Unkle Funkle is back! well, he never really went away, his music is just so obscure it takes some serious digging to find. But now he’s back and in print and he may have just made all other music obsolete with his new single Magic Woman to be released on the forthcoming Supernatural set to hit sometime soon…ish or whenever Burger Recordsfeels like it i guess, I pre-ordered mine. The sophomore record follows Picture of My Dick (and yes, it is exactly what you asked for, a genius genre destroying album with a picture of his dick as the album art). If you’re familiar with Gnar Tapeshe’s one of the head honcho’s behind that label and you’ve probably heard his bass lines delivered on The Memories and White Fangrecords, and if you’re a true head then you know that he released a stripped down version of Magic Woman via his bandcamp like 3 years ago, but whatever, this shit will explode all over the dance floor, leave a sticky mess and your body will absolutely love him for it.
Preorder Supernaturalhere..And while you wait here’s some older Funkle treats to enjoy
John Dwyer’s (Thee Oh Sees) synth heavy side project (Damaged Bug) has a follow up to last years Hubba Bubba and I can not fucking wait! Its called Cold Hot Plumbs and drops June 1st on Dwyer’s Castle Face Records. The first two singles are a beautiful glimpse into the evolution of his solo electronica. Hubba Bubba was a good record but overall was too obvious a starting point unrealized. Jet In Jungle (one of two singles off the new record) proves this is no half assed thing, this is pure Dwyer energy boiled down and crystallized, this is hard wired brutal noise that penetrates, this is not to be fucked with.
check this space for a pre order link as one becomes available
Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre ring leader and talent scout for his Berlin based record label, A Recordings Ltd has been collaborating with Toronto born singer/songwriter Tess Parks over the last year or so and has preppeda full length record, I Declare Nothingavailable June 29th via A Recordings Ltd.
Tess Parks is responsible for all the lyrics and when delivered through her evocatively stirring, cracked vocals, at only 24, she’s proving to be a true force. One reviewer describes her as “Patti Smith on Quaaludes”…sounds about right.
Scope the first two singles below and check this space for a pre-order link (as one becomes available) for I Declare Nothing
The Swedish psychedelic dream pop trio, Death and Vanilla drop their latest effort To Where The Wild Things Are May 4th via Fire Records. Story is they recorded this whole thing with a single vintage mic…also “We found an old library record where one of the tracks was just someone playing single notes on a harpsichord and we sampled each note and built melodies from that. The notes were slightly out of tune, but we thought it sounded good anyway.” yeah…I think it sounds good too.
Australia based psych wizards Pond, released their 6th studio record, Man It Feels Like Space Again Jan 27th via Caroline Records. Ok, it’s early April and Im gonna go ahead and call it… this is the best record of the year, not the first quarter…the whole fucking year!! It’s Pond fully realized. The band features a few crossover alliances with Tame Impala Nick Allbrook (lead vocals/guitar/former bassist of Tame Impala) Jay Watson (drums/vocals/current guitarist vocals of Tame Impala) Joseph Ryan (Guitar/Bass/Vocals) Jamie Terry (Keys) and mixed by Kevin Walker (Tame Impala).
Pond formed in 2008 in Perth Australia with the idea of creating “an all inclusive, ego-free collaborative” and have evolved with every record into the dynamic psych driven machine they are today. The record is a cohesive piece of sonic brilliance, so extracting independent standouts proved a chore albeit below you’ll find a couple tasters along with a handful of videos including a short interview.
John Andrews of Woods(keys) and Quilt(drums) and his imaginary backing band, The Yawns will release the first solo record, Bit By The Fang, April 14th via Woodsist. The record is a drop from the same psych/folk vein. Everything on Bit By The Fang was performed and recorded by Andrews in his Grandfathers living room in Yardville, NJ.
Shana Cleveland, leader of the ultra radical Seattle based all girl doo-wop surf band La Luz has had a side project in the works for going on 6 years and has finally prepped its debut. Shana Cleveland & The Sandwichesfeatures a steady rotation of musicians to assist in Cleveland’s acoustic folk wanderings. Oh Man, Cover The Ground gets a May 26th release via Suicide Squeeze Records.
Psych rock gods, Thee Oh Sees will bring us their latest effort, Mutilator Defeated At Last, May 18th via their own Castle Face Records imprint. This time around the band is featuring a revised lineup with John Dwyer (mastermind), Tim Hellman, Nick Murray, Chris Woodhouse, and Brigid Dawson with Woodhouse recording and mixing the record. Stream the title track below.
Nathan Williams of Wavvesexplores the chiller side of his pop punk sensibilities with a new project Spirit Club featuring his brother Joel and Andrew Caddick of Jeans Wilder. Since forming in October they’ve released a handful of singles a couple videos and announced a self titled debut scheduled for a spring release on Williams’ own Ghost Ramp imprint.
It’s the end of the year and i’ve been harboring this mix since early september. I was lost…I was found…I was lost again. It’s been a heavy 3 months but here we are, a new year upon us and it just didn’t feel right leaving this mix unheard. So…here it is, DecibelCast Vol. 22 “Lost&Found” enjoy you beautiful people