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The photo above is by Rebecca Cairns. I’ve been kind of mesmerized by it all morning. I’ve also been pretty mesmerized by the fact that it’s March 26th and I still had to wear a heavy coat, scarf, and gloves this morning and still felt like my face was going to fall of by the time I got into work. Such crap.
But I’ve been listening to a few things this week that have been keeping spirits pretty high! I’m going to put them here, in a list, for your clicking and listening pleasure. Stay warm! It’s Spring, afterall.
Linda Guilala “Verano”Generously noisy, with layers of glistening keys as dream topping. The whole of Xeristar is pretty A+ in my book, but this is a great place to start!
Christina Vantzou “Super Interlude Pt.2” (video, live @ STUK)If you haven’t stumbled upon it yet, Christina Vantzou’s new sophomore LP No.2 is brilliant and gorgeous and perfect for bedtime/mornings. This song comes from her first record (No.1), which I have been listening to a lot, too, after falling in love with No.2 recently.
Ghost Gum “Never”Of all the new noisy Philly bands popping up lately, Ghost Gum’s effects and reverb-soaked melodies make them an easy favorite. In a simplified sense, it’d be pretty safe to say that if you’re down with JGRO, Ghost Gum are definitely for you. But after a few listens, things like early Velocity Girl, The Charlottes, and The Nightblooms begin to come to mind, too. I don’t mean to namedrop too hard, but that’s kind of how good this is.
Island Twins “Over You”Speaking of hyper-melodic, there’s a new Island Twins record out and the riffs are still as infectious and hummable as they ever were. “Over You” in particular is almost frustratingly difficult to get past it’s so damn catchy. If it were food it would be mozzarella sticks. If it were a disease it would definitely spread to Madagascar. Play it foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Tired of writing! Bye!

The photo above is by Rebecca Cairns. I’ve been kind of mesmerized by it all morning. I’ve also been pretty mesmerized by the fact that it’s March 26th and I still had to wear a heavy coat, scarf, and gloves this morning and still felt like my face was going to fall of by the time I got into work. Such crap.

But I’ve been listening to a few things this week that have been keeping spirits pretty high! I’m going to put them here, in a list, for your clicking and listening pleasure. Stay warm! It’s Spring, afterall.

Linda Guilala “Verano”
Generously noisy, with layers of glistening keys as dream topping. The whole of Xeristar is pretty A+ in my book, but this is a great place to start!

Christina Vantzou “Super Interlude Pt.2” (video, live @ STUK)
If you haven’t stumbled upon it yet, Christina Vantzou’s new sophomore LP No.2 is brilliant and gorgeous and perfect for bedtime/mornings. This song comes from her first record (No.1), which I have been listening to a lot, too, after falling in love with No.2 recently.

Ghost Gum “Never”
Of all the new noisy Philly bands popping up lately, Ghost Gum’s effects and reverb-soaked melodies make them an easy favorite. In a simplified sense, it’d be pretty safe to say that if you’re down with JGRO, Ghost Gum are definitely for you. But after a few listens, things like early Velocity Girl, The Charlottes, and The Nightblooms begin to come to mind, too. I don’t mean to namedrop too hard, but that’s kind of how good this is.

Island Twins “Over You”
Speaking of hyper-melodic, there’s a new Island Twins record out and the riffs are still as infectious and hummable as they ever were. “Over You” in particular is almost frustratingly difficult to get past it’s so damn catchy. If it were food it would be mozzarella sticks. If it were a disease it would definitely spread to Madagascar. Play it foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Tired of writing! Bye!

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Heathers "Fear"

Heathers
Fear

The second single from LA neat guys Heathers is out today and it’s as sickly catchy as it is searingly fuzzy. Like its predecessor “Teenage Clothes”, the pace of a-side “Fear” is quick and melodic, but this time Heathers have packed on few more buckets of noise. Those waves of effects-laden guitars in the chorus meeting up with the distinctly more saccharine, treble-at-11 jangling strums on strums on strums of the verses are so perfectly Gedge-y it’ll make your head explode. B-side “Life Is Elsewhere” rides similar, yet significantly stormier waters—it wouldn’t be a far cry to call it Heathers’ “Blonde”; I’ve been listening to a lot of Weddoes today, does it show?

Still, the visceral success of both tracks obviously lies not in their happening to pair well with early 90s Wedding Present, but more those moments where Michael’s vocals reach as far as they can, stressing and straining. The resulting feeling is not so unlike the the amazing dissonant charm of a blown out amp trying its fucking best. Heathers have definitely put on some muscle and, gurl, ya look good.

Get it from Death Party now! Like right now.

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Nice Try "teen fiction"

Nice Try
teen fiction

This song from Bloomy’s Nice Try has been on the heaviest of rotations inside my head since putting it on earlier today, so it’s about time I put it here, I guess. Pretty much perfect shambolic, emotive melodic popness. It’s from their 2013 debut (?) mini-album/EP Convinced and you can get it here for the low low price of free (or maybe throw them a dollar or two).

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A Monthly Mix: March 2014!

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In a month that has thus far been quite the anomaly—60+ degree days followed by snow, rinse and repeat—I thought I’d make a mix just juxtaposed enough to match.

Opening with the bubbly bossa of mid-oughts Stereolab, everything stays sunny and saccharine through the first seven (including perhaps one of the catchiest pop songs Tunabunny have ever tunabunnied, from their new dreamboat of an LP, Kingdom Technology). Then, led by another 2014 gem (seriously, get on that new Eternal Summers record asap and ride it straight into the damn sunset), things start to deteriorate—let’s call Flyying Colours’ “Bugs” the ~*~snowstorm~*~ for sake of weatherphor. Some other things happen, then the closing 1-2-3 punch leaves us thinking that Spring might happen sometime, maybe, probably not, BUT MAYBE, one day.

Hope you enjoy! <3

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01. Stereolab “Need To Be”
02. Postal Blue “The World Doesn’t Need You”
03. Sleepyhead “Sick of Heaven”
04. Tunabunny “Coming For You”
05. Voice Of The Beehive “I Say Nothing”
06. The Popinjays “Vote Elvis”
07. Ampersand “Tokyo Girl”
08. Eternal Summers “Deep End”
09. Flyying Colours “Bugs”
10. Le Futur Pompiste “My Trophy”
11. The Hundredth Anniversary “Voices, Void”
12. The Frenchmen “Change of Season”
13. The Primitives “Nothing Left”
14. Sibille Attar “Come Night”

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The Seashell Sea "Lost and Found"

The Seashell Sea
Lost and Found

I wonder how much prodding it would take for Pam and Bart to pull “Lost and Found”* out of their hat at Popfest? I mean, between The Cat’s Miaow and Shapiros songs, I feel like we could squeeze in another Pam gem. I can at least guarantee my eternal gratitude, for whatever that’s worth.

*The Seashell Sea version please, though I will also accept the speedier Castaway Stones version as beggars cannot be choosers.

THANKS IN ADVANCE.

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The lineup for NYC POPFEST 2014 has been announced and it&#8217;s A DOOZY!!! Too many amazing bands to even mention, but let&#8217;s mention a few: ROCKETSHIP! DRESSY BESSY! HAYWAINS! SPEARMINT! BESTIES?!?!?! AND PAM &amp; BART DOING CAT&#8217;S MIAOW/SHAPIROS SONGS??? The end of May can&#8217;t come soon enough!
I&#8217;m beyond excited to have had the opportunity to design the logo and poster for the fest again this year—I think 2014 might be the best yet!
Follow NYC Popfest on Twitter for updates!

The lineup for NYC POPFEST 2014 has been announced and it’s A DOOZY!!! Too many amazing bands to even mention, but let’s mention a few: ROCKETSHIP! DRESSY BESSY! HAYWAINS! SPEARMINT! BESTIES?!?!?! AND PAM & BART DOING CAT’S MIAOW/SHAPIROS SONGS??? The end of May can’t come soon enough!

I’m beyond excited to have had the opportunity to design the logo and poster for the fest again this year—I think 2014 might be the best yet!

Follow NYC Popfest on Twitter for updates!

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Sibille Attar "Alcoholics"

Sibille Attar
Alcoholics

Sibille Attar’s debut LP Sleepyhead might be the best record from 2013 that I didn’t hear a single second of in 2013. Sibille, as some may know, has been the brilliant leading voice of Swedish indiepoppers Speedmarket Avenue (who are much overdue for a new record!) since 2004. Her first solo is more of an overtly POP affair and more along the lines of Annika Norlin’s many ventures, or, at times, Nicole Sabouné.

Sleepyhead is still limited to a relatively small Swedish release on Stranded Rekords, but here’s hoping it could see a U.S. release sometime this year!

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Pretty in love with this track from Denton, TX’s Blessin’ right now. It’s from their upcoming Do You EP on the wonderful Art Is Hard Records. It’s a cassette, which, ugh, but what can you do? We live in modern times.

It’s good though, so whatever. Fuzzy guitars + twinkly guitars is always gonna be a pretty instant A+ in my book no matter how many times it’s done the exact same way.

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A Monthly Mix: February 2014!

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Since I hadn’t really pushed it too hard in the past few months, and I’ll take literally any opportunity to make a Wintery-themed mix, February seemed like a fantastic month to make it happen. As I mop up yet another shimmering layer of rock salt off of my living room floor, I’m hoping this brings even the tiniest bit of warmth to a Winter that just won’t seem to end.

February is also well-suited for tying up a few loose ends and getting on with the new year! This month’s mix includes tracks from a few brilliant 2013 records that I stumbled upon just a bit too late (Makthaverskan’s II and Tiger Baby’s perfectly wintery Alone EP), as well as new tracks from School (doing a knock-out Cocteaus impression), Tripping The Light Fantastic, Nicole Sabouné, and Simian Ghost—all making a pretty damn solid case for 2014 being another amazing year for pop songs. And what’s a Winter pop mix without Nothern Picture Library’s “Catholic Easter Colours”? NOT A WINTER MIX WORTH HAVING, THAT’S WHAT.

Hope you like it! <3
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01. Nothern Picture Library “Catholic Easter Colours”
02. School “Clouds Aside”
03. Tiger Tape “Just A Cat”
04. Je Suis Animal “Painted In My Face”
05. Makthaverskan “Slowly Sinking”
06. Life Without Buildings “Let’s Get Out”
07. Tugboat “Next Year’s Words”
08. Tripping The Light Fantastic “Heavy Heart”
09. Language Of Flowers “It’s Not You”
10. Nicole Sabouné “Conquer Or Suffer”
11. Simian Ghost “Echoes Of Songs”
12. The Faintest Ideas “Nothing Will Ever Happen”
13. The Radio Dept. “I Don’t Need Love, I’ve Got My Band”
14. Tiger Baby “Winter Song”

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The “Just Like Johnny Marr” single, and lovelyyyy accompanying video (on location in swinging Japan!), preceding Alpaca Sports' debut LP Sealed With A Kiss debuted this week on internets across the world! While the internet—tumblr most paramount in blame here—has given me a soured outlook on references of the Smiths persuasion, it’s damn near impossible to deny the melodic SWEETNESS of Alpaca Sports here. In fact, it’s with a bit of humor that those "Don’t you make my heart break" harmonies between Andreas and Amanda turn out to be really quite heartbreaking. A+ <3

Sealed With A Kiss is out February 24 as a shared love affair between Dufflecoat and Luxury and it really can’t come soon enough!

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