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Recs from Samiam

posted August 31, 2011, 7:21 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Recommendations from the Celebrity Mind | comment Leave a Comment

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Samiam is back, and back with a vengenance. They seem to have something to prove. Their highly anticipated new full-length recording Trips, their 8th, will be released on Sept 6, 2011. Here are 5 favorite music picks from bassist Sean Kennerly:

CastlemaniaThee Oh Sees
John Dwyer channeled a death obsessed mountain troll for this perfectly fried and bizarre little album from 2011. Dwyer reinvents himself every six months and somehow it’s always a totally different version of bad ass. Also Thee Oh Sees are currently the best live band in the world.

King Kahn and the ShrinesWhat Is?!
The first time I heard this, I thought every song was a cover of some obscure 60’s garage Motown gem I couldn’t quite place. Then I realized the songs are formally perfect period pieces, as though Mr. Kahn had slipped inside Otis Redding’s cadaver and brought it to life for reals and it was cool without any shades of necrophilia, just something you do for fun. Another great live band.

Sagor & SwingOrgelfärger
I can’t remember who gave me this simple and lovely Swedish synth folk band’s album, but thank you! I thought they must be really popular over there until I watched some YouTube clips of them playing in nearly empty outdoor park amphitheaters. Still, they capture a feeling with their simple little melodies that sound so sincere even though they’re synthesizers.

Indian JewelryFree Gold!
The best album by this warped Houston psych damage band. They rival the Butthole Surfers at moments but are really more of an awesome weird-feeling atmosphere band (instead of the full game changing brilliance of the fucking Butthole Surfers – hands down the greatest live band ever).

Mel TormĂ©Crown Collector Series The very best of the Velvet Fog – Jesus Christ this guy is smooth! Way to lay back on it, Mel.

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