POPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE STEVENSON RANCH DAVIDIANS – HOLY LIFE

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians have announced they will release their new album Amerikana in June, but are teasing whats to come with the lead single “Holy Life” and accompanying video. This is The Davidians first album since 2009, scheduled for release in June 2017 on Minneapolis-based Picture In My Ear Records.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. SURF ROCK IS DEAD, ALLO DARLIN’, THE ADVENTURES OF THE SILVER SPACEMAN & THROUGH LUCID EYES!!!

Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep fighting the good fight.

Here are streams of new music that express the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Discover! Enjoy!

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LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. DINOWALRUS, CYMBALS EAT GUITARS, THE PEEP TEMPEL, HENRY JAMISON & LVL UP!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are streams of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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PoPTV – THE NEW ROCK ’N’ ROLL FT. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD, PHOENIX DAY, BASIC CABLE PREACHERS, APOLOGIES I HAVE NONE & FIRE FROM THE GODS!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying.

Here are videos of new music you should be watching that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

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ALBUM REVIEW: COTTON MATHER – DEATH OF THE COOL

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Photo credit: Valerie Fremin

Background
Highly acclaimed 90s Pop Underground faves Cotton Mather returns with a new album after an absence of 15 years! Death of the Cool contains singer-songwriter Robert Harrison’s pure pop meditations on Chinese philosophy – in particular, one song each for each hexagram (or reading) of the I Ching! How 60s can one get?!?

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ALBUM REVIEW: HOLY WAVE – FREAKS OF NURTURE

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Background
Based in El Paso, Texas, Holy Wave (Kyle Hager, Dustin Zozaya, Julian Ruiz, Joey Cook, Ryan Fuson) is riding the wave (!) of the contemporary psych-rock revival.

Strengths
Adept at combining sympathetic elements of psych-rock, shoe-gaze and dream pop, the music on Freaks of Nurture will appeal to a wide range of rock lovers. Sounding timeless yet fresh, Freaks of Nurture is a work of passionate art that transcends mere genre.

Highlights
“She Put a Seed in my Ear”, “Wendy Go Round”, “Western Playland”, “California Took My Bobby Away” and so on!

Sounds Like
Temples, Tame Impala, Thee Oh Sees, Spacemen 3.

Bottom Line
Probably the most likely style of modern rock that will break into the mainstream consciousness. Hopefully sooner than later.

Information
Official Site: https://holywave.bandcamp.com/

Buy now!

UNICYCLE LOVES YOU – THE DEAD AGE

Fourth album from these Brooklyn-based melodic rockers finds the band in psych-garage territory. What does that mean you might ask? Well, basically it’s mid-60s flavoured three-chord pedal-flooring bubblegum tunes with heavily reverb-drenched harmony vocals. Can’t decide whether the album is played straight or tongue-in-cheek – doesn’t really matter I suppose.

Tunes are kept simple as are arrangements but be warned that the lo-fi, echo chamber sound is artifice in the extreme. Oddly enough, the dreamy albeit atonal soundscape that is “Silent Minus” is one of my favourite moments on The Dead Age. It demonstrates that Unicycle Loves You has more to offer than the meat and potatoes spinning in a wash cycle ambience that characterizes too much of this album.

That said, one cannot help but be entranced by the much of the repetitive atmospheric motives of tracks like “Endless Bummer” and “Any Daydreaming Morning” where psychedelic flourishes rule the day, in a pleasant way. A mixed bag but worth checking out by modern rock fans.

LITTLE SPACE DONKEY

Dreamer’s Manifesto EP

Ever wonder what rocking in space sounds like?

Little Space Donkey answers this question (indirectly) with their latest 4-track EP release, second only to their debut offering quirkily titled “Collection Of Songs That We Will Never Play Live, Ever”. You know that can’t be true.

A band from Jakarta, LSD is made up of Dhendy Mawardi and Amy Amanda on guitars, Made Indar on bass (and one of the contributing artists for this EP’s artwork), Dave Leonard on drums, and Anthono Oktoriandi on synthesizer and sampler. Young as they may look in pictures and in age, but don’t let that fool you. Their music and sound offerings as tight, united and focused  as can be.

The space sounding ambience is attributed to the inclusion of the synthesizer, which provides the musical journey into the other dimension. Not quite certain of the underlying story concept about a leader who united the world in his grasp, though. A glance through their listed influences (like Sigur Ros, M83, Explosions In The Sky, Daft Punk, The Flaming Lips and The Radio Dept. to name a handful) clearly ascertains their musical direction and genre, and then there is a surprise in mention of one of everyone’s classic favourite bands of all-time, The Carpenters (much celebrated!).

Two questions raised:
1) Are LSD really as young as appear to be?
2) Are you in space yet with LSD’s music?

Dreamer’s Manifesto is distributed as a free download at littlespacedonkey.bandcamp.com (FREE!), and you can find out more about Little Space Donkey on MySpace and on Tumblr.

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(CJ)

CASS MCCOMBS

CASS MCCOMBS Wit’s End (Domino)

I don’t know who Cass McCombs is. I am a virgin to his music. Proper research (Google) shows the indefinable singer-songwriter being a publicity hermit and a nomad. What madness is this? Critically acclaimed musicians are supposed to be loud and live in mansions.

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