Azalia Snail was one of the most beguiling bedroom-fi psych auteurs of the ’90s. She had an off-kilter, faux-naif thing going with her high-pitched voice blowing cool breezes over spindly, spangly songs that gently squeezed you into daydream reveries. If you’re curious about her music, start with 1990’s Snailbait and move onward chronologically. Snail’s new project is LoveyDove, a Burbank, California, duo with Dan West. They sound a bit more “pro” than Snail’s solo output, but their 2013 self-t... more » $5.
Disclosure: I used to DJ with Gel-Sol (Andy Reichel) and Narvan (Frank Jenkins) back when PROG was confusing drinkers at the Living Room bar a couple of years ago. Along with DJ Explorateur, we fought a quixotic battle against decades-ingrained apathy and knee-jerk hatred toward progressive music. We built a small but devoted following until the Living Room closed in 2012. Soon after, Gel-Sol moved PROG to the Hazlewood Bar, and he and his mates continue to spin some of the greatest specimens of... more »
All three of these bands—locals Heiress and Eye of Nix and Connecticutt’s Sea of Bones, in all of their heavy, haunting, beautiful, and ploddingly sludgy glory—could easily be thrown on a mixtape with Pelican, Neurosis, and Isis and fit perfectly, yet stand out as something unique in their own right. Some may label these bands “thinking man’s metal,” “post-rock” or “metalgaze.” I just call them awesome, plain and simple. Tip: Bring earplugs. This one is bound to shake the resin out of that dome... more » $8.
Rare is the modern straightforward rock band that writes concise, catchy songs that don’t make me yawn. (I’ve heard enough straightforward rock songs to last a few lifetimes, thanks.) So when a modern straightforward rock band keeps me listening, and not just out of professional obligation, it’s news. Seattle sextet the Quiet Ones just have it—it being an intuitive knack for writing clever melodies you want to hear over and over, tunes that simply don’t wear out their welcome, swathed in textur... more » $8.