Monday, July 29, 2013

Singles Club: Young Rival

It's the middle of summer, and that means it's time for some perfect middle of summer jams.

Though released last fall, Young Rival's "Black Is Good" sounds oh so right in the midst of another icky sticky DC summer. With the specter of 60s jangle hallmarked by all manner of cheek and sass and a smidge of humor, this is one to get the feet moving to. "Yes it's true," they croon, "I'd rather be in the dark with you." It's that perfect, perfectly sweet little indiepop song that you've been longing for. It's a song you can proudly blast with the car windows down. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Reminder!: Awesome Show of Awesomeness TONIGHT

Friends, we find ourselves in a very exciting time indeed. You see, in just a few short hours, one of the events of the year will be going down at Comet Ping Pong. To review, there are three killer bands playing and one great dude spinning great tunes all in one place for your listening pleasure and enjoyment.

The Cliff Notes version goes a little something like this:

Thee LolitasSome of the finest garage rock from Washington D.C.

Harsh VibesFive-piece band from Philadelphia. Their music has been described as "fuzzed out shoegazey psychedelic noise rock" and "mutant garage-blues drone".

TtotalsDuo from Nashville, TN creating some of the finest new psychedelic rock music around. They might pay tribute to some of the old greats, but this sound is all their own.

Spinning betwixt sets will be Mister Paul Vodra, purveyor of bitchin local internet radio and lover of all things local from Hometown Sounds. It's gonna be a doozy, y'all, and I'm pretty sure the only reason it's so hot out is cuz the weather's trying to compete with the sizzle of this here bill. Come on down to Comet and judge for yourself. Stuff'll get going at 9, so make sure you're on time. 

Meet Harsh Vibes

Ah, to be timely. If you're local, this pertains especially to you, so pay close attention! 

Seeing as it just so happens that in just a matter of hours this here band'll be in town this very evening (Comet Ping Pong, along with Thee Lolitas and Ttotals), I figured it was a great time to talk a little bit about Harsh Vibes. Coming from Philly, the relatively new outfit (not yet three years old) has been churning out some wicked, intense psych rock. 

That they cite Black Sabbath, My Bloody Valentine, and Spacemen 3 as influences hints at the noise you'll hear, but that's only the beginning. The band's sound is expansive and then some, undulating with shadows and full of shattering soundwaves eardrums will both love and hate. Theirs is not the pill you swallow to wake from your dreams, instead it's the other pill, full of endless rabbitholes and all manner of mischief and mishaps. 

To say that I'm excited to see them in action is definitely the understatement of the day.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Album Review: Ttotals - Spectrums of Light

It's hard to believe that it's already been two years since Nashville duo Ttotals first landed in my life. When they did, I marveled that I'd not heard anything like them, and 24 months later, I still haven't. And the thing is, they just keep getting better and better and of course, more and more out there. For fans of the sonically slanted and noisy, it really doesn't get any better.  

Spectrums of Light is the band's latest recorded output, two mammoth songs on a 7" mastered by a legend of the weird and wonderful, the one and only Sonic Boom. "Sometimes You Just Are" sits on Side A, starting all languid and sticky, summer night hazy before bursts of loudness pour forth, guitar and drums creating rivulets of technicolor noise. Side B is the sinister flip side, with "Tricks of The Trade" cutting a somewhat villainous slink through miles of darkness, Edwardian fog, and beautiful nightmares. It's rapidly becoming a favorite not just in terms of Ttotals but also in terms of 2013 music as a whole.

It's true to Ttotalsian form, true to the Outer Blues, and true  to the spirit of awesome music. A must-have for satisfying your senses. Get your hands on this sooner than immediately.

And don't forget, DC folks. You can experience Ttotals making magic in person tomorrow night, at Comet Ping Pong. Ridiculously good music will also be provided by Thee Lolitas and Harsh Vibes, with dj action by Paul from Hometown Sounds. The proceedings start at 9pm. Do not miss out, don't even think about it. 


Monday, July 15, 2013

Newsflash!: Awesome Show of Awesomeness!

Oh hey, y'all. I've missed your smiling faces terribly while I've been off galavanting across this great country of ours for the past few weeks. I've finally found some functional internets at the beach (it's been surprisingly challenging) and am thrilled to be able to share with you your plans for this coming Thursday evening. The added bonus? You'll be spending time with me!  

The kind folks at Comet Ping Pong are once again playing host to a Fuzzily-sponsored event. Festivities are to start at 9 in the evening, and for the price of admission you will receive sets by not one, not two, nay THREE tremendously awesome musical acts. If you like noise, there's pretty much not a spot in the greater DC metro area you should be heading to Thursday evening other than Comet Ping Pong. 

Fuzzy friends Thee Lolitas (DC) and Ttotals (Nashville) sandwich killer Philly outfit Harsh Vibes for what promises to be an epic night of towering, overpoweringly amazing cosmic psych rock and roll decadence. As an added bonus, the wonderful and talented Paul Vodra from Hometown Sounds will be spinning some tunes between sets, to offer you the utmost entertainment value for your dollar.

Official event pages are hither and hither. RSVP as you see fit, and make sure to tell all your friends, acquaintances, and family members. The show is all ages, so bring in the young folks in need of a musical edumacation, too.  

Kisses to all, and we'll see you soon!