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For M - Vegomatic - There's a familiar classical piano riff riding on top of this meeeestereeeeussss 3/4 waltz from Vegomatic's latest LP. A voice speaking an unknown foriegn language delivers a message but it's not for me or you, it's for "M".
Time is Not - Laura Gibson - I was content with just the title track from Ms. Gibson's La Grande and maybe the flip side of her web single (a cover of In the Pines) so it's a pleasant development that there's another track on the album worth more than one listen. Like the rest of the album, the background/backing band is produced to give that eerie sorta Cocorosie, sorta Low Anthem feel while enhancing the overall effect of Ms. Gibson's song and vocal timbre.
Major - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - While on one hand I'm thinking they are for the vast horde of people with the one or two brain cells available to appreciate, say, the Black-Eyed Peas, the AGT are still a delightful listen at least for now. The pop funk music is happily under-produced which gives it if not a lo-fi pop feel a sort of throwback to the 70's but with a Aughties "Let's Dance Bitches" sneer. Extra points for the snappy horn arrangement. "Dis is wot u get!" Via the just-released Out of Frequency LP.
Festejo - Novalima - I'm a big fan of Latin and especially Peruvian percussion in my "other life" as a soft pro drummer so this has both sentimental personal appeal but for those wanting to add some crossover contempo Andean music to atone for their rockist ways, give it a try. From the recently released Karimba album.
The Storm - Pepe Deluxe - What if someone wrote the greatest early 70's rock opera ever mixing elements of rock, classical, prog, pop, surf and even hillbilly stomp and then it got lost to the ages. This would have been the Opening/Overture. From the recently released Queen of the Wave album.
A Night And A Day - Pepe Deluxe - Late 60's style acid rock funk also from Queen of the Wave. Even the instrumentation and recording techniques hew back to that era - fuzzy guitar, Edgar Winter screams, Moogs and analog processing.
Last To Know - Imperial Teen - While this is probably aimed at younger demo than yours truly, but I like the two-step garagey verse, the trippy bridge and the hooky accusatory refrain "Were you the last to know?" This comes from the brand-spanking new album Feel the Sound. (Smell my finger, too)
Friends of Friends - Hospitality - This comes off the self-titled LP that came out last week. I'm actually kind of shocked how much I like this record and I've already cycled through two other songs from it. This one, like those others, both manages expectations one might have of NYC-based girly pop and breaks them. Really, I'm shocked that I'm thinking this is one of the early contenders for better albums of the year.
Funny Girl - PacificUV - And finally I leave you with this cut that almost didn't make the list. It took me several listens to come to the conclusion that this bears further consideration. I normally don't like smug English-y (ok, kavalierbariton) singers but there's a certain appeal to the misery that one little girl can provide a boy songwriter so might as well wallow in it with him. From the just released Weekends.
Hello Vinyl Mine readers. All one of you (me, of course).
As you can tell, I am only providing Spotify links. This solves my fears caused by DCMA and more recently the SOPA/PIPA imbroglio.
If you don't have Spotify or Rdio and love music you are a either a pretty stupid person who shouldn't be reading this or a pure audiophile snob who can tell the difference between 320 bps and CD sound.
While I'll still buy vinyl, the Spotify Unlimited service with its iPhone app has made my previous life as Mp3 downloader tons more easier and guilt-free. It also makes me a much better informed vinyl addict and I no longer have to take a flier on something I haven't heard all the way through.
If you are on Spotify, let me know so I can add you because God knows I need new friends.