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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Tao Of The Dead
Richter Scale
This band just keeps cranking out the epic discs full of spectacular rock-and-roll madness. Tao Of The Dead is an album that will suck you in quick. If you're a fan of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, but still pop on a Nirvana album every once in a while, you'll love this band.—Chris Coté

The Kills
Blood Pressures
Alison Mosshart isn't only completely out of your league hot, she is also quite talented. When she isn't releasing sludgy blues rock with The Kills, she can be seen fronting Dead Weather. Although only the single "Satellite" has been released so far, it's sure to be a good representation of what to expect from the duo's fourth record—sexy.—Rob Molt

Moody, Standard and Poor
Sub Pop
San Diego indie-rock hero, Rick Froberg, is back! The former front man of Drive like Jehu and the Hot Snakes' newest effort, Obits, still has that distinct Froberg howl and garage-punk sound, only tighter and more polished. The band incorporates dual lead guitars, which make their songs and arrangements truly epic.—R.M.

Gary Wilson

Electric Endicott
Western Vinyl
He has been called equal parts Prince and Pee-Wee Herman. If a Smurf took acid and fell in love with a girl, this might be the music he'd make. Gary Wilson plays electro-funk, proto-new-wave, noise collage, and avant-garde jazz. He is a freak, he is an artist, and he is our new favorite.—C.C.

Cold Cave
Cherish The Light Years
You can call Cold Cave synth-pop, post-punk, new-wave, or atmospheric industrial if you choose to, but what would be best is to just go to your local independent record store and buy this new disc. The first song, "The Great Pan Is Dead," will be in the next TransWorld SURF flick, it f—king rips.—C.C.

My _____ Is Pink
Memphis Industries
This is one of those albums that shows up out of nowhere and blows your mind. Part funky dance rock, part noise punk, Colourmusic have definitely created a full album of radness. They're hard to place, but fans of The Flaming Lips, Apse, and !!! will be feeling this action.—C.C.

Recommended Reading

The Complete Adventures Of Gonad Man: Volume One 1993–1999

By Mark Sutherland
When I was growing up, I read Wilbur Kookmeyer; if you were an Aussie surfer around the same time frame, you read Gonad Man. The story of a boy with huge balls who was raised by apes on a desert island with sick waves—just trust us and buy this book; it's the best toilet reading ever.—C.C.

The Stormrider Surf Guide: Indonesia And The Indian Ocean
Edited By Bruce Sutherland
Low Pressure LTD
Is there a more surfer-friendly playground in the world than the Indian Ocean? Indonesia is surely the focus, and the numerous chains of islands surrounded by world-class reefs play a strong supporting cast.
The Stormrider Surf Guides continue to be the pinnacle of surf travel guide books, and this latest edition is no different. It explores tons of places you've heard of, and lots you haven't. If you're planning on taking a trip to anywhere in the Indian Ocean at any point in time, you'll want to grab yourself a copy of this—it'll be one of the best purchases for travel you make.—Ryan Brower