Thursday, May 6, 2021

Some Old Stuff and Some New Stuff

Like maybe you're pretty cool, alright? Like maybe you want to achieve maximum coolness:

The back half of Incesticide is my favorite Nirvana album.

Everything I want in a hardcore split:

Monday, May 3, 2021

The Ducks (UK); The Slime (Canada); Mustat Kalsarit (Finland); ✞ π•Έπ–Šπ–Œπ–†π–—π–Šπ–™π–™π–” π•΄π–‰π–Žπ–”π–•π–†π–™π–Žπ–ˆπ–” ✞ (Japan)

Brighton weirdo two piece The Ducks have a new video, check out this punky freak-out, "Hypno Dim Sum":

These two hc singles from Toronto's The Slime are like, the most, man:

Finnish garage rock four-piece called Mustat Kalsarit -- you can get a limited cassette or the album on digital, from an LA label called Cudighi Records. I was immedietly taken by the first of the three songs available on streaming, "En tahdo astua pimeyteen," and when the second, "Uimaan" started, I was sold. Then there's the last song available for listen without pay, "Puu" -- when was the last time I listened to a flute-driven psych freak-out??? A while ago, I betcha. Great modern day garage-psych that happens to be Finnish:

✞ π•Έπ–Šπ–Œπ–†π–—π–Šπ–™π–™π–” π•΄π–‰π–Žπ–”π–•π–†π–™π–Žπ–ˆπ–” ✞ -- A little over one minute of weird noise from Toyko. If you wanna be cool, you should probably check it out:

Friday, April 30, 2021

Roland Bruno (Argentina); Palberta and Sunk Heaven (New York); The Ducks and Salem Trials (UK); Call In Dead and 2Amature (Florida); The Shifters (Australia); Franck Racket (France); and Adam Holtz (Alabama)

Back in 2016, Buenos Aires based Roland Bruno released a 7" single called "Cumbia Reaction." Apparently Switzerland's Voodoo Rhythm will have a new release from Bruno soon. Absolutely rad Latin garage psych:

Is "rhythm" the weirdest word in the English language or what? I find it impossible to correctly spell it the first or second time. It never looks right.

On May 7, at 7PM Central, Palberta is doing a livestream on Bandcamp where they'll play their new album Palberta5000 in its entirety. Ten bucks, and an electro-noise artist called Sunk Heaven will also be playing. I've got my ticket, and got an e-mail from Warf Cat Records today letting me know my Palberta5000 record has shipped. They still have vinyl for sale on Bandcamp:

On May 19, 7PM GMT, Brighton two-piece The Ducks and something called Super Nothing TV will present "The Ducks Will Fxck You," "a live stream set from The Hope & Ruin in Brighton, a collection of sketches and music videos." I'm intrigued:

Also from the UK, prolific CNQ faves Salem Trials have a rad new track on Soundcloud:

Released today, DCxPC Live Volume 1 Presents: Call in Dead and 2AMature Live at the Danger Room in Orlando, FL, is the first 45" put out by new punk label DCxPC. Limited to 200 copies, you can get one for $10. The Call in Dead side is a mishmash of hc and pop punk, crust/screamo, metal, and unfortuntely, a little bit of ska ("Summer Camp"), but despite the skanin' in "Summer Camp," it's quality r'n'r. The 2Amature side leans towards pop/surf but has an edge, and the whole live split is a success at capturing the sound and energy of a kinetic punk show. Recommended:

It's quaint to say I miss going to live shows, but I do. I know some folks have already started going back to live events, but I'm not ready for it.

The Shifters - Live In Gaul was recorded live (on an iPhone!) back in 2019, and put out on cassette this year by French label Arvo Disques. The cassette has already sold out, but a repress is on the way. Meanwhile you can listen to the full thing on Bandcamp. Fun, jangly, lo-fi rock'n'roll, and it's nice to hear a crowd having fun:

Also from France, Franck Racket is a grungy two-piece and their 5 song release Dark Ages is available digitally or on CD. I've been on a '90s hard rock kick lately and this release from back in February hits in that spot:

Finally, longtime CNQ fave Adam Holtz has a new song and video he made called "You." Always a pleasure to hear a new song from Adam:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Martin MΓ₯nsson SjΓΆstrand (Sweden); Palberta (New York); Sunk Heaven (New York); Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda de Tempo (Brazil); Rick Treffers (Netherlands)

The "Followers" widget I've got over on the right side of the desktop view of the blog is going away. The 7 of you who follow CNQ may need to bookmark and check back at your convenience, if I'm not readily supplied with a replacement widget that does the same thing.

CNQ favorite Martin MΓ₯nsson SjΓΆstrand put a 16:47 digital release out on March 31 called Arkivkollage 1 for pay what thou will. It's a whirlwind of a collage through snippets of lo-fi alt-rock, psych, and surf sounds, I assume, based on the name, from Martin's archive of unreleased tracks. My frame of reference for this is that GBV collage of song snippets towards the end of either Propeller or Vampire on Titus, I forget which. At any rate, this is awesome, and you should pay money for it. SjΓΆstrand is a supreme rock'n'roll talent.

NY three piece Palberta is going to be on Bandcamp Live on May 7, and to tell you the truth I didn't even know Bandcamp Live was a thing. But very cool that it is. Palberta will be playing every song from their new album, Palberta5000, and a guy called Sunk Heaven will be playing too.

Tickets for that event are available here. Meanwhile, you can listen to and get the new album on digital, CD, or vinyl.

Highly recommended, here's the first track off of Palberta5000:

Sunk Heaven is electro-noise from Brooklyn:

This 9 song, self-titled digital release from Brazil's Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda de Tempo is so, so good. You owe it to yourself to sit back and enjoy the whole album:

Dutch singer/songwriter Rick Treffers has a great new single, "Time Is Really Running Out":

Monday, April 12, 2021

More Polish Punk

Since I posted that Syf Records interview, the prolific Polish micro-label has cranked out three new EPs, including this, Kidz Against, featuring a 5 year old on vox and a 7 year old on drums. Ain't nothin' more punk than this 4 song EP:

Also from Poland, long established label Nikt Nic Nie Wie has this available via digital download, or cassette, but there's only one cassette left as of this writing. Two song release from 1999 by a presumably Polish band called TISSURA ANI. Cool alt-rock that could've been released today, doesn't sound dated despite it is 22 years old: