Friday, March 30, 2012

Trusty Dolphins, Lesser Flamingos

Psych-power-popsters Sherpa release their debut twelve track technicolour experience of lovely melodic ooze, Lesser Flamingo, on Monday.  Latest single 'In Dolphins He Trusts'  is accompanied by a montage of super 8 footage from a 70s holiday. Watch and you'll surely become a dolphin disciple. We're so converted.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Same ol' Brew Re bottled

Four days later the stage diving injuries, recurring nose-bleeds and inability of at least half the warehouse division to concentrate are still in evidence after the last ever Missing Teeth show at the Kings Arms on Saturday night. 

Damn shame if ya missed it. But have we got news for you. Missing Teeth have smashed out one final CD to commiserate 10 years of song writing, not just a 'best of' but an 'ALL OF' which includes literally everything that they could find and fit inside 80 mins.  The 2002 debut self-titled album, the aptly titled 2003 disaster EP, all the vinyl tracks, all the stuff off the various compilations, and even some dodgy bedroom recordings of songs that they honestly don't even remember playing...ever. 

So get ya pants off, knock ya teeth out and go get yourself a copy.  Missing Teeth.  Same Ol' Brew Re-Bottled. It's out now. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Good As Bogans

Great song, amazing video...Head Like A Hole's 'Glory Glory' from the album Blood Will Out.  Hell yeah!

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Black Seeds 'Dust & Dirt' Album out 9 April

Y'know, to say we're pretty excited to be releasing the new Black Seeds album is one of those understatement things. Dust and Dirt is the title of this one, and it's an album which introduces a bunch of new sounds and styles not heard on previous records, while retaining that trademark Black Seeds sound so many of us just can't get enough of.

From the get-go, album opener 'Out of Light' with its shimmering keyboards and trippy vocals showcases an invigorated band with a more expansive sound. 'Loose Cartilage', inspired in part by an AC/DC concert, comes flying out of the traps with a beast of a riff before slipping into a funk-laden Black Seeds groove.

Then there's the chilled out disco dub of 'Don't Turn Around', born out of a spontaneous jam before rehearsal, and the blaring horn line and varied use of instrumentation on 'Love Me Now'.  Yep, Dust and Dirt is testatment to a band at the top of their game, revelling in their new found creative freedom.

Just check this Making of Dust and Dirt clip to see...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Some Rather Good Recent Releases

After too darn long Jim O'Rourke's 1999 EP (and office favourite) 'Halfway to a Threeway' is available again on vinyl.

And we've happily taken delivery of these other Drag City items and sent them out into the world:

Doug Jerebine - Is Jesse Harper LP (CDs too, via local label Imperial)
Dirty Three - Toward the Low Sun LP (CDs too, via Hope & Anchor)
Masaki Batoh - Brain Pulse Music LP and CD
Sophia Knapp - Into the Waves LP & CD
Bonnie Prince Billy - The B-Sides From Time to Be Clear 7"
Black Bananas - Rad Times Xpress IV LP & CD
Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town LP

Available now from all good etc etc 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Real Estate Live!

Real Estate play three dates in NZ this week:

Thursday 15 March
Auckland, Kings Arms
w/ Sherpa and Cool Rainbows

Friday 16 March
Wellington, San Francisco Bath House
w/ Golden Awesome and Sleepy Age

Saturday 17 March
Dunedin, Refuel
w/ Shifting Sands


Tickets available at Under the Radar

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

your favourite feedtime songs according to mark arm

feedtime The Aberrant Years is being released as a CD box set and and LP box set via Subpop on 13 March. Mark Arm reckons if you like Mudhoney, you'll dig feedtime. We do.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Dirty Three Return to Auckland

Wednesday 14 March 2012
The Powerstation

Last seen blowing minds in the late afternoon sun at Laneway 2010, instrumental trio the Dirty Three break cover with Toward the Low Sun, their remarkable new album, and to celebrate make a welcome return to our shores.

"I think we may have cracked it.  This may well be the definitive album." - Warren Ellis

There is a certain magic that can only be invoked when Warren Ellis, Mick Turner and Jim White are brought together.  There is an energy and a raw excitement evident from the first electrifying opening moments.  Toward the Low Sun sounds like a first ever recording, for all their incredible music of the past, the Dirty Three have never seemed more relevant.

"It's a pretty big deal." - Stereogum
"Australian post-rock gods Dirty Three return." - Pitchfork
"Post-rock awesomeness." Rcrdlbl

Toward the Low Sun is released on 5 March, 2012.

Read an interview with Warren Ellis over at Under the Radar
And stream Toward The Low Sun at NPR.