New Lil Daggers: Past Due.

28 Feb 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Here's another cut taken from Lil Daggers' forthcoming self-titled LP on Florida's Livid Records - Past Due is further support for the allegation that this Miami outfit is among the most exciting psych rock bands around, a sick trip built around an impulsive drum section, with slick guitar play and the group's signature dark'n'dirty organ howling. This is classic stuff that still very much belongs to the 21st century. Watch this site to order the record when it's due April 12. Lil Daggers - Past Due Read more → Here's another cut taken from Lil Daggers' forthcoming self-titled LP on Florida's Livid Records - Past Due is further support for the allegation that this Miami outfit is among the most exciting psych rock bands around, a sick trip built around an impulsive drum section, with slick guitar play and the group's signature dark'n'dirty organ howling. This is classic stuff that still very much belongs to the 21st century. Watch this site to order the record when it's due April 12. Lil Daggers - Past Due

Alpha Is Here.

28 Feb 2011 — Henning Lahmann
We've seen a series of mysterious, puzzling videos over the last few months. We've had a brief EP aptly titled Beta as the ultimate prequel to what was about to hit us straight in the face and blow us away this weekend. We've been blessed with two track premieres during the last couple of days to announce its arrival. Needless to say, we still don't have a clue who might be behind RxRy. But we do know that it is finally here: Alpha. Consisting of 20 mostly short tracks that are divided into groups of four, each of the five groups being assigned to one of the letters of the album title, Alpha marks a huge leap forward for the artistic development of this mysterious project, and apart from that the work is probably indeed "redefining the album in a digital age". The whole piece is more than anything a triumph of thought and conception, an intellectual masterpiece that is stunningly consistent and with all its mindfully crafted beats and effects one of the most astonishing efforts of electronic music I've come across in quite a while, without any exaggeration whatsoever. In the artist's own words: microLP/megaEP 5 modes 4 phases 20 cuts 26:51 waves over wings of glass kingfisher glacial vapor barrier between a voided ulterior gravity vacuum complex. Get Alpha for free over here. RxRy - P.4_Signals (mp3 premiere) Read more → We've seen a series of mysterious, puzzling videos over the last few months. We've had a brief EP aptly titled Beta as the ultimate prequel to what was about to hit us straight in the face and blow us away this weekend. We've been blessed with two track premieres during the last couple of days to announce its arrival. Needless to say, we still don't have a clue who might be behind RxRy. But we do know that it is finally here: Alpha. Consisting of 20 mostly short tracks that are divided into groups of four, each of the five groups being assigned to one of the letters of the album title, Alpha marks a huge leap forward for the artistic development of this mysterious project, and apart from that the work is probably indeed "redefining the album in a digital age". The whole piece is more than anything a triumph of thought and conception, an intellectual masterpiece that is stunningly consistent and with all its mindfully crafted beats and effects one of the most astonishing efforts of electronic music I've come across in quite a while, without any exaggeration whatsoever. In the artist's own words: microLP/megaEP 5 modes 4 phases 20 cuts 26:51 waves over wings of glass kingfisher glacial vapor barrier between a voided ulterior gravity vacuum complex. Get Alpha for free over here. RxRy - P.4_Signals (mp3 premiere)

Trippple Midnight Karma.

28 Feb 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Montréal's Sean Nicolas Savage returns today with another work of "sexual and psychedelic soul music", his new cassette Trippple Midnight Karma that has Savage once again moving terrifyingly close to the realms of outright, ridiculous kitsch yet without ever actually crossing the line. Instead, this simply is truest, passionate pop music, a graceful tribute to the Sexual Healing-era Marvin Gaye, drenched in lush melodies and played on a setup that's coming straight from the late 70s soft rock and Motown scene. When Savage sings about "a Hawaiian dancer under the moon", of course the initial impulse of the sane music connaisseur would be to slam the stop button, but out of his mouth it works, in a strange, transcendent way perhaps, but still ending in a deeply satisfying, very uplifting listening experience. After all, what Savage showcases here once more is a truly unique voice digging deep into popular music territory that has long been lost to the ignorant masses, and that alone is really something. Let's admit that after all, we all just wanna be happy. Trippple Midnight Karma is out now on Arbutus Records. Sean Nicolas Savage - Common Be Happy Read more → Montréal's Sean Nicolas Savage returns today with another work of "sexual and psychedelic soul music", his new cassette Trippple Midnight Karma that has Savage once again moving terrifyingly close to the realms of outright, ridiculous kitsch yet without ever actually crossing the line. Instead, this simply is truest, passionate pop music, a graceful tribute to the Sexual Healing-era Marvin Gaye, drenched in lush melodies and played on a setup that's coming straight from the late 70s soft rock and Motown scene. When Savage sings about "a Hawaiian dancer under the moon", of course the initial impulse of the sane music connaisseur would be to slam the stop button, but out of his mouth it works, in a strange, transcendent way perhaps, but still ending in a deeply satisfying, very uplifting listening experience. After all, what Savage showcases here once more is a truly unique voice digging deep into popular music territory that has long been lost to the ignorant masses, and that alone is really something. Let's admit that after all, we all just wanna be happy. Trippple Midnight Karma is out now on Arbutus Records. Sean Nicolas Savage - Common Be Happy

Thought Has Wings.

28 Feb 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Ssaliva's Thought Has Wings, the quite heavily anticipated cassette by this Belgian enigma (well ok, his name we have: François Boulanger, but the rest remains blurred) on LA's Leaving Records, is finally out today. I strongly recommend this piece of warm and hazy, lo-fi and backward-leaning synth goodness that is as relaxing and, oh yes, even hypnagogic as something should get in the year 2011. Limited to 200, so go get your copy right here. Ssaliva - Crayola Read more → Ssaliva's Thought Has Wings, the quite heavily anticipated cassette by this Belgian enigma (well ok, his name we have: François Boulanger, but the rest remains blurred) on LA's Leaving Records, is finally out today. I strongly recommend this piece of warm and hazy, lo-fi and backward-leaning synth goodness that is as relaxing and, oh yes, even hypnagogic as something should get in the year 2011. Limited to 200, so go get your copy right here. Ssaliva - Crayola

Premiere: Gypsy Treasures.

27 Feb 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Back last June, when we covered LA psych artist Aria Jalali aka Railcars for the first time, I wrote about his then still unreleased track Stray Dogs of Wroclaw that it was "slightly reminiscent of Not Not Fun's label roster". A couple of months later, it appears as if I wasn't the only one thinking that way about these seriously deep explorations into the realms of drone music: Under his new Gypsy Treasures moniker, Aria is about to drop a cassette on everyone's favorite LA label. Buried Goods is a brief collection of four tracks that are not new but rather a summarization of Aria's psychedelic experimentations during the naughties. The tunes are all heavy trips informed by the long-gone past of Eastern European musical traditions, all cut up and manipulated with harsh noise, but still strangely true to the letter in a way that Zach Condon could only dream of. An absolutely intriguing, deeply captivating work from start to finish. Order the tape now on Not Not Fun (artwork provided by Christian "Megazord" Oldham) or get the whole thing for pay-what-you-want over at bandcamp. Gypsy Treasures - Of Moorish Towns Read more → Back last June, when we covered LA psych artist Aria Jalali aka Railcars for the first time, I wrote about his then still unreleased track Stray Dogs of Wroclaw that it was "slightly reminiscent of Not Not Fun's label roster". A couple of months later, it appears as if I wasn't the only one thinking that way about these seriously deep explorations into the realms of drone music: Under his new Gypsy Treasures moniker, Aria is about to drop a cassette on everyone's favorite LA label. Buried Goods is a brief collection of four tracks that are not new but rather a summarization of Aria's psychedelic experimentations during the naughties. The tunes are all heavy trips informed by the long-gone past of Eastern European musical traditions, all cut up and manipulated with harsh noise, but still strangely true to the letter in a way that Zach Condon could only dream of. An absolutely intriguing, deeply captivating work from start to finish. Order the tape now on Not Not Fun (artwork provided by Christian "Megazord" Oldham) or get the whole thing for pay-what-you-want over at bandcamp. Gypsy Treasures - Of Moorish Towns

Trippy Sundays.

27 Feb 2011 — Tonje Thilesen
Here at NFOP, there is nothing we love more than starting off a grey and cold Sunday in the city with a trip - of the musical kind, of course. South Carolina resident Dylan aka Persona La Ave just handed me this crazy electronic experiment lasting for nearly 10 minutes, crafted together by the young genius himself after (as he states himself) being greatly inspired by the American composer Steve Reich these last couple of days. Download this crunchy goodness exclusively below. Persona La Ave - Oh Suga Read more → Here at NFOP, there is nothing we love more than starting off a grey and cold Sunday in the city with a trip - of the musical kind, of course. South Carolina resident Dylan aka Persona La Ave just handed me this crazy electronic experiment lasting for nearly 10 minutes, crafted together by the young genius himself after (as he states himself) being greatly inspired by the American composer Steve Reich these last couple of days. Download this crunchy goodness exclusively below. Persona La Ave - Oh Suga

New Lands.

27 Feb 2011 — Henning Lahmann
We've reported about this occasion twice before already, but there is reason to believe that Portland, Oregon dudes Jon Jurow and Shane McDonell aka Chrome Wings are getting somewhat closer to their forthcoming 10 inch release on our slightly retarded yet relentlessly adored friends at Amdiscs. Oh please don't ask what that particular reason to believe is exactly cause frankly we don't know, but give yourself a little Sunday morning treat with that very contemplating psych jammer off said record below. Chrome Wings - New Lands Read more → We've reported about this occasion twice before already, but there is reason to believe that Portland, Oregon dudes Jon Jurow and Shane McDonell aka Chrome Wings are getting somewhat closer to their forthcoming 10 inch release on our slightly retarded yet relentlessly adored friends at Amdiscs. Oh please don't ask what that particular reason to believe is exactly cause frankly we don't know, but give yourself a little Sunday morning treat with that very contemplating psych jammer off said record below. Chrome Wings - New Lands

7” delight: Greatest Hits / His Clancyness.

26 Feb 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Amazing news coming straight outta Tokyo from the friendly folks over at our dearest Sixteen Tambourines Records, two fresh goodies on 7 inch to brighten the last days of winter. First, it's four new tracks by Zak Mering's crude, off-kilter synth project Greatest Hits. After the terrific self-titled 7 inch on OESB last year, Freak Fun Boy is another brief collection of finest, 80s dripping dance floor fillers. The second release is a two-track single by Bologna's smooth pop mastermind His Clancyness, finally returning with a new output after 2010's Always Mist tape on Mirror Universe. The b-side Like a Champ is one of his finest tunes to date, a lush, wonderfully melodic piece of dream pop. Pre-order both records over here. Read more → Amazing news coming straight outta Tokyo from the friendly folks over at our dearest Sixteen Tambourines Records, two fresh goodies on 7 inch to brighten the last days of winter. First, it's four new tracks by Zak Mering's crude, off-kilter synth project Greatest Hits. After the terrific self-titled 7 inch on OESB last year, Freak Fun Boy is another brief collection of finest, 80s dripping dance floor fillers. The second release is a two-track single by Bologna's smooth pop mastermind His Clancyness, finally returning with a new output after 2010's Always Mist tape on Mirror Universe. The b-side Like a Champ is one of his finest tunes to date, a lush, wonderfully melodic piece of dream pop. Pre-order both records over here.