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A Monthly Mix: January 2014!


Merry new year! I have to say, I am so very pleased to leave the past two immensely busy months of 2013 in the dust and move onto 2014 with a fresh start! On that note, there’s good and not-so-good news. I will not be doing an end-of-the-year mix this year. Excuses are for dummies, but basically it was just a bit too much to add to the growing to-do list of the past several months. It fell by the wayside, and so here we are.

But! Ashes to ashes, or whatever, because it’s a new year a new chance to get back on the ball and put together a mix of (20)14 (aha ha ha) of the most heavenly pop hits! Lots of old jangly favorites, plus a new one from The Fireworks (who released not one, but TWO brilliant records this year), round of the first mix of the year and I hope you’ll love it!!! See you soon!

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  1. Shine! “Bite The Apple”
  2. The Golden Dawn “My Secret World”
  3. Happydeadmen “Life Inside A Frame”
  4. Dislocation Dance “Tyrannies Of Fun”
  5. The Sea Urchins “Please Rain Fall”
  6. Gangway “Yesterday, When I Was Drunk”
  7. The Rain “Tom Paine”
  8. Vinegar Blossom “Solstice”
  9. The Fireworks “Runaround”
  10. The Popguns “Can’t Ignore The Train” (10,000 Maniacs cover)
  11. The Pale Fountains “You’ll Start A War”
  12. Even As We Speak “Goes So Slow”
  13. Po! “Fay” (7” version)
  14. North of Cornwallis “One 2nd Class Return”



OMG OMG OMG The Manhattan Love Suicides are BACK! It’s been almost five years now since they called it quits, but new track “(Never Stop) Hating You” proves they haven’t lost a single of drop of aggression, nor their penchant for blaring feedback paired with murderously catchy pop melodies.

If this wasn’t already the news of the year, they’ll be playing a spot at the Odd Box Weekender Birthday Bash in May along with such pop luminaries as The Spook School, Heathers, Fever Dream, Shopping, and lots more! Details are here for you lucky souls on that side of the ocean!


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.