Lantern ‘Dream Mine’

When los grillos last checked in with Lantern, the band had just dropped Burned Youth, a cassette release of busted up, broke down, lo-fi psych blues, via Night People. For their latest release, Dream Mine,  a self-described “tribute to 80’s dystopic cyber punk,” the band moved to Bathetic Records, cranked all the dials to blow-your-speakers, blow-your-mind red, and set off a charge of unhinged punk blues broken up by moments of experimental, ambient noise. Alternately full-throttle, go for the throat attacks, and hazy nightmare-scapes, this one’s built to bruise your body and creep into your psyche.

Dream Mine is out now on cassette (comes with free download!) via Bathetic Records. Check it out here.

And here’s the Stooges-esque opening track, “Out Of Our Heads,” followed by a video for the decidedly more mellow, Stones-y, closing track, “Train Song”…

Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds “Shuffle It All”

Out of nowhere this tune from Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds recently rambled its way back into my head to remind me that, after the massive–and some might say excessive, bloated, and overdone–undertaking that was the Use Your Illusion I and II albums with Guns N’ Roses, a clean and sober Stradlin decided it was hard to put up with the bullshit that came with being a part of G N’ R without plenty of drugs and booze, so he left the band and simplified his life. This desire to keep things simple and get back to the basics of rock ‘n’ roll shows on the rootsy, ragged and loose self-titled debut (and swan song) from his Ju Ju Hounds, as evidenced by the lead single “Shuffle It All”.

The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek

I came to Rainer Ptacek and his music through Howe Gelb and his ever-evolving Tucson collective Giant Sand, a band whose dusty and loose southwestern sound Ptacek was instrumental in helping to shape. A consummate musician’s musician, Ptacek was admired and respected by a wide and diverse group of talented artists, as evidenced by the folks who came together to pay tribute to his talents and help to raise money for his medical bills in the wake of a brain cancer diagnosis, resulting in 1997’s The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek. Now, fifteen years after Ptacek’s passing, Fire Records, to keep the flame of Ptacek’s legacy alive, is set to reissue his complete works. This reissue series begins with The Inner Flame in a new version that includes–along with tracks that appeared on the original release from the likes of Robert Plant, Evan Dando, Vic Chesnutt, and Howe Gelb (not to mention Ptacek himself on a few tracks)–extra tracks from Lucinda Williams, Chuck Prophet, Grandaddy, and Joey Burns & John Convertino from Calexico. For those who have yet to experience the music of Rainer Ptacek, this celebration of the man and his music is a great place to start.

The Inner Flame is out now via Fire Records. Check it out here.

The album is currently streaming in its entirety via Spinner. Listen here.

And check out this nice review of the album from PopMatters here.

Ty Segall Band ‘Slaughterhouse’

Following quickly behind his collaboration with White Fence, Ty Segall is set to release Slaughterhouse, his first album recorded with his touring band (composed of Mikal Cronin, Charlie Moothart and Emily Rose Epstein), and it marks a move away from Segall’s toe-tappin’ garage rock jangle to some seriously acid-fried, guitar-squallin’, space-rockin’ shit. Add it to your list of albums that sound most like their cover art looks.

Slaughterhouse is out June 26 via In The Red Records. Check it out here.

The album is currently streaming in its entirety via Spin. Listen here.