May 25, 2012

Flashback Fridays #1

A new series comprised of music dug, then forgotten, remembered, possibly forgotten again, re-remembered, and now shared.

Throwback California band The Allah-Las have setup a radio series dubbed Reverberation where they string together crate-dug gems into 9 to 12 song capsules. Hard to find rarities, overlooked classics, the occasional unreleased Allah-Las jam, and newer treats from White Fence and Sonny Smith all flow neatly from one heady space into the next. This week they reminded me of how much I dig Robyn Hitchcock and The Soft Boys. More.

The Soft Boys - "Tonight"

Speaking of White Fence, Aquarium Drunkard's series The Lagniappe Sessions recently offered up a handful of spectacular covers from Tim Presely. The Nina Simone and Strange Boys cuts are great, but the real head-turner is Presley's redressing of the Gin Blossoms 90s pop-rock sound via "Allison Road." More.

White Fence - "Allison Road"

Michael Coomers of garage-pop project Harlem has announced a solo venture, Lace Curtains, and the first glimpse is a doozy: jangly guitars, an irresistibly upbeat high bass riff, catchy sectionalized tempo changes, and lyrics that namedrop the infamous Judas. Via.

Lace Curtains - "High Fantasy"

We Listen For You's record club recently turned me onto Homebuilding, the atmospheric debut LP from Roman Ruins, aka Graham Hill. Hill—an architect and occasional drummer for Beach House and Papercuts—has created an immersive and meticulously layered sonic playground ripe for long drives, big headphones, or a sunny afternoon alongside your turntable. Put this on and you'll dream your way up into the clouds. More.

Roman Ruins - "Mighty Love"

Digging back into Philadelphia's beyond excellent Shaking Through web documentary series, I got caught up in the session for hometown husband-and-wife band Reading Rainbow. In the past, I couldn't get bast the terrible choice of a band name. Luckily, the band agreed, and changed it to the much more visually fantastic Bleeding Rainbow. Now we can all enjoy thoughts of rainbows dripping blood along with the blissful harmony and pulsing organs of "Always On My Mind"—a truly perfect pop concoction. More.

Bleeding Rainbow - "Always On My Mind"

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