DIY/Lo-Fi

New Track: "California Dreamin" (The Mamas & The Papas Cover) - Japanese Breakfast

In the midst of this deep freeze, one may be eyeing warmer climates. In that vein, Japanese Breakfast recently re-imagined The Mamas & The Papas' classic “California Dreamin” as part of a SiriusXMU session. This take hauntingly awakens, accompanied by synth, before the beat hits. Then, a sleek groove takes over, and vibrant guitar sets it off as the warmth and reassurance of vocal harmony warms the soul. Japanese Breakfast is scheduled to return to Philly on Sunday, June 3 at Union Transfer.

   

New Earth to Violet EP Available for Streaming & Download

Kelly Green, a.k.a. Earth to Violet, recently issued a fresh batch of bedroom-folk. Stranger incisively evaluates in a self-deprecating sincerity. A looming desire to change hovers overhead, as the hearth-crackling keys and percussion makes one feel at home. It’s difficult to move forward when the familiarity of routine and the past serve as a blanket to the cold world outside.

   

A record we missed in 2017: Lexie (side project of Frankie Cosmos and Warehouse)

Lexie is a collaboration between NYC's bedroom pop chanteuse Frankie Cosmos and two members of Atlanta's Indie Rockers Warehouse (Alex Bailey and Doug Bleichner). The trio quietly released this side project's 8 track debut “Record Time” in June of 2017. The album, recorded with Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna, lives up to both band’s past achievements, although it's obviously more skewed towards Greta Kline's intimate pop format. Those who are in desperate need of new material after enjoying 2016's sublime "Next Thing" should check it out. - Cameron Carr, photo by Sarah Cass

   

Wine Lips - "Opera Ghost" Music Video

One of my favorite records of 2017 was from Toronto garage trio Wine Lips. The whole album is great front to back with wild guitar and a thumpin rhythm section that’ll keep ya groovin’. They nail the fuzzy garage tones while keepin’ the tunes catchy enough to appeal to more than just fuzzheads. In their video for “Opera Ghost” the band is competing against each other in a hot dog eating contest which looks a good time. Watch out…it gets messy. Celebrate guitarist/vocalist Cam’s birthday at the Bovine Sex Club on January 13th where Wine Lips will be joined by Séance Sisters and Possum. – Kris Gies

   

Greenhouse - New Single, Shoegazin' at Hard Luck Bar 01.13

This Toronto based shoegaze band Greenhouse has just dropped a brand new single. “Acetate” has a peaceful beginning with Sunday afternoon vibes during the 90’s indie rock inspired verse. The band fires up the instrumentation for the chorus but keep the droning vocals that adds a nice contrast to the music. If the Smashing Pumpkins went full shoegaze it might sound like Greenhouse. They play live in Toronto at Hard Luck Bar on January 13th along with Tijuana Taxi and the Spiracles. – Kris Gies