Palehound "A Place I’ll Always Go"
A Place I’ll Always Go, the second LP from Palehound but their first for Polyvinyl, is an indie rock wonderland. Spindly guitar lines, plunky bass, shuffle-y drums and Ellen Kempner’s hushed, melodic vocals. It all adds up to a throwback to the ‘90s heyday of the indie craft a la The Breeders (with a little Folk Implosion percussion thrown in for good measure), plus a softer take on the modern sounds of Speedy Ortiz. Having recorded the album after a period of great personal loss, Ellen and Co. have come out the other side with an introspective blast of blurry rock. Check out the earworm “Room.”
The Peacers "Introducing The Crimsmen"
There you are, you just built yourself a shortwave radio that you are sure will pick up frequencies from space. You tune it all over the dial (do short wave radios have dials? Admittedly, I didn’t do a whole lot of research for this…) and come upon some alien sounds. But suprisingly, the aliens speak English. Also, this sort of sounds like rock and roll music, but like none you’ve ever heard before. That’s because it’s The Peacers! Spilling out from a split in the fabric of the universe is their strange, frazzled garage rock from space. Introducing The Crimsmen (Drag City) is like if you pushed the Kinks down the stairs mid-practice, and they never stopped playing. Half way down the steps, they tumble into Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd who was working on some Monkees covers, and the whole thing winds up this alien-sounding supergroup before they hit the landing. Cool origin story right? Check out the stonned shuffle of “Jurgen’s Layout.”
Royal Trux "Platinum Tips + Ice Cream"
Platinum Tips + Ice Cream (Drag City) is the new (!!!) record from Royal Trux. Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty went back through their entire catalog before they recorded this career spanning live record. What’s that? Yup. This is a live record. I know, there aren’t many placement opportunities for live tracks, but it IS Royal Trux, so maybe that cancels the live part out? We’ll let you decide when you check out this live retelling of “Sometimes.”
Dion Lunadon "Dion Lunadon"
For all of the amazing musical things Dion Lunadon has been involved in, a proper solo release has never been one of them. You may know Dion from his days in the New Zealand powerhouse D4, or perhaps from his recent stint as the bass player from A Place To Bury Strangers. But his self-titled solo debut is another beast altogether. A blast of noisy, swagger-y punk blues that is a little like Jon Spencer meets Mclusky meets Unwound with a healthy dose of New Zealand garage pop melodies thrown in to boot. The result is an energetic party in which you wear the blackest of clothes you have in your closet to, because it’s a super cool party too. Make sure you get yourself invited by checking out the distorted bounce of “Howl.”