Mike Gutierrez

  • Anatomy of Hank. : Peas

    Hank. – “Peas”

    Illinois’ Hank. (sic) shreds.  The period after the name is a bit too precious, but you probably picked up their EP The Venture for free on Bandcamp so there’s not much cause for complaint.  Think early Dinosaur, pre-Dinosaur Jr. even  — or non-Barlow Sebadoh.  Plus a touch of Primus...
  • Anatomy of Habit : After the Water

    Anatomy of Habit – “After the Water”

    Chicago’s Anatomy of Habit is known for an uncompromising approach to their sound, their album design, their performance.  The doom/metal/industrial/etc. crowd is a pretty intense scene to begin with, but Anatomy of Habit makes good use of the gravitas to hyper-infuse every modality of their music with good artistic...
  • Missing Monuments : (I’m Gonna) Love You Back To Life

    Missing Monuments – “(I’m Gonna) Love You Back To Life”

    Consummate rock ‘n’ roller King Louie Bankston rallied the garage punk Missing Monuments around his three-song suite of perfectly poppy (with just the right amount of sloppy) sonic tumult.  Think of Indiana’s Happy Thoughts and you’ll get a sense of the heart of this 7".  Mix in a few...
  • People's Temple : Looters Game

    People’s Temple – “Looters Game”

    Since its well-received debut LP Sons of Stone dropped in 2011, the four young dudes from Michigan’s favorite sons of contemporary psych Peoples Temple have been further building their chops on tour.  They must have been writing and recording too because their latest 7" pops with all the energy...
  • Está Vivo : My Thing

    Está Vivo – “My Thing”

    Sprightly acoustic guitar, subdued vocals, some light & Brit poppy piano keys: Está Vivo returns with the hauntingly soulful single "My Thing".  Apparently the track was inspired by a chance encounter with a girl at a party who always dreamed of having a song written about her.  Naturally the...
  • Beat Radio : strange harmonies

    Beat Radio – “strange harmonies”

    In anticipation of a full-length LP, New York City’s favorite dharma-core technicians Beat Radio have dropped a mini-excerpt EP hard times go, part 2.  Lead vocalist Brian Sendrowitz knows how to spin out a catchy pop number.  Beat Radio serves up music with all the rough edges you’d expect...
  • Quiet Loudly : Sometimes I Forget

    Quiet Loudly – “Sometimes I Forget”

    The Brooklyn soft-psychers Quiet Loudly return with their second full-length LP, Go Into the Light Smiling.  Have a listen to "Sometimes I Forget" below.  The band is capable of heavier blues, psych exhalations, but they play it pretty relaxed on this track.  A reflective, even mournful, atmosphere pervades throughout:...
  • Thick Shakes : Friends Like These

    Thick Shakes : “Friends Like These”

    Boston’s Thick Shakes stir it up with more retro, Pontiac Supreme, tailfin inspired proto-garage wonders on their latest release French Dyppe.  "Friends Like This" cuts a jagged path through feedback slurries of die-cut pop hooks.  The band added a fourth member since their previous release and put him to...
  • Panda Riot : Serious Radical Girls

    Panda Riot : “Serious Radical Girls”

    Chicago’s dreamiest dream-poppers return with the 3-track 7″ Serious Radical Girls.  It’s being released in anticipation of a full-length LP titled Northern Automatic Music, via Saint Marie Records.  The tracks on the limited edition 7″ are exclusive to the 7″ release: no iTunes, no Amazon, no nada.  So have...