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Break It Up "We Have It"

Break It Up
We Have It

Philadelphia’s Break It Up—who’ve been hiding right under my nose for the past two years—have finally released their *fantastic* debut LP! And they’ll be playing it at their cd release/Tuesday Tune-Out tonight at PhilaMOCA!

As for the record: To my ears it’s one of the better records to come out of the city in a while! The trio of Casey Bell, Dan Morse, and Jen Sperling throw pop hook after pop; sometimes through fuzzy guitars and speedy drums, and sometimes, like on “We Hate It”, they, quite elegantly, take a page from one of Yo La Tengo’s more sprawling moments. Note: An egg shaker and a wall of guitars will get you VERY far in my book.

Get the record here!

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Between Virginia Wing’s Extended Play 12” (A title reference to a reasonably accurate sonic touchpoint, perhaps?) and the recently released Shudder Pulps 7”, Faux Discx is kind of killing it this Fall.

The relatively new London four-piece by the name of Virginia Wing, already sound pretty damn surefooted in their pretty particular musical landscape—we’ll call it dirgey, dreamlike Metropolis underbelly rock. “Common Ground” calls up alternating images of shadowy, shuddering treelines and monstrous pistons pumping away in some great noir-kraut mystery machine. But it also sounds like Broadcast, I guess. Listen to it right now.

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Well, this Friday just got a million times better! In a pretty surprising announcement, we now have a new Swearin’ song to fall in love with and an early November (5th on Salinas in the US, 4th on Wichita in the UK) release date to get excited about! And if the effortless, Pavement-y coolness of “Watered Down” is any indication, then I think I’ve already got my go-to Winter 2013 record sorted. Get ready for those endlessly charming “Right now it’s easy to see it/And I know why you’re hiding” harmonies to get stuck in your head asap. This is perfect crunchy leaves music.

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The Lodger "Fast"

The Lodger
Fast

Though the endlessly wonderful Birthday Kiss (responsible for one of the very best pop singles of this year) seem to be no more, the return of Ben Siddall’s original indiepop venture, The Lodger, is definitely helping to heal the wounds. It’s been three years since we last heard from The Lodger, but the driving jangle of new single “Fast”—available for FREE download—sees Siddall’s pop chops still very much in top form!

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WELL THEN, it seems we’re finally getting some real details! In a year that’s seen more classic Indiepop reissues than anyone could have ever possibly expected (House of Love boxset on Optic Nerve, anyone?!), I suppose it’s only right that Talulah Gosh are finally getting the proper retrospective treatment. Was It Just A Dream? comes c/o Damaged Goods Records and includes an extensive collection of radio sessions, demos, singles and LP tracks—all topped off with archive photos and sure-to-be-brilliant liner notes by the one and only Everett True.

Release is scheduled for November 4th, but keep an eye on Damaged Goods for more details! And oh yeah, it’ll be on vinyl.

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A Monthly Mix: September 2013!

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A mere 48 hours into September and I’m already driving away friends and family with my annual premature over-enthusiasm for any and all things remotely reeking (s/o to the pumpkin candle I’ve already had going for the past week) of Autumn. But, sorry I’m not sorry. Even if it is still hitting 80+ highs, my mind has now officially fixated itself upon some crisp and chilly dreamworld where everything is orange and nothing is sweaty. Now, it’s only fitting that I soundtrack this new mindset as appropriately as I can. AND I HAVE.

If you’re still clinging to those Summer pearls, this might not be the mix for you, but if you’re already having daydreams of leaf piles and hot cider, then you’re in good company. This month’s mix is mostly comprised of old favorites, but pay attention to a pair of new songs from Little Big League (Philly!, ex-Post Post) and Bent Shapes (Boston!, used to be called Girlfriends). Both just released seriously GREAT debut LPs, so get on it!!!!

DIG IT!

  1. Velocity Girl “Warm/Crawl”
  2. Throwing Muses “Not Too Soon”
  3. Scrawl “Prize”
  4. Fuzzy “Almond”
  5. Little Big League “My Very Own You”
  6. Manhattan Love Suicides “Don’t Leave Me Dying”
  7. Ride “In A Different Place”
  8. Cuffs “Privilege”
  9. Spent “Ready OK”
  10. Slumber Party “You’ve Gone Too Far”
  11. Flowers “All Over Again”
  12. The Springfields “Tomorrow Ends Today” (Primal Scream cover)
  13. Bent Shapes “I Was Here But I Disappear”
  14. Rose Melberg “Golden Gate Bridge” (Live, Allston, MA, 2006)
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The Mantles "Shadow of Your Step"

The Mantles
Shadow of Your Step

I don’t normally play it too close to the vest, like, EVER, buttttttttttt, if I’m being quite honest and as free from hyperbole as personally possible, I’d have to say “Shadow of Your Step” is—at this very moment—the song of the year. It meets my typical criteria for a perfect song in that I want the outro to last for at least 10 more minutes. You can lay in the grass to it, you can fall asleep to it, or you could walk home squinting at the sunset to it. It’s everything at the same time and yet so effortless and perfect. The Mantles have gotten better with every passing day; which, to be honest, is tough to say about a lot of their contemporaries.

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This is *potentially* the breeziest damn thing you’ll hear all week. It feels like Summer and it sounds just like a Margerine Eclipse b-side—sign me up immediately! I’m a bit unfamiliar with Turntable Films, but I have made myself aware of a few things: I am 93% certain the title of this song is “Honolulu”, they’ve been around since 2009, they share a label with Homecomings (whom I love dearly), and this track comes from an upcoming split with Siamese Cats (whom I clearly need to investigate!). Pour yourself a drink and play it a few times.

Dig around on Second Royal’s site for a little while and you might just be able to order the record!

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Terry Malts "Walking Without You"

Terry Malts
Walking Without You

The second single from Terry Malts’ blistering fuzzbomb of a sophomore LP (on SLR!) is yet another in a fine line of raw, dirt-covered gems that they can’t seem to stop churning out. “Walking Without You”, not unlike the majority of their existing catalog, is a rather ideal complement to being pissed off about, well, anything. And the fact that it sounds like Henry’s Dress’ “You Killed A Boy For Me” and Swell Maps’ “New York” crashing into each other doesn’t really hurt either.

Preorder it ASAP from Slumberland! (Color vinyl’s already gone!)

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Skatterbrain Monthly Mix: August 2013!

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It’s August and once again we’re finally closer to the end of Summer than the beginning! It should come as no surprise to anyone by now that that signals a truly joyous time around here—and a time to celebrate! OH, celebrate we will.

I took this mix on a five-mile walk on Sunday and I can assure you that it’s at least very good for that (and not at all boring after five times, front-to-back, in a row). As is occasionally the case when I feel like it, this month’s mix includes no new songs, but I am hoping perhaps you’ll walk away with something great you’ve never heard before! Like, perhaps, the brilliant intro of Sleepyhead’s “What’s Gonna Set You Free?!” Or maybe the vocal melody gymnastics of HMBM5’s “Suzanne.” There are also two Biff Bang Pow! tracks to be found here! One, of course, c/o Mr. Feck.

DIG IT!

  1. Primal Scream “Velocity Girl” (Janice Long Session)
  2. Sleepyhead “What’s Gonna Set You Free?”
  3. Comet Gain “She Never Understood”
  4. The Shermans “Fly Away”
  5. The Darling Buds “Just To Be Seen”
  6. Action Painting! “These Things Happen”
  7. The Melons “Eskimo”
  8. Twa Toots “Please Don’t Play ‘A Rainy Night In Georgia’” (Peel Session)
  9. Go Sailor “Together Forever In Love”
  10. Saturday Looks Good To Me “Diary”
  11. The Troggs “With A Girl Like You”
  12. The Clientele “Lamplight”
  13. The Summer Suns “In Your Eyes”
  14. How Many Beans Make Five “Suzanne”
  15. Biff Bang Pow! “If I Die”

This month’s cover illustration is by the amazing Bob Peak.

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