Comments: This is a super-group comprised of Daniel Johnston and LL Cool J. Weird combination, I know. They write tunes that were popular in the southern reaches of the U.S in 1943. “I Stole Yr Kid” has the recording production of a tone-deaf nineteen year old. Daniel says “I stole your kid!” and LL says “STOLE YOUR KID!” just as you’d expect him to. Also just as expected from a band whose first blog entry is titled “you are all minority loving fags” is the song “Wimen R Slavves”. Sample lyrics: “Bitch, get in that kitchen, yeah. And cook me a fuckin’ steak, yeah. And if that steak ain’t medium rare, I’m going to have to put you in your place.” Also, “women get downstairs and get me beer. And if that cap isn’t twisted off, I’m going to make you take the bone right here”.
Another band on Burger Records that pretty much kicks ass. Check out the songs on their MySpace…they play a neat blend of scuzzy, lo-fi bubblegum rock and roll. It’s kind of like listening to Mark Sultan through a tin can. The song “One,” what a helluva track.
Description: While probably best known for the hit single “C’mon C’mon” or the fight between lead singer and lead guitarist Jason Stollsteimer and Jack White, The Von Bondies actually have three very solid studio albums behind them Lack of Communication (2001), Pawn Shoppe Heart (2004), and Love, Hate And Then There’s You (2009). They are also one of the few Garage-Rock revival bands to actually survive (despite numerous line-up changes) and adapt to the times without changing their sound.
Sounds Like: The Pixies, The White Stripes, and Louis XIV
Band History: Crocodiles consist of high school friends Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez, who played together in numerous bands such as the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower. Eventually though they regrouped under the name Crocodiles (who took their name from the great Echo and the Bunnymen album) in April of 08. The band immediately received attention after fellow southern California noise pop band No Age listed their single “Neon Jesus” as one of the top songs of 08 in a poll. In April 2009 the band released their first album Summer of Hate, a year later they released their critically acclaimed follow up Sleep Forever in the summer of 2010.
Description: Anyone looking to get their The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine fix as come to the right place. Like their predecessors, Crocodiles rely heavily on pop hooks along with abrasive guitar rifts (though maybe Crocodiles put more of emphasis song writing and crafting, then their fore fathers), still the sound defiantly unique and worth a listen.
Sounds Like: Echo and The Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary and Chains, The Horrors.
Description: The Bugs are a band from Portland, Oregon. Not much is known about them. That should change. Their MySpace helps us a little: they are influenced by the late D. Boon and put out an 18 song LP on Hovercraft Records (who?!) in 2009.
Sounds Like: Lo-fi powerpop!
What’s Awesome About Them: Of course, the music itself is really awesome. Imagine the Velvet Underground fronted by a 20 year old from the West Coast who knew about Beat Happening before Beat Happening even became in existence. Besides having a surfy song called “Fuckin A Right” is just perfect. FUCKIN A RIGHT, I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. I REALLY REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN.
Description: Pure fun. No shock that this is one of Cole’s favorite modern bands. They sound really really similar to Black Lips — except they sing in Spanish — so they should be an essential listen for any fans of garage and trash pop. I really dig, at least.
Red Mass is a group of musicians who fit in the general category of a band. They’re on the psychedelic/experimental side of rock and roll AND will be opening for King Khan and the Shrines at select shows! Among those select shows is the Royale Boston one that we’ll be attending. Ahh, the excitement! Well, anyway, I like what I hear and thought I’d share them with all of you guys. You know, move them to the next level of recognition.
“Male Models” – Haha! This one is funny. They sound like they’ve been at this since the ’80s. The style is dance-rock, but it’s eclectic and nearly parodies mainstream ’80s rock while still maintaining an edge that none of the shitty bands ever had at that time.
History: Five best friends who’ve been making jamz since 2006, at the latest. Maybe even earlier than that. It’s a band that features members of The Boston Chinks and possibly some other dudes, though we’ll never know for certain. Years Active: 2006-Present Label: Goner/In The Red Genre: Bubblegum/Psychedelic Pop Line-Up: Will, Billy, Alex, Bennett, Stephen, Ben, Michael, and Ray. Musical Style: Like others have said, they sound like the Beach Boys with a little bit more of an experimental knack. I’m sure a notable portion of King of the Beach was inspired by these recordings that Billy and Stephen were in on. They also sometimes sound like a happy Jay Reatard. Huh? Best Album: I don’t think they’ve released a full length yet. Top Songs: All of the songs on their Myspace page are pretty grand.