Sunday, March 29, 2009


It’s been out for a while now, but investing in a copy of The Lifted Brow 4 is still about the best thing you can do if you want to get a head start on, oh, the next five years in indie rock. Actually, this compilation is so high-grade it makes me wish I had a record label just so I could sign up my HARDCORE KRUSHES The Whiskers and Faux Pas. And also, as it turns out, Minneapolis’s Haunted House, who’ve recently done shows with Bands Of The Moment like Abe Vigoda, No Age, Titus Andronicus and Ariel Pink. WFT? you might ask, WHY CAN’T I READ ABOUT HAUNTED HOUSE ON PITCHFORK && IMPORT THEIR LIMITED-RUN VINYL RECORDS? Well, the fact that they aren’t from Brooklyn probably has something to do with it, but don’t count on that being the case for heaps longer. These songs are a little bit amazing: 1. Classic rock keyboards (somewhere between The Boss and The Beatles) 2. Vox something like circa 2009 Johnny Rotten but homeless 3. They love The Germs, Andrew WK and jam bands (and you can hear it) 4. TWO DRUMMERS. Even all that doesn’t quite capture the weirdness of Haunted House, though, because I’ve left out the loops and crashing reverb and semi-submerged saxophone solos.

Sierra Trail can be found on Disc 1 of The Lifted Brow 4. The Hooker’s Imagination will appear on Guess Who’s Not Coming To Dinner, one of three albums Haunted House are set to drop in 2009, along with Ravage Through The Bum’s Hair and Lesh Is More.

[Haunted House MySpace]

[Buy The Lifted Brow 4]

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