Articles tagged new zealand, psychedelic, reissues

Mondo Drag - ‘Mondo Drag’ (album stream) (Premiere)

Featuring members of Blues Pills, the Oakland psych rock outfit Mondo Drag channels the Rolling Stones' bluesy swagger with their self-titled LP.

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John Andrews & The Yawns: Bit by the Fang

Bit by the Fang is a decidedly lo-fi, low-key album of psychedelic alt-country folk pop -- Big Lebowski fans, take note.

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Suneaters - “Hai Karate” (audio) (Premiere)

Inspired by '70s cologne and a certain international karate champion, "Hai Karate" finds the Kansas City outfit Suneaters rocking out and having a blast doing so.

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‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Became a Cult Classic Upon Creation

The charming and eccentric humor of this vampire mockumentary makes it feel like it was born to be a beloved cult classic.

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Mary Epworth - “Sweet Boy” (audio) (Premiere)

Mary Epworth may be English, but the gentle, vocal harmony-led tune "Sweet Boy" evokes American folk revival greats like Gillian Welch.

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Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom (take 2)

Aureate Gloom is momentarily great, but it becomes infuriating in a instant.

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23 Oct 2014 // 1:03 AM

CAVE: Release

This collection of the Chicago psych rock band's previously released non-album tracks adds up to more than the usual rarities compilation.

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Bring Back the Beat! What’s Up with Hip-Hop Reissues?

The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.

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28 Aug 2013 // 10:04 PM

Ghost Wave: Ages

Ages is a by-rote example of a group struggling to find its own identity by channeling its influences and winding up sounding more like a band playing covers rather than referencing their forbearers or offering homage

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KingBathmat: Overcoming the Monster

A brilliant synthesis of colorful timbres, complex ideas, and catchy hooks. A gem in the genre.

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Willy Moon: Here’s Willy Moon

Even if the Elvis by way of trip-hop premise of Here’s Willy Moon is a gimmick, who cares when it’s this fun?

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Lilacs & Champagne: Danish & Blue

Working in a genre of one poses all sorts of risks for musicians; for now, at least, Lilacs & Champagne continues to impress in a way few of its peers are able to. Their sophomore outing, Danish & Blue, modifies the mood-heavy psychedelic sonic of their debut, with the tasteful addition of piano samples throughout.

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Various Artists: Rough Guide to Psychedelic Brazil

A musical kaleidoscope of lysergic leisure! Perhaps they should have printed the inserts on blotter paper.

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17 Apr 2013 // 10:06 PM

Beastwars: Blood Becomes Fire

Blood Becomes Fire will undoubtedly be placing high on many end-of-year lists in 2013, and the 10 songs therein present unrelenting and graphic visions of ruin and despair.

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Melody’s Echo Chamber: Melody’s Echo Chamber

An experimental blend of genres that is more admirable for its bold vision and diversity than for its quality and approachability.

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22 Jul 2012 // 10:02 PM

Kimbra: Vows

It’s a shame that Kimbra is largely relegated stateside as "that girl in the Gotye song." If there remains any justice in today's music industry, Vows, will correct that disservice, proving the singer is a talent ripe enough not to need the crutch of a one-off pop duet.

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Cambodian Space ProJect: 2011 A Space Odyssey

Fantastic foreign psych-rock that pays homage to pre-war Cambodian innovators.

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16 Nov 2011 // 9:00 PM

Quilt: Quilt

A blanket of awesome.

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Kool and Together: Original Recordings 1970-77

Despite what its song titles claim, Original Recordings is far from the best way to Get Your Feet Off the Ground or Blow It Out Your Mind.

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Dark Ocean Colors: Dark Ocean Colors

Overindulgence is the key word here, with lots of overwrought harmonizing and melodies torn from old records that rightfully should have been forgotten.

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