Cotton Candy (MA) The Smittens (VT) Allo Darlin (UK) Pants Yell! (MA) Tender Trap (UK)
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Saturday May 22nd Venue - Spike Hill (free matinee show!)
Hearts!Attack (UK) Corita (NYC) Gold-Bears (GA) Moustache of Insanity (UK) One Happy Island (MA)
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Saturday May 22nd Venue - The Bell House
Very Truly Yours (IL) World Atlas (NYC) Bears (OH) My Teenage Stride (NYC) BOAT (WA) The Wake (UK)
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Sunday May 23rd Venue - Littlefield
Santa Monica Swim & Dive Club (MI) For Ex-Lovers Only (FL) The Young Friends (AZ) Apple Orchard (CA) Brown Recluse (PA) Bunnygrunt (MO) Sea Lions (CA) Neverever (CA) The Secret History (NYC) The Embassy (Sweden)
Ticket info, DJs, and more details will follow soon!
WeePOP! just released their newest 3" CDR, and as expected it's super cute in every way. This time around it's We Disappear by the Transmittens. The Kansas duo combine what could only be described as jangly "twee" and synth-pop to create something special. For those of you who want an imaginary reference picture, think Pipas meets the Besties and Smittens with less guitars and more glitter. Clocking in at about 20 minutes, the packaging isn't the only thing that's super tiny and super cute. Just give the opening track "Marfa Texas" a listen if you don't believe me. The wonderful thing about the 10 tracks contained on this tiny disc is the variety. Some are super-mixed-down-fuzzy-fun, some are super summer-y, some are good ol' pop, and some cover the space in between, but all of them possess wryly written lyrics that will lodge in your mind if the keyboards, handclaps and guitars fail to first. Oh, and did I mention that it's limited to 160 copies?
Somehow I haven't posted a word about a Shelflife release in a good while. It's not for lack of material, because at the moment there are five, yes count them five, newer releases (or at least newer to their inventory) in the Shelflife store that warrant a spot in everyone's little discography. Mind you, over half of these aren't actually Shelflife releases, but Matthew is a swell guy, and trying to save us a couple bucks.
I guess I should start with the new Burning Hearts 7" "Night Animal." Honestly there isn't much to say except Burning Hearts make beautiful music and this 7" is no exception. I really really want to call them organic-electro-pop. I finally realized that they sort of remind me of The Lovekevins, who I think also fit into that little genre niche. The b-side is a remix of "A Peasant's Dream," by Anyways if you're on the hunt for something you can simultaneously sing, dance, and sit to, I'd pick up a copy on lovely white vinyl. And for added indie-cred, Matthew Edwards (from Skatterbrain) did the artwork. Neat! Night Animal .mp3
So it looks like 80% of what I'm talking about isn't actually a Shelflife release, but whatever, they're good and in the Shelflife shop. There's a 7" for Korallreven's (Marcus Joons and Johan Duncansson from the Radio Dept.) "Loved Up," with a remix as the b-side. It's a super great track, filled with heaps of reverb and delay, percussion that just keeps building, and beautiful vocals. The remix is pretty fun too. This was originally a Fastcut Records release, but like I said, Matthew is a swell guy and saving the world some crazy expensive shipping costs. Loved Up .mp3
Actually I'm going to stop at two. I'll finish the update soon. Or you could just go see for yourself.
"The limited-edition box set includes all 69 love songs re-mastered for vinyl on six 10” records and housed in a super-sized 69 Love Songs box, along with a 10” version of the original booklet featuring liner notes written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler.
From now until April 20, pre-order the vinyl box set at the discounted price of $89.99 in the Merge store." Damn you Merritt!
I don't really need to say much more than that. Unless you work for Merge. Send me a set and I'll say as much as you want!
You can download the entire album here (Disc 1) here (Disc 2) and here (Disc 3)
The stuff I post on here is for primarily for sampling purposes. If you like something you hear, you should go buy the album. And while you're at it, you should buy a t-shirt so the world can see that you support good things.
If you're a band and want something taken down, just say so. I'd say you should sleep on it first. Or at least have some cookies. If you're certain you still want something removed, I can make that happen.
If you're a band and you think that you fit in with what I talk about, then let me know right now! I'll put up a nice little blurb, and a picture, and some files (if they're available). It'll be a good time.
Some places to go
Sat 1/15 8:00 PM * The Depreciation Guild, The Click Clack Boom, The Vanguard The Rock Shop21+
Sat 1/15 8:00 PM * Tyvek, The Beets, Eternal Summers, Sweet Bulbs Glasslands21+