Johnny Nobody – Die Like Dogs [Alternative Rock/Power Pop]

It’s hard to stay in a pissed mood while listening to an album like Johnny Nobody’s Die Like Dogs. From start to finish, the record is absolutely loaded with tenacious ear candy without any filler. If you buy this record, I guarantee that you will be singing enthusiastically along with every song after only aContinue reading “Johnny Nobody – Die Like Dogs [Alternative Rock/Power Pop]”

Now Playing: The Duke of Surl – The Walk [Garage Power-Pop]

Only five months after releasing a strong and exhilarating debut record, King Pizza Records’ The Duke of Surl is back with a new track just in time to perfectly soundtrack your final sweltering weeks of summer. You can just feel the late summer humidity in the song’s Sun Records-esque echo treated vocals and melancholic throbbingContinue reading “Now Playing: The Duke of Surl – The Walk [Garage Power-Pop]”

Stony Sugarskull- Gaia

Stony Sugarskull- Gaia As hazy as a dust storm and as beautifully warped as a Fata Morgana, Stony Sugarskull’s Gaia is a true modern acid rock gem. Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Monika Demmler’s Stony Sugarskull plays a gorgeously haunting and hypnotic dark psychedelic rock that is both mysterious and hugely enigmatic. Their ghostly sound isContinue reading “Stony Sugarskull- Gaia”

Ghost Funk Orchestra- Night Walker and Death Waltz

Ghost Funk Orchestra is the brainchild of the NJ/NYC native Seth Applebaum, a highly skilled craftsman of finely constructed, wholly unique music. Ghost Funk Orchestra’s compositions are nothing short of genre defying and impossible to pin down. As soon as you start to get a sense of where one of his albums might be going,Continue reading “Ghost Funk Orchestra- Night Walker and Death Waltz”

Now Playing: The Prefab Messiahs

Lately, I’ve been enjoying the quirky, springtime psychedelia of the latest video by the great Prefab Messiahs. So should you. Here’s “Sometimes Sunnydaze” in all of its’ Arnold Layne-meets-Head surrealist glory:

The Mad Doctors- No Waves, Just Sharks

The Mad Doctors -No Waves, Just Sharks Brooklyn’s The Mad Doctors refer to their sound in their Facebook bio as being: “two parts fuzz, one part reverb, and a jigger of formaldehyde.” After hearing the first 20 seconds or so of No Waves, Just Sharks’ opener, “The Ballad of Jort Dad,” you can see that theirContinue reading “The Mad Doctors- No Waves, Just Sharks”

2,000+ Instagram Followers Special Mix

I’ve recently went over 2,000 followers on my blog’s Instagram account (@recordcratesunited) and I am over the moon with joy and gratitude. So as a thank you to those followers and everyone else involved, I’ve made a mix featuring music by some of those followers and musicians that I’ve reviewed in the past. From folk toContinue reading “2,000+ Instagram Followers Special Mix”

Things You Should Hear

Sam Kogon, a favorite over here at RCU Towers, is about to release his latest album, Psychic Tears. Filled with delicious and sometimes gorgeously off-kilter pop nuggets with elements of day glow psych-pop that could make the likes of Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson, The Davies Brothers and Jeff Lynne smile warmly. This is ridiculously enjoyable in everyContinue reading “Things You Should Hear”

The Gifted Children- Cordless Miles E.P.

Back in 2008, I was on the prowl for any live show I could get to. Still being under 21 and without a license, there wasn’t much for this Rochester teenager to do. However, whenever I did find a show I could get into, it was usually a local band in a small legit or illegitimateContinue reading “The Gifted Children- Cordless Miles E.P.”

The Bevis Frond – Dolly Bug

The Bevis Frond Dolly Bug (1995) Damaged Goods 7″ Playing since the late 80s, Nick Saloman’s legendary Bevis Frond have been consistently keeping alive the woodsy, quirkier side of psychedelic rock. On this 1995 single, Saloman and crew blast out in full power. The A-side is a true joy, a real acidic-punk kicker with great lyrics aboutContinue reading “The Bevis Frond – Dolly Bug”