New Music from Seatraffic

Lately I’ve begun to think of San Francisco as the mecca of psychedelic tunes and new age punk rock sounds, but that’s not all the city has to offer.  One listen to Seatraffic and you’ll see that even dreamy bedroom pop has it’s place on the West Coast, and we’re grateful you can craft music like this anywhere.  The duo has kindly let us share the B-Side to their upcoming 7″, and we’re pretty sure you’ll dig the stripped down emotional effect that remains central to the song.  You’ll be able to order your own copy of the recording on August 1st if you know what’s good for ya.


Hip Jam from Night Panther

I generally try not to take too much stuff from other sites, preferring to do the research work on my own, but I couldn’t resist when I heard this song over at IGIF. The group’s name is Night Panther.  There’s not too much info on the group, other than the fact that they’re from Pennsylvania, but what’s more important is this hit.  Only one song is floating along, and it’s enough for me to fawn over the band like some teenage cool kid.  There’s an effortless bounce, an essence of cool and just a central hook that I can’t get out of my head. Enjoy this one folks.


Download: Night Panther – Snudge [MP3]


Amazing Darkened Tunes from Black Marble

I didn’t expect this at all! We’ve known a full-length was coming from Black Marble since they first signed with Hardly Art, but I had no idea how much I would anticipate the whole affair.  Now, having listened to the first single from A Different Arrangement, I’m hoping it comes earlier than the October 9th release date.  The heavy tones of the vocals caught me off-guard, but juxtaposed with the music itself, it’s surprising how fitting it is, how well it all ties together.  I especially like the guitar flourishes shooting through the background.  Be sure to keep an eye on this release, it’s going to be a great one.


Download:Black Marble -A Great Design [MP3]

New Song From Snowden (Finally)

Snowden‘s 2006 album ANTI-ANTI is a favorite of mine. Shoe-gazed post punk, several songs from that album, especially “Black Eyes” still find their way into playlists. They released a couple tracks over the years with the Slow Soft Syrup EP in 2010 including a track released on a Love and Rockets tribute.

The band is back and announcing a full length on Serpents&Snakes due in the Fall. To get you interested they have the track “The Beat Comes” up on Soundcloud and a shiny new website with info on an East Coast mini-tour. They killed during a day party set I saw in ’07. See ’em if you can.

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Fresh New Tune from New Tigers

I always liked the idea of a split 7″; to me, it shows a bit of camaraderie in the musical community.  When I first saw that New Tigers had a new track on a split with Sweden’s Top Sound, I got really excited, as I’m already a fan of New Tigers after their self-titled album from last year.  The split will be shared between Ca Ira and Soliti Music, and it comes out next week.  Both bands take a stab at covering the other group’s tunes, which is another thing I enjoy–you get to see how bands react to the music of their peers.  I’m definitely digging this track, but I knew I would.



Great New Tune from Cate Le Bon

I was fortunate enough to catch Cate Le Bon last year at ACL Live as an opening act, and ever since then I’ve clamored high and low for her music.  I dug CYRK, but now she’s readied the CYRK II EP, which comes out on August 21st.  Just listening to Cate, you can’t help but be completely swept away my her simple guitar work and incredible vocal prowess.  She seemed a bit timid live, but she’s definitely not playing that role any more.  You can tell that she’s ready to take on the world with this tune. Can’t wait to pick this one up.


Download:Cate Le Bon – What Is Worse [MP3]

Beautifully Drenched Pop from Meridians

It took me a minute, or a few seconds rather, to get what Meridians were going for, with the song slowly inching away in ambient noise before Julie’s voice enters into the picture.  Seconds later and surely you’re sinking into the details of the song.  Her voice begins quietly, and the guitar seeps into the track.  It’s not long before her partner Trevor joins her, ever so slightly, leaving a slight contrasting echo in the far off distance. This track is featured on the group’s self-titled album, which just got a tape release from the beautiful people over at Cakes and Tapes.  You can click HERE for a video of the track.


Download:Meridians – Sunrise [MP3]

New Folk Tune from Miner

One of the great things about running this site is when bands reach out to us for help, and then we get hooked.  Just such a thing happened today when I got this email from Miner, a California group who will release their Hey Love EP in August.  While primarily the work of Justin Miner, the depth of this song featured here wouldn’t be what it is without the work of his group, adding vocal harmonies in all the right places.  If you’re looking for a group who played sun-drenched folk with a sense of longing, then you’re going to really enjoy this track; I know I’ve had it on repeat for the better part of today.


Download:Miner – Golden Ocean [MP3]

New Girl Pop from Stealing Sheep

Sometimes you have to be a bit skeptical when you get the hype from overseas, but I have a feeling that Stealing Sheep are going to live up to it all. The all girl trio from Britain just released this great single as a prelude to the release of their album, Into the Diamond Sun, which will come out this September on Heavenly Recordings.  The playfulness in the vocal delivery was enough of a hook, then the rest of the girls join in creating a catchy pop stomp that won’t get out of my head.  I have this slight feeling that a lot of people are going to adore these lovely ladies.


New Tunes from Three Mile Pilot

It would seem like Three Mile Pilot is the band the world forgot, but luckily the band is returning with their first effort since The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten.  It’s great to see that while the group’s pushing forward with their Maps EP, they still sound remarkably like the band I always adored.  On this track, the vocals build atop each other, emphasizing the power in the song’s construction, then they pull back to effortlessly let the song unfold in a manner that obviously gave birth to bands like Pinback.  You can pick up your copy of the new five-song EP over at Temporary Residence, so get to it fool.


Download:Three Mile Pilot – Long Way Up [MP3]

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