DecibelCast Vol. 11 “Heart Shaped Rejection”


Last year our February mix, [dB-03] “Love Sick Mixtape” was dedicated to love in all its manifestations. Well, the newest installment of our DecibelCast series focuses on the lovers in the world hurt and downcast. Whether your love has withered away, simply up and left or if distances, physical or metaphorical, keep you separated this mixtape is for you. So if you’re spending Valentines day alone this year sit back, let go and open up to the sounds of Heart Shaped Rejection.

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Coma Cinema – “Hell”

Liz Hodson & Josiah Wolf – “Ain’t No Sunshine”

Emily Wells – “Mamas Gonna Give You Love”

Still Corners – “Hearts of Fools”

Allah-Las – “Vis-A-Vis”

George Maple – “Uphill”

Michael Kiwanuka – “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen cover)”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble”

Foxygen – “San Francisco”

Gap Dream – “58th St. Fingers”

Natural Child – “That’s How I Got To Memphis”

Duncan Mcknight – “Highway Diamond”

Cate Le Bon – “Shoeing The Bones”

Nosaj Thing – “Eclipse/Blue ft. Kazu Makino”

Darkstar – “Timeaway”

Millionyoung – “Lovin”

Toro y Moi – “So Many Details”

Bear/Face – “Taste My Sad”

Diamond Messages – “You Were The One”

Chelsea Wolfe – “The Way We Used To”

Yo La Tengo – “Ill Be Around”

Alex Bleeker – “These Days”

Ganglians – “Cryin’ Smoke”

Mina Tindle – “Plein Nord (demo)”

Dignan Porch – “Like It Was Again”

King Tuff – “Swamp Of Love”


Allah-Las – Self Titled debut

A lot of the bands on my “favorite sounds of 2012 list” weren’t given the proper attention and featured due to a hectic year but I couldn’t overlook this one.

The California based four piece Allah-Las met back in 2008 while working at an LA record store. It was three years later that they found the appropriate basement to channel the ’60s garage/pop vibes to record their first couple singles “Catamaran” / “Long Journey”, and it wasn’t until september 18th of last year that they unveiled their self titled debut via Innovative Leisure.

Their music is a certain mix of lo-fi reverb, jangled surf/rock and ’60s nostalgia  blended nicely with the right touch of retro affectation.

The band describes their music as “Old, weird Los Angeles: strains of true surfing music, American harmonies, sunset strip backbeat, desert ramble filtered through goldstar sessioneers; That pre-fuzz pedal ‘electrified folk’ music and pop groups hitting that California sound with the tambourine on just the right beat.”

Sample a few tracks and videos and then go ahead and buy the record here. Also, they’ll be making their way to the east coast in April in support of The Black Angels, tour dates below.

Allah-Las – Long Journey

Allah-Las – Busman’s Holiday


:-: T O U R w B L A C K A N G E L S :-:

: : 04/04 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre

: : 04/05 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

: : 04/06 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

: : 04/07 – Philadephia, PA @ Union Transfer

: : 04/08 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

: : 04/10 – Brookyln, NY @ The Bell House

: : 04/11 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston

: : 04/12 – Montreal, QC @ Le National

: : 04/13 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

: : 04/15 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

: : 04/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

: : 04/17 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

: : 04/19 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

: : 04/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

: : 04/21 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

: : 04/22 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada