Matthew Hable lives in the Bay Area.
Shy Boys describe themselves as a “landlocked surf outfit” which is fitting because they are from Kansas City. The band was started as an excuse to ditch class (really who needs an excuse?). “Keeps Me On My Toes,” off their self-titled debut, is apparently about dogs. Learn more at High Dive Records' website.
Guerilla Toss are releasing their album Gay Disco on December 10 via NNA Tapes. Although they first gained widespread internet recognition after playing the Boston Hassle festival earlier this year, they have various releases on such labels as Sophomore Lounge, Digitalis, and Feeding Tube Records. They apparently like to get naked and cut themselves during their live shows. According to the publicist, Gay Disco is a “concept album based around new wave and no wave dance music, extreme dementia, drug problems, and absurdist humor.”
Magik Markers were born in a basement in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2001. Since then they have released five albums and a dizzying number of tapes and side projects. Their first album in four years, the beautifully messy Surrender to the Fantasy, comes out a week from today on Drag City. It features a new bassist, John Shaw (of the drone group GHQ), who joined the band after original member Leah Quimby left in May 2006 to pursue a career in ventriloquism (!!).
Read an interview with the band at Rookie.
I saw Cerebral Ballzy open for OFF! way back when and everyone hated them (which may have been part of the reason I liked them) and now they are signing to Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records AND Dave Sitek is producing their debut album which is coming out in 2014.
[Cerebral Ballzy are] probably the coolest band in the world at the moment, a truly legit modern hardcore/punk band, and by far my favorite. It’s beyond exciting to try and help them in any and all ways we can.
"FUCKMYLIFE666" is a very emo name for a song and the latest single off Gender Dysphoria Blues, Against Me!’s forthcoming record. It was released acoustically on the True Trans EP. This version features Fat Mike on bass. I am still a little on the fence I will admit. Gender Dysphoria Blues is out January 24, 2014 on True Treble.
“this tape makes me wanna go to my mom’s attic and dig out my two decade old Walkman just so i can carry this fucker everywhere with me. i want this with me on the Western Bus southbound when the neo-goth kids in front of me are sucking face and smearing each others different shades of purple lipstick together into a brand new witchy/black magic color. i want this with me next Tuesday at midnight on the roof of the Congress Theater when a longtime friend tells me he’s either gonna blow his fucking brains out or move to Omaha for a few years. i want this with me when i run into my ex-girlfriend, the-one-that-got-away, the-love-of-my-life, the headphones blaring at full volume til my ears cry blood just a little bit & all i see is her lips moving & we hug like we want to fuck or just fucking kill each other. i want it with me as i grapple with head-boiling soul-crushing questions like, “what if those ancient mystics were right?” and, “is death an ending or a new point of departure?” and, “who the hell’s got enough bad dope to get me high tonight?”
it’s hard to write a love letter for someone you’re really crushing on hard. it’s easier when you’re not ALL IN yet, when you only like them a little bit or maybe even not at all. i guess what i’m saying is, “with a tape this good any review is just gonna be a shitty love letter at best…” because i am crushing. i am crushing so fucking hard. i am crushing on this recording, on both its sides, on both of the bands, on all of the babes involved.” —Dakota Loesch
“this’s like a suicide-cocktail that your sketchy Junior High friend whips up in his parents liquor cabinet while his back is turned to you: an unexpected concoction of both abrasive elements and potent sweetness, a headfirst mixed drink that turns out to be even stronger and sharper and stranger and smarter than you ever could have hoped for. it kicks right in all the best ways and it leaves the only Aftertaste that matters: wanting more… a lot more. it’s an Instant Replay incarnate.
listening to the two sides of the tape, digging deep into the two sets of songs from these two mega-babe bands? it’s like reading the collected letters and correspondence between two star-crossed, pock-faced, unrequited lovers. Side A & Side B back-to-back… it sounds like they’re both itching to get drunk & flirty & start making-out with each other in the back of both of their vans. like if Giving Up and Saralee were mutual friends of yours who had never met each other? you would immediately try to hook them up & lay claim to being the match-maker who synced up the cutest couple at the dive bar.”
A Ballerina in Focus by Honey Radar contains the first single from Honey Radar’s upcoming Scorpions Bought Me Breakfast LP. The single is available from Third Uncle Records.
"Mellow Moon" is the b-side of a new PC Worship single, out later this month on Sophomore Lounge Records