Os Tropies - Tropicalia! (2012)

For any and all fans of Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes and the like, this band is a must hear. Sextuple-handedly bringing back Tropicalia, these fine folks pay homage to the Brazilian movement by covering classics, as well as producing originals so authentic you'd swear they walked out of the sixties.

Preview below, stream or purchase to own here. And I swear I'll stop hyping Toronto after this post, because I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but... these guys are covering Caetano Veloso's first solo album in its entirety tomorrow night, and if you're close and enjoy this kinda stuff, you should probably come.

Tobacco - LA UTI (2010)

This essentially finishes off the archival of Tobacco's solo music on WFLM (not including the recent split, compilations, bootlegs, etc.).  This EP features a set of guest rappers (all of which are listed as Labels) over tracks featured on Maniac Meat and otherwise unreleased instrumentals.  Falling into the latter category is album-highlight "Lamborghini Meltdown," which is worth the download alone.  This one also befits a summer playlist.

Kerosene Comic Book - The 420 Tape

Kerosene Comic Book - The 420 Tape

(TO WHOEVER IS MAINTAING THIS BLOG ATM, CAN YOU MAKE THE PICTURE GO ON THE FRONT PAGE AND THEN EDIT THIS TEXT OUT, PLEASE, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT, THANK YOU BASED WEBMASTER) dropped a few days ago on, suprisingly enough, 4/20, this tape collects tracks from (i think) all of the KCB collective. dope as fuck, as always. trap influences abound, dubstep remnants can be felt, hip hop is ever present and it all smells supa supa dank. get yr smoke on to this shit.

Ringo Deathstarr - Mauve (2012)

With the approach of summer, I figure that this is the perfect time to drop this album on you guys.  Ringo Deathstarr sound like a quintessential Texas band; by that I mean that their particular brand of shoegaze is dripping in summer haze.  This record alternates between garage rock and 90s alternative influences to slow, dopey slacker "anthems."  A dash of bass groove can be found dragging in the dirt, and the vocals don't stray from the tried-and-true quasi-male-female dynamic a la Shields and Butcher.  Particularly recommended if the phrase "Smashing Pumpkins gone shoegaze" grabs you.

Nekromantheon - Rise, Vulcan Spectre (2012)

riffs, satan poseidon, heavy hitting old school thrash in the year of our lord 2012, uhh wait this isn't the labels section~~~   norway

If any of the above appeals to you, I present the Metal-Archives similar artists section:
Aura Noir
Morbid Saint

HUT - HUT S/P LP (2009)

In more news of good news from Canadaland, this is old news, but still good news. From the frontman of such awesome projects as Phedre and Hooded Fang, this garage rock band is washy, catchy, and a little messy in the best way. I'm pretty hooked, and have been for a while.

Listen below, try or buy here.