The Jimmy C

January 4, 2012

For a good chunk of charming self-produced music check out Australian native Jamie Coghill’s (under the The Jimmy C moniker) albums on Bandcamp! Oddly enough stating he’s a “mediocre multiinstrumentalist” in his bio, he’s the drummer of Australian outfit The Devilrock Four who started experimenting with 4-track recordings on his own in 2005, ending up with tons of songs released on five different albums and EP’s over the years!

A variety of different garage sounds are offered on the albums available (garage punk, pop, spy themes, groovy instrumentals etc.) reminding me of a more garage version of Beck (especially on the funny Sucks To Be You) via The Ventures with maybe some slight Eagles of Death Metal qualities to the more rocking tracks. His latest offering Glamour & Fame (released on Australian label Off The Hip) offers up some great 60’s styled pop and is highly recommended. Fun!

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Bandcamp: http://thejimmyc.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.thejimmyc.com/

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Suedehead

January 3, 2012

Wow, wanna talk about instantly falling in love with a band? Orange County outfit Suedehead is made up various scenesters from bands including TSOL, Aggrolites and Beat Union and offers up a great blend of 60’s mod, soul and ska with a delivery that brings to mind early Elvis Costello. The band started out in late 2010, earning an opening slot for Social Distortion early on and is currently creating much deserved waves with their music.

Three EP’s has been released so far – both digitally and on vinyl – all showcasing brilliant songwriting, great musicianship and with a perfect production giving them a slight punk “edge”. It was damn near impossible choosing just one sample track – I Believe in Love is taken from their most recent The Constant EP released in October – so take your time checking out everything with these guys!

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Bandcamp: http://suedehead.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.suedeheadband.com/

For those wanting a bit garagey flavor to their roots rock, Canadian artist Buddy McNeil and his Magic Mirrors got two albums, one EP and one digital track’s worth available on their Bandcamp. Their recent full length Introducing Once Again… takes classic Americana roots, injects it with some healthy late sixties/early seventies Rolling Stones and adds a (at times) very Hives-sounding vocals on the thirteen tracks offered.

At times a bit too clean-sounding for my tastes, the band still has a firm grip on classic American rock with some smooth ballads, nice rave-ups and a couple more country-flavored tracks thrown in for variety. Buddy himself has a nice screaming style to his vocal delivery and their fluid material is sure to have something for everyone.

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Bandcamp: http://buddymcneilandthemagicmirrors.bandcamp.com/
Website: N/A

Zeit Modelle

December 21, 2011

Finn-born Kirill Junolainen (now a Russian native) is a busy man to say the least and got an downright jawdropping discography (check it out here if you don’t wanna take my word for it), focusing mainly on classic electropop. According to himself he’s produced over one thousand songs released under various aliases, but his most recent project Zeit Modelle has so far released five albums and one EP on his own label Datarocket Records. Since November 2011.

The album Network Virus Killer offers up nine classic retro electropop sounds with that slight drone feel made famous by more experimental synth outfits of the 80’s. A great piece of nostalgia – sound and style is just perfect – with a nice dancefloor feel and the occasional unexpected surprise. Fans of Kraftwerk should definitely check this out!

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Bandcamp: http://datarocket.bandcamp.com/
Website: N/A

Travelers of Tyme

December 20, 2011

Well, surf music saw its fair share of overkill during the 90’s. After Pulp Fiction hit the mainstream bringing legends like Dick Dale back in the limelight the revival was set in full swing making quantity over quality the rule. Bands like The Phantom Surfers and Man or Astro Man? (deservedly) gained a following but there was a whole lot of outfits that were – to be honest – quite awful. US-based duo Travelers of Tyme offers up a nice personal take of surf on their first self-titled album, mixing in vintage spy-movie themes, jazz exotica, 60’s lounge and – dare I say it – schmaltz with the classic reverb-drenched sounds you’d expect. Amazingly well-produced, the album is varied and offers some really nice twists and turns, making it anything but predictable for the listener!

Prof. Yaya & Dr. Klem (as they call themselves) have been active since the 90’s, and has so far released a slew of 7″ singles and EP’s, plus a couple of compilation tracks (all collected on their Bandcamp), all of them with a fresh approach to the music making it quite hard to choose just one track to sample. Fans of all things instrumental should check ’em out!

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Bandcamp
: http://tyme.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.tymetravelnow.com/

Chains of Love

December 19, 2011

Wow! I gotta admit, I’m a big sucker for the girlgroup sounds of the 60’s, am a proud owner of the Back to Mono box collecting the work of Phil Spector, and Vancouver garage outfit Chains of Love had me salivating after the first listen! Labeling themselves “garage soul”, their first EP Singles offers up four tracks mixing the early 60’s pop sounds of Shirelles, Shangri-Las etc. with modern Bay Area garagers like The Mummies. We’re talking cute, sugary pop with a healthy dose of lo-fi dirt and an vocalist that sounds eerily like Ronnie Spector!

Some nicely layered simplistic music with nice instrumentation and great vocals, wrapped up in a neat lo-fi package. The track You Got It has been released on a limited edition 7″ (with exclusive b-side) by Hi-Scores Recording Library. Check ’em out!

UPDATE: The EP Singles mentioned in this review has been divided into two singles on their Bandcamp on account of the band seeing all their tracks released as 7″ singles.

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Bandcamp: http://chainsoflove.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/chainsofloveband

Triptides

December 15, 2011

Fans of naive, simplistic 60’s pop are gonna love Triptides ’cause that’s exactly what this Georgia duo offers up. A nice blend of the early surf sounds and the pre-Beatles era jangly American pop of the 60’s, their third studio album Psychic Summer offers up thirteen great tracks ranging from classic surf to fuzzed out pop and some slightly more psychedelic tracks. I’m hearing tons of influences, pretty much everything from The Rip Chords to The Byrds‘ early material as well as Beau Brummels, and the band manages to blend it all just perfectly.

Four albums in total of “cute” summer music, perfectly underproduced, with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting all the way through. Too bad Greg Shaw passed away, because he’d sign these guys to Bomp Records immediately!

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Bandcamp: http://triptides.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Triptides/136472763034709