Feature: Record Store Day 2019

What am I eyeing when I head to my local indie record store tomorrow for Record Store Day? Here are the three items at the top of my list. Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica Third Man Records is lovingly re-mastering and re-releasing the captain’s seminal 1969 work, which influenced fire-breathers…

Review: Chuck Mosley – “Joe Haze Session #2” (Record Store Day Exclusive)

There’s something wonderfully strange and welcoming about the new Chuck Mosley record. I, like many, got introduced, pun intended, to Mosley through early, Introduce Yourself-era Faith No More and specifically the band’s 80s-ubiquitous single “We Care A Lot.” That track and much of what Mosley did before Patton became the FNM frontman was colorful and…

Review: J Hacha De Zola – “Icaro Nouveau”

J Hacha De Zola, a New Jersey-based carnival barker and blender of genres, oft has proven himself adept at conjuring musical spirits. He does it splendidly on his juicy, new LP — Icaro Nouveau, out March 8 – transcending the lazy Tom Waits comparisons to lead a merry band of pranksters through a smorgasbord of…

Review: Shay Park – “I’m Not What You Expect”

There’s really a lot to love about I’m Not What You Expect, the excellent, new, five-song EP from Boston-by-way-of-Pittsburgh pop chanteuse Shay Park. It’s easy, in fact, to get sucked in by the charmingly naïve twee-fuzz that dominates and defines much of the EP, self-released March 1, but it’s one of the record’s more uncharacteristic…

Review: Lonesome Shack – “Desert Dreams”

I know it’s early but mark my words: come curtains on December, Lonesome Shack’s Desert Dreams – the London-by-way-of-Seattle trio’s latest full-length player, out March 1 via Alive Naturalsound Records – will still be creeping under the skin of critics’ lists as a contender for one of the best records of 2019. The LP, an…

Review: UBOA – “The Origin of My Depression”

You expect a record titled The Origin of My Depression to be dramatic, even melodramatic. You expect it to be filled with bold pronouncements. You don’t necessarily expect it to move you, to ravage you, like this one does. Xandra Metcalfe, the Australian recording artist who works under the name UBOA, makes riveting and often…

Review: Sabrina Is Not In This Chat – “Not Recommended For Sensitive Skin”

The winningly minted L.A. experimental trio Sabrina Is Not In This Chat has supercharged, grandiose ambitions. And on its debut full-length LP – Not Recommended For Sensitive Skin, out late last month via Penniback Records – the group largely succeeds in reaching for and attaining them, producing an hour-long body of sometimes-arhythmic, occasionally herky-jerky math-punk…

Review: Disq – “Communication” b/w “Parallel”

Sad to have missed the initial boat on this one.  Out now for nearly two weeks, the new single from the Madison, WI duo Disq still, after 10-ish days, has its hooks in my eardrums, a little 1-2 punch-punch as relevant and catchy as much of what Saddle Creek has put together through its Document…

Video Premiere: Curtis Eller’s American Circus – “Lenny Bruce”

DIRECT VIDEO LINK:https://youtu.be/w0vpzY8JMHw Curtis Eller, whose American Circus debuts its new song, “Lenny Bruce” here on MusicTAP today, is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller and his band have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, highly physical stage performances and an extensive catalog of…

Review: Tunic – “Complexion”

There’s a problem with Complexion, the bombastic full-length debut outing from Canadian trio Tunic, out Feb. 8 via Self Sabotage/Super Secret, and it keeps the entire record from being a furious series of eruptions and, instead, pegs it as a hit-and-miss collection that simply goes a little off the rails. It’s David Schellenberg’s voice. Well,…