Monday, June 25, 2012

Vestals :: Forever Falling Toward the Sky :: Root Strata

The solo debut from Vestals--one half of Higuma, the other half being Evan Caminiti from Barn Owl--has emerged from the seriously well-executed label, Root Strata. Forever Falling Toward the Sky emits steady low-level radiation with its slowed down psych guitar work. The atmo's not as amniotic as the recent Higuma transmission, but it's easily as warm and washed out. This will be making best-of lists at year's end without a doubt.

Here's the word from Root Strata:

'Forever Falling Toward the Sky' is the first ever release by Bay Area based Vestals, AKA Lisa McGee. A taught set of haunting electric ballads, these six tracks weave together a number of layered guitars and vocals into a smokey tapestry of blown electricity. Rather than the ephemeral drones McGee has been involved with recently, most notably the group-mind ensemble Portraits & the duo Higuma, Vestals retains the clarity of song, with these hypnotic gems having been slowly carved out over a year of recording & mixing. Filled out with drum machine & bass, 'Forever Falling Toward the Sky' really does have the feeling of a group completely jelled, hammering out feedback in a California basement, high on guitar worship & sunsets. Edition of 300.

The vinyl edition is being distributed by Thrill Jockey and it's limited to 300 copies. You can be damn sure I ordered mine.

Vestals :: Forever Falling

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sonny & the Sunsets :: Longtime Companion :: Polyvinyl

Well shit howdy. West coast troubadour Sonny Smith rounded up the Sunsets and a few members of his country project the Fuckaroos and recorded a country album. The Sonny & the Sunsets show last year at DC9 was probably the best live music-watching experience I had in 2010. There was definitely way more dancing than is typical for DC, and for once I didn't feel like decking any of the kids dancing. What does that tell you?

You can stream the whole album right now at Under the Radar. And come June 26, you'll be able to order the vinyl from Polyvinyl.

Sonny & the Sunsets :: I See the Void

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ash Borer :: Demo :: Psychic Violence

Since Ash Borer's first release of their demo back in 2009, you probably haven't had a whole lot of opportunities to listen to this band, assuming you've even heard of them. And now they've got three vinyl releases under their belt, each of them as essential as the next. As far as their demo goes, you're looking at two sides, two stunning tracks, one of which is untitled. I thoroughly believe that bands like Ash Borer--and I'll include Gilead Media/Pesanta Urfolk friendlies, Fell Voices, Hell, and Thou--have been smelted and forged in the shape of Black Metal to come.

Track one/side one, Drunke, peaks and valleys throughout its 14-minute run, and it's riff phrases are punctuated brilliantly with mind-melting vocal blasts that will blow your speakers and seriously encourage you to upgrade your receiver. The untitled side two is somehow much icier, sounding very much like what I imagine it must be like to cruise in solo flight aboard the International Space Station.

This reissue comes on thick, sleek, black-as-all-sin and cold-as-ice vinyl, and the cover features the band's name printed in gold embossing,  resembling the down-turned arms of Cthulu as if the dark lord had finally been anointed with dominion over the mortal realm. I've been keeping it under my pillow at night just to inspire bad dreams.

Pick up a copy of the demo from Ash Borer's own label, Psychic Violence (now on a crazy low discount), and listen to more from Ash Borer at their Bandcamp page.

Friday, June 1, 2012

News :: Upcoming Shows :: June

Breaking up before we break down.

06/02 :: Chain and the Gang/The Coathangers :: Comet
06/04 :: Danzig
06/05 :: Mode Moderne :: House Show
06/07 :: The Clean/Times New Viking :: Rock and Roll Hotel
06/09 :: Bass Drum of Death/DZ Deathrays :: Red Palace
06/10 :: Valkyrie/Inter Arma/Ilsa :: Ras Hall
06/12 :: Grass Widow :: Comet Ping Pong
06/15 :: Jeff the Brotherhood/Heavy Cream :: Red Palace
                Alma Tropicalia :: Velvet Lounge
06/16 :: Twerps :: Rocketship
                Buildings :: Velvet Lounge
06/23 :: Protect-U :: Velvet Lounge
06/25 :: Purling Hiss/The Young :: Black Cat Backstage
06/26 :: Mean Jeans/Shirks :: Comet Ping Pong
06/29 :: Young Magic/Quilt :: Comet Ping Pong