In The Red

TDoL Best of 2012: 10-1

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 | musiX | No Comments

1. Tilts – Tilts (Robotic Empire)

2. Swans – The Seer (Young God)

3. Lisabö – Animalia Lotsatuen Putzua (Bidehuts)

4. King Tuff – King Tuff (Sub Pop)

5. Ozarks – Ozarks (Wil-Ru Records)

6. Sic Alps – Sic Alps (Drag City)

7. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes (4AD)

8. The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)

9. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II (In The Red)

10. Gaytheist – Stealth Beats (Good to Die Records)

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TDoL Best of 2012: 25-21

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | musiX | No Comments

21. Tyvek – On Triple Beams (In The Red)

22. La Sera – Sees the Light (Hardly Art)

23. Skelator – Agents of Power (Metal On Metal Records)

24. Rhett Miller - The Dreamer (Maximum Sunshine)

25. The Pharmacy - Stoned & Alone (Seayou Records)

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Oh say can you Oh Sees

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 | musiX | No Comments

I’m not going to go into my love affair with San Francisco (and its inhabitants, restaurants, bands). I’m not. But when the lights go down in the city, and the sun shines on the bay … do I wanna be there in my city? Oh ooh whoa. Whoa ohhh oh ooh whoa.

I’m slightly convinced that John Dwyer is insane (yet not as insane as I am for quoting Steve Perry). The leader of San Fran’s Thee Oh Sees has taken every project he’s been involved with to the far reaches and nether-regions of thee arty and thee unhinged. You never know quite what you’re going to get. And live? Thee Oh Sees simply demolish. And Dwyer continues his prolific ways. The band released Castlemania in May, and are already gearing up for the forthcoming Carrion Crawler/The Dream on November 15 via In The Red.

The new single “Carrion Crawler” is relatively straight-forward compared to the creepy vibes of Castlemania. Dig in. Trip out. Get back. Go forward. Move ahead.

“Carrion Crawler”Thee Oh Sees

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Freshened up for The Fresh & Onlys

Monday, September 20th, 2010 | musiX | 1 Comment

I’ve been hibernating in my hyperbaric oxygen chamber since the closing minutes of MFNW, and I think I added a few years to my life in the process. For a few days I felt like I was 16 again, and only wanted to write about Ke$ha and Linkin Park—I had to smoke a pack of Camel Lights and drink a bottle of Crown Royal last night to snap out of it.

Which brings me to The Fresh & Onlys. San Francisco is a foggy little hotbed of rock that includes Sic Alps, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, but The Fresh & Onlys have probably released more music—several 7-inches, two full-lengths—in the past two years than all those bands combined. And they don’t appear to be slowing. The four-piece will release Play It Strange on October 12 on In The Red. Needless to say the lead single “Waterfall” is a garage rock twanger (that ends with a classic fade-out) that has me feeling my current age once again.

“Waterfall”The Fresh & Onlys

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Hmm … very strange, boys

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 | musiX | No Comments

[Ed. Note: It's no secret to anyone that The Days of Lore loves The Strange Boys (I mean, unhealthy). The band's debut handily made the top spot on the TDoL 2009 year-end list. Sheesh, you think I'd have already written something on their latest record Be Brave. Well, I did for one of the publications that actually pays for my opinions on music. Since I hate repeating myself, here it is. Enjoy!]

0riginally published in the Chico News & Review, March 11, 2010

Last year Austin’s The Strange Boys released their In The Red debut, a record that had more in common with rock ’n’ roll’s formative years than it did the label’s garage-punk rock roster. It’s been less than a year, and the Boys (and new girl, former Mika Miko saxophonist Jenna Thornhill-DeWitt) are already offering up album No. 2.

Be Brave lacks the sock-hop pop of And Girls Club, and instead sounds as if the band spent time hanging out in a smoke-filled back room with England’s Newest Hitmakers. The more lackadaisical feel could be partly attributed to the absence of powerhouse drummer (and co-founder) Matt Hammer, who left the band last year. But what the new songs lack in energy they more than make up for in texture and intimacy. Ryan Sambol’s voice creaks like an old rocking chair on more spare folk offerings like “All You Can Hide Inside” and “Dare I Say.” And piano and organ fuel the record’s boozy blues (“Between Us”), while sax rips through on the title track.

If anything, Be Brave shows that The Strange Boys are their own men/woman—which should make album No. 3 all the more interesting.

“Between Us”The Strange Boys

“Be Brave”The Strange Boys

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