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Here in is just some music I found that I liked or was interesting while I have been sitting out my quarantine. This will meander a bit. I have a lot of listening to catch up on but these are items of interest to me – and maybe to you.

LeftyFish

I’m pleased to report that LeftyFish has had a couple of releases since I last wrote about them. Soooooo goooood. Gotta like noise though.

The Ice Age

Let’s start with the interesting. This is a long lost record from Indianapolis’ psych/hard rock band Ice (aka Zukus). Not bad. More interesting than good perhaps. Certainly good enough to have released i’d think

Beybonlar

This is interesting. This is some Turkish Psych from 1969. Pretty nice.

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Traveling via bandcamp that is. I’ve always appreciated the location tags on bandcamp. It gives an opportunity to explore a city, a country, a region for it’s music. It’s a central tool that we have used during our drunk radio showers. And so I find it useful.

On this stop, Dublin, Ireland. Or at least I assume Ireland. Maybe all of this music originates in Dublin, Ohio. Hard to tell. Also while I don’t prefer to stick to a city per se, as the rural remote artists have enough to angst about as well, this seemed an appropriate enough journey to start. Feel free to follow along…

First stop: Princess.

The newest tracks from Princess date to 2015. Did they break up? At first, my original reaction wasn’t positive as it was a bit too indie pop for me. But it did occasionally divert into noise. And listening to more they had a tendency towards occasional space rock – or even an 1980s influenced pop sound. Which I can deal with. And maybe that’s just nostalgia, but I did like this track:

Next Stop Barry McCormack

Maybe it was my mood, but that didn’t work for me.

How about Spongebob eyelashes?

Nice name. Would spongebob sue them? They could be spongebob jr eyelashes. They were ok but this made me go back and lose that “indie rock” tag. I’m not just looking for ok and I realized I didn’t want to hear self-proclaimed indie rock since it often didn’t fit the tag.

Jayne Pomplas

I have a soft spot for irish folk, so this settled in nicely from the get go. It really fit my mood and is some solid. On man, this really hit the spot.

That was a pure delight. Now let’s try some other folks…

Cold Old Fire

This group interested me with their band name which I really appreciated. They are a solid folk band, though in the end I maybe wasn’t in the mood. I think I just needed to switch to something more rockin’…

Fontaines DC

The start of the Chequeless Reckless album didn’t grab me, but it grew on me some by the end. The Fontaines are definitely more pop punk than my ideal, but they are solid enough for a mid-day listen. It’s probably the elevated mixing of the vocals. I really liked these tracks though:

I felt a need to dig deeper…

The Disco Participation Matrix

Is there a disco theme in Dublin? Initially the electronic sounding instrumentation turned me off. But it’s pretty good. The music was more instrument driven (sortof) and interesting. I highly recommend it!

Lina Andonovska

I can’t resist the experimental tag which is how I ended up on Lina. I might have an affection for any Lina based on our obsession with Norwegian crime drama – where Lina is apparently a common name.

Anyhow, there are a number of schools where experimental music falls. This is more the quiet, weird instrumentation. Which is solid, but not as good as the weird, noisy instrumentation. Still, I enjoyed this. It is no Lefty Fish though.

Electricals

And then I found what I was looking for. Something closer to the core of what I like. The Electricals. The intro to “I’m Going to the Fucking Moon” immediately grasped me and pulled me in. Consistent use of discordance. The death vocals on track 1 are only part of what these folks have to offer. Some really excellent sounds. I can definitely recommend. This made me very happy.

I decided on one more stop. I tried a stop at Funeral Suits but was immediately scared away. The Department of Forever caught my eye. Interesting cover art and intriguing song titles. An ambient false positive (more on that another day). On to Thee U.F.O….

THEE UFO

The poor sound quality caught my attention. I’m used to bands I love being more of the low budget variety. This had an initial acid rock feel. Thee U.F.O. were a nice ending point. It was indeed psych rock. More on the delightfully mellow end. Give it a listen and happy day!

This wasn’t a deep dive. It is just fun to dive into a region or place or collection of sounds and see what it has to offer. And this is what I found on a small little venture. Maybe something of interest to yinz as well…

 

OK we’re here. A little late but starting in a few minutes…

Let’s start with some ambient electronics…

Well that was low key… we’re apparently old and rusty. Next song coming shortly…

Ooh words half way through… drink up friends… here is some Småland

Sweden is really fun but we need something with some step. THis may not do that…

Oh man this is bad but fun! Omg it’s video game 80s music…

LADY METAL!!! CRUCIFIED BARBARA

That was fun. A little Maiden-esque for those of us lacking better references…

That was fun. Let’s destroy it with some Crematory Stench!

Who are you calling horse face?

and now for some sports to go with spring training baseball which starts tomorrow…

sports sports sports….. omg fun. More kvinna stuff, with a bit of riot grrrrrllll.

That was very good. Kraut rock now?

That was also excellent. If you have a hang up about it (eyes roll)…

poppy punky and fun…so lets see what’s next…

That got boring. Some pink noise?

I imagine being exiled in Stockholm is like parking in Stockholm…

Ok lets slow it down a minute…

Truck fighting!

Ok that was solid… our gang is growing here. And now for the Ditches…

this is a Swedish song about something

Jen is now showing discipline by waiting to tomorrow before purchasing the above. That was out of order but here is where we are now…

Ok we got sidetracked by videos of kiss cover bands…

and something about baboon shows?

loving this marauder!

and now this…

ok some Viking folk or something such…

This could be iffy…

The moon coven…

Thanks for listening. Or whatever you call it. Good morning to Sweden when you wake up!


This one came up on Pandora for me few weeks ago and I thought I was listening to some long forgotten Sonic Youth song that had managed to slip my radar. Much of Decay Decoy could pass as Ranaldo-penned b-sides, and I mean that in the best way possible. The Megaphonic Thrift seem to have moved in a more electronic-tinged direction in the the half decade since “Neues” came out, but the Norwegian ‘gazer’s entire discography appears to be worth delving into anyways.