Thus Far….Albums of 2014.5

Thus Far….Albums of 2014.5

Read More It's still rather early in the year to start talking about best records of the year and what not, but as we're midway...

Even More New Tunes From White Arrows

Upload_White_Arrows_23We’ve already shared a couple of new tracks from White Arrows this year and I say let’s share even more new tracks from the upcoming full length.  The latest single coming at you today is called “We Can’t Ever Die” and features more of those great, dancey pop sounds we’ve grown to love about the band.  I’m sure many of you may find this one spinning on your DJ playlist as you prep for your dance parties this weekend.

Pick up new album In Bardo via Votiv on September 16th.

Quirky Pop From Wave Sleep Wave

fourpaws_wswbandpic_2Wave Sleep Wave is a duo that would certainly call themselves unconventional when it comes to their songwriting technique.  This new single from the band called “Pico” is a perfect example of how the band approach music in their very own way.  Upon first listen, you might hear comparisons to bands like Silver Jews or even a modern day Talking Heads locked inside somewhere.  Give the song a few spins and I’m sure it will be growing on you as it has grown on me today.

New album, Never Notice, will be out on September 9th via Curb Cut Records.

Pleased to Meet You: Waiters

waiterIt’s really easy to fall in love with a new act when the label that’s releasing them does such a great job of using band descriptors to describe new signings.  This was much the case when Belfast label CF Records put out some information on their newest act, Waiters; all they had to do was name-drop The Servants and The Shop Assistants and they had my money.  They’re crafting this melancholy pop music that’s hard to ignore upon first listen, or upon the fiftieth listen for that matter.  I’m glad to have found these guys; I’ll be picking up their 12″ What For Art Thou EP from the label today.

Free Time Share New Single

dionI wonder if Dion Nania is still playing with Twerps?  I reckon it’s irrelevant at this point, with his Free Time project announcing a brand new single.  Today we’ve got the mellow vibe of “Guess Work” for your listening pleasure, and while there’s similarity to his Australian friends, there’s an interesting spin he offers on this song.  It’s definitely got an Australian vibe in the guitar playing, but I hear a bit of Kurt Vile in the vocal delivery; it’s a nice touch that makes the song rather reflective in nature.  This here is the B-Side to the Esoteric Tizz 7″ that’s being released by Underwater Peoples in mid-August.

Chilled Vibe from Slow Magic

slowBefore you get full into your Wednesday routine, take a little breather, relax. What’s that? You need some accompanying music? Well, this new Slow Magic tune should do the trick for you.  It’s a slow moving electronic piece; it’s sort of a soul cleanser, if you will.  It opens up heavier on the “beats” side of things, then moves into this carefully trickling bit of piano.  As the piano plods along, there’s some vocal samples of “hold still” that whisper through  the front of the mix…then it blasts off emphatically.  This single will appear on the new album, How to Run Away, which is out September 9th on Downtown Records.

More Indiepop from The Luxembourg Signal

luxOur friend over at IPSML hit this track before us, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give it some much deserved attention.  The Luxembourg Signal, comprised of former Aberdeen and Trembling Blue Stars members, released a great single on Shelflife earlier this year, and it looks like that will be the home for what’s to come.  There’s not a lot of information, as to whether it’s a new album or a new single, but if you’re heart’s not getting swept away listening to this dreamy pop tune, then you need to get to the doctor immediately; it’s broken!  We’ll keep you posted as we get more info, but for now, just delight in the simple joys of great pop songs.

Touring w/ a Band: The Handy Guide from A. Sinclair (Pt. 3)

asinclairIn case you haven’t already been tagging along with Brendan Bond of A. Sinclair and What Made Milwaukee Famous on his travels on tour with both of these local bands, here is his latest and third installment depicting life on the road. If you missed Part One or Part Two, feel free to go back and catch up, or simply jump in and read on for more details describing this leg of the tour and some tips from along the way. Be sure to check out the latest addition of The Song in the Van for some tunes to put you in the touring state of mind while you read.

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Quirky Pop from Joey Fourr

joeyYou know by now that I’m a huge fan of Art Is Hard Records, especially when it comes to their Pizza Club Singles.  They just recently tossed up this oddity from Joey Fourr.  The tune warbles in and out of the speakers, with male and female vocals working in unison.  Sure, it’s got a bit of that home recording spin on it, but that doesn’t take away from the song’s ability to get under your skin.  Listen below, and feel free to browse AIH for tons of hidden gems; you can get some sweet free downloads and order some limited releases.

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Download: Joey Fourr – Gold Boy [MP3]

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