Swiss Bliss, The Cats Never Sleep on DHR!

For what it’s worth we’re just going to go ahead and say this is one of the best albums and bands from the last decade. Until you get bored, because you’re probably a smartphone-addicted, tablet-popping crybaby who doesn’t even know song titles! Let alone band names and locations or album release years… But we give you the benefit of the doubt, just like cats ;) .

From Switzerland, we present The Cats Never Sleep.

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Without Love We Perish, listen to Dead Horse One on DHR.

In the wake of Valentine’s Day, perhaps our French mates Dead Horse One say it best: Without Love We Perish. Listen the the LP here on DHR, lest your heart suffer alone.

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Not Familiar With Serbian Psych? Meet HIGH & DRYs on DHR.

Seriously, tell us one good band from Serbia and we’ll consider stopping what we’re doing right now. How ’bout you just relax and we’ll tell you?

HIGH & DRYs are on DHR; and the truth is it doesn’t matter where good music comes from, it’s just fascinating when it comes out of certain places or under certain conditions ;) . At any rate, we’re glad someone’s high and dry enough somewhere to make music we’ll listen to and share forever. Many thanks.

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Stoney Ecuadorian garage and surf with De Pelucas on DHR

Stoney chants mixed with garagey surf rock… From Ecuador. Because why wouldn’t we? And why wouldn’t you? Get some :) .

De Pelucas on DHR!

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The Music Never Stops

The music never stops, so neither do we. Here’e just a few recent adds to the DHR global under-overground mix from 2o15, spanning Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Australia, France, Brazil, Sweden, Israel, Russia, and Ecuador. Click on covers below to listen!

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The Blank Tapes – Slow Easy Death lp Now Playing!

Leagues more prolific than a Lebanese suicide bomber, The Blank Tapes spit out albums like sunflower seed shells; only, you can actually do something productive with the pile up. Dig on the new LP “Slow Easy Death” and see what I mean. The familiar Matt Adams brand of catchy-tune-driven, more SF than LA west coast psychedelia opens its arms a bit wider to allow room for more 7-8 minute meditations on fixations for a scarily relaxing, slow easy death. Do it.

Matt Adams & Pearl Charles of The Blank Tapes

 

 

 

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New Elison Jackson LP – Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man

Glimmering blue giver of life, seductive swallower of souls, your precarious curves shroud the interminable abyss while separating and connecting the world. The sea is a dichotomous beauty.

Elison Jackson

Named after front man Sam Perduta’s late grandfather and New England fisherman, Connecticut-based band Elison Jackson appears to also draw their bounty from the depths. With a type of melodramatic indie-folk, their sound evokes a haunting comfort where an eerily emotive essence shakes hands with the sweet and savory memories of past lives. Casting the strange phenomena when someone else’s music has you longing and aching for something highly personal. Like the sea, there’s some terribly intriguing, mysteriously enthralling, potentially threatening, deep immensity beneath Elison Jackson’s work.

Theatrical-story-telling-poet, founder, multi-instrumentalist, and conceptual essence, Sam Perduta remains the driving force behind the band’s elegiac nature. When voice becomes instrument, and song becomes feeling, singer becomes a dangerously salient point in poignant music. With one of the more interesting and striking voices in music today, one word from Perduta can have you crippled upon your knees, weeping and bleeding across the floorboards, calmly fading, severely thriving, fiercely rejoicing, feeling like God and grit, all in the same serene flash; all in the same song.

Despite never having played a single gig (other than 1 Perduta open mic solo under the moniker Elison Jackson & The Bohemians), or recording anything but shitty bedroom demos, 2009/2010 saw the release of Elison Jackson’s monumental and rather mature, albeit raw, eponymous debut LP. It was a mere exercise in perfection steeped in church basement residue and spine-chilling goodness.

 

The follow up full-length Spectral Evidence, although significantly more developed, was indeed tracked in a church organ loft and a basement. (Elison’s music always seems to feel tied to that which dwells in the halls that lie beneath the ground.) Rather fittingly, most of the songs were written about a house Perduta lived in during college that he thought to be haunted… Organ, piano, harmonica, banjo, singing saw, cello, accordion, trumpet, guitars, and drums dressed themselves around the established Elison sound, proving the outfit to be more than a fluke or one album pony while further asserting Perduta as an astonishing singer and song-writing talent.

Whether abandoning her crimson lipstick to the piano keys in the belly of the smokey night club to chase after Tom Waits through the dimly lit backdoor alleyway whispering with yesterday’s heartaches reborn, or ripping beneath the trees on a fervent jaunt beside the wolf himself while the butter squash moon sets upon a silver platter pool high up in the mountains — the swirling imagery behind Elison Jackson’s music is sewn together with perfect timing and gorgeous arrangements.

In 2012, the EP I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drainpipe witnessed a waxing inclination toward a more diversified and electric approach to the Elison sound. Neil Young-esque electric guitar jams, mellotron, and a bit more organ-drenched, psych-tinged rock n’ roll found residence among the usual Perduta brilliance.

 

As 2013 rounded the corner of midsummer ripeness, a new LP found its way to wax this October. Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man continues trending toward broader production, including the use of more instruments for an expanded sound, while still retaining the air of possessing some inherent knowledge surrounding what moves, squirms, and pulsates behind the wall, beneath the floorboards, below the sea. Elison Jackson’s music is somehow tied to that which dwells in the halls that lie beneath the ground. Like all of its predecessors, the new record fumes with inexplicable soundtrack quality. (Some film out there is just begging for an Elison Jackson accompaniment!) And while, for now, the band has left the lofts and basements behind, they’ve not strayed too far from the source – Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man was recorded in a studio, that’s in a basement.

Listen to Elison Jackson now!!

 

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Blues Helping from Downtown Train and The Hollow Legs

There’s so much great music all around us, styles for every color, shade, and gradient of the rainbow; sounds, mixtures, and swirls for every appetite. But sometimes there just ain’t enough down home, nails in my coffee, grease in my bacon fat, raw Blues. Thanks to The Downtown Train and The Hollow Legs for keepin’ it simple and real, and dirty in Los Angeles. Listen to their debut albums here on DHR!

Listen to The Downtown Train now…           Listen to The Hollow Legs now

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The Do-Its play Free Comic Book Day at The Comic Bug!

Look! Up there in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane… It’s Free Comic Book Day at The Comic Bug!

Saturday, May 4 marks that glorious day when kids and comic nerds of all age and creed congregate to revel in the triumph of free comics! The nationwide event took form in 2002, and by 2004 our own local Comic Bug (located at 1807 1/2 Manhattan Beach Blvd.) held their grand opening during Free Comic Book Day, and have since remained one of the top locations for the event in the Los Angeles area.

Local super hero and Comic Bug co-owner Mike Wellman elaborates: “Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where all of the major publishers put forth their best comic book efforts to be handed out to new readers. This year, over two-dozen comic creators (including The Avengers, The Simpsons, Deadpool, and more) are scheduled to appear, as well as several professional costumed heroes (known as cosplayers). Over 5,000 comics will be handed out, and at least 2,000 attendees are expected over the course of the day.”

Redondo Beach, CA native Sean Johnson (scene maker and prolific drummer of the South Bay band Vaudeville, as well as The Damselles & The TC4, and the Shirley Rolls) has taken charge of the Free Comic Book Day after party, where his new band The Do-Its will be performing at the shop.

The Do-Its, who perform Free Comic Book Day after party at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, Saturday, May 4. Photo by Ash Kramer.

They are (other than a bunch of asinine jokesters): Boytoy (vocals, trumpet, hand clapping), Stix (drums), Baron (bass, mini-tambourine, art director), and Peacock (guitar). When they’re not being excessively absurd and hilarious by describing their music as “Sriracha-flavored Doritos with extra cheese soul powder,” The Do-Its have also more accurately related their female vocal-driven tunes as “Rock and/or Roll with intuitive sass-talk and throaty Blues.”

While The Do-Its are an LA-based band by matter of residence, there’s not really anything like them in the South Bay and they’ve found broader reception in Orange County.

Stix says, “We’ve tried to avoid Los Angeles like the plague. Orange County seems to dig it, though. We don’t care too much about regions, if people wanna have fun we’ll help to provide it.”

Boytoy adds, “You know how scared the citizens of Gotham were when Batman first showed up? That’s how Los Angeles has responded to The Do-Its. And they should be scared. And we will be back.”

The Do-Its perform from 5-8 p.m. at The Comic Bug this Saturday, May 4 in Manhattan Beach, CA during the Free Comic Book Day after party. The annual event runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop can be reached at 310-372-6704. The band also plays The Redwood Bar in LA on May 10, and the Baldwin Park Relay For Life on May 18.

*Originally written for print in the Easy Reader newspaper by Jeff Vincent.

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DHR at Free Comic Book Day at The Comic Bug!

Local superhero and DHR supporter Mike Wellman of The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA told us we should have a booth at Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 4, where The Do-Its will be performing during the after party. And so we shall.

Free Comic Book Day is a nationwide event held in comic shops across the country (and around parts of the world), where the shops and major publishers hand out thousands of free comics to attract new readers and celebrate general comic book culture. This year at The Comic Bug, creators of The Avengers, The Simpsons, Deadpool, and many more will be present. And in the spirit of the day, as old school comic book nerds ourselves, we’ll be handing out an original DHR comic strip (created by Jake Pharr of DHR himself) to the first 1,000 souls to get their lucky claws, webs, tractor beams, tentacles, and hands on ‘em. May the force be with you!

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