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Sonic reductions of Alien Space Kitchen, Lightning Bolt and Tamaryn

In this week’s Sonic Reducer, Geoff Plant and M. Brianna Stallings review releases from Alien Space Kitchen, Lightning Bolt and Tamaryn. Watch music videos from featured bands after the jump.

Lightning Bolt - “Dracula Mountain”
Tamaryn - “Heavenly Bodies”

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V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012

Sonic Reducer

Alien Space Kitchen Just A.S.K. · Lightning Bolt Oblivion Hunter · Tamaryn Tender New Signs

This week, we listened to Alien Space Kitchen, Lightning Bolt and Tamaryn.

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Rain Parade Friday

"This Can't Be Today" by The Rain Parade

In the early '80s, Los Angeles was the site of a music scene known as the Paisley Underground, and the Rain Parade was its foremost, most psychedelic, shoegaze denizen. When I first heard them I actually had no idea if this music came from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s or aughts.

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V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
Tatum knows how to wear a smart chambray button-down.
Shawn Brackbill

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Wild Nothing

Jack Tatum’s indie pop revival

By Jessica Cassyle Carr
Wild Nothing is a one-man project of Brooklynite and Williamsburg, Va. native Jack Tatum. His music unapologetically harkens the twinkling melancholy of ’80s Britpop song and production qualities. In advance of a show at the Sunshine with Beach House, Tatum spoke with the Alibi about past, present and the definition of pop.
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V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011

Flyer on the Wall

Coat of Arms

Portland post-punk/shoegaze band The Prids returns to Albuquerque on Saturday, Aug. 20. The performance—part of what is rumored to be the heavily touring band’s final spin around the country—happens at Burt’s Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW). Albuquerque acts The Glass Menageries and Lady Uranium open. This 21-and-over show is free and begins at 9:30 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Free song from The Dears

The Dears
The Dears

The Dears’ promo people encouraged me to share this free download—“Blood,” from the band’s forthcoming album Degeneration Street—with you readers. I like The Dears, a shoegaze-ish pop rock band from Montreal, and have to say this song’s OK—it sounds a little ‘90s. Still, free music! Thanks, The Dears.

V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010
Bone up

Aural Fixation

Dark Shadows

Woven Bones is a horrible delight

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Within the ’60s “monster craze” there was also a rash of supernatural and otherworldly themes on the obscuro end of rock and roll. Songs like "Night of the Phantom" by Larry & the Blue Notes, "Sky Men" by Geoff Goddard and "Morgus the Magnificent" by Morgus & The Three Ghouls are a few examples of the era's haunted, if not silly, creations. America's demented genius Screamin' Jay Hawkins and his British follower the Screaming Lord Sutch were taking horror music to a more frightening place with songs like "Whistlin' Past the Graveyard" and "'Till the Following Night," respectively. Even more examples exist within the priceless 56-song compilation The Roots of the Cramps, released by Garage Masters Records last year, and in the ’60s trash rock series Back From the Grave, released by Crypt Records beginning in the ’80s.

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