Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Here's the super cool paper cutout action video for their new song "Three Day Blow." (My titling skills are unparalleled, eh?)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I'm not really one for shameless product endorsements, but I thought this was pretty neat, and could potentially be useful to some people. I got an email about a rather nice little reference/how-to guide on touring basically all of Europe (including Iceland!). Rock & Roll Highschool is a 292 page "resource book" that is half magazine, with articles about everything from label advice from a German metal-head to what the Raveonettes wear on stage, and half international directory for venues, promoters and labels all over Europe. While the articles are interesting on their own, I'd have to say the concise and well organized directory is reason enough to pick up a copy, and would be a great jumping off point for trying to book some shows (or even just a good list of places to check out if you visit any country in Europe). So if you're looking to tour and want some tips from people who know what's going on, or just an international venue directory, check out Rock & Roll Highschool. I know it's not exactly targeted at popkids, but like I said, it might be useful if you're planning on touring, especially for you European folks looking for some venues in your area.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
So I'll just go ahead and say it. The new(ish) Brilliant Colors album is light-years better than their old EPs. It's simultaneously more polished and more raw (alternately, I've heard "punk" thrown around), Jess' voice has more presence, and with more experience I would say the three of them have gotten better at what they do (makes sense, right?). With its raw guitars, reverb, and poignant lyrics, Introducing is 24 minutes of DIY pop fun. Think Kleenex meets The Flatmates or Shop Assistants and you're in the ballpark. You can pick up a spiffy copy on CD or vinyl from Slumberland.
Should I Tell You .mp3
I've always been more of a Kleenex than LiLiPUT guy. They're kind of raw, kind of punk, and all kinds of catchy. This is their self titled 7" and it's a must have for fans of grrrl groups.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I got a nice email about Heads Up Display a while ago and hadn't had time to post about their new EP. AS/IS is like a rift in the space time continuum where 1990s college rock is seeping through into 2009 and mingling with musicians brainwaves. Think Weezer before they started sucking. Or The Pixies if they had formed 15 years later.Head over to their site to give the whole EP a listen! I'm partial to "Formula vs. Perfume" myself.
And here's an old bootleg of the Pixies live at Newcastle Poly in 1989. Now I'm not saying Heads Up Display are ripping off the Pixies, but I thought the two were a nice one-two, old-modern,"hey-this-is-pretty-good, now-I'm-in-the-mood-for-this" lunch special.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Pants Yell's new album Received Pronunciation is absolutely fantastic. Jangly guitars and earnest, will written lyrics are always in style. Remember Alison Statton? No, Alison Statton. Yeah her, with her perfectly delivered little whispers and words. Andrew was taking notes from the best, hence the aforementioned album, and hence the magic of the understatement that is Received Pronunciation. And it comes in some spiffy faux-Japanese packaging complete with obi strips (those neat little paper belt things for albums). You can go to their myspace to give them a listen, or to Slumberland to give them an order.
Here's the opener to get you hooked!
Frank and Sandy .mp3
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Sometimes I like to listen to loop-y, drone-y, repetitive, electro-y, atmospheric, pop-y music. Sometimes I wish Animal Collective was more accessible. Sometimes I wish they had more bleeps and bloops. Sometimes I listen to Seattle's Big Spider's Back to fulfill those desires. I'd highly recommend picking up a copy of Warped from Disco Earth if that sounds good to you.
Perfect Machine .mp3
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
No more Bridal Shop.
A la their myspace:
And then -- silence. No cards, no best wishes, no "I See You In Hell" comments... Why?Well, the world of "independent" pop music is probably glad to see one of its worst opponents, The Bridal Shop, the Knights of the Truth, sink into the sea of oblivion; finally everything can work smoothly again, and -- never forget that things work like architecture -- finally the misty lords of the industry can release loads of records which will all carry the BAU inscription (Business as usual); and when you go to a BAU concert, dressed like a five-year-old, you can finally listen to your heterosexual, banal, "seeensitiiiiive", shit music, mostly sung by broken-hearted boys with cute hairdos, without being disturbed by, damn right, The Bridal Shop, the Knights of the Truth.
To my homies Hegel and Adorno, and to everyone daring to express something truly beautiful in a world where beauty is destined to decay in an alphabet of nothingness: Welcome! Let's fuck time and make love to space!
Well, here's the entire From Seas EP.
And the video for "Ideal State."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
San Francisco's Social Studies are one of those rare beasts that straddle the fine line between indie-rock and indiepop. Is it a poppy rock song, or a rockin' pop song? Who knows. There's some plunking keys, burly guitar riffs, and that Natalia sure does have a nice voice, so do we really need to pigeon-hole it? Their 2 track Hourglass EP is out now (you can download it here for free). Both tracks are off the full length A Wind Up Wooden Heart, which is due out early next year.
Friday, October 30, 2009
= BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW+ THE APPLESEED CAST+ DREAMEND + CASKET GIRLS. They made a spooky 7" picture disc. It's two tracks "Creaks" and "Shrieks." I like "Creaks" more.
Marshmallow Ghosts .zip
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
So I got a copy of Steven Deal's forthcoming album Radio Twelve in the mail last week and have been pleasantly surprised over its nearly 40 minute span (I wasn't expecting any mail, so it turned out to be a nice little treat). Steven used to play in Bleached Black and the Absolute Zeros back in the day and has apparently been on an 11 year hiatus. But now he's back with a mostly-solo album (Dan Kohler, Lisa Hammer, Chris Cretella and Dave Parmelee also lent a hand). Radio Twelve is an earnest anti-love album that's got all sorts of mental baggage. Between the passive-aggressive jabs at an ex-lover's weight, songs of self-loathing, and all sorts of disappointment Steven managed to craft a pop album that's anything but stagnant. This track's rocking, that one's acoustic, is that an electric organ? Hey handclaps! Wait was that Orpheus' daughter? Covering everything from pop punk (not pop-punk) on over to 60's inspired garage pop, and even some folksy stuff Radio Twelve definitely get my nod of approval. It's due out in November from Seditionary Kitten Media.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Katsen sound something like Ladytron in anoraks. It Hertz! is out October 27th on Shelflife Records. Do want!
German Film Star .mp3
Monday, October 12, 2009
Slumberland Records has been around for a whopping 20 years now, and to celebrate, Ma and Pa Slumberland are putting on a couple East Coast shows featuring some new acts (Crystal Stilts, Brown Recluse (Sings)) and some reunions (Lorelei, The Ropers). Dates are below, and the West Coast can probably expect something similar early next year. I'm pretty ecstatic about it myself.
Nov 13, Washington DC at Black Cat
Frankie Rose and The Outs
Nov 14, Brooklyn NY at Bell House
Frankie Rose and The Outs
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
So it looks like the infamous Danny has outdone himself this time, and unleashed another Popfest upon the world! And on par with what Tweefort is all about, it's a medley of acts from Connecticut and various other cities along the eastern seaboard. It's and amazing lineup, and the proceeds go towards keeping Artspace New Haven afloat, so go show your support if you can make it! Oh, did I mention there's art on top of the great indiepop? Sounds like an amazing day to me! The details are all below...
Tweefort and CT Indie have teamed up to bring you a full day of music to support Artspace New Haven
Saturday, November 14th, 2009:
The music will start at 3 PM. Headlining the afternoon show will be New York indiepop band The Metric Mile. Also playing will be Fay Rey (New Haven/New York) followed by One Happy Island (Boston), The Sugarplums (Baltimore) and The Cavemen Go (New Haven/Boston). Members of the band Boy Genius (New York) will DJ.
The music continues at 8 PM. The Tyler Trudeau Attempt (New Haven) and festival headliner A Sunny Day in Glasgow go on after a pleasant intermission of indiepop spinning and performance art.
Drinks will be provided at the evening event by New Haven's 116 Crown.
A full day ticket is $8, afternoon only or evening only are $5 each. Both the afternoon and evening shows are All Ages.
Artspace New Haven is located at 50 Orange St., New Haven, CT 06510
Thursday, September 17, 2009
It was a sad, sad day when The Manhattan Love Suicides called it quits. Thankfully, they pulled a Royal We and just sort of dispersed and renamed. A.J. and Rachel stuck together, got a few friends, and voila! The Medusa Snare was born. Some of the fuzz was shaved off, everything's a little more lo-fi, and Adam Leach is singing. Think MLS meets the Clean meets Crystal Stilts. Awesome, right? Their debut album, Cinderella, came out yesterday on Squirrel Records. Go over to The Medusa Snare's myspace to give them a listen while you're waiting for your CD.
No mp3s at the moment...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Is anyone else half as excited as I am for this month's releases?
Let's start with the glaringly awesome. The Pains are bestowing two wonderful gifts upon the world this month. First off, there's the Come Saturday 7" (it technically came out 8/31, but hey). "Come Saturday" needs no introduction or explanation at this point, and luckily for us Kip believes that if you're paying two dollars a song for a 7" both sides should be stellar. Enter "Side Ponytail." Two minutes of buzzsaw guitars, a boy/girl chorus to die for, and all the indiepop fun you'd expect from a Pains track. "Side ponytail forever" indeed.
Follow that up with the Higher Than the Stars EP, and you've got a painfully good month already (ahaa!). The title (and opening) track "Higher Than the Stars" is probably the most keyboard driven track I've ever heard from the Pains. Between the chorus-ed guitars (that's right, no fuzz at all here), and twinkling keys, Kip's breathy vocals nestle right in there. Throw Peggy in there for the chorus and you've got yourself a pretty track perfect for the upcoming fall nights. While there might not have been any fuzz to kick things off, they bring it in to wrap the album up. "Twins" is the fuzzy Pains we all love, melodramatic lyrics and all. On top of being super catchy, the refrain of "I didn't even let you down" is a testament to their lasting awesomeness.
Higher Than the Stars .mp3
Come Saturday .mp3
and here's a bonus since I think I've posted "Come Saturday" already... from the upcoming remix album:
Higher Than the Stars (St. Etienne Remix) .mp3
Monday, September 7, 2009
I've been listening to Tweefort's compilation Home and Abroad Songs for the past while, and have been trying to think of a good way to summarize it. It's fit in wonderfully with how all over my life's been, so maybe "varied." Aside from offering a smorgasbord of the Connecticut indiepop scene, it also serves as a sort of indiepop style sampler. There's some jangly pop (a la Boy Genius), some noisy pop (I'm looking at you Submarine Spaceship) and some minimal electro stuff (Welcome) coming from as close as Tweefort's home state of Connecticut, to New York, to as far away as Denmark. Connecticut doesn't usually come to mind when you think of indiepop epicenters, and Home and Abroad Songs shows that while it might be at the top of the list, the CT kids show they can hold their own. They're all out of physical copies, but you can head over to Tweefort's website to download the entire album. With so much diversity there's something for everyone.
Here's the Pipettes-esqu "Andrew" from Lisa Bouvier, and the low-fi gem "You're Not Poignant" by The Procedure Club
You're Not Poignant .mp3
Friday, August 28, 2009
I Can't Decide .mp3
The Imperial School .mp3
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Searching for the Now 5 is three all Swedish tracks, and not just any Swedes either, we're talking Liechtenstein backed by the Faintest Ideas. Liechtenstien kick things off with "This Must Be Heaven," and it's simply enchanting (not to mention previously unreleased). The guitars are jangle-y, the drums are toe-tap-y, and as usual, their harmonies are spot on. The Faintest Ideas get two tracks, "You're Gonna Wake Up One Morning And Know What Side Of The Bed You’ve Been Lying On" and "Procrastination Of Every Day Tasks" (probably because they're flying along at like a billion rpm). They're fast, fun, get the job done, and will have you playing some sort of air instrument in under a minute (a la killer guitar riffs or high octane drums).
This Must Be Heaven .mp3
Procrastination Of Every Day Tasks .mp3
Searching for the Now 6 features The School and George Washington Brown, both of the UK. The School do a wonderful cover of Left Banke's "And Suddenly." It's a beautiful little summer pop gem for the remaining days of summer. Flip the disc and flip into George Washington Brown's two tracks of noisy psych-pop. "End of the..." and "Twin Towers" kind of make me want to bike really fast down a busy, tree-lined street and look up at the sky. Or something like that.
And Suddenly .mp3
End of The... .mp3
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Here's the opening track :
The Call .mp3
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Yeah I Know .mp3
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Fight Riff .mp3
Seems like they'd be loads of fun live, right? Yes? And you live in New York you say?
Monday, July 13, 2009
Hey You .mp3
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Roses in the Park .mp3
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Here's my favourite track from the EP:
Friday, June 19, 2009
UPDATE: I forgot to upload this when I got my grubby hands on it, but better late than never!
Found Love in a Graveyard .mp3
Thursday, June 11, 2009
And because I can, here's the fun video!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The other tracks aren't slouches by anymeans. "To Joy" morphed into the title "Really Like to See You Again," "American Skies" is how Miami complains about the economy, and "Desire" has been reworked from the version heard on Play Music to drive itself deeper into your head and deeper into your footwork.
Here's the title track, and the "demo" version. You can decide which you like more!
Really Like to See You Again .mp3
To Joy .mp3
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Anyways, here's two tracks from First String Teenage High to get you in the mood!
Murder Beach covering 8 Great Ways .mp3
Bugs Eat Books covering Sweet .mp3
And you can head over to Unchikun to stream three other tracks!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Boy Genius are a four-piece from Brooklyn that play that jangly pop that's just not sure if it wants to rock or not. Their new single, Blame Love (which just happens to have a Miracle Legion cover as a b-side) could pretty much be summed up as comfy. It's not trying to do anything but be there. Like a lost 7" from "the good ol' days," "Blame Love" has everything you want and nothing you don't. Jangly guitars, boy/girl harmonies in all the right places, a grooving bass line, and you know it had to happen...a shredding pop-solo! You can head over to Boy Genius' Myspace to have a listen and pick up a copy of Blame Love as well as their past releases.
And if anyone happens to be in Connecticut or feels like making a trip, Boy Genius are playing in the Tweefort! It's not actually a fort, or twee, or even a place, but hey. Here's the flyer...
Monday, May 18, 2009
NYC Popfest is over! :( I missed it, but I hope those of you who made it had a blast!
Coming up, SF Popfest! I can't make that either...someone freak the fuck out at Tullycraft for me. Cheap Red too!
Speaking of Cheap Red, Boyracer re-issued happenstance on vinyl. I don't know if there are any copies left at this point, but if there are I'd highly reccommend grabbing one!
Lacrosse have a new video for a new single from their new album! There aren't any hand puppets, but there are balloons!
The Champagne Socialists play fuzzy 50s-60s style pop. They're opening for the Pains in July, and remind me of the early works of a certain Mr. Thomas.
Teardrop Tattoo .mp3
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Love is a Wave .mp3
Monday, March 30, 2009
Young Adult Friction .mp3
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Does anyone remember the Mayfields? Or Maybe Airport Girl? Yeah, it's those guys. Brothers, actually. The Hi-Life Companion sound like a blend of The Beach Boys, Magnetic Fields and Belle and Sebastian (and others of that ilk), so if that sounds good to you (and who wouldn't that mix sound good to?), I'd keep my ear to the ground to try to hear Peru. Say Yes! is due out soon on Plastilina Records, which is perfect timing seeing as summer is right around the corner and it's a super summer-y.
Here's the opening track:
You're the Greatest .mp3
Monday, March 23, 2009
* * * * * * * * * *
Thursday May 14th
Venue: Cake Shop
Knight School (NYC)
Soft City (NYC)
Dream Bitches (NYC)
The Metric Mile (NYC)
My Teenage Stride (NYC)
THE BALLET (NYC)
* * * * * * * * * *
Friday May 15th
Venue: Don Hills
Don Lennon (NYC)
The Tartans (CA)
( secret band )
CATS ON FIRE (FINLAND)
+ Mondo Indie Dance Party
* * * * * * * * * *
Saturday Afternoon FREE show!
Saturday May 16th
Venue: Cake Shop
Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship (MI)
The Hat Company (OH)
* * * * * * * * * *
Saturday May 16th
Venue: Bell House
Computer Perfection (MI)
Eux Autres (CA)
The Secret History (NYC)
Pants Yell! (MA)
THE RADIO DEPT. (SWEDEN)
+ Indiepop Dance Party
* * * * * * * * * *
Sunday May 17th
Venue: Cake Shop
Boy Genius (NYC)
Afternoon Naps (OH)
Very Truly Yours (IL)
The Smittens (VT)
Rose Melberg (CANADA)
The Icicles (MI)
Casper and the Cookies (GA)
BURNING HEARTS (FINLAND)
* * * * * * * * * *
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The album, under the same name, is out on 4AD April 21st for us yanks and 20th for everyone else. Not only is the music good, but the cover art is lovely, and Abba's piano is used on one of the tracks. Yow!
Mediafire is doing some maintenance, so no mp3 for now, but you can hear a couple tracks from the new album on their myspace.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Important In the Morning .mp3
On the other end of the spectrum is Play Music from Thieves Like Us. Basically, if you like New Order (or Hot Chip), light electronic stuff, or coke binges you NEED this. But really, it's super dance-y. If I Am Pants is what you listen to sitting on the couch, Play Music is what you play when you want to dance, but the discotheque doesn't play anything you want to hear, so you have your own dance party in your living room. It's like club music for pop kids. Then again, this'll probably be huge at the discotheque. It's be available from Shelflife Records March 10th, on 12" vinyl none the less, so you can do your bump right off the spinning record!
Drugs In My Body .mp3
Saturday, February 21, 2009
So it only took four years, but there's finally a new Mirah album! I arbitrarily decided to check out the K Records site just now and (A)spera apparently released February 11th (then again it might be up for pre-order, and they just failed to mention that, because it says elsewhere that it doesn't realease until March 10th)! And I even managed to scrounge up a track from it! "Gone Are the Days" is a bit more bare-bones-folk-pop-y; it's just Mirah, bongos, and the occasional trumpet.
Gone are the days .mp3
I would also highly recommend giving the Vibrarians new single a listen. It's streaming on the site and to borrow K's word, it's a real corker!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I almost missed the boat on this one! Not really, but I didn't know they had anything coming down the pipeline. Our Temperance Movement comes out March 11th, but it's available for pre-order from a couple places, like Record Label X and Stupido Shop for about $22.50 (Record Label X is a euro cheaper). They have a couple of the new tracks streaming on their myspace, and if what I've heard is any indication, this is going to be the best thing to come out of Finland since their last record. "Garden Lights" features all the great Cats on Fire guitar, bass, and vocals that you would expect, plus what sound like some bongos and a stellar clarinet solo! Sooo good!
Garden Lights .mp3
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The Owls "Springtime Fall" (Dear Nora)
Walker Kong "Bells" (The Bats)
The Manhattan Love Suicides "Superboy & Supergirl" (Tullycraft)
Dear Nora "Air" (The Owls)
BOAT "Nosebleeders on the Track" (The Faintest Ideas)
Galactic Heroes "Former Hero" (Heikki)
Tullycraft "Welcome to the Big Ten Conference" (Vehicle Flips)
Birds of California (Lunchbox) "Kick It back" (The Manhattan Love Suicides)
The Gazetteers "Ordinary Day" (Lunchbox)
Kissing Book "Any Kind of Pain" (The Best Friends Group)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
If I counted right, that makes four different Popfests this year!
I should look on Anorak more often...But thanks Maz for the update! I would assume his blog is going to be the place to get the lowdown as it goes down. I'd go look anyways to get some nice, compressed, nuggets of pop goodness.
Friday, January 30, 2009
The Felt Tips have a new 3" CDR out on WeePOP! It's every bit as wonderful as their releases on Cloudberry, so I recommend heading over there and ordering yourself a copy! I'd also snag the weePOP-up compilation, seeing as it's pretty ace and a pop-up!
The One Who Got Away .mp3
Speaking of compilations, Matt finally finished up the Skatterbrain comp. Between the cover art and track-list it looks fantastic!
The new Pains album is available for pre-order over at Slumberland. You don't even know how great it is! This is the opening track...
And while I'm on the topic of pre-orders and noise, the new Asobi Seksu album is also available for pre-order over at Polyvinyl! Amazing.
Me & Mary .mp3
Something's awry at tweenet...
There's oodles of popfests now! Here's to you London and San Francisco! And while you're globe-trotting, Magic Marker Records turned 10! They're having a little shindig in Portland to celebrate. Dear Nora anyone?
I think that's it.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I can't spoil any of the new songs just yet, but I can give a track list to tide you over.
2. Come Saturday
3. Young Adult Friction
4. This Love Is Fucking Right!
5. The Tenure Itch
6. Stay Alive
7. Everything With You
8. A Teenager In Love
9. Hey Paul
And apparently I was miss-informed about Sexy Kids putting out an album. They're on a bit of a hiatus. Crushing.