Monday, 18 February 2013

Out This Week - 18th February 2013

Destruction Unit - Evil Man


It probably doesn't take a genius to work out that Destruction Unit are from some frazzled part of America. They formed in Phoenix, Arizona and psychedelic new single 'Evil Man' has the hallmarks of some of the finest desert-rock bands from down the years. The track is taken from their new album 'Void' which is out this week and will likely take you on a few more cosmic trips.



Destruction Unit's website

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Catch them live:

February 25 Tempe, AZ - Yucca Tap Room w/ OBN III's, Foreign Mothers
March 02 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent w/ Cult Of Youth, Albreich, Herzog Rising
March 08 Denton, TX - 35 Denton w/ Roky Erickson, Sleep, Antwon, Gary War
March 14 Austin, TX - SXSW w/ TBA
March 15 Austin, TX - SXSW w/ TBA
March 16 Austin, TX - SXSW w/ TBA
March 24 Tempe, AZ - TBA w/ Sex Church
April 01 Tempe, AZ - Deadhorse Warehouse w/ Iceage, Milk Music
May 30 Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas w/ TBA
May 31 Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas w/ TBA
June 01 Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas w/ TBA
June 02 Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas w/ TBA
June 04 Dallas, TX - Club Dada w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 06 Louisville, KY - The Workhouse Ballroom w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 07 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups w/ Merchandise, Milk Music, Pink Reason
June 08 Pittsburgh, PA - The 6119 w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 09 Boston, MA - TT the Bears w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 10 Burlington, VT - The Monkey House w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 11 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 15 Brooklyn, NY - NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL 285 Kent w/ The Men, Merchandise, Milk Music
June 17 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 18 Washington, DC - DC9 w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 19 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 20 Charlotte, NC - The Milestone w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 21 Atlanta, GA - 529 w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 22 Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic w/ Merchandise, Milk Music
June 23 Miami, FL at Churchill's w/ Merchandise, Milk Music





Girls Names - Hypnotic Regression


We tend not to focus too much on artwork, but that's a piss poor effort. Thankfully the music's better. Since we first featured them in the summer, Northern Irish group Girls Names have driven the hype monitor off the scale and plaudits are pouring in for their album 'The New Life'. 'Hypnotic Regression' has a reverby, 80s indie sound with a bassline borrowed from The Cure and is pretty damn fine.



Girls Names' website

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Catch them live:

THU 21 FEBRUARY The Grand Social, Dublin, Ireland
FRI 22 FEBRUARY The Cockpit, Leeds, UK
SUN 24 FEBRUARY Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
MON 25 FEBRUARY Castle Hotel, Manchester, UK
TUE 26 FEBRUARY Sebright Arms, London, UK
WED 27 FEBRUARY Point Ephémère, Paris, France
SAT 2 MARCH Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
SUN 3 MARCH Astoria, Turin, Italy
MON 4 MARCH Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy
TUE 5 MARCH Mascotte, Zürich, Switzerland
WED 6 MARCH MUZ Club, Nuremberg, Germany
FRI 8 MARCH Magnet Club, Berlin, Germany
SAT 9 MARCH De nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam, Netherlands
SUN 10 MARCH Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels, Belgium





Radar Brothers - If We Were Banished


Now celebrating 20 years of making music, Californians Radar Brothers give us their brand new album 'Eight'. There have been a few line-up changes down the years and a couple of additional members on this record, but they're still making spacious, cosmic indie-rock with just a hint of krautrock thrown in. Here's the album's opening cut 'If We Were Banished'.



Radar Brothers' website

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Catch them live:

February 16, 2013 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen US w/ Silversun Pickups
February 17, 2013 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen US w/ Silversun Pickups
February 22, 2013 Long Beach, CA Fingerprints US In-store performance – 7pm
February 28, 2013 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite US w/ Califone
March 1, 2013 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord US NOISE POP 21. w/ Califone, Radar Brothers, Dana Falconberry, Black Whales
March 2, 2013 Reno, NV Chapel Tavern US
March 21, 2013 Long Beach, CA Alex’s Bar US





Flowers - When You Lie


Taking the fi right down lo are Flowers, rising stars of London's noise-pop scene, 'When You Lie' sounds a bit like the demo of something that was later cleaned up to go on the C86 tape. The drums sound like they're from a Casio keyboard, the guitars are the epitome of scruffy and the whole thing is loosely held together with a big dollop of melody. Lovely stuff.



Free download: 'When You Lie'
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Flowers' website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

Feb 22 Underachievers Please Try Harder, Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 03 London Popfest 2013, London, United Kingdom
Mar 29 SoundsXP All-Dayer, London, United Kingdom
May 04 Odd Box Weekender, London, United Kingdom





OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK

Jacco Gardner - The Ballad Of Little Jane


Jacco Gardner is one of a kind at the moment. Plenty of people are recreating various sounds of the 1960's, from soul to garage to psychedelia to vintage pop. Nobody but the Dutchman has quite mastered the psychedelic whimsy that spawned albums like 'Sergeant Pepper...' or 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn'. We could have picked any number of songs from his new album 'Cabinet Of Curiosities', but in the end we went for 'The Ballad Of Little Jane' which is possibly what would have happened if Syd Barrett had written 'She's Leaving Home'. It's quite a fantastical and magical world this man inhabits. We'd like to move in.



Free download: 'The Ballad Of Little Jane'
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Jacco Gardner's website

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Catch him live:

THU 21 FEB Jacco Gardner, Dead Ghosts, Madame Moustache, Brussels, Belgium
FRI 22 FEB, Jacco Gardner. Dead Ghosts, La Mécanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France
SAT 23 FEB Jacco Gardner, De Klos, Emmeloord, Netherlands
March 2013
FRI 01 MAR Jacco Gardner, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, US
SAT 02 MAR Jacco Gardner, Death By Audio, Brooklyn, NY, US
SUN 03 MAR Jacco Gardner, Quilt, The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA, US
TUE 05 MAR Jacco Gardner, 9th & Beats, Washington, DC, US
WED 06 MAR Jacco Gardner, Golden West Cafe, Baltimore, MD, US
THU 07 MAR Jacco Gardner, The Pinhook, Durham, NC, US
SAT 09 MAR Jacco Gardner, of Montreal, The Whigs, Ducktails, Savannah Stopover Music Festival 2013, Savannah, GA, US
SAT 09 MAR Jacco Gardner, Green Room, Athens, GA, US
SUN 10 MAR Jacco Gardner, Turbo Fruits, The Earl, East Atlanta, GA, US
TUE 12 MAR Jacco Gardner, Klaxons, The Specials, The Zombies, SXSW 2013, Austin, TX, US
MON 18 MAR Jacco Gardner, Mallard, Thee Open Sex, The Bishop, Bloomington, IN, US
TUE 19 MAR Jacco Gardner, DJ Psyched Alex, MMOSS, Beliefs, The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL, US
WED 20 MAR Jacco Gardner, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, US
THU 21 MAR Jacco Gardner, Palaces, Garden Bowl, Detroit, MI, US
FRI 22 MAR Jacco Gardner, Happy Dog, Cleveland, OH, US
SAT 23 MAR Jacco Gardner, Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, US
FRI 29 MAR Jacco Gardner, Le Beat Bespoke 2013, London, UK
FRI 29 MAR Jacco Gardner, De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium
SUN 31 MAR Jacco Gardner, Le Beat Bespoke 2013, London, UK
April 2013
THU 04 APR Jacco Gardner, Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern, Germany
FRI 05 APR Jacco Gardner, Metropool, Hengelo, Netherlands
FRI 05 APR Jacco Gardner, Motel Mozaique 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 2013
SUN 05 MAY Jacco Gardner, I Am Oak, Chef'Special, Palio Superspeed Donkey, Bevrijdingsfestival Gelderland 2013, Wageningen, Netherlands
THU 09 MAY Jacco Gardner,Blaudzun, Kensington, The Horse Company, Dauwpop, Hellendoorn, Netherlan
THU 09 MAY Jacco Gardner, Luxor Live, Arnhem, Netherlands
FRI 10 MAY Jacco Gardner, Effenaar Kleine Zaal, Eindhoven, Netherlands
SAT 11 MAY Jacco Gardner, Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
THU 16 MAY Jacco Gardner, How to Dress Well, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Phosphorescent, The Great Escape 2013, Brighton, UK





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