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Trummors – “Late Arriver”

If, after the last slip out of the Trummors camp, you still needed some inspiration to get this on your watchlist, the band cinches the necessity with “Late Arriver.” The second single off of the album is combed back further in a honeyed twang, playing up the country comfort of the duo’s latest album. Harmonies entwine from Anne and David, giving this a nod to Richard and Linda Thompson if they’d been collaborating heavily with New Riders at any point in their career. The strums are wide and winding on this one and the pedal steel is tinged with sunset colors that paint the desert surroundings in which they find themselves ensconced. The record is out August 21st from Ernest Jenning Record Co.


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Best of 2020 (so far)

2020’s been a hell of a year, and one that doesn’t feel like definitive statements do it justice. Still, no matter how many seismic changes have occurred during the year, the music has been a source of solace and inspiration. The fact that so many artists have had their livelihoods upended gives it a slightly sour note, especially for some that may have been working years to let these statements out into the world. Keep hitting the Bandcamp revenue shares to support artists and labels directly. If you need some suggestions there’s quite a few below. Keep in mind that ‘best’ is by no means definitive, but these are some of my favorites. We all know that Run The Jewels hits hard, but someone else is gonna tell you about it better than I ever could. Still lots to look forward to musically in the second half, but the first part of the year has been a bounty to be sure.

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Naked Roommate – “Mad Love”

The exciting news of the new single from Naked Roommate is balanced by the equally sad news that it’s officially over for The World. The beloved Oakland post-punk outfit only had a handful of records, but they lit a disjointed fire on each one. The band’s Amber Sermeńo & Andy Jordan carry on the torch, but strip things back further than the sax-scratched sounds of The World. Alongside mems of Bad Bad, Preening, and Blues Lawyer, the pair embrace a skeletal beat that recalls ESG, C.O.C.O., or the disjointed funk of Lizzy Mercier Descloux. “Mad Love” bubbles in on beats inflated with recycled air, a loping bass and rubberized ripples of guitar. Ringlets of synth dart across the room with laser-guided glee and the whole song is held fast by the icy delivery of Sermeńo, who’s giving this a delightfully more lived-in approach than on The World’s output. The record’s a joint venture between Trouble in Mind in the US and Upset The Rhythm in the UK. The record is out September 4th and notably, the band & the labels will be donating any proceeds from the sale of the digital single for “Mad Love” thru the end of July to the Anti-Police Terror Project.




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Mixtape: Night Sweats

This one’s been bubbling under for a little while. Inspired by humid nights — whether the cold, clammy airs of spring or the stifling swelter of summer, this is for the insomniacs in the crowd. It’s one part flute psych wormhole to oblivion and another part 3 AM anxiety dream – equally indebted to magical realism, the hallucinogenic fabric between episodes of Lodge 49, pandemic isolation depression, the elusive ache of alchemy, and the healing lure of meditative headspace. Time has shifted and this mix attempts to help adjust the listener to the motion sickness that ensues.

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rootless – “Lost At Sea”

While the Flower Room family largely encompasses the output of Matt Lajoie and Ash Brooks, it’s great to see that a recent tour with Jeremy Hurewitz’s rootless has lead him to enter into the ranks of the label. While he’s released some lovely tapes on Aural Canyon, Hypnic Tapes, and Null Zone, this LP opens up a new chapter for rootless. Hurewitz’ meditative, patient guitar lines still grace the headspace, but this time the set is augmented by the haunting, yet perfect touches of instrumentation provided by Mexican musician and folklorist Luís Pérez Ixoneztli. Luís Pérez’s prowess comes in subtle waves, adding all manner of pre-Columbian ocarinas, whistles and shakers to the record and they carry with them an earthen ache that sets this track and album apart from the rootless catalog. Docile Cobras arrives 8/21 and promises to be a necessary addition to 2020.





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RSTB Shirts to benefit The Okra Project

A little while back I printed up shirts designed by award-winning illustrator Will Sweeney in the now sold-out pink and blue design. Beginning Juneteeth, I’m opening up a pre-order for a new colorway in green and blue with all proceeds from the sales to be donated to The Okra Project. The first batch of shirts will aim to be printed in order to have them ship before the end of July with updates ASAP. The shirts will be printed by the Black-owned printing shop The Print Hub in Syracuse, NY.

Some info on The Okra Project: The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever they can reach them. The Okra Project hopes to extend free, delicious, and nutritious meals to Black Trans people experiencing food insecurity. RSTB would like to work to keep food insecurity off the minds of the Black Trans community and help in any way we can to ensure that The Okra Project can continue to achieve their mission.

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Damaged Bug – Bug On Yonkers

Every now and then we as a collective listening public need a nudge to work our way back towards the distorted genius of Michael Yonkers. It’s come in waves over the last couple of decades, perhaps making up for the string of unfortunate events that led to his once promising start falling apart. Though a sad story, its worth noting for the record. As a Minneapolis youth Yonkers started Michael & The Mumbles to play dances around his hometown and, as the ‘60s sometimes offered up, wound up netting himself a deal for Sire . This would be ’round about the time that similarly skewed sounds were being proffered up by The Mothers of Invention, The Godz, or West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Still, a pretty great windfall for a guy steadily working a wall of noise into his sound and modding out instruments in ways that wouldn’t catch on for some time. However, the luck ended there. Somehow the deal with Sire went sour and to make matters worse Yonkers broke his back working in a warehouse a few years later leading to a lifetime of pain and limited use.

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RSTB Radio WGXC: June

Another at-home block of new and old favorites went out on the airwaves yesterday. The set was packed with new music from Brigid Dawson, Cut Worms, Trummors, Hans Chew, Paint, The Reds, Pinks and Purples and more. Some spot-on covers in the set from Moon Duo and Sean Thompson’s Weird ears, a few classic faves and a nice chuck of psych-funk in the first hour. Check out the full tracklist below and you can stream the set over at WGXC. Feel free to tune in every second Tuesday of the month a 8PM.

::Playlist::
Bruce Langhorne – Opening /// Sean Thompson’s Weird Ears – Hello Sunshine /// Citay – Careful With That Hat /// Cochemea – Mescalero /// Al Doum & The Faryds – Light Up /// Wolf People – Village Strollin’ /// Sons of Kemet – My Queen is Albertina Sisulu /// The Budos Band – Old Engine Oil /// Miles Davis – Red China Blues /// Moon Duo – Planet Caravan /// Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network – Ballet of Apes /// Jeffrey Silverstein – Bernard /// Cut Worms – Castle In The Clouds /// Trummors – Silver City Blues /// Hans Chew – I Don’t Know Maybe /// Billy Nicholls – Traveler’s Joy /// Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Woodpiles on the Side of the Road /// Mike Pollize – Revelation /// Woods – Light of Day /// PAINT – Ta Fardah /// Julian Never – Silver One /// The Reds, Pinks and Purples – They Only Wanted Your Soul /// Pop Filter – Banksia /// Ty Segall & Cory Hanson – Milk Bird Flyer /// Frank Ene – Flesh in a Womb /// Powerplant – Evidence /// The Dirtbombs – Earthquake Heart /// Mystic Braves – Down On Me /// Fanny – Changing Horses /// Death – Keep On Knocking /// MC5 – The American Ruse

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Sally Anne Morgan – “Thread Song”

Sweet serenity is given flight on the first peek into Sally Anne Morgan’s upcoming LP for Thrill Jockey. The House and Land member is solo, but not quite alone on this LP, assembling a backing band that includes Andrew Zinn, Nathan Bowles, and Joseph Dejarnette. As with her collaborative work in H&L, there’s a traditional folk focus, though “Thread Song” nips at more modern fare, feeling every bit at home with Daniel Bachman, Mountain Man, Black Twig Pickers, or Jake Xerxes Fussell. Morgan’s fiddle gives the track a bittersweet soul and it lilts on the breeze with a fragrant flutter. The rest of the album’s sure to be as winsome and affecting as this. It arrives August 21st on Thrill Jockey.




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Vintage Crop – “Gridlock”

Brand new ripper today from Aussies Vintage Crop. The band’s been issuing records up to this point on Aussie Indies Weather Vane and Anti-Fade, but while they remain on the latter at home, they make a jump internationally to Upset The Rhythm for their latest, Serve To Serve Again. ‘Gridlock’ is indicative of the band’s tightly coiled punk — muscular, slightly paranoid, and pulsing with an energy that’s hard to ignore. The song’s full of frustration, and its grit-teethed delivery is a bit cathartic in weary weather. Jack from VC provides a bit of backstory, including the note that the song was inspired by actual traffic, though the feeling pours over into areas of stagnation in life elsewhere for sure.

“The title for the song came first;” he notes, “stuck in traffic and running late to a gig a few years ago. We laughed at the name and threw it onto a few different songs before it stuck, after Tyson finally penned the lyrics. Thematically, ‘Gridlock’ is frustrated, pushy & stressed, which are emotions that we felt that day when we were stuck in traffic. It’s one of the first songs we finished for Serve to Serve Again and is a perfect example of the band’s songwriting. It’s got everything that we do – unbalanced riff-work, tight drumming & sharp lyrics.” The LP is out August 7th on Upset The Rhythm / Anti-Fade.




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