Album of the Week: RAVI SHAVI – ‘Special Hazards’

In my part of the world this time of year means it’s dark when you leave for work in the morning, and dark when you leave for home after work. Well lucky for us, the 14 tracks on Ravi Shavi’s ‘Special Hazards‘ are built to stimulate natural sunlight like one of those light therapy lamps. The album is due some attention and is finally being released on vinyl via Almost Ready Records after the usual industry delays. It’s comprised of pop-infused garage rock written...

7 inches of Rock N Roll- Orphans of Doom- EP

Hey, Kids. It is that time again! Time for 7 inches of Rock N Roll with Benny Fuzz. This beautiful piece of wax, on either clear or eco mix green, comes to us from The Company and Westend Studios in beautiful Kansas City, Mo. Doom is the recipe and Justin Mantooth has perfected recording and producing it at The Company. Orphans of Doom EP consists of three instrumentals that lead the mind to wander where it wants. The depth that is reached with each song feels as if you have experienced a new...

Album of the Week: WINE LIPS – ‘Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party’

As we now see the light at the end of the tunnel, the pandemic albums are hitting the airwaves. That’s not to say that there are COVID concept albums around every corner, it just means that bands have had some alone time to hone their skills and fine-tune their sound. On their third album, ‘Mushroom Death Sex Bummer Party‘, Toronto’s Wine Lips certainly sounds like a band that has put it all together while enjoying, as they say, “late nights, alcohol and...

PREMIERE! TEEN MORTGAGE – ‘Smoked’ EP

To date, DC duo Teen Mortgage has released a consistently dynamite teaser of what they are capable of with two previous EPs. Now it has all come perfectly together with ‘Smoked‘ a 5-track atomic bomb from King Pizza. Guitarist – vocalist James Guile and drummer Ed Barakauskas make an enormous amount of noise and the descriptors of their music often include loud, grimy, and sludgy garage punk with a copious amount of hooks. This time they’re moving out of the garage a...

Album of the Week: THE REFLECTORS – ‘Faster Action’

I was hooked on The Reflectors from the moment the first chords of ‘All Made Up‘ blasted out of my speakers. This is unabashedly American power pop, soaked in sunshine and California vibes. The Reflectors don’t try too hard to hide their influences, the album title, ‘Faster Action‘ alone can give you a hint about what this sounds like. They lay down a sound that draws from names like the Flamin’ Groovies, The Records, the Raspberries and Big Star, and some...

PREMIERE: THE RIZZOS – ‘Way Out’ from the forthcoming album ‘How It Was’

The title of The Rizzos new album ‘How It Was‘ could be a wink to sounds of the past with its garagey 90s grunge-pop feel, or it could be a nod to the fact that Megan Mancini and Justin Ferraro are joined by drummer Bettina Warshaw for the final time. Perhaps a little of both? The album is due out from King Pizza on November 12 and we’re bringing you an early listen with ‘Way Out‘ a mid-tempo treat of fuzzy and hooky garage pop with a melancholic edge. The song...