Music, Movie, And Book Reviews Powered By Kicker 9/26

Music, Movie, And Book Reviews Powered By Kicker 9/26

Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair
Dead Oceans
Seems like the last few months I’ve said a lot of bands have sounded a little bit like Animal Collective, well, I’ll say it again with Gauntlet Hair, but don’t take that as a bad thing. Gauntlet Hair play blissfully noisy songs that feel powerful and at the same time friendly. If you listen to this disc loud enough, you’ll be on a whip-it like trip that kicks in especially hard on “Top Bunk” and “Keep Time”, two stand out tracks that will have you dancing like a freak.

Wooden Shjips

Thrill Jockey
Looking for some throbbing heavy psych rock to fill a hole in your iPod selection? I am too! Thankfully I just got the new Wooden Shjips album to fill that gap. West is a journey in to the trancy realm of drone rock with a touch of stoney pscyadelia. If you like Sleepy Sun or Can, you’ll like Wooden Shjips. I was driving on the freeway the other day when one of the band’s tracks called, “Flight” came on, I felt like I was driving on the moon, it was trippy, man.

The Psychedelic Aliens
Psycho African Beat
Voodoo Funk Academy
Sometimes, you stumble upon a rare and wonderful oddity in the record store. This weekend, I found a reissued album by an Afro beat band from Ghana called The Psychedelic Aliens—I had to buy it and I’m glad I did—it’s f—king amazing. All I can say, is if you want to have a psycho African beat party, this is your band. Just Google it and be amazed.

Tyler The Creator

XL Recordings
Tyler The Creator has issues, but he’s not afraid to lay them all out in front of you. His new disc, Goblin is dark, eerie, sketchy, and f—king awesome. This teenage death-rap disc edges in to the horror-core zone, but Tyler’s lyrics are honest and real, saving it from being too far out there, even though it’s pretty tweaked.