New singles: Formal Wear || Suffer Today & Germ House || Record The Mistakes

Last friday, Chunklet Industries released not one but two singles that I am exited about. Both will be hard to get as they are limited to 45 and 50 copies.

The first single is from yet another project originating from the pandemic: Formal Wear. The A-side is called Suffer Today, which is just perfect for imagining the next time you’ll be wearing formal wear. It is an awesome garagepop tune where the vocals sequence nicely with the central guitar lick. The flipside (Timekeeper) is another goody with a repetitive chorus that gets under your skin. Perhaps I’d be less surprised by the strength of this single, If I’d read before that Formal Wear consists of Eli Kasan and Ryan Oxley from The Gotobeds and Wicketkeeper respectively.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

The second Chunklet single is from one-man band Germ House. Based out of Rhode Island, Justin Hubbard has been releasing music since 2014 or so, and I definitely recommend diving into his back catalogue with Germ House. This new two song single is the latest illustration of the catchy garagepop with post punk leanings Germ House produces. Both songs are excellent, but I am particularly impressed with Record The Mistakes which surpasses the 4:30 minute mark (I apologize for my short-attention span), but remains interesting throughout.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Gebre || Riu Amunt

Gebre is a foursome from Spain including Aleix Ferrús, Adrià González, Dani Cervera and Llorenç Coca. For these four hombres, music has a therapeutic power helping them to deal with the problems and difficulties of modern life. Gebre’s debut full-length (Riu Amunt) sounds far from difficult or troubled though. Gebre plays the kind of guitarpop Teenage Fanclub would play if they lived in a country with better weather. Call it sunshine pop if you will.  Some well timed jangle guitars and high pitched backing woohoos add to that summer feeling (e.g., listen to Me Van Salvar). Plenty of hits on this one! Grab the CD at Barcelona label The Indian Runners.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || The Indian Runners

New single: The Fire Swords || That’s Kinda Kita (and there’s also a 3 O’Clock Rock compilation album)

Three O’Clock Rock is an after-school and summer rock & roll music program for kids and adults in Oakland, California. Students form bands, play shows, make records, and even go on tour. Today they are releasing their 3 O’Clock Rock at Sam Phillips recording Services, Memphis, TN album, digitally and on 12″ vinyl. This LP features original songs by 3 O’Clock Rock artists as well as cover songs by artists who recorded in Memphis. Not all played equally tight and often a bit off key, but all much fun, raw and primitive, with full dedication, as it should be in this kind of music. Listen below.

However, 3 O’Clock Rock has produced more fun music not found on this compilation album. That’s Kinda Kita is the debut release by The Fire Swords from Oakland, CA – an ode to their dog: ‘Kita does tricks // She knows how to sits’. This song by Aiden (guitar / vocals), DJ (drums), and Billy (bass / vocals) is so catchy that it has been singing around in my head for weeks. These kids may be young, but they rock!

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New album: Mad Daddy || Mad Daddy

On their 1980 album Songs The Lord Taught Us, The Cramps sang about The Mad Daddy. You could wait for a band to be named after that, and look, here’s Mad Daddy. Since 2015 this four-piece of misfits – Dolyn Clucas-Morris (vocals / harmonica), Elvis Palooka (bass), Liam Callow (guitar), and Matt Twist (drums) – from the Isle of Man plays high octane rock ‘n’ roll punk blues, and now they have finally released their full-length self-titled debut album. These are ten powerful, energetic, rocking songs of around 3 minutes long, intended for listening very loud. Out now digitally, on CD and green vinyl LP (self released). RIYL Oblivians, The Stooges, Daddy Long Legs, The Jim Jones Revue. Give It To Me!

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New album: Southern Culture On The Skids || At Home With Southern Culture On The Skids

About 25 years ago we were nerdy on time at the concert hall, so we saw Southern Culture On The Skids perform twice: the sound check and the real show. Camel Walk is still one of my favorite songs and new work always leads to a jump of joy. The band – Rick Miller on guitar & vocals, Mary Huff on bass & vocals, and Dave Hartman standing behind the drums – has been playing together for 30+ years, consistently recording and touring around the world. Good news: they have an awesome new album out called At Home with Southern Culture on the Skids (already released March 12, so I almost overlooked it, but luckily our hero Little Steven brought it to my attention by playing new track Run Baby Run this week, on episode 996 of his legendary Underground Garage radio show). The 11 tracks, including 2 covers – Sugar Town (written by Lee Hazlewood, first recorded by Nancy Sinatra), and Dear Mr. Fantasy (written by Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood & Chris Wood, recorded by Traffic) – were taped and mixed by Rick In his living room and at The Kudzu Ranch. And that is also the feeling that the new album evokes: a successful living room concert, a cozy and laidback rock ’n’ roll party with catchy songs that make you smile and sing along. We would have loved to be there, twice.

Out now digitally and on CD via Kudzu Records. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs || SCOTS

New album: Danny Carney Chainsaw Symphony || Blizzard of ’82

I was unaware of Blizzard of ’82 until a recent Instagram endorsement by Stateline Records pointed in its direction. It’s the solo debut of Danny Carney, who used to play in Roll The Tanks, but now operates under the moniker Danny Carney Chainsaw Symphony. Hard not to be intrigued by that name, and the same applies to his music. Press play on opening track Maraschino University and you’ll discover that this is not your average record. That song stays under 3 minutes, but it is layered and catchy despite its lack of a clear chorus. It even has a intense sax solo. And that’s just the first song. The second song (VCR) does have a clear chorus that is massive  and absolutely pop oriented, but the song also have the feel of a punkrock tune. Track 3 Glomar Blues somehow moves into ’80s hardrock territory, not unlike the direction A.F.I. took  mid-career. I could go on, but the surprises keep coming and I am not sure if I have the words to explain the sound of Danny Carney Chainsaw Symphony – nor do I want to spoil the record. It’s definitely indie rock, but it very much is its own thing. It’s diverse and eclectic but not incoherent. It’s loaded with hooks. It’s an exiting record to dive into and explore in full. Basically, I have no idea what Danny Carney is up to, but it works and I want more.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Danny Carney Chainsaw Symphony

New album: Slap Happy || Prophylatic Shock

Let’s hear if for bands who evoke a sense of nostalgia without sounding redundant. Slap Happy (Denver, Colorado) manage to do exactly that on their debut Prophylatic shock, a record that works as a portal to the mid-nineties punkrock and poppunk scene. Sure, there are hints of early Green Day, Parasites and many other bands, but who cares when the songwriting and harmonies are this good. Songs like Freak Out, Same Old, Kingsley Manor, Cement Foot and These Times are a welcome reminder of the allure of this kind of music.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Rumblin’ Trouble || Up To You

Rumblin’ Trouble is an acoustic duo from Serbia, but their music is more exciting than you would expect based on this description. Singer Aleksandra Ana Todorovic has a great voice and guitarist Marko Mosic knows how to play the blues. Together they have written ten great songs, and their friends provide an appropriate band sound (Vanja Vasic on harmonica, David Novakovic on bass, and Milos Knezevic on drums (on eight tracks), Aleksandar Jovanovic on Hammond, and Aleksandar Radojicic on sax (on This Feeling). They call the making of their debut album Up To You a journey, the result is very suitable for a long road trip.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New single: Jo Ann Hamilton and The Kevin Fingier Collective || September b/w I Love Without A Love

Good soul records that honor the 60s sound just keep on coming. After the success of the instrumental double sider Latin Dynamite / El Basement by The Kevin Fingier Collective, which sold out 15 days before the release date, this is Jo Ann Hamilton’s debut single with this band. The A-side presents the Northern Soul track September (if you listen to the lyrics, you’ll realize this title is not misplaced in May), the B-side contains the funky R&B song I love Without A Love. Out now digitally and on 7″ vinyl through Acid Jazz Records subsidiary label Fingier Records.

Jo Ann Hamilton was part of the disco scene in the mid 70s and now, almost 50 years later, the Argentinian producer Kevin Fingier has discovered her great voice. And we are happy with that, right?

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs

New album: Doc Feldman || A Healthy Dose of Anxiety

Doc Feldman may be interested in exploring the darker sides of folk music, but sometimes that suits our mood, especially when the music is this good. The  sophomore album A Healthy Dose of Anxiety from the American singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist features a richer band sound – the Alt + Cntry + Delete (great band name!) – than his debut full length Sundowning at the Station (2013). The dark Americana / psych folk songs are not light fare, but the lyrics are compelling and interesting, and Feldman’s strong voice forces you to keep listening. Out now digitally and on CD via Shaker Steps.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs || Shaker Steps

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