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Monday, January 6, 2014

Music Monday! The Woolen Men, Spookies, Summer Cannibals & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Lots of music for a new Monday!


Here's "Love Song," the latest from the Woolen Men, another fine slice of garage jangle that'll make readers of Ugly Things giddy. It comes from their upcoming split with Spookies, the second release from the nascent Space Cassette label, the new imprint from Spookies' Mayhaw Hoons, Alex Arrowsmith, and the Minders' Martyn Leaper (note that despite the label name, this release is on 7-inch vinyl). The four-song release comes out in a limited edition of 300 with hand-colored crayon artwork on the sleeve. The Woolen Men and Spookies play a release show this Saturday, January 11 at the Know with Sweden's UFOFBI on the bill. And while we're at it, let's listen to one of the Spookies tracks as well, the marvelous "Sleepaway Camp III," named after the modern cinematic masterwork.

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Summer Cannibals have quickly followed up their exciting debut (last year's No Makeup) with the ferocious Make You Better EP, which comes out tomorrow on New Moss Records. Here's track 2 from the four-song release, a stinging-nettle rocker called "Not Your Turn." The EP marks the first recordings the band has done with their current lineup, which includes Lynnae Griffyn on bass and Valerie Brogden on drums. Summer Cannibals play a release show for Make You Better this Thursday, January 9 at the Doug Fir.
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Long Hallways recently released their first album, Live from Dystopia, and while that title may be a little purple, the music contained within is elegant, poetic post-rock. Here's the album opener, the spacious and inviting "David the Lion." Long Hallways will play a release show for the album (which was recorded with Skyler Norwood in Miracle Lake Studios) this Saturday night, January 11, at Foggy Notion.

Lots more Monday after the jump, including Northern Draw, Lunch, Natasha Kmeto remixing Ducky, the Zags, and that great Drake cover from Wild Ones.

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Local beat producer Northern Draw recently dropped 222:555, a vertiginous kaleidoscope of electronic textures that play out over the course of an hour. It's on tape via the Ewe of Now label, and while it's worth immersing yourself in the full thing (do so at Bandcamp), here's an excerpt, the sinister yet familiar sounding "Blapmode," which is like the sort of evil music your childhood videogames made in the dark, after you've fallen asleep. Northern Draw will be at the Know on Tuesday, January 14 as part of the "Magnetic" DJ tape night, and will be spinning vinyl at Moloko on Friday, January 31.
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Lunch's new 7-inch "Johnny Pineapple" comes out later this week—it's a selection of four songs from their recent Quinn Touched the Sun cassette, lovingly dumped onto vinyl. We shared the title track with you a few months back, but here's the blistering "Monochrome Lust," which kicks off the EP's second side. With bratty punk riffs and Reeperbahn sax from Wolfgang Warneke, it's a moody fever dream. Lunch play a release show for the 7-inch this Thursday at Slabtown. They're also playing a free show at Lola's Room on Monday, January 13 as part of their ongoing Punk Rock Mondays series of free, all-ages shows.
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We'll continue with Natasha Kmeto's remix of Ducky's "Two Over Ten," which transforms the original's unsettled burble into a kicked-up clubber without losing its arresting sparseness. Kmeto will DJ at the upcoming two-year anniversary of PDneXt, taking place Wednesday, January 15 at Holocene.
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The Zags have a new single, the zippy, buzzing "Bridges of 1987." I'm not sure how bridges in 1987 were different from those today, but here is a paean to them all the same. The Zags have an "unplugged" show coming up on Sunday, January 19, at Sellwood's Corkscrew Wine Bar, as part of the release show for the Harmony Motel's new single (the Harmony Motel is the side project of Zags bassist Stanton Hall; all four members of the Zags will perform solo and together).
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Lastly, here's Wild Ones' cover of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," which has been going around the intertubes since mid-December but I haven't had a chance to post it yet. Not too much to add with this one, other than it's great and you can/should download it. Wild Ones are spending January touring the West Coast, playing shows with Surfer Blood, Telekinesis, and Cloud Control; in March, they'll hit the East Coast with Typhoon.

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