After a long holiday week for many, we need a cool little vibe to get things started, right? Luckily this new track from Chromatics hit yesterday, which definitely hits the mood I’m looking for, using touches of electronics to coat the vocals. Those of you expecting more from the group might be a little disappointed, as this is just one of a few tracks that Johnny Jewel is adding to the After Dark II compilation he’s putting out via his label Italians Do It Better. This should help you slowly move your way into the week, but in the best way possible.
Download:Chromatics- Cherry [MP3]
Unfortunately our brother-in-cameras, Brian Gray, was unable to attend this jam-packed show due to familial obligations stemming from Thanksgiving, so I traipsed out alone, anxious to see two of my favorite bands, Races and The Generationals. Read more
I just opened up the tablet browser and saw the link to this track was still in the tabs. I don’t where I got the link, maybe DIY or Line of Best Fit, I thank them, though. I love this song. It is somewhat simple and very elegant with several sparsely populated layers and a distance to it.
Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher are the people behind GEMS, with additional percussion from Sean McVey.
…and now you know all I know about the band.
Download: GEMS – Void Moon ☾ [Name Your Price DL @ Bandcamp]
||Friday, November 23rd
||29th Street Ballroom
Those of you still in town for the holidays are going to be lucky to catch one of the hottest up and coming acts in the indie scene, The Pharmacy. They’re coming into town to support the release this week of their record, Stoned & Alone. And, as if it wasn’t enough to catch their hook-y rock n’ roll, you also get some other great acts opening from our great local scene, like The Bad Lovers, Pharaohs, and Foreign Mothers. If you’re in town, and you need to get away from your family for a little bit, this is the perfect excuse to slip away and rock it out.
Download:The Pharmacy – Baby Be [MP3]
For those of us carefully following friends in the lower indie blogosphere, this track has been all the rage since its release last week. The tune comes from the esteemed band, The Very Most–one of the great Idaho exports. They’ve just released the Ununiversalizable Us EP via Little Treasure, which features four new tracks that you can fawn over. If you’ve got a warm spot in your heart, you’re going to adore the boyish vocal delivery and the easily consumable hooks of the guitar work. It’s all twee, and it’s all remarkably wonderful.
Download:The Very Most – Ununiversalizable Us [MP3]
||Tuesday, November 20th
||$8 from Mohawk
Okay, so I know a lot of you are trying to get out of town, but you’ve got a great reason to stay behind, just for a few hours. Two of our favorite acts are coming to play the inside of Mohawk on Tuesday night: Generationals and Races. Races played a show we sponsored this past summer, and they were incredible, pulling off a set that made us beg for them to come back. As for Generationals, I can’t say enough about the group. Their two records Con Law and Actor-Caster are great, and they just release the new Lucky Numbers EP, which is going to guarantee a great gig. If you can stick around, then plan to show up!
Download:The Generationals – When They Fight, They Fight [MP3]
You’d think that with a track title like “Summer Girls” that there’d be a heap of sunny pop resonating in your ears, but that’s not necessarily the case with the latest single from Virals. Okay, so there’s a slight bit of those jangling guitars sounds, but what struck me is the wash over the vocals. It takes on a different role, giving the chugging guitars a bit of an indie pop edge–you know I like that. It’s all part of the highly anticipated debut from the group, culminating in the release of Strange Fruit via Zoo Music on January 14th. Yet again, something to look forward to in 2013.
As a person working on getting my own label up and running, I always admire the DIY efforts, especially for small groups like Eardrumspop. The label has just uploaded their newest single, featuring several gems from German group, Sleeping Policemen. For me, the big hit of the single is “First Things First,” where the vocals go back and forth between the male and female vocalists, crafting this quick gem that I’ve been jamming to all afternoon. I have a feeling you indie pop fans are going to scramble to grab this single…but remember to support the artists who’ve crafted such great songs.
Download:Sleeping Policemen – First Things First [MP3]
The last time we heard from Big Harp they were touring behind their debut for Saddle Creek Records, but the second album is well on its way. On first listen to the lead single from that album, Chain Letters, has a more complete sound to it, albeit one that still remains as intimate as their previous work. There’s always a personal element to the lyrical content, but you can see more dedication to the art of song arrangements and accompaniment here. It adds a little bit more depth and personality to a group that just needed a slight push to become something special. The album will be in stores January 22 of next year.
Download: Big Harp – You Cant Save Em All [MP3]
It’s been a pretty awesome couple of months for Brazil’s The Perfect Needle; they’ve drenched several singles in dark atmospheric haze, and this is just the latest of those singles. There’s not too much info about the band, other than their country of origin, but both singles really have something to offer listeners. I’d be careful to listen to this track with the volume turned up too loud, as you’re likely to either bust your speakers or your eardrums. You’ve been warned folks.
Download:The Perfect Needle – Keep Out [MP3]