocals still burn through the chaotic production. With a voice like this, I’m game for surprises this album has to offer. Enjoy!
Check a review for Angel’s previous release right here:
As Fuzz, Ty Segall and Charlie Moothart bring the incredibly high level of distortion and energy you’d expect from a Ty-affiliated album. However, there are a slew of different factors keeping this record from sticking out in Ty’s ever-growing discography: production, songwriting, vocals. All of these things keep Fuzz from feeling like a truly distinct moment–even though Ty and Charlie are shooting for an entirely different style of rock on this record. While I did like much of what Fuzz had to offer, the lack of finer details and ambition keep this LP from having much shelf life for me, honestly.
New York rock outfit Crystal Stilts come through with an album that shot for a prettier sound, but only delivers about half of the time.
Deerhunter has made a music video for the breezy Monomania cut “Back to the Middle.” The grainy, mostly black and white video features a drag-clad Durassie Kiangangu lip-syncing the song and dancing, only cutting briefly to color as we see Kiangangu getting ready in his dressing room.
Monomania is out now via 4AD. You can watch the review of it here:
Considering how much I loved Crystal Stilts’ last album, of course I’m looking forward to their next LP, Nature Noir. The album is looking at a release on Sacred Bones records on September 17th, and this newly released cut titled “Future Folklore” comes off a lot clearer than most of the band’s songs. The things is Crystal Stilts’ recordings are typically layered, smudgy, and a little psychedelic. With a straightforward groove and some raw rock ‘n’ roll guitar leads, “Future Folklore” is one of the Stilts’ most intelligible songs yet. However, I wouldn’t mark it as a bad move. The group definitely comes through with a significant amount of swagger despite their usual deadpan vocal delivery. Enjoy!
Also, check this other Nature Noir track, “Star Crawl.”
One of New York’s trippiest, strangest, and most surreal garage rock acts has announced a new album–title: Nature Noir–and you can stream the first track to drop from it via the embed above. While I wouldn’t exactly call it a “hit,” the band does manage deliver something that’s simultaneously blissful and awkward. Ah, ambivalence!
Check a glowing review for the band’s last record below:
Eclectic Berlin-based garage rock outfit King Khan & the Shrines is making their return with the track “Born To Die”.
The band has always had a great, raw sound that’s pretty comparable to The Black Lips and other contemporary underground rock acts. However, they usually mix it with own uniquely psychedelic and funky stylings.
Having the added strings and horn section toward the end of the track really gives this song a warm feel, and some unprecedented texture. Looking for a summer anthem? Look no further.
This track comes from the band’s next full-length album Idle No More. It’ll be out on Merge Records this September. Enjoy!
A fun, wild, garage-y track from Hooded Fang, which is actually the title track–uh, sorta–from the band’s latest full-length album, Gravez. The LP is currently released on Full Time Hobby in Canada, and I’m hoping for a U.S. release soon, eh? Enjoy!
Deerhunter drops a surprisingly lo-fi single with the track “Monomania,” which is also the title of the band’s next album. The LP is set to drop on May 6th via 4AD.
After releasing the well-recorded and colorfully produced Halcyon Digest in 2010, it’ll be interesting to see if the rest of the tracks on this new LP follow the same noisy, garage rock-inspired suit. Enjoy!