Deer Tick - Main Street - Divine
- Forthcoming 4th album
- The leader of Deer Tick, John McCauley, has been working on the Middle Brother collaborative project recently and making some brilliant music there.
- This is their first new recording in about 2 years as their 3rd album was recorded during the sessions for their 2nd.
- The is the first single from the forthcoming album and has an easier feel that is more reminiscent of Middle Brother than the older Deer Tick stuff.
Emperor X – Compressor Repair –
Western Teleport (2011)
- 5th album.
- Former HS science teacher.
- RIYL: Mountain Goats & Death Cab for Cutie
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar - The Lion's Roar (2011)
- 2nd full length.
- Swedish folk outfit.
- They also have one EP out and a DayTrotter session well worth your time.
Brown Bird - Bilgewater - Salt For Salt (2011)
- 2nd of two EPs. Both out in 2011.
- Layered, darker folk rock that is like a slightly less amped up version of the Builders and the Butchers.
Dan Mangan – About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All – Oh Fortune (2011)
- Third Album.
- RIYL: David Dondero & Wooden Wand.
- This one feels like a waltz.
Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin - Fame (David Bowie) – Castle Face Records Group Flex Sampler (2011)
cover from these fuzzy lovin' San Franciscans. Bowie
- Ty Segall has almost single-handedly revitalized the fuzzy garage rock genre.
Turf War – Cheers To the Years – Years of Living Dangerously (2011)
- Debut album
- Produced by Ian St. Pe’ of the Black Lips.
Hanni El Khatib - Come Alive - When the Guns Come Out (2011)
- If you love the old Black Keys you will get into this guy for sure!
- Hard, dirty garage blue rock.
Mikal Cronin - Is It Alright - Mikal Cronin (2011)
- Solo debut.
- Album is produced by fellow west coaster, Ty Segall.
- Also in a surf-punk band called the Moonhearts.
Benjy Ferree – Fear – Come Back To The Five And Dime Bobby Dee, Bobby Dee (2008)
- 2nd album
- Concept album inspired by Bobby Driscoll, the boy who played Peter Pan for Disney in the 40’s & 50’s
- After hearing a couple old time pop songs (‘Fear’) I wasn’t expecting to hear a track like this one… sounds like it could be found on a Raconteur’s record.
- He’s getting comparisons to Jack White, Freddie Mercury and Marc Bolan… pretty accurate and pretty good company!
Matt Duncan - Meanstreak – Beacon EP (2010)
- Debut 6 song EP
- Retro pop that makes me think a lot of Benjy Ferree.
The Strange Boys - Doueh - Live Music (2011)
- 3rd full length.
- debut full length was The Strange Boys & Girls Club out in 2009)
- in the same vein as the Black Lips… lo-fi mash-up of 60’s/70’s rock, old r&b and punk.
Air Review - Low Wishes -
's Son EP (2011) America
- Debut EP
folk rock band Dallas
- Cool Sufjan Stevens and Elliot Smith vibes on this track.
PAPA - Let's Make You Pregnant - A Good Woman Is Hard To Find EP (2011)
- Led by the drummer for the band Girls.
- Upbeat, a touch beachy and sun-drenched pop and a perfect fit for the end of summer.
- There is something triumphant in their tracks that really draws me in.
- 3rd full length.
- This song has popped up in so many places, but I could never decide if I really liked it or not… I think I do.
- Upbeat beach pop.
Carousels - Here To Me - Carousels EP (2011)
- They have a sound that is part Jesus and Mary Chain, Pulp and a little
- A must Google.
- There is pretty much nothing out there about this band, however there is another band out there with the same name… different style.
Psychic Ills - Mind Daze – Hazed Dream (2011)
- 3rd full length, but numerous other EP and single releases.
- Trippy garage psych rock.