psych

Artist: 
King Khan
Label: 
Khaniballism

King Khan is our generation's Iggy Pop. In my few encounters with the mythical Khan, he has worn leather bondage, worn a necklace of shrimp, and shoved a microphone down his pants and swung it at my head. Mysterious stangers have whispered to me that these are tame experiences with the King.

Sounds Like: 
The Stones circa Beggars Banquet
Sounds Like: 
Mark Sultan
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017

Orc

Artist: 
Oh Sees
Label: 
Castle Face

Oh Sees (formerly Thee Oh Sees) is my favorite garage rock band. On their new (and maybe 19th?) album Orc, the band is back with more of what's always been good about them: weird, kooky vocals, messy but tight guitars, grooves so good that you physically have to move in some way. Not all their albums are amazing, but most of them are great, and this is my personal favorite of theirs since 2013's Floating Coffin. Oh Sees always sound like Oh Sees, but they also always try new things.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2017
Artist: 
Aquaserge
Label: 
CRAMMED DISCS

Aquaserge plays Zeuhl-influenced music. Zeuhl is a combination of Jazz and Progressive Rock, invented by French-Prog band Magma in the 1970s and sung in a made up language called Kobaïan. It's pretty much the most niche genre to ever exist (wikipedia lists 8 other Zeuhl bands total) but it's also very memorable. I can't find anything online to back up my assertion, but they have to be a little influenced by it.

Sounds Like: 
Magma
Sounds Like: 
Serge Gainsbourg
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Stereolab
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Fire! Orchestra
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Thanks Light
Label: 
Self-Released

This psych record has some of the worst guitar tones ever recorded for a psych record. How could they do this to their music? The songwriting elements are all there. The bridges are great, the vocals are solid, the drums sound killer, but the guitar sound ruins it all!!!! 

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala but worse
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Ex Reyes
Label: 
Self-Released

This is a surprisingly solid effort by Ex Reyes. The psych influences are worn on their sleeves but overall this is a very enjoyable EP. It's easy to lose yourself in the smoothness of the songs. The production and the vocals are smooth to say the least. It's like Tame Impala if they didn't do that annoying falsetto in every song.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2016
Artist: 
The Blind Shake
Label: 
Goner Records

Celebrate Your Worth is the 13th album in ten ye

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
Jay Reatard
Sounds Like: 
Slint
Name: 
Calvin Wolfe
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Drugdealer
Label: 
Domino Recording Co.

The debut album of the (not so) predominantly straight-edge, LA-based slack rocker Michael Collins under the moniker Drugdealer  is nothing short of fantastic. For The End of Comedy, he enlisted some of his analogously talented pals (i.e. Ariel Pink, Weyes Blood, + Mr. Mild High Club, Alex Brettin) to produce a cohesive, funky, psychedelic record.

Sounds Like: 
if Mild High Club + Ultimate Spinach had a lovechild
Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Name: 
Emily Beiser
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2016
Artist: 
Creative Adult
Label: 
Run for Cover Records

What a time to be a garage punk! California punks Creative Adult have realeased their first LP, after a few promising EPs, and boy oh boy do I like it! I picked this up because I love most things Run for Cover releases (a Boston-based punk/emo/pop punk label), and I did not expect to hear this much fuzz drone! I LOVE FUZZ DRONE! My review may be gushy, but this record is not.  Heavy melodies, reverb, and droning-half-yelled vocals fill out the album. The band has already shown growth/maturity (sounding more serious and intimidating) from the EPs, which were a little more shouty.

Sounds Like: 
Destruction Unit
Sounds Like: 
Eagulls
Sounds Like: 
fuzzier version of Knapsack
Sounds Like: 
Pissed Jeans
Name: 
Melanie Trecha
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2014
Artist: 
Ducktails
Label: 
Domino Recording Co

TEST

Sounds Like: 
Sugar Candy Mountain
Sounds Like: 
Beach Fossils
Name: 
Allison Field
Date Reviewed: 
11/18/2013
Artist: 
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Label: 
Jagjaguar

UMO's II was an absolute hit and hasn't gotten old yet, but if you need a little more UMO to hold you over, this should do the trick. Ruban Nielson recorded these five tracks in his basement just after teaching himself acoustic guitar last year. The first three tracks on this are acoustic versions of three of my favorites from II (I lucked out). They're definitely acoustic - much slower and calmer than the originals. I miss the voice and guitar effects he uses, as these are what truly gives UMO its stand-out psych-pop charm.

Sounds Like: 
sleepy Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Sounds Like: 
Mikal Cronin
Name: 
Melanie Trecha
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2013
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