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Friday, March 19, 2010

Kisses - The Heart of the Nightlife

Let's talk about this for a second. When I first saw this album blogged, it said it sounds like the beats are by Alan Palomo (Neon Indian) with vocals that sound like Jens Lekman. Weirdly enough...that is exactly what it sounds like.
So listen.
If you're into this whole chillwave craze that has been getting so popular lately, you'll probably like this album, it's got some perfect summertime jams for while you're drinking beers, playing can jam, and slip 'n' sliding in the park.
Summer is coming, you'll need some sweet tunes like this to keep you going!

listen if you like: Neon Indian, Jens Lekman, the XX, Cut Copy

try it.
buy it. (This is actually a link to the Bermuda 7" pre-order, but it's the only thing you can buy from them right now.)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be

Dum Dum Girls continue the lo-fi, pill comedown fuzz sound that everyone seems to be doing these days with style.
There is something about these gals who play fuzzed out pop that makes me want to get up and sing along.
So let's talk about Dum Dum Girls in specific. This is actually one woman named Dee Dee who brought in some other gals to fill out the sound and tour with her. She's signed to Sub-Pop, and based out of Los Angeles, CA.
There are definitely the little surf influence audible in the music, there's also the garage-y rock and roll sound in there. I'm not sure exactly what makes Dum Dum Girls stand out above any of the other lo-fi buzzy, fuzzy music that is coming out lately, but somehow I enjoy this album more than most. I think maybe Dee Dee's voice is just better than most, and though you can hear some reverb on it, it isn't drowned out in fuzz.
This is out March 30, get it before you can buy it...then buy it on vinyl!

Check it.
Buy it.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Art Museums - Rough Frame

So, keep your eye on Woodsist Records! (Woods' label)
These guys are out of control, putting out awesome records left and right.
If you dig very slightly fuzzy pop music, verging on twee at some points but not quite making its way over into that genre, you'll be swimming in love with these dudes.
Sweet jams, not too sappy or saccharine. Get on it.

Try it.
Buy it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me

Did you like Joanna Newsom's last couple albums? Do you wish a few of her songs were a little rockier and/or jazzier? Well, guess what; you're going to love this album. Some of the songs on here are a little on the rockier/jazzier side compared to earlier albums, but as a whole you can say this album is still classic Joanna Newsom.
I'm not done listening to this yet, considering it is a two hour(!) album, but so far it's pretty incredible. In fact, to be completely honest, I've been enjoying this album much more than I did Y's, which I couldn't really get into for some reason.

For those of you still somehow unfamiliar with Newsom, you'll probably like her music if you enjoy CocoRosie, Cat Power, etc. Slower, mostly harp heavy pop songs.

Try it.
Buy it.

PS: Definitely pre-order this on vinyl, it's a triple slab, and it is only $25 over at the Drag City website. This thing is going to go OOP in no time flat and you're going to wish you'd gotten it if you don't.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aloha - Home Acres

Let's be honest, Aloha's new album sounds almost exactly like everything else they've put out. I'm not saying this as a bad thing, I love Aloha's music, and even like Cale Parks's solo stuff. All I'm saying is, if you like somewhat melancholy sounding, straightforward pop songs, or Aloha, or both, you'll like this album. Check out the track "White Wind." It has kind of a Daniel Johnston feel to it and I'm really digging it right now.

Try it.
Buy it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Sounds like the last Frightened Rabbit album, pretty great so far. I was afraid it might sound too sentimental and get sappy; luckily, this album avoids that. Pretty awesome!

Try it.
Buy it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Surfer Blood link is now fixed.