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  • Just Some Songs I Like From Bands I Love, No Big Whoop

    Feel the power of positivity, people, because i'm positive that you're gonna like these rock jams, yeah, I called them jams, even though i kinda mortally despise that term; too much noodle rock by roommates in college me thinks.  Anyway, here's some music for your enjoyment with a few words about each.  Got nothing else witty, snarky or illuminating to say. 

    Cloud Nothings - "Internal World" -  Vocally reminds me most of The Only Ones of "Another Girl, Another Planet" fame.
    Japandroids - Near To The Wild Heart of Life -   I found the whole album, and you all miss albums, so enjoy the whole damn thing.   I wish I could shout-sing like this.  I'd be so much more convincing in political conversations. 
    Strand of Oaks - "Radio Kids" -  This guy writes songs about people enjoying making songs.  I enjoy songs about making songs; plus it sounds like The Replacements smoked weed with Swervedriver and that's cool with me. 

     

     
  • New & Approved: Recent Music Worth Your Eartime

    The last few posts have made me feel like a dinosaur telling kids to get off my lawn, so today's post I'm going to highlight a few new artists that I've heard that perked up my ears. That's all the hype you're getting, so just push play and enjoy. 

    TWEENS - "Be Mean:

    From my friends at French Kiss Records , home of the criminally under-legendary Les Savy Fav, Local Natives and original home of Passion Pit comes these guys. Like Neko Case fronting Husker Du.  Refreshing and catchy (refratchy!  (tm) Sound Canyon 2014) , and energetic, unlike a lot of the indie pseudo-R&B I've railed against lately


    DROWNERS  - "Luv, Hold Me Down" 

    Another fine one from the French Kiss folks.  Not sure if the name is a Suede reference, but they've got that same sort of meloncholy school boy vocal thing going on.  I feel like there hasn't been an exciting Brit-pop act in a while, other than Savages, so these guys and their moody crunch are a welcome return to the genre. 

    COURTNEY BARNETT - "Avant Gardener" 

    Where's the Portlandia of Australia? I feel like this would feel right at home in The City of Roses (look it up, that's the nickname) with a cup of Stumptown's Holler Mountain and a copy of Tiny House Magazine.  It's a slacker "Fuck + Run" era Liz Phair meets a less slack Pavement.

     

    CLOUD NOTHINGS - "I'm Not Part Of Me"

    The breakout "Stay Useless", from their last record is one of my favorite true indie rock songs from the last few years.  I heard it at my pet store the other day and it sounded as good amongst the kibble as it did in a sweaty room at SXSW.  This is their new single.  It features crisper, concise production, but the same trash-pop mentality; excited and relieved that they aren't falling into the "too cool for properly produced vocals" trap that too many succumb to these days.