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CD of the Month: Tom Abbott - Puppet Boy

The CD of the Month for June hands down has to go to Tom Abbott of Wrentham, MA. Puppet Boy is from start to finish a sonic collage that captivates song after song. The singer-songwriter has crafted a record that shines with folk-rock splendor and flashes its highlights of blues, punk, and lo-fi production throughout fourteen riveting tracks. The New England artist gifts something to each listener: “Fake Punk” is a hard and edgy sonic thrill ride while “(It’d Be Nice) to Feel Wanted Again” is rich with sincerity, a vulnerable track made for broken hearts. Congrats to Tom Abbott for creating a pristine example of New England’s rich folk-rock history. Enjoy Puppet Boy streaming below. - Rene Cobar





Nathan Bajar's "Silver Surfer" is an Interstellar Escape, plays H0L0 7.8

New York mutli-disciplinary artist Nathan Bajar channels R&B by-way-of slacker rock on new jam “Silver Surfer,” crafting something that relishes in both its sugary sweet melodies as well as the cracks and hisses of DIY production. Teaming up with fellow NYC musician Mel, who lays down a kicked-back molasses-like flow on the track’s bridge, Bajar lyrically describes an interstellar escape from the bustling Big City, finding inner peace through kitshfully detuned piano chords and day-dream fantasies of space travel, spoken into existence. And while only the ultra-wealthy among us may be able to afford recreational space travel (yet), the earnest desire for escapism at the core of Nathan Bajar’s provides a window for any listener to briefly (and metaphorically) touch the stars—or at the very least, provides a key addition to your summer beach playlist. Find yourself a shady spot before you stream it below, and catch Nathan Bajar at H0L0 on July 8th. -Connor Beckett McInerney

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Krust Toons: "The Used Record Section" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "The Used Record Section" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

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Melt's Sour Fruit is Out Now

Melt has just released their latest album, Sour Fruit, via Halfshell Records. The album is freaky, earnest fun. The band’s burn out aesthetic doesn’t slow down the energy and enthusiasm they put into playing. Songs like “Snow” are jazzy and psychedelic, but they don’t fall into the expected rhythms we usually get from psych songs. The band twists when you think they’ll turn. They introduce a high note when you think a low one is coming, or slow the beat down at moments where it traditionally picks up. The change is very welcome. Other songs are faster, more surf-punk oriented. “Catch Me” is a great example, with laggy vocal distortion and passionate guitar riffs chords. “Catch Me” has the kind of tongue-twisting lyrics that are are a lot of fun to sing along to.

If you want a chance to sing the lyrics along with the band, Melt's tour kickoff will be taking place July 20th at the Ladd taphouse. Scott Yoder, Cry Babe and !mindparade will also be playing sets. You can find out more information on the facebook page here





Pensive mornings have met their match in Max Grazier's new record "Warm Enough Not To Care"

Your weekend playlist can get a boost from the music of Portsmouth’s Max Grazier. The New Hampshire singer-songwriter’s latest EP Warm Enough Not To Care is evenly spread with a sonic marmalade of dynamic acoustic and electric guitar riffs, stupendous vocal harmonies, and subtle drums to sway to, all tinged with a bedroom-production syrup so sweet. All three tracks of Grazier’s new record feel like confessions, not meant to be released, deeply personal, sung with passion, and played to the wave of pseudo-surf guitar ambiance. Pensive weekend mornings just got a lot better, in that kind of moody-basking way, thanks to the music of Max Grazier. The trombone finale in “Paper Eyes” is exquisite, let it build up below. - Rene Cobar

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