New album: Nervous Twitch || Nervous Twitch

English pop-punk band Nervous Twitch have released their fourth full-length album, the first to be self-titled. More music in the tradition of the Ramones, just what we need at this moment. The 3-piece play straightforward rock & roll (‘hook filled fuzzy new wave pop songs’, in their own words) and deliver their songs convincingly (‘fuck you I’m stronger than ever’, singer Erin Rumble shouts in Not Everyone’s Out To Get Me), and the organ that appears between the bass, guitar and drums provides a surprising element. This is a cool one. The LP is out now through Reckless Yes.

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New song: Bad Western || Sun In Yr Eyes

The Canadian four-piece indie rock band Bad Western released this happy song, one that you immediately sing along, one that you hope to hear on long car rides, one that I keep for my summer vacation playlist. Sun In Yr Eyes is available to stream / buy now, with all proceeds from the song going to support Eva’s, a charity in Toronto that helps homeless and at-risk youth.

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New EP: Civic Mimic || Selective Listening

Civic Mimic is a side-project of Jeff Hersch from the band Glazer. The songs I’ve heard from Glazer to me sound a little like a mix of Parquet Courts and Nirvana. Civic Mimic has a more garage and punk sound. Their new EP Selective Listening reminds me of one of my favorite punk bands of the past ten years: Tenement. I am not saying Civic Mimic is on that level yet, but I am really enjoying songs like Pity Patterns, Business Whip and Grass Placebo. Apparently, Selective Listening is Civic Mimic’s third EP, which is impressive considering their first one was released only nine months ago.


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New EP: Amoeba Earhart || Brain Eater

Amoeba Earhart is fun. The name of the band is a fun corruption of the name of the aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. The band describes their garage pop as “happy, fuzzy, and scuzzy,” or as I would put it: fun. Just listen to Getting Older Sucks, and you will see what I mean. That song is a classic simple and effective protopunktrack. Fun, right? Or what about Too Involved? Fun. Speaking of fun, if you want to sleep tonight, don’t google Amoeba Earhart Brain Eater.


Add to wantlist: Bandcamp (Name your price download)

New album: Rats On Rafts || Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths

Last week I had The Moon Is Big on the turntable again, the 2011 debut album by Rats On Rafts. Still a good one, but what a development the Rotterdam post-punks have gone through since then, if you compare it with their new, self-produced third LP (or actually their fourth, if you also count the collaboration with De Kift, and why shouldn’t we). Not only the album title is more complex, the music is also a lot richer and more varied; it adds new maturity and a conceptual feel that pulls the extremes of their sound together. You will hear influences from a tour through Japan, but a listen is a journey in itself, a thrilling psyche-fueled journey with rhythmic kabuki modal mood swings, thunderstorms, digital beeps, traffic noise, and cacophonous reverb-drenched sound. I advise you to experience the album as a trip from start to finish, but the video below for the track A Trail Of Wind And Fire gives you a taste of what to expect.

Out now through Fire Records and (own label) Kurious Recordings.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs || Fire || Rats On Rafts

New album: Waltzer || Time Traveler

Waltzer is a project helmed by multi-hyphenate songwriter Sophie Sputnik. With such a great name, you don’t actually need a stage name, but that didn’t feel right. Waltzer may be a moniker, but it contains ever-evolving multitudes. It’s also a character, a persona, a songwriting collaboration unit, a one-woman project, a sketch-comedy routine, even a TV show. Let’s focus on the music here: Time Traveler is Waltzer’s debut full-length album, the end result of years of work (the song Destroyer is 10 years old). The LP takes some time to win you over, but is varied and engaging enough to give it a shot. Out now via Side Hustle Records.

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New single: Ma’aM || Cruisin All The Time / A Horse Is A Corpse

The tags on Ma’aM’s Bandcamp page include country, outlaw, cowpunk, and garage rock, leaving plenty of room to put their music in whatever corner you prefer. Wat I do know is this: Cruisin’ All the Time, the A-side to their latest single, has an earworm chorus that I don’t mind at all. Out now on a hand cut clear 7″ lathe record.


So I’ll get into my car and drive away // Cruisin up and down the highway // Thinkin’ about the things I shouldn’t say // And I’ll be quiet

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New album: Modern Cynics || Auditory Postcards

Auditory Postcards is a fitting title for a record that plays 18 tracks in 19 minutes. I am referring to the first full length release by Modern Cynics,  which is the brainchild of Matty Grace of Future Girls. Matty plays all the instruments on Auditory Postcards, another quarantine project born out of isolation and  frustration.  Staying in line with a world full of restrictions, the lyrics to the songs were limited to 20 words or less.

Call it punkrock or quarantine core, there is a dark edge to these songs, creating a haunting listening experience that won’t be for everyone, but I am intrigued. Dirt Cult Records has a way of finding these sorts of bands. RIYL Mind Spiders.


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New single: Telephone Numbers || Leviathan

When we talk about quality indiepop, we often talk about Melbourne. We should not count out San Francisco though. Here is one example: The Telephone Numbers released their first physical release Leviathan today on Fruits & Flowers. The A-side is a jangle pop gem, the B-side has hints of Teenage Fanclub. Suffice to say, I like this a lot.


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Overlooked album: Davey Woodward And The Winter Orphans || Love And Optimism

If you are into indie and janglepop from around the globe, I recommended subscribing to DJ nstop’s (Jen Matson) weekly radio show Cycles Per Second. I had her latest show playing in the background this morning while working from home, and this one song grabbed my attention. It was Bad Day by Davey Woodward And The Winter Orphans. It’s the latest single from their album Love and Optimism, which was released a couple of months ago. Davey Woodward is a scene veteran, having played in bands such as Brilliant Corners and The Experimental Pop Band. What a fine surprise this record is. It’s described as pop music for grownups. I am not sure about that, but it definitely is not the pop music for juvenile delinquents I usually abuse my ears with. Still, it’s a safe bet that if you like Lou Reed and Velvet Underground, you’ll appreciate this record. Love and Optimism is a testimony of Woodward’s strong songwriting skills. The band recorded the record live in the studio, giving the songs a natural feel and edge that I believe soothes them well. The result? A record that is perfect for a gray and rainy day.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs

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