Singles & Bands to Watch: Mutes, Stagnant Pools, Milan Jay, The Van Doos and Distortion Girls

Mutes shoegaze band UK

Here’s your weekly dose of excellent FREE singles and MP3s from around the globe of indie. Some of them are even exclusively found here. We highly suggest you fan them, then support likes of The Van Doos, Milan Jay, Stagnant Pools, Mutes or The Van Doos when they do their thing live. Dudes in bands need fans and if you happen to be a hot chick or handsome bloke even better. Tell them Review Stalker sent you. Because we too like it when bros and gals buy us beers at our local pub. Makes this all worth while as we really do try and filter everything we get to bubble nothing but the best. Enjoy!

Mutes – We love our shoegazer around here and here’s something to crank on the autobahn. This comes out in May on One Note Forever. It’s a washed out track made of faded dreams drenched in sweet delicious reverb. This should actually make you stand straight-up so you can get a better listen right into the speakers and turn this up. facebook them and shit and us to while you’re fucking at it.

DOWNLOAD: M.P.D.G MP3 by Mutes fromt their coming EP

Stagnant Pools - We dug these noisters when we first discovered them last year and we’re still fans. they have a another record coming out June 10th called Geist on Polyvinyl Records. Very sonic youth oriented in all the right ways.

RIYL: Jesus and Marychain

Milan Jay - OK the best way to describe this dirty bass, rap music from Ireland if you took “Gratitude” by the Beasties and mashed it up with KFDM or ministry with some white dudes rapping on it. It’s pretty good. They call themselves a electro band but we think it’s much better than most EDM shit. Here is their track called “Get Ghost” – which you can get on bandcamp and throw them a couple euros.

RIYL: HIP HOP, WARTIME (Andrew Weis, Sim Cain, Rollins)

The Van Doos - Yes, bandwagonesque riff rock that is very very much English in all the right ways. Big loud and crunchy snares hits tilts this to some early oasis or radiohead(pablo honey). Very catchy taster that is going to be on their debut album Fingertips. Highly recommend you download this baby we’re looking forward to the rest already. Their video is pretty cool too and we would be pretty deft if we didn’t point out the artwork looks exactly like our web background skin. Get with the program facehookers.

DOWNLOAD: Airborne MP3 by The Van Doos

Distortion Girls - Evol era (yet a another sonic youth reference) space psyche slow jam. Female led drone vocals that is like slow fucking that is super errie with the organ doing it’s thing in the background. It’s sexy in a very gothic kind of way. If you speed it up to 45 might seem weird. Like them you facehookers. They now have exactly 2 people talking about them.

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Last week’s Singles & Bands to Watch by: The Great American Novel, Afghan Whigs, wyd:syd & Otherkin

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Nirvana – Live Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame – The Best Fuck You

Nirvana Dave Grohl holding up trophy

I got to hand it to Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic on these excellent renditions of Nirvana songs and having some of the most talented female singers perform with them is the biggest fuck-you in the face to Courtney Love could ever get. Here’s a the perfomances as caught by fans on ther smartphones who attended last night’s Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. These are the best videos we found of Annie Clark from St. Vincent doing “Lithium, Joan Fucking Jett doing justice to “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. This is so fantastic. Lorde along with St. Vincent and Nirvana playing “All Apologies”. Such a sad but great version and apropo.

NIrvana Joan Jett playing Smells like teen spirit


DOWNLOAD:Smells Like Teen Spirit feat Joan Jett MP3 (good phone bootleg)

St Vincent Krist Novoselic Rocknroll hall of fame photo

“LITHIUM” w/ Annie Clark (St. Vincent)

DOWNLOAD: Lithium feat. Annie Clark of St Vincent MP3 (total smart phone bootleg)

Lorde playing w/ Nirvana all apologies rocknroll hal of fame

Lorde singing with Nirvana

“ALL APOLOGIES” Featuring Lorde with Nirvana, Joan Jett, and St. Vincent.

DOWNLOAD:All Apologies feat Lorde MP3 (smartphone bootleg sounds pretty good)

Thanks Youtubers!

EDITORIAL: The Truth About the HOLE in Courtney Love’s Head and the theoretical motive behind Kurt Cobain’s murder — not suicide.

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The Truth About the HOLE in Courtney Love’s Head

Courtney Love Nirvana RocknRoll Hall of Fame induction

Courtney Love (49) is a certifiable sycophant with a penchant for the truly absurd and lives to feed her ego with an un-fillable void of narcissism. Obviously, like most celebrities she has her public and “private” time. We can’t tell which is which but it all seems very calculated. Her past version of history has shown she’ll either kiss your ass or tell you any thing until she gets what she wants out of you. We don’t mean to sound like a jilted ex-lover of Love’s or really to put a magnifying glass on her or Nirvana’s past sores. She’s the worst dilettante punk princess of all time, even worse than Sid and Nancy character she played; if any part of the past allegations and conspiracies are true.

The very Beuatiful Kristen Pfaff from Hole

Kristen Pfaff 1967-1994

Rewind to 1994, two months past Kurt Cobain’s death. Love’s band mate Kristen Pfaff was dismayed and delving into the black tar with Courtney and may have admitted to liking her husband and we don’t mean on facebook. Ms. Pfaff over-dosed from heroin and died. We won’t really know what happened for sure unless Love comes outright and says she was jealous but feeling may have been mutual between the two. Love’s husband respected Ms. Pfaff and was quoted as saying to a friend “She’s a fucking talented musician, she’s also a beautiful soul. I think she’s so beautiful, but if I ever told her that, and Courtney found out, it would be hell.” Unfortunately, our theory in this inferno is a simple case of jealousy, money and revenge – Not a suicide or accidental overdose.

DOWNLOAD: HoleGood Sister/Bad Sister MP3 from Pretty On The Inside

A couple years ago in the Guardian in 2012 Love was quoted saying “There will be no musical. Sometimes its just best to leave things alone.” Most musicals are supposed to be uplifting so we’re not sure how this one would end but it’s obvious she’s figured out a new source of income and in the process of writing herself into the history of grunge.
Nirvana Press Photo
Dave Grohl talks about Kurt Cobain MP3 TV Interview
Krist Novoselic on Kurt Cobain MP3 TV Interview

Fast-forward, the story of Nirvana is coming to Broadway and Love is also re-launching her band Hole with the “classic” line-up; which actually should have included Ms. Pfaff on bass if she were alive. Courtney also happened to borrow lines for a song on the album “Live Through This” from her.

RELATED: Obituary - Day of the dead Kristen Pfaff RIP Janitor Joe

Frances Bean Cobain Until recently, it was fairly well known Love has been estranged from her beautiful daughter Frances Bean Cobain who is now 21! Yet in recent press release gabs she is using the power of apathy to justify the Broadway show to Nirvana fans.

“I know her father’s spirit will be on that stage, and sitting in that theater with her will be the most emotional experience of our lives.”

CHECK OUT: Soaked in Bleach (4/8/2014) This NEW official trailer documentary which reveals the events right before Kurt Cobain’s death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track him down days before his body was found at their Seattle home. Would have been the first place we would have looked no?

Her subconscious word choice should also be listened too not just in the few clips in this film but all over the press. In a recent interview on BBC this past week Love talks on the Woman’s Hour show that she was “covetous” of Kurt Cobain’s talents to be able to write two songs in less than 20 minutes. Also that she and her daughter are going to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame induction on April 10th together.

If Frances truly has reached out to her mother then we’re happy for them both but from our point of view the favor is for Dave Grohl & Krist Novelistic – her father’s band mates. Love went on to say because of pressure of “tons of Nirvana fan mail” (We didn’t write any) and support for the idea in social media she is moving forward with the project.

Howard Stern Show – Courtney Love’s Crowd Displeasing Rant on Dave Grohl(2012)

This whole bit is off the charts. A must listen.

Earlier this year, Love won a defamation case from her former attorney, which is actually good for Social Media, who was helping her with Kurt Cobain estate fraud case when she tweeted about her lawyer saying “I was fucking devestated [sic] when Rhonda J. Holmes esq. of san diego was bought off.” Holmes claimed, this hurt her reputation in an 8 Day trial. There were no damages so no precedent has been set yet; meaning there has been no cost associated to crazy unless you count the whole demise of grunge thing.

Ms. Cobain (Love’s Daughter) has said, “Twitter should ban my mother.”

The real truth is we’ll never know if Kurt Cobain’s suicide was murder or not but one thing is certain a whole generation of grunge fans went up in flames and the biggest casuality is his daughter.

Who Killed Kurt Cobain? The Mysterious Death of an Icon
Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain
Who Killed Kurt Cobain?

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Gillard’s New Album ‘Parade On’ is Guitardedly Good.

Doug Gillard Parade on Album Review

Parade On – Out 4/8 on Nine Mile Records

ALBUM REVIEW: Some of you know who Mr. Doug Gillard is even without actually having his phone number in your contacts or perhaps you got his digits from his previous release Call from Restricted. If we lead you to any record this year please let it be his latest and greatest Parade On as it’s guitardedly good.

We mean this with all affection and not a single bit of sarcasm; this is a bus you must get on. Doug’s passion for manipulating a 6 or 12 string guitar is on the same level as Johnny fucking Marr; strum for strum and we never met that Brit. He’s a band leader who will lead you down a path with several possible outcomes. One, inspire you to make your next record greater than good and NOT just ok,  but great. Two, in the process make you pay attention to the details, or you will do us a favor and quit playing music so the good stuff can bubble-up. Three – you’ll take a deep dive into the depths on a download binge 30,000 feet of stacked records. Four, sell some off your guitars (Maybe you’ll donate one to a charity like The Project Matters ‏@TPMNJ) while you mull over the second option. Actually you might NOT have to do any of this because this one stands all on it’s own. However, if some of you actually happen to step foot into a record store (even if just on record store day next week) and look up the likes of Nick Lowe, XTC, or Death of Samantha. Some of you may consider seeing him play with his band or taking the leads in Nada Surf. The two shows he’s playing with GBV are sold out so your out of luck there.

The pointed point is this is his third solo full-length coming out on Nine Mile Records strewn out over a few years of being a professional musician. I can’t even count all his other releases he’s played for you but it does not matter that is what wiki is fucking for. If I were record clerk (I vowed never to do so this) — this is the album I would literally point you towards besides the song “I AM a Tree” he recorded once with Guided By Voices. There I said it and it only. Took me two, three whole paragraphs. After that you are on your own.

We interviewed Doug Gillard last year, even played a show with him at the Asbury Lanes and enjoyed him nerding out talking about his guitar set-up. There is enough exploratory timeless guitaring on this album set forth as a reminder the guitar neck is an expansive and mysterious place. Dudes can play guitar and makes all the tones sound effortless while allowing you to hum along with vocal melodies. Our faves on this album are all of them. “Your Eyes” is the most Smiths like one, the opener is another classic similar to XTA or Nick Lowe with something off of Labour of Lust (1979) but don’t let us bore you with our shallow knowledge record store clerkdome. This one is going directly to our top 10 of 2014.

MP3s: New Guided By Voices 7″ on Fire Records
For nerds: Doug Gillard’s Guitar set-up
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Singles & Bands to Watch: by The Great American Novel, Afghan Whigs, wyd:syd & Otherkin

SINGLES/ BANDS TO WATCH: We’re going to try and keep this weekly post going. Give us a chance to say our peace about the latest singles that have been slamming our inbox without going on too deep. An extension of one of our awesome tweets if you will.

The Great American Novel - singles
The Great American Novel - We don’t know why “bushwick nights” didn’t make their previous record either because this has some elements of The Who we dig on the track. In a way we’re glad this is a single so we can enjoy it all on it’s own. “Anthem for Beer Cans” was also apparently cut because it had 1 too many choruses but equally as good as they thought it sound similar to Bulldog Skin. Maybe the whoo who part and pete townesend parts. Seriously dudes, what good rock does not sound like a Guided by Voices or The Who when you put it into perspective. Name your price on their site.

RELATED: Yes sad face is the name of this album

The Afghan Whigs - “The Lottery” from their coming album ‘Do to the Beast‘. Greg Dulli is sounding like one too many cigarettes on this first cut released by Sub Pop. We do like the bands sound as it fits nicely between Gentlemen era guitar thronging and 1965. Which for us is their super sweet-spot.

wyd:syd - “Yesterlove” – pronounced as “wide side. This music is made by 5 guys from Singapore playing light shoe-gaze pop and recommended if you like guitar delays and spacey rock music you shall enjoy this. Very Brooklyn sounding. So we guess there are hipsters everywhere.

Otherkin – “SLN” – Good bass playing on this track from this Dublin based band. We really dig it because they remind us of music like Interpol meets The Dismemberment Plan. Very alternatively affirmative in the right places. Oh and by the way SLN is not an abreviation for “Special Local Needs” at least until the band gets out of their keeping a secret mode. Good song either way. Check out their video below.

SINGLES: Here’s some swirly guitars: Champ vs Lazyeyes
Single of the Day: “Bird” by Tim Foljahn
SINGLE REVIEWS – Esom vs New Manic Spree

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Schtick Bands: The Upper Crust vs Clowns for Progress

Upper Crust vs Clowns for Progress
Dear Punks,
We know that many of you debate things like this topic all the time and ask yourself who is your favorite schtick band? Does it have midgets playing kiss covers? “If not then I’m not interested.” But then you promptly go back and listen to bands like these and it’s easy to see the appeal. In our high-court; the debate was settled in a pretty swift duel with our facehookers. Everybody voted democratically to the side of the one that sounded most like AC/DC. Was 4/1. We were also trying to figure where have all the good schtick bands gone? RIP to Oderus Orungus who fronted the #1 band in the solar system in this genre but who else is out there? Besides like mock metal bands like The Darkness. We did find The Weirdest Band Blog to bring us up to speed on some. Which will have to take a dumpster dive and see if any of these other “weird” bands can rock as hard and be as witty as The Upper Crust because you are the audience and we are the entertainment. You deserve to be snobbishly entertained by the best our high-society has to offer. What was fun about seeing is that they made it all about the audience and if you could keep from spitting out your beer betwixt songs you were doing well.

According to one of our in-house rock historians Ray Kubian (Drummer Dean Ween Group, True Love, etc). “The Crust were best as a 5 piece with Lord Rockingham(Ted Widmer), whom also sang lead on some songs and happened to be one of Bill Clinton’s speech writers. When they became a foursome ‘roque’ band Nat Freedberg (Aka Lord Bendover) continued in true aristocratic fashion with other the fops. Nat previously had The Satanics and a band called The Titanics. Both equally awesome bands. Chris Harford does a song called “Broken Man” on his Time Warp Deck album which was penned by Freedberg.” It is rumoured they still continue to play since they began in 1995.

Now on the other side of the make-up for us; seeing a schtick band perform live is the main thing. Clowns for Progress played through solid state amps or at least it sounded like they did versus all of the vintage gear(of course) thee Upper Crust used. All guitards would be drooling by the candle warmth of their sound – the clowns sounded like every other band on epitaph or look-out. We remember the Clowns being kinda brown and pompous dicks at times being NYC darlings of “pop punk”. We didn’t understand and saw them a few times and had a good time either way. Anyway, we digress. Their songs were good on paper but personality wise we just enjoyed poofs more. Let us know what you think. We want to know. We like the Clown’s taste of covers so we will generously give them that.


Clowns for Progress
Hurt Me Baby MP3
Martian MP3
Kids are alright (The Who Cover) MP3


Upper Crust
Rock ‘n’ Roll Butler MP3
Let Them Eat Rock MP3

We’re Finished With Finishing School

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Best April Fools Music Related Jokes

Situation wanted: 4th member for heavy metal tribute band (NJ/NY)
Indie Rock band Goes Metal
Indie Rock die-hards Eastern Anchors change their thing to make money. This story is actually believable. You must have guitar chops and willing to travel on the weekends. Former straight edge musicians ok but no vegans. No time wasters need apply CraigsList Post | Band Announcement

STEREOGUM: Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Goes Grunge
Rocknroll Fantasy Camp Goes Grunge
Rock ’N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, the Vegas-based institution where you can get instruction from aging butt-rock stars, has long been one of your best bets if you really want to spend some quality non-sex-tape time with Tommy Lee or Bret Michaels. But the Fantasy Camp is evolving, and now it’s come to encompass another generation’s version of classic rock: Read On >>

PUNK NEWS: Nirvana to Reunite with Courtney Love as Singer
Courtney to join NirvanaProbably one of the more tasteless but funny ones is from Punk news. The story goes on to say: Although Courtney Love has been embroiled in constant legal disputes with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic over the use of the Nirvana catalog since 2001, the three appear to have put their differences aside to play together under the name Nirvana. Read On >>

Guitar Bar Introduces Air Guitar Lessons!
The Guitar Bar in Hoboken NJ will be carrying the full line of Luft air guitars at both of their shops! Here’s a video showing some of the amazing things you can do on one. Featuring their wonderful air guitar instructor Ty, and Sam from the uptown shop!

Flamming Lips companion album for Dark Side of the moon
Honestly, this is an amazing piece of music and they mainly fucked with the press like any respectable and credible band should. This is an amazing space jam which will remind you that you once really liked drugs. You really do believe in aliens and that life is good. Stream this while you work and write your co-workers dumb emails about nothing important at all.

Have any funny April Fools joke’s today you want to share? Please add them to the comments or email them to reviewstalker at

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Wu-Tang Clan’s – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin – Is not an Album

This object will be encased in a silver and nickel box crafted by British-Moroccan artist Yahya

This object will be encased in a silver and nickel box crafted by British-Moroccan artist Yahya

SIGN WITH BEYONCE’S BLOOD HERE __________________________:
Technically speaking WU-TANG CLAN’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is not an Album. This is 100% a transparent marketing stunt they are claiming will be art with a ridiculous million dollar price tag on “it” that nobody has even heard yet. Sure music, which is written and recorded, is a form of Art but this might as well be a hologram at this point. No fucking argument, but is something this exclusive need to be treated like Noah’s Ark? Shouldn’t music be intended for the masses to make it accepted? We’re clapping with one hand at the extremeness but it does distort the concept of making affordable art in the adopted album formats. In particular music like Hip-Hop was created for the voice of the people in streets. These folks actually might want to hear these hardcore rappers do their 90′s thing again. I know I do. Music is best when it’s a communal experience where everybody can take part. Makes it functional. This stunt is what is for sale. Maybe the music was blessed by Chinese monks and recorded in a high-priest monastery in order to keep a lid on its existence. Even if these collected pieces of recorded music travels around the world will it not be a silent auction? People will be padded down and checked for recording devices before they can swap on some swank headphones for an exclusive listen. We can’t even tell you any thing about what the recording sounds like or if it has any value as a collection of songs but allegedly it’s supposed to revert to their original beats. People will hopefully be able to take their picture with said shiny object and then swarm the Internet with more hype. We’ll make a prediction that this recording will eventually be leaked, as its existence is no longer a “secret”. A real stunt would be cementing a Boombox in Times Square playing the double album or in a loop under the Brooklyn Bridge as an installment for the people.


RZA WU-TANG CLAN This is not an album
One of the reasons vinyl is making a comeback for a growing chunk of music fans is they want something tangible and exclusively theirs. Something they can hold, cherish and listen to with their friends. Even cassettes are making a comeback and those things sounded awful. Even if music these days is so devalued according to their leader RZA. The reality is most Millennials have never walked into a record store; so how do they even know what an album is? So we ask you can Once Upon a Time in Shoalin even claim itself to be an “album”? Lets also keep in mind RZA’s net worth is reportedly over $18 Million and we’re sure this ploy will add-up with ticket and merchandise sales for the group. That is where the cash money really is. Additional “sales” or streams are just a fraction of the culture they are selling back. It’s not really about the music anymore for groups that are as successful as WU-TANG. Sure enough this is just another karate chop right to the wallets of music fans.

Wu-Tang Clan -side b MP3 Original Freestyle Tape
Wu-Tang Clan -Mystagogue Vol. II MP3 (prod. by RZA) (1996)
Wu-Tang Clan -Deadly Darts MP3 Artist: Ghostface Killah feat. Streetlife & Method Man Album: Deadly Darts/Sunshower (Vinyl 12″ single)
Produced by: RZA Year: 1996/1997 – This last track is the original version off the song “Box In Hand” from Ghostface Killah’s debut album Ironman.

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American Football to Reissue Self-Titled Album

american football album re-review

ALBUM REVIEW: Back in the days before iPods roamed the Earth, American Football released their self-titled album in 1999. Now, 15 years after its original release, the album will be reissued on May 20th, 2014. The new, deluxe edition will feature 10 unreleased tracks of demos and live recordings. You can stream one of the unreleased tracks below:

This track in particular is instrumental, though most of the tracks on the album do contain vocals. It is a track filled with quiet beauty, much like the rest of the album. The guitar melodies ebb and flow like tranquil ocean waves, inviting you to get lost in your own thoughts. This is the sort of album to put on when you’re feeling introspective, or when you just want to slow down and relax for a while. The songs have a calming effect, mixed with a bit of melancholiness. It’s an album that evokes feelings of reflection and nostalgia. These songs could be the soundtrack from a rainy summer day of the past, back when the days seemed longer and life seemed less complicated.

The reissue will be available through Polyvinyl, in various formats on May 20th, 2014. You can also pre-order at the link below:

RIYL: Karate, Cap’n Jazz , Jade Tree Bands

Karate – Bodies
Cap’n Jazz – Yes, I am talking to you

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Sound Station Presents – Black Wine (Live Videos)

Black Wine Live - Don Giovanni Records bands
Here’s a few videos of one our favorite Don Giovanni Records bands playing live called Black Wine at a Sound Station presents show. They are just as much retro SST-punk and forward unpunk as it gets. Also on the bill that night was our house band Eastern Anchors, Tri-State, Dollar Store Riot and a bunch of other local locals. BW have a new record called Yell Boss and it’s coming out in early June on the New Brunswick label Don Giovanni Records. You heard it here first folks. They recorded their new album at Volume IV in New Brunswick with Brian from Risk Relay and we can’t wait to check it out. Miranda the drummer/singer for the band also recently started a talky podcast called Totally Bitchin that she does with Jamie from a new band called Small talk. They have about 10 episodes already and worth a listen if you are jonesying for yet another decent podcast. Their most recent show is a interview with Miranda’s hub Jeff who used to play with The Ergs! They are mainly focusing on the local NJ music scene which we think is great. Subscribe iTunes | Tumblr | Libsyn.





Black Wine - Freedom of Choice (Devo Cover) LIVE!

Recommended Podcasts:
Live from the Barages – Recorded live every Friday night from a garage that is bar in Queens, NY. They add “s” to everything and are a bunch of cassette listening chooches. Interviews with dudes who fuck dolphins, Krokus tapes, people who go to mars and lots of band talk – plus a few music breaks inbetween.
Sound Opinions – Based out of Chicago. Pretty main stream indie. they cover the basics SXSW and other popular genres.
Low Times – Short interviews for short attention spans.
You Can’t Stop the Signal – Fast talking, over talking music indie based podcast by Conan and his bandmates. They land good guests.

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