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Listen to Haggert McTaggert’s psychedelic nightmare in “Franny”

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Haggert McTaggert | photo by Casper Rudderow

Haggert McTaggert, aka the duo of Braden Lawrence of The Districts and Keith Abrams from Pine Barons, contributed to a new split single called Doom Paste with local pals Tremellow. Their contribution is the lo-fi bad trip of “Franny,” a manic and robotic modern take on a Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme, finding galactic ambiguity of psychedelic proportions while managing to pick up a hint of Daft Punk along the way. It’s as cute and intimate as it is terrifying. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Slip into the private world of Haggert McTaggert

Haggert McTaggert | photo by Casper Rudderow
Haggert McTaggert | photo by Casper Rudderow
It’s always cool when members of our favorite bands step out with their own projects, especially when those instances involve a collaboration like the one we have here. Haggert McTaggert is the (not-so-new) moniker of The Districts drummer Braden Lawrence for a project that sees him team up with Pine Barons’ Keith Abrams (putting on his producer hat), and together they’ve created a record that is both cinematic and intensely intimate.

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PREMIERE: Haggert Mctaggert teams up Braden Lawrence of The Districts, Keith Abrams of Pine Barons, debuts with “2nd Door Floor”

Haggert McTaggert | photo courtesy of the artist
Haggert McTaggert | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s one those collaborative outings that just sort of happens when you’re part of a super fertile music community. Haggert Mctaggert brings together Braden Lawrence, drummer for The Districts, and Keith Abrams, singer-guitarist of Pine Barons. Both of those dudes each have another-other band on their plates – Straw Hats for Lawrence, Tremellow for Abrams – but this project has ben an on-again off-again thing for about five years. Today, we bring you their debut single, “2nd Door Floor,” which finds these erstwhile heavy rockers exploring more moody, textural soundscapes in the vein of Elvis Depressedly and Alex G. Continue reading →

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Fast Car Slow Car debuts with trippy “Waffles” video

Fast Car Slow Car | via Soundcloud

Breshon Martzall is the bassist of The Districts’ offshoot oddball punk band Straw Hats, and late last week he released the first track from his new solo project, Fast Car Slow Car. Musically warped and weird in a lo-fi Ariel Pink kind of way, “Waffles” is, on the surface, a celebration of the popular breakfast food, and the aesthetic of its companion music video can best be described as after school cartoons on acid. Continue reading →

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Watch Tremellow’s VHS lightshow in video for “Plastic Impulse”

Tremellow | via tremellowbaron.bandcamp.com
Tremellow | via tremellowbaron.bandcamp.com

Keith Abrams, outside from his band Pine Barons, has a side project Tremellow. Its lo-fi pop stylings allow Abrams to let his weird out a little bit, and it can’t be better exemplified than in the video for his newest song “Plastic Impulse,” released on DOOM PASTE, a split with Haggert Mctaggert (the weird side project of The Districts’ Braden Lawrence).

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Take a dive into Queen of Jeans’ beachfront fantasy with the video for “Moody'”

Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney
Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney

Local outfit Queen of Jeans just released a video for their track “Moody” off their debut self-titled EP, released back in May.

This track is reminiscent of ’60s pop music with an ethereal overlay of Queen of Jeans’ signature retro-rock vibes. The video begins with the band lazing around in a beach house with their respective instruments and ends with a romp in the sand and a group dive into the ocean. Continue reading →

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The Districts’ Pat Cassidy shares charity single under Sweet Vermilion moniker

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Pat Cassidy (Sweet Vermilion) | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Last Friday, President Trump passed an excutive order barring citizens of seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days. If you’ve been anywhere other than under a rock since then, you’re aware this decision has sparked quite a bit of controversy, and now, Pat Cassidy is adding his voice to those in opposition. Earlier today, The Districts’ guitarist shared two new songs under his Sweet Vermilion moniker, “Daybreak//Misunderstanding” and “Patient Sounds”. All proceeds will benefit the International Refugee Assistance Project, and you can download them now via his Bandcamp page. Continue reading →