JudyJams weekly picks #5: Avi Buffalo, Untied States, Let’s Wrestle
As evidenced by the past few weekly picks, I have some record label favorites. And as mentioned in my first post, SubPop has been a consistent favorite for years. With the continued downfall of traditional indie-labels, it is all the more vital to support the ones that are important to me (and to indie music in general). I therefore present to you my first pick for this week, California’s Avi Buffalo.
They just released their self-titled debut album this past Tuesday, and it is a beautiful blend of alt-folk pop. Fun fact: Avi Buffalo was started by 18-year-old Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, who met the rest of his band in high school in Long Beach, CA. Check out “What’s In It For?” and “Remember Last Time” from the album, and click on the band link for more info.
Next up is a heavier choice. I saw Untied States at Glasslands in Brooklyn a few weekends back, and they really were fantastic. Their unique take of post-punk is refreshing considering how many bands are out there doing this exact same thing.
Their album Instant Everything, Constant Nothing is out on Distile Records now. A video for the band’s song “Not Fences, Mere Masks” and another weekly pick after the jump.
My third pick is Let’s Wrestle, a fun-loving London-based trio with an excellent sense of humor.Their debut album In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s (a play on the King Crimson album title In the Court of the Crimson King) just came out on Merge Records this month. Check out this fun video for their song “We are the Men You’ll Grow to Love Soon”: