plastic flowers – strange neighbors (we won’t be friends)
plastic flowers is the musical moniker for one sean earl beard of brooklyn by way of tallahassee, florida. he has a new three song 7″ out on wierd records and the opening track is a cure-ish moody beauty that is wonderfully 80′s. it’s spot on for the cold weather and robert smith fans alike. www.plasticflowers.us
yeasayer’s ahmed gallab’s solo project is releasing a new album soon and this is the first taste, a spaced out trip of a song that is as worldly as it is retro. although the title might suggest otherwise, it’s one hell of a sexy song that would steam up a bedroom real quick. slink on your slinkies. www.sinkane.com
the l.a. boys have a new single out this week and this is the darker b-side to the 7″‘s bouncier “puzzle pieces”. it’s a standup indie pop song that moves like a easy conversation with lyrics you can chew on. it’s the perfect track for those with sluggish monday blues. www.saintmotel.com
it’s 1988. the aussie guys release their sixth and most successful album, featuring their most famous song. they’ve released 20 albums to date, but “under the milky way” will always be their signature. this is one of my favorite choruses of all time and the video is classic late 80′sness. a highlight is when the lady cracks an egg over a hand mirror and a human eye falls out. oh yes.
the connecticut trio’s debut retro funky album has everyone’s panties wet and for good reason, psychedelic soul hasn’t been this good for while. their new video falls in line with their trippy tendencies and is quite the impressive ride into the city for one suburban kid. enjoy.
these two unsigned seattle ladies really caught my ear while listening to kexp. the cold weather begs for simple and moody music like this and these gals have done the season right with this cinematic beauty. put on your wool gloves and prepare for the chill. www.lemolomusic.com
these fresno, ca boys have been making slow, but steady rounds on the world wide web with their debut ep. medicine‘s opening track is fuzzy galore and grows more rockin with each listen, so lo-fi lovers wet your lips because it doesn’t get much fuzzier than this. use your black friday savings and nab the ep cassette and digital download at their bandcamp for a whopping five buckaroos. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Quiet-Americans
gruff rhys – atheist xmas – slashed wrists this christmas
the man just gives me more and more reasons to love him. he’s got a new holiday ep coming out next month with all sorts of morose titles that i couldn’t be more tickled with, not to mention the album cover is pretty genius. i’m sure we’re all full of turkey and stuffing and hopefully doing a lot of jack sh*t today, at most putting up a christmas tree. here’s to the official kick off for the christmas season! www.gruffrhys.com
happy turkey day kids! this swedish duo, one part old shout out louds member adam olenius, released their debut ep last week and this track is full of joy and sunshine, which is what i’m hoping everyone’s thanksgiving will be blessed with. gobble gobble. www.theserenades.com
the san fran duo released their fourth album, no color, earlier this year. if you missed it, it’s a great album. this week they released this spectacular track which didn’t make it on said album, but is classic, wonderful dodos. thanksgiving is a day away and the air is brisk, so the song’s release is perfectly timed. grab a scarf and this track for free on their website.
these london boys just signed to kitsuné and their stellar debut single is featured on the french label’s new compilation. they’ve been opening for the rapture and gearing up for their official single release next month. i’d expect big things from these boys. this tune is perfect pop and dripping with cool. www.citizens.cz
this pair of danish beauties released their debut album last month and what a debut tis. it’s gorgeous, haunting, and beautifully crafted with the perfect touch of 60′s retro. i’m completely miffed why there isn’t more hullabaloo about these two. they are too good to go unnoticed for long. get on board now. www.facebook.com/darknessfallsmusic
leonard cohen – songs from a room – bird on a wire
it’s 1969. one of canada’s greatest gifts, mr. leonard cohen, releases his second album and this is the album’s opener. it will become one of his most famous songs. it’s been covered more times than need be counted. in fact, many of his songs have been covered and i’m sure will continue to be for many years to come. hallelujah. (pun intended)
dj shadow – the less you know, the better – scale it back (featuring little dragon)
master of sampling, dj shadow released his fourth album a couple of months back. the album boasts some pretty sick collaborations, including little dragon’s yukimi nagano. this is the video for “scale it back” and it’s a very creative single shot execution of the images “memory man” uses to memorize a deck of cards. intrigued? you should be.
these utah boys dropped their debut album at the beginning of fall. it’s perfect cold weather music, sweeping and gorgeous and as the album’s title would suggest, evokes the grandness of the mountains and seas. fans of fleet foxes wet your lips because this is right up your alley. this here is the album opener and the loveliest three minutes you’ll have today. www.facebook.com/desertnoises
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