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With only two EPs and some stray singles, grungy LA four-piece Goon have garnered a devoted fanbase and compelling sound. They released Happy Omen back in 2017, following their debut EP Dusk Of Punk the previous year. Goon have now shared a new single, “Datura” and a glitched out, saturated Vinyl Williams-directed music video.

“Datura” is heavier than Goon’s classic ’90s-indebted rock, but preserves their lo-fi fuzz. “This song isn’t really about any one thing. It touches a lot of different weird ideas,” singer and guitarist Kenny Becker says in a statement.

The original melodic idea for the song was just to make a tune that had a chorus with a bass line that revolved around three notes, only half-steps apart. The rest of the song moves around quite a bit and I’ve always really liked that contrast.

I wanted to have the chorus never use any repeating phrases, which led to stream-of-consciousness style lyrics. Because of that, this song isn’t really about any one thing. It touches a lot of different weird ideas. Like datura flowers that grew in the canyon near the house that I grew up in, or questioning the effectiveness of praying for god to take away stomach pain of an old friend.

“The original melodic idea for the song was just to make a tune that had a chorus with a bass line that revolved around three notes, only half-steps apart. The rest of the song moves around quite a bit and I’ve always really liked that contrast.

I wanted to have the chorus never use any repeating phrases, which led to sorta stream-of-consciousness style lyrics. Because of that, this song isn’t really about any one thing. It sorta touches a lot of different weird ideas. Like datura flowers that grew in the canyon near the house that I grew up in, or questioning the effectiveness of praying for god to take away stomach pain of an old friend.”


Band Members
Kenny Becker , Drew Eccleston, Christian Koons, Caleb Wicker

released March 21st, 2019


Best news I’ve come across for a long time! Triptides are issuing their brilliant Colors EP for the first time on vinyl (Originally released in 2014 on digital/cassette), The band has teamed up with one of the most exciting labels around for some very limited and completely mindboggling custom Vinyl variants.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again; Triptides are truly some of the finest purveyors of sunny psych sounds around! Reverbed licks and hazy vocals, snappy drums and groovy basslines, all perfectly arranged into psyched up pop-pearls that lifts your spirits and sticks that smile right on your face. Their sounds are instantly catchy and easygoing, and at the same time inhabits those small melodic variations in the arrangements that enriches their tunes through repeated listening. Goddamn how much I love this bunch..


While their whole catalogue (counting 7 album + numerous Eps and singles) is a total bliss, this EP contains some of Triptides’ finest moments. Be sure to check it out underneath, 6 sweet’n salty treats to leave you in the sun gazed haze of a lazy sunday afternoon!,  A miraculous EP with great songwriting and solid pop craftsmanship, probably my favorite by Triptides. “Destiny” is the kind of song that sticks in your head for days and days…

Melbourne’s own Salty Dog Records always takes pride in coming up with the sickest custom variants, and the Brunswick East based one-man operation has really set the bar high with this release.

Glenn Brigman – Vox/Guitar/Farfisa/Mellotron/Bass/Drums
Josh Menashe – Vox/Guitar/Bass

Originally released April 29th, 2014

Recorded and mixed by Triptides at Sun Pavilion in Bloomington, IN.

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Rosie Tucker’s songs can be wry and funny, but they’re always sincere, with a gift for metaphor and a clear understanding of just how precarious life can be. Tucker examines the aftermath of a painful loss in “Lauren,” interrogates a hard-wired tendency to stay quiet in “Habit” and paints a loving everyday portrait of crucial safe spaces in “Gay Bar,” which closes with a pointedly chosen Dusty Springfield sample.

Goodness, this one came out of nowhere and absolutely punched me right in the face. There’s something so engrossing about those moments when everything cuts out and Rosie starts rattling off her pointed observations, memories and/or grievances with old loves that won’t die (and maybe never fully will, honestly). They are my favorite moments in a song so far in 2019.


If I were Wolfy I’d know how to deliver a disarmingly funny & deceptively heartfelt thank you in ten words or less. Given that I’m stuck being myself, bear with … thank you to Wolfy for being objectively good at art, to Jessica Reed for being one take wonderful, to Anna Arboles for being the Tegan to my Sara and the Brandi to my Carlile. Greg Katz, thank you for insisting that these songs are worth the work. This album wouldn’t have reason to exist without listeners like you. -Ro

Written and performed by Rosie Tucker 
Produced by Wolfy
Guitars by Anna Arboles 
Drums by Jessica Reed 

Released March 8th, 2019

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Texas singer-songwriter Hannah Read is the creative force at the heart of lo-fi folk project Lomelda, who released their third album Thx last year.

My new album ’M for Empathy’ is mostly things said or shoulda said, heard or shoulda. Much of it, and it’s just a lil, came to me, or outta me, outta a deepening silence. Something you can hear a lot of I hope. It let me voice again. It also let me not, and only sing as much as I wanted, which is important too. Making peace with the word in me, just a lil, all my might.
xo, Hannah
released March 1st, 2019


performed and produced by
Hannah Read and Tommy Read
at Lazybones Studio in Silsbee, TX
January 26-28, 2019

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Adam Melchor graduated college with a degree in opera, but as a singer-songwriter, he specializes in dreamy, harmony-dense, Technicolor folk-pop songs like “Three Hours Ahead,” which celebrates a friendship that transcends time zones. Melchor, who recently moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles, sings about what he knows: the search for personal growth and connection, overcoming doubt and holding onto the slivers of the past worth keeping. The relocation proved to be fruitful and has since propelled the singer-songwriter’s career as an artist.

Acoustic singer/songwriter Adam Melchor is also streaming a new song titled “Plan On You.” The track is taken from Melchor’s new Plan On You EP set to arrive on March 20th. Check out the new song below.

With a soft instrumental introduction and Melchor’s delicate indie vocals, “Plan On You” brings us to a nostalgic place. Surrounded by unknown plans, the opera-singer-turned-bedroom-folk-artist sings of the one certainty in his life, crooning, “I don’t have a plan/ I just planned on you.” An ode to the modern love song, Melchor illustrates his brilliant ability to write simple and raw lyrics that resonate with you long after the song has reached its end.

written and performed by Adam Melchor drums by Jon Gilbert

illuminati hotties will perform at SXSW 2019.

Sarah Tudzin has dubbed her band’s sound “tenderpunk,” which captures a fair bit of her modus operandi: Vibrant and aggressive, illuminati hotties‘ songs storm agreeably without obscuring the bleeding heart at their center. But that tenderpunk portmanteau still doesn’t quite convey the poppy, sunlit sound of Kiss Yr Frenemies and songs like “(You’re Better) Than Ever,” in which Tudzin craftily conveys a flood of mixed emotions: “Texted you a picture where you looked pretty,” she sings, adding, “and wondered if you saved the ones you had of me.”

On their Facebook page, Illuminati Hotties’ genre description reads “post-naptime burrito-core.” Jokes aside, the L.A. band’s jubilant rock would probably pair well with Mexican foods of all varieties, but not so much a midday nap. The group, whose only permanent member is longtime studio musician Sarah Tudzin, released Kiss Yr Frenemies, Tudzin’s first long player record under the moniker, in May. Tudzin, along with her band, stopped by Daytrotter to play a few songs from the record including ”(You’re Better) Than Ever,” “Shape Of My Hands,” “Cuff” and “Paying Off the Happiness.”

Illuminati Hotties – Paying Off The Happiness Recorded Live – Daytrotter Studios – Davenport, IA

To hear Blushh’s “I’m Over It” is to be transported directly to the ’90s in the span of less than 20 seconds. Shab Ferdowsi knows just how to rip into a fuzzy, rousing chorus with maximum efficiency and force — you can just imagine a stadium full of people rising up in unison to shout along while still conveying universal truths about emotional labor and frustration. “I’m Over It” is there to perfectly sum up your lousy day, while invariably improving it. Sometimes it doesn’t take 3:30. No chaff or endless repetition here. These songs are the perfect length and I wish all 2-minute tracks sounded like this.

The Band:

Vox/guitar: Shab Ferdowsi 
Lead guitar: Arieh Berl 
Bass: Josh Berl 
Drums: Lani Renaldo

“I’m Over It” by blushh New Album ‘Thx 4 Asking’ out 6/15 on Yellow K Records

Breakups are hard; but separating yourself from your partner’s pet is even harder. Illuminati Hotties seem to be well aware of this phenomenon, as their latest single—and first new music since last year’s Tiny Engines debut Kiss Yr Frenemies—is more an homage to a one-time date’s canine companion than it is to Iggy Pop. “One time I went on a date with someone I met through a dating app,” frontwoman Sarah Tudzin talked about the origins of “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog,” a staple of their recent live shows. “Their dog was much cuter than they were.”

You can check out the song below (complete with some stellar Corgi footage), and make sure to catch Illuminati Hotties when they grace their Austin showcase SXSW . As far as any news of dating-app type services specifically for meeting up with local singles’ dogs? .

illuminati hotties – I Wanna Keep Yr Dog Single out March 6th on Tiny Engines

Indie-rock pioneers Sebadoh return with their first new studio album in more than six years “Act Surprised”. The inventors of lo-fi indie rock return with a 15-track blast of melodic melancholy, all delivered by the smudged middle finger of Dinosaur Jr original Lou Barlow

“The first line of this song: ‘I get the feeling you don’t feel me’ is pretty good. It could be a line in an Ariana Grande song, I like it,” said Lou Barlow. “I followed it from there through some general complaints about a composite character in my life, someone I could never crack. Sometimes the walls are too high. If you think about it, the resistance was always there, even in the very beginning. What to do? Pick endlessly at the seams? Replay moments in my head looking for a way to explain it all? No, stop, there is no one answer and that’s OK…Celebrate the void.”

Act Surprised continues the soulful collaboration that’s defined the band since 1991’s Sebadoh III and 1994’s Bakesale. The new batch of songs reaffirms how vital the creative partnership is between members Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, and Bob D’Amico.

When Barlow recently moved back to his home state of Massachusetts following a series of personal changes, he pressed the restart button and, in time, felt the incentive to reach out to Jason and Bob again to reunite and start work on a new album. The trio convened and began recording in their original stomping grounds in Northampton, MA where they first formed back in 1988. Along with producer/sound engineer Justin Pizzoferatto, Sebadoh have delivered one of the best records of their career. Act Surprised is a 15-song collection that’s as dynamic and visceral as anything the band has ever committed to tape.

Their first studio album since 2013’s ‘Defend Yourself’ and their first release with Fire Records, Lou Barlow and team return with a smorgasbord of beautifully dysfunctional tunes harking back to their finest college rock anthems.
It’s Barlow at his introverted songwriting best; matter-of-factly delivering a stream of self-questioning stories, punctuated by detuned guitars, spine-tingling time changes and throwaway one liners.
A grainy post grunge postcard wrapped in bittersweet melodies with an aftertaste that’s pure heartbreak.
More songs about growing up wrong for those who continue to act surprised at life itself – all illegibly handwritten and lovingly submitted to vinyl.

Lowenstein stated, “Of all the records we have made in our long career, this is definitely the most recent.” Releases May 24th, 2019

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Swerving between out-of-focus parable, travel diary, pep talk, polemic, love song, and lullabye, Wand’s forthcoming long-player Laughing Matter has its eyes on a lot of prizes. With lyrical and musical shades varying between Wand’s darkest nights and most pastoral days, there’s a nuanced, eclectic emotional scope onLaughing Matter that’s not been quite so nakedly apparent on any previous Wand release.
Their second single from the forthcoming release is “Thin Air,” which demonstrates their evolving desires to break every convention they encounter, to joyously recombine the fragments of formerly familiar territory.  The radical approaches in “Thin Air” are buoyed by Wand‘s autodidact enthusiams, as DIY impulses create a delirious cascade of molten guitars and a twinkling of keys.  With our institutions crashing all around us, “Thin Air” offers a departure from the decadent mindlessness of the mundane for the electricity-free hills above the town. Gamelan guitars roll into to an arena-worthy chorus: “don’t you dare turn your back again”. Take this directive to heart and heed to Wand’s command, put your hands to the wheel and let go.

Listen to “Thin Air” now and prep yourself for Laughing Matteron April 19th!