Posts Tagged ‘demon’s claws’
Um…. it’s practically December. What the actual fuck!
01 Ty Segall – Fuzzy Cat
02 Sealings – Milkshake
03 Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations – Hots Full of Love
04 Guitar Slim Green with Johnny & Shuggie Otis – Play On Little Girl
05 Levon & The Hawks – The Stones I Throw
06 The Jelly Roll Kings – Road of Love
07 The Phantom Surfers – Pleasure Point (18 Deadly Ones)
08 Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel – My Purple I
09 Demon’s Claws – Dirtiest Girl
10 Boy Crush – Girls Don’t Like Me
11 Pangea – Shitty
12 The Barreracudas – Don’t Roll Your Eyes
Avid readers of this blog will recognize this song from a session that kukamonga death cult Khanwood Clarke did together. This song also appears on Jeff Clarke’s full-time band, Demon’s Claws, latest LP Lost In The Desert Part Deux that sees them dig deep into their bowels. What emerges is an album full of deep cuts that you won’t want to miss. It is out now (and almost sold out) via Telephone Explosion Records. This version of Dirtiest Girl, although retaining the distinctly country bar-room piano and the finger-picked guitar, this has a sprightliness that the first version lacked in demo form. Of course, there’s also nothing like a love song about some golden-hearted slut. You can still grab whatever copies of Lost in The Desert Part Deux that are left via Midheaven.
Stop the mother effing presses, y’all! Our buddies at Rollo & Grady just broke the news that King Khan, Demon Claws‘ Jeff Clarke and his girlfriend Emily, the Spits‘ Sean Wood, and the Sadies are forming a Kukamonga Death Cult country western band and record an album. KhanWood Clarke is the official name of this band, and I know that this will be awesome. Of course, they’re gonna need some help to do it. They’ve got a Kickstarter going and it’s probably in the best interest of all if we all donate. If you donate $10, you get 6 shit hot country songs; if you donate $20, you get the songs & a phone call from one of KhanWood Clarke as a thank you; and if you donate $100, you get a custom song with your name in it! Woah. They’ve given two new demos out and ‘Dirtiest Girl‘ is a super gem. Quiet and finger-picked, it tells the story of some slut with a golden heart who always returns to her man, even after fucking every man in a 65 mile radius or whatever. It fucking rules though, as does pretty much everything King Khan touches. So, donate, or listen, or whatever you can and let us all hope this gets off the ground.
There’s not much that I don’t love about SXSW. I revel in the pre-festival stressing, the insanity, the planning, the $2.50 Lonestars, the Frost Bank Building, street dogs at 1am, falling down dead of exhaustion after a long day, and so on and so forth. It’s the best week of my year and 2011 is going to be better than the previous three. Is It March Yet? is our preview of some of the bands we’ll be catching at this year’s festival for sure. We recommend you do so as well.
01 King Charles :: King Charles has been a face on the nu-folk scene due to his friendship with Mumford & Sons, but you shouldn’t hold it against him. When I saw him live, I was stunned. The dude shreds hard. His songs are textured and sprawling but completely catchy and cause great amounts of “this is rad head nodding”. He’s been signed by a major label and I forsee some kind of Vaccines like situation happening, but I would definitely not miss seeing him live. There’s some kind of charm to being flicked in the face with the sweat from his MASSIVE amounts of hair. He’ll tear the roof down, that’s for sure.
mp3 | King Charles – Love Lust
02 The Vaccines :: Okay, a lot has been said about the Vaccines, mainly by big huge magazines and shit, but I think I got the real low down on these dudes. They make sub-3-minute vaguely surf/garage inspired pop songs. They’re catchy as fuck, they capture a moment, they’re fun. Are they the saviors of British Guitar Music? Absolutely not. Having seen them twice, once with band at full-strength and once with Justin being sick, and I got to say — when they’re full force, they’re pretty good. That said, who knows where they’ll be in 6 weeks come SXSW after months of touring… I know what parties they’re going to play, and they’re going to be the goddamned talk of the town if they own it the way they did in Brighton in November.
03 Demon’s Claws :: I have been into Demon’s Claws for a while but at the turn of the year, I started really listening to them. I fell in love with their twangin’ brand of garage rock that is well, pretty concerned with the debauched pleasures in life. They remind me a lot of the energy and sound of Black Lips but has sort of a more-’authentic’-country vibe, but it’s really slight. I’m describing them terribly, but they rule. I’ve been jamming to “Fucked on K” for a while, but “You’ll Always Be My Friend” has pretty much taken over my life. Something tells me that live, they rip asses. I couldn’t really say, but as soon as I do know, I will let you know.
04 Black Lips :: I wasn’t sure whether I should include Black Lips in this list because it’s meant to more highlight smaller acts that I really think people should see, but I can’t deny that Black Lips put on one of the best live shows known to man and always have. Whether or not I have time to fit them into my schedule remains unknown for now, but I think that anybody who likes to jump around and have a good time and sing along to some of the best little garage gems and possibly get thrown on stage and into the drum kit (not that it happened to me or ANYTHING of the kind) will enjoy themselves thoroughly.
05 School Knights :: If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know we’re obsessed with School Knights. I think they’re incredibly phenomenal songwriters, and I think that they fucking slay asses live. Literally, your butt is going to get cut in half by these dudes. This duo, who’ve been together for less than 6 months (I spend longer on planes than they’ve been together basically), make what I would call pop-power-punk I guess if I had to but it sounds totally not rad and really annoying. So scratch that. They go balls out, to the wall — super loud songs with mesmerizing guitar work and plenty of reverb. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible not to like them, plus they’re some of the world’s funniest humans. Listen to them, you won’t regret it. Or better yet, come see them. I will tell you when and where to be.
I’ve been super sweet on Demon’s Claws since a friend introduced me to them in a bundle of songs all about drugs. ‘Fucked On K’ which you can grab here served as a great introduction and I became comletely enamoured with their 2010 second LP, The Defrosting Of…, which I think was criminally overlooked by every single top 10 I read. I keep deciding what I should post because I just like everything, but I went with First of all, there’s something about the opening and how it seems to simultaneously not go with, yet completely draw me into the song in seven seconds. Then it goes into a really rad, twangin’ number that reminds me of Black Lips’ attempts at country but somehow it works better for Demon’s Claws. Steady drum ticks and the 60s Bob Dylan bass line work perfectly under the light lead guitar, and there’s still drug referencing happening here — so it melds itself into something that grew on me in the past couple of months so completely that I just sit and listen to it on repeat.
If you haven’t purchased the whole of The Defrosting Of… via In The Red Records, order this criminally overlooked album that’s filled to the top with songs just as good as this one. You better.
Having written my top 10 list quite a while back (I’m not one of those who listens to a million albums I didn’t get to or like, actually remembers the ones I liked throughout the year) it was inevitable that I missed out on approx. 10 great records that should have made my list, and one in particular could’ve probably been like number two. All of the following records are great and I just wanted to say that since I didn’t get to write one setence blurbs about why they’re amazing.
Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy | Roc-A-Fella
mp3 | Kanye West (feat. Beyonce, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson) – See Me Now
I love doing year end roundup coverage and I’m still waiting to put up the bands to watch list, so I thought we’d highlight some of the great bands we discovered over the past year. Some of them made our 2011 bands to watch list, some of them didn’t, some of them aren’t even NEW but rest assured they all rule. As per the usual, you can download a great mp3 from each of the bands at the links.
The Strangers Family Band
Les Rallizes Denudes
The Invisible Hand
Fergus & Geronimo
The Jim Jones Revue
Son of Rams
Francois & The Atlas Mountains
Man The Hunter
Bass Drum of Death
Sonny & The Sandwitches
Crusaders of Love
Bleeding Knees Club
Hello My Name Is Red
The Meanest Boys
And due to high demand you can download a track from each artist put into a zip folder right here.
2010 has been a pretty fun year for music. Every year, I discover more music, better music, and sometimes it cracks me up to see how my music taste grows and differs as the years go by, but I think 2010 has been a great year for new bands and kickass albums. I’ve compiled my list of 10 albums that I really loved, 5 EPs that just got to me, and then 30 songs that I’ve called Top Songs, but they’re just 30 songs that I liked a hell of a lot and came to me as I thought about it and scanned carelessly through iTunes. It’s interesting to note that half of my favorite albums are from California bands.
Top 10 Albums of 2010
10 Ty Segall | Melted | Goner
mp3 :: Ty Segall - Melted
09 Woven Bones | In & Out & Back Again | Hozac
08 Dead Ghosts | S/T | Florida’s Dying
07 Heavy Hawaii | HH | Artfag Records
mp3 :: Heavy Hawaii - Teen Angel
06 The Strange Boys | Be Brave | In The Red
mp3 :: The Strange Boys - Be Brave
05 Fool’s Gold | Fool’s Gold | IAMSOUND Records
04 Avi Buffalo | Avi Buffalo | Subpop
03 The Soft Pack | The Soft Pack | Mexican Summer
mp3 :: The Soft Pack - C\'Mon
02 Harlem | Hippies | Matador
mp3 :: Harlem - Friendly Ghost
01 Happy Birthday | Happy Birthday | Subpop
mp3 :: Happy Birthday - Girls FM
Top 5 EPs of 2010
05 Monster Rally | Monster Rally EP | Self Released
mp3 :: Monster Rally - Maori Mai
04 Unouomedude | Marsh EP | Self Released
mp3 :: Unouomedude - Buildings
03 Caitlin Rose | Dead Flowers EP | Names Records
mp3 :: Caitlin Rose - Docket
mp3 :: Sex Beet - Sugar Water
(note: this is totally not the artwork, as this isn’t released yet, but the EP is too good to not be included on this list.)
01 The Growlers | Hot Tropics EP | Everloving
Top 30 Songs of 2010:
01 The Babies | Meet Me In The City | Listen
02 Happy Birthday | Perverted Girl | Listen
03 Sex Beet | Stay
04 Friends | Make It Better
05 The Meanest Boys | Strangest Things
06 Tennis | South Carolina | Listen
07 Spectrals | Leave Me Be | Listen
08 Family Trees | Dream Talkin’ | Listen
09 Cee Lo Green | Fuck You | Listen
10 Sonny & The Sunsets | Too Young To Burn | Listen
11 Beach Fossils| Sometimes | Listen
12 Woven Bones | Wanna Tell Ya | Listen
13 Ty Segall | Bullet Proof Nothing
14 Surfer Blood | Take It Easy | Listen
15 School Knights | Lunch Money
16 Happy Birthday | Subliminal Message | Listen
17 The Growlers | Sea Lion Goth Blues | Listen
18 Unouomedude | Buildings | Listen
19 The Strange Boys | Laugh At Sex (Not At Her) | Listen
20 Mind Spiders | World’s Destroyed
21 Fair Ohs | Hey Lizzy | Listen
22 Fergus & Geronimo | Girls With English Accents
23 French Kissing | You Just Don’t Know What Love Is For
24 Sweaters | Fruit On The Vine
25 Demon’s Claws | Fucked on K | Listen
26 Swampmeat | Brand New Cadillac
28 Shimmering Stars | I’m Gonna Try | Listen
29 My Pet Saddle | Il Fait Beau | Listen
30 Cults | Go Outside | Listen
You guys, I’m crying of joy. As we all know, I’m trapped in probably the worst place ever where it’s freezing as fuck and it’s only going to get worse (I heard maybe SNOW on Saturday so consider this my suicide note) so the second wave of bands announced for SXSW 2011 is making me so goddamned excited for March. I can’t wait to don shorts and tank tops and skip through the streets of Austin seeing the following AMAZING bands which practically made me tear up out of joy, and the knowledge that I’ll be getting a 7 week spring break. Booyah.
The Bellrays (Los Angeles CA)
Demon’s Claws (Montreal CANADA)
Fergus & Geronimo (Brooklyn NY)
Grass Widow (San Francisco CA)
The Happy Hollows (Los Angeles CA)
J Mascis (Amherst MA)
JEFF The Brotherhood (Nashville TN)
La Sera (Los Angeles CA)
Quintron and Miss Pussycat (New Orleans LA)
The Strange Boys (Austin TX)
Thee Oh Sees (San Francisco CA)
Turbo Fruits (Nashville TN)
Ty Segall (San Francisco CA)
The Vaccines (London UK-ENGLAND)
Voxhaul Broadcast (Los Angeles CA)
Ugh. I think I’m going to have to stop calling Canada ‘America’s Hat’ in public and in conversation (as I often love to) because I’ve recently started listening to quite a few Canadian bands — and they all fucking rip. Up now is Montreal’s Demon’s Claws. Again, I know, I’m fucking late on everything – but this is really just a case of ‘been-meaning-to-listen-to-forever-ugh’ but Demon’s Claws just released their second album, ‘The Defrosting Of…’ — which supposedly is supposed to finish with ‘Walt Disney’ but doesn’t for legal reasons? — which you can pick up from In The Red, came out at the beginning of October and I’m pretty enamoured with what I’ve heard so far. My favorite, off their new album, is a little gem called ‘Fucked on K‘ which is a really cool little twangy, country jam with plenty of grime and is all about drugs (obvi) — so it’s really damn good. I’ll post this some other time, but their split with the Black Lips covering the Rolling Stones is fucking awesome as well.