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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Gamma Knife”

Ah its almost unfair how much greatness is coming out of the South Hemi this week. Yesterday graces us with a cut from The Murlocs and today the next King Gizz is confirmed and already burning with the release of the “Gamma Knife” video. This is the long rumored release that the band was recording at Daptone while there were here last year and its taken that long to knock this one into the blistering shape hinted at on “Gamma Knife.” A year in the oven is a long time for a band on a three-record-a-year schedule, so hopes are pretty high for Nonagon Infinity to go ahead and flatten a few skulls.

The first cut doesn’t disappoint. It gets right back to the Gizz in fine form hitting, the octane gulping garage-prog that’s made them a household fixture this year. The video is much in the same light as “Trapdoor” from Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, a trip through the ren-faire rabbit hole, mixed with plenty of psychedelic overtones and effects. Doesn’t look like ATO has any more of their pre-orders up but, I’d say get in line for the Aussie pre-order now. Even with shipping this one’s gonna be worth it.


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The Murlocs – “Compensation”

The Murlocs hard driving brand of Garage ‘n B is headed for a new album with the release of Young Blindness later this month. Ahead of its touchdown on the turntable the band, featuring King Gizz harp/key man Ambrose Kenny-Smith, has released a couple of stellar tracks that bode well for the full length soundtracking your Saturday night sweat lodge. The video for “Compensation” is a simple setup, just a dancer and an iPod intercut with a few shots of the band, but with the addition of Jason Galea’s digital crust, it adds a layer of off-kilter distortion that fits the band’s vibe well. The song’s a killer riff that can’t be tamed and if you’re holding out for more from Ambrose’s day gig then you’d be a damn fool to sleep on The Murlocs.

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Young Guv – “Crawling Back To You”

Still hooked on the sugar sweet hooks of Young Guv’s modern power pop masterpiece from last year and this video serves as a great reminder why the album’s feelings of lost youth are so strong. Eschewing the obvious tale of lovers reconciling the video follows a young boy breaking free from the tedium of shopping to play in a local mall, only to realize that at the end of the day the comfort of his mom is as welcomed as his freedom. The song’s still a standout from the album and if you have not picked this one up by now, you’re sorely in need.

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Rangda – “The Sin Eaters”

Man the psych video hits just keep coming this week. I’ve already expressed some love for Randa’s excellent album The Heretic’s Bargain and now the band have an additional reason to love it in the form of a stop motion collage video from Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers). Full of cultist imagery and pacing well with the song’s dark tones, the video is a psychedelic pop-up book for our amusement. If you haven’t delved into the rest of Rangda’s album, is about damn time.

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Black Mountain – “Florian Saucer Attack”

The first taste from Black Mountain’s new LP IV was a dirgey bit of bleak prog that felt as heavy as their namesake, but they froth it up on this new track. Its heavily lead by Amber Webber’s vocals and pulsing along on a real late Hawkwind vibe that’s full on carbon exhaust chugging with a smattering of syth stabs for good measure. Everything in this album feels like the band is really embracing their Prog membership club status and for the record, I couldn’t be happier to see the band go full Tarkus.

The accompanying video is lent a hand by Chad Van Gaalen as animator and director and his style and content here seem to be drawing on some real Rick and Morty vibes. Again, not something I’d ever complain about. I can’t believe its been almost six years since the band had an album proper but with these tastes, I’m looking forward to it.

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Doug Tuttle – “A Place For You”

MMOSS’ Doug Tuttle is finding his way down the path of psych-pop apologist on his second album for Trouble in Mind. Much like fellow labelmates Morgan Delt and Paperhead, he’s dug squarely into the Paisley Underground, sounding like a modern upgrade of their 60’s pop worship, though that in no way diminishes his knack for a great hook and songs that pair well with wide sunny skies. In an effervescent new video for “A Place For You” the artist pairs balloons with projections for a fun, yet really simple idea. The track jangles its way through two and a quarter minutes of sun-dappled strums and that kind of faded Fuji-film nostalgia that takes you back every time. Tuttle’s latest LP It Calls On Me has plenty more in store for jangle freaks and its recommended that you dive in further.


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Hockey Dad – “Can’t Have Them”

Hands down one of the most fun bands I saw at CMJ last year was Aussie duo Hockey Dad. The band have been clangin’ around their own Aussie scene, but with a album poised on Kanine shortly, they’re likely to make much more of a dent on US listeners in the months to come. Prior to the album, the single “Cant’ Have Them” seems to sum up their chilled brand janglin punk and the super saturated video to match is vibing pretty hard here. Honestly this is an album that I have high hopes on for the year and I’d say to keep all ears pointed at the Wollongong duo for some earworms that’ll nag you for the next six months.

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Timmy’s Organism – “Heartless Heathen”

If you haven’t had the pleasure, there really is nothing better than Timmy Vulgar on stage in his crazed hobo, psychedelic warlord element. This video might be the best approximation of the experience I’ve seen next to feeling the paint thinner vibes head on from the stage. Gotta love that Jack White’s honoring a hometown hero with the release of this record on Third Man’s new imprint. The people need more crazy in their life and, hell, Timmy can shred with the best of them so more power to the folks that find their way down the rabbit hole this way. If you haven’t picked up a copy of the long player yet, then now’s the time.

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Kevin Morby – “I Have Been To The Mountain”

Kevin Morby’s rise has been well deserved. Coming out of The Babies into a weightier singer-songwriter territory that coalesced on Still Life, the singer’s jumping to Dead Oceans for his latest and the first sounds are just as engrossing as that LP. The video for “I Have Been To The Mountain” is equally striped with death and comedy, a mix of light and dark that seems pretty spot on for a Morby track. The LP arrives in April and hopes are high that the full release lives up to the expectations set by Still Life


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Night Beats

Night Beats are back, steadily threading the needle of psych and garage with a strand of soul that’s just fine enough to get lost in the clamor while still tying things up nicely. The band’s climbed up to a larger label and a bigger sound, though still genuinely on the same general path they’ve been weaving along all these many years. The record opens on a cryptic note before exploding into the ravaged psych of “Power Child,” one of the standouts of the set. As is typical of Night Beats, while there’s a certain amount of sweat (see “No Cops”), there’s plenty more instances where the band lays back into groove, letting a dark, smokey veneer overlay the record like a pervading ethos. The band knows how to keep their garage dipped and dripped in the low hang of stage fog, swaddled in sunglasses and baking in leathers in the 90 degree heat without so much as a break in stride to acknowledge there might be any cause for discomfort. They’re longstanding dues payers to the cult of composed cool and for the most part they know how to wield that cool like a weapon throughout Who Sold My Generation. Most garage long players are best when taken to task on the hi-fi speakers but the grotto nuance here actually finds this album best set on headphones or confined to the car; its a loner’s record and it’s best to keep it contained. Let the outside world wonder what’s moving your head.

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