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Honey – 'Nowhere Floating'

I know very little about the Scottish band known as Honey. Their latest single ‘Nowhere Floating’ has just turned up on the interwebs and it’s rather good. Plus it’s free – download it here.

Somehow I don’t think these guys just started out because the production is crispy, the songwriting is solid and they’ve produced a radio edit which tells me… they’re ready for world domination! Prove me wrong.

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*UPDATE* Here’s an earlier Honey video for another tune called ‘Counting Seasons’, its a psychedelic slow burner with trippy retro visuals!

Visit Honey @ Bandcamp or connect with Honey @ Facebook.

Odonis Odonis – ‘Ledged Up’

Canadian artist Dean Tzenos (formerly of Ten Kens), busted out his solo project Odonis Odonis and was quickly snapped up by FatCat Records. On November 15 Odonis Odonis will release a full length debut titled ‘Hollandaze’.

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Since starting out in 2010, some indie heavyweights have contributed to Odonis Odonis including engineer Alan Douches (Beach House, Animal Collective, Mastodon) and producer Jon Drew (Alexisonfire, Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club). Despite the production expertise, ‘Hollandaze’ keeps its foot firmly in the do-it-yourself basket. Have a listen, it hasn’t had any character polished off.

Odonis Odonis cites The Pixies, The Cure and The Jesus & Mary Chain as major influences. The angular 80s rock sound is evident but there’s also a surf rock feel coming though on ‘Ledged Up’. It’s messy, energetic and isn’t precious about showing off its rough edges.

Odonis Odonis – ‘Hollandaze’ tracklist…
01. Hollandaze
02. Busted Lip
03. White Flag Riot
04. Blood Feast
05. Seedgazer
06. New World
07. Handle Bars
08. Basic Training
09. We Are The Left Overs
10. Ledged Up
11. Tick Tock

Visit Odonis Odonis online, @ Bandcamp or pre-order through FatCat Records.

Nirvana – 'Live At The Paramount' (Live In Sydney)

It’s now been twenty years since Nirvana‘s ‘Nevermind’ was released. To celebrate the milestone, Nirvana’s homecoming show after the release of ‘Nevermind’ in 1991 was screened publicly for the first time in select cinemas across Australia on September 23, 2011. Why Australia was picked for a Nirvana premiere I have no idea, but I was happy to be there!

In true keeping with teen rebellion, the cinema audience eventually decided to revolt against the candy bar, comfy cinema seating and adequate parking! This is a little snapshot of what happened…

Nirvana‘s ‘Live At The Paramount’ is a must for long time Nirvana fans. It’s simple with no frills, fancy editing or camera flares. This is Nirvana before they were burdened by expectations, hype and idolic status. It’s great to see Nirvana perform their ‘Nevermind’ classics while they were still fresh and passionate. ‘Live At The Paramount’ is available from September 30 on DVD and Blu-ray.

As you may know, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ is being re-released in a deluxe, re-mastered, super deluxe limited, and ultra sexy version! Well, not in those words, details here.

Weekend – 'The One You Want'

Weekend’s long lusted for ‘Red’ EP was released this week. The Californian post-punk outfit scored big on the blogosphere with the ‘Red’ EP’s lead track ‘Hazel’. It’s a winner!

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But there are more tunes to dig into. Between the dark and distant ‘Your Own Nothing’ and the closer ‘Golfers’, lies a bright and shiny gem called ‘The One You Want’. It’s kinda like Hazel’s little brother. It drones and drives away as the melody breaks from moody to just plain rock n’ roll!

The ‘Red’ EP is a snapshot of a band transforming from a dirty obscured beast into a cleaner, more lean animal. Note that this is not a main meal at five tracks, plus there are a few weak moments. However, if you loved Weekend’s ‘Sports’ then the ‘Red’ EP will keep you satisfied before another full length comes along next year.

Connect with Weekend @ Myspace or visit Slumberland Records for more.

Disappears – 'Halo'

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Chicago band Disappears released their second album ‘Guider’ earlier this year on Kranky records featuring the rocking track ‘Halo’. Kranky describes the record as “a heads down, blinders on, damn the distractions, forward driving, controlled squall. Drop the needle, turn up the volume and surrender to the delicious.”

For lovers of post punk, krautrock or blistering rock in general its worth a listen if it flew under your radar! A few interesting facts on Disappears, the vast majority of ‘Guider’ was recorded live in one take. In doing so, Disappears literally recorded over the same tape used for their debut album ‘Lux’.

Secondly, Sonic Youth’s drummer Steve Shelley joined Disappears on their recent European and North American tour… friends in high places! ‘Halo’ is a good example of the energy this band creates – it shimmers, echoes and repeatedly pounds its way into your head.

Visit Disappears via their blog or through Kranky Records.

The Soft Moon – ‘Total Decay’

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The Soft Moon have unveiled a nightmarishly dark new single ‘Total Decay’, its set for release this Halloween! If you like screeching synths, psyched out bass, relentless drums and swirly noise then this will be right up your street! Otherwise you’re sh** out of luck!

The San Francisco post-punk band began their apocalyptic journey in 2009 when lead man Luis Vasquez wrote the singles ‘Breathe the Fire’ and ‘Parallels’. Vasquez grew up in South-eastern California, clearly the simmering heat of The Mojave Desert provides more than enough inspiration!

Following the single releases, Justin Anastasi (bass), Damon Way (drums/keys) and Ron Robinson (media/visuals) joined the fray. Together The Soft Moon recorded their full length debut, released last year on Captured Tracks.

‘Total Decay’ will be released as an EP and launched at The Soft Moon’s headlining show on October 31 at The Independent in San Francisco. Full tour details including The Soft Moon’s Mogwai support slot are below…

26 SEP/ New York, NY – Webster Hall (supporting Mogwai)
27 SEP/ New York, NY – Webster Hall (supporting Mogwai)
28 SEP/ Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (venue changed) (supporting Mogwai)
29 SEP/ Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (supporting Mogwai)
1 OCT/ Boston, MA – Great Scott (supporting Mogwai DJ Set)
2 OCT/ Montreal, QC – Il Motore (supporting John Maus)
30 OCT/ Los Angeles, CA – The Echo @ Part Time Punks
31 OCT/ San Francisco, CA – The Independent (*EP launch)


Connect with The Soft Moon @ Facebook / The Soft Moon @ Captured Tracks.