Archive for February, 2011

Pure Puro Instinct

Posted in On Notice with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by jazner

IT’S ALWAYS THE pure that gets you the most lifted.  One hit of Puro Instinct’s upcoming full-length, Headbangers In Ecstasy, and it’s blastoff to outer space on a light beam of jangly, dreamy guitar, heady synths and womping bass, accompanied by master space cadet Ariel Pink trailing through the wake.

L.A. natives Piper and Skylar Kaplan anchor the crew formerly known as Pearl Harbor, whose  glam infused Russian Constructivism “Stilyagi” 7″ garnered some buzz throughout the indie world.

Headbangers In Ecstasy is ready to drop on what happens to be jazner‘s birthday, Feb. 22nd. Like the name suggests, the album  juxtaposes seemingly contrasting ideas and coexists in polar worlds.  There’s a twisted, distorted, nightmarish vibe to the tracks, balanced by 90s sunny sways with piping synth. An uncanny, creepy innocence rides throughout, waving through cheery rifts and fuzzy, haunting lo-fi.

Of course, if you prefer the geniuses at Pitchfork to jazner‘s humble views, you’ll see they gave Headbangers a 5.8 (whatever that means) and writes, “you can hear a bass at points, though its presence is all but theoretical.” Take a listen to the funky line thrown down on “Silky Eyes” and see if you agree. That is, if you can even catch it…

There are gems throughout the album, with a fuller, more developed “Slivers of You” updated from the Pearl Harbor EP version you can catch here. “Vapor Girls” has a downtempo Stereolab tone that’ll get you to ecstatic headbanging status.

Headbangers will be coming to a local record store near you Feb. 22nd.  Support them both!

Silky Eyes / Stilyagi


Mod Art Museums

Posted in Cruz Music with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2011 by jazner

POPPING UP AGAIN in his Santa Cruz weekly newspaper, jazner raps about a Santa Cruz/San Francisco 80s C-86/mod revival duo Art Museums, who’s debut full length, Rough Frame (Woodsist), has been getting some hype for it’s fuzzy flashback pop nuances.

You can read the piece here.

If you’re feeling lazy, not wanting to stray too far from jazner‘s grasp, then take a listen to “Rough Frames” down below.

Stay tuned for more!

Rough Frames

Update – Bobby Blooms

Posted in On Notice with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2011 by jazner

A FEW WEEKS ago jazner wrote to all his friends in internet land about a very special boy out of Altadena named Tom Greenberg and his percolating project out of Vermont/Massachusetts, BOBBY.

Looks like a certain blog decided to jump on the bandwagon and ride jazner‘s coattails, debuting BOBBY’s new single “Sore Spores” amidst some ‘interesting’ write-ups describing the music as “Appalachian folk”.  Hmm…to each their own.

Blooming like a luscious chanterelle under a moist oak tree after a rainstorm, “Sore Spores” spreads its rhizomagic through the crystalline voice of Molly Sarle (Mountain Man) and the bellowing buzz of Tom G. Molly and Tom’s voice match up like pieces in a puzzle, creating an aural image of harmonic hallucinations that are both ghostly and wonky, but warm all around.

The vibe is kooky, heady, and super silly like a mushroom trip, wobbling on a wicked bass line by Jules and crisp percussion from Martin as this sextet takes your ears on a multi-layered, diversely dimensional carpet ride of cuddles.

BOBBY is hitting the road for an east coast/midwest tour, making stops at The Bowery Ballroom and Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, to name a few, before it blows the suits off the industry’s suits at SXSW.

Don’t be afraid to eat these spores. Check out the single from Partisan Records, and come back for more soon enough!

Sore Spores