So, as readers may not know, we do this thing called Drunk Radio Shower where we pick a country and listen to music from that country and drunkenly comment on the music (for better or worse). But we’re only able to do that every couple of months and we enjoy the excuse to discover new music (to us) from varied places around the globe. So here is a new thing where we do a post, maybe once or twice a month, where we pick randomly pick a country, and our contributors go out and research and pick a favorite track/band to share. The dice have been rolled, and for issue #1 it’s Uruguay.

July 26, 2016 @ 01:16 PM

Jim here with my pick for Uruguay. After much deliberation and listening I settled on the eclectic mix that is Power Chocolatin Experimento. First of all, solid name. And interesting mix of sounds. Some metal-esque guitars. Sometimes punk and sometimes indie pop. Some Pink Floyd-esque stuff. Some jazz fusion. And all well done. A really great mix of sounds.

And I had a couple of other close choices. I really liked the indie minimalism of hombre común.

And I liked this from Oneill too. Though technically tagged as pop punk I really liked it. I don’t think it’s really pop punk at all. More indie.

August 14, 2016 @ 05:24 PM

Matt here checking in with my pick, as Delouners rides two chords and some Black Lips attitude in “Family”, the title track to an album they put out just about this time last year.

And since that only took up two minutes of your time, here’s some bonus tunes: Los Shakers and Los Mockers seem to have formed some type of Uruguayan Beatles vs. Stones rivalry soon after the British Invasion swept across the pond, though I’d argue that the latter band had more of an Animals vibe about them. Judge for yourself below.

August 14, 2016 @ 07:13 PM

and now, it’s time for david to make his Uruguay choice!  my listening, during an unusually busy august, has been more spread out in multiple casual backgroundish hearings, rather than any concerted effort to find *the* one band or song.  it turned out, though, that i kept coming back to one of the first bands i’d found:  Laura y los Branigan.

the minor key melodies, soft but driving female vocals, and ever-building rhythmic intensity (and, really, probably the reverb and echo-y delay) bring me back to my college days, listening to 1999-ish radiohead or portishead, or any other -head, really.  it’s the music that got me to branch out into other styles, to look for something new that i might like but not yet know; and what better kickoff of a series meant to force us to do just that?

August 14, 2016 @ 09:30 PM

My pick is Carmen Sandiego. They are essentially español Belle and Sebastian. Good for a pensive hungover radio shower (i.e. late summer). Here is their video for Agustín from 2010’s Joven Edad :

The album’s lyrics are pretty solid, with themes including  promiscuous Christians, Tamagotchi, and that garden variety subsect of gremlin boyfriends with a penchant for belching the alphabet. Worth translating.

While their latest Ciudad Dormitorio came out in 2013, they still seem pretty active, so if you’re around Montevideo on September 3 go check them out !

August 14, 2016 @ 09:45 PM

OK Sam again with a song for when you and your dildo are just tryna go to the discotheque…


Herein we listen to music from Indonesia. And Drink. And live blog and tweet about it. Join along from home. Share what you think or what you like. Apologies to the good people in Indonesia who don’t drink.

8:00pm Let’s do this. Indonesia has tons of good music. This is a fun love ditty.

8:10pm That was pretty damned great! How about a Swervedriver cover?

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Herein we listen to music from Poland. And Drink. And live blog and tweet about it. Join along from home. Share what you think or what you like.

8:00pm Let’s start this out with some stoner rock. With an EP titled “Weednight”, sorry to tell you coppers, we’re clean here. But this music is pretty good.

8:10pm How about some lady rock? One thing we noticed in our initial perusals is that musicians in Poland are very sad. Even these ladies seem somewhat sad. Oh this band makes me thing mazzy star.

8:20pm not drunk yet. but more music from Poland is coming. Here is a song called Alice from a band named Thesis.

8:30pm The masses unanimously insisted on this track. drunk’n’roll for the drunk radio shower.

8:40pm David picked this one. MORE POLISH MUSIC!!! What do you think? Check out #drunkradioshower below. They are on facebook.

8:50pm Going with this one for the artwork and the fact that they’re signed to Bat Shit Records. Can’t imagine being disappointed with it.

9:00pm our first completely random pick of the night. Mikroorganizmy. One of those names…

9:10pm if ANXIETY is your thing. A pick from the Jennifer machine. The band is Folder. Yes, it’s from Poland.

9:20pm That escalated nicely at the end of dreaming. Shawn has connected remotely. Shit now getting real. Here is some Torn Shore.

9:30pm ok time to move on. Lisa on the plate. Something different I presume.

9:40pm That was solid. Here is a random pick. Deep thoughts to follow.

9:50pm ok, let’s try this now. Because we are into literal band names tonight.

9:53pm cutting off that horribleness. Let’s try this pick from David. Then we’ll get Mahogs in the mix.

10:00pm Mahogany album art picked this one. We need something really good so let’s hope…

10:10pm that was great! So, how about music recorded in your dad’s ass?

10:17pm okay we need to go lofi. That went a little too jam band after a bit. And who doesn’t like a dog driving a car?

10:26pm ok, now that we’ve farted out our souls. We need to ground ourselves with some field recordings.

10:33pm Lisa going hip hop tonight.

10:37pm and Tony walks in with a solid pick. Something less random.

10:43pm It’s a bit sketchy to from Poland and be named Deathcamp Project. But they know about Well-Known Pleasures. Good job Margot.

10:50pm Well we hope that music wasn’t too weird for ya. How about a brief glimpse into 8 bit remixes?

10:55pm Jen and Mahogany picked this. It has potential I think.

11:02 more from dj tony. yes, we are drunk. fuck you.

11:08 how about what we hear is a Polish classic? We’ve been more frustrated than usual with finding shit we like. Our divergent tastes in house might be contributing but here is a classic nonetheless.

11:12pm ok, the newcomer Sam picked it. So it’s gotta be good right?

11:15pm Is it us? Poland, why don’t you have better music? we are going one more time. Chile was much easier I must say. #worldwar3

11:20pm ok, that was better. Let’s try False Month. This has potential.

11:39pm we got distracted by foosball. wanted punk bad.

11:45pm This can go a lot of directions, but lets try it.

11:49pm and Nacht und Nebel!!!! That’s where our heads are. alcohol blesses.

11:55pm Matt and Jim have taken over. Therefore the music has gotten better. Sorry peeps.

12:03am oi oi polloi

12:06am government flu. because we’re ready for this.

12:11am ok maybe time to move on an awesome Polish label…

12:15am things are good and we’re rolling with Nikt Nic Nie Wie Records…

12:22am Ok let’s try pagan records.

12:30am the reviews on this one are good. So we thought we’d give it a shot. It has tangental potential.

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A continuation of my exploration into Greece music. Each month, the Discovering Interstellar Music feature will explore interesting (to us) music from around the world. This feature publishes every Friday. See also my posts on nefeli walking undercover (Part I), the εἰρκτή compilation (Part II), and Grecian Post Rock (Part III).

I found lots of Psychadelic rock in my brief Grecian foray. Here are some of the especially good ones.


Ammu Dia is their most recent release and it’s available on CD if you need the physical medium. The title track particularly caught my attention as it is almost math rock in substance. It has an almost metal sound happening that reminds me of Rodan. I really quite easily could have clumped some of Arrakis’ material in with last week’s post-rock post. But here it is.

More after the fold…


Now, this band is all in on the psychadelic with a strong metal influence. They are really quite good, but more purely psychadelic than Arrakis.

And that’s all for now. There is of course more where this comes from. Just me roaming about in the interwebs trying to discern what kinds of good music Greece had to offer. Hopefully yinz enjoyed it.

Coming Next Week: September Focus on … where?

Each month, in the International Radio Shower, we will explore interesting (to us) music from around the world. This feature publishes every Friday. This month will focus on music in Greece. Click on the following links to read Part I: Nefeli Walking Undercover and Part II: εἰρκτή compilation.

In my limited sample of music I combed through, I found a large amount of post rock, much of which could be classified as math rock. I tend to like this genre of music, so I found a lot of interest to me. Here are a couple highlights.


First of all, I appreciate a good band name. Afformance works for me. It is a made up word with meaning behind it. And let’s face it, virtually all math rock is quite a bit emo and a touch intelligentsia. This actually has some similarities to Pittsburgh’s own My Captain, My Sea.

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Hope Thinks Infinite

Well, this band’s label is so very literal. They deliver a great brand of instrumental post-rock. Thousand Yard Stare is a phenomenal song. And Glacial Erratic is a great song title. Petrichor goes primarily ambient or something.

We Own the Sky

Again, literal in a name. This one a little more aggressive about it. And a lot more heavy metal influenced. I recommend Alterecho.

Coming Next Week: Part IV on Grecian stoner rock.

Each month, in the International Radio Shower, we will explore interesting (to us) music from around the world. This feature publishes every Friday. This is Part II in our series on Greece. To read Part I click here.

The εἰρκτή compilation

Now this is something very different from my last post on nefeli walking undercover. And the timing is right. The small Greece label εἰρκτή is releasing a compilation of largely previously unreleased material that is quite extensive. It features primarily artists from the 80s and features 3 full length LPs and 1 7″ of material covering a wide array of the Greek underground scene. The recordings are sometimes pretty raw, but the content is great. Below I highlight some of my favorites from each lp.

βιῶν ἐν εἰρκτῇ (eirme 04 . 1)

Side A features primarily post punk content. Every song is solid. My favorite might be the fifth song from stranded particles y-r, but I think this track from on purpose might have the most appeal. Check it out.

Side B focuses on punk artists from the Greek underground scene. I really liked this track from ήταν είναι και θα είναι. It has spunk.

More after the fold…

βιῶν ἐν εἰρκτῇ (eirme 04 . 2)

On the second lp, the C side focuses on the minimal synth scene. This side really kicks it off well with this track from χωρίς περιδέραιο.

And on the D side, which focuses more on dark wave electronic and experimental. Hang with this track from common sense.

βιῶν ἐν εἰρκτῇ (eirme 04 . 3)

This entire album continues to focus on dark wave material. This might be my favorite song on the comp. Reminds me of something Chris Knox would do and even gets a bit weirder.

The F side gets a bit more ambient and experimental. I really liked this track from κρυπτογράφημα.

βιῶν ἐν εἰρκτῇ (eirme 04​.​4)

Finally we get to the New Wave 7″. The A-side from film noir is a lovely poppy new wave ditty. It’s so 1980s.

And that’s all for this week. As you can see that’s quite a sampler. It’s available digitally from the bandcamp links, or you can buy the box set on vinyl directly from the label here.

Note: A lot of the info is in Greek so if I got anything grossly wrong let me know.

Coming Next Week: Part III on Grecian post rock.

Each month, in the International Radio Shower, we will explore interesting (to us) music from around the world. This feature publishes every Friday. This month will focus on music in Greece.

OK, so, lately i’ve fallen in love with clicking on a country tab on bandcamp and finding new music. This started with my self awareness that I have no idea what is coming out of most parts of the world. Sure, I know some music from some of the obvious places (hi UK and New Zealand). But what are they doing with indie, punk, post punk, or riot grrrl in Greece or Greenland or South Korea? Matt told me they have a great psyche rock scene in Chile. So it seemed obvious to spend more time exploring music internationally and to share what we find.

And so it was that a couple of weeks back I ventured into music from Greece. Aided by the fact that my girlfriend enjoys doing this too and she is fond of Greece. I already have an LP from Acid Baby Jesus. So I know there is goodness there. But all I know is that someone in Greece came up with the awesome band name, Acid Baby Jesus, and they make good garage rock.

Of course, not all Greek bands are available affordably on the US domestic front. Slovenly Records happens to have several from Greece. And keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive take on Greece music. It’s just me poking around and making note of interesting (to me) music on bandcamp.

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Nefeli Walking Undercover

Greece seems to have a lot of post rock and a lot of stoner rock (limited sample size aside). But it was an experimental folk rock album from Nefeli Walking Undercover that caught most of my attention. Nefeli Walking Undercover is the pseudonym for a musician and music teacher from Athens named Nefeli Liouta. She is a composer too which is something that explains the fine arrangements on many of these tracks. Some of my favorite songs are from her older ep. Here is a sample:

I really appreciate their cover art for the lp. It’s just great and probably what caught my attention in the first place. And if you are in Greece, or are ok paying the international shipping, the cd comes with a 60″x60″ poster of the cover art. Also, they have a bunch of great videos they have made for their music, such as this one.

Coming Next Week: Part II on Greek’s record label εἰρκτή.

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8:00pm In just a minute we’re going to roll into a bunch of psyche. But check out this awesome post-rock / math-rock band from Chile. Warm up to this comfortably shifty music.

8:08pm Oops let that go for two songs. The Holydrug Couple… Sacred Bones signees and maybe the most well known band from this scene Stateside. Might as well ease into things.

8:20pm oops we’re slow. just let that band play for a bit. On to the next one. Y’all motherfuckers like MBV, right?

8:30pm and now we go twee. just discovered this an hour before going live with the drunk blog. so there!

8:40pm ok matt brings you… La Hell Gang. BJM-esque rock ‘n roll muzak.

8:50pm Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane… probably the first band from this scene I heard, and the sound I associate with it. Look up the video to this song, fits the mood perfectly.

9:00 And now we get pretty. so very pretty. reminds me a bit of a Chilean Emiliana Torrini.

9:10pm Let’s pick up the energy.

9:20pm ok we picked this one at random. umm, we’ll let you know what we think.

9:25pm oh that was a good break. Actually those guys seem like terrible people, please don’t give them any more attention than we already did. OK, back to the real tunes. Mi Andromeda toured with Astrobrite, which seems absolutely obvious when you listen to that.

9:35pm we will try another random one. we will so here is 5 minutes of some random dub-step from Chile.

9:40pm ok, let’s try fucking gothics at the beach. because that’s what we do.

9:45pm Watch Out!

9:55pm ok more good music. no more random stuff yet. Chicos de Nazca, featuring members of one of the bands we played already… who I forget… just take my word for it.

10:05pm The final pre-planned song of the night, which means we’ll be getting weird with it shortly. Bookending things another Sacred Bones band. Best accompanied by a bottle of Robitussin.

10:15pm Don’t call child protective services. The kids did picked this though. Seriously don’t call child protective services.

10:25pm this band is mixed in jim’s opinion. But he likes the opening track. He has opinions that no one listens to though so there is that.

10:35pm ok, random for the rest of the night. But we have hope and this looks good.

10:45pm Pontiacs were so good! wow! yay! awesome! and now for our next experiment. Mainly this dude looks like an old co-worker and friend.

10:51pm ok that was good in it’s way but totally ready for something hopefully better. everyone, arm your mind phasers.

10:54pm quick abandonment of that last one. Just ambient doesn’t fit drunk live blogging. But this is starting out really well.

11:04pm wow that was so good. can you match that nueva costa?

11:14pm we’ve been calling this the devil music all night. Doom but psychadelic? Are these tags legit?

11:21pm we thought that this album cover was very swirlies. but how is the music?

11:27pm this is for anyone who doesn’t like drunk radio shower blogging. los fuck you!

11:35pm that was really quite good. This looks like it has potential.

11:45pm gonna be hard to beat that. holy shit Desperfecto is soooooo good. And this is tagged as pop punk. Which is dangerous. Sorry Ryan. Anyhow, let’s find out.

11:55pm We keep eying this one. Could go either way. We all feel that let down is inevitable after Desperfecto, but who knows…

12:00am this one is fuckin medium fi. what the fuck is that? Note that we are playing at random.

12:05am so let’s try something different. sorry bandcamp, time to do some soundcloud.

12:10am omg i’m late! turns out laptops need power. even drunk ones.

Closing comments

I’m tired. We discovered some great shit. Some stuff I liked well enough but maybe won’t listen to much again. And some other stuff. No matter what. Music is something everyone can create and there is all kinds. What I like may not be what you like. But how great is it that we all find lovely tunes that fit our needs. Love music. Will never ever forget a certain split lp. – jim k

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