Saturday, December 24, 2005


Whoa there. Everyone take it easy; leave something for me. All of a sudden wherever I look there are people jamming on a couple amazing bands -- a couple of my top bands to flog. Man Man and Psychic Ills. And what else? Plenty of other material from The Social Registry, one of the strongest labels around right now, and home to Psychic Ills, who have - depending on when the album officially comes out - put together one of the top releases of either '05 or '06.

A few weeks ago I mentioned the What's Your Rupture? label, intending to post a couple tracks, including one from Cause Co-Motion, but Pitchfork beat me to it. Not only that, but good old PFM even posted some interesting singles reviews with tracks from Man Man and Australians The Grates (featured previously on AYF?).

What's Your Rupture? have a formidable roster right now, including Comet Gain, the previously mentioned Cause Co-Motion, and Love Is All, who I went on about last week.

Psychic Ills - Another Day Another Night
Man Man - Van Helsing Boombox
Cause Co-Motion - Baby Don't Do It

Comet Gain have been around for some time - since the early '90s - and have released tracks on a few different labels (Kill Rock Stars being the most recent). The male/female vocalist thing has worked well for them, as did their early focus on heavy guitar attack bolstered by a great rhythm section. After a few roster changes, David Feck - the sole original member - has diversified his sound with alt-country and college rock meanderings.

Comet Gain - Skinny Wolves
Comet Gain - Why I Try To Look So Bad


The Diableros, who I've been a huge fan of since first seeing them play - what - almost a year ago, have recently signed a Canadian distribution deal with the new Baudelaire label (home to Tangiers). You can expect to see their debut album showing up in stores across the country; do yourself a favour and pick it up -- it's one of the best this year.

Recently, the band was nice enough to send me a live cover of The Wipers' Telepathic Love to post. For the sake of the uninitiated, I'm also including the original, although - and this is saying a lot - I prefer their cover.

The Diableros - Telepathic Love (Live)
The Wipers - Telepathic Love


Doloroso are from England but - thankfully - are not just another post-punk contender to the Gang Of Four throne. Their songs are dark, in the way Bowie or Echo & The Bunnymen are dark -- their dense instrumentation offset by airy production.

Check out their Myspace page for more tracks.

Doloroso - The Killer Calm


Tareh pointed me to Other Music's list of top picks for 2005. It's good reading. So is the list compiled by Metacritic.