July 29, 2011

The Daily Choice: Wooden Shjips – Lazy Bones

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I’ve been living off the meager pickings from the Wooden Shjips krautrock side-project Moon Duo for almost a year now.  And though the pulsing synth of the lunar couple get my head nodding and my brain throbbing, the news that the mothership themselves, the aforementioned Wooden Shjips, would be landing a new album in the early weeks of September has me toe-clenched with anticipation.  If “Lazy Bones” the reverberating sound barrage that is the first single off their forthcoming release sets any precedents, than I can only expect 7 minute psych-prog jams and enough fuzz to make my ultra-baked head silently implode.

West drops on Thrill Jockey on September 13th.  Be prepared.

Wooden Shjips – Lazy Bones

April 4, 2011

My Most Played: March 2011

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Robin Pecknold with Edward Droste – “I’m Losing MyselfZoe MuthStarlight Hotel (out: 4/19) Radiation City – The Hands That Take You Posse Every Mississippi Records LP I can get my hands on Night of the Living Vinyl Mix Amy Blaschke The Golden Blondes Damien Jurado – Four Songs (EP) Gene Clark – White Light (LP) Smokey Brights ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: – Skylark Interbang The Head and The Heart – Fuel/Friends Chapel Session Karen Dalton – It’s So Hard To Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best (LP) Bill Callahan – “Baby’s Breath” Shabazz Palaces – “An Echo From the Hosts That Profess InfinitumThe Lonely Forrest – Arrows Dillard & Clark – “Don’t Let Me Down” Pickwick – Myths Vol III (EP) Strong Killings

March 30, 2011

The Daily Choice: Wet Hair – Echo Lady

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Wet Hair “Echo Lady” from A Roche on Vimeo.

There are more than a handful of reasons to enjoy the new single from Wet Hair:

1.  The sound is reminiscent of Moon Duo.  Crashing waves of Kraut-rock influenced bass and guitar.  Repetitions upon repetitions upon repetitions of sound and noise and melody that bucks and starts in to a beautifully cohesive bit of weirdness.

2.   The band did a recent split with Australia’s Naked On The Vague, another fantastic dirge of heady rock music that has appeared once or twice on this here little site.

3.  The video above is put together by two guys from the band Black Vatican, and the results are indicative of the bordering-on-experimental psych rock they create.   Black Vatican, also a DCed band.

You have no reason not to love this music.

Pick up the most recent Wet Hair release, In Vogue Spirit, from De Stijl.

Wet Hair – Echo Lady

February 9, 2011

The Daily Choice: Moon Duo – Mazes

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The earlier tunes by Moon Duo (off their absolutely amazing EP Escape) are prog-rock ramblers.  Bursts of repeated bass and fuzz, pushed in to a tightly contained chaos of movement.  ”Mazes” from their forthcoming album of the same name, presents an entirely new Moon Duo sound, a sort of road-trip surf-guitar feel buoyed by the crystal notes of a keyboard.  The presence of the Moon Duo of yore are not completely excised though, the road trip seems to go off track, the surfy riffs expanding and complicating.  I am biting the sharp nubs of my nails in eagerness.

Mazes comes out on March 29th via Sacred Bones.

Moon Duo – Mazes

December 16, 2010

Abbey’s Favorite Songs of 2010

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Sharon Van Etten “Love More” ::: photo by Josh Lovseth

If my 2010 was a mix tape (or a couple mix tapes as it were), these would be the tracks. These were the songs that were my most frequent and adored companions of 2010. They’re the songs I’ll know the words to for the rest of my life. They’re largely local, though my favorite song of 2010 hands down, no questions asked, comes courtesy of Sharon Van Etten. I’ve listened “Love More” at least a hundred times more than any other track. I still think in just over 5 minutes, Sharon Van Etten manages to accomplish what most artists spend a lifetime trying to attain: perfection.

This list only covers my favorite songs released in 2010, though many of my most cherished discoveries and companions weren’t born of 2010. (A list not specified by date of release would include a lot of Carissa’s Wierd, Baptist Generals and early Damien Jurado.) Speaking of Damien Jurado, he’s noticeably missing from this list, despite releasing one of my favorite records of 2010. Why? Because Saint Bartlett is an album, in full and despite a hundred listens, I couldn’t single out one song as a favorite and saying “all of them” seemed like a cop out. Also, you won’t see “Airplanes” by Local Natives, “What Took So Long” by The Moondoggies or “Vanderlyle Cry Baby” by The National on this list, though they were doubtlessly favorites. That’s because they made my lists for 2009 … that’s what you get for being ahead of the curve.

p.s. I say “favorite” because I can’t say these are the best songs of 2010, my listening isn’t broad enough to make such a statement, but I hope you find something you love all the same.

My Favorite Songs of 2010

* “Love More” by Sharon Van Etten | download song| * “Down in the Valley” and “The Sea Beside Me” by The Head and The Heart |watch video | download song| * “It Just Makes Sense to Me” and “It’s a Shame, It’s A Pity” by The Moondoggies | download the song | * “Ghost of the Beast” by Kelli Schaefer | watch video | * “Go Back to Virgina” by The Maldives | watch video| * “Song for November” by Chris Pureka | Download the Daytrotter Session| * “War” by Le Sang Song | listen to song | * “King on the Throne” by Drew Grow | stream the song | * “Live There” by The Lonely Forest | download the song | * “Unico” by Avians Alight | stream the entire debut album | * “It All Comes Right” and “Spider” by Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives | watch video | * “Finish With Starting” and “Neck Bones” by Hoquiam | watch the video | * “Not a Problem” by S

* “New New” by The Lights |download the song| * “Road Regrets” and “Pine for Cedars” by Dan Mangan | watch the video| * “Otherside” (Remix) by Macklemore and Fences | stream the song | * “Excuses” by The Morning Benders | watch video | * “My Silver Hands” by Case Studies | listen to the song| * “Fara” by Baltic Cousins | listen to the song| * “Albatross” by The Besnard Lakes | download the song| * “Night Might” by The Strange Boys | download the song | * “Never Wanted You” by Dave Bazan | watch video| * “Right Angle” by What What Now * “Mr Peterson” by Perfume Genius | download the song| * “Grey Wizard” by The Sandwitches | download the song|

* “Who Loves” by Lemolo * “Days in my Room” by Nick Jaina | watch the video | * “Penthouse Lover” by Hobosexual | listen to the song| * “Grow” by Land of Pines | stream their debut EP| * “Shades of Blue” by Luke Stevens |stream the song| * “Nothing But Our Love” and “Simple Girl” by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. | watch the video | * “Ex” by The Mallard| download the song | * Stumbling 22nd St.” by Moon Duo | download the song | * “Love is All” by The Tallest Man on Earth | watch the video | * “Crows” by Cousin Dud | download the song | * “Girls With Accents” by Fences

February 16, 2010

Out Today: The Local Natives, Kasey Anderson, Moon Duo

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From our perspective today brings us a bunch of great new releases. Here’s a few we’re spending our dollars on:

The Local Natives long-awaited LP Gorilla Manor is finally out in the U.S. The gentlemen have been kind enough to allow us to stream it right here for you (above) in case you’ve neglected to see for yourself yet what we’ve been losing our minds about.

You can get the record on iTunes or on vinyl via Frenchkiss Records. And check their tour dates below the fold. They’ll be once again storming SXSW as well as making a Sasquatch appearance in there somewhere.


Portlander (and former Bellingham resident) Kasey Anderson sings with surety and a gravel of a man much older than himself, a man whipped by the winds of life and still hanging onto hope no matter what. If that sounds romantic, all the better; Anderson isn’t shy about his romanticism on his new record Nowhere Nights. “All Lit Up” find’s him acting true age though, pounding out an anthem you probably thought you heard a young Springsteen do first, and in the son after “Sooner/Later” he pours the workingman’s tale on even thicker.

MP3: “Sooner/Later” by Kasey Anderson from Nowhere Nights via Red River Records

Anderson starts a West Coast tour this Friday in L.A., and is having a release show for Nowhere Nights on February 28th at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle with Matthew Ryan and Shasta Bree. You can find the full list of Winter and Spring Kasey Anderson tour dates below the fold.

You can pick up Nowhere Nights via Red River Records.


And lastly, for some reason I’m really into Moon Duo‘s new track “Stumbling 22nd street” from their new record Escape. I’m such a sucker for spooky organ’s and and spookier vocals.

MP3: “Stumbling 22nd street” by Moon Duo courtesy of Woodsist.

Tonight the L.A. band is creeping up the west coast and is in Santa Cruz. Thursday night they’ll be at Seattle’s Rendevous with Du Hexen Hase, Midday Veil.

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February 1, 2010

An Invitation to Abbey’s January 2010 Listening

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Dave Bazan performs “Bad Diary Days” – 1/08/10 in a Seattle Living Room

These are the songs, bands, and sounds that I’ve started off my 2010 with. Lots of new bands I’d never listened to before 2010, many who I think we’ll be sharing much of the year with. Take a listen and maybe, just maybe, you’ll  find your first favorite new band, album or song of the new year! Thanks for starting 2010 with Sound on the Sound, we’re looking forward to sharing another great year of local music with you.

Sharon Van Etten - Because I Was In Love and “Love More Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives – “Colder by the Minute” and “Friendly Fires” Kelli Schaefer – “Gone In LoveThe Ironclads – “Emily” (download here) Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollerss/t debut Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside - Myspace Demos and any YouTube I can find Moon Duo – “Stumbling 22nd St.” (from Noah’s Daily Choice) Whalebonesevery new song on myspace and their Morning Man EP from 2007 Vic Chesnutt – “I Flirted With You All My Life” Ravenna WoodsDemons and Lakes Salmon Thrasher – Myspace Demos Emperor XThe Blythe Archives Pedro The Lion – “Bad Diary Days” (see a Sound on the Sound video above from 1/08/10) Goldfinchs/t PhantogramEyelid Movies (out on Barsuk February 9th) Fences – “Sadie-” from GIVE Seattle The Moondoggies – “Side of the Road” from GIVE Seattle Beach House - Teen Dream The Maldives – “Go Back to Virginia” (new Maldives tune)

January 27, 2010

The Daily Choice: Moon Duo – Stumbling 22nd St.

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Sometimes I want to listen to the thrusting pulse of good, deep psychedelia.  I want to lose myself in a fog of wailing guitars and reverb-dipped vocals.  I want to close my eyes and see waves of color and sound and feel as if I’ve just soaked myself in a sonic jacuzzi.

And sometimes I want to do so while sitting in a bathtub full of ice cubes. I don’t want warmth.  I don’t want the crackle of vinyl.  I want the cold icy tones of electronica fused with my warbling psychedelia.  So I flip on Moon Duo, the side project of Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson.

A heat packet wrapped in a cold-pac.  Foreigner would be proud.

Moon Duo – Stumbling 22nd St.