New Orleans duo Caddywhompus have followed up their 2010 colossal Remainder, with a brand new EP, The Weight. Check out the big title track above, or head over to their label, Community Records, to download the whole EP for free. Caddywhompus will be making a stop in Cleveland at the Happy Dog with fellow labelmates A Billion Ernies on Tuesday (tomorrow), and I’ll be DJing before the bands from 8-10. So come out, eat a hot dog, and see these fun out-of-towners!
Stream the new Pains of Being Pure at Heart track “Belong” from their upcoming album of the same name. Pains teamed up with famed producer Flood to help give the new album a big punch, and judging by the :15 mark, he did exactly that. It’s also extremely great to still hear Kip Berman’s innocence pouring through the lyrics and that big fuzz that made me fall in love with Pains back in 2009. And look at the beautiful art for Belong below. Preorder is up on Insound.
Recorded last year, Cleveland noise-makers Swindlella are using the time of the year to release a special Christmas album called Purr rump pum pum pum. In comparison to their last release, the Titanic concept album A Woman’s Heart Is An Ocean of Secrets, these Xmas tracks are low-key for Swindlella’s standards, and you might even call them catchy at times. They still take the opportunity to go into noise frenzies in opener “Rudolf Hitler” and standout “Jingle Bells.” In between those fits, Swindlella shows a love for the jazz on their piano-and-bells cover of Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “Christmas Time Is Here.” Other Christmas songs represented are “Frosty The Snowman,” “First Noel,” “Silent Night,” and the album closer “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Check out a few of the tracks above, and download the full album by clicking on the album art above!
Emerging from the dark suburbs, Ethiopians are another young set of kids furthering the already booming Cleveland music scene. Ethiopians is the duo of guitarist Marty Brass and drummer Paul Ryan, and they play a foxy pop sound covered with 60s-esque garage in a lo-fi mindset. Above are tracks from their new cassette, Beautiful Marmalade, via the UK’s Tye Die Tapes, that can be ordered from Rough Trade right here.
This Colorado two-piece is furthering itself as one of 2010′s best new bands. Seriously, they only have five songs recorded and they all are incredible, that has to amount for something. Here it there newest maximalist-dream single, “Out, Don’t…,” out now on Mexican Summer on clear gold/yellow vinyl. Buy it here. And if you haven’t already, check out huge track “I Was Thinking…” from an earlier 7″ on Forest Family Records.
In a state music scene where indie folk usually rules, a band like We Are Hex is bound to stand out. We Are Hex is a quartet from Indianapolis, making big, loud, and noisy post-punk. They released their second full-length, Hail The Goer, back in the summer, but the music has hit me nicely in the fall months. “Birthplace of the Mystics” and “We Are The Goer” are the opening tracks on the album, filled from beginning to end with dark pop melodies, haunting girl vocals, and nasty post-punk climaxes. You can order the LP directly from Roaring Colonel, or you can head over to BandCamp and get the album for $6. We Are Hex is going to be playing my DIY space, Jurassic Park, tomorrow night with fellow Indy friends Learner Dancer and Lafayette locals Why I Like Robins, so you Indianans should definitely stop by!
Here’s the newest installment in the five 7″ singles series from fuzz-rockers Japandroids this year! “Heavenward Grand Prix” is an ominous wrecking ball filled with Brian’s scuzzy guitar, Dave’s forceful drumming, and shouts of, “We don’t have to be like there are!” This will be coming out on November 17th, which is also 7″ Day! You can preorder it by itself right HERE, or you can get it HERE with a few other Polyvinyl 7″ releases that day for a lower price! Also, check their MySpace for a bunch of upcoming dates with The Walkmen!
Swindlella is made of two young Cleveland kids, Jayson and Chris, who love to get down to business and make real noise. They’ve been playing around the area for a few months, including a recent out-store at Music Saves. A Woman’s Heart is an Ocean of Secrets is their newest EP, which is a 10-minute concept album about the movie Titanic. So get the woman and children and put on some goddamn life-vests, cause this is one hell of a ride. If you got nothing to do tonight and wanna see some crazy bands, get over to the Happy Dog! Swindlella is going to be opening for Good For Cows, who is basically the drummer from Xiu Xiu, Ches Smith. And from what I hear, he is incredible, so make sure you don’t miss this one! And check out this sweet John G poster for the show!
I am a little late on the rush, but any time is a good time for Gauntlet Hair! I had the music a while back, but “I Was Thinking…” didn’t hit me until recently, and it hit big. I feel like every “witty comparison to something abstract” has been already written, so go read those for yourself. In the meantime, check out this incredible 7″ released by Forest Family Records. If you were cooler than me and caught onto this earlier, you should have or did order the “cloudy” 7″, because at this point it has sold out. Rumor has it that they are have or are going to begin recording a full-length soon.
Japandroids have a very very busy 2010 planned, and those plans actually don’t include recording or releasing a follow-up to 2009′s Post-Nothing. But there’s no reason to be sad, Japandroids have some big reasons for you to be super happy this year. They are going to be releasing five 7″s throughout the year with a leftover Post-Nothing jam and a cover. So here is the first installment of the 7″ series, “Art Czars”, a garage-punk anthem alongside a heart-racing cover of Big Black’s “Racer-X”. You can order this 7″ over at Polyvinyl Records on sweet clear vinyl!!! But get on it quick, I hear they are close to running out.