Month: October 2014

New Music: Cookies – Music For Touching

Cookies - "Music For Touching"

Cookies – “Music For Touching”

In a previous life I worked for a small record label doing webmaster duties and any other odd or end that was needed – be it working a merch table, lights, or plastering promo posters about the City. One of the bands on the label was Mobius Band, a trio who played synth driven indie rock – they, along with label-mate chauncey, were destined for stardom in my rose colored eyes, but alas, like most bands – they faded away after some excellent EP’s and a couple albums.

Ben Sterling, an integral part of Mobius Band, has since moved on to form Cookies – whose apt name takes the pop sensibly of Mobius Band to a sweeter & cleaner level. Gone are the “indie” textures of Mobius, replaced with a crisp sense of confidence on how a pop song should be structured, and Cookies sure know how to structure a pop song, with each note being deliberate and in the perfect place.

The below video for “Music For Touching” was performed live and shot in one take.

Recommended If You Like: Cut Copy, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Sleigh Bells

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Recommended Album: Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist

Owen Maercks - Teenage Sex Therapist

Owen Maercks gets his just due with “Teenage Sex Therapist” 36 years after its release.

36 years ago Owen Maercks debut album was tragically his last. It was a privately pressed record that was exclusively distributed to record labels and radio stations with the hopes of getting Maercks signed. Despite the juicy bait Teenage Sex Therapist provided the listening “experts” – the line never tugged with a bite, and the record became something record nerds chased and little else, drifting anonymously to the bottom of the musical lake. Thankfully, Massachusetts based Feeding Tube Records has recently help make this killer record available to the masses in a limited pressing of 500 (which appears to already be sold out) as well as digitally.

Listening to Teenage Sex Therapist today it’s hard to understand what people were(n’t) hearing in 1978, because it’s a dense, strange, and fantastic record – who’s strengths are likely the exact reason it wasn’t picked up – which is a shame, because if given the opportunity, Maercks could have explored and expanded what we now call “post-rock” into places that likely still haven’t been traipsed upon, secret fishing spots never to be found – where the big one awaits….but all we’re left with today are big fish stories, and this fantastic record, which is honestly enough.

Recommended If You Like: Television, Velvet Undergroud, Captain Beefheart, Talking Heads

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Recommended Album: Fine Steps – All Day Long

Fine Steps

Fine Steps

Released last year as part of Volar Records Strange Mutations Vol. 2 7″ boxed set – Fine Steps provide a trio of stand out tracks that’ll sway you into a place of good. Bright guitars coupled with mopey-dream vocals and a bouncy back-beat make Fine Steps sound as if Joy Division moved to L.A. and formed a Smiths inspired Surf Band.

Yeah, it’s pretty fucking good.

Recommended If You Like: Joy Division Smiths Surf Cover Bands

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