My Summer Favorites: The Generationals!

Monday, July 20, 2009

With that killer catchy song When They Fight, They Fight, The Generationals are easily my summer favorite. Generationals is the post Eames Era collabo between the guitarists, Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, and from the sounds of it, there are some others hangin out with'em. Con Law is their debut and it's full of sunshine and handclaps...perrrrfect for summertime. You're seriously gonna love it! You can get the album here! Also check out their awesome Day Trotter session. They're also on tour right meow, chegg'em out!

Wildlife Sculpture
When They Fight, They Fight

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Danny Ross Works For The Gov't!

That's what I read atleast; Danny Ross works for United States Congressman Jerrold Nadler, which sounds like a great gig for any musician. In this case, however, Danny Ross' passion is definitely music. His new album, One Way, has some really beautiful songs with a fresh perspective on influences like the Beatles, and that Ben Folds-ey jazz pop piano melody stuff. The album opener Sleepy Dream is a very subtle starter with excellent strings and I totally dig it. Check this track out!

Sleepy Dream

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One for the Team brings a Perfect Spring!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Next up we have an awesome pop trio from Minneapolis called One For The Team! They just rolled out a new EP called Build a Garden which was recorded and mixed entirely in their apartment! Their new EP is filled with acoustic pop melodies with a Mid-west folky twist. They will be touring around the US in May and heading to Europe in July. Check the dates here. Get the album here and be sure to take them along on any weekend road trip!

Questions and Panthers
Best Supporting Actress

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It's A Musical Is Super Fun!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

After having Pain Song on repeat the other night, I decided I should share with you a new track from Berlin based It's A Musical! They released The Music Makes Me Sick on the mega beloved Morr Music label back in October. Their sweet indie synthy pop is so catchy and serious fun. I love Ella Blixt's voice on all these songs. Get their album here. In the meantime we've got the single for you. You're gonna diiigggg it!

The Music Makes Me Sick

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Jack's Back

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Former front-man for Something Corporate and now the face of Jack's Mannequin, Andrew McMahon, has released a new record entitled Glass Passenger. This album has been out for a little over a month, and has some tracks you might to take a listen to.

The sophomore debut, piano and ballad heavy, shows continued song writing promise for McMahon, but fails to capture the same way as Everything in Transit did, the first album by Jack's Mannequin.

McMahon has been transparent with his lyrics, and continues to do so with this new album. Many lyrics describing his battle with cancer, diagnosed right after the release of Everything in Transit.

The Resloution, is the obvious single that they're pushing. Check it out, it's a single worth listening to and definitely catchy. There's also a vid.

Spinning, was my favorite track on the record.

Suicide Blonde, in my opinion was the best track that exemplified growth in the creative process from one album to the next. Haven't heard a track like this from him.

The Resolution
Suicide Blonde


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Be OK with music by Ingrid Michaelson

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Ingrid Michaelson, has followed up her successful album, Girls and Boys, with another pleasant record, Be OK. Michaelson is known for her simple, yet soothing, and honest pop friendly ballads.

The album doesn't blow one away in creativity or musicality, but makes up for it with a delightful voice and a pure consistency that is not usually matched. You never will hear more than a few instruments, most times being a single guitar or piano with her solo voice. This means there might not be the fullest sound of combining various elements, but it does feel like she might be in the room singing next to you. And depending on your mood, this could be exactly what you're looking for.

While this record offers some solid tracks, I wish the album was longer and had more original tracks. Of the new record's 11 tracks, 1 is an acoustic repeat of the title track 'Be OK', 1 is a remake of her hit song, 'The Way I Am' off of Girls and Boys, and two covers. The covers of 'Over the Rainbow,' and 'Can't Help Falling in Love' are quite good, and if you disagree, at least adds to the feel and flow of the record.

Jason Mraz has performed with Michaelson on the track that I will post titled, 'You and I,' but the recorded version appears to be a different male artist not attributed on the album. But the video will appear below as well.

You can also find a more detailed description of one of my favorite tracks on the record, 'The Chain (Live)' at my personal mix tape blog here.

Ingrid is on tour now!
Anaheim @ The House of Blues - Today! Don't forget to vote
San Diego @ The House of Blues - Nov. 5th
LA @ The El Ray - Nov. 6th
And more here.
Buy tickets here.

Be OK (Acoustic)
You and I
Over the Rainbow (cover)

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The Weather Machines; More from the City of Roses!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I think when I first heard of these guys, they were from South Dakota? Am I confused?! Oh well doesn't matter! Following up their debut, The Sound of Pseudoscience, Portland's The Weather Machines are rolling out a brand new 6 track EP! The Bones & Brains EP has a 70s pop to it that I dig, with lots of hooks and lots of high energy guitar. The EP drops November 25 via Tigers Against Crime records. We got a track for you off that EP...also check out more on their myspace.

Parts of Speech
oldie: Modern Text On Love

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New Le Man Avec Les Lunettes!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

What's up everyone! LE MAN AVEC LES LUNETTES's got a new one out called Plaskplaskabombelibom, which I have no clue to the meaning! But I do know they are an "Italian project, that have a French name and that sings in English." LMALL does up some nice indie pop and finally releases a full length after splits and EPs. The album dropped last week so go pick it up here. We got two songs off that Plaskplaskabombelibom album for you!

Nothing is Really Blue
A Summer Song

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Rocket Summer, He can do it all!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer is a power pop maestro that records most all of the instruments on his albums. Bass, Drums, Lead and Backup Guitars, Piano, Organ and Harmonica can be attributed to Bryce Avary of the The Rocket Summer. He brings energy, creativity and positive lyrics to a pop rock genre that for the most part, can be very bland. His junior album, Do You Feel was released last July, but he just made his rounds to the LA area with his headlining tour a few weeks ago.

Do You Feel is definitely the most complete of his three full lengths. Compared to the previous two albums you sense a progression in vocal tones and lyrical songwriting and less skipable tracks. Check out some of the tracks from his record below and an old favorite.

From the Do You Feel Album
Break It Out
So Much Love
Do You Feel
From Hello, Good Friend
Brat Pack

Also Check out the vids.

Do You Feel

Brat Pack

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Caw! Caw!'s New Wait Outside EP!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Caw! Caw! is the kind of experimental band you want to root for. They've got the pop you love and lot of the garage-y, boyish energy. Their new EP, Wait Outside is official and they are also embarking on their first national tour. They've been making music together for over 6 years and now they're gonna bring it to you through more mp3s and CD releases. These guys are a great example of the scene blastin' up in their native cuidad of Chicago. And some seriously great instrumentation for a seemingly fun loving 3-piece. Check out some tracks!

Escape The Red Giant
A Name

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Donora = Jake, Jake, and Casey!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I'd say this is Pittsburg's most delightful pop trio! Donora is Jake, Jake, & Casey and they dropped into my attention through their overlooked EP IV, no worries I found it! They've got a brand new full length droppin' in November and I can not not wait. I think it's because I have "The Chorus" in heavy rotation here at our office. This song is sooo rad and it's got the epitome of contagious pop melody spilling out. Check out The Chorus and be sure to join their mailing list for updates. Also check out that dope MIA - PaperPlanes cover. WTFreeeaaak?! Swell done Donora, Swell done indeed.

The Chorus

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Brass Bed's Makin' Indie Gold!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Currently I am raising funds for a film and it's hectic as crap. This stuff is difficult! But not to worry, good things are-a-comin'! Amidst that subtle sanity I've got the pleasure of listenin' to Louisiana up-comer Brass Bed's self released Midnight Matinee which drops next week. It's filled with a buncha sorta country-ish doowoppin' psychedelia. To me it's like Beach Boys + Strokes + happiness on a road trip. Whatever it might be, I dig the poppy fun these guys bring. They are gonna be playin' some shows in places like TX and NC soon so be sure to catch a show and email me and make me jealous. Listen to it, and put it in your new yellow nano. They're so hot right now.

Polar Bird
So I Shrugged My Shoulders

"Cucumber Sandwiches, A dog eating peanut-covered homework" hehe Lollersk8!

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AMIT says Hello World!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

This is AMIT, and I must admit, he's got quite the story. But something that continually sticks out is that he had a song featured on Dance Dance Revolution, yea you know, it's that dancing game that you wish you were really good at. He's from Kuwait and sorta lives all over North America. His sound has 60s in mind with pop married to synths. And the awesome horn section on You+Me+Love is super excellent, more than enough to be worth of a vinyl play with all the proper aesthetics. Hello World EP drops mid October and you can check some more music here.


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New Mason Proper!

Friday, August 29, 2008

I totally can't remember what in the world 'olly oxen free' means, or when you are supposed to yell it! With my new NY pal Audrey's helpful enlightenment, you say it after you play hide-and-go-seek to make everyone come out. Now that that's clear, let me tell you about an exciting sophomore effort coming from Michigan's 5-piece, Mason Proper! There's some interesting story telling going on in this album (if you want to call it that) but I can't help but get excited over each electronic synth and sound spread throughout the tracks. Lock and Key has it beginning at the 7-second mark. Do you hear it? I dig those noises. Olly Oxen Free is rolling out in a few weeks but you can pre-order here with a FREE dvd!

Lock and Key

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The Tidy Ups!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

As I have been trying to explain to my doctor, the Tidy Ups are the main cause for my lot of injuries this week. I was humming the Tidy Ups when I walked into the street lamp and I was singing the Tidy Ups when I tripped over the curb. The most painful of all was falling onto my back while shimmying on a newly-polished floor and I hardly need to tell you what was playing at the time.

The Swedish band's EP, Dizzy Heights, harks from 2006 (that's only two years ago, people!) and is quite a catchy little thing. The low-fi twee hits a perfect note - it's not too sugary and has a charming sloppiness about it. There is an unpolished modesty to the EP that makes it that little bit more likeable. I've left you with the bouncy title track, which is now your new getting-ready-in-the-morning song. Even the grumpiest will find it hard to resist a foot-tapping session. But, for now, we can only just cross our fingers (go on, do it now!) and hope that we'll be hearing more from the Tidy-Ups. I won't taking my doctor's advice and I will keep this one playing.

The Tidy Ups - Dizzy Heights

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Netherfriends Slaps You With Feathers & Dots!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I'm ultra excited to tell you guys about Netherfriends! Birthed in Chicago last year, these guys apparently met on Craigslist! Yay good things can happen on Craigslist...(meh). Their debut Feathers and Dots EP is 3 tracks of fun pop synths and sing-a-long psychedelia! If you need a good experimental fix, check that track below and click here for more! The EP drops in September via Black & Greene Recs.

Worean Kor

Apropos, James has a crush on Angie Kang. haha I knew it.

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The Pop Project's Not-so Concept Album!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Half a decade after their 2nd full-length release, Life is Life, The Pop Project has finally dropped their lastest, Stars of Stage & Screen! This Michigan pop 4tet has taken several elements like indiepop, jazz, broadway, and other can't-quite-put-your-finger-on-it piles of music into one sweet album. They've got lil pieces of everything and have the ability to make it really fun. It's sometimes sounds like 80s and 90s television showtunes! Bottom line this is the good kind of contagious music good for anytime. Pick up this album here! Get a taste below!

You've Won The Lottery
Stand In

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London's Chew Lips!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This morning I heard about a synthy pop group called Chew Lips from the UK and I'm definitely seeing potential for a full length. You can catch this trio playing various shows around London here. I couldn't find much about these guys but check back as we'll be covering any releases they've got. In the meantime enjoy one of their tracks below!

Salt Air

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Peachcake Debuts!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Come later October, Peachcake is finally releasing a full length debut titled What Year Will You Have the World? They've got some serious history as they've been on and off together for over 5 years. During their various hardships, they released an EP via Jimmy Eat World's label Western Tread which really introduced their electronic, synthy pop sounds led by Stefan and John's vocals. Peachcake is encouraging you to bring mix-tapes to its shows (CDs, tapes, etc.). Bring one and you will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of the new album. If you're mix is one of the top 3, you'll win a special Peachcake prize pack! We were lucky to get the single from the forthcoming album! Check it out below and check their 'The Make Mixes, Not War Tour' tour dates.

Stop Acting Like You Know More About The Internet Cafe Than Me

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Psychic Stunts' 101 Pick Up Lines

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Stockholm duo, Psychic Stunts, have a new EP called 101 Pick Up Lines which in fact are a small handful of songs that refer to pickup lines! I wanted to specifically tell you about their catchy synth pop single Speaker's Block. In finalizing the song, they had a release show of sorts where everyone got to participate in singing the chorus for the recording. Check out the video here. You can get the songs here and we got two below for you.

Speaker's Block
Last Bottle, Lost Battle

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Gettin' Into The Mood's Synaesthesia!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Happy Tuesday! New York's The Mood has just rolled out their brand new 6-track record Synaesthesia via their own label Outright Rock Records! These guys bring a lot of dancing indie pop fun with sweet harmonies from cousins Argiro and Corinne. It's perfect for the summertime. With a couple EPs already released, The Mood is well on their way to some serious indie stardom not to mention their shows at CMJ, SXSW, and recently featured tracks on MTV's The Real World. Watch for a tour this fall...in the meant time you can grab their new album Synaesthesia here. Check out two tracks below!

Eskimo Scientist

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Imani's Back in Little Jackie

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I'm just going to go ahead and say it, this duo is better than Winehouse and Lily Allen combined! WHAT! BBQ How can you say that?!?!? You're Stupid! Okay okay I know y'all are going to hate on me but the Celtics did win didn't they? haha. When I first rocked this on the laptop, I thought it had lots of Estelle, Gnarls and as mentioned before, comparable-to-beyond Lily Allen and Winehouse. Yea those guys have a lot of great tracks but I'm tellin' ya The Stoop, Little Jackie's new album, is plain dope, and lotsa fun. It's something you'd throw in for your weekend party and be worry free of dull tracks.

Imani Coppola, who landed a deal with Columbia back in 97 when she was just 19, has come to succeed her previous shortlived fame. Now 29, the Brooklyn singer songwriter is fully equipped with programmer Adam Pallin (Boston grown produca!!), and together they have come on up with some ultra soulful catchy pop tunes. Their rappin' and Singin' with funky sampling and hip hop beats all over will be taking people's ears when The Stoop drops in July via S-curve. Check out these two tracks and get ready to anticipate a super dope album!

Crying For The Queen
The Stoop

Can't wait for a tour...

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Ponytail's Ice Cream Spiritual!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Baltimore's 4-piece Ponytail are a complete mess! They have managed to completely rock my ears with their "organized" chaotic instrumental heavy sound. They've got tons of genre mooshing energy on their new album, Ice Cream Spiritual. It drops June 17th via Now We Are Free recs but you can get the single right now below! You can guess the rest of the album will be more yelly dancey pop punk sound ranging madness. Diggg!

Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came From An Angel)

They're doing some touring around the Atlantic. I bet they pluck a mean show.

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Cotton Jones is the New Michael Nau!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Michael Nau, former head of Page France, will be rollin' out two more EPs before the release of his debut full-length Paranoid Cocoon under his new title, Cotton Jones. He pushed it back so he could give you more sweet music through The Archery EP, which is out tomorrow via Quite Scientific records, and a currently untitled EP hopefully materialising this summer. The Cotton Jones Basket Ride will be touring so make sure you catch him here. I got some tracks for you to enjoy. Get the Archery EP here.

Archery EP
Midnight Monday & A Telescope

Paranoid Cocoon
To Death With You
Had Not A Body

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Pomegranates Debut Full Length!

Friday, May 09, 2008

I'm excited that these guys are finally comin' out! I heard them when they shared a stage with Jimmy Eat World (one of my all time old school favs). Pomegranates are rollin' out their full length Everything is Alive via Lujo Recs to follow their awesome Two Eyes EP. These Cincinnati guys are playin' some great indie pop, but I think what does it for me is Joey Cook and Isaac Karns' slightly higher and lower voices, are you hearin' that? I'm gunna say this album is a definite for your summer jams playlists. Everything is Alive will be available world wide on May 31th but you can get it here now! And of course to entice I leave you with these tracks:

Everything is Alive
Thunder Meadow

Two Eyes Ep
We Could've Escaped, But No One Was Interested

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Walking in a White Hinterland!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sometimes Casey Dienel sounds like CocoRosie and sometimes like Regina Spektor, as far as vocals go. So keep those vox in mind and then add a very interesting combination of a indie pop piano (sometimes jazzy) and organ with some electronics, and flunctuation of sounds throughout songs. I just found out about her then also found out she's no more solo, only White Hinterland! Luckily she takes a comanding role in this new band. They are currently touring to support their debut full length album Phylactery Factory which dropped in early March. We got some of the tracks and also some Casey Dienel solo songs for you to enjoy!

Phylactery Factory
Dreaming of The Plum Trees
Napolean At Waterloo

I Miss You (Bjork Cover)

Casey Dienel - Wind Up Canary (2006)
The Coffee Beanery
Fat Old Man

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The New Bloomsbury EP From Princeton!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Happy Friday everybody! I'm ultra excited to let y'all know about Eagle Rock's very own Princeton and their new Bloomsbury EP. It's 4 brand new sweet songs from the beloved Kivel brothers and Ben Usen. Yea, that's right I said beloved haha. We got one of those tracks for you . You can check out all their wonderful songs they've been working hard to record at their next show! Pre-order the EP here and you'll get it before it drops in the summer! It's perfect for your summer.

Bloomsbury EP
Eminent Victorians

A Case of The Emperor's Clothes
The Indifference Curve

Upcoming Shows:
May 2 - Muddy Waters w/ The Spires in Santa Barbara
May 4 - Spaceland in Los Angeles
May 12 - The Echo w/ Le Switch, Division Day, Henry Clay People in Echo Park
May 16 - Glass House w/ Little Ones & Ra Ra Riot Pomona

Have a swell weekend!

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Mates Of States 5th Full Length!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The married couple, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammell, of Mates of State give new meaning to super parents. Originally from Kansas, they left San Francisco for Connecticut and married in 2001, already knee deep in there success as Mates of State. Their music is a product of the great chemistry they have both as performers and a couple. Fans pack their shows waiting for their faces to be blown off by the immense of love and sound emanating from the stage. You can’t help but feel like there is a chance for happily-ever-after after having experienced Mates of State.

Now with 2 kids, they’ve managed to complete their fifth full-length album Re-arrange Us set to be released May 20th via Barsuk Recs. They’ve fulfilled the wishes of awaiting fans filling it chock full of vicious harmonies and catchy melodies. Staying true to their essence of quirky indie pop, they introduce a more mature sound with the use of a piano and string instruments in place of the expected organ heavy sound. Compared to previous albums, this on has a more chill sound, with softer vocals and relaxing piano riffs. Still , it compliments their evolution perfectly.

Get Better
California (Cover)

Also check out there blog based on being rock and roll parents…. Check out the video for Get Better here. A live show is a must. Be sure to catch them at a town near you.

5-22 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
5-24 Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
5-25 Sasquatch Festival - Washington Gorge Amphitheater
5-28 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
6-06 Lawrence, KS - Wakarusa Music Festival
7-25 Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Festival
8-01 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza Grant Park
8-08 Liberty State Park, NJ - All Points West Festival
9-26 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

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New Kooks!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I finally got around to listening to this new album, and I uphold my feelings about how this is sweet summer indie rock. It's a pretty feel good album. Konks just dropped 2 days ago here in the U.S. and it's received some mixed reviews...come on why you gotta hate?! J/K! Everyone needs a little indie Brit pop here & there and it's pretty happy stuff! The Kooks, as you would have guessed, have a big "world" tour that's quickly selling out. You can pick the album up here. And we got two tracks for you, check them out!

Always Where I Need To Be
Down To The Market

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Case of The Mondays: Lykke Li Writes Youth Novels!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Lykke Li is only 22 years old! Okay these days the youngens easily take the stage but still very cool. This young Swede has officially made her indie contributions with her new debut Youth Novels to the ever growing mega massive scene in Sweden. I dono what kind of connections she had to have to get Bjorn Yttling and Lasse Marten to produce her debut but mad props for it. She's sure to get huge! I think her voice commands a good amount of presence on this album. It's a somewhat soulful, indie mushgush pop, and some synth with playful lyrics to say the least. I particularly am diggin' Breaking It Up...does that kids choir sound like the one from D.A.N.C.E ? Does anyone else think that or am I taking crazy pills? I smell mash-up! Get these tracks!

Time Flies
Breaking It Up

Youth Novels here.
More to
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We Got Letters From London!

More UK pop, it's non-stop! For some reason, more often than not, singers with accents, say from the UK, sing and it's as if their accents have temporarily disappeared. But I like the accents to be in the songs when they sing! I don't know particularly why. Okay enough about all that, we got new music from Letters From London! As mentioned before these guys play a dirty indie rock with catchy melodies. They're a good time, check it! They're also roaming around some shows in London

Little Vagabond
Sir Walter's Sunday Lemons

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Brendan James Debut & Tour!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New York's freshest singer/songwriter Brendan James has an awesome new debut album coming out this Summer! The Day Is Brave has definite pop influences but the songwriting, story telling and melodic crafts with his key skills is deeper emotionally, and more thoughtful. The songs leave me with a feeling of folk pop, and a twang away from the pop country sound. He's got some great tunes that you'd like to request on the radio but some of my favs have a heavy presence mixed with acoustic that'd easily get you up to one of his shows. Also I like the subjects of childhood and family instead of just a suffocating amount of romance. It's good stuff, y'all need to check it out. Check for The Day Is Brave debut album in your local music stores on June 3rd via Velour Recs. I got two tracks for you including Green, which is about a former g/f he met while working at Urban Outfitters! aww! d00d that's silly. haha

The Other Side

Lyrics to those songs here.
Also check this tour and go catch him live! We'll wait patiently for a Westcoast tour hopefully in the later summer.

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This Is Ivy League!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Hey guys this is just a quick one from This Is Ivy League! Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackinton, Brooklyn's indie pop duo has just released their self titled debut via Twenty-Seven Recs. These guys play a very light-hearted, happy sweet pop with fun lyrics about love and life. They also drop off some folkier sounds of peeps like Simon and Garfunkle. Buy the album here. Stream the entire album here!

London Bridges

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Little Dragon! Little Dragon!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sweden's Little Dragon is cruisin' through California for a 3 night tour beginning at the Elbo Room tonight! This seemingly synthpop group is filled with notably arranged electronic beats, jazzy percussions, and tons of experiments with hints of jazz, r&B, soul, and good pop. You might recognize Yukimi Nagano's beautiful soft voice as she has collaborated and featured with Koop and Jose Gonzalez. They currently have a self-titled album out that dropped at the edge of last summer via UK's Peace Frog Records.

Constant Surprises
No Love

I wanted to specially note my high interests in their music videos. The video for Test seems more simple, while the other a bit more complex, but both are really interesting and Yukimi's all up in the front. Check these videos out!

Last 2 dates in the states!
Apr 2 2008 8:00P Mercury Lounge Goleta, California
Apr 4 2008 8:00P Roxy Los Angeles, California

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PlayRadioPlay! Texas Out Now!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Texan Daniel Hunter has just released his debut full length simply titled Texas which just dropped 2 days ago via Island Records. PlayRadioPlay! follows up their The Frequency EP with 12 new catchy emo-induced poptronic tracks. This one man show is reminiscent of The Rocket Summer with more synths and lots of emo gooey mush-mush lyrics. It's like how I love those Korean dramas no matter how predictive and cheesy they are! Check out some of the songs on myspace and then get the album here!
I'm A Pirate, You're A Princess
Some Crap About The Furnitire
Mr Brightside (Killers cover off The Frequency EP)
We got a rad Fresh Music Friday's mix for you tomorrow, look forward to it.

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Band Marino's The Sea & The Beast!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The indie scenes are blowin' up like land mines in all cities big or small! Today we head on over to Orlando to check on the young 4-piece Band Marino. They're craftin' a rather catchy indie folk pop all mixed up with banjos, mandolins, and harmonicas which gives them a great range of sound. If you want some awesome spring time folk music combined with very energetic rock shreds all whipped over Beirut-y harmonies from Jesse and Nathan, you gotta get their debut The Sea & The Beast dropping in early March off of Street Parade Recs. The album has been out in Orlando and on iTunes for quite some time I guess but they'll be releasing it at your local indie joints soon with very beautiful album design by Anna Melcon! Enjoy!

Every Time I Make A Girl Cry I Know I've Done My Job
Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows has a wild folk breakdown towards the end. Anticipate that!
Band Marino is touring all around the South, East Coast and Mid-west...no westcoast.boo. If you're their, support'em.

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Tereu Tereu & The Light Footwork Split It!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Friends Tereu Tereu and The Light Footwork recently popped up an awesome EP Split CD simply called 'Split'...I think. Both have a similar sound, it's poppy fun and tunely percussive with some different instrumentation. TT are from DC-esque while Light Footwork are straight west coastin'. 4 piece Tereu Tereu like to use trumpets and the neat brass stuffs. Light Footwork's got the girl boy duo vocals that I love. It's a great EP. Get it here!

The Light Footwork - Rebellion Time
Tereu Tereu - Don't Be Sore, Farmer John

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Sweet Pop From The Terrodactyls!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Michael and Tyrel come from opposite sides of the map but somehow have come together to give you sweet pop tunes. Complete with toys and kazoos, The Terrodactyls mix their synths to create quirky sing-along songs with an uninterruptable acoustic element. I have short flashbacks of childhood through high school, mainly thinking of good times when I'm track to trackin'. Try it! These guys have a self-titled album out from Pankof Records. You can get that album here. And as always, we got some tunes for you. You can listen more here.

Landscapes & Heartaches
Decoration Daniel

Check out the vids!
Happy Friday!

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Are You Sensation? Free Show w/ Tigercity!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tigercity will make you move. It's something that can't be explained. They have a very groovable sound that uses a combination of poppy disco-esque guitar shards, and 80's dance beats that you can't resist. They've been influenced by artists like Prince, The Cars and Hall & Oates. Buy their EP, "Pretend Not To Love", on itunes if you haven't already & catch them this Thursday, December 13th, 8pm at the ECHOplex for free! RSVP ASAP space is limited. They will be playing with The Moving Units.

From the EP Pretend Not To Love
Are You Sensation?
Dark Water
Other Girls

Practice your dance moves now.

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Amsterdam Was Stuck In My Mind

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Last month I headed up to San Francisco and I stayed at the Amsterdam Hostel. The soundtrack of my time there consisted of a heavy dose of Peter, Bjorn & John. At least Amsterdam. I'd come back to the hostel and start whistling. Amsterdam was literally stuck in my mind. I love PB&J. Writers Block is awesome. If you haven't heard it yet, you need to. They play pop music that is easy to get into. They are simple tunes that you will have you find yourself tapping your toes to and singing back at random times of the day. Not so recently Peter and Bjorn came into the KCRW studios and recorded a live set. I got it all thanks to greenrussian. It too is also equally awesome. Check it here on bbq!

Let's Call It Off
Objects Of My Affection
Paris 2004

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Oh Astro! The Champions of Wonder

Monday, November 19, 2007

I love couple bands! Making sweet music together! Oh Astro is the married workings of Illinois hailers Jane Dowe and Hank Hofler. They rock a very playful experimental sound that contains highly danceable elements and strong synth pop with those electronic bass lines. There's glitch involved. Both of them started in the electronic music scene in the late 90s and they had a debut Hello World. Their sophomore, Champions Of Wonder, just recently dropped off of Illegal Arts (Girl Talk, Wobbly) .
I was totally surprised and stoked when I heard that glitch hopper, Yea Big collaborated on their first album and 3 tracks off their new album. Now you're guaranteed awesome bit sampled electronica with the ambient pop. Read more about their bio, interesting short backgrounds. Get these tracks now!
Snow Queen
Hello Fuji Boy

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You! Me! Dancing!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Los Campesinos! is probably one of the more underrated bands on the Arts & Crafts Label. The Label features Feist, Stars, Most Serene Republic and over a dozen other way awesome bands. Los Campesinos! is an Indie Pop septet from Cardiff, Wales and they were added to Arts & Crafts North American roster earlier this year! You can pick up their EP "Sticking Fingers Into Sockets" on itunes or right here. Their album features catchy sing-along style vocals, upbeat synth progressions, hand claps and dance beats. It also features their UK single, "You! Me! Dancing!"

Listen Now:
It Started With A Mixx
We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
You! Me! Dancing!

Los Campesinos! are on tour right now. Catch them at a venue near you. the Echo on the 27th. SF on the 28th. NY on the 30th. All over the place until may. Check the schedule on their myspace. Enjoy.

P.S. Vote for BBQ.

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Shugo Tokumaru's New Exit!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

It's a new sub-genre! Toy Folk! Okay sort of, but I'm pretty sure someone already thought of that. Shugo Tokumaru is another example of awesome Japanese folk pop that has been popping up everywhere. He's got this synth pop sound with loads of wonderful melodies. You can distinctively hear toy instruments well arranged with electronic sounds, recorded overlays, and with Japanese verses that I completely do not understand! It's the appropriate happy song you've find in the funny or awkward scenes in films like Little Miss Sunshine or The Darjeeling Ltd.

Tokumaru was playing with Gellers but after two successful solo albums, solo isn't a bad route at all! Exit came out late October in Japan and hasn't been released in the states yet but be hopeful for early 08'. You can pick up the album at the P-Vine Label's website. You can get his 2nd solo 2005 release L.S.T. on iTunes! And of course, While you wait we got some great tracks of the new album!


Young Folks (PB&J Cover)
Typewriter (from the Night Piece Album)

Check out some of the really fun music videos now!

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Let's Pretend We're In Antarctica!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Of Montreal makes music fun! The Band started with Kevin Barnes. He started recording his own lo-fi indie pop on a four-track. Friends were made along the way and the band was able to take off from there. They have had over 2 dozen releases, with their latest album titled "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?". Catchy bass lines, danceable beats, and lyrics that you find yourself repeating over & over uncontrollably in your mind. They have an indie pop style similar to Beck, or Cake with vocals that remind me of Ben Kweller. Of Montreal will be touring the U.S. until the end of November, and will be kicking off their U.K. tour in December. Put on your dancing shoes and get into Of Montreal!

Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games
Gronlandic Edit
I Will (Live Beatles Cover)



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Music For Your Carefree Afternoons

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I feel like when we hit the 10's it's like a mini birthday thing. We recently hit 50,000 hits and we've only just begun. Aniticpate the bbq to come! It's almost the weekend! We've got some awesome tunes for you from The NEVER. I saw that they were opening for the co-headlined tour of The Annuals and The Manchester Orchestra. The North Carolina natives will be supporting their latest album Antarctica off Trekky Records which comes with a 50-page full color storybook by Noah, the dude who got the band together towards the end of high school through a crazy project shanninigan including props, costumes, and 100 TV dinners. What in the world?! Good stuff.

Antarctica has an awesome hint of electronic synthy stuff on several tracks, not to mention violins over drums beats and other beautiful instrumentals. Look see if they're touring near you. We've got some of the songs below, you can stream the entire album here, and more here.

March of the Minions
The Sharpest Place

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Canadia's The Russian Futurists!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Russian Futurism is a group of Russian artists and poets who follow the principles of the Italian and Idealogue futurist movement founder, Filippo Marinetti. I really have no idea if that has anything to do with Toronto's lo-fi indietronic group Russian Futurists. Matthew Adam Hart is the artist behind the sound and only when on tour is he joined with his band of instrumentalists. He does the vocals as well but after listening to these tracks I am confused becaues there are harmonies and sounds like a small choir singing. I'm not sure if these are lots of layers piled on or if the album has lots of guest vocals. Either way this bit dosed twee-populous vibe is like a Polyphonic Spree with a more catchy electronic backdrop.
There have been 3 albums and a compilation called "Me Myself & Rye...An Introduction to the Russian Futurists" which is a compilation of the first 3 albums. Very interesting. Check out these tracks from the comp and anticipate a new EP or Album hopefully soon.

Still Life
Hurtin' 4 Certain
It's Not Really Cold When It Snows

If you live in Canadia, check the tour dates! I know there are some BC peeps checkin' the site.
If you're from Canadia, leave us a comment!

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Maybe Tonight

Monday, October 22, 2007

Nicole Atkins has been making music since the age of 13. She found her deceased uncle's guitar in the attic of her house and taught herself how to play a Grateful Dead song. 15 years later she has skillfully crafted her debut album, Neptune City.

She has created her own brand of alternative, folk-pop. Her music is a collection of unique sounds and styles quite intricately layered. The end result is music that is said to be sometimes vaudevillian, at others psychedelic, a little bit country, a dash from early musicals, all under a cloud of pop-noir.

Neptune City, New Jersey is where Atkins grew up. The shores of New Jersey are littered with small towns whose glory days are far in the past; Neptune City is one of those towns. Although Atkins herself has never experienced the so-called glory days, it is something she yearns for. She says her album is her attempt to build something new on top of all that. The songs represent moods, emotions and events that are painted by Atkins with mixing and matching different colors, and sounds. Fall in love with Nicole Atkins!

From "Neptune City"
Party's Over
Maybe Tonight
Cool Enough

Neptune City will be in stores next Tuesday. If you like what you hear, show her some love and buy it! You can also catch her on tour which begins the night of the CD release at Union Pool in Brooklyn. She will be on tour until November 19th!

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Take Another Picture With Your Click, Click, Click, Click Camera.

Friday, October 19, 2007

When I first heard Bishop Allen's music, I liked it; really-really liked it. The song started playing, vocals followed and that was it. Awesome goodness.

Bishop Allen
is an American Indie Rock Band from Brooklyn, New York. Justin Rice and Christian Rudder came together in 2003 and started making music. They named their band after the street they lived on. Since then, they've released 2 full albums and over a dozen EP's! In 2006 Bishop Allen started the EP project. They recorded an EP for every month of the year, and in August 06' they put out a 14-song, live album that included four new studio tracks.

The Broken String, is their latest album and was put out by Dead Oceans. It hit stores earlier this July. Buy it.

Support and catch them live! This Sunday @the Echo. They also have a few dates left in the states, and then Bishop Allen will be touring in Europe!

Ear Candy:

Click Click Click Click
Things Are What You Make Of Them

And so it is.

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Sweet Scandinavian Indie from Swedes Kent!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Kent is a well-known rock band through out Scandinavia and probably the most popular in Sweden and yet most of you have never heard of them! We heard a little bit about them in the late '90s and now they have just released their 7th studio album, Tillbaka till samtiden which in English means Back to the Contemporary. They've been together under several different band names including my favorite, Coca-Cola Kids, which sounds to me like a '50s boy band.

I'm told that this album has a bit more electro sound in it and it's evident with all the electronic intros. They came over to the U.S. with their English translated songs in the late '90s but pretty much failed to catch the U.S. wave. Maybe it was too early or the sound didn't work out. Oh well, they do got that new album out and we got some tracks for you! You can get the album off of iTunes here.

Vy Från Ett Luftslott

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People Press Play Bring Some Of That Indietronic!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I was browsing through the Morr Music site as usual a couple months ago and read about People Press Play. The first thing I noticed was that they are from Denmark which I give extra attention to because we have a good friend that lives there. He is also from the same city as PPP, Copenhagen. PPP is the collaborative work of solo artists Sara, Anders, Jesper, and Thomas, while actively working on their own projects.

The Self-titled Debut from PPP is fueled with electronics as they quickly reveal a synthetic blend of sometimes ambient sound and great pop loops. To describe what I'm hearing, I am going to coin a new phrase (maybe someone used it already), I call it "Analogue Dialogue" which is how Sara is using her voice. Sometimes you get these echo-ey vocals packed on songwriting and sometimes you get these sounds coming from her vocals that really aren't words, but just layers. It's as good as an instrument and visa versa. This electronic folkpop is straight thoroughly delicate and there's nothing quick about it. Sit and take a listen to these songs and get the album here.

Always Wrong
These Days
Hanging On

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Hello, Avalanche! & The Octopus Project

Thursday, October 11, 2007

When I hear The Octopus Project I think nintendo; the 8-bit classic, can't save your progress, Mario can't walk backwards nintendo. The only difference between The Octopus Project and nintendo music is the added make-you-wanna-dance drum beats, frantic distorted guitars, and some good old fashion noise. Throw that all together and you just might be onto something.

They have created their own brand of experimental pop rock and because of it they are going places. Their recent successes include playing at Coachella, a few sold-out nationwide tours, & receiving a proclamation as one of Rolling Stone's five stand-out artists at SXSW. Hello, Avalanche is their third full-length album on Peek-a-boo Records. It was released this week!

From Hello, Avalanche:
I Saw the Bright Shinies

Other Tracks:
Music is Happiness

The Octopus Project is on tour from now until November.

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Photography, Photography, Paint My Autobiography

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Lately I've been digging these company websites that feature the type of photography showcased in magazines or in ads. Thussfarrell is one of my favorite sites. They are a husband-wife duo that are pretty much a creative dream team, offering branding and identity design and all that jazz. Basically they inspire a lot of jealousy (imagine: creating beautiful things, and being darn succesful at it).

Check out the photography on this site. Many are design inspired and sometimes humorous, with lantern/cupcake combinations and a tiny plastic penguin strategically placed among rows of seashells (thussfarrell's book 5 of work). This understated, quirky sense of perspective is what makes their work unique and a little different from the rest.

Lastly if you're looking to get married or know someone who is, Aperatura does some great wedding photography too.
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*picture taken at Central Park

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Shoot, Shoot, Shoot a Fantastic into Romantic!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tofu Chicken curry, Curry House, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles,CA. Delicious!
Okay I got about 30 songs to post for you guys, but I'm gonna give it away in 10s. This is going to be a short post cause I am out of time! Some Instrumental, Dance Dance, pop pop!
The Album Leaf - Over the Pond
The Apples in Stereo - Energy
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
The Blow - Hey Boy
Busdriver - Less Yes's, More No's
Death Cab For Cutie - Title and Registration (Alternate +acoustic version)
The Eames Era - When you were a Millionaire (sounds like Rilo Kiley)
The GO! Team - LadyFlash
Matt & Kim - Yeah! Yeah! (Flosstra Remix)
Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
Have a great week!

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