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Top Five Fridays: Two Inch Astronaut

May 15, 2015

Hey Folks,

Today on Top Five Fridays, we’re headed to Maryland to hang out with post punk band Two Inch Astronaut.


Two Inch Astronaut

The group’s 2014 album “Foulbrood” had me seconds into the opening title track.  These guys not only know to keep guitars and melodies fuzzed out and dissonant, but also possess the ability to wield pop hooks like a switchblade.  To go all Tarantino on it my reaction was:


I wasn’t the the only one impressed with “Foulbrood,” the record received solid press from the likes of stereogum, Consequence of Sound, and Rolling Stone, and the band has been playing some gig recently with Indie Rockers Speedy Ortiz.  These fine gentlemen also recently did a KILLER Audiotree session which you can watch HERE in all its hi def glory.  Needless to say, I was super excited to see what would go down when the band agreed to share 5 of their all time favorite Long Plays.  I was not disappointed.  From lost 70s classics (Judee Sill…be still my heart) to hi lighting fellow DC band Swings, Two Inch Astronaut provided me with one of the most eclectic and exciting Top Five Fridays yet! So with out further ado, give it up for Two Inch Astronaut:




I could go on and on about all of Nina Nastasia’s albums, but this was the first one I fell in love with. She is able to achieve some ideal combination of eerie and earthy that I’ve been trying to find/reproduce since day zero. I literally can’t get enough of her stuff and am never not in the mood to listen to it.




I’m not even going to pretend like I’m a good enough musician to comment on this album, just throwing it in here because it is the best. —————————————————————————————————————————————– VINCE STAPLES – HELL CAN WAIT

Hell-Can-WaitIf Vince Staples were a high school essay, his purpose might be “to inform.” As young as he is, he never sounds like he has anything to prove. He seems to be content to just sit back and rattle off devastating stories about his hometown and personal life like he’s giving you directions to Jimmy John’s. However, he does this in a relentlessly steady and clever flow with absolutely zero frills. Hate to sound like a music critic but I’m very excited about what he’ll do next.


ERIK SANKO – PAST IMPERFECT, PRESENT TENSE homepage_large.824aa269 This is unfortunately almost impossible to find, but it rules. Very nice creepy little songs from the frontman of Skeleton Key. —————————————————————————————————————————————– SWINGS – DETERGENT HYMNS a2991560303_16 Swings to me capture the feeling of being a lovey-dovey new couple who just discovered that smoking weed together is really cool. It is both “pretty” and “sticky.”


Thanks gents! Great great work!  Wonderful to have you aboard!

Here’s the deal everybody you can find Two Inch Astronaut on Facebook here and buy their music on band camp.  “Foulbrood” is pressed on vinyl and out on exploding in sound records.  It’s only $10.  You have no reason not to buy this.  The band is gearing up for a European tour with La Dispute.  Tune in next week for another exciting Top Five Fridays!

well peace out good people of the world,

Peter Winter

Between marathoning Age of Ultron, he is on Twitter

One Comment
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    I am READY to dive right into this. Great post!

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