Month: August 2014

Recommended Album: Mozes and the Firstborn

Mozes and the Firstborn

Mozes and the Firstborn take a dip somewhere in Germany.

Mozes and the Firstborn play a brand of Garage that’s equal parts California, Pop, and Stoner. While their sound carries a West Coast vibe the band hails from the Netherlands – and their excellent self titled debut was recently released in the States by Burger Records.

“I Got Skills” is the stand-out single with an undeniable sing-song hook that just seems destined to play in a future Volkswagen ad or something – however, it’s tracks like “What’s Wrong Momma” and “Skinny Girl” that give Mozes real depth and hopefully show these Dutch cats may stick around for a bit. Mozes will be playing at the Brighton Music Hall with other label mates from Burger (Cherry Glazer, Pangea, & more) on 10/29.

Recommended If You Like: Jeff the Brotherhood, Wavves, Harlem

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New Music: Shintaro Sakamoto – Let’s Dance Raw

Shintaro Sakamoto

Shintaro Sakamoto

Shintaro Sakamoto, best known for his time fronting the Japanese psychedelic band Yura Yura Teikoku, has ventured out on his own for what’s become an equally exciting journey. Let’s Dance Raw, which is set to be released via Other Music Recording Co. (distributed by Fat Possum) on September 19th takes a further step into the lush soundscapes Sakamoto’s been exploring since going solo. He combines 70’s AM radio mixed with Japanese Pop and Tropicalia rhythms making for a verdant musical landscape.

Recommended If You Like: Ariel Pink, Donnie & Joe Emerson, John Maus

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Always Dress In Black – The Too Soon Funeral of The Blackjacks

The Blackjacks

The Blackjacks burned too fast, and as a result are grossly under appreciated.

The Blackjacks should have been to Boston what The Replacements were to Minneapolis – a revered, influential, flawed, and cornerstone band. Instead they went off the rails too soon leaving two killer records as their epitaph wrapped in a whole bunch of what-if’s. Playing snarled rock in near drag was not normal in mid-80’s Boston, and despite some moderate local success, the band never got past their own demons or insecurities. Both Basic Blackjacks and Dress In Black are absolutely essential albums – and as far as Boston rock goes, should be mentioned in the same breath as The Real Kids and Modern Lovers, but they’re not because they let substance derail their junk train – total bummer.

Reading Boston Rock Archives biography on the Blackjacks is another must – where quotes like the below bring into focus why their music was so potent, raw, and short lived.

After the gig, Angel was out-of-control enraged, and his bandmates dosed his beer with Valium to try and sedate him, not knowing he’d already downed a handful of the benzo’s. Out for three days.

Recommended If You Like: The Replacements, Mid-70’s Stones, MC5

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