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]
If you’re looking for something to put on in the background as your mind wanders today, then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve caught myself drifting off, happily of course, to the meandering pop tune just released by White Birds. The band is working on releasing the White Birds Tape, which you can grab from Grizzly Records. Word is that they’ve got a full length in the works, but no news on that front just yet. I promise you that you’ll be just as excited as I am about this band; yet another tune I want to play all day long.
Download: White Birds – Hondora [MP3]
What can you get out of four guitarists? Just one listen to Diarrhea Planet and you’ll see that it’s a pretty heavy sound, if not one rooted in a bit of pop. With the vocals, I want to throw them in as a more rocking Against Me, but there’s a lot less angst. This Nashville outfit is busy prepping their debut Loose Jewels on Infinity Cat Records, which you can find in stores on September 20th (next week!). It’s possibly not the deepest of tracks you’ll find out there, but it sure is a whole lot of fun jamming to this at the end of the day. Crank the speakers and let go.
Download: Diarrhea Planet – Warm Ridin’ [MP3]
You want something creative and tasty? Try listening to Netherfriends. After the 50 Songs 50 States project, the group has now constructed an entire EP based around Harry Nilsson samples. While it might push some buttons as sort of kitsch pop, it’s definitely pushing the envelope in regards to the music we can create with electronics pushing us into the future. Just go to the group’s BANDCAMP page and search around; you’ll surely find something interesting, and the odds are it’s going to be something good. If you’re looking for something that challenges your opinion of traditional pop, look no further, Netherfriends is here.
Download: Netherfriends – Full of it [MP3]
This isn’t what one expects to come out of Belgium, at least not what comes to my mind. But, as I’ve jammed to the latest EP from Black Box Revelation, I’m not going to complain. They’ve got hints of American blues and soul, but the slightest hint of garage-iness provides the band with exactly the right amount of grit to make them more than memorable. The band’s got their Shiver of Joy EP out now, and they’ve got plans for a full-length soon after. Oh, and if you Austinites dig their sound, you can catch them when they stop on by on October 1st over at the ND.
Download: Black Box Revelation – Shiver Of Joy [MP3]
How much more can we really tell you about Nashville’s Pujol? Nothing much reall, other than you need to be jamming to this kid. He’s signed on with stalwart label, Saddle Creek Records, who will be releasing his EP, Nasty, Brutish and Short on October 18th. It’s gritty, but it’s not something you can immediately pass of as some sort of garage re-hash. Yea, there’s touches of that, but the overwhelming quality seems rooted in far more than some lo-fi phenomenon. So, if you didn’t listen to us the first time, maybe now you’ll get into Pujol. You’ll also find the band tearing it up at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year, so yet another reason to get your ears ready.
Download: Pujol – Mayday [MP3]
You know that if something sounds good, the odds are that it is probably going to end up in the hands of Captured Tracks. They’re at it again, grabbing onto new UK up-and-comers, CoverGirl. Listening to their first single, you can tell that the band’s got a few things to figure out, but even if they don’t, there’s a great quality to their introduction to the masses. At first, there’s a bit of indie haunting, but as the pace begins to pick up, you can hear some audible chaos. It’s definitely got a foggy dynamic, and only time will tell where these guys will end up, sound-wise. For now, just sit back and enjoy.
Download: CoverGirl – Paris Burns [MP3]