by Johnny Riggs
THE CHAMBERMAIDS - Whirlpool
Kinda like a shoegaze Calla. Lush & catchy.
WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops Box
Some of my favorite decaying sadness from the last decade, now in one hugely-expensive vinyl LP set.
1,2,3 - Wave Pool
From late 2011, but no one paid attention. Goddamn genius, with strings and '60s snot on it.
BARE WIRES - Wanna Fight
This came out on a flexi-disc. '70s-sounding power pop.
THE FRESH & ONLYS - Yes Or No
When we lived in the water, you said you wanted fire. And so I gave you fire. You kicked it in the water.
LINDEN - Brown Bird Singing
Pure pop i.e. Superstar, Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits.
TASHAKI MIYAKI - Get It Right
Reverb-soaked, heartbreaking, distorted & dreamy.
PUSSY RIOT - Putin Lights Up The Fires
This actually impressed me as legitimate punkrock.
TRILLIONS - Ctrl-X Ctrl-V
Great melodic intelligent indie pop band from Richmond VA.
IMPO & THE TENTS - Nothing To Say
Glorious Dickies-esque punk.
BAD SPORTS - Can't Just Be Friends
In the netherworld betwixt Undertones, Ramones & Jam.
REDD KROSS - Stay Away From Downtown
Power pop gods don't let us down with new LP
LOTUS PLAZA - White Galactic One
Deerhunter member makes MBV/Swirlies/Fudge goodness.
LA SERA - I Can't Keep You In My Mind
Katy from Vivian Girls sounding like 1st LP BLONDIE. Super-hooky.
The dB's - Falling Off The Sky
More gods who didn't let us down w/ their reunion.
HONEYCHURCH - Miko II
If this one doesn't make your eyes watery, you're a robot.
BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH - Halv King
Punched-in-the-throat Lemmy fronting Mastodon.
MONSTER MUSEUM - EP
I get a buzz from this like I got from early Pavement, but they don't sound like Pavement. Easily one of my favorite things this year
TWO WOUNDED BIRDS - Together Forever
Like a mixture of New Zealand pop and the 60s