Century Club, A Tale of Two EPS
Power-poppy indie rockers Century Club will perform tonight at The High Watt alongside Tower Defense, Charges and Forget Cassettes. And in a fine show of timeliness, they've just offered up a brand-new release, A Tale of Two EPs, for free. It's a nine-song collection that moves swiftly through jangly pop tunes ("Baba Oh Really") and tight, melodically ambitious numbers ("Replicant") alike. The tighter, more up-tempo, punk-pop numbers ("Black Hand" especially) really call to mind DIY indie-rock champs Superchunk, and to a lesser extent, followers like The Thermals. As The Spin once noted, there are some traces of The Replacements in there as well. Anyway, the production is clean and straight-ahead, and the melodies are strong — plus you've got some lead-guitar action from John Davis (Epic Ditch, Superdrag) on "Some Kind of Sine, Cosine." Stream it above, or get over to Bandcamp and download it for free. It's most definitely worth your time.
We Own This Town Vol. 58
The fine fellas of WOTT are all the way up to No. 58 in their ongoing series of podcasts, and this one is stuffed to the brim with tunes that ought to brighten your Winter Solstice. You've got The Nobility doing "I've Got a Present for You," Tristen doing "Frosty the Snowman," Caitlin Rose and Keegan DeWitt tackling "You Never Come Home for Christmas," Birdcloud mutilating "Silent Nite" and much, much more. There are some true gems in there. The above link will hook you up with the MP3 version, but if you want to get enhanced with it, here's the M4A.
Penicillin Baby, Jams Vol. II
All right, forget about their name for a second. I really like Penicillin Baby's spacey psych rock. I threw that "Daddy Drove a Hearse" single of theirs on repeat on more than one occasion, and I referred to their Jams Vol. I as sounding "like the sort of EP MGMT might be making were they still holed up in a dorm room somewhere. You know, had nobody thrown any money at them. Psychedelic surf-pop stuff." Perhaps it's got a bit more punk influence than that, but I still generally agree with, um, myself as far as that description goes. Anyway, here now is Jams Vol. II — yet another dose of 'verby, far-out psych pop. I find it truly good. Stream it above or buy it for any price you like at P-Baby's Bandcamp page.
The Cadillac Black, "Happy Christmas"
Hey, who's up for a Southern-fried, body-rockin', whiskey-fueled Christmas tune? The verse of The Cadillac Black's "Happy Christmas" actually reminds me quite a bit of Butthole Surfers' "Pepper" — you know, the whole lazy spoken-word thing backed with a recycled riff — but with the dirt/rust filter turned up to 11. It's definitely a PBR-style, trailer-friendly bonfire stomp-along. Cut off your sleeves, throw it on, and have a dirty-ass Christmas. Stream it above or get it for free at The Cadillac Black's Bandcamp page.