First off, I have to say I love WOODS. Their last three albums–City Sun Eater in the River of Light, With Light And With Love and Bend Beyond–not only made it into my list of favorite albums of the year, each of them cracked the top 5. So yeah, you could say I’m pretty excited… Continue reading Woods Prepare 10th Studio Album “Love is Love” and I Love it!
Having heard most of Woodsâ€™ previous material, and firmly believing Bend Beyond is their pinnacle to date, I was somewhat concerned what new material might bring. Would it live up to my worship of their 2012 LP? Would I be epically disappointed, requiring an injection-dose of Bend Beyond coupled with a slew of 70s psych-folk… Continue reading â€˜With Light And With Loveâ€™ May Just Be WOODSâ€™ Best Song Ever.
I failed at a few things during my compilation of last year’s Best of 2012 list. Two items stand out: first is the absence of Wymond Miles’ Under the Pale Moon, which I didn’t check out in full until early this year. The second was placing Bend Beyond by Woods someplace other than my number… Continue reading Woods: It Ain’t Easy (Video)
During a recent brief hiatus, Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado took some time to write and record his debut solo LP. Law & Order is refreshingly diverse; each song stands very much on its own, yet they are all distinctly Rado. Each has his style in instrumentation, his signature 70s-throwback vocals, and the sly smile you get… Continue reading Jonathan Rado: Law & Order
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks is set to release his sophomore album, How Far Away. Most out there will focus on the fact that the Freaks is a side band for Real Estate bassist Jackson Pollis, or that it features Woods’ Jarvis Tanviere, but the focal point should be on the band’s name: Alex Bleeker.… Continue reading Alex Bleeker and the Freaks: Don’t Look Down
If you aren’t familiar with The Babies, let me give you a far-too-brief backstory. The Babies began as Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls), Kevin Morby (Woods) and Justin Sullivan (Bossy). They’ve since added a fourth and will be releasing their sophomore LP, Our House On The Hill, November 13 on Woodsist Records.
Woods have always had a penchant for the psychedelic, but they take it to a whole new level on Bend Beyond, their new album on Woodsist Records. Within you’ll find louder, more intricate guitars that develop fuller songs, more emotive songs. This is, without a doubt, Woods’ most accomplished work to date.
White Fence is the project of Tim Presley (Darker My Love), and it rocks. Presley joins fuzzy psychedelic sounds with hazy garage pop on “Swagger Vets and Double Moon”. It’s similar in its pop sensibilities to the track “Lillian (Won’t You Play Drums)” off Is Growing Faith, but it’s even catchier thanks to the psychedelic… Continue reading White Fence: Swagger Vets and Double Moon
I recently posted a list of ten bands that I should have checked out last year and there was an overall theme to the ten: several were from the Woodsist label. Beach Fossils has the sound of that label, and it’s no surprise; the band released a 7″ via Woodsist late last year. Their sound… Continue reading Beach Fossils [Feature]