Savak "Cut-Ups (EJRC)"
Everytime someone says “guitar rock is dead” a band like Savak jumps up and say – “HEY WE ARE HERE!” And thank the gods that they are – mixing ever record i loved when i was in my ’20s (ok… and my ‘30s… ’40s and–sigh–50’s), Savak love the crap out of such bands as WIRE, The Saints and R.E.M. If you like any of those bands or at least one of them (and i assume you do?) Cut-Ups is the record for you. Plus who doesn’t like horns and rock? I mean i’m not talking about late Chicago (early I’ll give ya for sure), but tracks like “Natural Light” and “Loma Prieta” will actually make you happy when the horn guys step on stage (a first for everything). Check out the aforementioned “Natural Light.”
Double Ferrari "Double Ferrari (Ernest Jenning)"
If you’re like me, and you love classic video game music, then you’ve likely come across Bit Brigade. If you haven’t, let me explain. They are a band that plays classic video game music (Mega Man, Castlevania, Super Mario Bros. etc) on stage in a heavy metal style as someone plays the game on a screen behind them. Their live performances and videos are multimedia explosions of fun. Well, Bit Brigade also has a band to release their original instrumental heavy metal music. And man oh man, this debut from Double Ferrari is a fun one. If you like instrumental heavy metal, you aren’t gonna love a record this year more than this one. Produced by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Joana Newsom) this is blistering, relentless dual guitar gymnastics. Technical and soulful at the same time, it’s an absolute blast. Check out the self titled tune “Double Ferrari.”
Werewolf Diskdrive "Werewolf Diskdrive"
Look, the more you know about Werewolf Diskdrive, the more you are gonna love Werewolf Diskdrive. His origin is steeped in mystery (though you can learn more about it at http://werewolfdiskdrive.bigcartel.com/faq). But suffice it to say, Werewolf Diskdrive is a consciousness living in a disk drive at a store called Werewolf Diskdrive that recorded an album called Werewolf Diskdrive (with more than a little help from Eric Elbogen, of the now defunct band Say Hi). Most of the songs are about food or obsolete technology, and are a little bit rap, a little bit lo-fi pop, and a lot of fun. Imagine if Brother JT recorded a hip-hop album, and you are approaching the strange, strange world of Werewolf Diskdrive. Check out the ode to the basest of human desires, “Hamburgers & Hotdogs.”
Godspeed You! Black Emperor "Luciferian Towers (Constellation)"
It’s not easy to be a political, revolutionary band while also being an instrumental post-rock orchestra. Somehow, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have figured out how to do just that with their latest, Luciferian Towers (Constellation). Full of their “most melodic and powerfully positive-sounding music to date” (Pitchfork) LT also includes political screeds via liner notes and press releases demanding “An end to foreign invasions. An end to borders. The total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex. Healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right.” Not an easy trick to be hauntingly beautiful and mad as hell, is it? Well GY!BE certainly pull it off here on their latest majestic, atmospheric release. Check out the first single from the album, the sprawling “Undoing A Luciferian Towers.”