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“Days and Nights,” the debut full length from Sooner is this week’s Album Spotlight. Check out Zach Romano’s great revie...
04/11/2022
Sooner - “Days and Nights” — Look at my records!

“Days and Nights,” the debut full length from Sooner is this week’s Album Spotlight. Check out Zach Romano’s great review of this awesome record via the link.

The album is out now via Good Eye Records! You can catch Sooner live on April 14th at The Broadway with Monograms, Loosie, and No Kill!

Words by Zach Romano After what has felt like a long hiatus, Brooklyn four-piece  Sooner  are back with  Days and Nights , a fantastic debut record. If you are sort of surprised that this is their first full album, you’re not alone. The band formed in 2016 and qui

Our friends A Very Special Episode on NPR Music!
04/01/2022
Entries We Love: A Very Special Episode, 'Cowboy'

Our friends A Very Special Episode on NPR Music!

The ability to put on a powerful performance in a small space is key to any great Tiny Desk concert – and this Tiny Desk Contest band has it down.

On this day 30 years ago at Maxwell’s in Hoboken!On March 19th, 1992, The Afghan Whigs played at Maxwell’s! The Cincinna...
03/20/2022
The Afghan Whigs at Maxwell's (03-19-1992) — The Mckenzie Tapes

On this day 30 years ago at Maxwell’s in Hoboken!

On March 19th, 1992, The Afghan Whigs played at Maxwell’s! The Cincinnati band was in the midst of a year-long stretch of tour dates in support of their third album, Congregation, which was released on January 31st. Immediately following the album’s release, the band played four shows on the west coast in February, before taking a few weeks off. This three-day stretch on the east coast started in Philadelphia on March 18th at The Khyber and ended on the 20th at CBGB. They’d hit several more U.S. cities in April and May before heading to Europe in August and September.

Congregation is widely considered to be the band’s breakthrough record. After touring for two years in support of their 1990 album Up in It, the band received a $15,000 advance from Sub Pop to record a follow-up Congregation. It was primarily recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington and Buzz's Kitchen in Los Angeles in the summer of 1991. The band's frontman, Greg Dulli, produced the album entirely with audio engineer Ross Ian Stein. The album's production and release were hindered by Sub Pop's financial difficulties, which were eventually resolved by the massive commercial success of Nirvana's 1991 album Nevermind.

Listen via the below link.

On March 19th, 1992, The Afghan Whigs played at Maxwell’s! The Cincinnati band was in the midst of a year-long stretch of tour dates in support of their third album, Congregation , which was released on January 31st. Immediately following the album’s release, the band played four shows on the we...

A stellar double bill in New Brunswick from 33 years ago this past weekend!On March 12th, 1989, Seattle’s Mudhoney and N...
03/17/2022
Mudhoney and Das Damen at The Court Tavern (03-12-1989) — The Mckenzie Tapes

A stellar double bill in New Brunswick from 33 years ago this past weekend!

On March 12th, 1989, Seattle’s Mudhoney and New York City’s Das Damen played at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ! The two bands were on the road in support of two relatively new records. In 1988, Das Damen released their third album (and their final one on SST Records) Triskaidekaphobe, while Mudhoney had released their legendary Jack Endino produced debut EP Superfuzz Bigmuff in October of 1988. Mudhoney also released a split single with Sonic Youth in November of 1988, where they covered the Sonic Youth song “Halloween” and Sonic Youth covered one of Mudhoney’s most well-known tracks, “Touch Me I’m Sick.” Mudhoney included “Touch Me I’m Sick,” along with other classics like “Here Comes Sickness” in their set on this night at The Court Tavern, and after one final stop with Das Damen on March 14th at the Pyramid Club in New York City, they’d head to Europe for a series of dates in support of Sonic Youth.

In October of 1989, Das Damen would release their fourth album, Mousetrap, on Twin/Tone Records. For this record, original bassist Phil Leopold von Trapp left the band and was replaced by David Motamed. Das Damen’s final release was the High Anxiety mini-set in July 1991, which was co-released by City Slang and Sub Pop. Motamed would later join the band Cell, who released two albums on Geffen Records in the 1990s. Das Damen drummer Lyle Hysen and Motamed are currently both members of the Hoboken-based The Royal Arctic Institute, who just released their second EP, From Catnap to Coma.

The night before this show, Mudhoney played at Maxwell’s in support of Soundgarden. We posted both sets previously on the site (Mudhoney’s in 2018 and Soundgarden’s in 2020). So, you can check that gig out as well.

On March 12th, 1989, Seattle’s Mudhoney and New York City’s Das Damen played at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ! The two bands were on the road in support of two relatively new records. In 1988, Das Damen released their third album (and their final one on SST Records) Triskaidekaphobe , wh...

Look At My Records! contributor/report Bennett Kelly went to see the great Tula Vera last month at Prototype 237 and he ...
03/07/2022
Showtime With Tula Vera — Look at my records!

Look At My Records! contributor/report Bennett Kelly went to see the great Tula Vera last month at Prototype 237 and he wrote all about it! Check out our latest feature, “Showtime with Tula Vera,” to read all about the sights, sounds, and happenings of the evening from Bennett’s perspective. You’ll also learn a whole bunch about Prototype 237, an awesome new arts space in Paterson. Our friend Tom Barrett, who also performed that evening with his backing band The Cuts, gets a shout-out, too!

Read it below.

Words by Bennett Kelly On a freezing cold Saturday night in February 2022, on the fifth floor of an old garment warehouse backed by the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey, indie rockers Tula Vera unveil to an intrepid audience of thirty a handful of new tunes amidst an hour-long set. Th

You know we love Laveda!The band is releasing the first single off of their forthcoming second album tomorrow (out soon ...
03/04/2022
Laveda - “bb” — Look at my records!

You know we love Laveda!

The band is releasing the first single off of their forthcoming second album tomorrow (out soon via PaperCup Music), but you can stream it a few hours early exclusively on Look At My Records! Head to the link in our bio to listen to “bb” right now. It’s awesome!

The band is also currently on tour with Couch Prints Catch them in New Brunswick tomorrow (ask a punk for the address) and at PIANOS next Thursday March 10th for The New Colossus Festival.

Laveda is one of the most promising young shoegaze bands out there. Their debut record, What Happens After , was released in May of 2020, right in the midst of the pandemic, and its prescient apocalyptic themes and coinciding massive guitar-driven sound really resonated with genre obsessives. Fast

“Possessions,” the awesome new album from Blushing, is this week’s Album Spotlight! Only a few copies remain on vinyl, s...
03/03/2022
Blushing - “Possessions” — Look at my records!

“Possessions,” the awesome new album from Blushing, is this week’s Album Spotlight!

Only a few copies remain on vinyl, so act fast! Read Zach Romano’s review and snag a copy.

Blushing will be performing four times next week as part of The New Colossus Festival. They have two gigs at Berlin - Under A and two at Arlene's Grocery. More info via the below link.

Words by Zach Romano Austin, TX dream pop quartet  Blushing  are back with  Possessions  (Kanine Records), a sophomore record that builds on the promise of their superb self-titled debut. Blushing’s sound is a maximalist, propulsive, and at-times hooky sh

"Bésame" by Sir Synthesis is the Look At My Records! Song of the Week!
03/02/2022
Sir Synthesis - "Bésame" — Look at my records!

"Bésame" by Sir Synthesis is the Look At My Records! Song of the Week!

The four members of Sir Synthesis may look familiar to you. That’s because bassist Justin Viant, guitarist Arlo Bloom, and rhythm guitarist Royer Zamu were all original members of Union City’s The Lo-Fi’s, a band that persevered through several lineup changes and made waves in the greater New ...

On this day 34 years ago, Tiny Lights performed at Siberia in Manhattan. We have video evidence of it! On February 25th,...
02/26/2022
Tiny Lights at Siberia (02-25-1988) — The Mckenzie Tapes

On this day 34 years ago, Tiny Lights performed at Siberia in Manhattan. We have video evidence of it!

On February 25th, 1988, Tiny Lights performed at Siberia in Manhattan. We’ve posted a few great cassette tapes of Tiny Lights in the past, so we’re super excited to shared this great video of their performance at Manhattan venue Siberia! Around this time in the band’s history, the band was about to release their second album Hazel’s Wreath. Their set features several songs from this album! Barry Koopersmith videotaped the gig. Thanks, Barry!

Watch via the below link.

On February 25th, 1988, Tiny Lights performed at Siberia in Manhattan. We’ve posted a few great cassette tapes of Tiny Lights in the past, so we’re super excited to shared this great video of their raucous performance at Manhattan venue Siberia on this day 34 years ago! Around this time in the b...

Episode 207 of Look At My Records! features an interview with T.J. Strohmer of Knifeplay. The Philadelphia-based shoegaz...
02/25/2022
Episode 207: Knifeplay — Look at my records!

Episode 207 of Look At My Records! features an interview with T.J. Strohmer of Knifeplay. The Philadelphia-based shoegaze outfit is in the early stages of their next phase as a band, which began late last with the release of two Jeff Ziegler produced singles, “Hurt Someone” and “Ornament.” The pair of tracks are Strohmer’s first releases with a new backing band and his first working with an outside producer, and thus, offer a glimpse into the project’s huge, fully fleshed-out sound, which will be front and center on their forthcoming second full length. Listen to the interview to hear all about Strohmer’s experiences working with Ziegler, including what it was like collaborating with the renowned engineer over the course of the last year, what it was like transitioning out of the bedroom recording setting, how the band’s first live shows in two years went, and much more. Plus, Strohmer picked some awesome records, including choice cuts from Yo La Tengo, Alex G, and Lou Reed.

Link via the below link!

Episode 207 of Look At My Records! features an interview with T.J. Strohmer of Knifeplay. The Philadelphia-based shoegaze outfit is in the early stages of their next phase as a band, which began late last with the release of two Jeff Ziegler produced singles, “Hurt Somebody” and “Ornament.” ...

Belated Valentine’s Day tape from 35 years ago yesterday!On February 14th, 1987, Firehose performed at Peanut Records in...
02/16/2022
Firehose at Peanut Records in Lomita, CA (02-14-1987) — The Mckenzie Tapes

Belated Valentine’s Day tape from 35 years ago yesterday!

On February 14th, 1987, Firehose performed at Peanut Records in Lomita, California. Located just north of bassist Mike Watt’s hometown of San Pedro, California on the Pacific Coast Highway, the now-defunct Peanut Records was known for hosting frequent live performances. This one sounds like a great one. The tape is crisp and clear, and it sounds as if it was recorded right next to the band while they performed.

At this point in their career, Firehose had only been together for less than a year, forming in the spring of 1986. The band played their first gig in June 1986 and by the end of the year released their debut album, Ragin', Full On via SST Records. That same year, they also supported Sonic Youth on their "Flaming Telepaths” tour. The band quickly gained a loyal fanbase especially among the underground skateboarding crowd thanks in part to the inclusion of some of their early material in several key skateboarding videos from the late 1980s. "Brave Captain" from Ragin', Full On, as well as "Sometimes", "Hear Me", and "Windmilling" from their sophomore release, If'n were all featured in the Santa Cruz Skateboards video series, "Streets on Fire.”

On February 14th, 1987, Firehose performed at Peanut Records in Lomita, California. Located just north of bassist Mike Watt’s hometown of San Pedro, California on the now-defunct Peanut Records was known for hosting live performances in the shop. This one sounds like a great one. The tape is crisp...

31 years ago this past weekend!On February 12th, 1991, the Smashing Pumpkins and Velvet Crush played at CBGB! This perfo...
02/16/2022
Smashing Pumpkins and Velvet Crush at CBGB (02-12-1991) — The Mckenzie Tapes

31 years ago this past weekend!

On February 12th, 1991, the Smashing Pumpkins and Velvet Crush played at CBGB! This performance by the young Smashing Pumpkins, who had yet to release their debut album Gish, follows their February 8th, 1991 appearance at Maxwell’s, which we shared back in 2018. According to D’arcy Wretzky’s between-song banter, this show at CBGB’s was the band’s first-ever appearance in New York City. They’d return to CBGB’s (with Hole) and Maxwell’s that summer.

The great Velvet Crush was certainly on their game for this gig. In October of 1991, the band released their first LP, In The Presence of Greatness, on Creation Records. It was produced by Matthew Sweet.

On February 12th, 1991, the Smashing Pumpkins and Velvet Crush played at CBGB! This performance by the young Smashing Pumpkins, who had yet to release their debut album Gish , follows their February 8th, 1991 appearance at Maxwell’s, which we shared back in 2018. According to D’arcy Wretzky’s ...

“Days” by Project Diem is the Look At My Records! Song of the Week!
02/16/2022
Project Diem - "Days" — Look at my records!

“Days” by Project Diem is the Look At My Records! Song of the Week!

The duo of Meghan Seeberg and Dominic Dellaquila, known collectively as Project Diem, first caught my attention years ago during an intimate performance at the Secret Loft in Chelsea. They were quite strong performing as a duo, but in the intervening years, they’ve expanded their live lineup with ...

Michael Imperioli of Zopa is this week’s guest on the Look At My Records! Podcast! We’re all familiar with Imperioli fro...
02/10/2022
Episode 206: Michael Imperioli — Look at my records!

Michael Imperioli of Zopa is this week’s guest on the Look At My Records! Podcast! We’re all familiar with Imperioli from his Emmy award-winning role as Christopher Moltesanti on HBO’s The Sopranos, but in addition to acting, Michael has a long history of playing music in New York City. His current band, Zopa, released their long-awaited debut album La Dolce Vita in 2020, but Imperioli’s roots in music reach all the way back to New York City’s bustling downtown arts scene in the 1980s. He got his start playing in a no wave band called Black Angus and after answering an ad in the Village Voice, joined an early incarnation of Feelies offshoot Wild Carnation in the early 1990s. Along the way, he’s also put on gigs at Maxwell’s in Hoboken (including one featuring Miracle Legion and Yung Wu), befriended the late Lou Reed, and played shows with Zopa in places like Portugal. Tune in to the interview to hear all about Imperioli’s fascinating music background, the circumstances surrounding Zopa’s original formation and eventual reunion, the band’s recent experiences recording with notable indie rock producer John Agnello, his long collaborative relationship with director Tom Gilroy, what inspired him to incorporate Lou Reed as a character in his novel The Perfume Burned His Eyes, and way more. Plus, Imperioli picked some awesome records, including some choice cuts from L.A. WITCH, My Bloody Valentine, and Pylon. Oh, and I AM THE POLISH ARMY also gets a big shout out!

West coast friends, Zopa is playing in Los Angeles tonight at Zebulon Café Concert with Crush! Next Thursday 2/17 they’ll be at Baby's All Right here in NYC with 2CB and on Friday 2/18, they’ll be in Philly at Kung Fu Necktie with Gladie.

Listen to the interview via the below link!

Episode 206 of Look At My Records! features an interview with Michael Imperioli of the New York City band Zopa. We’re all familiar with Imperioli from his Emmy award-winning role as Christopher Moltesanti on HBO’s The Sopranos, but in addition to acting, Michael has a long history of playing mus...

“Impressions” by Couch Prints is the Look At My Records! Song of the Week! The Brooklyn trio also just announced a serie...
02/09/2022
Couch Prints - "Impressions" — Look at my records!

“Impressions” by Couch Prints is the Look At My Records! Song of the Week! The Brooklyn trio also just announced a series of tour dates with Laveda and The Down & Outs.

Read all about it + stream the track below!

Tell U , the debut EP by Brooklyn synth-pop trio Couch Prints, kept us grooving during the early days of the pandemic. The band returned last week with an infectious new tune called “Impressions,” their first new music since 2020. Oh, and we heard they put on quite the show at Berlin in Manhatta...

On January 24th, 1993, Mule played at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The Michigan-based three-piece were entering t...
01/26/2022
Mule at The Masquerade (01-24-1993) — The Mckenzie Tapes

On January 24th, 1993, Mule played at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The Michigan-based three-piece were entering their second year as a band. In 1993, they’d release their debut self-titled record, which was produced by Steve Albini, on Quarterstick Records, a subsidiary of Touch & Go. In 1994, The band released an EP called Wrung along with another full-length, If I Don’t Six. The band disbanded in 1996. Frontman P.W. Long formed P.W. Long’s Reelfoot with Mac McNeilly of The Jesus Lizard in 1997.

On January 24th, 1993, Mule played at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The Michigan-based three-piece were entering their second year as a band. In 1993, they’d release their debut self-titled record, which was produced by Steve Albini, on Quarterstick Records, a subsidiary of Touch & Go.

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Huge thanks to Tom over at Look At My Records for premiering the music video for "Black Moon" today!! Check it out:
Got a nice write up from Look At My Records about the new single last week! Read the article and stream the song so you can enjoy the warm warbles and riffs included in both 😌
"This rendition of 'Blue Rose'' channels much of the soul of the recorded version, but with a bit more raw intimacy. The percussion shifts from electronic based to acoustic, with some soft bongos driving the beat, and a stand up bass that gives the song some added vibrancy. Martin’s delicate fingerpicking and his trembling, emotive voice remain the defining characteristics." Ryan Martin recently returned to Old Soul Studios, where his album Wandercease was recorded, and reunited with the album's core band to perform his song "Blue Rose." Check out the video and read all about it in Look At My Records!
Our take on the The Psychedelic Furs classic "Pretty In Pink" is premiering now over at Look At My Records. It's our contribution to the upcoming Mint 400 Records "At The Movies II" compilation, which releases on streaming services in one week. Give it a spin and check out the whole record when it releases next Friday!
Tom Gallo at Look At My Records will be premiering our cover of The Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty In Pink" this week. It's part of Mint 400 Records' "At The Movies II" compilation, which hits streaming services on 11/12 but you can hear it on Friday! #indierock #powerpop
Thank you Look At My Records for the kind words about our new song and video for "Hambjrgers"!!!! We put the dream team together for this one and are so excited with how it came out. Directed by @greghanson Shot & Colored by Seth Applebaum Edited by. @justinferraro & @meganmancini Starring: Jeanette D. Moses & The Rizzos Check out the track and preorder the album here: https://therizzos.bandcamp.com/track/hambjrgers
We were featured on Look At My Records last week in an article written by the inimitable Ben Kelly. He write good. Go check it out!
Loved talking with Tom over at Look At My Records!! Great piece about what you can expect at our show on Thursday at Music Hall of Williamsburg
“Tear Us Apart” XIXIX Remix is out today. Premiere at Look At My Records (Thanks Tom!), get the lowdown on how it came together. And of course thanks to Will for bringing this monster to life. Inspired by Soulwax & late 2000s indie remixes. Pictures Of Fireworks out next Friday (which is a #BandcampFriday)!
“Waiting For Your Heart” is the first of three Microdose singles by Mediocre. Check out the premiere via Look At My Records: https://www.lookatmyrecords.com/premieres/2021/9/21/mediocre-waiting-for-your-heart
thanks for all the love on youtube! we had a blast making this video! while scouring an old crate of tapes, we uncovered some vhs archival footage of a younger Great Time that Ian Slakas filmed and just had to include it. 📼 Big thanks to the team: Luke O'Brien Creative Andrew Loper, NoSpace Productions & UV Lucas for bringing the vision to life! & thank you to all the publications for writing about it! Look At My Records The Key #joyofviolentmovement 🙏🏻✨we are grateful for y’all!
We spoke with Look At My Records about all things Phantom Handshakes! Give it a listen👂❤️ thanks so much to Tom Gallo and LAMR for the chat!