Every month, we ask Zac Camanga, who runs the great blog Styrofoam Drone, to pick 10 albums or singles that might have escaped broader notice.
I Get Mynze, Big Whup 7-inch (Pelican Pow Wow/Red Lounge Records)
Pelican Pow Wow and Germany’s Red Louge Records have teamed up to deliver this scorching 7-inch from I Get Mynze. The band plays blown-out punk, and features members of Legendary Wings (as well as, weirdly, board members of the Kalamazoo chapter of MENSA.) Clips from your favorite J.G. Wentworth television commercials surface throughout.
The Muffs, Whoop Dee Doo (Burger Records)
Los Angeles trio the Muffs return with their first album in 10 years, released by Burger Records. A worthy sequel to 2004′s Really Really Happy, the band keeps the emphasis on what works, topping fuzz-covered pop hooks with Kim Shattuck’s bold howl.
White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
Tim Presley has been operating under the name White Fence for four years now. His fourth LP, For the Recently Found Innocent, contains his most fully realized body of work to date. Presley recorded the album in an actual studio — a first — working with friend and producer Ty Segall. The end result is a warm, cohesive collection of soothing psychedelic pop.
The Yolks, Kings of Awesome (Randy Records)
The Yolks are back in full force with their sophomore LP on Chicago-based Randy Records. They’re gearing up to tour the eastern U.S. in early August, bringing their rugged brand of bluesy garage rock on the road with ‘em.
OBN III’s, Live in San Francisco (Castle Face Records)
Castle Face Records delivers the latest installment of their Live in San Francisco series with a smoking-hot LP from OBN III’s. This live album follows up their third LP Third Time to Harm (Tic Tac Totally), capturing the riotous band in the setting in which they were meant to be heard.
Giorgio Murderer, Primitive World 7-inch (Goner Records)
Buck Biloxi (of Buck Biloxi and the Fucks) trades crummy guitars for crummy synthesizers on this gritty new 7-inch from Goner Records. Or note: a cover of Three-Six Mafia’s “Studio Time,” along with a few other instant lo-fi synth-punk classics.
Running, Frizzled 7-inch (GOD? Records)
GOD? Records is an imprint of the Drag City label that’s operated by Ty Segall. Frizzled is the second 7-inch from the Chicago band Running, and it contains plenty of guitar scuzz and aggressive, psyched-out fury. Listen long enough and induce your own headache!
Ausmuteants, Stale White Boys Playing Stale Black Music 7-inch (Easter Bilby)
The new 7-inch from synth-punk killers Ausmuteants coincides with their first trip to the United States, where they’ll play Gonerfest 11 in late September. The songs here expand a little on the fury of their full-length, focusing more on rickety melody.
Meatbodies/Wand, Void split 7-inch (In the Red Records)
Meatbodies share their third 7-inch for In the Red with WAND, and the result is a head-splitting double-dose of twisted rock ‘n’ roll. Both bands will follow up with full-lengths, released by In the Red and GOD? records respectively.
Male Gaze, Cliffs of Madness 7-inch (Mt. St. Mtn.)
Male Gaze features members of Mayyors, Blasted Canyons and the Mall. If you were sad when either of those first two bands called it quits, fear not: Male Gaze bring new life to their searing blend of pop-infused post-punk.