The Dreamliners "Southwest Side Story – Vol. 19"
Prince’s Black Album. The Dandy Warhol’s Black Album. The Beach Boys’ Smile. David Bowie’s Santa Monica 1972. Modest Mouse’s Sad Sappy Sucker. What do all these albums have in common? Well, they were available in, umm, less than legitimate ways before their official releases. Enter Numero Group and their “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” take on the famed bootleg series East Side Stories. Because so many of those releases included occasional song that Numero has the ability to release legally, they figured “why not?” Southwest Side Story Vol. 19 is just such a release. Comprised of unbelievably OOP 45s from San Antonio Texas in the ‘60s. You’ve got quite a far ranging sound from an area just as diverse as these sounds. Check out the eerie, Tarantino vibes of “Just Me And You” from The Dreamliners.
Shugo Tokumaru "Toss"
As the press for Shugo Tokumaru’s new album TOSS (Polyvinyl) so eloquently states, he has “wowed critics and fans the world over with a sound that draws as much from classic Beatles-esque melodies as his own unique spin on Japanese pop.” A multi-instrumentalist in the truest sense of the word, every sound on this album is made by Tokumaru-san. Singing his western-sounding melodies in his native Japanese, this is as joyous as chamber-pop music gets. Check out the odd buoyancy “Lita-Ruta.”
Good Good Blood "Songs From Where I Live"
Written and recorded during the month of January in 2017, the proper full-length debut from Good Good Blood is something of a diary album. Known to his friends as James Smith, Good Good Blood has been self-releasing music for years before Team Love signed him onto the roster. Haunting, acoustic, sparse, emotive and beautiful. The Bon Iver vibes are strong with James, but his sound is singular; rooted in familiarity but still mysterious. Check out the round for one that is “Fallen Leaves.”
Charly Bliss "Guppy"
Full of youthful vigor, jangly ‘90s guitars, candy-coated pop melodies, and vintage alt-rock touches, the debut album from Charly Bliss is gonna take you back. Guppy (Barsuk) finds the band 5 years into their career, finally prepared to recorded a full-length album after repeated false-starts. It was time well spent, as this is a rock and roll good time. Obviously influenced by the likes of Veruca Salt, Eva Hendricks’s squeaky vocals match perfectly with the Weezer-y pop strains and the modern production touches. Check out the build of “Percolator.”