Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kaveh Kanes - Capital

As we ease into the week, our frayed nerves demand some dreamy jangle pop.  And we are willing to travel for it.  And travel we did -- to Indonesia.  Well, truthfully the legwork is attributable to Chris, the CEO of Jigsaw Records, who discovered Capital, an album from Indonesian band Kaveh Kanes.  The original release date was a few years ago, but the album didn't get the wide audience of indie pop fans it deserves, so we're happy to help the band, and Jigsaw, give it new life.  The band's sound reminds of of late Seattle favorite Seapony, although several of the songs on the latter half of the album also echo early work by New Zealand's Surf City.  It is delicious stuff and well worth your time.  Also note that the band will have an album of new material out in the new year.

Kaveh Kanes are Asad Gibran (vocals), Zaimmudin Mukarrom (guitar), Muchammad Najib (drums), and Hafid Alattas (bass).  Capital is out now in CD and digital formats via Jigsaw Records.  See the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp for Capital

"Mario Lanza" by Paddy Hanna

We always are happy to hear the Dublin musician Paddy Hanna is releasing more music.  Today we can provide you with a stream of his new single "Mario Lanza", and news that Paddy's Frankly I Mutate LP will be out February 16.  Both releases are via Strange Brew.

The single has an upbeat, even jaunty vibe, although its roots are in found in Paddy's feelings about his father's recent serious illness.

Strange Brew Records

Monday, November 20, 2017

Razz - Time Frames

In providing us with the dose of pure energy we need to get a week's worth of work done in three days so we can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, Razz demonstrates on Time Frames the art of the perfect punk-smeared power pop song.  The album features eight tracks that deliver their message with shredding guitars and pounding rhythms, leaving you breathless.  And they usually accomplish all that in under three minutes. With public spaces starting the holiday music assault already, we need a band like Razz now more than ever.  Perfect timing, we say.

The Bay Area quartet joins together members of Talkies (Phillip Lantz and Joel Cusamano), Pets (Dan Wood) and Reptoids (Andy Human).  Score a digital copy at the Bandcamp link, or hit the Emotional Response Records link for vinyl.

Bandcamp for Time Frames
Emotional Response Records page for vinyl version

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Wedding Present – George Best 30

With all the bad things going on the world, we are especially grateful when the Universe's Central Planning Committee decides we can have good things.   One such good thing was George Best.  Well, I guess that was two things, George Best, the dazzling attacker from Northern Ireland who played for Manchester United and partied with the Beatles, and George Best, the debut album from David Gedge's The Wedding Present.  In all my many decades listening to pop music, this 1987 release is one of the finest debut albums.  A full on holiday feast of crunching guitars, frenetic energy and masterful songwriting, it lives well beyond its time and the associated UK groups of the era.  But perhaps because we all now need good things more than usual, we are presented (no pun intended) with George Best 30, which is no less than a complete, live re-recording of the original album by The Wedding Present with Steve Albini at the controls.

There are no major changes to the album, nor should there be.  But Albini, who recorded The Wedding Present's superb Seamonsters in 1991, is the right man for the recording.  And Gedge and his bandmates manage the tough feat of delivering the material with warmth and understanding, without losing the immediacy that these songs demand.  I make the rules around here, and while these songs may be 30 years old, the recording is new, so this a going to be one of my top albums of 2017.

George Best 30 is released via Scopitones, with vinyl available in North America from HHBTM Records (limited pressing of 1,000 copies) and CDs in Japan via Vinyl Junkie.

Facebook (The Wedding Present)
Label page for vinyl orders

Friday, November 17, 2017

"When You're Mine" by Fascinations Grand Chorus

We highlight "When You're Mine" because it is a great song, but also because it heralds the December 8 arrival of Anglesea, a new album from NYC duo Fascinations Grand Chorus.  The song has elements of power pop and bubblegum.  The lyrics are sweet and yearning, but with a hint of uncertainty.  This is a band that was good "out of the box", but our ears tell us they are getting even better.

Anglesea will be released on Silent Stereo Records, and can be pre-ordered at the link below.

Bandcamp link to order Anglesea

"Useless" by Declan Welsh & The Decadent West

Around WYMA offices we know Declan Welsh & The Decadent West as reliable and fierce anti-fascists.  But today we are showcasing the Glasgow quartet's talents with respect to the personal side of life, as today is the release day of their new single, "Useless".  Passion, vulnerability, and longing are on display in fine fashion; check out your favorite digital outlet.

The band are Declan Welsh (vocals/songwriting), Duncan McBride (guitars), Ben Corlett (bass), and Calum Murray (drums).

Spotify link for "Useless"

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bed Wettin' Bad Boys - Rot

Well, well, well -- here is a big load of rot.  Specifically, the 11 tracks of heavy, hooky, aggressively-jangling garage rock which comprise Rot, the new album from Sydney's Bed Wettin' Bad Boys.  Introspection can come at you a number of different ways, and a listener can choose his or her poison.  But we have a weakness for well written songs crafted by musicians with enough experience to know what they are talking about (and know what they don't know) and uncompromising, full-bore performances.  And that is exactly what you get with Bed Wettin' Bad Boys.  This is a face-melting treatment with a pop-glaze, and that is hard to find and treasured when you have it in your hand.  Go ahead and ignore the band's name, but don't ignore this music.

Bed Wettin' Bad Boys is Joe Sukit of Royal Headache (vocals/guitar), Ben Warnock (guitar), Nic Warnock (bass), and Doug Gibson (drums).  Rot is out now via R.I.P. Society in CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats.  The point of purchase depends on where you hang your hat; see the links below.

Bandcamp for Rot (American customers)
Bandcamp for Rot (rest of the world customers)

"One Rizla" by Shame

Today's word is Shame, but don't worry.  We aren't addressing what you said at the pub last night, or your snitch of the last cookie (although that was bad form, indeed).  We are talking about South London's Shame.  The five-piece's debut album Songs of Praise (given the title, we anticipate some sincere devotional numbers that really make us think) will be released by Dead Oceans on January 12.  The ten songs promise grit and post-punk energy, but we will have more on that later.  For now, listen to album track "One Rizla", or watch the video below.

Shame is Eddie Green, Charlie Forbes, Josh Finerty, Sean Coyle-Smith, and Charlie Steen.

Pre-order link for Songs of Praise


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mt. Doubt - Moon Landings

Certain bands have the unique ability to punch you in the gut while soaring melodically.  The Twilight Sad has been such a band, and more recently, Mt. Doubt has proven themselves in that channel.    Perhaps the Scots are predestined to thrill in this manner, but whatever the source, we are big fans.  If you are a regular reader, Mt. Doubt needs no introduction.  For those who are less familiar, know that the Edinburgh-based project was founded in 2014 by Leo Bargery.  Prolific of late, Mt. Doubt has released the new Moon Landings EP.  On this effort, Leo is joined by Ryan Firth and Annie Booth.  You will find the expected mountain of doom, heralded by Leo's baritone, but also rays of almost sunny pop tones.  It is a winning combination and a welcome expansion of the band's sound.

Moon Landings is out now via Scottish Fiction.

Scottish Fiction

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Cleaners From Venus - Martin Newell's Jumble Sale

Variously termed rummage sales, yard sales, garage sales, jumble sales, among other terms, when someone clears out their attic, basement, closets and other collection points, the rest of us have an opportunity to find treasure.  In the case of the UK's Martin Newell, recording as The Cleaners From Venus, a long career in music has produced a bumper crop of outtakes and other musical odds and ends.  And in a fit of housecleaning, he has assembled 17 tracks from 22 years of work and packaged them as Martin Newell's Jumble Sale.  So this will be one of your easiest jumble sale shopping excursions -- one stop shopping for a pre-selected set of songs.  There is no need to sort through boxes of crockery, loud holiday sweaters, or vintage roller skates.  Even with odds and ends of a recording session, Martin's keen observational skills, melodic sensibilities, and deft wordsmithing produce gems that others in the business should envy.  Welcome to the jumble sale!

Martin Newell's Jumble Sale is out now as a digital release, as well as a limited run of CDs.  Check out the Bandcamp link below or visit your preferred online store.

Bandcamp for album