Just last week I bought a filthy bit of garage pop from The Sweet Ones, but this new track from their album Big Mistakes, which is out now, shows a little bit of a softer side. Well, there’s definitely a bit of sloppiness, but it’s intentional; it gives the power-pop just enough to make you appreciate their grittiness. Surely you’ll find yourselves falling for this band as I have, at least I hope so.
Download: The Sweet Ones – Kids at the Bottom [MP3]
We were fortunate enough to throw some love to Golden Bear on our Summer Mixtape, offering up the new track “Who We Are” for you to enjoy. Still, as the October release date for the band’s new record, Alive, nears, we wanted to throw out another track that’s been floating around. It’s more pop rock goodness from these local boys, indicating that you’re set to have a whole new record worth of tunes for your vast enjoyment. The light keyboard/piano sound in the background really provides some great little details to this number. Hope you enjoy it, and get behind this great local act.
Download: Golden Bear – Prospect Park [MP3]
When we talked about the new album from ARMS a month back, it didn’t seem like the band had fully picked up steam just yet. But, now that the release of Summer Skills is nearing, more people are taking notice, and deservedly so. I love the off the hilt percussion usage in this new track, not to mention the sweeping melody that floats over it all. No need to hype this song, or album, up anymore, as it clearly is speaking for itself. What we might have lost in Harlem Shakes, we’ve definitely gained in ARMS.
Download: ARMS – Fleeced [MP3]
This track is one of those numbers that you keep playing over and over again, just checking to make sure it’s as magical as it was the first time you listened; ten times later, you still love it. Little Red hail from Melbourne, but they’ve signed on with True Panther to release their debut, Midnight Remember, on October 25th. Listening below, it sort of begins with that collage work of say Panda Bear, but then it goes off in a completely different direction, spinning your ears in an entirely different direction. There’s just a hypnotic vibe here that encourages repeated listens, and that’s what makes this a good little listen.
Download: Little Red – Get A Life [MP3]
It seems that Australia is intent upon taking back pop music this year, and Chapter Music again is the team behind it all. They’ve teamed up with Peter Walsh and his group the Apartments to release a new 7″. It’s a single titled Black Ribbons, with two distinctly different mixes. The one we have below drifts into the realm of twee-pop, but it does so with such beauty that you can’t help but swoon when you listen to this track. I think we’ll look back on this in time and be thankful that the band took the time to craft such melodiously enchanting tunes.
Download: The Apartments – Black Ribbons (Spring Mix) [MP3]
Honestly, I can see why there are some people that haven’t completely gotten into The Beets, but that’s such a shame. Perhaps the vocals aren’t as pristine as similarly-minded bands, but that doesn’t apply for the great melodies the band has crafted over the last several years. They’ve just signed on with the increasingly superb Hardly Art, who will be releasing their new LP, Let the Poison Out, on October 24th. On their last run through, I fell absolutely in love, and you should spend a bit of time with their last record, Stay Home, and it will only get you more excited for this much anticipated release.
Download: The Beets – Doing as I Do [MP3]
Where was this track all summer? Those dub vibes just fit perfectly to my listening experience for any good summer party, but better late than ever, right? Co La is the project of Matthew Papich, and he’s going to be releasing his full-length, Daydream Repeater, on NNA Tapes on November 15th. It seems like the relaxing vibe here is suitable for warm months, but I have a feeling if he executes this well on the whole record, then it’ll probably get some play around my house no matter what. Sit back, and let the vibe sink in.
Download: Co La – Egyptian Peaches [MP3]
Sometimes you find yourself in a little bit of a rut, at least in regards to your listening patterns. I guess lately I’ve felt like I need something to sort of kick out the jams a bit. Lucky for me I found this rocking record from The Sweet Ones in my inbox. Their record is titled Big Mistakes, and you can pick it up now. It’s a solid little rocking album, filled with sing-a-long barroom brawlers in the vein of garage rock, just a bit filthier. Cleaner production just gives way to the old fashioned good times, which is perfect for your Thursday.
Download: The Sweet Ones – 2005 [MP3]
It’s going to be a great year for our dear friends over at Chapter Music; they’ve already released Geoffrey O’Connor‘s record, and they’ve got the Twerps new one on the way. But, more importantly, they’ve got the debut full-length from Dick Diver, yet another great band from Australia waiting to be heard over here in the States. Their record is titled New Start Again, and it will be released October 14th overseas. On first listen, you’ve got to fall in love with the way the guitar gently trickles in, while a layer of brightness begs to burst forth. It never does, but you’ll follow the song until its end, waiting. Even if you have to wait, you’ll play it over again, just to make sure it’s as great a song as you thought it was in the first place.
Download: Dick Diver – Through the D [MP3]
At the moment there’s not tons of news stateside about The Serenades, other than it feature Adam Olenius of Shout Out Louds, and his friend, Markus. They’re not crafting bubbling pop with hints of melancholy; they’re offering up sweeping pop music that only the Swedes seem to know how to perfect. They’ve got an album out called Criminal Heaven, and it’s full of really warm numbers with swelling bursts of exuberance. It’s the perfect track to fit into your midweek listening rotation. Just kick back and enjoy this little ditty.
Download: The Serenades – Oceans [MP3]