this l.a. bunch just released a new 7″ on art fag and the b-side is a cover of the cars’ 1979 “double life”. their post-punk moodiness is a departure from the original’s new wave bounce, but it’s an impressive interpretation that’s perfect for your guy-liner loving friends. www.facebook.com/coldshowersband
bulgaria’s, by way of norway, mikhael paskalev has a new single out and it’s jangly summer fun full of surprises. he studied at liverpool’s institute for performing arts and he certainly flexes his musically trained muscles in this track with impressive tempo changes and flawless pop songwriting. solid as a rock. www.facebook.com/paskalevmikhael
divine fits – a thing called divine fits – would that not be nice
dan boeckner’s new project with spoon’s britt daniel and sam brown from new bomb turks unleaashed the first taste from their debut album last week and now they are sharing another diddy. with the end of wolf parade and handsome furs, we are thankful the new venture is promising more exciting music from boeckner and fellow badass friends. www.divinefits.com
french films – when people like you filled the heavens
the finnish boys are back with new music. it’s bouncy, jangly, and uber catchy- what we expect and what we love from them. it’s the perfect summer track for the sunshine-loving folk who like riding in cars with windows down. www.facebook.com/frenchfilms
the band in heaven – 7 minutes in H=heaven – sleazy dreams
this track came out last year, but i am so smitten i’m over the embarrassment of having missed it and i’m posting it for your listening pleasure. this west palm beach, fl gang are hella fuzzy and marry shoegaze and psychedelic sounds to create their own brand of special, which is worth attention. www.facebook.com/thebandinheaven
the canadian super group are back with their sixth album this september and the album’s opener is a delicious throw back to the 80′s and will instantly get your feet tapping and head bobbing. it’s a home run of a start to their return. www.starsthenorth.com
it’s 1993. after the pixies broke up earlier in the year, kim deal returns to the breeders and releases their sophomore album. there is no denying she’s one of the best bassists of our time and no denying this song kicks serious ass. songs by formidable bands have been written and named after her. goddess. period.
“five seconds” is hands down my favorite song thus far this year and george lewis jr. surely does the song’s overwhelming badass-ness justice with its video. the first 1:38 seconds are narrated shots of lewis on a motorcycle with a stuffed dog riding on back and the rest is gang violence with heart. enjoy!
canada’s keith bradford released his solo debut ep as calm hands a few months back on bandcamp and we’ve just uncovered it’s awesomeness. it’s a promising introduction to bradford’s musical sensibilities, especially this diddy. it’s fuzzed out, infectious delightfulness that will compliment any sunday confection. www.facebook.com/calmhands
john maus – a collection of rarities and previously unreleased material – bennington
as stated by the album’s title, a collection of of rarities and previously unreleased material from our favorite avant-garde musician is being released by ribbon music next month and this 2007 track is all synths and atmospheric gold. any weekend with john maus is a good weekend. www.ribbonmusic.com
adult swim and kia’s summer singles series kicked off with this seattle bunch’s lo-fi, sweet, and uplifting diddy. we’ll also be hearing singles from wavves, elite gymnastics, and death grips to name a few, but “i’ll come back 4 u” is one hell of a way to start of the series and a fantastic weekend. www.unknownmortalorchestra.comwww.adultswim.com
the oakland quartet is back with a new and proper debut album later this year and another dose of their bossa nova dream pop from trilingual is floating around the world wide web provoking smiles all-around. “nunca” bounces and shines with its tropical tones and summer flare. www.facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS
these chambersburg, pa post-punk boys self-released a new ep last month, which is a tribute to frontman mark redding’s mother. one of mum‘s standouts is “lights”, which starts off like an early interpol gem and maintains a sparse, but wonderfully moody tone that will arrest any willing soul. www.theshackeltons.com
the british songstress announced the release date of her debut album this week and another track from devotion has surfaced. “wildest moments” is a satisfying and sultry pop ballad with an infectious pulse. the lady is winning hearts left and right. www.facebook.com/jessiewaremusic
the l.a. duo are dropping their debut album next month and the lead track is one sexy summer beast. it’s super slick and mega cool and will have you nodding your head instantly. find a pool already and slow your monday roll. www.poolsidemusic.com
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