Portland is a tripped-out place, so it's no surprise that the stoney rain haven continues to churn out bands like Eat Skull, who is following up its 2009 sophomore effort Wild & Inside with III via the always-solid Woodsist. Your first sample is "How Do I Know When To Say Goodnight?" – a smeared, dusty electronic sojourn that sounds like a noisier, punkier Peaking Lights. Hear more February 19, 2013.
Pot loving, comic drawing Colleen Green has entered our radar guitar and drum machine in tow. The Oakland noise-popper infuses tracks like “Rabid Love” with a skuzzy coating atop sugar and spice vocals. The slacker skronk front isn’t enough to mask her talent at crafting pop charmers, however, so don't expect to kick back with the latest stoner jam. Grab EP Cujo October 4 on Art Fag, or catch Green on tour supporting the Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles later this month.
If we're talking Brooklyn bands—which we are—Sweet Bulbs is a bona fide super group. Rising from the dearly departed remains of Michael Jordan, Le Rug and The Crayons and resurrected by the stellar vocals of one Inna Mkrtycheva, the band is leading the charge of laissez-faire lo-fi springing up everywhere these days. Think a fuzzy layer of pop supported earnestly by an I'm-so-over-hardcore spine, and you've got yourself "Down On My Life." Aptly named for anthem-status and worthy of such accolades, its use of distortion adds a level of sincerity where it simply could have made a mess—in other words, there is gold here, they'd just prefer you didn't mine for it. The Bulbs' self-titled 12-inch comes out this Friday on Blackburn Recordings, and they'll be playing a show that night at East Williamsburg's Shea Stadium to celebrate.