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These are the tunes that have been schlocking my werld. Dig!
"Into Giants" - Patrick Wilson - Never heard of this guy until now but he creates a piece of chamber pop here that rivals few. I'm kind of reminded about what first drew me to Shearwater's early stuff and there's a bit of Earlimart here. So, very pleasing to the ears. It's a teaser for an upcoming album which I'm definitely going to be looking out for.
"All The Rowboats" - Regina Spektor. I've always been somewhat standoffish on the cutesy pie stuff coming from Ms. S but this might cause me to reallocate my black balls into someone elses bag. They say she has "discovered" drums and indeed with the exception of the wierd electronic sample that opens and closes the track, this has a great drum chart but I also like the classical piano and strings break (around 1:20) here as well.
"Jesus Is My Girlfriend" - Jesus Is My Girlfriend. A chick blues punk-roots thing. On a scale from one to one hundred this has a full out 95 sneer score. Singer has a great cigarette voice, not too much of a croak but just there under the mix. So, is Jesus a trannie friend, a strangely named girl or just random blashpemy? Can Jesus be a girl much less a girlfriend? Comes off their 2012 full length.
"Under Control" - Good Shoes. I really want to hate this pop-punk band but the tunes are too damn good even if they shamelessly steal left and right. The last time I poached from this LP, the targets were the Strokes - here the victims are Franz Ferdinand, which is good since that band has not put out anything of worth since 2005 anyway.
"Squawk" - Y La Bamba. Kind of an oddball song for the rest of this posting but a fine harmonic folky singing feat and the dig the Latin percussion that kicks in the second verse.
"Lightshow" - Plants and Animals. Kind of a quintessential Canuck indie rock anthem here. yeah, it's been out forever but now you can listen to the rest of the album (assuming you didn't download the leak, you sneaky monkey). Since its now an official release, it should get some sort of nomination for the cool songs of the year list. Great bashy jamming for a trio is heard between verses. Good full sound overall for a trio.
Teen Dreamz" - Po Po. Haven't heard a good industrial track in awhile but this caught my ear during a recent listening jag. It's actually a two-part song - a slower introduction complete with sirens, big machine things slowly pounding and then that segues into a saddened electronic atmosphere, fleeting reverbed out disturbed vocals flying through, synths playing the role of sirens and anchored by lo-fi drums and percussion.
"Nightmare Voodoo" - Royal Baths. About the closest comparison I can come up with is the low blues shuffle championed by Grateful Dead in the Pig Pen era. A sort of B horror movie set to music.
"Time Time Time" - Evander Owens. Some mid-tempo laptop chill that seemed a cut above the rest thanks to the detached phlegmatic vocals. Worth checking out even my description doesn't really make a case for it.
"Replicate" - Disappears - Steve Shelley's new band picks up where Sonic Youth left off more so than any other the other Yute's solo projects. Although that's not entirely correct as this isn't a "solo project" but more like Steve adding to a band that's getting onto its feet (two albums prior to this release), just like he did so many years ago. And the Philip K. Dick references are back but the guitar playing is almost conventional with leads that make for groovy hooks.
"Be Brave Go On" - Big Sir. This album keeps on spitting up gems from its multi-colored chill pop heart. This has a counter-intuitive rhythm section line that provides the repeatable groove and is a bit of a hook in itself - like the Spektor track, this has a fantastic unconventional break at 2:16 which sounds almost like a church hymnal. If more tracks keep emerging from this album it might need consideration in the records of the year category.
"The Way That You Are" - PT Walkley. Like Watson and Spektor above, here's another singer-songwriter pop masterpiece. Very Beatlesque and yeah that's not a word. It appears to be a teaser from an upcoming record.
"I Found A Way" - First Aid Kit. Not as lovely as "The Lion Roars" but with a decent interval, this comes up fresh and worth jumping into the heavy rotation. Like their hero, Emmy Lou Harris, this puts their dulcet vocals into a more country setting but keeps the minor key folk element.
"Lovely Bones" - hollAnd. Like so much in my playlists, I hear something and gets thrown into the playlist and I either grow to hate it or love it. There's something about the pulsing beat and the chorus that reminds me of a band from the 80's (Meat Puppets?) but I can't put my finger on who or what song it is. Drives me crazy but no reason to flick this off the playlist.