Author Archives: maxemaze

Skating Polly – Steilacoom

Sludgy fierce angry teen punk music!! Absolutely killer. RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, Pains of Being Pure at HeartPLAY: 6, 9, 4, 7, 3, FCC clean

Only Real – Cadillac Girl EP

Laid back crooner rap stuff over surf pop synths and 80s new wave percussion. RIYL: King Krule, Mac DemarcoPLAY: 2, 1, 5FCC: 4

Kishi Bashi – Lighght

High-energy alt pop which incorporates acoustic sounds, violin samples, and orchestral textures into a psych-folk dream scape!  RIYL: of Montreal, Andrew Bird, Lord HuronPLAY: 2, 3, 5, 8, 11FCC clean

Coldair – Whose Blood (Twelves Records)

Moody brooding indie folk which evolves and takes different forms, going from acoustic to a more rock sound to more complex arrangements. RIYL: Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear PLAY: 1, 7, 8 FCC CLean

Casper & The Cookies – Dingbats (Wild Kindness/Stuff)

Intense indie power pop that sometimes uses complex prog riffs & rhythms. the album is diverse stylistically and goes from new wave to anthemic rock to amanda palmer. RIYL: elephant 6, B-52’s, Lemon Demon PLAY: 9, 1, 3, 10 (1, 2 on the radio edit disc) FCC: 4, 6

Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit

UNSTOPPABLE ROCK STARS MAKE A NEW NEW ALBUM FOR 2014! There’s 20 small but very exciting tracks over about 40 mins (its too short if you ask me). A lot of repeating riffs and distorted power chords over a lo fi indie garagey sound. RIYL: Pavement, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, Stephen Malkmus PLAY: 3, 12, 7, […]

Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt

These guys make a lot of noisey garage pop! Nothing shoegaze about them! Some catchy stuff going on though. Some of the melodies/vocals sound a lot like 90’s alt rock. Eat it PLAY: 1, 3, 8 RIYL: Garbage, Best Coast, Wavves

Casual Sex – Stroh 80

David Bowie style vocals, post punk/new wave instrumentation. Super catchy EP. They opened for Franz Ferdinand a whole bunch. PLAY: 2, 1 RIYL: The Feelies, Shrag, Golden Grrrls

LAKE – Circular Doorway

Some very floaty twee pop. The vocalist sounds a little like Kimya Dawson and their tone is definitely similar to her stuff. It’s mostly synthy and light with a few up-beat indie pop jams. No Wonder I (#6) was on an episode of Adventure Time, Don’t Hate Yourself (#3) has some Beach Boys shooby doo wop, Yawrood (#9) is a kooky little […]

Mike Doughty – Circles Super Bon Bon

Mike Doughty reflects on his work in Soul Coughing. The album is all fresh and updated tracks from his past albums. Nostalgic 90’s alt rock vocals and instrumentation with lots of drum & bass, sampling,  FCC CLEAN RIYL: Soul Coughing, Beck PLAY: 12, 1, 4

CSS – Planta

High energy and just fun as all heck. The lyrics are light and a little goofy, but not in a sense that they shouldn’t be taken seriously. Mostly electronic dance tracks with a few slower relaxed tunes. PLAY: 2, 1, 5, 12 FCC clean

Son of Rogues Gallery

Yeah this is a modern collection of pirate songs and shanties. Some of the tracks are true to the spirit of the   sea with  loud, authentic, tone-deaf shouting and concertina solos, and some are a reinterpreted a little bit. You can find some blues and reggae  and rock among the classic ballads. Artists include […]

Firehorse – Pills From Strangers

A stark and distinctive electronic album. Leah Siegel’s voice ranks among that of Annie Clark’s and Amber Coffman’s. The album ranges from dancey and poppy to flowy and maybe a little r&b? yow! PLAY: 7, 1, 4, 5 FCC clean RIYL: St. Vincent, Bjork, Dirty Projectors