There’s Always Hope. There’s Always Cabernet. Just Ask Benjamin Shaw

Allo, kittins. Your Superfan has been away. Absent. AWOL. Remiss. But I have returned, to make a few more posts to finish up another year of this labor of love. This is one for all you lo-fi dissonance lovers. Enjoy with crandberry sauce. Phoning it in from the ranch, amongst the relations. It’s good to be home.

Benjamin Shaw
“How to Test the Depth of a Well” (download mp3)
from “There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet”
“How To Test The Depth Of A Well” (play)
(Audio Antihero)
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Kinda In Love With M+A’s “Liko Lene Lisa”

Begin the worshiping process as M+A’s whispered druggy sex insidiousness works its toy piano magic. Oh gawd they had to put a trumpet there, kill me nicely, oh dear. What is it with me and lone trumpets and trippy make-out music lately? Is it the season? Anyway, I really like M+A’s “Liko Lene Lisa” like, I really like, like, I want to snuggle it like a kitty and such. So there you have it.

“Liko Lene Lisa” (download mp3)
from “Things.Yes”
“Liko Lene Lisa” (play)
(Monotreme Records)
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Fighting Kites Pay Musical Tribute To “Wojtek the Bear”

Bears are good. Indie rock bands and song titles with “bear” in them are extra good. Songs about a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps are extra super good. And that’s what we have here, by the Fighting Kites. Proggy fab instrumental weirdness, with guitars reminiscent of Tom Verlaine and Robert Fripp. Snuggly, but dangerous.

Fighting Kites
“Wojtek the Bear” (download mp3)
from “Split EP”
“Wojtek The Bear” (play)
(Audio Antihero)
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Flash Mob’s “Blind Faith” Is Jazz With A “J”

Jazzit tup, kats. Flash Mob bends the time signatures and seduces the key changes all up down and sideways. Guitarist Ryan Williams leads the able bodied troupe through exotic corners of postmodern instrumental mental institutions. Yes.

“Blind Faith” (download mp3)
from “Generals”
“Blind Faith” (play)
(F-IRE Recorded Music Ltd.)

The Subtle Subversion Of This Will Destroy You

TWDY will not actually destroy you, but they do make some strange, other-worldy noise banter. It may creep under your skin and you may find yourself doing odd things to yourself with a fork and chocolate syrup, but don’t blame them, and please don’t go passing any new legislation or start censoring anybody. “Communal Blood,” my dears. Like Godspeed You Black Emperor meets Brian Eno in an alien dub shack. Insidiously infectious.

This Will Destroy You
“Communal Blood” (mp3)
from “Tunnel Blanket”
“Communal Blood” (play)
(Monotreme Records)
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Appetite Warns Me Right

Here’s a quirky little pop journey through the woods of quiet angst, from an artist called Appetite. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Marimba used in quite this way before. Or is that a thumb piano? In any case, this is a delightfully original piece, from a brand new album, just released on Crossbill Records. Très trippy.

“Warn Me, Right” (download mp3)
from “Scattered Smothered Covered”
“Warn Me Right” (play)
(Crossbill Records)

Extra Happy Ghost!!!’s Soothingly Stoned “Mercy Mercy”

As SFMusicSluts explained to me, “I’m not advocating the use of drugs but you should listen to this stoned….or tripping.” Now, I would never advocate the advocating of such things, or repeat such a thing but.. oh wait. Did I say that, or just think it? What the hell. Extra Happy Ghost!!! oozes out of Calgary, Canada with their own brand of slithering, Velvet Underground-inspired, carpet-searching drool-bliss. Oh make me stop! Wild tape echo feedback and lush male harmonies complete the opium den rainbow lava lamp picture. Enjoy responsibly.

Extra Happy Ghost!!!
“Mercy Mercy” (download mp3)
from “Modern Horses”
“Mercy Mercy” (play)
(Saved by Radio)
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Joe Gore goes Mental 99 on “Mr. Reno”

Joe Gore plays guitar with his brain. The multi-talented writer and musician gets his gray matter around an idea and bends steel strings and effects to his creative will. He’s done this on records with Tom Waits, PJ Harvey and an impressive list of others. On the original and quirky “Mr. Reno” Mr. Gore explores an expanding theme over the tumbling drums of Dawn Richardson (of Four Non Blondes fame). As you guitar geeks out there will know, it’s a rare enough thing to hear that most jarring of effects – the Ring Modulator – used for anything but evil. Here it is used as a force for good. Mental 99 indeed. Tip (and Happy Birthday!) to Subverse.

Mental 99
“Mr. Reno” (download mp3)
from “Mental 99”
“Mr. Reno” (play)
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Nels Cline, Tim Berne and Jim Black get “Railroaded”

From yesterday’s metal apocalypse, we now turn in our musical journey through jungles of mayhem, to the naked musical aggression of New York genre obliterators Nels Cline, Tim Berne and Jim Black. Disciples of the more jagged edges of instrumental prog, avant-garde jazz and “skronk rock,” these gentlemen put out more conflicting noise than a freight train colliding with a burning steel mill. If Wynton Marsalis’ NPR-safe jazz is the Mona Lisa, then this is Guernica. Fun stuff.

Nels Cline, Tim Berne, Jim Black
“Railroaded” (download mp3)
from “The Veil”
“Railroaded” (play)
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Snowden’s “Anti-Anti” Is Anti-Bad

I just want to float away on guitars like these.. if only the drums would stop making me dance. A perfect song for the drive to the party or the middle of nowhere. A double negative outburst of pop positivity wrapped in gooey distortion and hand-clap candy. I’m calling this power-pop because in 2011 I think it qualifies. Original yet dangerously catchy!

“Anti-Anti” (download mp3)
from “Anti-Anti”
(Jade Tree)
“Anti-Anti” (play)