Monday, June 28, 2010

I'm gonna be the one on the morning train

The Blanche Hudson Weekend, like the late MLS, seem to never stop releasing records. Not so far off the heels of their last EP, comes a new one called Hate Is A Loaded Gun. A new track from the EP titled "Let Me Go" is up streaming on Drowned In Sound right now, so you should go check it out post haste! It's a bit more upbeat than anything on the last EP, and I think it might just be my favorite BHW song yet.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Pains Video: "Say No To Love"

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new sun-soaked video for their new single "Say No To Love" has just (well, two days ago) been released and it does just what a video should: it makes the song even more infectious than it already was. Watch it!

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The Liminanas

I don't follow Hozac's release schedule all that closely, but after realizing I've been missing out on The Liminanas for a while, I think I may be paying a little closer attention from here on out. The Liminanas come to us from France with pockets full of reverb-soaked hooks that both Phil Spector and VU could only be proud of. One listen to their single "I'm Dead" and you should be hooked. Grab the single from Hozac.

[MP3]: The Liminanas :: I'm Dead (Highly Rec'd!!!)

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Monday, June 21, 2010

For Ex-Lovers Only debut single!

I originally mentioned my favorite Florida band named after a Black Tambourine song almost three years ago on this very blog and they have just finally released their debut single! It comes to us from Magic Marker (who by the way are absolutely killing it with Summer releases right now — World Atlas, Gold-Bears, AND For Ex-Lovers Only???) and features three songs.

A-side "Coffin" is a driving, fuzzed-out pop song if I've ever heard one; a Summer jam, for sure. The B-sides follow in somewhat different veins, with "Scaps" even sounding a bit Guided By Voices-y. All in all, certainly one of my favorite singles of the year and I must urge you to pick it up immediately. Or, listen to "Coffin" immediately and then go order it!

[MP3]: For Ex-Lovers Only :: Coffin (Way Totally Recommended!)

For Ex-Lovers Only on MySpace!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Video: Dum Dum Girls "Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burnout"

The brand new video for Dum Dum Girls' "Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burnout", directed by Christin Turner, is as perfect a visual companion to the song as I could have imagined. Girls dancing, colorful layers, sunshine — what more could one ask for?

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pet Milk: So Hot Right Now

Pet Milk are fantastic new band from Philadelphia featuring, among others, the lovely Herbie Shellenberger of Brown Recluse! They — like one of my other recent favorites, Weed Hounds — play some highly infectious fuzzed-out pop with a little bit of that boy/girl vocal thing going on from time to time. Their debut demo EP reminds me of everything I love about noisy pop and ultimately leaves me feeling about as excited as I was when I first heard the Pains several years ago. I could listen to records and records of this stuff. I've been dying to see them live since I first heard their self-titled EP back around mid-May, but then I cleverly managed to miss their first show... bummer. Anyway, The Pet Milk EP is available for free over on Pet Milk's Bandcamp page and I highly recommend grabbing is as soon as you can — you really don't want to miss this one!

[MP3]: Pet Milk :: Cherry Outline (Really, really recommended!)

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A monthly mix: June!


The June mix is here! I feel quite bad for completely missing May, but I was a bit too distracted with at least a million things that it just never really came together. I've got a lot more free time right now though, so for the time being, you might see a little more action going on here than usual!

The cover art for this month's mix might be one of my favorites and it also happens to be relevant to my recent interest in Paris. "Paris" by Northern Picture Library is also the closing track on the mix — are you starting to notice the connections?? The song choices are all over the place, but it all works out, I promise. I bet The Beach Boys never thought they would be sharing a tracklist with the rest of these bands! The tracklist is just a few lines below and I encourage you to check it out and see if this mix is the one for you! Have a happy June! Let me know if you like it!


01. Brittle Stars "Tripping Me Up"
02. Alsace Lorraine "Though I've Never Seen You"
03. The Beach Boys "Girl Don't Tell Me"
04. Pia Fraus "Summer Before Spring"
05. The Blanche Hudson Weekend "Sharks"
06. Eggs "It's Hard To Be An Egg"
07. Broadcast "Man Is Not A Bird"
08. Saturday Looks Good To Me "Car Crash"
09. Mahogany "One Plus One Equals Three Or More"
10. The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa "Sweet Abyss"
11. Belle and Sebastian "A Century Of Fakers"
12. Grenadine "In A World Without Heroes"
13. A Sunny Day In Glasgow "Summerlong Silences"
14. Northern Picture Library "Paris"

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