Boogie Monster – Zechimechi review

This joyfully messy and chaotic album by Vancouver's Boogie Monster proudly wears its influences on its sleeve.  At times, it's a shameless and unimaginative pillage of the monster riffs and fevered drumming of Providence's legendary Lightning Bolt.  At others, it's a pop-flavored cachophony that brings to mind the enthusiasm and joy of Melt Banana, Deerhoof,…

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Manorlady – ‘Home’ Review

It's pretty easy to spot Manorlady's influences on their debut.  The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, M83, My Bloody Valentine, and a bit of the Smiths all figure prominently in the songwriting, melodies, and vocal phrasing.  But where these bands exhibited (some more than others) an infectious sense of play, a lightness of touch, and a willingness…

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Jarman – ‘The Saint EP’ Review

Jarman's instrumental 4-song EP starts off with a bang.  'Kubrick in September,' the first track, has plenty of ingredients for sonic awesomeness; dirty, menacing keyboards, crashing drums, and Swervedriver-y guitar melodies.  And the second song picks up right where the first lets off, adding a propulsive motorik vibe to the mix. But then, sadly, the…

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Girlfriends – Cave Kids 7″ Review

Catchy, exuberant, and pleasantly lo-fi, Girlfriends serve up two delightful pop confections that are equal parts The Byrds, Thee Oh Sees, and Pavement.  The first song, 'Cave Kids,' is nicely rollicking and ramshackle, complete with jangly guitars, doo-wop backing vocals, and a nice bit of tape hiss to top it all off.  Think sun-dappled melodies…

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