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Phil Manley – “Life Coach”
Barn Owl – “Light from the Mesa”
Monotonix – “Before I Pass Away”
Ty Segall – “California Commercial (live)”
Deerhoof – “Hitch Hike” (LiLiPUT cover)
Tape Deck Mountain ‒ “It Goes Down”
New Mexico – “Get A Job”
White Cloud – “Galapagos”
Deerhoof – I Did Crimes for You by Polyvinyl Records

Phil Manley debuts Life Coach at the Hemlock Tavern
One could spend all day reciting Phil Manley‘s many credits, so let it suffice here to say that he’s been a member of Trans Am, The Fucking Champs, and Jonas Reinhardt, and worked behind-the-boards for a multitude of bands, including The Alps, Arp, Mi Ami, and Wooden Shjips. Despite (or perhaps because of) all of that involvement in other musical projects, Manley is only now releasing his first solo album, Life Coach. He’ll be celebrating the new record, a collection of instrumental rock songs, at the Hemlock Tavern on January 25th with Barn Owl.

Monotonix at TIMF 2010
Monotonix = Mayhem
So before Treasure Island, I kept hearing, “Monotonix, dude, I can’t wait. They are maniacs live. It’s going to be awesome.” And, indeed, I doubt anyone left the island dissatisfied by the Israeli garage-punk band’s crazed performance. They’re back in town on January 28th with a new album, and I suspect that expectations remain appropriately high. They’ll be joined by Ty Segall and Nodzzz, so unless singer Ami Shalev breaks his leg onstage again, you won’t be disappointed by heading to the RIckshaw Stop.

Deerhoof returns, heading on tour behind new album
Deerhoof‘s been a band for 16 years now, but their new album finds the quartet continuing to experiment and reinvent their malleable psych-pop sound. To wit, Deerhoof vs. Evil was recorded by the band without entering the studio, instead opting for homes and rehearsal spaces. The album release show at the Great American Music Hall on January 28th kicks off Deerhoof’s national tour with Ben Butler and Mousepad.

San Diego’s Tape Deck Mountain on tour
Secret Serf is the new EP from San Diego’s Tape Deck Mountain, the follow-up to 2009’s Ghost LP. The band is currently taking its noisy, expansive indie rock on tour, and will be at The Knockout on January 26th with White Cloud, Winter’s Fall and New Mexico.