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You Need A Mess of Songs to Stand This Rainy Friday

Granted, it might not be raining where you are, but I think the sentiment is still there. I’ve been a little quiet lately, but I wanted to share a few new things that have been on endless repeat in Skatterbrainland lately.

Let’s Wrestle are back! Foremost pop purveyors Fortuna Pop! will be releasing their self-titled third LP sometime in February. After a countless blur of listens this week, “Codeine and Marshmallows” is well on its way to possible becoming my new favorite Let’s Wrestle track! Definitely more matured and openly heartfelt than we’ve seen from them in the past (“she is my winter, and she’s laying claim/I’m sucking on a spoon, cause her name is pain”), but it comes through as perfect to these ears—and definitely a suitable compliment to a rainy winter day.

Speaking of Winter and December and CHRISTMAS, there’s still time to grab all 4 Singles of the 2013 edition of the Snowflakes Christmas Single Club! This year’s set includes 7”s from Smoke Fairies, The Miserable Rich, The Silhouettes, and The Garlands! Here’s the Garlands’ A-side, a rerecorded version of the their 2008 “Christmas Song.” It’s the Margo Guryan Christmas song you always wanted, but never had.

And to round things out, if you haven’t grabbed any of these yet, you’re going to want to fix that up RIGHT NOW:

New Flowers Demos!
If you don’t feel the need to listen to “Shy” 20 times in a row, then I just don’t know how you make it through the day.

New, final, posthumous Standard Fare!
These final two songs are as perfectly pop as they come these days and they’re making me miss Standard Fare even more than I thought possible.

Dutch Barn EP on EardrumsPop!
Three new songs from the fantastic East London 5-piece that sound quite a bit like late-period Teenage Fanclub filtered through a rose-tinted indiepop lens.



A Monthly Mix: November 2013!


Hi! It’s still November right?! OK PHEW.

So, whoops. Not really any particularly good excuse this month, other than whoops! But don’t let that spoil this month’s mix, because you’ve still got a few days left to soak it up. And there’s lots of new stuff this month, too! Making Marks, Break It Up, Day Ravies, Males, and Modern Charms all have fantastic records out now now now or very much on the way, so go do some thorough snooping!

HAPPY MIXSGIVING! Might I suggest passing out with this after Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday? That’s what I’ll be doing.

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  1. The Desert Wolves “November”
  2. Friends Of The Family “Rotton To The Core”
  3. The Lucksmiths “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now”
  4. The Lines “Blow A Kiss”
  5. Surreal Madrid “Now It’s You”
  6. Trash Can Sinatras “Maybe I Should Drive”
  7. Making Marks “Barcodes”
  8. Break It Up “We Have It”
  9. Day Ravies “Leaky Tin”
  10. St. James Infirmary “Juicehead Ritual”
  11. Males “All Up From Here”
  12. Modern Charms “Epsilon”
  13. The Delgados “The Actress”
  14. The Pines “Brand-New-Life” (YMG cover)
  15. The Legendary Bang “Life’s A Boring Game”
  16. Verlaines “Slow Sad Love Song”



Mad Planets "Yr Version Of Cool"

Mad Planets
Yr Version Of Cool

Here’s a slice of endlessly perfect POP for your Friday morning. Mad Planets shared the same shimmering heart-on-sleeve pop tendencies as contemporaries My Favorite—and even once shared a side of wax, too (where this track originally appeared, in fact)—but seem to be considerably less remembered than the aforementioned My Favorite. Quite a shame, as one could make a strong case for Tara Emelye’s voice indeed being one of the finest of indiepop’s mighty mid-90s.

Happy Friday!


Nobody’s Business!


After much hoping and waiting, the first compilation from Netherlands POP label Candy Twist is finally seeing the light of day! Nobody’s Business is PURE POP through and through—a new flag to wave around and then dance on top of until you can’t dance anymore.

Like any pop compilation worth its salt, the 12 tracks span the globe more than a few times—and it’s quite without hyperbole when I say that this thing is wall-to-wall gems. From the fuzzbomb opener c/o The Fireworks to the bittersweet lounge sway of Making Marks’ “Breakthough”, there’s plenty here to warrant an endless amount of listens.

Preorders are up now aaaaaaand if you hop on that train right now you’ll get the FREE and exclusive accompanying fanzine featuring 48 pages of interviews with the bands on this LP, and all sorts of other things!

Listen to the whole compilation on bandcamp!


Somehow I missed this new(ish) video for The Spook School’s “I’ll Be Honest” when it entered the internets back in October, but instead of kicking myself for it, I’ll just watch it a sixth time in a row to make up for it. The video compliments the sugar-rush spirit of the whole of the brilliant debut album from these four Edinburgh popkids and makes shouting along to, let’s be honest, one of THE MOST SHOUTABLE lyrics of 2013 (“I’ll be honest with you for the the first time/Cause you’re probably too drunk to even remember!”) feel even more exciting.

Get Dress Up from Fortuna Pop!, dummies!


In conjunction (junction) with the release of the fantastic new Call Me Mista EP, The Hairs have also premiered a brand new video for the lead-off track! The “Drool” video finds Kevin (Bree) in a costume wig coping with her sad breakup with dreamboat bf Joff. Take-out, bath cigs, and stuffed animals ensue. Don’t be a dummy, watch it!

And grab the EP on bandcamp!


There aren’t many better ways to start off a brand new week than with a brand new Veronica Falls single! “Nobody There,” recorded to celebrate their upcoming Fall tour, is more of that perfect, chugging, sunny day pop that can be found all throughout ‘Waiting For Something To Happen’.



Joanna Gruesome - “Sugarcrush” (live at Pianos, CMJ 2013)

This is the greatest fucking thing and I am kicking myself right in the face for not being able to see JGRO this week.



A Monthly Mix: October 2013!


Apologies for being almost TWO weeks late on my favorite mix-making month of the year! It could have come sooner, but making it last week—with October temperatures in the high 80s—just felt terribly wrong. It’s down to mid 50s this week, though, so now it feels just right.

This month’s mix kicks off with a new one from DOE. All heavy-fuzz, yells and feedback squalls—exactly how any respectable October mix should open, right? Following that there’s Tsunami, Places To Hide (arguably the best song from one of the best records of the year), and 13 others all waiting to get you into the Fall spirit. It’s cozy Mix season, Motherfuckers.


  1. DOE “Oh, Nostalgia!”
  2. Tsunami “Writing Letters”
  3. Places To Hide “Drugs”
  4. Sourpatch “Things You Say”
  5. The Autocollants “Butterscotch”
  6. Vomit Launch “Smokebreak”
  7. Mad Planets “Paperchase”
  8. The Arrogants “The Incurables”
  9. Siamese Twins “Don’t Forgive Lightly”
  10. The Mai 68s “Lead Me To A Quiet Cell”
  11. Lush “Ex”
  12. Joanna Gruesome “Candy”
  13. Containe “You”
  14. Holiday Flyer “Roll Those Eyes Over Here”
  15. Heavenly “Different Day”
  16. Confetti “Corduroy” (Wedding Present cover)

I’m really, really, really happy about the massive amount of early Stereolab these dudes must be listening to. And just when you think maybe they’ve been listening to “John Cage Bubblegum” just a few too many times (as if that’s even possible), the chorus goes all powerpop and you’re like, “ok”.

This record needs to be in my hands ASAP.