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[1 Nov 2011 | 18 Comments | ]
Field Music, “(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing”

Field Music broke their hiatus with a double album Measure that for all of it’s grand expectation wasn’t that bad of an album. The band are at it again. Next year will see the release of Plumb. Today we have a track from the album “(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing.”

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[28 Oct 2011 | 12 Comments | ]
Keep Shelly In Athens, “DIY”

Keep Shelly in Athens is a Grecian duo with mad blog hype. Their first 12″ came on Forest Family Records, the label helmed by Gorilla Vs Bear, and the hype didn’t stop there. Countless music magus have featured the band with their sexy laid back sound mixing Balearic and down-tempo electronic. Today we have a new track from the band on the eve of their US debut. “DIY” is a sultry track that is perfect for late nights or long drives. The brooding piano mixes well with the well placed horn hits. Take a listen and keep on the look out for more from this band. Also check out their tour dates in the image.

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[27 Oct 2011 | 9 Comments | ]
Jessie and The Toy Boys, “Let’s Get Naughty”

Jessie and The Toy Boys, the outfit for singer Jessie Malakouti, have been having quite a year. Their first single “Push It” became a mild success and after successful roars with Britney Spears and a stint on the Identity Fest Jessie is prepping her first full length. Which bring suss to “Let’s Get Naughty.” On the surface this is another Lady Gaga, Dev, insert pop star here inspired song. I’m sure some will hate on this for the sophomoric lyrics but it is a fun tune. Be sure to check out her debut album This is How Rumors Start out next year.

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[26 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Guided By Voices, “The Unsinkable Fats Domino”

Guided By Voices announced that their Hopscotch date this year would be the last time you could see the 93-96 line-up or “classic” band together live. Right before the band were set to play their second last show ever the band announced a new GBV album recorded by the class line up for release next January. Of course the internet freaked out. GBV haven’t been much of a heavy hitting band since the early days and now after a few tepid records (2004′s Half Smiles for the Decomposed was just alight) and a hell of a lot of Pollard releases (including three AMAZING Boston Spaceships albums and one lengthy but rewarding double album) GBV are back doing what they do best. Today we have just shy of two minutes from GBV with a new tune from their 2012 release Let’s Go Eat The Factory. “The Unskinable Fats Domino” is a tune that could’ve been written at any time and it could easily fit on any of their classic albums. That is a testament to Pollard’s amazing song-writing and the band’s superb skill.

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[25 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Chromatics, “Kill For Love”

The Chromatics, once a sludgy noise band reinvented themselves as a italo-disco outfit with the amazing album Night Drive. Leader Johnny Jewel is also the founder of the label Italians Do It Better who are known for putting out amazing releases like label mate and italo fans Nite Jewel. The band has now finished their forth album Kill For Love and have posted a video for their first single to their Facebook page. The track is an amazing 80′s inspired love song that is more daytime listening then the late night adventures of their previous record. The track is notable more high-fi then their previous work. Check the video out below and be sure to look out for their album dropping next year.

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[21 Oct 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Charli XCX, “Nuclear Seasons”

Charli XCX released on of 2011′s best singles with “Stay Away” and now she is back with another new single “Nuclear Seasons.” The 17 year old goth-pop star has been really making a name for herself this year. With the rise of Zola Jesus (who are playing tonight in DC!!!!!!!!!!!!) and Niki & The Dove, Charli XCX has finally found a foothold after her first single, three years ago, fluttered out. “Nuclear Seasons” is one part Zola Jesus and another Marina and the Diamonds. The up-beat pop track has all of the dramatic flair of Nika and Marina while still being an instant earworm. We are sure to hear more from Charli so keep your ears to the internet.

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[20 Oct 2011 | 17 Comments | ]
Future of The Left, Your Friend Polymers”

Future of The Left haven’t released any music since 2009, but they haven’t been entirely unproductive. The three piece lost a member then added two new ones and have been experimenting with their sound to get everything right. Now we have a new song “Polymers Are Forever” to be released on a new EP. The loud chugging track has the ferocious attitude of earlier tracks like “You Need Satan More Than He Needs You.”

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[19 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Postelles, “White Night” & “123 Stop”

The Postelles have been kicking around the New York scene since 2008. They were signed to Capitol record, but during the time of the economic downfall and all the shit the American record labels were going through an album never surfaced. The band played key sets at CMJ, Bonnaroo, and SXSW while trying to tour as much as possible waiting for their big break. The band had secured an amazing producer in Albert Hammond Jr., of The Stoke,s to work on their tracks, and after waiting for almost a year their debut EP was released. All ready to tour the world with Interpol, the band was told that they were being let go from their major label, and their debut album suffered another blow. Now almost three years since first being scooped up by a major and existing as a band, The Postelles S/T debut album hit stores this past June. While most bands would feel the crushing blow and just discontinue, thank god the Postelles kept on going. Their debut is a throw-back 60′s Rock and Roll record that is fun and playful and sounds very British. It is no wonder that this year the band are touring decent sized venues with two of their British peers The Wombats and The Kooks. Their debut actually sounds like the American Kooks, and though they haven’t been featured in any Bud Lite Lime commercials you’ve probably heard their music featured on The Vampire Diaries, 90210 and most recently in the under-watched but incredibly fun (trust me it is one of my favorite shows on 2011) Revenge. Today we have two of the band’s most loved songs, “White Night” and “123 Stop” both TV staples and hopefully sounds of your fall. “White Night” is an easy rock song with call and response vocals and a danceable groove. “1 2 3 Stop” sound psalmist like a slowed down version of the Kook’s “Eddie’s Gun” but tit packs a catchy chorus all of it’s own. Check out the tracks and catch the band on tour with either The Wombats or the Kooks- you really can’t go wrong (Though most of those Kooks dates are sold-out).

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[18 Oct 2011 | 16 Comments | ]
Metronomy/Class Actress

UK’s Metronomy are a TNG favorite and they are currently on tour supporting their third album The English Riviera. In between their stellar Night Out and thie new album the band lost a member but gained two more adding to their awesome live set up. Not only is their live show going to be amazing but they are also on tour with the amazing Class Actress. If you are in DC this Saturday this is the show to attend. Plus after the show, Mixtape, DC’s best, biggest and hottest gay dance party will be taking over the club. If that didn’t excite you to buy a ticket i don’t know what else I can say. How about listening to some tunes?

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[18 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Bleached, “Searching Through The Past”

Mika Miko broke up last year and they have been sorely missed. Their intense live shows and telephone mic were amazing, but don’t fear the sister duo Jessica and Jennifer Calvin have a new project Bleached. Bleached isn’t as punk and loud as Mika Miko but a garage girl-group inspired band like the Vivian Girls or Frankie Rose. “Searching Through The Past” is their second single for Suicide Squeeze and it is a bouncy tack that recalls Hunx and his Punx with more pomp. They are playing CMJ this week, so if you are attending the fest check them out.