Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Small Black - Small Black EP [2009]

Small Black is an emerging band from Brooklyn, New York. They describe their music on their myspace as “Acousmatic / Tape music / Concrete / Pop.”



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Was She a Vampire - EP

So, I am a big fan of Skywave/Ceremony type of sound. The other day I was on a forum I frequent regularly and I stumbled upon this little gem of an EP. The band hails from Russia and it sounds like Skywave and Ceremony put together. A perfect record to fill the void while we wait for Ceremony's new album. Speaking of which, I will be posting some Ceremony and Skywave and a few other bands from Safranin Sound in the days to come.

PS. I asked for the permission of the artist to post it here. Download it. I highly recommend it.



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Muscle Snog - Mind Shop[Maybe Mars/Miniless, 2009]

Muscle Snog are the latest band to enter Shanghai’s tiny experimental scene, and winners of the prize for the strangest name (and logo).


Monday, December 14, 2009

Human Television - Look At Who You Are Talking To

A quick glance at Human Televisions press photos might give you the idea that these Florida transplants are here to provide a dose of the unpretentious, substance-over-style rock music thats been missing for a few years now, or at least has been overshadowed by fashion-conscious revivalists of once forgotten genres. The band forgoes tight-fitting suits and asymmetrical haircuts in favor of a more laid back look: ragged jeans, hooded sweatshirts, and genuinely as opposed to stylishly messed up hair. Its a look that says, I know whats really important, and as some will recognize, its just as easily linked to early-90s American indie rock as all those suits and synths are to 80s New Wave. That link is even more evident once you spend some time with their debut full-length, Look At Who You’re Talking To.

The most immediately striking component of Human Televisions sound is the guitar. Its perpetually jangly and deliciously upbeat, calling to mind all those underrated Teen Beat and Sarah Records bands who stood at the forefront of what some considered a Golden Age for our lovably nerdy counterculture. The production style is understated and really, barely noticeable; everything’s crisp and relatively clear, but refreshingly free of any sterilizing sheen. The subject matter covered by frontman Billy Downing boredom, failed relationships, etc.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Beach Fossils - Live at WNYU (2009)

The jangly, self recorded ramblings of Brooklyn’s Dustin Payseur, Beach Fossils offers hauntingly catchy lo-fi noise pop that transcends the monotony of the movement with a palette of psychedelic influences, tremolo saturated vocals, and a diet of pizza for breakfast.

Beach Fossil’s debut EP and LP will be released by Brooklyn based labels, Woodsist and Captured Tracks.


1. Vacation
2. Day Dream
3. Sometimes
4. Lazy Day
5. Twelve Roses

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

24 Hours - No Party People (Maybe Mars, 2009)

Beijing-based Post-Punk/Garage and Rock’N’Roll band originally from Xi’an .

24 Hours was formed in Fall of 2006 in Xi’an and relocated to Beijing in the end of 2008. Their debut record, produced by Martin Atkins (Pigface, Nine Inch Nails), is scheduled for a fall release on Maybe Mars Records.

From Xi’an, the members of “24hourpartypeople” are typical youth from 1980’s. They like catchy tunes, carefree melodies, punchy rhythms and whimsical pop style. Combining garage, disco, and post-punk, they’ve impressed audiences with their distinctive style and charming performances. Taking their name from Manchester’s Happy Mondays (and the film), this band knows their Brit-pop influences!



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Several Girls Galore- Turn Into Light [2009]

"I recorded this album at home, whenever I wasn't at work, from June to August 2009. Some of these songs are three years old, from when I had just begun writing music, and some of them are only three months old."
-Several Girls Galore


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Didn't I?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pattern is Movement- All Together

Following their first three records, endless shows and tours (among them dates with friends St. Vincent, David Bazan, and The Forms), and the transition from five-to-four-to-three-to-two members, Pattern is Movement turned themselves inside out and made the record we‘ve all been waiting for: All Together. Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward embody the two-man wall of sound; it‘s music that‘s been a long time building, rising out of the ether of left-behind evangelical childhoods (see Jesus Camp), best friendship (kindled as kids listening to The Chronic), and life in Philadelphia. All Together continues the mysterious narrative of the band, both documenting and foretelling the pounding energy of their near-legendary live show: Chris and Andrew side-by-side, hammering drums and keys (among other things), sweat flying, voices hollering. -


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sebadoh - The Sebadoh [Sub Pop, 1999]

Sebadoh is an indie rock band formed in Westfield, Massachusetts by Eric Gaffney and Dinosaur Jr bass player Lou Barlow. Along with such bands as Pavement and Guided by Voices, Sebadoh helped pioneer lo-fi music, a style of indie rock characterized by low-fidelity recording techniques, often on four-track machines. The band's early output, such as 1990's Weed Forestin' and 1991's Sebadoh III, was typical of this style, and wavered between Barlow's wry, introspective folk and Gaffney's psychedelic noise-rock experiments.


Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs [2009]

Listen to it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ogre You Asshole - Ogre You Asshole [2005]

Ogre You Asshole is a Japanese Post-Punk/Indie Rock band. They take their influences from Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Fugazi, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, Pinback & Television.
Thanks to Mr. Milnik for the recommendation. :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Fading Horizon - Name it Yourself

Post-Punk/Experimental outfit from Nanjing under Miniless label.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Glamorous Pharmacy - Rumbling Footsteps [By Request]

Glorious or Glamorous Pharmacy/美好药店 wan an experimental-folk band in Beijing led by XiaoHe.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Illusion Division By The Hand - EP

IDH (short for Illusion Division by the Hand), formed in September, 2007, is a distinctive post-punk band in Beijing. The two members, Xiaoyu (vocals, guitar and bass) and Lu Gang (drums), are both from Inner Mongolia. Influenced by Joy Division, Bauhaus, David Bowie and many other bands and musicians, the songs of IDH are intense, incisive and impressive. They have exceeded the traditional post-punk style and developed their own murky mode.



Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fujiya & Miyagi- Transparent Things [2006]

Fujiya and Miyagi, a British trio posing as a Japanese duo, dwell in this sort of everlong geekdom, thumbing their nose at Kraftwerk from the corner of the bathroom and giggling mightily at Arthur Russell’s hard-won austerity. Should they exist in some not-so-far-fetched rock ’n’ roll high school, Fujiya and Miyagi would presumably get their asses kicked by the skaters, the Kraut-rockers, the electro-heads, and Disco Stu. LCD Soundsystem might jump in, but only if, you know, no one was looking. F&M deal in melodic, metronomic beats squatting on short drum hits and clubby bass, leaving enough room for the occasional slinging guitar lick. Transparent Things, then, sounds less the work of three programmers and more like a band that plays together and stays together—like Hot Chip holding it a little closer to the vest, maybe. - Andrew Gaerig

Transparent Things [2006]

Ankle Injuries


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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Carsick Cars - You Can Listen, You Can Talk [Maybe Mars, 2009]

The newest album by China's biggest underground act.

Have fun.


PS. I have been a bit busy lately. Will post more stuff very soon. Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Radio Dept.- Pet Grief [2006]

Their second album, Pet Grief, is stacked with syrupy pop songs, as Johan Duncanson's effortless vocals ride the crest of soft-focus synths and programmed drums. Between the band's production choices and lovely (if understated) vocals, Pet Grief is built to be instantly pleasing and, as a result, sometimes smacks of déjá vu. -John Motley

Pet Grief [2006]

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ellen Allien and Apparat- Orchestra of Bubbles [2006]

Disc unheard, the collaboration between DJs Ellen Allien (of the BPitch Control label) and Apparat (Sacha Ring of the Shitkatapult imprint) is far from a natural match. Both are iconoclastic with different approaches to electronic music in general and dance music in particular, though it should be noted from the outset that Orchestra of Bubbles is not their first collaboration. They've worked on remix projects together, and done one another's remixes for a few years now. Ring, as Apparat adds dimensionality, off-kilter beats, and dynamic ambient spaces to offer the technocratic solidity some room to breathe and open out onto different vistas -- and his moodier M.O. is heard precisely in those moments where Allien's bassline is most pronounced. For anyone sincerely interested in the open territory of electronic music and its possible futures, this is not only a microscope to examine the new bacteria with, it's the pulsing life form beneath it.-Thom Jurek

Orchestra of Bubbles [2006]

Kraftwerk- Trans-Europa Express [1977]

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.


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Monday, June 8, 2009

Gliss- Devotion Implosion [2009]

Gliss is experimental messed up pop. Gliss is that split second of breathless exhilaration. You can find Gliss in Los Angeles...unless they are touring with The Raveonettes, The Editors, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Smashing Pumpkins or We Are Scientists. Gliss' second album is Devotion Implosion. Gliss will turn you on with their fuzzed-out guitars and krautrock rhythms. Gliss will love you back. Gliss is happiest blowing your mind! Devotion Implosion feels like the morning after. It was mixed by Gareth Jones (who has worked with Depeche Mode, Liars, Wire, Nick Cave and These New Puritans). Gliss is being up all night; an overdose of sound, chaos, beauty, and rock 'n' roll excess. Gliss is shattered soundscapes that melt you into a Devotion Implosion.- Insound

Devotion Implosion [2009]
Anybody Inside


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Friday, June 5, 2009

City Rain- This I Will Remember [2009]

The music, in general, is not particularly experimental or avant-garde. In some ways, City Rain reminds me rather strongly of The Postal Service, even though though the two artists don’t actually sound very similar. Runyan clearly desires to foster an indie and perhaps even slightly pop sound on this record, and towards that goal, all of the songs are relatively short, with almost half lasting less than three minutes and all lasting less than five. However, there’s an earnestness on display here; a sort of refined but intense emotionality inhabits the album. This I Will Remember is not a masterpiece, but it’s a very pleasant record that manages to inspire feelings of calm in the listener, despite the emotionality on display. If you’re into electronica of any sort, particularly IDM of a more minimal vein, then I recommend you give This I Will Remember a spin. At thirty-three minutes long, this LP sometimes seems more like an EP, but this transitory nature suits the music perfectly. Any more would be overkill, but the way it is, Runyan has crafted a quite nice half-hour for anyone willing to listen. Consider this one politely recommended.- Tom Butcher

This I Will Remember [2009]

This I Will Remember (Part 1)


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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Japandroids- Post- Nothing [2009]

These are the kind of gut-level concerns Post-Nothing trades in, and I know, on paper it describes an itch that a late-1990s Vagrant record could scratch. And combined with the fact that the band is called freakin' Japandroids, it's easy to not take it seriously. Which is fine, since Japandroids do not make particularly complex music: Brian King plays broad chords stewed in mid-90s fuzz (think Superchunk) while David Prowse splays spastic but never showy drum fills that beg to be pounded out on your steering wheel. There's maybe one overdub on the whole thing and occasionally, both of them yell at the same time. Several songs have less than five lines. And while they've been known to cover Mclusky's "To Hell With Good Intentions" live, what makes Post-Nothing such a blast is how Japandroids tend to embody the opposite sentiment of that song title. This is terminally catchy music played with punk's enthusiasm and velocity, and maybe it's the fact that there's only two dudes in this band that makes you feel like joining in to bash along. It's as fun as an ill-gotten sixpack and there really aren't too many bands doing stuff like this well anymore.- Pitchfork

Post- Nothing [2009]

Young Hearts Spark Fire


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Chikinki- Lick Your Ticket [2004]

Bristol's Chikinki, who have one of the most "you think you have the pronunciation right but you don't" names around, sound like they want to be several different kind of acts at once -- a dance group, a Britpop act, a punk band -- on Lick Your Ticket, which in itself is no bad thing. Any number of U.K. acts aim at pulling off a hybrid with what's around them, sometimes to success, such as with the Super Furry Animals, the Beta Band or the Lo Fidelity Allstars. say. Lick Your Ticket is a strange album, though -- it doesn't quite fall down between two (or more) stools, perhaps, but it does have an uncomfortable edge to it that makes it an album to be a bit impressed by rather than to love. Something truly memorable could yet come from Chikinki, but for now they still seem to be a work in progress. - Ned Raggett

Lick Your Ticket [2004]
Ether Radio


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


With an equal affinity for minimalism, repetition, relentlessness, and abrasive noise, Health's self-titled debut opens with a distant drone that ever so slowly becomes audible, very likely to get the listener to turn up the volume searching for the song, then pummels the unsuspecting over the head with a blunt blast of keys and drums. "Heaven" then drops into a volcano-worshipping tribal groove complete with mondo-distorto guitar and wordless chants that recalls Liars at their most primal. The album continues on for a total of 11 songs in 28 minutes combining equal parts Liars' caveman conceptualism, Trans Am's frayed Motorik, and This Heat's noisy-yet-groovin' absurdity, cramming it all into a spazzy SoCal art-punk blender set on frappé. These mostly instrumental (unless you count mumbling, chanting, shouting and screaming) sketches are alternately assaultive and soothing, luring the listener into a hypnotic catatonia then jarring the senses with pulsating blasts of static. It may be some sort of shock therapy disguised as music, but whatever it is, it's captivating.- Brian Way

Health [2007]


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Monday, May 18, 2009

El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez- Cryptomnesia [2009]

Released on Cinco de Mayo, Cryptomnesia (defined as "inadvertent plagiarism") is the first of three recordings done in 2006 by El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, a side project of the guitarist and producer of the Mars Volta. Rodriguez-Lopez enlisted the talents of bandmate Juan Alderete on bass and Zach Hill and Jonathan Hischke of Hella on drums and synth bass, respectively, along with Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala for lyrics and vocals on eight of the album's 11 cuts. Rodriguez-Lopez has been prolific since the middle of the aughts, issuing no less than ten previous recordings on various labels since 2004! While the most recent ones have revealed a more experimental and formal compositional bent and elaborate production, this earlier material is no less wildly creative and daring, though it can be seen as a much more logical extension of the Mars Volta's musical adventures than as something with his own complete musical stamp on it, as his more recent recordings have been. Cryptomnesia is a tough, rugged, and wildly ambitious set of far-reaching -- sometimes overly so -- compositions reflecting the rapid growth of one of the new century's most genuinely talented and visionary musicians.- Thom Jurek

Cryptomnesia [2009]
Warren Oates


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Chapterhouse- Whirpool [1991]

Victim of a double whammy -- caught in the already building backlash to the shoegazer scene at home and completely ignored in the States, as was just about anything else British -- once Nevermind and Ten hit the charts Chapterhouse's album debut could have, and should have, won a bigger name for itself. At once more dance-flirting and garage-punky than most recordings by other My Bloody Valentine obsessives that emerged in the early '90s, though suffering the same underplaying in the vocal department, Whirlpool builds nicely on the three earlier EP releases with a similar sense of "what the hey -- if it works, try it." As an album, it doesn't per se connect as a unified piece -- the final track listing comes from a variety of recording sessions with a large number of producers and remixers, including Robin Guthrie, Stephen Hague, John Fryer and Ralph Jezzard. As a collection of mostly killer tracks, though, this is mighty fine.- Ned Raggett

Whirpool [1991]


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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Black Moth Super Rainbow- Dandelion Gum [2007]

Black Moth Super Rainbow has constructed a unique and impressive sound that takes the best elements of bedroom techno, DayGlo indie pop, and anything-goes maximum pop and rolls them up into a glittering ball of melody and invention. Most all of their songs are built on a tipsy foundation of lo-fi drums, bass, and the occasional guitar, then plastered over by all manner of tinny junk-shop synths and topped by vocals fed through the cheapest sounding vocoder on earth. Dandelion Gum is the perfection of that sound; each song is a perfectly crafted chunk of organic synth pop insanity.- Tim Sendra

Dandelion Gum [2007]

Forever Heavy

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Deerhunter- Fluorescent Grey EP [2007]

Kranky is putting out the Fluorescent Grey EP, a set of four intensely focused songs recorded while the album was being mixed. Though clearer and less abrasive than Cryptograms musically, the new EP foregrounds lead singer Bradford Cox's morbidly erotic lyrics about the body's inevitable decomposition-- to him, a psychosexual puzzle-- much as the full-length smothered its gorgeous melodies in effects-laden squall and instrumental ambience. Whether Fluorescent Grey is meant to serve as an epilogue (as its press release maintains) or prologue, the disc is a triumphant document of a stubbornly visionary young band with the world still spread out before them.- Pitchfork

Fluorescent Grey EP [2007]

Like New


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Monday, May 11, 2009

Crystal Antlers - Tentacles [2009]

Crystal Antlers formed in January 2006 in Long Beach, California. Creating their own blend of psychedelic, punk, & soul, the band quickly became local favorites among a broad range of rock fans. They’ve released two limited 7”s on small labels & recently released their first EP with producer Ikey Owens (Mars Volta/Free Moral Agents). Crystal Antlers issued their debut record, EP, in June 2008.



Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lovvers - Think [2008]

Lovvers are an alternative rock band from Nottingham, England. The band formed in MAY 2006 and made their live debut a few weeks later. Their sound is a chaotic mixture of fractured guitar and mangled vocals, redolent of early 90s US acts such as Scratch Acid and Drive Like Jehu. The group features a former member of The Murder of Rosa Luxembourg. Although the band is still in its infancy critical reception has been very positive, with website Drowned in Sound mentioning the group in its feature “Tips for 2007.“[1] The band’s first release was the ‘Lovvers’ EP on vinyl by Johnson Family Records, which included four of the five songs found on the CD/R distributed at live shows. Their next release ‘Near Enough For Jazz/Special Needs’ is also on Johnson Family and available in July. The band have toured with Blood Red Shoes, as well as playing shows with Blood On The Wall, Parts and Labor, Big Business, Awesome Color, Foals, BARR, Help She Can’t Swim and An Albatross.



Passion Pit - Manners [2009]

The Boston, MA-based Passion Pit began as a one-man project of singer and songwriter Michael Angelakos to produce a Valentine's Day gift for his girlfriend. The gift, an EP entitled Chunk of Change, soon wound up in the hands of friends and acquaintances, who were enthralled with the work. Eventually, Passion Pit became not only a vehicle for the romantic expressions of Angelakos heart but a full-fledged band — at least for live gigs — and opened for a number of well-known artists including Death Cab for Cutie. This momentum led to label interest, and in 2008 the Frenchkiss label picked up Chunk of Change for re-release, even going so far as to tack on two bonus tracks. A full-length from Passion Pit was in the planning stages and a 2009 release date was said to be in the cards. - AMG


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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Q And Not U- No Kill No Beep Beep [2000]

Quirk-ass posturing matched with infectious D.C. backbeat and overly catchy singsong/shoutfests comes together as one of the best aggressive indie pop albums to see the light of day in many years. Q & Not U offer a take on the classic D.C. sound by bending its rules a bit, making things more infectious and fun to listen to than the Dischord world is used to. Their minor melodies and to-the-throat rhythmic drive, matched with an aesthetic sense that offers no cliché, offer more replay value than many of this band's peers, such as the other 2000-era Dischord addition, Faraquet. Shows are know to turn to dance parties in quite a hurry. Buy this for the enjoyment of technical spazz pop that few can produce with such tact. -Blake Butler

No Kill No Beep Beep [2000]

P.S. Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi produced the album.

Line In The Sand


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