This is a rare occurence, but sometimes miracles do happen.
DARIUS’, ELODIE’S AND OFFICIAL MD PICK OF THE WEEK:
THEE OH SEES “Warm Slime” [In the Red] – ALL YOU NEED IS THE SUMMERTIME
OTHER TOP PICKS:
VARIOUS ARTISTS “New Zealand @ SXSW” [Kiwihits] – So, New Zealand goes to South by Southwest and records this super great compilation featuring Lawrence Arabia, the Ruby Suns, Surf City, and many more WVKR faves.
DOSH “Tommy” [Anticon] – Cacophonous harmonious loops play leap frog over each other in nearly jazz tempo.
UNKLE “Where Did the Night Fall” [Surrender All] – A Big Deep kaleidoscopic set of euphoric electronic hymns, its like Phillip Glass gone rhythmic electro-pop.
TWINKRANES “Spektrum Theatre Snakes” [B-Music] – Finders Keepers presents TWINKRANES. A storming psychedelic power-prog trio from Dublin that apparently loves to zone-out. Sounds like urgent neo-kraut-space rock.
V/A “Nigeria Special: Vol 2 Modern Highlife AfroSounds” [Sound Way] – Uh Duh. Its another Nigerian Special.
BLUES CONTROL “Local Flavor” [Siltbreeze Records] – This band played such a great set last week that many members of the audience couldn’t even stand up straight!
UNNATURAL HELPERS “Cracked Love & Other Drugs” [Hardly Art] – Freak outs and sweeping guitars, mock fatalist party racket with pop sensibilities with a good ol’ KRAANG.
PLANTS AND ANIMALS “La La Land” [Secret City Records] – Folk rock with classic rock vibes and jam-band psychedelia and some chamber elements too. Like a wet des(s)ert.
CAETANO VELOSO “Zii E Zie” [Nonesuch] – Veloso is most known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement Tropicalismo. He presents some (legendary) sexy bossa bossa, which is like electric guitar against sparse sonic backgrounds.
INLETS “Inter Arbiter” [twosyllable] – Darkish baroque pop with delicate cloudy harmonies and finger pickin’ banjo doo dads. Oh and look at that, Zach Condon does brass.
WESLEY WOLFE “Storage” [Odessa] – Clearly Lincoln Hawk inspired, an updated version of Goldfinger. Sometime he puts on his emotive singer-songwriter mask and grows a Pacific Northwestern beard. Got our heads boppin’ with his raw soulful acoustic guitar playing and his cracking voice.