British neo-psychedelic band mixes trippy baroque pop experimentation and classic Beatles-y craftsmanship. Debut album, Sun Structures, out today – sounds like it floated here through space from four decades behind us.

“Colours to Life”

“Move With the Season”

“The Guesser”

Hipflix, Winter 2014

Four recent Netflix picks you might not have seen…


Crystal Fairy
A self-absorbed young American traveling in Chile plans a journey with his pals to find a legendary hallucinogenic cactus. But when he invites the free-spirited Crystal Fairy along, they find themselves locked in a battle of wills.


Drinking Buddies
Workmates at a small Chicago brewery, Luke and Kate are romantically involved with others but also the best of friends — on and off the clock. Things get complicated, however, when the couples spend a weekend together at a lakeside retreat.


Frances Ha
Determined to make it as a modern dancer in New York, Frances pursues her unlikely goal with more enthusiasm than natural talent. The rest of the time, she and her sardonic best friend, Sophie, put off growing up for as long as they can.


Prince Avalanche
While repainting traffic lines along a burnt-out stretch of rural highway, a mismatched pair — straightlaced Alvin and his girlfriend’s harebrained brother, Lance — form an unlikely bond that builds upon their differences.

13 Hippest Songs of 2013


A baker’s dozen of the best songs you probably haven’t heard this year. My tastes as of late are skewed toward a retro sound.

1. “Always On” Brazos, Saltwater

2. “The Body in Rainfall” Wild Nothing, Empty Estate

3. “Colours to Life” Temples, single

4. “Come Save Me” Jagwar Ma, Howlin

5. “Falling Bough” Kiev, Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth

6. “Hold Me” Milosh, Jetlag

7. “It All Feels Right” Washed Out, Paracosm

8. “Lover Yeah” The ACBs, Little Leaves

9. “No Destruction” Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century…

10. “The Old and the Young” Midlake, Antiphon

11. “On Blue Mountain” Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century…

12. “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II

13. “Where’s the Time” Caveman, Caveman



I’ve written about these guys’ first album before but they’re still pretty under-the-radar. The Austin-based band is fronted by singer/songwriter Martin Crane, who crafts kaleidoscopic tracks that sound unlike anything else out there. His ability to write a simple acoustic-based song and turn it immense through layered multi-instrumentation is impressive. Take a listen to my two favorite cuts from their latest LP, Saltwater.

“Always On”

“How the Ranks Was Won”

The Lovetones

This psychedelic Australian quartet sounds like the summer of ’68. A cross between the Moody Blues and Tame Impala with John Lennon vocals. Any of their albums would serve as the perfect soundtrack for the lazy daze of August.


“The Party’s Over”