DIY/Lo-Fi

Tripp Lullaby's "Bundles of Joys" is an alternative-sounding spatial distortion, 30th-anniversary show 07.12

The men of Tripp Lullaby are in the middle of a time warp, an alternative-sounding spatial distortion: the band's 1990 recordings have been unearthed, remixed and remastered by Duane Trower for 2019 audiences looking to peek at New England's alt-rock beginnings. Tripp Lullaby was and still is based in Cape Cod, MA. The band's scene, nearly thirty years ago, included groups with names readers here may recognize such as The Freeze and Green Day. Bundles of Joys is the band's trip down memory lane, and it is loaded with classic punk beats, post-rock guitar flourishes, raw vocals, and now a luscious glaze of nostalgia. The band's compilation of tapes is indeed a time relic that gifts listeners an intimate experience with an alternative group that was then being defined by the seismic changes of the music world around them, by the winds of the sonic storm of grunge fast approaching. The band is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a record release show at Devil's Purse Brewing Company in South Dennis, MA on July 12th. We are streaming "Reality Sucks" for you below. - Rene Cobar

   

New Yung Sham LP Available for Streaming & Download

World of Color is the latest release from Eli Sheppard, a.k.a. Yung Sham. The album occupies a loose, exuberant tone, while simultaneously showcasing delicate, intimate narratives. The songs gently roll, tapping into a sense of infectious familiarity as the lyrics transport you into the scenes that they depict, instilling a sense of paging through diary entries. Subtle musical layers provide compelling shifts that when paired with plot twists, captivate the listener.

   

New Taiwan Housing Project LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Sub - Language Trustees, the new full-length Taiwan Housing Project album, recently arrived via NYC's ever/never records. The band stirs one’s expectations, commanding as fierce vocals spotlight the distorted, jarring, sonic debris. Explosive, experimental instrumentation rips through the terrain as a perpetual buzz lingers in the atmosphere. Scattered noise remains within earshot, yet an intense rhythmic focus pushes the soundscapes forward with a distinct purpose. (Photo by Rich Wexler)

   

CD of the Month: Tom Abbott - Puppet Boy

The CD of the Month for June hands down has to go to Tom Abbott of Wrentham, MA. Puppet Boy is from start to finish a sonic collage that captivates song after song. The singer-songwriter has crafted a record that shines with folk-rock splendor and flashes its highlights of blues, punk, and lo-fi production throughout fourteen riveting tracks. The New England artist gifts something to each listener: “Fake Punk” is a hard and edgy sonic thrill ride while “(It’d Be Nice) to Feel Wanted Again” is rich with sincerity, a vulnerable track made for broken hearts. Congrats to Tom Abbott for creating a pristine example of New England’s rich folk-rock history. Enjoy Puppet Boy streaming below. - Rene Cobar

   

Nathan Bajar's "Silver Surfer" is an Interstellar Escape, plays H0L0 7.8

New York mutli-disciplinary artist Nathan Bajar channels R&B by-way-of slacker rock on new jam “Silver Surfer,” crafting something that relishes in both its sugary sweet melodies as well as the cracks and hisses of DIY production. Teaming up with fellow NYC musician Mel, who lays down a kicked-back molasses-like flow on the track’s bridge, Bajar lyrically describes an interstellar escape from the bustling Big City, finding inner peace through kitshfully detuned piano chords and day-dream fantasies of space travel, spoken into existence. And while only the ultra-wealthy among us may be able to afford recreational space travel (yet), the earnest desire for escapism at the core of Nathan Bajar’s provides a window for any listener to briefly (and metaphorically) touch the stars—or at the very least, provides a key addition to your summer beach playlist. Find yourself a shady spot before you stream it below, and catch Nathan Bajar at H0L0 on July 8th. -Connor Beckett McInerney