Lesser known artists

 
  • Lesser known artists

    Post any cool discoveries you might've made here.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 25 Jul 2012, 19:15
    I'm having a tough time coming up with names since it feels like the whole genre of surf rock is lesser known but I'll give it a shot just in terms of what I know you fellers are familiar with.
    To my mind the Danish are making some of the best surf rock around right now, El Ray is a really excellent more traditional act than say The Good The Bad but I think they tweak things enough to keep it interesting. Lately I've been spinning the Surf Coasters (Japan) s/t and it's blowing me away every time. They do some really tasty stuff with distortion that puts them in that great area that the Albini MoAM albums occupy. Oh also some very cool cat was sharing old Childish garage rock yesterday and the Milkshakes' The Men With the Golden Guitars is fucking awesome. It's definitely pretty squarely garage with some heavy rockabilly influence but the album is all instrumental and to my ears does a good job doing what I like most about surf music, that is to say have solid youthful intensity with the minorey melodic approach of surf. I'm just putting down the stuff I've found recently I'll add more later.

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    • 30 Jul 2012, 02:07

    NEW MUSIC

    Hey dudes, so my awesome wife bought me Jim Thomas (of the Mermen) Blues of Elsewhere for my birthday and I figured I'd share it with you guys. Already did a perfect flac rip and planning on transcoding it to something more wieldy either tonight or tomorrow. If you guys are interested I'll post it here. Pretty cool 2-track versions of a big portion of the Mermen's catalog with acoustic guitar backing and pretty standard Jim electric tone for the leads. Very mellow, definitely the softer side of the Mermen.

  • Holy fucking shit, man. Your wife is awesome. Jealous.
    Definitely post it here. I've been thinking about trying to find that, but I never really bothered because I figured I wouldn't find it.
    Happy birthday, by the way.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 30 Jul 2012, 02:46
    Yeah it is nonexistent on the interwebs so I intend on doing my part. Fucking what doesn't have a request though so no bounty, more's the pity. And thank you.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 30 Jul 2012, 17:34
    Here you go my friends, hope you enjoy it. I thought it was a nice change of pace from the usual Mermen thing, results may vary. Oh it's in 320 btw, if someone wants flac I can do that too. http://www.mediafire.com/?341w8b7ireaa407

  • Thanks a lot, man. Really looking forward to hearing it.
    I'll download it and give it a spin later on tonight.

    EDIT: Just getting around to listening to it now. I couldn't last night because I was so beat I just got home from work and crashed, didn't even turn my PC on. This thing is really beautiful, man.

    With No Definite Future (...) is one of my favourite Mermen songs, so its always cool to hear different interpretations of it. Thats half of the reason I liked Sunken Treasures so much. I'd been listening to A Glorious Lethal Euphoria and Songs of the Cows so much that it was super refreshing to hear different takes on them all, even if some were better and some weren't as good.

    Edited by thedeerhaunter on 1 Aug 2012, 15:53
  • Radar Men from the Moon

    These guys are a pretty rad psychedelic/space/stoner band I've been listening to a bit lately. The reason they've just jumped to my attention recently is that they've just put a new album out. I'll be picking that up in the coming days (its free on their bandcamp), and giving it a listen.

    Their bandcamp is here:
    http://radarmenfromthemoon.bandcamp.com/
    Here's a sample from the new record:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s508ueQ-WPM

  • Three Groups

    I ran by some groups this month, just three I hadn't heard before:

    Shark Quest was a neat find because their surf sound is mixed with a folksy style, in a way where you won't really know where a song is going to end judging by the beginning. You end up with a reverb-tinged, almost proggy fusion sound. Fave album was Man On Stilts. Could only find samples from Open Season though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPnrdbufULM



    The Red Planets sounds like some pretty standard but solid revival surf with a general retro-nostalgia vibe. Biggest thing they have going for them is a surf cover of Outkast which I didn't notice was a cover until like halfway through but kept thinking "this sounds familiar."

    http://www.reverbnation.com/theredplanets



    The Retroliners are in the vein of stripped-down rockabilly surf that sounds like it belongs on a juke in a burger bar somewhere. The production is less fuzzed and washed out with a crisper tone and the end result sounds much more sunny and upbeat. I listened to Raybans, Roadtrips & Reverb which has a different sound from the sample here which is all I could find on youtewbz.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fQ-J_1_bOs


    could do ups if anyone's interested hollaback

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 2 Aug 2012, 18:43
    Banjo kicked in on Shark Quest and I was hooked, that Retroliners sample is p good too, has that riffy Yawning Man thing going on, definitely going to check these out more. Thanks man.

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    • 2 Aug 2012, 20:10
    Oh and in the margin of the Retroliners' (I think) sample these cats called Blue Stingrays showed up and I checked it out. Apparently the guitarist and bassist of (Tom Petty's) the Heartbreakers cut a surf album in their spare time called Surf-N-Burn which I grabbed right away and god damn, it's pretty good. Definitely retro/revival/traditional (and so in that sense nothing to set your hair on fire) but really well produced and some of the melodies are quite nice.

  • For some reason the Red Planets' site doesn't seem to be working well for me residency. The other two aren't really in my style as I prefer the faster surf rock type thing, but The Retroliners did sound pretty nice.

  • Re: Radar Men from the Moon

    thedeerhaunter said:
    These guys are a pretty rad psychedelic/space/stoner band I've been listening to a bit lately. The reason they've just jumped to my attention recently is that they've just put a new album out. I'll be picking that up in the coming days (its free on their bandcamp), and giving it a listen.

    Their bandcamp is here:
    http://radarmenfromthemoon.bandcamp.com/
    Here's a sample from the new record:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s508ueQ-WPM

    Can you repost this in the space rock thread too? They sound really good.

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    • 5 Aug 2012, 01:02

    interesting blog

    It occurred to me that you guys might like to check out this blog, I shared it with a few folks a while ago but that was before people interested in surf started to show their faces. http://mreliminator.blogspot.com/ I've been going through it slowly for maybe 2 months now and I figured sharing it with you guys is more efficient (and less disingenuous) than browsing and passing off new/interesting stuff from there in this thread. Anyways hope you guys find something you like in there.

    http://mreliminator.blogspot.com/

  • Re: Re: Radar Men from the Moon

    ArtanisXp said:
    Can you repost this in the space rock thread too? They sound really good.
    No worries, man. Glad you like 'em.
    Their first record Intergalactic Dada and Space Trombones (fucking worse album title, ever) was pretty neat too. Listened to that quite a lot last year.

  • I suppose Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos must be pretty obscure seeing as how I can't find a single shred of their music anywhere online (for free at least). I've only seen the sundazed reissues of their albums at my local record store and always caught my eye but have never been able to find them anywhere else. Any chance anyone has a link?

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    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 6 Aug 2012, 00:51
    Ah so Mr. Gasser = Big Daddy Roth, I'll take a look around too. Maybe looking for Ed Roth stuff of any kind will yield results.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 6 Aug 2012, 00:55
    Oh also I was listening to a Mermen boot off of archive.org the other day and Jim mentioned a band called Shig and the Buzz that were friends of his and worth checking out. I gave the only album I could find a spin and on first listen I wasn't very impressed. Put it in again a couple days ago and there's some really neat stuff there. Sorry for the rapidshare but if you guys are interested in checking it out: http://rapid*share.com/files/116837969/Shig_And_The_Buzz_-_Double_Diamonds_Deluxe.rar (remove *s)

    No samples unfortunately.

    • [Deleted user] said...
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    • 6 Aug 2012, 00:57
    Huh well Banjo ft has a rapidshare result for Rods N Ratfinks if you're looking but nothing else yet.

  • Thanks man, downloadan

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  • I just finished listening to Sendelica - Spaceman Bubblegum And Other Weird Tales From The Mercury Mind and it's an amazing album. Excellent Psychadelic Space Rock with Ambient influences. I recommend it to all, though I don't have a mediafire link. It's available in FLAC on Rutracker.

  • Is Fifty Foot Combo well known or not? They do lounge-style super groovy revival with copious amounts of sinner-in-church Hammond and spy bongos.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE_LURtIlhg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQnGJLnFwH0

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    • 15 Aug 2012, 01:41
    For some reason I always think of FFC in the same breath as Ghastly Ones, probably because for a long time Evil A Go-Go was the only album I had of theirs. Caffeine is a great album.

  • Is that some theremin I hear in that Dickens track?

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