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Castlemania

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I Need Seed
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Corprophagist (A Bath Perhaps)
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Stinking Cloud
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Corrupted Coffin
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Pleasure Blimps
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A Wall, A Century 2
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Spider Cider
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The Whipping Continues
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Blood On The Deck
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Castlemania
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AA Warm Breeze
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Idea For Rubber Dog
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The Horse Was Lost
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I Won’t Hurt You
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If I Stay Too Long
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What Are We Craving?
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 42:03

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05.16.11
Thee Oh Sees, Castlemania
2011 | Label: In The Red / Revolver

Castlemania is not a bedtime record. You can deduce that much from the monster movie cover art, or by digging through any of Thee Oh Sees' eight previous full-lengths. In the past, John Dwyer's outfit catered mainly to reverb-chasing runaways living in and around Haight-Ashbury, but they and their extended Bay Area family (which includes the Fresh & Onlys, Ty Segall and Sic Alps) have been garnering greater attention over the course… read more »

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Killer live show! Great vibe.. They have the ingredients to blow up nationally!

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I Won't Hurt You

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Nice cover of this 60's psych nugget!

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Four years ago, I flew from Portland to New York to see my favorite band, New Zealand's garage-pop trio the Clean, play three shows at a glorious pit called Cake Shop. The openers were Crystal Stilts, a Brooklyn group with no records out whose moody and noisy music pushed all the right buttons. I quickly befriended the group, especially guitarist JB Townsend and his then-girlfriend Frankie Rose, whose own band Vivian Girls were soon-to-be favorites.… more »

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One of the hallmarks of Thee Oh Sees body of work is that every recording they’ve made sounds as if it was created while the musicians were under the influence of a variety of hallucinogens, so it tells listeners practically nothing to say that the group’s seventh album, Castlemania, sounds pretty trippy. However, while the average Oh Sees album is a heavy exercise in psychedelic murk, Castlemania sounds surprisingly light and pop-oriented, if only by this band’s standards. Tunes like “Pleasure Blimps,” “I Need a Seed,” and “Spider Cider” recall classic mid-’60s pop tunes in their slightly bent melodicism, at least before John Dwyer and his bandmates start draping layers of atonal soloing and Mellotron figures over them. Even the more full-blown psych numbers here, such as “Stinking Cloud,” “A Wall, A Century 2,” and the title track, are more approachable than most of Thee Oh Sees’ previous work, if only because most of them are admirably concise, with only five of these 16 songs running over three minutes. In the liner notes, Dwyer mentions this album was the last recorded in the band’s old work space, which he describes as “very near and dear to my heart,” and Castlemania does sound like the product of several happily productive days in this band’s life; this album sounds less sinister and more playful than the bulk of their previous output, and if a lot of this is still going to seem chaotic and off-putting to anyone not flying a similar freak flag, it’s an easier way in to Thee Oh Sees’ curious musical world than any of their albums to date. (The album also closes with three covers that confirm that these folks can conjure this sound even when less chemically adventurous people are writing the material.) – Mark Deming

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