To ring in the new year, Dan Deacon announced that he will be posting tracks from each of his older releases on his website while preparing a new collection of music. This is a great opportunity to take stock of how far Deacon has come. The highlight so far is the chaotic "Aerosmith Layer," a dense noise collage of Steven Tyler yelps and Joe Perry guitar licks.
Secret Mountains had quite the tumultuous year in 2013. They released their long-awaited debut, Rainer, on Friends Records in February and soon thereafter announced the departure of singer Kelly Laughlin. Fortunately, the space-rockers haven't let the setbacks phase them, and they announced on their Facebook page that they will put out new music in 2014. We eagerly anticipate hearing the new sounds.
The Beach House-led tribute to Gene Clark's forgotten classic No Other is coming to Floristree on Jan. 23. The star-studded lineup includes members of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Fairport Convention, and the Walkmen, not to mention locals from Wye Oak, Lower Dens, and Celebration. No Other did so poorly when released back in 1974 that, two years later, the label deleted the album from its catalog; however, the founding Byrd's member regarded it as his masterpiece. Online tickets are sold out, but some tickets will be held at the door for "less internety people."
Shoegaze outfit Wildhoney's untitled three-song EP was one of our favorites last year. The release brilliantly put the noise back in shoegaze with lead guitar lines that sound like they have nothing to do with the rest of the song. They don't forget the melodies, either. The chorus of standout "Like Me" will get stuck in your head for days. Check out Wildhoney (Full disclosure: which now features Lauren Shusterich, friend of RSTB, on vocals) when they support fellow reverb-lovers Cults at the Ottobar on Jan. 29.