“Peace Warrior” by The Downhill Barbers
The Downhill Barber’s debut EP, River, is a showcase of Bluesified Psychedelia, akin to that of T. Rex or the Glammy Garage-Rock revivalists Smith Westerns, executed at varied tempo’s over a three-song spread, and caked in a fuzz concocted by Jimi Reno of The Paper Suns in the front-man’s basement studio. The closing salvo, “Peace Warrior,” a song of escape and rebellion is more Foghat than fog covered but fine example of what the Millstone, NJ collective has to offer. Grab the full EP here.
“Baby Cinderella Monkeyshine” (feat. Emily Grove) by Glen Burtnik
Solo artist and local legend, Glen Burtnik, has a way of transforming what seems like a slew of streamed consciousness and strands of nonsensical speech into wonderfully melodious pieces of poetry and huge sing-along productions, earning the multi-instrumentalist the respect and adoration of Asbury Park, and beyond, artists of both the new school and the old guard…and the songwriter’s latest work, “Baby Cinderella Monkeyshine,” produced by Pete Steinkopf (The Bouncing Souls) and featuring the talented songstress Glen Burtnik, sticks to that template.
“Medicine” by Seaside Caves
As the Jersey outfit’s name suggests, Seaside Caves operates in a shadowy, cavernous, haze encased realm of lo-fi instrumental artistry with a vocal styling coated in reverberance. At times this duo of a sinister proportion owns a sound that resembles a fuzzier Velvet Underground or a gritty and grainer Joy Division, exemplified by such tracks as the group’s “L.E.S.” Check the song out below and the rest of Seaside Caves’ catalogue here.
“Battle Hymn Sk8step” by The Skateboards
The Skateboards‘ Bad Dads Doin’ Bad Dad Things landed the Philadelphia-based outfit’s debut EP at No. 17 on the list of SIMGE’s Favorites of 2011 and the Surf-Punk collective is back with another man-made Koji Kondo-inspired chip tune anthem titled “Battle Hymn Sk8step” that briefly dabbles in the genre of Dup-Step before producer and axe-wileder Chris Baglivo riffs on “The Battle Hymn OF The Republic” in closing. The track should be available to acquire on January 1st just in time to bump at your New Year’s party. Check it out below:
“This Is War” by The Amboys
Asbury’s own The Amboys have returned with another new song, “This Is War,” a new single that’s surfaced on the BandsOnABudget distributed Right Mix Compilation, presented by The Wrong Crowd. The Folk-Rock rage-tune, that samples selections from John F. Kennedy’s infamous speech on the threat of widespread secret societies around the globe, a speech rumored to have gotten the former president murdered by that same New World Order, is led by boisterous drum beats pounded out by Connor Effenberger, while front-man C.M. Smith, in his lush croon, emphatically declares in the track’s refrain “This Is War!”
“High Noon” by True Apothecary
The Westchester, NY-based True Apothecary presents the listener with a style of tunes as obscure as the film references it makes. It’s debut EP Thank You, Janitor, Thank You Scientist, which alludes to a conversation held in the film Half Baked between Thurgood Jenkins (Dave Chapelle), and an uppity scientist at a pharmaceutical plant, is as alluring a title, to this journo at least, as the group’s catalogue of spacious and experimental Indie-Pop tunes. It’s ambient soundscape construction performed behind melodious Singer/Songwriter-esque tunes, and a truly original and enchanting take on both of those musical stylings…enjoy this next cut from that record “High Noon.”
NOTE: Be sure to check out other selections from True Apothecary on the group’s Facebook page, including “1.21 Jiggawatts” and “What’s In The Box?!?!?!” here.