This is one of my first finds when I started looking up what the internet offered the world of “indie rock/pop” as opposed to trying to catch collage radio programs or hanging out in Tower Records. “Lederhosen Lucil” is the creation of one Krista Muir of Montreal, Canada — a very talented, creative and often very humorous songwriter, ukulelist, keyboardist, visual artist and stage-personality. Lucil’s songs are as creative and memorable as they are funny. Here’s a fine introduction with her synth-punk, garage/mod, NEW WAVE rocker:
Here’s Lucil‘s Tom-Tom Club inspired HIP-HOP gem. Sure to get under your skin and infect:
All Good Scabs
Beautiful live ambient music played on actual acoustic instruments by actual musicians. It’s a bit of a departure from The Dead Kenny G’s‘ usual set of tunes, but worth a spin.
Red Curry 27
On the band’s name:
Another fine culture-jamming gem from The Evolution Control Committee. Somebody saved this tape from their Sunday school days, and ECC got a hold of it and made it into an underground hit.
The Acid Family
Media ecologists, ECC, toss out this priceless track from their Plagiarhythm Nation CD:
The Fucking Moon
Ahead of their time, Lothar and the Hand People were pioneers of the American psychedelic/experimental landscape in the late 60s and early 70s. They were the first band to record and tour with a synthesizer as well as introducing the theremin to the mainstream before Brian Wilson did on “Good Vibrations.” They were also allegedly one of the first known “long hair” bands.
Dig them in this trippy pop-psych studio production equipped with orchestral instruments, swirlly sitar-like guitar and synthesized sound effects:
The Whitsundays – “I Can’t Get Off of My Cloud” (play)
This psychedelic meltdown from Edmonton’s Whitsundays is built of an unusual blend of aggressive, nasty fuzz guitars and trippy, ethereal vocal harmonies. Everything about the track is bold, including the mix. An ambitious composition, “I Can’t Get Off of My Cloud” brings surprises in both its instrumental parts and tones at every turn, and it’s all masterfully performed and recorded. Crazy, beautiful work.
“I Can’t Get Off of My Cloud” (mp3)
(Friendly Fire Recordings)
Dark Meat – “The Faint Smell of Moss”
Song titles say a lot. Band names, too. So, if I find a song called “The Faint Smell of Moss” by a band called Dark Meat off an album called “Truce Opium,” I will immediately download it with a certain glee, hoping it lives up to those lovely words! And I wouldn’t waste your time, dears, if it didn’t. But indeed, a fertile scent of nature is invoked, a soothing narcotic bliss induced, through a sexy rhythm faithfully rendered by a band of real live psychedelic noir road animals from Athens, Georgia. It pleases me that such a band as this exists in 2009, sounding as they do, like an early Jefferson Airplane went off its scheduled course, arrived in the Himalayas with flowers in hair and bells on feet and had an orgy. Reverb-y guitars and glorious male-female vocal harmonies are carried aloft by superb rock drumming, an old school “invisible” bass player (one of my favorite kinds) and – stop the presses! – a lead melody played on that most misunderstood and maligned of wind instruments, the Recorder. These people are crazy. Genius work.
“The Faint Smell of Moss” (mp3)
from “Truce Opium”
Bombs – “Empty Noise”
A nice big psychedelic musical conflagration from some moddy boys called Bombs from Toronto, Canada. Kinda like Oasis meets the Godfathers! A cool rocker from their eponymous EP, with some gr8 wah-wah guitar work and a yearning, echo drenched vocal. I like it.
“Empty Noise” (mp3)
from “Bombs – EP”
(Mint 400 Records)
Choir of Young Believers – “Action/Reaction”
True Brian Wilson love is shown here by Choir of Young Believers – aka young Danish singer-songwriter and producer, Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. Actually this sounds like a blend of Air (the French poptronica duo) and Pet Sounds, spiked with sweetly cynical lyrics reminiscent of The Pixies. The towering vocal harmonies really do sound like a choir of believers – quite a trick from a solo artist. Gorgeous work.
Choir of Young Believers
from “This is for the White in Your Eyes – Bonus Track Version”