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Eureka California at Get It On Vinyl

What got into to Eureka California? Just last year we were reviewing their sophomore LP, Crunch, and going off about how much we dig their ability to make power pop excellence with a minimalist line up, fierce guitars and gut pounding drums courtesy of Marie Uhler.

It would appear that with their new LP, Versus, they were simply waiting for the leash to be cut, and oh has it ever. Versus is a fast paced, white knuckle ride into pop punk supremacy. The A-side dominates in tempo. The opening track, “Eureka California’s Night In” sounds most like their previous work with the energy level threatening to blow out the speakers. Without hitting the breaks, “Sign My Name with an X” opens with so much thrash we fear the needle jumping the groove. Jake Ward’s vocals are mixed expertly and somehow do not get drowned out. Ward has that unique quality, being able to find distinction and rise above everything.

One of our favorite tracks is “Realizing Your Actuality.” The song sounds like a mid-90’s Tripping Daisy cut. The lyrics are short but the guitars absolutely dominate. The outro is a submersion into alt-rock paradise.

Luckily the album also allows you to catch your breath. Tracks like “Everybody Had a Hard Year” and “Fear and Loathing in the Classic City” give us Ward solo with an acoustic. While they certainly bring the energy level out of the stratosphere, they frame the LP sides nicely.

By far our favorite track on this stellar LP is “I Will Write Mine Over Potomac.” The lyrics grow deep, the metaphors are more cryptic, and between the soft vocals and guitar sessions everything melds together in full force and there is a moment of pure rock nirvana.

Whatever did happen to Eureka California that made them reach this level, it was an excellent move. Crank it up. Kick the amp. Versus is quite possibly best rock record you will hear all year.

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Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records continues their dedication to releasing top notch LP’s. Pressed on translucent green wax, the LP includes a full color jacket, download card, and lyric sheet. Pick up a copy from your local independent record store or directly from HHBTM Records.

 

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Great Lakes at Get It On Vinyl

Great Lakes’ newest album Wild Vision is the soundtrack of wanderlust and coming of age. The album sounds like it should run throughout the background of a Michael Cera movie where he takes a long road trip to nowhere while having conversations that pretend to be deep but are actually meaningless. The cover even has a southwestern motif with a burnt orange colored sunset across a flat and generic landscape. I don’t mean this as a bad thing but more as a descriptor.

Wild Vision is mid tempo take on the indie rock of the past ten years. This vibe is solidified quickly in the album when lead singer Ben Crum sings, “We’re not really free. We’re just drifting,” in the lead off track, “Swim the River.” The album continues with a dark set of somber tunes. At times, the band is quietly pushing the country envelope which creates an Americana vibe. This is due to superb slide guitar work in tracks like “Wild Again.” Great Lakes shines brightest in the stripped down moments that are sprinkled throughout the album. The moments with steady snare drum and acoustic guitar. These are the moments that come off as authentic. “Blood on My Tooth” is the standout track on the album. The song has an ominous southern gothic feel with its mild threatening lyrics, “You shouldn’t have lied to me, and then asked me for the truth.” It’s the kind of track I like when I hear it played as the opening to an HBO drama but would hesitate to admit to the room.

The first time I listened to the album, it didn’t wash over me correctly. I put it away and left it on the shelf for a week or so. The second and third time I listened to the album, the more I liked it. It has an early My Morning Jacket or A.M. era Wilco feel. Great Lakes never catches fire like My Morning Jacket or Wilco, but they are striking the flint hard and sparks are flying. If the band can catch fire, Wild Vision will be looked at as an album that offered promise.

You can pick up Wild Vision on vinyl at your local record store or fromhttps://greatlakesbencrum.bandcamp.com/album/wild-vision.

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Animal Daydream at Get It On Vinyl

One of our favorite things to come out Sweden (and yes, there is plenty) is Animal Daydream who we last heard on their EP, Easy Pleasures. Their style of indie pop is infectious and they are back with a new sun soaked EP, Citrus.

Much like the title, “Citrus” is sweet and full of warm goodness. The backing vocals give a smooth vibe ripe for the squeezing. “Sun” has plenty of the same feel but is a mellower track. The sun may have set and we are all laughing around the beach campfire.

“All That You Can Give” is a track that is easy to get lost in. With Beach Boys style harmonies, and a prominent yet subtle guitar melody, it is best experienced to just close your eyes and let it take you away. Equally vibrant is the EP closer “In My Room.” The song makes use of plenty of effects and electronic elements to wrap things up with a fun psychedelic twist.

It’s tracks like these that make us love the indie pop excellence that Animal Daydream continues to deliver. Full of fun, warmth and feel good vibes, it’s always a breath of fresh air. We cannot wait to hear a full-length album from Animal Daydream!

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SPC ECO at Get It On Vinyl

It really seems like SPC ECO can do no wrong. Having reviewed them a couple of times on this site before, we always know we are going to enjoy whatever comes our way from the band. SPC ECO (vocalist Rose Berlin and multi-instrumentalist Dean Garcia) have a unique way of re-inventing themselves with every release, all while keeping their trademark sounds intact.
Dark Matter is the band’s latest release on Saint Marie Records.

The best way to describe Dark Matter might be the album cover itself. The artwork features a simple black can, on white background. The can, reading “Dark Matter” is simple in design. No flare. No description. No clue. If you want to know what this album is, you have to be willing open it.

“Creep In the Shadows” opens the album with Berlins soft and reserved vocals. Her voice softly hovers over the melodic ambiance underbelly, reaching subtle techno frequencies as the song progresses. Rose is beckoning us to follow, and follow we do, right into the second track “Different Kind.” There is no sense of urgency on the track. Every syllable and syncopated drum beat is precise. While the vocal effects are classic SPC ECO, Berlin has the purity that could drive each piece in its absence.

The first major change in tempo is narrated in the opening measures of “Let It Be Always.” The distinct amateur radio transmission locks in to find Berlin in all her un-processed glory. “Playing Games” is perhaps the most familiar sound we have come to expect from SPC ECO. With its pulsating rhythm, the track shines midway through when Berlin lets her voice carry over through each stanza, especially when she asks “Wont You meet me in the middle of something beautiful?” Yes, we will. We will meet you right here in the middle of this exquisite track. Sounding more like a contemporary hip hop track is “Down Low.” While out of character, sounding more like a Drake track, it is best in the hands of Garcia.

Closing out the album are two of its best tracks. “The Whole World Shines” features Dean Garcia at his best. He nails this track with a soft monotone ambient beat during the verse before unleashing full on industrial shoegaze on the chorus.

Lines like “I’m done crying for moments I once adored” open the albums best work, “Under My Skin.” The track is not only the most beautiful song we have heard from SPC ECO, but the entire genre. The lush instrumental, and subtle keys is all kept on the right level allowing Berlin to maintain control. She whispers, she croons, she sings softly on a wavelength direct to your soul. The track is perfection and wraps up the best album we have heard yet from SPC ECO.

While Sirens and Satellites was shoegazed focused, and The Art of Popwas pop, Dark Matter is another shift for the band, exploring deep electronic elements and emotions both in songwriting and instrumentation. While we are always excited for the next pivot from the band, we hope they stay in this camp for a while. Dark Matter is a truly exceptional. Throw on the headphones. Dim the lights. Open that can of Dark Matter and make sure you get every last piece.

The album is yet another release from our good friends over at Saint Marie Records. The LP sounds exceptional on heavyweight black vinyl. The LP comes with lyric sleeve and download card. It is a limited pressing so make sure to pick up your copy from your local independent record store or directly from Saint Marie Records.

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Noon:30 at Get It On Vinyl

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Animal Daydream at Get It On Vinyl

Some of the coolest things come out of Sweden; Ikea, Volvo and now, Animal Daydream.

While the band is a duo, there is allot of sound packed in their new EP Easy Pleasures out now on Jigsaw Records. The four track seven-inch is loaded with lush harmonies and jangly guitars. It’s easy to feel nostalgic when listening to the EP. “Canyon Rose” and “Easy Pleasures” have plenty of layers that make you feel like you are listening to a project with three times the members. The arrangements are well executed and have a great relaxing vibe. The crowning jewel if the EP is closing track “I Knew You Would Come Along Before Fall.” The track has all same vibes of the previous songs but adds even more dynamics including the use of strings.

No doubt we are not the first to throw out possible 60’s pop influences including Moody Blues and CSNY, but there is a modern vibe to the band’s sound. If Animal Daydream stick with this formula for their full length album, the results will be amazing.

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American Culture at Get It On Vinyl

Rock and pop seem to be genres that are easy to combine. It has been done for years. Yet so many bands try too hard and end up overplaying both sides without finding the middle ground.

American Culture is the real deal. The band knows the rock/pop sweet spot and their new full length Pure American Gum rides it with expert balance.

The songs are at their roots, pop tracks drenched in reverb. Its noise pop, power pop, whatever you want to call it. That doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the songs are catchy as hell. Opening tracks “My Teeth are Sharp” and “Actual Alien” are particularly awesome. The bands influences of Jesus & Mary Chain, Dinosaur JR. of course shine through. HoweverAmerican Gum is a soundtrack of sorts. I am not sure how to describe it, but as a child of the 80’s and 90’s this could have easily been the CD stuck in our car throughout high school and college road trips, a heaping dose of underground excellence while all my friends were jamming to top 40 bullshit.

Lyrically the album covers plenty different depths, from driving around, to coca cola, to social anxiety issues. It’s simple lyrics, but there is no need for really deep songwriting when the track are meant to get stuck in your head and just jam along.

The Vinyl

The LP is packaged in a unique way. LP is packed in a standard white jacket inside of 3/4 fold slip case. The lyrics are printed on newsprint and the album is pressed on black wax. Its a cool package. Get yours March 15 from your local independent store or direct from Jigsaw Records.

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Fireworks at Get It On Vinyl

After an overwhelming reception to their first two 7-inches, and a sold out EP, the pressure was on for a strong debut LP from The Fireworks.

If you are unfamiliar with The Fireworks, here are some basics. The band is from the UK, and consists of artists with plenty of credentials. Emma Hall from Pocketbooks and Matthew Rimell from Big Pink Cake round handle the vocal duties as well as the guitar and keys. Isabel Albiol and Shaun Charman round out the rhythm section.

So what do they sound like? Like electricity! Their style of pop infused garage rock is surging with raw energy that is executed with precision. The bands synergy and timing on Switch Me On is something that most bands cannot accomplish until their third or fourth album.

Opening Switch Me On with Gatling gun intensity is “With My Heart.” Hall’s vocals are confident and steadfast, competing with the tons of guitar fuzz and ample feedback. It’s a sound by design that carries into “Runaround” that has a great pop feel. Vocally and musically it’s a great batch of hooks and melody, with the vocals winning the fuzz battle towards the end.

Matthew Rimell takes over lead vocals on “Let You Know.” His accent is thick and when backed up by Hall, there is great chemistry. While the track is more reserved, it is a subtle pop jam.

Rimell takes over vocals again on “Which Way to Go.” This tracks energy is heavy on the throttle and until the last note of guitar fuzz, it never stops.

The best track of the LP is “In the Morning.” The most subdued and most soothing, the track is top notch, both lyrically and musically.

While there are moments of repetitiveness, especially in tracks “Tightrope” and “On & On” there isn’t a bad track on the album. It’s no wonder the bands earlier releases were such a success, and Switch It On sounds like it’s headed in the same direction.

The Vinyl
Released on Shelflife Records, the LP is pressed on thick white vinyl and sounds amazing. Also included is a full color jacket and sleeve as well as a download card. Make sure to pick up a copy at your local independent record store or directly from Shelflife Records.

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Joe Jack Talcum at Get It On Vinyl

I’m partial to acoustic sessions, demos, and just downright lo-fi recordings. The exception to this is punk music. Punk doesn’t always translate well into the acoustic realm. This is for a few reasons. First, punk musicians aren’t always that talented. That’s kind of the point of punk music. You get a chance to let out your aggression via a handful of power cords or overdrive drenched simplicity riffs. I’m trying to come up with some acoustic punk that I like, and aside from Gogol Bordello, not much comes to mind. I mean, if you told me you had acoustic Black Flag demos of the Damaged album, I’d listen, but I doubt the aggressive swagger of the album would translate well. Secondly, punk lyrics often rely upon the music to carry them through. I know there are exceptions to the rule, but take a punk mainstay like “Beat on the Brat,” turn it into an acoustic ditty, and the Dr. Seuss sing song lyrics will start to grate on you.

When The Dead Milkmen front man Joe Jack Talcum’s acoustic album, Home Recordings 1993-1999, came across my desk, I was a little less than thrilled. Let’s add up the facts here. First, The Dead Milkmen are a satirical punk band. They’re a running gag of a band. I’m not saying there a bad or laughable band, but they are a band that doesn’t take themselves seriously at all. In fact, the band really could have been a fluke with songs like “Bitchin’ Camaro” or “Takin’ Retards to the Zoo.” These don’t sound like songs that would stand the test of time, yet, The Dead Milkmen’s first album, Big Lizard in my Backyard, holds up surprisingly well, and I really hate that juvenile punk music of NOFX or Blink 182. The Dead Milkmen have always maintained a minimalistic Minutemen, lo-fi vibe that has created an interesting and enduring feel to their music. So, you can see my apprehension at Joe Jack Talcum’s Home Recordings. Based on the band’s history, it sounds like Talcum would inevitable fail at the whole acoustic thing. First of all, the Dead Milkmen’s lyrics aren’t all that strong, and their playing is minimalistic and sparse. How will this translate into an acoustic album?

The truth is, that Talcum’s punk vibe translates welling into acoustic songs. I was surprised upon listening to Talcum’s Home Recordings. The album has a lo-fi charm similar to early Beck. No, Talcum hasn’t grown up at all. His lyrics aren’t deep, and his playing isn’t mind-blowing. Still, Talcum manages to craft a set of acoustic songs that are downright charming. “Talk,” the second track on the album, definitely has the sound of a 90’s tune. It’s a smartass ditty, with a chorus of “blah blah blah…” It’s a nice little sing-along number that you could have told me was a Marcy Playground B-side, and I would have believed you. With that being said though, I enjoyed “Talk” far more than I ever have any Marcy Playground song. Not all of the tunes on the album are acoustic though. “Sweet and Sour” and “Be my Property” are nice garage rock rave ups that could have easily fit in on a Dead Milkmen album with their minimalistic post punk vibe. “Forever Expanding Dream” even has some touches of psychedelia with echo and reverb flourishes. There are parts of the album that drag, but overall, the album is a nice listen that will appeal to freak folk fans, garage rock fans, and punk fans alike.

Home Recordings 1993-1999 is Talcum’s second album in the home recordings series with Home Recordings 1984-1990 preceding it. Both of Talcum’s Home Recordings are available from http://hhbtm.com/. The LP comes with a download code.

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Fishboy at Get It On Vinyl

It’s always to see refreshing ideas. While the concept album is not a new achievement, concepts albums as a whole seem to be few and far between these days.

So, yes, An Elephant is a concept album. Denton based Fishboy has taken the story of Topsy, the elephant that was supposedly executed by Edison to prove the superiority of DC and the dangers of AC, and ran with it. Now, while Edison may or may not have had a hand in the execution of Topsy, the act of executing animals with electricity was in fact done quite often in the years leading up to Topsy’s unfortunate demise.

Enough of that, what does it have to do with this album? Well, everything, and it makes it pretty damn cool. The album not only covers the execution but takes it several steps forward, exposing the aftermath and ultimate demise of Edison himself. Ok, this makes more sense if you check out the comic that accompanies the LP. Cool huh?

So what about the music? It’s great! Having followed several artists and bands from Denton, TX, I am convinced that city just pumps out musical genius. Fishboy has some super deep indie rock roots, and gives full doses of energy throughout the first few tracks. It isn’t until “Cant Fade Away” when the mood and sound changes. While the pace is slower, the energy is there and hasn’t slowed down. “Bury My Body” is one of the best tracks with its subtle keys and crunchy as hell guitars. Musically, the album is not reaching new heights, but it’s meant to be followed lyrically and visually with the comic. With that in mind, the album works very well.

Admittedly, while the album was spinning we spent allot of time reading up on Topsy, Edison, and the truth and myths surrounding the unfortunate incident in 1903. Fishboy’s continuation of the story seems rather fitting, and we realize that is what makes concept albums so appealing. Some albums tell a story, but great albums make the story.

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