Dr. Dog – B Room (Anti) – Dr. Dog’s third album shows how much they’ve matured as a band, displaying more soul and restraint, as well as dialing in a precise vision with the production and arrangement of the songs. Hints of doo-wop and reverbed out guitar pervade on songs like the kick-off single “The Truth”, and while there aren’t any flat out rockers on this album, there are plenty of stick-to-your-brain melodies and lyrics, which is really what this band is best at anyway.
Video: “ The Truth”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUnpNq7U2Qk
FUZZ– FUZZ (In The Red) – Ty Segall chose an apt name for this side project. These three guys grind out unrelenting psychedelic rock with reckless abandon. There are nods to old Hendrix and Blue Cheer records, but they throw a modern, almost jazzy vibe on top of it, with non-typical song structures, and free form solo jams in spots. ROCK!
Video: “Loose Sutures”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5xRq5f1kCU
Quasi – Mole City (Kill Rock Stars) – Sam Coomes & ex-wife and former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss make more noise than many bands with two or three times as many band members. Their new record is no exception, blasting simple, catchy and fuzzy songs with no frills at maximum volume.
Video: “You Can Stay But You Gotta Go”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJlUjm9fGv8
Yuck – Glow & Behold (Fat Possum) – After having previous front man Daniel Blumberg walk away from the band last year, Yuck returns with Max Bloom taking up the vocals, and deliver a solid album of more polished guitar-based tunes reminiscent of Pavement and Built To Spill with touches of My Bloody Valentine thrown in. If you’re a fan of 90’s guitar bands, you will dig this.
Video: “Rebirth”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q23oLtRfzCU
OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES:
Matt & Kim – “Lightning Remixes” (Fader)
Moby – “Innocents” (Mute/Universal)
Blitzen Trapper – “VII” (Vagrant)
– Mark Reback for The Independent FM