Flasher – “Skim Milk” Video

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Flasher — one of our Best New Bands Of 2016 — are finally getting ready to release their debut album after amassing an EP and a 7″ to their name already. That debut will be out later this year via Domino Records. But to hold us over until then — and to … More »

L.A.’s Permanent Records & RidingEasy Records curate rare, 60s-70s hard rock compilation Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip, premiere new track “Icky Bicky”

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Well…here we are, back in the time machine, feeling free like we always do when the blue skies are getting ripped apart with runs of red and green…and it’s not even Christmas.

Actually, it’s not even Halloween yet; but the Kruegers of curation, Lance Barresi and Daniel Hall (of Permanent Records and RidingEasy Records), are back with ROUND FIVE of their rare rock reissue series, a compilation of Kurelek bruisers ready to pound your face into the ground and into the sky simultaneously, like some sick transcendental joke that gives your raw nerves body chills just because multitudes of millipedes have crawled out of the woodwork and crawled inside every one of your endings.

…Not that it came easy for the curators. “I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records,” Barresi says. “Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part.”

So, nothing is easy. But some things are. For instance, all I have to do is kick back and let Flasher’s “Icky Bicky” — the new, TMT-exclusive truffle from Barresi and Hall’s latest strange mushroom dig — ride over me. The song is a headlong cruiser and possible prototype for ZZ Top’s “Arrested for Driving While Blind.” The damn engine won’t turn over; and they’re barking through the mounted speakers — “Git this car off the lot!”, but the damn thing won’t turn over. “Our wheels are hot and ready to roll / We’re too poor to pay the toll,” lament Flasher. All those wild thoughts burning hot in the head with nowhere to go but NGC 4874 on the back of a strange batch.

Speaking of strange batches, you can pre-order the record (on CD or your choice of wax colors) ahead of its propitious Halloween (October 31) release date right here. Meanwhile, throttle “Icky Bicky” at full volume down below and get ready to shiver off a clasp with the cosmos. Like I said: nothing is easy. But some things are.

Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip tracklisting:

01. Captain Foam – No Reason
02. George Brigman – Blowin’ Smoke
03. Finch – Nothing In The Sun
04. Cybernaut – Clockwork
05. Fargo – Abaddon
06. Mammoth – Mammoth
07. Flasher – Icky Bicky
08. Lance – Fireball
09. Zebra – Helter Skelter
10. Thor – Lick It

25 Great EPs From 2016

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stereogum-eps-2016In an age when major-label artists are putting out bloated albums in an effort to rack up the most streaming equivalent units, it can sometimes feel like brevity is becoming a lost art form. But that’s really not the case outside of the pop sphere, as the releases below will attest. Most of these … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016

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40bestNew2016We listen to a lot of music here at Stereogum — it’s sort of our job! — and every year, we attempt to codify all of that listening through lists that take stock of what’s kept us engaged throughout. There are still a few weeks until the hectic year-end list season descends, but we’ve made … More »

Flasher – “Destroy” Video

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Flasher - Destroy videoEarlier this year, the young DC punk trio Flasher released a really great self-titled album, one that drew on more spaced-out genres like dream-pop and shoegaze, as well as the classic push-pull post-hardcore of the band’s hometown. The album started out its life as a Bandcamp exclusive, but now it’s getting a proper release … More »