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RSTB Presents: Wet Tuna, Jesse Sheppard & Turner Williams, Spiral Wave Nomads

If you can’t get over to The Half Moon tonight for the Wet Tuna show then Raven and WGXC have you covered. All three bands’ sets will be broadcast live on the airwaves and coming to you over the live stream. The show should start around 9:30 so tune in and turn the lights low for what’s bound to be an amazing night. Listen in below.

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Lake Mary & The Ranch Family Band

“Sun Dogs” is a gorgeous introduction to Chaz Prymek’s new record under the Lake Mary umbrella. On November 15th he’ll release Sun Dogs an aching, expansive exploration of sun-baked and windswept guitar ramble that evokes the winding wooded paths of the Mountain States. Full Spctrum graces us all with the nearly ten-minute title track today in anticipation of the record’s release and it’s a sun seeker that melts into the horizon before it ropes in a bit of motorik pulse in its final minutes. You’re not likely to hear anything this refreshing and bittersweet today, so lay back and enjoy. Record is limited to 300.




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Hurt Valley – “Apartment Houses”

Can’t go wrong with a Woodsist record, but this new cut from Hurt Valley is a particularly amber-hued reminder of what makes the label great. The band is the conception of California songwriter Brian Collins and he channels the windswept, sea salt sanded vision of West Coast country-psych with a steady hand. Honestly been looking more and more to this sound lately, so the beach chair strums and wisp of twang that soak into the struts of “Apartment Houses” are just what this week calls for. While Hurt Valley are definitely nestled into that Cali sound, which always evokes a bit of unseasonable warmth, there’s something of an Autumn appeal to this song — the summer sun has long since set, with the track pulling its sweatshirt stings tight against an evening chill that even the California coast can’t fight. The new record is out Decmber 6th. Gonna want to keep that date in mind.




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Woolen Men – “Mexico City Blues”

These Woolen Men releases always come without warning and I’m never ready for what’s next. The band has been consistently one of the best at corralling the spirit of indie guitar into a new era that pays its dues to what came before without getting stuck in their predecessor’s footsteps. “Mexico City Blues” is methodical and measured, a steady rocker that anchors its admissions to a thud of bass while slashing and slicing just the right amount of jagged and jaded guitar over the top. A little while back Aquarium Drunkard ran down a review of what made The Mantles so vital to the San Francisco sound, which ended fittingly with the band tearing up roots and heading to Portland, only to be welcomed with open arms by Woolen Men in their first show in the Pacific Northwest. Like The Mantles, Woolen Men are the crux and soul of a sound, without ever putting on any pretensions about their status. What Woolen Men do matters too, and with a new record on the way, they’re proving just why that’s true. The new LP lands November 22nd. Get on it.



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Peel Dream Magazine – “Up and Up”

I’d been into Peel Dream Magazine’s debut, though it always seemed like the prelude to something – a faded photo of what they wanted to be in another time. With a new LP on the way, the band gives a preview of what that might be with an EP for Tough Love Records. Chasing the tail of Stereolab through the labyrinth of soft-focus psychedelia, “Up and Up” is a hazed strummer laced with melancholic keys and a faraway look in its eyes. The song swoons until it gets lost in the clouds, dissolving into the shimmer off of the water vapor world it occupies until the band becomes one with the glimmer. High hopes on what’s next with the introduction of this track. The EP lands at Tough Love on November 29th with promises of more to come from the label and band on the horizons.




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Alex McFarlane – “Event Y”

Always top quality out of Hobbies Galore and this time the latest down the chute is from label boss / ex-Twerp Alex McFarlane. With another limited release that blends his pop and experimental selves, McFarlane taps into cosmic pop and synth float over the course of ten new tracks. Standout “Event Y” pits his gnarled guitar against a fizzin’ set of keys. It’s a perfectly bent piece of pop that finds the niche between catchiness and cultured cool. The song swaggers then stumbles into melancholy. It’s a beautifully sighed and singed gem that proves McFarlane doesn’t just have an ear for some of the best Aussie artists, he happens to be one himself. The tape is out now and limited to 100.




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J.R. Bohannan – “Reflections of an American Dream”

The first cut from the upcoming solo debut LP by J.R. Bohannon is a sparkling, dewy song that rambles down the countryside with sun in its soul. After years playing with Torres and Gold Dime, Bohannon follows his EP Recôncavo from April with a record that stretches through solo sunshine and jazz explorations, bringing experimental drummer in demand Greg Fox on board along and Luke Stewart on bass. For now, though, this one is all Bohannon – bare, but not dry, finding the beauty in running its fingers along the ridges of fallen trees and letting the mountain air fill every inch of it with a good humor. The record is out later this month and I’d recommend getting a bit excited about that.



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RSTB Radio WGXC: October

Last night marked the third month of radio over at WGCX and I’d have to say it was another good one (I’m biased). Another mix of classics and soon to be classics with inclusions from the new United Waters, the new stunner from Tobacco City, a recently repressed Mapache, Happy End and Kebnekaise bringing up the ’70s psych standards and the b-side to Garcia Peoples’ upcoming LP bringing down the house. Check out the tracklist below and listen/download the show HERE.

::Playlist::

SUSS – Wetlands /// Mosses – Fever Dream Vacation /// United Waters – Arrowheads /// Pugh Rogefeldt – Små Lätta Moln /// Opal- She’s A Diamond /// Tobacco City – Blue Raspberry /// Garcia Peoples – Heart and Soul /// Allah Las – Prazer Em Te Conhecer /// Country Funk – Really My Friend /// Mapache – Chico River /// Triptides – See Her Light /// Happy End – Haikara Beautiful /// Kebnekaise – Jag Älskar Sommaren, Solen Och Varma Vindar /// Neal Francis – She’s A Winner /// Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn – The Beast /// Gong Gong Gong – Ride Your Horse /// Wet Tuna – Cowpath 40 /// Weak Signal – Lying /// Velveteen Rabbit – Guitar /// The Hecks – Flash /// The Taxidermists – Flying Forever /// Kelley Stoltz – My Regime /// Squid – Houseplants /// The Springfields – Reachin’ For The Stars /// The Wake – Firestone Tyres /// Program – Motorbike /// Blades of Joy – Finally High

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Je Suis France – “I’ve Got The Look”

Georgia’s Je Suis France have amassed a fairly admirable catalog over the past few decades, keeping their output locked in short format EPs, a handful of albums, and a split with Acid Mothers Temple along the way. They’ve cooked up a new LP and it sees the band refining and re-ingesting their sounds for a new age. On the album they utilize the same set of lyrics and drop them against vastly different backgrounds. “Looking For Someone Like Me” takes the punk palette, while “I’ve Got The Look” slows those lyrics down and covers them in a miasma of sound – German-gelled bass, squalls of sax, hazed keys. Side by side they’d barely register as cousins, let alone twins in different garb. “I’ve Got The Look” wins the day for me, locking into some of the signals that give the band legs on stage. The new LP Back To The Basics of Love is out November 5th from Ernest Jenning. Lock into “I’ve Got The Look” below.


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House Deposit – “Reptiles”

The shamble-down pop of House Deposit recalls the simple, yet bittersweet nook that The Feelies, The Chills, The Bats, or The Verlaines occupied. The band came together out of tragedies and friendship to create songs that are spare, but stacked with heartfelt melancholy. “Reptiles” has a darker streak than some of the other early singles I’ve heard from the band and it’s lonesome, lean sound walks the line between airy indie pop and a tense, bound post-punk sound that’s struggling to break through the jangles. Vocalists Meaghan and Sam bounce their vocals between them with an ease that cuts the tension, but the song is fraught and full of feeling. This one seems to be a low-key release, even by Aussie indie standards, though the initial tape is already hitting a second pressing. Gonna want to keep an eye out for this in the coming weeks.






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