Slumberland Records had a great week last week…a new video from Business of Dreams, an EP from Papercuts and a cover from Frankie Rose…but the best news was the announcement of this Jeanines LP. There’s an infectiousness bounce tearing through your speakers the instant you press play; it’s matched by that understated jangle in the guitars that makes indiepop nerds swoon. Alicia Jeanine’s vocals have this crystalline quality that sort of ride the melodic wave of the track itself; I’m not sure I’ve been so quickly charmed as I was upon first listen here…and it’s short, so go on and press repeat as many times as you can fit into the next hour. The band’s self titled debut will be out on June 14th.
It’s quite possible by now you’ve heard of Brooklyn based pop-punk outfit THICK. They’ve been talked about on many major sites for their throwback early 2000s style version of pop rock music and have earned some praise along the way. Though I may have been reluctant in the past, I can’t deny I adore this new single “Green Eyes” and it’s fun, energetic vibe. It’s as if Saves the Day married someone from Dum Dum Girls and decided to have a huge party afterwards. Party time, excellent.
As I peruse some emails and the internet for new tunes to share, I came across this unique piece from Brooklyn based artist Bellows. It’s a bedroom pop piece blended well with songwriter elements similar to Sufjan or my old pal John Lamonica. You’ll even find some electronic elements along with some crazy wind instrumentation. This one really manages to blend a ton of genres to create a truly special pop sound.
Bellows will release new album The Rose Gardener on February 22nd via Topshelf Records.
Prior to the writing of this post I had never heard the name of Brooklyn based band Weeknight. Now after hearing this new single “Settle Down”, I plan to become more acquainted with the band and delve into some back catalogue material. This one blends some nice elements of new wave with some entrancing synths and deep vocals. It’s fitting my mood and the weather outside perfectly at the moment.
Weeknight will release new album DEAD BEAT CREEP on February 1st via Dead Stare Records.
As many of us head back to work full time for the first time in awhile, it’s important to find some music to uplift your spirit and keep you focused. My new friend Mr. Jason Matu out of Brooklyn, NY has just the thing for you with his new single “I Don’t Wanna Do It”. His sound reminds me distinctly of a guy like Damien Jurado if he wrote more ironic/funny songs like David Bazan. Those are of course two artists I love so naturally this track is tailor made for me and I hope you enjoy it as well.
Harms is the solo project from Brooklyn based songwriter Jake Harms who previously spent a majority of his time in indie band What Moon Things. To be honest, I am not super familiar with Jake’s work in his primary band, though my extreme love of his new solo EP will likely turn me on to all his work. The new EP, entitled Aquarium, is a loaded 6 song short player with highly emotional vocals and Gothic pop themes. In particular, lead single “Pop Song” is definitely one of my favorites of the year and has already reached 10 plays on my iTunes. Something about the unique and totally transparent songwriting, paired with the slick beats, has me putting this on the “highly recommended” list.
If you hit play below and begin reading these words, you will likely finish the song before you finish reading the post. Yes this new singled called “Super Pop” from Brooklyn based duo Washer is a short and sweet rock n roll song urging you to turn up the volume. It’s a little old school garage rocker with some nice elements of an updated rock sound to give it a solid edge. I’ve already played it three time while writing this post.
It’s a balmy and grey day here in Austin and I think we could all use a little rock n roll to put a bit of perk in our steps. Bringing the jam this morning is Brooklyn based outfit Native Sun and this awesome new song “Big Succ (ess)”. It’s a raucous taste of rock music full of loud guitars and a head banging rhythm section. This song might just get me through this slow ass day.
Native Sun will release new EP Always Different, Always the Same on November 9th via Papercup Music.
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Since we’ve already posted two singles from the upcoming Hypoluxo album, I figured we would be missing out if we didn’t also post the third and final single. I’m not sure what else we can say about this band that can’t be said with a quick listen to this new joint “Trust Fall”. The band is dreamy and sort of new wave with deep vocals which might just put you in a trance. These guys are making some remarkable music right now.
Hypoluxo will release Running on a Fence on September 21st via Broken Circles.
Ah yes, the city of Brooklyn. That glorious New York City Borough will many a musical dream has come true. Continuing this dream of rock star fame is fuzz rock band Baked and their new track “Hope You’re Happy”. It has a nice throwback, almost alt-rock sound to it with some nice, slacker style lead female vocals. Welcome to the game.