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Tijuana Panthers – “Set Forth”

Ok admittedly this has been a quiet week around the Raven, and apologies for that. It’s been rather busy elsewhere, but when something great comes along, priorities must be given. Tijuana Panthers last album, Wayne Interest was a favorite around here and its great news that there’s a new one out today. Poster hits the shelves imminently but to herald it, the band have an awesome new video that’s inspired by 80s claymation classics like Penny Cartoons, California Raisins and Gumby. Being somewhat of a fan of the arduous task that is claymation, I can’t resist this combo. Check it out above.

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Hills

Sweden’s got a handle on psych, from the early releases of International Harvester and Träd Gräs och Stenar to Bo Hansson and Dungen there’s plenty of lysergic energy coursing through those valleys. Hills have been divining that psychedelic rift for almost a decade and yet, unlike the torrent of releases that come from so many, this is just their third album to date. But proclivity fades and each of Hills’ three albums is just as strong as the next, proving that quality is worth the wait. Frid hangs well with their Rocket labelmates Goat and Gnod, finding a middle ground between the two; sanding off a bit of the former’s excess with the doom-laden sense of space of the latter. The album is swirling with dry ice eddies of creeping dread that explode into the kind of clearcut guitar solos I’ve come to expect from Rocket Recordings. Heavy sounds with a lean on eastern mysticism and an expansive array of instrumentation; those looking to drop out into the meditative and heady expanses need look no further than this in 2015.



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Jacuzzi Boys – “Happy Damage”

Man I never realize how much I miss Jacuzzi Boys until they make a return. Breaking away to form their own label, Mag Mag, the band has an EP on the way and from the sounds of “Happy Damage” great things can be expected. The track crackles with a huge energy, bouncing with the cherry Pez vibes and low hip swagger that have been trademarks of the band. The video captured the band in their live glory, looking like they’ve never been more at home anywhere else than under the lights in your town for just a night.

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Jane Weaver – “Mission Desire”

An excellently pulpy video stocked with space pirates and hazy animated overtones to accompany one of the standout tracks from on Jane Weaver’s stellar kraut-pop masterpiece. The track picks up the reins left empty in the tragic wake of Broadcast and Stereolab and if it wasn’t already in the lush arms of Finders Keepers, it would have been right at home in the backwards gaze of Ghost Box. The video captures the psychedelic intrigue dripping form every inch of this song and the tone of Weaver’s longform odyssey.


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Rat Columns – “Fooling Around (Long Version)”

Rat Columns’ album Leaf charmed us when it was released back in 2014 but its been pretty quiet on their front until recently, probably because like so many Aussies and Aussie exports members are splitting time between so many bands its probably hard to handle. But David West is back in the songwriting chair and releasing an EP on the unlikely outlet of Blackest Ever Black. The EP showcases an extended version of Leaf standout “Fooling Around” and the extra breathing room looks good on the track. The EP backs the track up with three new tunes recorded by West’s San Francisco lineup of the band. The video compliments the track’s tempered tension with some homespun wanderer vibes. 12″ is limited and knowing BEB its gonna look nice.

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Hierophants – “Nervous Tic”

Hierophants have shown up here before on a number of singles but good news from the pipe is they have an album coming out in September on Aarght / Goner. First taste is a nervy, anxious slice of sci-fi punk that’s augmented with an equally itchy video. The track picks up whiffs of Chrome and MX-80 then strains them through a more digestible brand of Aussie skronk that falls in line with their ties to Ausmuteants. Ears are perked for the the album for sure.

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Swiftumz – “Taste The Gray”

I’ve already professed some love for Swiftumz’ sophomore LP, Everybody Loves Chris, but there’s always room for a little more. In the casino set, blurred blackout of a clip Chris McVicker wanders through the underbelly of Reno set to the grunge blasted fuzz pop of album standout “Taste The Gray.” If you haven’t had a chance to check out the album yet, its highly recommended that you dive into the weird pop universe of McVicker’s Swiftumz.


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Warm Soda – “Can’t Erase This Feeling”

Said it before but I’ll say it again, Warm Soda have mastered power pop’s yearn and crunch and here they take all the high school crush touches from their song “Can’t Erase This Feeling” and give them a proper after school setting. Burgers seem to be the theme for this record and this shitty restaurant hangout is giving me high school PTSD. But in the end Matthew Melton fights for justice and the girl while making it feel like a way bigger deal. More tabletop burger dance parties should be on the menu. This one looks as fun as it sounds.

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