The other night, during the lunar eclipse, we took a trip to Portland, OR to see Destruction Unit and CCR Headcleaner play at the Know. The show was great, both bands were loud and heavy.
The show was over rather early, and a friend invited me to a show at Valentine’s. I caught the last band, Azul Toga. Live the band were rough around the edges, but the songs were there. The hooks were undeniable. The band and the head songwriter for the trio shows a lot of promise. With some practice and tightening up, I think they could really “go places”.
The bands soundcloud page shows a different side of the band. The previous stuff is more electronic. I am guessing that either the band is switching things up or moving in a new direction, or it could just be the difference between playing alone and with a group/live rhythm section. Either way, it does not matter. Like I said, the songs are there.
Recommended if you like Orange Juice, Vivian Girls, Indie Pop, mellow synthy keyboard pop, or slowcore.
THE LINK: https://soundcloud.com/azultoga/oct-30th
The other day I was playing this 12” for a friend and we talked about how cool it is. This Shockwave Riderz 12” is very limited and if I am not mistaken, out of print. It’s very mysterious, and I saw that the band is playing Arizona soon, which is odd as the order placed for these records was to a location in Philadelphia, and I think the order came post marked Portland, Oregon. I could be remembering this all wrong though.
The three tracks contained on this disc marry the sample bending ecstatic note ripples of Panda Bear with the starkness and beauty of Suicide. there is a little twang in there recalling the Cramps mixed with the sunglasses at night/strobe light strangeness of Indian Jewelry. That about sums it up right there. How could you not be interested?!?!
If none of those references mean anything to you, allow me to break it down like this…the music is sexy, spacey, ecstatic in a tingly feeling inside or the feeling of being aware that your hair is growing. It’s dark and cool as in leather jacket cool, and could fit in well in the bedroom, at the Pony, in a movie, or on the beach.
Check it out here, If you like it, come see us about the vinyl.
The 12” is one sided, with three tracks. It comes with badges and a download card.
OMG! “Finding Vivian Maier”!! Documentary! Go see it. In theaters now and on On Demand, too!
This is a bummer as we won’t be going out, but we will be DJing at Speckled & Drake on Saturday from 9:30pm-1:00am! We will have LPs for sale.
RELEASE DATE of APRIL 8th