DIY/Lo-Fi

Post-punk trio Dead Tenants play Secret Project Robot 10.13

Dread, anxiety, and social discomfort permeate the discography of Dead Tenants, a Queens-based noise rock trio whose forthcoming full-length, LP II, drops 10.05. Their last effort, a 2016 split release with Brooklyn’s Drome entitled Ten Dead Ants / Peter Milk, is a scorched earth release in which lofi, acid soaked guitars hum and squeal, all the while barreling forward in an uneven percussive shuffle; occasional brief remises of calm are offered only in the form of spoken word verses, delivered in deadpan haze by frontman (and band namesake) Doug Tenant.

Dead Tenants bring a larger-than-life sound by way of their minimalist instrumental setup (a cut-and-dry guitar, bass, and drums), with LP II promising to deliver the same grandiose noise later this year - you can catch them at their album release show at Secret Project Robot on 10.13, joined by Kal Marks, Weeping Icon, Outside World, and other secret guests. - Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt), Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

   

Krust Toons: "Stupid Kavanaugh" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Stupid Kavanaugh" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

   

Brother Toaster and Tyler Arnott release wily collaborative album 'Recreational Landscaping'

Recreational Landscaping, a collaborative effort between Brother Toaster and Tyler Arnott (who contributed guitars and auxiliary sounds to Brother Toaster’s previous LP Chucky,) is a wonderful musing on what it means to make music out of the noise. Recorded on a mono microphone while a lawn was being mowed in the background, this project thrives off of the organic. Not only does the stripped back, minimalistic sound create room for both guitarists to riff of one another, but it also draws attention to the intimate details, like the sudden declaration of “I need to tune this” on the end of “Sunrise on the Flowers.” On this album, Brother Toaster and Arnott have tested their luck at trimming the fat and, as a result, created a surprising and wildly fun album that can be left on repeat for hours at a time. With each listen, there’s something new to be found and appreciated; discover it for yourself below. - Lilly Milman

Listen to more tracks from Brother Toaster and more local artists on The Deli New England's brand new Spotify playlist, Cold Cuts: Sounds of New England. 

   

New Pulgas EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

A beautifully twisted portmanteau of candescent pop and arrhythmic flux, Pulgas’ Simon Martinez and Zane Shields return with More Like Us (Astro Nautico). Released as a companion EP to an album coming in the spring, More Like Us takes the listener through four concise yet dense tracks that display a growth in their craftsmanship from previous recordings. Their sense of dynamism in musicianship is fiercely on display, while the production and quality of the recordings are vibrant and smooth. If you’re a fan of DIY-pop aficionados in the vein of Ryan Power or Jake Tobin, the new Pulgas EP will be a welcome addition to your musical wheelhouse. - Josh Kelly

   

New Tracks: "2042" & "Posing in Bondage" - Japanese Breakfast

Last year, Japanese Breakfast recorded a couple of tracks using a Tascam recorder as part of Polyvinyl's 4-Track Singles Series, which was previously only available on vinyl. You can now listen to "2042" and "Posing in Bondage" below via Spotify. The songs harken back to Michelle Zauner's earlier lo-fi, solo demos, before she settled on releasing material under her current moniker. Japanese Breakfast will be doing a three-night run at Johnny Brenda's to close out 2018, and for those who can't wait that long and are willing to take a mini road trip, Zauner and friends have a free performance scheduled on Friday, November 16 at Dogfish Head's 8th annual Analog-A-Go-Go festival in Milton, Delaware.