Tuesday’s Jam of the Day: The Mallard


As they put it themselves, “the Mallard are an inside-out-echo-laser-garage-psych-rock four-piece from San Francisco. Their home fried songs harness the naked abandon of 60’s punk (think earliest syd barrett era pink floyd), but inject the form with a deranged spirit all their own. Close attention to texture and dynamics allow the band to explore unusual terrain – to grant access into unexpected realms of beauty and terror, with dessert.”

Mallard’s, “I Listen To The Lyrics Last” previously recorded as “Mansion” before the band signed onto Castleface records with the likes of Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and White Fence is a straight driving echo chamber of San Francisco post-punk garage hysteria–The Mallard is quickly becoming one of the 21st century garage rock greats with their Castleface peers. Greer McGettrick, the mastermind behind The Mallard has been producing dazzling experimental gems.  However, I think we will  be seeing a bit of a movement away from garage in the coming year or two.  The signs are in the clouds. We are on the cusp of a garage and psych rock backlash of sorts. I imagine all of these Castleface bands begin moving away into unchartered post-punk garage inspired territory. The Mallard is on this post punk wagon as they thrash your face with shots of 70’s flair only to bring you down to earth with a taste of their own soulful sound.

A garage post-punk infused ear explosion and head apocalypse is here with The Mallard

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Enjoy.

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Monday’s Jam of the Day: Boards of Canada


The new Boards of Canada album is launching and it is sure to be a ridiculous spectacle. Right now, Tomorrow’s Harvest is being unveiled  to world in an alluring mystery. Random sites and promotions are spreading across the internet and engaging those who like to think.  Every album that has ever been produced by Boards of Canada has been an ambient joy full of thought provoking sounds, samples, and reflections. Transmissions are flooding the internet http://d2z73vh7cr79ry.cloudfront.net/tomorrows_harvest_transmission.mp4

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Tuesday’s Jam of the Day: Grouper


I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Grouper, Liz Harris, perform live, back when I lived  in Portland. Her gorgeous and enchanting voice and mysterious approach  has deep roots in Irish folk and it’s a beautiful thing to experience. She has been producing and performing music for years now and has a cult following back in the Pacific Northwest. Each song of her meanders through folk, total destruction, ambient drifting, Opera, and bubble gum pop. She is a virtuosic performer and artist with an appreciation for music history that she aims to demonstrate with each performance, and does so effectively.  Her album, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill is her calling card, her album that has left a watermark on music culture. Grouper, is still destroying the music landscape with innovation, but one day, when she stops performing, we will look back and remember her for her vision, clarity of understanding, and risky approach to music creation. In short, she is a musical genius.

Today’s jam is her FACT mix titled  ‘Image Of True Death’. Her stunning sounds deserve all the recognition of the world.

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Enjoy today’s stunning Grouper Mix

Thursday’s Jam of The Day: Mama Cass


Cass Elliot, otherwise known as Mama Cass was a soloist singer songwriter and most famously the founding member of The Mamas and The papas, a historically famous band of the late 60’s folk rock movement. I thought that today I would pay tribute to the booming and soulful voice of Mama Cass Elliot, a woman who never saw her full potential as she died suddenly at the young age of 32, of sudden heart failure.  “California Earthquake and “Dream a Little Dream of Me” off her solo album, Dream a Little Dream are incredible examples of the power of  Mama Cass Elliot.

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Enjoy the jamz

 

Tuesday’s gorgeous video launch Jam of the Day: Youth Lagoon


Youth Lagoon’s latest video to release off his most recent album, Wonderous Bughouse is striking and perfectly executed. are wondrous. Mute is such a striking daze of a song and to see it visually described is a pure treat for the eyes and ears. IT is a spooky, beautiful, and fantastical voyage with a young skater.
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Enjoy Today’s Jam

Thursday’s Jam of the Day: All Things Louie Louie


Unknown to many around the world, April 11th, is International Louie Louie DayLouie Louie was first produced in 1956 by Richard Berry and has been covered internationally, with thousands of versions, across many languages. However, music critics and listeners alike always seem to battle over the contribution that this song has given the international  music community. Is the song a piece of garbage, musically? Is Louie Louie the best one hit wonder to date? Or Is Louie Louie one of the most significant contributions to music of the past 70 years–is it a rock standard? Well I think the answer is not a simple yes or no to any of the previous questions. What I do know is that Louie Louie is all of the above; technically speaking, Louie Louie is a basic chord progression in A. However Louie Louie is also a famous pop single for many bands, arguably a rock standard, and in my personal opinion, possibly the first punk song, and definitely the first garage rock song ever produced. Some lovers of Louie Louie have even speculated that the significance of the song is so great because it is in fact the musical missing link that connects the sounds of the 50’s and the sounds of the 60’s. Whatever the case, Louie Louie is a song that deserves some study and definitely a holiday!

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The history of the song is complex and strange. As the story goes, Berry’s original single was a minor success and so he sold the rights to the song. However, as opposed to dying into the abyss of one hit wonders, Louie Louie had a resurgence and was embraced by bands like the Wailers, The Sonics, and others who were heading up a cultural garage rock  movement in the the Northwest United States. Louie Louie had such a strong impact on Washington state music that it was voted the official state song.  After the northwest garage rock movement, everyone seemed to pick up the song and produce versions of it. The Kinks, The Clash, The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Iggy Pop and many many others have modified, copied, and reproduced Louie Louie, turning what was a minor music contribution by a little known Richard Berry and have turned it into a rock standard that noe has an international music holiday. I’m not sure if a song by Mozart has an international holiday.

To be given a musical holiday demonstrates that Louie Louie is a mammoth song that in some crazy way ended up becoming one of the most influential songs of the 20th century. And so no matter what your personal stance on the song is, you cannot deny the magnitude and importance of Louie Louie to the ever growing museum of music. Enjoy International Louie Louie Day, put your head phones on and  celebrate the rock/punk/pop standard that is Louie Louie.

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Enjoy the original song by Richard Berry

Enjoy these highly influential Louie Louie covers! Happy Louie Louie Day!

Thursday’s Face Melting Psych Rock Jam of the Day: Kak


Basically Kak is the most underappreciated face melting, psych rock posse to ever step foot on soil. Kak are the psych legends of intergalactic cosmic soul traveling. led by guitarist Dehner Patten, and singer Gary Lee Yoder, were a psychedelic
band based in San Francisco in 1968 and frankly, they destroy and will melt your face off. If y ou dig late 60′ psych rock, Kak has reach the end of your alley. They are mind blowingly talented! Kak Ola by Kak might be the best psych rock album ever recorded. Lofty words, yes, but wow, Kak gives Yes, the Who, Zeppelin, the Stones, the Doors, Television, and many others but a run for their money.

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Enjoy today’s amazing face melting jamz

Tuesday’s Super Hot Jam of the Day: Lianne La Havas


Enough said, Lianne is a bad ass of epic proportions. Her music is reminiscent of so much: west African blues repetition, english folk, the hot funk, r&b, gospel and Ice Cream on second avenue. Her voice is gorgeous and her stage presence has a contagious energy that is hard to overlook. Basically, Lianne is a rockstar and if you haven’t seen her or heard her, go! Also, she is a part of the seeingly ever growing mass of amazing folk and soul singers and bands emerging out of the UK, arving out a new genre of the funky soul! My all-time match up fo lianne would be to see her band perform a tour with laura mvula.

“Is your love big enough” is such a stellar example of her and her bands energy, sound, soul, and style.

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Enjoy!

Monday’s Killing It Jam of The Day: Tyler The Creator


This is probably one of the hottest rap albums to hit in months and it features the likes of crown givers Erykah Badu  + Odd Future with  Frank Ocean and Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab.

“IFHY” “Wolf” and the killing it jam “Jamba” featuring Hodgy Beats has every component of the hottest kind of rap.  Enjoy today’s dark and awesome but love filled  jams by Tyler The Creator.

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–full length albumn