MID 2014
SF starting to hit a housing peak?
Hush Kids
Love Is A Made Up Word
Fuck me. Wow is this an incredible pop song. Perfect, sunny guy-girl harmonies. Perfect. (June '18)
Essex Green
Hardly Electronic
Wow, out of nowhere Essex Green, argueable one of our favorites from the 2000ish Elephant 6 collective of killer pop bands, release a new disc. They are right back at it as strong as ever with not only the killer pop songs (Catatonic) but the more pschyedelic, well crafted listens (January Says, Patsy Desmond). (June '18)
Mountain Dust
Seven Storms
We had largely left our stoner rock roots back in the 90s but are enjoying this one. Heavy with hints of metal and progressive rock. We get to revisit a number of our old favorite genre's with this one. (May '18)
Beach House
7
You know, actually a little underwhelming. (May '18)
Black Book Lodge
Steeple and Spire
Looks like May 2018 is going to go down as a little mini-resurgence of metal/hard rock/stoner rock for us. We're hearing some Queensryche "Rage for Order" influences here with this one. (May '18)
The Dead Tongues
Unsung Passages
What a great find. Nice, mellow banjo, geetar and fiddle Americana at it's best. (May '18)
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Panic Blooms
Not a bad release, but nothing that really stands out. (May '18)
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik
Hugsjá
Not quite sure if I'm listening to some traditional Nordic tunes, sea shanty songs or a viking-based heavy metal genre. In any case, we'll keep listening. (May '18)
Start 2018
Recreational marajuana becomes legal in CA
Lord Huron
Vide Noir
For us, Lord Huron always held great promise--great production, muscians, a solid songwriting--but never anything to get too excited about. This is sort of the same. Alot to like about this disc, but nothing to drop everything and write home about. (Apr '18)
Mind Over Mirrors
Bellowing Sun
Give points to MOM for combining tribal drumming, ambient electronics and bluegrass fiddle to create the wonderfully droning "Oculate Beings". More kudos for the Jim Morrison-droping-acid era Doorsesqe (albiet with female singer) "Pause to Wonder". (Apr '18)
Cut Chemist
Die Cut
Good drums and bass. (Mar '18)
Jack White
Boarding House Reach
"What's Done is Done" and "Humoresque" are great, great songs. The rest of the album, perhaps not so much (Mar '18)
Amen Dunes
Freedom
We're a bit of a sucker for anything that comes out of the Scared Bones label. A new Amen Dunes disc? Yes, sign us up. We'll enjoy that mature indie rock sound. (Mar '18)
Moby
Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt
Sounds like Moby hasn't missed much of a beat. "This Wild Darkness" is certainly the hit on the album. (Mar '18)
The Hanging Stars
Songs for Somewhere Else
How would have thought that some folks from England could make such sweet sounding Americana. Weeping steel guitar and all. (Feb '18)
Tosca
Boom Boom Boom
Tosca is still writing the same sort of gorgeous downtempo that they were writing in the 2000s ... and it sounds just as fresh. (Feb '18)
Django Django
Marble Skies
We were a little spoiled discovering Django Django at their brillant best with "Born Under Saturn" so expectations were set high ... perhaps too high. But this is a solid Django Django release. Not their best, but better than most peoples best. (Jan '18)
Belle and Sebastian
How to Solve Our Human Problems
Pretty par for the course Belle and Sebastian release. There is an "Everlasting Song" and "Best Friend" are our favorites. (Feb '18)