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Cruel Summer: Cruel Summer (Ep, 2013)

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Cruel Summer son una agrupación de San Francisco dedicados no sólo a homenajear al clásico sonido de su ciudad, sino también, por qué no, a rescatarnos sabores conocidos: el Jangle-Pop, el C86… Tienen ese característico encanto amateur adornado con ese tufillo hipster que les abriría las puertas de cualquier escenario del Indietracks.
“It starts out whispy and crescendos into an intense explosion of fuzz and feedback, while settling back down on its dreamy little cloud in the end. Only complaint is that it doesn’t last longer.” – The Bay Bridged
Levitan en la órbita de Mt.St.Mt y acaban de publicar el que es su álbum de debut, este Cruel Summer, un disco en el que los californianos muestran todo su repertorio de Fuzzy edulcorado y melodías agridulces.
“best band of the 90’s that actually exists right now. San Francisco is full of jangly guitars, but only Cruel Summer combines it with shoe gaze to sound like your favorite band when you were fifteen.” – Unpiano

July 25 – August 31

7.25 The Knockout, San Francisco CA w/ CCR Headcleaner
7.26  The Void, San Diego CA w/ SISU, Surf Club
7.27  Permanent Records, Los Angeles CA w/ SISU
8.24  TBA, Seattle WA w/ The Bam Bams, Grave Babies
8.25  Valentines, Portland OR w/ The Bam Bams
8.26  Le Voyeur, Olympia WA w/ The Bam Bams
8.27  Bows & Arrows, Sacramento CA w/ The Bam Bams, Scouse Gits
8.28  TBA, Oakland CA w/ The Bam Bams
8.30  Burger Records, Fullerton CA w/ The Bam Bams

8.31  TBA, San Diego CA

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25 julio, 2013 Posted by | Cruel Summer | Deja un comentario

Jib Kidder: IV (Gnar Tapes, 2013)

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Jib Kidder has been one of our favorite artists since before Gnar Tapes was ever a label. In high school we used to hotbox in the graveyard to CD-R mixes of his music and just listen. We would blaze through his “All On Y’all: Da Mixtape”, with it’s perfect blend of funk and southern rap samples composed into grand symphonies of trippy pop-culture bliss, while blazing through dub sacks we bought after school. Throughout the years after he would continue to shatter our minds with releases like the official album version of “All On Y’all”, a psychedelic rap-beat LP of sample heavy orchestral stoner wonder, “Music For Hypnotized Minds”, a gorgeous work of ambient beats sampled from the entire catalog of Asthmatic Kitty Records by request of the label, and the more recent “Steal Guitars”, in which he took classic and rare country songs and turned them into an epic hip-hop influenced southern-shoegaze LP. He is also adored by many for posting the most mind-bending videos for his songs on YouTube. The videos are created using downloaded YouTube videos, which fit the sample based music to an almost serendipitous effect. He’s collaborated musically with like-minded composers, such as Julia Holter, as well as making videos for many artists, such as White Rainbow, White Fang, Rob Walmart, and more, all of which can be seen on his YouTube channel. He also retains an extensive knowledge of rap music, particularly southern rap, and ran an amazing blog called Twankle & Glisten through which he released insane mixtapes of rarities under the name DJ Kid Slizzard (we recently repressed his 5th cassette in the series with Burger Records). While he’s often associated with rap beats, and hip-hop sounds in general, his equally prolific catalog of guitar and pop songs showcases his knack for songcraft in ways only pop music can. In the past we released the classic freak pop masterpiece “Cold Hands”, a bedroom pop album that sounded like it was made in a studio with Ween on the mixers. “IV” could be seen as its sequel, or at least an evolution of an aspect of a multifaceted and prolific artist genius, but either way this tape is the next level. “IV” is no regular bedroom pop music; if it is a bedroom, there is a secret door into a world you have never been to and will never want to leave. Succulent fruits drip with psychedelic nectar onto rippling ponds of rainbow smoke; a place where the digital melds into the terrestrial, where the guitars and computers live together in freak pop heaven. Stoner country ballads, 60s inspired riff-outs, and genuine pop will pour out of your speakers and into the air, intoxicating the listener. Grip this soon-to-be-classic and let these sexy sweet sounds be yours” (Press)

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E*Rock: The great underground empire (Gnar Tapes, 2013)

The Great Underground Empire cover artE*Rock is a bit of a legend, and not just in Portland, Oregon where he has been a valuable artistic and musical asset to the city for years and years. His list of deeds and accomplishments is long and impressive; from his work with Collective Jyrk alongside noise gods Yellow Swans, to his music video work with Wyld File alongside Paper Rad founder Ben Jones (which produced animated videos for Beck, The Gossip, and Islands), to his top-notch experimental music label Audio Dregs (and its dance oriented sub-label Fryk Beat), to his work with his brother E*Vax (who is also in famed dance rockers Ratatat), to his beloved and well-attended weirdo dance parties, his electronic psych band Regular Music, his zines, shirts, etc. He is an unstoppable force of artistic and musical madness. This new cassette on Gnar Tapes is a tripped out, glorious, buzzing dream-out through an underground world of electro-psychic audio drugs. Terrestrial and extraterrestrial, hypnotic and alluring. Closed-eyes music for mind spelunking” (Press)

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