Monday, March 29, 2010

Video: Summer Cats, Rose Melberg, Mike Schulman: "Throw Aggi Off The Bridge"

I'll regret not being at this for a very long time. Possibly forever.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Video: The School: "Is He really Coming Home?"

Is this really happening?!?! Two new videos from two of my most anticipated albums on this Spring in the same day?! My pop heart is exploding! I'm somehow even more excited for Loveless Unbeliever than I already was, which is really saying something because I've truly been counting the days waiting to hear it. The video is a beauty to look at and very perfect for The School's sound. If I may, I would strongly urge you to also check this one out!

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Video: Allo, Darlin: "Dreaming"

The brand spanking new video for Allo, Darlin's newest single "Dreaming" is now up! The single, if you haven't yet had the pleasure of hearing it, features the very fitting voice of Monster Bobby. Their vocal pairing comes off as a little bit "C Is The Heavenly Option"-ish, which is just fantastic! Anyway! This video is yet another reason to get absolutely over-the-top excited about the album! The video is just spliced together super 8 footage of a night on the town, but I think it suits the song pretty well. Watch!!!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NYC Popfest spotlight: Leaving Mornington Crescent

Leaving Mornington Crescent

Leaving Mornington Crescent are one of the bands I'm most excited to see at Popfest this year. I heard their new-ish Corners EP a little while back, but the weather is finally getting perfect for it and I suspect it'll be getting daily play for a while! Just as most things that are catchy and sweet, Leaving Mornington Crescent hail from the the great country of Sweden. Their previously mentioned EP, Corners, has been out for a little while now care of Susy Records, but if you're in the US you can get it from Chris Mac's newly opened Jigsaw Records! Here's the sweeping, string-laden title track from the EP! It won't leave you head!

[MP3]: Leaving Mornington Crescent :: Corners (Highly Rec'd!!!)

Catch LMC on the first night of Popfest at the Cake Shop!!!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Hari and Aino: "All That Remains"

Hari and Aino have just released — with perfect timing, I must say — a brand new EP titled All That Remains on Edition 59. They've also got a new and fantastic video for the title track to go along with it! Check it out!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A monthly mix: March!

The monthly mix is arriving rather late this month — almost exactly halfway through the month to be exact! Anyway, it's here and I think it's a pretty good one! March's mix officially leaves the dead of Winter behind and instead finds itself packed full of brightly-colored pop songs under the awesome influence of Springtime! Now if it would just stop raining already...

A few notes: There are a bit more new songs on this mix then there normally are, so I wanted to bring a little attention to a few of them. The new songs Allo, Darlin' and Club 8 will be on their respective new records out soon, so keep your eyes very, very peeled for those! As for the two new bands on the tracklist, Junkers and Party Photographers, well they both hail from Philadelphia! Junkers' picture perfect 60s garage pop and Party Photographers' fuzzy pop noise are both worth keeping an eye or three on as well! There will be separate posts on both in the near future!


01. The Ropers "Lost"
02. Air Miami "Definitely Beachy"
03. Pants Yell! "Stop Making Music"
04. Land of Ill Earthquakes "Heartbreak Bombardier"
05. The Fairways "Postcard Picture Perfect"
06. Pipas "Book Launch"
07. Allo, Darlin' "Dreaming" (with Monster Bobby)
08. Gigi "The Marquee" (with Katie Eastburn)
09. Club 8 "Western Hospitality"
10. Junkers "Summer Fun, Summer Bums"
11. Postal Blue "The World Doesn't Need You Now"
12. Blueboy "Amoroso"
13. Dear Nora "Hey Tiger"
14. Party Photographers "Piano Vache"


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Friday, March 12, 2010

Video: Ceremony: "Stars Fall"

By the sounds of this new song, the new Ceremony album is going to be awesome!

P.S. Thanks Ed!

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

NYC Popfest spotlight: Dream Diary

Dream Diary

I first heard Dream Diary this past Fall and loved the two Brighter-esque songs they had up on MySpace at that time. Fast forward to now — those still seem to be the only songs they've got in circulation and I still haven't caught wind of any planned releases. As the previous Brighter name-drop may have suggested, the Brooklyn group play twinklingly classic indiepop from the heart! I feel like they should have had something released on Holiday Records by now — seems like the perfect home for them! Anyway, make sure you don't miss them when they play Thursday, May 20 on the opening night of Popfest at the Cake Shop! Until then!

[MP3]: Dream Diary :: Bird In My Garden

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Video: Allo Darlin: "Polaroid"

I'm just now discovering the absolute wonderfulness that is Allo Darlin! Please forgive me for living under a rock and not hearing this amazing song or seeing this fantastic video until just a few moments ago. I think I'm in love.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

NYC Popfest spotlight: Elephant Parade

Elephant Parade

Playing right after Sweater Girls on the first night of the Popfest, we've got Elephant Parade. Estelle (of the wonderful Brittle Stars) and Ido play sparse, hearfelt pop songs with acoustic guitars and minimal electronics. Their first self-released record, appropriately titled Bedroom Recordings, is sweet and sad and well, mostly its all about love — a reasonable enough subject for boy/girl duo singing like they're whispering into each others ears. They're currently at work on a new record, so keep lookout for that; I'd imagine they'll probably be playing quite a few new ones at the show! For now though, check out "For You" from Bedroom Recordings:

[MP3]: Elephant Parade :: For You

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

We Disappear


I first heard Lawrence, Kansas' own Transmittens almost a year ago when WeePOP! released their first mini-album, Our Dreams. At that time they sounded a bit like the Deirdres, playing lush little pop songs full of bells and what have you. Well, fast forward to the now and they've already got another mini-album out on WeePOP! and this one is called We Disappear. Things are a little bit different this time around, but "catchy little pop song"s would still be a pretty solid descriptor. The album end up being somewhat stylistically split between, well, the songs with synth and the songs without synth. Personally, I think it's the latter that make We Disappear so charming and keep me coming back to it. Songs like "Holiday", "Something Else", and "Blue Whale" are little gems.

[MP3]: Transmittens :: Blue Whale (Very Recommended!)

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