Renee McMahon
Sub Pop releases Dum Dum Girls' End of Daze on September 25.
Every month in Reverb Monthly -- SW's music magazine -- we


Listen: 42 New Releases From 42 Seattle Bands. It's September 2012, and the City Sounds Like ...

Renee McMahon
Sub Pop releases Dum Dum Girls' End of Daze on September 25.
Every month in Reverb Monthly -- SW's music magazine -- we review every new release that's coming out of (or was recently released) the Seattle music community. In this post, you'll find reviews, upcoming shows, and at least one song from every new release. We broke this down into a separate page for each release so it's easy to share/scan. Enjoy!

Click on the band name to view the review and hear a sample:

Art Vandelay, Bent, Sera Cahoone, Daydream Johnny, Dub & Jender, Footwork, Fox and the Law, Go Periscope, Harbor, JusMoni & WD4D, Just Like Vinyl, Kingdom Crumbs, Let's Get Lost, Local Dudes, Lowmen Markos, Minus the Bear, Mount Eerie, Night, Sweet Pea, The 1 Uppers, Origami Ghosts, Police Teeth, Alessandra Rose, Scriptures, Seapony, Shivering Denizens, The T-Bagging Bandits, Uglyhead, Unnatural Helpers, Uzi Rash, Young Fresh Fellows

Local Labels' Out-Of-Town-Bands: Daniel Bachman, Becoming the Archetype, Corin Tucker Band, Deep Magic, Dum Dum Girls, Gaytheist, The Helio Sequence, Menomena, Poema, Rabbits, The Wedding

Art Vandelay, "Walter White" (out now, Unimpressive Records, artvandelay206.bandcamp.com): Ricky Pharoe's verses basically follow the story of Breaking Bad's protagonist, which is just the kind of skewed pop-culture subject matter that suits him. Mack Formway hits a somber piano loop with some heavy drums like a pro once again. TODD HAMM

Bent, Bent (out now, self-released, bent1.bandcamp.com): It's odd to feel nostalgic about a group that has existed for two months, but Bent is a beautiful mixture: indie folk fused with a '90s twangy rock band. "Shelf Life" plays like a B-side from Death Cab's Plans. JOE WILLIAMS

Sera Cahoone, Deer Creek Canyon (9/25, Sub Pop, seracahoone.com): On her second Sub Pop release, Sera Cahoone continues to mine the familiar country noir sound that defined the soulful acoustics of her debut Only As The Day Is Long. Similar to Day Is Long, her new 12-track album is filled with deep reflection and creeping time signatures, carefully brought to life by strong contributions from her long-time live band, including Jason Kardong on pedal steel, Jeff Fielder on dobro, banjo, and lead guitar, and Tomo Nakayama on piano and organ. With the help of Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) as producer, Canyon rings with serene moments and thoughtfully spun lyrics, and even nods to Cahoone's recent influences, like the bright, Son Volt-inspired guitar work of "Nervous Wreck" and the Vetiver-inspired bounce of closer "Oh My." But with lyrics like: "Feeling hopeless tonight/Seems to happen all the time," as Cahoone croons in breathy tones on "Naked," and the glacial, absorbing pedal steel on "Worry All Your Life," this is the same Sera her fans know and love: sad and hopeful all at once, and just as determined to craft music directly from the heart. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT (Sat., Sept. 1, Bumbershoot)

Daydream Johnny, Burn Me Down (9/20, self-released, tulsimusic.com): Soundtracked by an EP of the same name, this short film follows its flawed, somewhat greasy protagonist (Tulsi's alter-ego, Daydream Johnny) from high points and hot hands in a dice game to a money-less escape from Seattle--and from his girl. It's all quite well done, although the extremely literal nature of the plot--as well as his rhymes--don't necessarily beg for repeat listens/views. TH 

Dub & Jender, Oly 2 Bham (out now, self-released, soundcloud.com/dub-and-jender): Two young gentlemen take turns rapping about their everyday lives over some goofy beats. With Auto-Tuned hooks and horribly generic rhymes, it sounds as if the guys are still trying to find a good place to begin. TH 

Footwork, +JMBVM (out now, self-released, footwork.bandcamp.com): Guest vocalist Jamie Braden Von Mooter (JMBVM) adds some witchy rant and howl to Footwork's heavy rumble (via Haunted Horses drummer Myke Pelly) and angular bass-guitar jags (via Wet Paint's James David Scheall and Secondary's Taylor Wingett) on six tracks, most of which shudder and jolt by in two-minute bursts. EG (Fri., Aug. 31, Black Lodge)

Fox and the Law, Scarlet Fever (out now, self-released, foxandthelaw.com): Fuzzed-out guitars and reverb-drenched vocals are the backbone of this debut full-length from a Seattle quartet that pulls as much from the White Stripes as the Strokes. It's not super-contemporary, but it is super-rocking, and the playing is top-notch. DAVE LAKE (Sat., Sept. 22, Columbia City Theater)

Go Periscope, Wasted Youth (out now, self-released, goperiscope.net): A digital juggernaut rich with deep melodies and indie-rock stylings. This two-piece has created songs that dip and grow without forgetting their purpose: This music is meant to be heard live. JW

Harbor, Harbor (out now, self-released, harborband.com): Despite Harbor's serene cover art, the local trio's debut delivers dark, heavy alternative rock. McMurray's deep tenor, over driving drums and thick guitar riffs, recalls Soundgarden circa Superunknown. SARAH ELSON 

JusMoni & WD4D, Queen Feel (out now, Care Package, carepackage.bandcamp.com): Listeners can simmer in WD4D's erotically paced instrumentals and JusMoni's sexually charged lyrics on this six-track EP to their hearts' (or whatevers') content. TH

Just Like Vinyl, Black Mass (out now, Superball Music, justlikevinyl.com): Just Like Vinyl's second album is more focused than their self-titled debut, spending more time on their heavier tendencies and offering angular riffs and a progressive hard-rock sound a la System of a Down or Coheed and Cambria. The first single, "Bitches Get Stitches," is a good representation of the record: a slow, heavy groove that morphs into dueling guitar parts with a melodic vocal line atop it all. DL (Fri., Aug. 31, The Crocodile)

Kingdom Crumbs, Kingdom Crumbs (out now, Cloud Nice, kingdomcrumbs.bandcamp.com): An impressively produced, intelligently penned album from Seattle's increasingly prolific Cloud Nice collective. KC has come through here with one of the best long-plays to hit the scene this year. TH (Fri., Oct. 19, Neumos)

Let's Get Lost, House of Cards (out now, GypsyPop Records, letsgetlost.bandcamp.com): Easy, breezy indie pop punctuated by bluesy guitar riffs and laden with lush harmonic hooks you'll be humming for days. The thumping piano and trombone on tracks like "House of Cards" are evidence of the classic-rock influence of the Beatles and Queen. SE (Sun., Sept. 23, Crocodile)

Local Dudes, Better Place (9/1, self-released, soundcloud.com/local-dudes): Chockablock with mercilessly straightforward rock and roll, Local Dudes' debut LP straddles the line between Van Halen and the Black Crowes, with none of the latter's poignancy. It's decent background music for drinking beer and playing frisbee before a Tom Petty show at the Gorge. MIKE SEELY 

Lowmen Markos, Flames (out now, self-released, lowmenmarkos.com): This 25-minute, four-song EP never gives into post-rock's tendency toward melodrama and bombast; its abstract instrumental rock songs simmer instead of boiling over. ANDREW GOSPE

Minus the Bear, Infinity Overhead (out now, Dangerbird Records, minusthebear.com): Following a less-than-well-received exploration into bawdy electro-funk on 2010's Omni, Minus the Bear returns to their proggy roots with this even, climax-less collection of songs featuring steely vocals and lots of guitar noodling. ERIN K. THOMPSON (Sat., Nov. 17, Showbox at the Market)

Mount Eerie, Ocean Roar (9/4, P.W. Elverum and Sun, pwelverumandsun.com): A companion album to May's Clear Moon, Ocean Roar in many ways feels like an odds-'n'-sods collection of outtakes (the black-metal riffing of "Engel Der Luft"; an ambient interlude; the title track's choral funk), but it's no less compelling a Mount Eerie album for its variability. The thunderous guitar crashes of "Waves" or the 10-minute tidal surge-and-ebb of "Pale Lights" stand among Phil Elverum's best later work. EG (Fri., Oct. 12, Cairo)

Night, Sweet Pea, A Little Line of Kisses (9/2, self-released, facebook.com/nightsweetpea): This record should come with a "Do Not Listen While Operating Machinery" warning label. Beautifully serene and calm, Alyse Black's voice is the most gorgeous sound on the album, which includes a cover of "Over the Rainbow." JW (Sun., Sept. 2, Columbia City Theater)

The 1 Uppers, The 1 Uppers (9/4, Conjunctive Records, 1uppers.com): If the countrified snark of a tune like "Cadillac Truck" (towing the lyrics "You look like a dick") doesn't make you grin, then the driving, train-like rhythm and pedal-steel sheen of their dead-on Smiths cover "How Soon Is Now?" is sure to. GE (Fri., Sept. 14, Tractor Tavern)

Origami Ghosts, It Don't Exist (out now, self-released, origamighosts.com): Somewhere between the Moldy Peaches' anti-folk and Modest Mouse's jangled guitar pop is this third full-length from sextet Origami Ghosts, chock-full of hyper-earnest ballads, "meow/meow" refrains, and infectious, accordion-inflected indie rock. GE (Fri., Sept. 7, High Dive)

Police Teeth, "Bellingham Media Blackout" (out now, Latest Flame, policeteeth.bandcamp.com): The first single from Police Teeth's forthcoming self-titled album (out October 16) is a gritty slice of shout-along bar rock that recalls Fugazi at its most propulsive. AG (Sat., Sept. 22, Black Lodge)

Alessandra Rose, You Are Gold (9/4, self-released, alessandrarose.bandcamp.com): Dusky vocals, penetrating pop compositions, and capable backing from the likes of Rusty Willoughby and Christopher Jones make Gold a plush and well-conceived debut. Songs like "Love Junkie," with a touch of Madeleine Peyroux's honeyed warble, are filled with luscious melodies. GE (Sat., Sept. 8, Tractor Tavern)

Scriptures, Scriptures (out now, Translinguistic Other, scripturesmusic.com): Blending psychedelia and progressive metal, this five-piece's sprawling debut full-length is full of knotty breakdowns and wide-open ambience in equal measure. AG

Seapony, Falling (9/11, Hardly Art, seapony.bandcamp.com): The local trio's second full-length finds them slowly beginning to explore away from their gauzy dream-pop sound. Falling's most interesting songs, "Nothing Left" and "Never Be," zip up the energy and riff a little louder than Seapony's past fare. EKT (Mon., Sept. 3, Bumbershoot)

Shivering Denizens, Baker-Whiteley (out now, Ronerecords, theshiveringdenizens.com): Baker-Whiteley is a concept album set in a coal-mining town, yet its tracks are far from high-minded--like if you took the Drive-By Truckers and stripped them of all authenticity and darkness. Fun? Absolutely. Memorable? Not really. MS (Sun., Sept. 30, Little Red Hen)

?The T-Bagging Bandits, Fist Full of Whiskey (out now, self-released, facebook.com/The-T-Bagging-Bandits): With their old-timey, country-rock sound, the Bandits should live in the South. Instead they reside in Snoqualmie Pass, play electrified versions of Johnny Cash tunes, and sing about, as the album title suggests, getting drunk all the time. ALLISON THOMASSEAU (Thurs., Sept. 13, The Crocodile) 

Uglyhead, The Garden (out now, Automation Records, uglyheadmusic.com): Hard-industrial bordering on electro-grunge--a peculiar mix of strangulated vocals and mid-tempo drumming with synth arpeggios and unidentified, swarming noise. Good, menacing fun. EG

Unnatural Helpers, Land Grab (9/25, Hardly Art, hardlyart.com/unnaturalhelpers): Pop-punk has become a near-meaningless descriptor, but in this collection of relentlessly punchy two-minute pop songs, these guys do it the right way--hooky, abrasive, and judiciously concise. AG (Sat., Sept. 1, Bumbershoot)

Uzi Rash, I Forgot (out now, ggznla Records, ggnzla.bandcamp.com): Bleary-eyed, marble-mouthed, smart-assed jangle punk that hangs out halfway between the rock-'n'-roll garage and the back flap of the circus tent where the carnies go to smoke between freakshows. EG

Young Fresh Fellows, Tiempo de Lujo (out now, Yep Roc, yeproc.com): The latest from th

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