Wouldn't the world be great if this illusion of safety is only broken long AFTER a child, say, learns about Santa Claus?
Too Much Blood - Howler - it's got a Mersey-beat drum kick, a table-saw reverb-drenched guitar and a Oooh-wa-wa chorus providing the hook. Not much more to be asked for in one song.
Puts Me To Work - Cate le Bon - Another one of Vashti's grandnieces.
No Matter What You Say - Imperial Teen - Pure pop for the now teen - another cut from a great little LP.
Stay Useless - Cloud Nothings - Yes, I'm jumping on the Cloud N. bus as long as it doesn't stray too far into GoodCharlotte land and sticks with shit like this, hell yes.
La Grande - Laura Gibson - The title track from her Applachia-gothic album this one borrows some techniques from Cocorosie without getting into stinky finger land.
Goliath - Kithkin - While there's something about the vocalist that annoys me (too much, I dunno, Hutchence), the ensemble is incredibly good here and arrangement of this song make it worth sticking into my personal top 40.