New Video: Dead Trains – County Road Bound/Mean Town Blues

Dead Trains

Dead Trains

Galavant with Dead Trains & cohorts in their newest video as they get off the chain gain and into your basement hearts. There’s tons of SouthWest swagger from this Boston trio – with concrete grit and dirty jean vibez permeating off of their new single, “County Road Bound/Mean Town Blues” – it’s the perfect accompaniment to listen to while working on a serious hangover.

Recommended If You Like: Meat Puppets, Jon Spencer, Cow Punk

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Recommended Album: Magic Magic – Tv Life

Magic Magic

Magic Magic

Magic Magic play a lazed out “am I still sleeping – or awake?” version of indie glaze pop that leaves the ears floaty and heart hopeful. The unsigned Boston sextet released Tv Life in mid-January and it’s 11 tracks of fantastic – a perfect accompaniment to an unseasonably warm February as it’s psychedelic surrealness leaves you blended between the physical and the shadowland.

Recommended If You Like: Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, Four Tet

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New Video: Winter – Pretender

Winter will keep you warm. (Photo - Carl Pocket)

Winter will keep you warm. (Photo – Carl Pocket)

Winter, a band conceived in Boston & stationed out of Los Angeles, recently released a video for “Pretender” – the chill dream vibes of the indie quartet are encapsulated beautifully by lead guitarist Matt Hogan’s direction, as you get a backseat view of what it’d be like to chum around on tour with Winter.

Recommended If You Like: Beach Fossils, Summer Twins,  Ducktails

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Recommended Album: Thee Arcadians – We Have Come For Your Parents

Thee Arcadians

Thee Arcadians

Thee Arcadians hail from Western Massachusetts, the land of dragons, and their music is as unrelenting & fierce as the tamed lizards they ride upon. These cats are young by human years, but their music is as old as the soul, and it’s this battle of complimentary conflictions that make their music fresh as hell and old as stone. This is Sorry Ma’ era Replacements freaked on Berkshire weed. This is Rock and Roll. This is really, really good. This is Thee Arcadians. This is what I want to hear more of.

Recommended If You Like: Ty Segall, Sebadoh, Mudhoney, Berkshire Weed

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Visions Premiere: The Ghost of Electricity “The Ritual”

The Ghost of Electricity's Bonez EP drops 2/16.

The Ghost of Electricity’s Bones EP drops 2/3/16 via Spark & Fizz.

The music of The Ghost of Electricity – a recording project featuring Ray McNamara; is unabashedly adventurous & unique. His upcoming EP, Bones, will be released on 2/3/16  by Spark & Fizz Records – and it’s a sonic sculpture whose psychedelic shape morphs with repetitive listens, forming a topography that makes for constant (and rewarding) change. There’s a meditative quality to the EP that is restrained in presentation but complex in composition – Zen Chaos. “The Ritual” is the opening track off Bones and shimmers you into the jangled depths this  EP contains.

Recommended If You Like: Bibio, Dirty Projectors, Buffalo Daughter

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Recommended Album: Sex Dream – Gods​/​Tundra

Sex Dream will wooze you through this Winter.

Sex Dream will wooze you through the Winter.

What’s so enticing about Sex Dream, a solo project by Benjamin Jameson, is his steady & monotonous baritone, which is reminiscent of Mark Sandman’s legendary vocal tone with Morphine. The production’s not as complex, with a VHS nostalgic hue and easiness that make for a perfect compliment to such a strong and confident voice. Jameson describes the music as “simple/whatever” on the his Facebook page, and while simple may be apt, it’s certainly far from whatever.

Recommended If You Like: Morphine, The National, Twin Shadow

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Episode 86 – Easy On Yourself

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Episode 86 - Easy On Yourself

Episode 86 – Easy On Yourself (Artwork – D.Hixon)

The energy within me is circling in a swift & positive direction. I expect many good things in 2016, and episode 86 is an auditory springboard into that optimistic ether. I spun the mix live late last weekend in my West Medford Mojo. I traverse on many styles while providing thoughtful transitions that’ll sprain your tape deck as you hopefully nod in enthusiastic accordance.

1. Cookies – The Dream (Music For Touching – 2014)
2. Boards of Canada – Nothing Is Real (Tomorrow’s Harvest – 2013)
3. Panda Bear – Principe Real (Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper – 2015)
4. Indoor Voices – Still (Indoor Voices – 2012)
5. Dog Bite – Wonder Dark (Tranquilizers – 2014)
6. Tomorrows Tulips – When (When – 2014)
7. Ty Segall – Swag (Swag – 2009)
8. The Sweets – Sister (The Sweets – 2014)
9. Woolen Men – Temporary Monument (Temporary Monument – 2015)
10. The Sound Barrier – Groovin’ Slow (She Always Comes Back To Me – 1968)
11. Pugh Rogefeldt – Love, Love, Love (Ja, Dä Ä Dä! – 1969)
12. Tony Allen Plays With Afrika 70 – Afro Disco Beat (Progress – 1977)
13. Floating Points – J&W Beat (J&W Beat 12″ – 2009)
14. Flying Lotus – MmmHmm ft.Thundercat (Cosmogramma – 2010)
15. Panda Bear – Tropic Of Cancer (Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper – 2015)
16. McKay – This Road (Into You – 1978)
16. Beck – Mattress (One Foot In The Grave – 1994)
17. Kurt Vile – Life Like This (b’lieve i’m goin down – 2015)
18. Ranking Slackness – Bath Room Sex (Slackest LP – 1979)
19. Yellowman Versus Josey Wales – Society Party (Two Giants Clash – 1984)
20. Winston Edwards & Blackbeard – Behind Closed Doors Of The House Of Commons (At 10 Downing Street – Dub Conference – 1980)
21. Starshine – All I Need Is You (All I Need Is You – 1983)
22. DâM-FunK – When I’m With U I Think Of Her (Adolescent Funk – 2010)
23. Gregory James Edition – Make It Easy On Yourself (Prophets Of Soul – 1973)
24. Ornette Coleman – C.O.D. (Ornette At 12 – 1969)
25. Weldon Irvine – Here’s Where I Came In (Sinbad – 1979)

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Recommended Song: brmfthsstm* – honest

Brmfthsstm

brmfthsstm* — pronouced ‘Broom Of The System’.

It may be easy for brmfthsstm* to be alone, but it’s even easier to ease back and let the rays of “honest” layer you in a golden tan – leaving you deeper in tone & tenor than when you first laid out to bathe. It’s gentle, thoughtful, and light as a two inch New England dusting – while also warm as the orange window you watch flakes flutter and fall from – that duality is what makes “honest” better than great, and brmfthsstm* someone to pay attention to.

Recommended If You Like: Sore Eros, Sex Dream, Tomorrows Tulips

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