The Only Currency Worth Valuing Is Time

15 Jun

Frank Zappa

The only currency I value is time… and there hasn’t been much of it these last two weeks for HCK! which would be upsetting if it weren’t for the fact that this is my first rad summer in Austin and it’s the enjoyment of my own life getting in the way of the other things I enjoy in my life, I may not be good with balancing things yet but I’m having a great time in the process… so here’s some solid music…

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Ghost Beach 

“Miracle” – mp3

Ghost Beach

Ghost Beach are a duo out of Brooklyn who are complete newcomers on the HCK! radar. Never underestimate the power of surprise, since randomly finding this last week I’ve been walking around feeling almost arrogant about how good “Miracle” is.

Fans of Reptar should be ecstatic to have Ghost Beach on their ipod.

Ghost Beach Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Cheers Elephant

“Party On Darwin” – mp3

Cheers Elephant

First off, the entire “Like Wind Blows Fire” album is up for “name-your-price” on their Bandcamp page and is a solid album for you to grab.

Party On Darwin” may not have a fully developed lyrical logic yet it sounds so good regardless and I think that may be the point. I was singing along before I’d heard it all the way through and it does not matter what the concept is underlying the words which energetically flow from my mouth. How rare it is to find myself having such an approach towards a song, I mean as far as I’m concerned typically the lyrics ARE the song everything else is an accompaniment yet with this track I find myself for the first time actually siding with those who choose The Stones when engaging in the age old Beatles VS Stones debate.

Cheers ElephantBandcamp | Facebook | Website

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Mitchell Museum 

“Tiger Heartbeat” – mp3

Mitchell Museaum

There’s been a few leaks going around of new Mitchell Museum tracks, I haven’t had a chance to check them out yet but my fingers are crossed that after the hiatus they will still be able to channel the same positive “we are a collective” vibe that is undeniable in their previous material, especially “Tiger Heartbeat.”

Mitchell MuseaumFacebook | Website

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Prizzy Prizzy Please

“Large Hadron Collider” – mp3

Prizzy Prizzy Please

In the process of playing Prizzy Prizzy Please at work, a cloud of shame surrounded me. How have I not had them up on HCK! before? These guys are hero’s in the Bloomington scene on a nearly Margot level yet I haven’t featured a single song of theirs before. These guys are like an indie Against Me! which I’m not sure how that may sound to you but it is in fact a solid compliment.

Prizzy Prizzy Please Facebook

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Yast 

“Believes” – mp3

Yast

A few days ago, in a review of the video for “Strangelife“, I wrote this….

It is unfathomable what music was like before internet and all the hype, the share links, the retweets, the repin’s, the way we define ourselves now by a collective of clicks, the vagueness of YAST is about as close as we get to those long forgotten days (only then nearly all music was label-made and marketed for mass-consumption, to touch on those feelings of nostalgia for a time I barely lived through is a nice novelty, though I hardly long for their return).

YAST are out of  Malmö, Sweden and posted two singles nearly a year ago, “Believes” and “Strangelife,”and since have nearly disappeared from the radar completely. Finally they are resurfacing; playing a handful of shows in Sweden and the UK, two 7″ releases (via Double Sun/Hare Tracks), and the release of this video.

Hopefully we’re seeing an attempt to rekindle interest before announcing a date for a long overdue full-length. Keep in mind that the two songs they gave us last March are so solid as to make the “fresh-by” date on them completely irrelevant. We encounter so much great music each day and still not much of it I would say the same thing for, YAST have more potential than nearly any other band around. (read the entire review here

Bonus:

Yast – Strangelife – mp3

YAST Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Soundcloud

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Blonde Summer

“Cathode Ray” – mp3

Blonde Summer

Blonde Summer”s strength comes from their subtle cross-genre sound where one second “Cathode Ray” is east-coat swag-shoegaze and the next it’s some Pavement induced chorus of angst and sing-along gold.

I dig the guitar work on this track more than any other song on this weeks mixtape… it is that great! This and Oregon Bike Trails dominated my headphones last summer and not a single ounce of appreciation has been lost since first hearing it.

Blonde SummerBandcamp | Facebook | Website

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IO Echo

“When The Lillies Die” – mp3

IO Echo

Things seem to be happening in a big way for IO Echo lately, having recently signed with IAMSOUND as well as getting love thrown their way from the likes of Steroegum and other legit music sites these last few weeks.

Apparently “When The Lillies Die” has been floating around for some time now but is getting the focus it deserves since giving it an official release as the first single for their upcoming LP due out on 9/11.

IO EchoFacebook | Tumblr | Twitter

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Cats On Fire

“A Few Empty Waves” – mp3

Cats On Fire

Finland’s Cats On Fire have a Smith’s like sound that is relating and introspective. The way the vocals swell into the chorus on “A Few Empty Waves” is addicting to say the least.

Cats On FireFacebook | Website

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My Best Fiend

“Higher Palms” – mp3

My Best Fiend

My Best Fiend bring to mind a mixture of Widowspeak and late 70’s psychedelia, which from the first listen of “Higher Palms” it is apparent how great of a combination that is.

My Best FiendFacebook | Tumblr | Twitter | Website

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Mates Of State

“Desire” – mp3

Mates Of State

Mates Of State are one of those groups that I always love whenever any of their tracks come on yet I never think to actually put them on myself. I wonder why that is? Especially considering that despite whatever the situation might be their songs always make things  have this overwhelming completeness to them.

Desire” is the perfect example, whether you are hanging in an intimate setting with a close friend or a bar full of hipsters in swing-your-mug spirits it will stop everything in its place, slow time to an appreciative pace, and fill the room with a movie like quality that only a handful of songs could ever accomplish.

Mates Of StateFacebook | Website

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Jim Bryson And Jeremy Fisher

“Cigarette Thin” – mp3

Jim Bryson And Jeremy Fisher

Jim Bryson and Jeremy Fisher have been working on what they are calling the “Catch And Release Sessions” where they write and record a song in one day. I’m skeptical about any quick art production or even worse those “Song-a-day” projects shitty acoustic guys are always doing which leave us after a month, or a year or whatever amount of time they deem it necessary to create poor music, scratching our heads with two thoughts in mind; first, please quit taking up my feed with your lame attempts at showing the world how creative you are. Secondly, you mean to tell us that you couldn’t come up with one enjoyable song in the midst of all those terrible ones?

This is not an attack on Bryson or Fisher… if they can continue making songs as enjoyable as “Cigarette Thin,” which is their first offering from the sessions, then they will fall into the “exception not the rule” category for sure.

Jim Bryson Bandcamp | Facebook | Website

Jeremy Fisher – Facebook | Website

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Delicate Steve

“Two Lovers” – mp3

Delicate Steve

Super chill in a feel good lazy day of lounging and cuddling sort of way.

Delicate SteveFacebook | Website

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SURES

“The Sun”- mp3

Keeping on with that same chill vibe, here is “The Sun,” only with this track SURES has mixed in a “life is what you make of it” sentiment which is an important thought to embrace with the temperature reaching the upper nineties and your friends already complaining about the heat even though it’s only June.

I love the heat and more so I love a song like this which makes no excuses…only a wave of optimism.

I did a review of this a few days ago on LBYB, check it out here.

SURESBandcamp | Facebook

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Waylayers

“Weightless” – mp3

Waylayers

London’s Waylayers have been heavily influenced byThe Cure whether they realize it or not. We can all agree that is not a bad thing in the least, especially after hearing “Weightless.”

WaylayersFacebook

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Digits

“Where Do You Belong” Digits – mp3

Digits

Where Do You Belong” is the latest release from one of my personal favorites Digits. This is a song at one point or another we’ve all wished we had to send to a close friend; the friend is in super emo mode from a break-up, from the outside we know things will get better and the hurt will fade yet the friend can’t see that. I could see this song really being important to someone…if I’d had it when I was seventeen it probably would have made a personal difference as well.

This is the title track from the new EP which should be out on July 10. One cool thing about this EP is that Alt Altman is taking a unique angle on how to pay for it. He says “If you’re buying recorded music at least once every two months, then as far as I’m concerned you’re doing your part to support music creation,” so if you send him a picture of an album or a screenshot of the downloaded music you’ve purchased over the last  two months then he in turn will send you his new EP for free. This is a solid approach to supporting the scene in general, sure there are flaws within the honor system but broke hip kids will always find a way to get the music they want for free why worry about that when you can make some sort of positive difference in the sub-culture you love. I have a huge amount of respect for Altman’s approach with this release.

DigitsFacebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Website

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Giraffage

“Feels” – mp3

Giraffage - Feels

I had an absolutely amazing person visit for a few days, “Feels” sums up how the entire time we spent hanging out felt.

Check out my actual review of this song here.

GiraffageBandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Whistle Missile

“Overactive Imagination” – mp3

Whistle Missile

I enjoy remixes as much as anyone else yet it’s when guys dig into their racks and mix up great songs or put a new twist on a forgotten classic that I truly respect. This is one of the strengths to what makes Whistle Missile great.

As I’ve been typing this two new remixes have surfaced for Yast‘sBelieves,” so many DJ’s feel like they have to attach themselves with the latest trending song and coattail their way into some moderate generic form of recognition they aspire to. It’s like seeing a band throw a cover into their set, if it’s not obscure then they are using another bands creativity in an offensive way which I have little respect for.

Mixing Lou Reed with Outkast ends up sounding like someone with the equipment and a passion for music basically sitting up late at night and enjoying themselves, which seems to be the tangent drawing me into WM’s tracks. It’s undeniably clear that this guy digs what he’s creating, not in any pretentious or arrogant way, just that he more or less makes music for himself and if other people get into it great and if they don’t I doubt he’s losing any sleep over it.

I’ve caught probably thirty electronic sets since landing in Texas and thus far Whistle Missile is the best the south has to offer, these two songs are the ones I dig the most just for his ability to take songs I already loved and give them a new solid sound,though if you check out the tracks on his Soundcloud page it should be a bit more apparent why I say he sits in the upper echelon.

Bonus:

Whistle Missile – “Might Be Wrong/Sad Sad City/Warning Shots” – mp3

Whistle MissileFacebook | Soundcloud

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Glowbug

“New Vinyl” – mp3

Glowbug - Suit Of Swords

Glowbug continues to create massive art that gets far less recognition than it deserves.

I’m putting this track up more or less just to show that yes I’m aware he has a new album out and yes I think it’s great. In the next week or two I’m going to begin doing album reviews on HCK! an idea I’ve been kicking around for some time but have always been standoffish about from my lack of real writing ability, I figure it hasn’t ever stopped me before so why let it now.  Suit Of Swords will be the second album I plan to cover and should be up (in theory) by the end of the month.

I did do a review for his track as well for LBYB, check it out here.

GlowbugBandcamp | Facebook

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