Tag: Garage

Ramonda Hammer “Too Much, Too Recently”

Probably the most consistently great bands to grace Pop Occulture, Ramonda Hammer’s “Too Much, Too Recently” is just as emotionally raw and amazingly blistering as their last single “Bender”. “Too Much…” has about as much drama and emotional gravity as

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The Stranger “7in”

St. Louis, Missouri is fast becoming one of my favorite scenes. Especially all the music that has been circling around The Sinkhole venue. The Stranger is a thrashy/trashy punk band that comes straight down the middle with some really solid

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The Black Angels “Currency”

Being a blog that is based 99% off of submissions*, there are few that were bigger no-brainers than featuring The Black Angels, who quite frankly over the last decade or so have become the yardstick in which most neo-psych bands

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Nowns – S/T

Debut tape from garage-pop duo Nowns. This self-titled release finds the band treading familiar guitars, drum machine, guitars and reverb formula that’s pretty typical these but with a bit more interesting twists and turns than your average “west-coast” garage band.

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The Sellwoods

After much anticipation, I finally got a couple 7″ in the mail the other day from the Portland, OR quartet The Sellwoods, who we previously mentioned in the Hidden Volume 7&7 split. These two singles, 2013’s “Extended Play” and 2014’s

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Summer Cannibals “Full Of It”

Sumer Cannibals is a power trio from Portland, and this song makes me think of several years I spent with my ear glued to the local college radio station. It brings back all the best stuff from the late 90’s

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Top Nachos “EP”

New York garage rockers Top Nachos, released a Pay-What-You-Want EP on Bandcamp. Criminally short at just around 15 minutes, these songs blaze through so quick you don’t even know what hit you. EP by TOP nachos

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Audacity “Dirty Boy”

I first heard this song a week or so ago when the Soundcloud player had been going for a while. Not that I don’t think that anything Ty Segall is even marginally involved with won’t get the attention that it

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Iggy Pop “Post Pop Depression”

The man, the myth, the legend… The man who needs no introduction, why the hell I’m introducing him is beyond me. I’ve got my tickets for his spring tour, do you? Iggy Pop!

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Vahnevants “Bum Out”

Straight from the mean streets of Des Moines, IA. The Vahnevants are a group of warblely sounding miscreants with a “Back From the Grave” vibe. They were actually the first band I started writing about on this blog. One missed

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Sissy “Gave Birth to a Mum”

Dublin’s Sissy make some of the toughest feminist punk this side of the Riotgrrl movement of the 90’s. With high production values, yet a keen ear fast pounding punk rock. I can’t recommend this band enough! Gave Birth To A

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Tyler and the Streeters “Ziggy Stardust”

In the rush to pay tribute to the passing of one of the figureheads of western culture. There have been plenty of missteps. This isn’t one of them. This fittingly sparse treatment seems propper for a man who at the

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Goth Babe “Wasted Time”

I bought Goth Babe’s first single when it came out in December, but lost track of them when they changed their name. Luckily though, I just found their new EP “Wasted Time”. It’s everything I loved about their first single

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Hidden Volume Records

This weekend we did a small write up on Baltimore’s Hidden Volume Records’7&7 mini zine with flexi disc. Since then I’ve been checking out a lot of the rest of their roster, and wanted to share two stand out bands.

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Snotty Babies “Snotty Babies”

Snotty Babies self-titled EP out on EXXE has a methodical thud of a back beat that invades even their most uptempo numbers. With dueling vocalists and heavy for the sake of menace guitars,  the album gives an air of imminent

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Quality Time Records “Quality Time Volume 1”

A good mix of catchy choruses and gutter punk snarl. Cleveland, Ohio’s Quality Time Records put out an excellent compilation entitled “Quality Time Volume 1” out on a lovely professionally dubbed purple cassette. Quality Time Volume 1 by Quality Time

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Hidden Volume “7&7”

Baltimore’s Hidden Volume label showcases some of the grittiest, catchiest, most authentic sounding retro pop being produced in the united states. Their new mini zine featuring a split 7″ flexi entitled Hidden Volume “7&7” has come out, and features 2

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Girlsville “Stupid Punk Boy”

New label out of Chicago, Girlsville, put out a compilation “Stupid Punk Boy”. The compilation is pretty great but there were a couple stand out tracks by Candy Highway and The Ettes. Both bands worth checking out. The first being

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Fur on Fur “Walking EP”

Shreveport, LA’s Fur on Fur bring 60’s an a lo-fi aesthetic to the four song “EP Walking”, great songs just this side of saccharine sweetness. walking e.p. by fur on fur

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Eureka California “Eureka California’s Night In”

Fast and melodic and reverbed out, just the way I like it. Check out Happy Happy Birthday to Me’s Eureka California’s new video “Eureka California’s Night In”.

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The Dirtiest “Alarm”

The Dirtiest, two guys from Florence, IT making some interesting stomping/blown out garage rock out on Slovenly Records. THE DIRTIEST "Alarm" EP by The Dirtiest

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Dandy Warhols “STYGGO”

A bit of the lighter fair, this is by far the best Dandy Warhols song in years. An druggy but uptempo grove brings the band back to the sound of their first few albums.

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Cumstain “I’m Not Mean”

No need for words. Cumstain is one of the best bands around right now, all kneel before Cumstain! No not that one. This one.

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Raw Pony “Demo”

Raw Pony lives up to their name, with a stripped down raucous sound that’s totally infectious and unwieldy. Don’t forget to pick up their 7″ for Bo Diddley on Heel Turn Records before it sells out! Demo Tape by Raw

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Little Big Bangs “Star Power”

Little Big Bangs have been making an impact on the mid-west scene for a few years now, their latest album gives their earlier gritty vibe a bit of 90’s college radio sheen. Giving the overall production a Merge records feel.

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Witching Waves “The Threat”

New video from Happy Happy Birthday to Me’s Wtiching Waves. The video itself is a macabre nightmare, full of references to classic silent horror movies. The band comes off as a bouncy crunchy post-punk outfit with hooky 70’s death rock

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Cum Bats “Home Cave”

The notes on their Bandcamp page says that the album was recorded in a cave, but there’s definitely something subterranean about the dingy lo-fi surf aesthetic of this album. Though unlike a lot of lo-fi productions the muscular drumming never

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Kit Convict and thee Terrible Two “Watch Your Skull”

Melbourne’s Kit Convict and thee Terrible Two come snapping out of the gate with clean 70’s brit punk, mixed with some of the finer moments of Flying Nun Records. Watch Your Skull by Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two

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Sugar Rags “Sugar Rags”

Exquisitely bratty vocals punctuate these strong backbeated well-crafted and hook filled songs. Lyrics full of post-teen angst and arch-naivete. Both the LP and demo are well worth a listen! Sugar Rags by Sugar Rags

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Resurrection Records “Winter 2016 Sampler”

For the past half dozen years or so Resurrection has been able to run arguably the best Distro in the country right now, as well as simultaneously releasing a fairly steady stream of their own music. Including indispensable releases by

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