Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kingpin Skinny Pimp - King of da Playaz Ball (1996)

Genre: Hip-Hop
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Koopsta Knicca, Prophet Posse, Gangsta Pat
Track List:
- Intro
- One Life 2 Live
- Nobody Crosses Me
- Midnight Hoes
- Lookin' for da Chewin'
- Long Story
- Y'all Ain't No Killaz
- Hear My Dear/Anger
- I Don't Lov'em
- We Ain't No Playa Hatas
- Pimpin' And Hoin'
- Don't Test Me
- Let's Start A Riot
- King of da Playazball
- All About Them Prophets
- Outtro

I'm not afraid 'cause I got heart
Runnin' through the woods to the graveyard

Not sure how well this fits with our audience here at CTD, but you should listen to it regardless. You might end up really, really enjoying it. Super chill Memphis gangster hip-hop, produced by friends DJ Paul and Juicy J. This album has got a real dank, dark, sinister feel to it while retaining an air of calmness. Let me know if you guys are into stuff like this and I'll try to fit some of my favorite hip-hop records in with the standard posts. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

La Dispute - Rooms of the House (2014)

Genre: Post-Hardcore / Experimental
Website: Click
For Fans Of: mewithoutYou, Pianos Become The Teeth, Saetia
Track List:
- First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice
- Woman (in mirror)
- For Mayor in Splitsville
- 35
- Stay Happy There
- Woman (reading)
- Extraordinary Dinner Party
- Objects in Space

Stay calm
Keep the radio loud
Take care
Wind howls
Father piles blankets in the corner by the furnace
Mother lights candles
It’s a miracle the baby doesn’t cry

Back home doing yard work outside
Husband being stubborn under dark skies
Saw the fence by the neighbor’s shed split
Saw the kitchen windows start to bend in

This is the kind of high quality writing and storytelling you can expect from this band and this record. The musicianship follows suit, and everything falls into place nicely. Did anyone else know that La Dispute had a new record out? I sure didn't. Really glad I found out, though. Also is it just me or does that album cover seem familiar? I feel like it looks like a cross between The Lack Long After and The Difference Between Hell And Home. Or maybe not, I dunno. Stop reading my dumb rant and just listen to the music.

Moose Blood - Moving Home EP (2013)

Genre: Emo / Indie
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Foxing, Joyce Manor, Donavon Wolfington
Track List:
- My Own Boat
- Evening Coffee
- Moving Home
- Carbis Bay
- Drive
- Bukowski

Woah. Probably one of my favorite recent discoveries. Really infectious, relatable, and well-played music from these four UK lads. I feel like referring to them as lads sounds weird but not weird enough that I want to erase it. My favorite song is definitely the closer, "Bukowski". Definitely gonna have that one stuck in my head for awhile. This EP is sold out now, unfortunately. On the bright side, though: pre-orders are still available in every variant for their new album out in October. I'd suggest hopping on that now. I know I am.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crywank - Shameless Valentines Money Grab (2014)

Genre: Folk / Punk / Sadcore
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Ramshackle Glory, Henry Bemis is a Superhero, The Loneliest Cowgirls
Track List:
- Love
- Nostril Tampon
- We Don't Practice
- Olivers Theme
- Paperclips
- Coffee and Blunts

Yeah, I know I could've posted the album he just released last month. Yeah, I know it's not Valentines Day. Yeah, I know. But this EP rules. I have literally had this version of Nostril Tampon stuck in my head all day. Not that that's a bad thing, I just don't want to be the only one shouting the lyrics to this song in public uncontrollably and getting weird looks. We're all in this together, bros *pop punk fist bump*. I don't even know where this is heading, now. Just listen to it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gnarwolves - Chronicles of Gnarnia (2014)

Genre: Pop Punk / Melodic Hardcore
Website: Click
For Fans Of: Title Fight, RVIVR, Knuckle Puck
Track List:
- Party Jams
- Decay
- No Time For Old Bones
- Reaper
- Chlorine in the Jean Pule
- History is Bunk
- We Want the Whip
- Community, Stability, Identity
- A Gram is Better Than A Damn
- Oh, Brave New World!
- Coffee
- Melody Has Big Plans
- Tongue Surfer
- Limerence
- High On A Wire

Self-described "gruff pop punk" trio (I think) from Brighton, UK. I first listened to these guys about a year ago on Youtube randomly, and meant to delve deeper into their discography but never got the chance. This release is perfect for me, or anyone else like me who is new to the band. This is a compilation of their 3 previously released EP's, and hopefully just a teaser for a debut full length! Gnarwolves are a fun band who make fun music (if you couldn't tell by the name of this comp). Go skate, eat pizza, and do whatever pop punk kids do...and listen to this band! They only have 8 copies left of the cassette, let's help em out!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

All Your Sisters - Modern Failures (2014)

Genre: Post-Punk / Gothic / New Wave
Website: Click
For Fans Of: The Cure, Grave Babies, wearing your girlfriends eyeliner and hanging out in cemeteries
Track List:
- *
- Tension
- Whites
- Pressure of Faith
- A Perfect Body
- **
- Modern Failures
- Enemies
- Come Feel
- Good Clean Men

I'll let the label handle this: "All Your Sisters take on the post-punk paradigm is decidedly non-retro. The basic building blocks are there; heavy drum machine rhythms, pumping melodic bass lines, swaths of atmospheric guitars and cold synth melodies, but where many bands are content to wallow in the shadows of their influences, All Your Sisters sounds like the future."
If that doesn't make your stereocilia glisten with excitement, I really don't know what to tell you. I bought the cassette a few weeks ago, and I hope you'll do the same.

Old Gray / Tiny Moving Parts - Split (2014)

Genre: Emo / Post-Hardcore / Twinkly
For Fans Of: William Bonney, TWIABP, I Kill Giants
Track List:
- Old Gray - Clip Your Own Wings
- Old Gray - An Epitaph
- Tiny Moving Parts - Swimming Lessons
- Tiny Moving Parts - Fair Trade

I've been meaning to check out TMP, but haven't gotten around to it until hearing this now. I've heard of Old Gray as well, but haven't listened until now either. Both bands are really great on this split. I really dug Old Gray's half. Definitely gonna look into both of these bands further. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Courtesy Drop - Songs To Drive To; Cry, And Make Love To (2013)

Genre: Emo
Website: Bandcamp
For Fans Of: Cursive, Mineral, Dowsing
Track List:
- History Will Remember Our Generation As A Shining Example of How Not To Exist
- Goodbye, Fairlane Drive
- Dormant Dreams
- Appleseeds From Ash Night
- A Toast to the Valiant Phil Coulson
- Mineral Extracts
- Not All Those Who Feel Pain Are Hurt
- Science is a Liar Sometimes
- Truck Jamz Vol.1
- Stranger Than Friction
- Head, Shoulders, Knees, and toe.
- Superbook
- The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part I : The Monster and the Thief
- The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part II : A Symbol of Conviction That Defies the Impossible :: The Skull and Crossbones
- The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part III : Amiudake // A Man Dies When He Is Forgotten
- The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part IV : Inherited Will And The Beckoning Sea
- The Quack Doctor's Sakura Blossoms Part V : Sakura Blossoms Bloom on the Island of Eternal Winter

and on the day that i die 
they'll have nothing to put on my tombstone 
and that's fine 
because it's not like anyone really cares to know 
that wasting away 
is how i spent the better part of my days 
Guys, I can't hold all these feels. Such a solid album. Also a pretty solid tracklist... Did you catch that toe. reference? If you've never heard of toe. that's okay I'm sure I'll get it up here soon. This is a really great emo album that kinda flew under the radar last year. Don't miss out!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Codeine - Frigid Stars (1991)

Genre: Slowcore
Website: Link
For Fans Of: Bedhead, Red House Painters, Slint
Track List:
- D
- Gravel Bed
- Pickup Song
- New Year's
- Second Chance
- Cave-In
- Cigarette Machine
- Old Things
- 3 Angels
- Pea

Not even star-crossed. Just unlucky.

The daily struggle to get out of bed distilled into auditory form. Slow, thick and sleepy. I can definitely see this being called boring by some (as with all slowcore, let's be real) but this album is perfect for those moments of every day slow-motion melancholy that stretch on and on and on. Get moody, get sad. Feel sorry for yourself. Drink alone. Then listen.

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Teen Suicide - I Will Be My Own Hell Because There is a Devil Inside My Body (2012)

Genre: Noise Pop / Indie / Emo
Website: Bandcamp
For Fans Of: Elvis Depressedly, Nouns, Wavves
Track List:
- 'Anne'
- Give Me Back to the Sky
- Have You Been Eating That Sandwich Again
- The Way We Were With People
- Cop Graveyard
- Dan Collins vs. The Maryland Judicial System
- Dead Bird Skeleton
- Grim Reaper
- The Same Things Happening to Me All The Time, Even In My Dreams
- Swallow

Really infectious noise pop quartet from Maryland. They only existed from 2011-2012 but they put out some really rad tunes. If you liked that Nouns album I posted the other day, you'll definitely love this as well. And if you haven't heard that Nouns album I posted the other day... Grab both of them.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

White Suns - Totem (2014)

Genre: Noise Rock / No Wave / Punk
Website: Bandcamp
For Fans Of: Twin Stumps, Code Orange, absolute fucking hell
Track List:
- Priest in the Laboratory
- Prostrate
- Disjecta Membra
- Cathexis
- Fossil Record
- Clairvoyant
- Line of Smoke
- Carrion

Totem is relentlessly abusive in it's successful attempts at annihilating any preconception of "noise rock" I had. I find myself in a cold, dark basement in the middle of the night, with a bottle of Beefeater, and a blistering, poetic, and bone-shaking offering by White Suns that I won't soon forget. This is my album of the year so far, and a perfect companion for a drunken lonely night. Clairvoyant is...a surreal experience. And I'll leave it at that. Do not sleep on this record. I own it on bone colored vinyl, which is OOP now, but you can find the CD at The Flenser if you're interested.

Tawny Peaks - In Silver River (2014)

Genre: Indie Rock / Emo
Website: Bandcamp
For Fans Of: The Weakerthans, Mallard, the sound of rain against the window
Track List:
- Go Ask Arthur
- Wasting Space
- Righting the Writ
- Bending Time
- Caught Fingers Crossed
- A Broken Spoke
- In Silver River
- Portrait of Pushkin
- Confessor's Kingdom

Can't say much about this album as I'm just on my way out of the house. Kinda surprised at how little known this band is tbh. It's some solid, chill indiemo. It seems as if the band has broken up now, but if you like this, grab their debut as well. Happy Thursday, CTD friends.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nouns - Still Bummed (2013)

Genre: Emo / Noise Pop
Website: Bandcamp
For Fans Of: Foxing, The Hotelier, and summer beers
Track List:
- Dogs
- Still Bummed
- School Bus
- Conch
- Yaw
- Dumped
- Way
- You're Not the One I Want
- The Graduate
- Great Big 'Fuck' and How I'm Coping With It

Nouns are a fun, and pretty inventive band from Arkansas. Their sound is pretty hard to pigeonhole, as they draw influences from post-punk, emo, dream pop, among other less noticeable sounds. Still Bummed is their debut LP, and it sets the bar high. I'm so happy I found this while it's still summer. Perfect album to just sit on the porch and have a beer with. If you enjoy this after listening, swing by their Bandcamp linked above and buy it. It's only 50 cents, and these guys rule.

宇宙コンビニ - 染まる音を確認したら (2013)

Genre: Math Rock / Emo / J-whatever
Website: Click
For Fans Of: toe, Adebsi Shank, watching the sun set from the beach
Track List:
- Pyramid
- 8films
- tobira
- Compass
- strings
- 裁判にかけられた男
- 体温

Some very mathy Japanese emo with great female vocals. I was a bit reluctant to give it a try myself, as I'm not really big on listening to music where I can't understand the language (lel pleb), but I'm glad I did. If you like math rock, you will definitely dig this. All I can think about is watching the sun set from a beach. So I think I'm gonna load this bad boy onto my phone and do just that. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Camera Shy - Jack-O-Lantern (2014)

Genre: Dream Pop / Twee
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Whirr, Cocteau Twins, the smell of morning dew
Track List:
- Secret Word
- Come Around
- Spin Me
- Over and Over
- After Hours

Camera Shy is Nick Bassett, currently of Whirr and Nothing (formerly of Deafheaven), and Alexandria Morte, formerly of Whirr. They make a very nice dream pop/twee duo... Makes me wonder why Alexandria ever left Whirr. Her voice on this record is... Entrancing to say the least. Truly beautiful and relaxing music. I've had it on repeat all day. Hopefully once Whirr's new album is released later this year, Nick will have some time to focus some more effort on Camera Shy. I need to hear more of this!!!