Chicago’s Trouble In Mind Records looks back on 2011 with releases from Mikal Cronin and more while looking ahead to 2012!

By on December 2, 2011
Started in Chicago in 2009 as a way to release 7″s with perfect pop songs, Trouble in Mind expanded their catalog of releases this year with LPs from Mikal Cronin, Night Beats, The Wax Museums, The Paperhead and The Wrong Words! Check out this playlist with a track from each release plus a bonus track from the Apache Dropout 7″.

In 2012, Trouble in Mind’s exciting release schedule continues with new music from the Estrogen Highs, Hollows, the Resonars and the return of the SXSW/Record Store Day 4-way covers split 7″ featuring exclusive cover songs performed by Mikal Cronin, The Liminanas, The Paperhead and Apache Dropout.

More music and info below!

With Ty Segall producing and guests like Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, Mikal Cronin emerged with a fully realized, cohesive and beautiful debut self-titled LP full of California fuzz and gorgeously unexpected psych garage pop, praised by Pitchfork, NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, NME, Impose, L Magazine and many more.
LP tracks “Apathy” and “Get Along.”

Creating mind-blowing sonic sprawl in perfect, 3 minute pop songs, the Night Beats’ debut LP was called “a perfect example of the evolution of psych rock” by Drone Magazine and Reverb-eration praised,”saying that these creatures’ raw power is enticing is an understatement, it is vital thrill that could wake up the dead with its rolling waves of sharp fuzz guitars, hip shaking tribal beat and rhythmic pulse.”

Vice says, “Wax Museums are back [and] they are capable of making brilliantly dumb garage punk…and they’re still the coolest virgins out there,” Dusted praises, “there’s a fine line between stupid and brilliant, and Wax Museums are sitting right on it, grinning like maniacs,” and Filter calls the LP “the way punk should be.”

Three 18 year olds from Nashville turning out tracks that play like lost nuggets from 1968, The Paperhead’s LP was rightly-dubbed “paisley-powered psych” by Brooklyn Vegan. Praised by Chicagoist for “perfectly channeling late-60s psych-pop and deliciously bending vocal melodies,” Mad Mackeral advises, “switch on the lava lamp, burn some incense, roll up a fat one and try for yourself.”

The Baybridged praised the Wrong Words as a “super-catchy piece of caffeinated garage pop” and that pretty much perfectly sums up the ridiculously fun California pop. Eastern Surf said, “the combination of garage sounds, pop composition, punk riffs, psych-haze and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll sounds impeccably orchestrated, catchy and completely enjoyable.”
LP track “Summer’s Gone” and Geek vs. Motorcycle vid for “Wrong Again.”

More from Trouble in Mind
Trouble in Mind has releases in excellent record stores near you from Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time), Alex Cuervo, The Limiñanas, Vermillion Sands, Wounded Lion, Personal & the Pizzas, The Wrong Words, Tropical Sleep, Sticks N Stones, Night Beats, The Hex Dispensers, The Mean Jeans, The Limiñanas, Hollows, Ty Segall, Tyler Jon Tyler, Wheels on Fire, Sonic Chicken 4, Charlie & the Moonhearts, The Fresh & Onlys and The White Wires delivering on their mission to put “the emphasis back on the music and prove that the 2 1/2 minute pop song is alive and well.”
Trouble In Mind interviews with The Onion A.V. Club, Fracture Compound and Neu Magazine.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.