New Single from Girls Names

Earlier this year I raved about Girls Names full length, Dead to Me, so when they announced the release of a new single on Slumberland Records, I scrambled to listen to it.  It’s exactly what I expect coming from this group, although the guitar lines seem really clean–that’s a positive.  Deep vocals floating through it all and steady drumming build an excellent foundation for this little jam.  Between this and Sea Pinks (the drummer’s project) it seems like Belfast is under control of these lads; surely we’ll all benefit from this!

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Download: Girls Names – Black Saturday [MP3]

New Girl Pop Number from Coasting

Man, as soon as I got this email, it seemed like Coasting was all over the web, and why shouldn’t it be?  It’s the new project from Fiona, the drummer from the Vivian Girls, and it’s pretty tasty.  The group has their new album, You’re Never Going Back, coming out on November 15th via M’Lady Records; and based on the record sampler we were sent, it’s going to be a solid effort.  Personally, the production’s a lot cleaner, yet it still has that bubbling garage-pop sensibility.  Hopefully they can sustain catchy goodness for an entire record, and a good career to boot.

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Funky New Jam from The Coast of Nebraska

I’ll be damned if The Coast of Nebraska isn’t attempting a great musical feat, releasing a new EP every month for the rest of the year.  Sounds like a huge amount of work, and I wouldn’t be convinced had the October EP not made its way over to our inbox.  Looks like the big hit off this EP is going to be “Dark Signal,” an electronic exploration of pop, with a tendency to sound a bit like Tunde of TV on the Radio.  Give this one a try, and be sure to keep up with the band as they seek to toss out hit after hit for the rest of the year.

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Download: The Coast of Nebraska – Dark Signals [MP3]

New Track from We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves

RayRay and I have both raved on We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves, and it doesn’t look like that sort of adoration is going to end here.  The group tossed us up a new track off their upcoming album, Never Listen to the Ones You Love, and it’s just as good, if not better than their previous work.  It’s got a bit of swing to it upon the opening, but as you listen to the song progress, it takes off into a blissful state, with a bit of ringing guitar to wrap up the track.  This is definitely a promising song, illustrating to us that the band’s on the path to pop righteousness, at least if we have anything to do with it!

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Download: We Cant Enjoy Ourselves – Your Datkest Thoughts Will Shine [MP3]

New Music from Black Twig

I’ve been keeping my eye on Soliti Music, the label that released the Big Wave Riders EP earlier this year.  Just the other day they unleashed this excellent gem from Black Twig.  The group is gearing up for a January release of their album, Paper Trees, and I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve heard so far. It reminds me a lot of The Mary Onettes, but just a touch more fog coating the music, yet still maintaining that pop sensibility I adore.  If you’re into that sort of shoegaze pop track, you’re going to really enjoy jamming out to this number all day long.

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Download: Black Twig – Lake Song [MP3]

New (ish) Jam from Atlas

It’s always exciting when you stumble across something that you hadn’t heard, instantly recognizing it as something you’ll enjoy for a long time.  Such was the case tonight when I came across this track from Atlas, a group who has just released a split with My Friends.  Their opening track on their half of the record is a sprawling little jam, but while it gently enters, the increased pace and introduction of the vocals grabbed me.  There’s a great bit going on in the entirety of this track, but I keep coming back to the great melody that’s created by the guitar from beginning to end.  Give this one a try.

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Download: Atlas – Slaughter Beach [MP3]

New Power Pop from The Barreracudas

Any of you out there still in love with the Exploding Hearts?  Well, you should be, but if you’re looking for something new to help stoke the old power-pop flame, you need to check out this new jam from The Barreracudas.  The band has a new album, Nocturnal Missions, coming out in stores on October 25th via Douchemaster Records.  It’s a pretty straightforward rocker, but in the best way possible.  I mean, come on, who doesn’t love sing-a-long rockers?  And, if you’re interested in the band, they’ll be touring the States next week, including a November 6th date in Austin at 29th Street Ballroom.

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Download: The Barreracudas – Baby Baby Baby [MP3]

Playful Pop Tune from Moon King

For some reason the rain always affects the mood, so with recent cloudy skies, I’ve been looking for something a bit peppier to pick up my mood, and yours too.  Luckily, I’ve got this great little jam from Toronto’s Moon King.  They’ve just put out a new 7″ that you can grab for free right HERE, but I’ve got one of the tracks to offer you.  On this number, you get a more organic version of what Karen O did for the Where the Wild Things Are OST. The rest of the tracks are a little bit more electronic-folk, but it’s all good fun when you give it a listen.

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Download: Moon King – Theme For Moon King [MP3]

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