Chicago’s Verma pound out some serious psychedelic jams on their newest LP Sunrunner. The buzzing guitars and throbbing bass lines play nicely with the constant wind like noise blowing through all 7 songs on the album. Check out the mind-numbing album opener “Regolith” below for a little taste of what to expect. Sunrunner is available now from Trouble In Mind Records. Enjoy.
Verma – Regolith from Sunrunner (2014)
Former Gris Gris singer, Greg Ashley’s new album (and first with Trouble In Mind) A Generation of Slaves is a smooth slab of lo-fi goodness. Mixing jazz and folk with hints of country to create 9 songs that you will find yourself revisiting over and over again.
The male/female vocals and honky-tonk piano on “Misery Again” (below) combine to make it one of the best tracks on the album. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. A Generation of Slaves is out now and available from Trouble In Mind. I suggest you get your hands on a copy as soon as you can.
Greg Ashley – Misery Again from Another Generation of Slaves (2014)
Sometimes life and the drama that comes with it can twist you up into a giant mess that seems impossible to unravel. Then, out of the blue, something great will come along and completely change your attitude. That something for me is Doug Tuttle’s recently released, debut, self-titled LP. Tuttle’s use of shimmering, jangly guitars, bits of what sounds to me like organ, crashing cymbals along with his slow as cold molasses vocals combine to make an album of songs that will help you forget your troubles for at least the thirty-seven minutes it takes to get from start to finish. Doug Tuttle’s LP is out now on Trouble In Mind. I highly recommend it.
Doug Tuttle – With Us Soon from S/T (2014)
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Shimmery guitars, wacky background noises and reverb for days are just some of the elements that make California native Morgan Delt’s self-titled debut LP a psychedelic masterpiece. Delt cites artists like The Byrds and Love, along with Curtis Boettcher and West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band as influences and he wears those influences proudly on his sleeve throughout his new album.
“Obstacle Eyes” (below) is just a taste of the goodness contained in this release. It’s sunniness is sure to break you out of your winter funk. Morgan’s new album comes out January 28 on Trouble In Mind Records. Enjoy.
Morgan Delt – Obstacle Eyes from S/T (2014)
Maston (Frank Maston) is a California-based multi-instrumentalist. He recently released his first proper album, Shadows on Trouble In Mind. Maston played all instruments on the album (except for the harp, played by Ana Caravelle).
I have been listening to, and enjoying this album for several weeks now, but have been struggling to find the right words to describe it. The best I can come up with this, a psychedelic, surf, pop rock album that sounds like it could have been recorded in the 60’s. Check out “Young Hearts” below, It’s damn good, and a great example of the entire album.
Maston – Young Hearts from Shadows (2013)
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Jacco Gardner is a multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire from Hoorn, Netherlands. His incredible debut LP, with Trouble In Mind, Cabinet of Curiosities, hit record stores today. Jacco’s talents shine on this record as he plays all the instruments on the album (including organs, mellotron, flutes, and harpsichords), except the drums, which were handled by Jos van Tol.
Clearly influenced by late 60’s psychedelic bands like The Zombies and The Left Banke, Gardner’s music is a magical ride back in time. Check out the sugar-sweet, harpsichord driven track “The Ballad of Little Jane” below. It’s Beatle-esque melodies and vocal delivery is so addicting, you’ll repeat the song at least 3 times. Also below, is a video of Gardner performing “The Ballad of Little Jane” live. Enjoy.
Jacco Gardner – The Ballad of Little Jane from Cabinet of Curiosities (2013)
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I’m short. I’ve been short all of my life, so I’m pretty used to it. But, I would be lying if I said I’ve never dreamt of being taller. I’m not asking for anything extreme like 7 foot, just average, 6 foot would be perfectly acceptable. When I heard Estrogen Highs’ new single “I Wanna Be Tall”, the chorus really hit home with me. It simply states, “I wanna be tall like you”. It’s a great punk rock song that starts out slow with a warm glow of feedback and lonely guitar before it kicks into full assault of fuzzy guitar and pounding drums. Check it out below along with another track from their new album, Irrelevant Future, out now on Trouble In Mind.
Estrogen Highs – I Wanna Be Tall from Irrelevant Future (2012)
Estrogen Highs – Grass of Leaves from Irrelevant Future (2012)
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Hollows, a quintet (four ladies and one gentleman) out of Chicago, just released their second album Vulture with Trouble In Mind. Their musical style utilizes multiple vocal harmony layers that when mixed with jangly guitars and driving drum beats creates a killer garage pop groove. Trouble In Mind was kind enough to share a couple songs with us. Give them a try below then run out to your favorite local record store and buy this.
Hollows – V Is For Vulture from Vulture (2012)
Hollows – Golden Chain from Vulture (2012)
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I’ll be the first to admit that I judge the book by it’s cover. When I saw the album cover for Mikal Cronin’s self-titled debut, I knew I was going to like what I was about to hear. After listening to the two songs available on his bandcamp page, my judgement was correct, I was blown away. After some research i found that Mikal is a frequent collaborator with Ty Segall, they released an album together called Reverse Shark Attack back in 2009. Ty also guests on Mikal’s new album along with John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees. The tracks included are an indie/garage/psych rock fans dream. Full of Beach Boys harmonies, start and stop melodies, scuzzy guitar tones, fuzzy vocals and a smoking flute solo, yes a flute solo. Do you need any other reasons to give these songs a try? Did you see the part about the flute solo?
Mikal Cronin – Is It Alright
Mikal Cronin – Apathy