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Grrrl Friend – Happening Now

Grrrl Friend – Happening Now

While our society may have the past and the future, to the Hopi, everything is simply one: we do not necessarily live in the present so much as we live in the past, present, and future all in the same moment. Another way to understand this theory, though, is to simply take a listen through Portland’s own Grrrl Friend and their recent release, “Happening Now“. At times, you may feel as though you’ve bumped into the bastard cousin of The Jesus And Mary Chain and Sonic Youth. By the next song though, you’re looking at a mind trip the likes of Avey Tare pairing up with “They Threw Us All in a Trench and Struck a Monument on Top” Liars.

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J Pre – Synesthesia

J Pre – Synesthesia

In his press statement, J Pre even remarks, “Synesthesia is supposed to have a deep philosophical and emotional appeal to the fact that music can change moods.” How true that is. J Pre includes bits of pieces of reflective ambient beats with monologue samples similar to Boards of Canada, followed next by a heavy party beats the likes of Ratatat, to a jazz-esque sampling along the lines of Peanut Butter Wolf meets dj’ing software like Traktor.

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Flaming Lips w/ Lightning Bolt – I Want To Get High But I Don’t Want Brain Damage

Flaming Lips w/ Lightning Bolt – I Want To Get High But I Don’t Want Brain Damage

Flaming Lips are working with Lightning Bolt?! Now yes, I get it, both are legends in their own right in the experimental genre. Yet I could not have thought of a weirder combo: perhaps, Xiu Xiu and Chinese Stars but other then that, few other experimental pairs come to mind. Um yeah… it’s a really kickass tune, giving elements of each side to create a harmonious whole.

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Bleeding Fractals – The Acoustic Shirt EP

Bleeding Fractals – The Acoustic Shirt EP

I’ve heard a lot about the development, promotion, and production of this album so I take this news with great excitement. It’s been awhile since any kind of release from Bleeding Fractals has been released and let me just say, the wait was worth it. With 35 mins of more produced and frankly a new directional approach, the Acoustic Shirt EP is a nice reminder of the classic, noodly Midwestern, emo rock that we have long been missing.

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Legs Like Tree Trunks – S/T EP

Legs Like Tree Trunks – S/T EP

To those of you familiar with the alternative, noodle rock with emo rock influences, you should know Legs Like Tree Trunks. Releasing their S/T nearly two months ago, the S/T EP is a great, reintroduction to the band you thought you knew. And believe me, you thought you knew them. Listen, Download, Share, Enjoy.

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Public Dims – Vent Somewhere Else

Public Dims – Vent Somewhere Else

Vent Somewhere Else by Public Dims I sit on a half assembled couch, sadly collapsing into the porch below, staring off aimlessly into the distance. You watch people stroll by in a daze, a blur of disillusions and plain exhaustion. [...]

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Stable Boys – Dionneing It

Stable Boys – Dionneing It

Dionneing it by Stable Boys Facebook appears to be one of my primary forms of receiving news now a days, sadly. Not particularly for world news, or business news, or anything along those lines: I still got The Economist, BBC, [...]

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Jet Set Sail/Ted Nguyent Summer Tour

Jet Set Sail/Ted Nguyent Summer Tour

Long Island to Baltimore, Jet Set Sail & Ted Nguyent will indulge heat exhausted kids to post-hardcore delight from Ted Nguyent followed by emo-alternative treasures by Jet Set Sail. Furthermore, I truly love the combination of these two bands: it feels like twin brothers, an angsty high school poet in the Mid West and an alcoholic pizza boy out of DC. With Ted Nguyent’s recent release, “Pizza and Regret”, and Jet Set Sails’ infamous, “Magnetic Mountain”, fans will have a nice blend og genres across the board, from math to lo-fi.

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Hella – Tripper – Headless

Hella – Tripper – Headless

When I heard that Hella is coming back from it’s hiatus to provide auditorial hallucinations, I was speechless. And as I should be, have you guys heard this stuff? The song “Headless” is a nice reminder that the Hold Your Horse Is Zach Hill Hella is far from gone. Hell, it just started.

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