Record of the Day – Locus Pocus – Locus Pocus EP

The problem with January is that I always fall in love with bands that released albums the year before – albums that would have made it to my best-of list, if only I’d have known in time. So it was no surprise last week when I heard San Francisco five-piece Locus Pocus and their self-titled EP, released in May 2017, and instantly felt the pangs of what could have been. I’m a fan of shimmering, organ-punctuated psych pop and thoroughly enjoy melodic, trembling vocals, gravelly yelps and howls...

Record of the Day: Eartha Kitt – That Bad Eartha (1956)

Eartha Kitt, actor, singer, chanteuse, sex symbol, would be turning 91 today, were she still with us, which makes right now the perfect time for celebrating her life by putting on her 1956 RCA Victor release, That Bad Eartha. Or any Eartha record, really, but if you’re looking for classic, sultry Eartha, this record is a perfect place to start. Eartha Kitt was a phenomenal singer and actress. She enchanted wherever she went, and her voice, all these years later, is still as captivating as...

Record of the Day: AUTOGRAMM – Jessica 7″ Single

Is there a new wave of new wave? Let’s hope so, because this new Autogramm single is killer! If your love of new wave is the combination of power pop injected with synths, bands like The Cars, 20/20, The Motors, and the like, then Vancouver’s Autogramm hits a home run here. No strangers to making music, the members of Autogramm have been in bands such as Dysnea Boys, Black Mountain, Hard Drugs, The Spitfires, Blood Meridian to name a few. The band drop a brand new 7″ single...

Sweet Years – “Fireproof / Motor Mouth” – Record Of The Day

If you’ve kept up with my reviews over the years, you already know I’m a little obsessed with Tennessee. There’s just something about that state that just puts out the best music in any genre. When I was a kid, Superdrag was my favorite band. I remember wanting to hear more artists in the same vein so I looked to where they were from; Knoxville. It was there I discovered acts like Rude Street Peters and 30 Amp Fuse. Since then I’ve had a soft spot for the scene...

Album of the Week: Pride & Poverty by Royal Chant

With a new Royal Chant release, 2018 is really starting off on the right foot! I’ve said before that the Aussies remind me of the criminally underrated Dramarama and the new 7-song EP – “Pride & Poverty” hammers it home. Royal Chant thrust themselves back into the 80s and 90s with hook-filled straight ahead rock and roll like Dramarama, Archers of Loaf or Mission of Burma. Pride & Poverty simply implores you to turn up the volume! We featured the band back in...

Savage & Sultry: Moneynine’s Self-Titled Debut EP

Cast your mind back to that time, that one day when all was sultry and relaxing. The balmy ocean breeze licking at bare skin, the swoon of sirens caressing the sea. Nothing could be more perfect. You fall asleep. Two hours later, some smartass kid slaps you on the belly and you jolt upright. You’re sunburnt. Bad. Everything hurts, there’s sand in every bodily nook and cranny and when you stand, your head spins from excessive sunstroke. That symbolism, right there, is as catastrophic...