Duck Duck Punch And Let Go

Depeche Mode has a new album coming out. I am hopeful. What does that have to do with anything?

I heard this while trolling tunes about the intarwebs, don’t remember what playlist thing it was (sorry source people). Duck Duck Punch is a synth band out of Minnesota. As many of you know, I am a full on sucker for synth bands, especially ones that list Depeche Mode and Gary Numan as influences. Bryan Rudell and Trent Waterman just celebrated the release of Human Chemistry, of which you can get four tracks for the price of an email on their website.

…and no Nathan, that does not say Dick Dick Punch.

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New Music from Slumbook

495304221-1One of the little labels that I have a great deal of respect for is Dufflecoat Records, a small-time label out of the UK.  Now, they might not release tons of stuff, but they release really great dreamy pop tunes that always find their way into my daily rotation.  Their newest signing looks to be Slumbook,  a group originally formed in the Philippines.  As of right now, there’s not tons of information out there on the group, but you can’t ignore a great song can you? No info on the release date as of yet, just sit back and enjoy.  I’ll keep you posted on the rest as it comes.

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Fun Pop from The ACBs

1159Where the hell has this been?  I got this track off the upcoming album from The ACBs; I’ve had it on repeat ever since that point.  There’s little bits of trading off between male and female vocals, but the hooks are simply irresistible. If you turn this tune up really loud, you’re going to find yourself pressing play over and over again, and that’s not a bad thing.  You’re allowed to let yourself go from time to time, and it looks like this KC acts are poised to help you with just that. Their new album Little Leaves will be out on High Dive Records on March 5th, so get ready to enjoy yourself.

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Download:The ACBs – Record Store [MP3]

New Tunes from Dead Gaze

1726I didn’t really know much about Dead Gaze when I got the press release, but then again, I guess I did.  Cole Furlow, the man behind the moniker, has been rubbing elbows with the likes of Dent May and Bass Drum of Death, not to mention releasing tons of hard to find 7″ and other various rarities. Luckily for us, Palmist is going to release a compilation of all that material on May 21st as a self-titled compilation.  I have a feeling that you’re all going to enjoy the music here, as it’s readily accessible, yet artfully crafted.  Probably my favorite jam of the day.

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Download:Dead Gaze – I Found the Ending [MP3]

More Sprawling Pop from Au.Ra

tumblr_inline_mh5cpcBBBR1qbkaszLast year, our virtual friends over Art Is Hard Records are doing something new with their limited releases this year, a Postcard Club.  One of their first releases of the year is going to be a band that I’ve already discussed before: Au.Ra. They’re creating these pop soundscapes that meld bits of melody and ambient noise–it’s done expertly, so I can’t get enough of them.  You can read more about the Postcard Club, as well as get your hands on this limited release single over at the label’s site.

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Feel Good Rock N’ Roll fro Fatal Jamz

774186331-1There’s a bit of 80s cheese in this release from Fatal Jamz, but if you get over yourself, you’re going to find yourself happily pumping your fists to this tune, and the rest that reside on Vol. 1. The songs on this release are simple, yet they’re filled with delightful pop moments that you can’t wait to sink your teeth into as each note reaches your ears.  Honestly, it reminds me of Free Energy, except it sounds better, and not quite as revisionist. If you dig what you here, you can sink your teeth into an entire album’s worth of top-tapping, fist-pumping (not bumping) good times. Have fun folks!

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Pop Rocking with Warm Soda

warmsoda666.144307I loved what Bare Wires were doing musically, so when I heard that Matthew Melton had a new outfit, I had to get on it.  Boy was I pleased when I heard this rad single from Warm Soda.  It’s got power-pop guitar chords, but there’s also a nice bit of sheen to the track, making it catchy enough to play on and on and on.  The group has just released their debut LP, Someone For You, on limited edition splattered vinyl.  It went pretty quick, so they’ll be releasing it again on Castle Face Records at the end of March.

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Download:Warm Soda – Reaction [MP3]

New Tunes from Milky Wimpshake

FPOP14320 years into their career, Milky Wimpshake are still going strong, ready to unleash their fifth proper LP in February on Fortuna Pop.  The first single is everything you love about catchy pop music, with lyrics that find their way inside your subconscious, leaving you singing them for the rest of your day.  I’m digging the effortless bit of swagger to this tune, in particular the classic rock n’ roll guitar soloing in the middle of the track.  It’s fitting that their new record should by titled Heart and Soul in the Milky Way, as there’s no other way to describe the work this group has put in over the years.  Just jumped to the top of my list of anticipated albums in 2013.

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More Blissful Pop from Ablebody

3408002343-1Just a few weeks ago we talked to you about the upcoming release from Ablebody, the newest project of Christoph Hochheim. (formerly of Depreciation Guild/POBPAH).  I’m bringing you another excellent track from his upcoming All My Everybody EP, which will actually be available for everyone tomorrow.  On this latest single, there’s a subtle electronic undertone, built perfectly to accompany the gentle tonal quality in Christoph’s voice.  Slowly but surely he’s making a name for himself on his own, and after listening to this EP, it’s well deserved.

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