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HCK! Best Of 2015 (Part 2)

9 Jan
Best 2
25. Gross Pointe – “Bad Seed”

 

24. Datura4 – “Out With The Tide”

 

23. Thee Tsunamis – “Cry Baby”

 

22. Soul Low – “Always Watchin’ Out”

 

21. Pushy – “If I Cry”

 

20. Juan Waters – “Woodside, Queens”

 

19. Gospelbeach – “Sunshine Skyway”

 

18. Night Beats – “Power Child”

 

17. Beach Slang – “Ride The Wild Haze”

 

16. Dirty Streets – “Good Kind Of Women”

 

15. Penetration Moon – “Sluts In The City”

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In Defense Of Lost Causes

5 Mar

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Killer Boogie

  “The Golden Age”

Photo By Massi Belly

Photo by Massi Belly

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Lately I’ve been on the Jones for anything post-Sabbath leaning, as a result I now have Killer Boogie’s Detroit (Heavy Psych Sounds Records: January 2015) all but memorized from start to finish. How many more bands do we have to sit through who’ve spent more time adjusting their fuzz pedal than playing through it before we say enough is enough? They’re rampant.

It’s probably just age speaking but the bands with enough fuckall to homage the glory days of distortion and easily accessible drugs are the ones giving me the tingles in the sweatiest parts of my leather pants. Not that I wear leather pants but if I ….ya get what I’m saying…. these dudes rule, in a humbly pretentious “turn it to eleven” kind of way. If you like talking about chicks with subtle hints of sexism and ride a motorcycle to your job as a diesel mechanic, Killer Boogie is your band.

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Killer Boogie – Bandcamp | Facebook | Heavy Psych Sounds Records

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Pushy

“If I Cry”

Pushy-Optimized

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There have recently been sparks of similar purity as Pushy, bands such as Sweat Lodge and American Sharks (naming two rad local examples) have come close to getting it right, but their vocals seem too post-millenially self-conscious, like they expect Dave Brock to stumble in on their next show to tell them how great they sound or something. Pushy are a rare example that some of us in this Myspace wasteland dare to worry less about standing out from, or in most cases above, the crowd than just being part of the perpetuation of all that has been great and noble since the first needle breathed life over shellic resin.

Despite the constant generic churning of douche bag bands of beards in skinny jeans oozing from Portland’s every orifice I’m struck as much as anyone else by Pushy calling it home, yet not all that surprised. I’m bitter but far from naive enough to believe those herding douchey beards have lacked talent, maybe this is a sign of their beginning to have some actual tastes. If so, I wonder if Ikea will survive (maybe I’ll finally be able to land a few Expedit cabinets on clearance!)?

Doomtown Sounds will be putting out a 7″ with the two songs currently featured on their Bandcamp at some point in the near future with no specific date given, both songs are available for immediate download for $1000.00 … I’m yet to hear back from the band as to whether those mp3’s include a free handjob.

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Pushy – Bandcamp | Facebook | Doomtown Sounds

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The Bolos

“Dead This Morning”

Photograph by Greg Gabrisch

Photograph by Greg Gabrisch

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So The Bolos played two weeks ago at Hotel Vegas and I skipped  for the simple fact I refuse to do the cold… I still feel like an asshole about it (missing the show…not the cold). Scenes die and bands disappear for that very reason yet there I was watching season three episodes from  The Walking Dead instead of sweating at one of my favorite hangouts with one of my favorite new found Texas bands. I promise that if they were on tour from Australia or something I would have packed up my balls and braved the forty-five degree arctic tundra of Austin’s bi-polar winter.

So many incredible bands are rising out of San Antonio it has gotten to the point where I could very well see us in two years discussing whether Austin is still Rock N Roll’s messiah, or more likely we end up with a similar situation as the Fort Worth and Dallas scene in the late 60’s (which would rule too), either way The Bolo’s (and most likely The Rich Hands) could very well be catalysts for the process.

If you were to search out only one record this week I highly (and personally) recommend making it Booze Blues (Nov. 2014). From start to finish it is the kind of record we would typically expect from a band a few albums in with moderate success on a DIY label. The kind of record that’s very aware of the process but not overly concerned as to the end product or how it will be perceived; each song seems consciously written but for the sole purpose of creating a whole instead of the typical crafting a song to trigger some abstract connection with strangers for the sake of sham adulation. We are left with this well rounded yet ambitious record that manages to err in the way of youth without losing itself to it. It’s a rad album, it’s up for name-your-price on Bandcamp, seek that shit out.

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The Bolos – Bandcamp | Facebook | Tumblr

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The Highway Kind

“When the Storm Comes to Greet You”

The Highway Kind-Optimized

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Casey from Pharaohs said The Highway Kindsound like Dallas,” that’s as good of place as any to start with these dudes. Barroom forward vocals. Guitar-riffs begging to solo at any given moment. Uncommitted sound as to genre loyalty . Continue reading

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