This LP was issued recently on Goner Records. My vinyl copy arrived a week or so ago. It’s been played a few times. This appears to be Ty Segall’s second LP – he’s released numerous 7″ singles, cassettes and such like. I was fairly late to his sound – but after hearing ‘Lemons’ I am starting to rue this fact because this record is brimful of energy. With it’s roots in 60′s garage rock and 90′s lo-fi production techniques this isn’t going to be the shiniest record I’ve heard all year – but I am a sucker for these two minute blast of good old fashioned guitar pop. Not all of the songs on ‘Lemons’ are out and out foot stompers. Slower songs like ‘Rusted Dust’ show that Ty Segall can do more than rock out and holler. But it’s when he rocks out and hollers that I think he excels. Songs like ‘Standing at the Station’ and the Captain Beefheart cover ‘Drop Out Boogie’ and recent single ‘Cents’ where the dirty guitars, grinding beats and 60′s overtones make for the most fun listening.
There is so much stuff like this bubbling to the surface at the moment – it’s tricky to keep pace with the releases. Ty Segall is another name to add to the must hear more of his stuff category. Invigorating.
Links: Ty Segall | Goner Records
I may be a late comer to Box Elders. Fire Escape Talking were raving about this record over three weeks ago (I know, shocking, isn’t it? I am so far behind it hurts!) – they even namecheck a single (Hole In My Head) that came out last year. I wasn’t aware of it. It crops up on this LP and it is indeed, rather grand. But after reading that aforementioned review on FET, I was happy when this LP popped up on Emusic. I downloaded. And I like. A lot.
‘Alice and Friends’ is a just about the most fun you can have with you ears. Sonically it revels in primetime 60′s garage pop. You know that pop music that makes your heart sing and your head spin. The LP is sloppy yet catchy-as-fuck and it could be the soundtrack to that perfect teenage summer of beers and making out. Blow it, the teenagers can’t have all the fun so I am gonna turn this record up loud and remember those teenage kicks with rose tinted specs. I can’t imagine how excited I would have been picking up a copy of this LP when I was 16. It’s got me all fired up now and I ain’t exactly a spring chicken. Box Elders can bring out that teenage punk rock lover in all of us, I reckon. Out now on Goner Records.
Links: Box Elders | Goner Records