Great Demo from Goodly Thousands

74917_449316638455527_827934431_nIt’s possible that I could rehash yesterday’s news with the cool and hip bands everyone else had, but I’d rather give you a look at the future…that happens to be (hopefully) a new album from Goodly Thousands. It’s been a little bit since we heard from the band; the last time was on their Sunshine Hair EP (Shelflife)…I guess that was only about a year ago. So, they just uploaded this demo…but even as it stands, the songwriting is perfect, and one of the reasons I’ve fawned over the group. Here’s to hoping we hear more from them soon.

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Brand New Fear of Men

fearWell, it’s Tuesday and I have my track of the week: “Island” by Fear of Men. Their new album, Fall Forever, is being released by Kanine on June 3rd, but between them, expect the band to hit it hard…including a whole bunch of SXSW dates (including the Welcome to the Jangle party). I think my favorite thing about this track is the rolling of the drums…it’s a given that I love Jessica’s voice. While they’ve been raved about by man, I hope this new album solidifies the group as one of the more solid groups in the world. Consistent output that’s consistently good.

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Fresh A. Sinclair Tune

asinclairI’ve followed Aaron Sinclair musically for some time. He fronted Frank Smith, played drums in an old line-up of Grape St and now operates under A. Sinclair. I remember talking to Aaron a few years back, and he claimed, in one form or another, that he wanted to just kick out really great rock songs on a larger stage. I think his latest single from the band’s forthcoming effort definitely has a heavier edge than some of Aaron’s earlier work. If you’re looking for no bullshit rock n’ roll, then you better get into some A. Sinclair. Look for the band’s album, Get Out of the City, on May 13th via Dangerbird Records.

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New Klaus Johann Grobe!

12768329_955580437812643_5803637294415293664_oJust a few months ago we got a taste of new Klaus Johann Grobe via a nice little 7″…but the Swiss duo has quietly unleashed another single via their label, Trouble in Mind Records. There always seems like the band is pushed forth by an electronic pulse, but I think that, and this single, owes that feeling to the steady groove the band continues to put forth. I reckon you can lump this into the realm of progressive psychedelia, but it feels a little bit more space influenced, a little more focused on steady hands. Look for the group’s new album, Spagat der Liebe, on TiM on May 6th.

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The Orielles Work with Art Is Hard

oriellesIf you’re one of those small boutique record labels, you’ve got to do unique offerings in order to keep people coming back, and Art is Hard Records has always been at the forefront of that movement. They just announced they’ll be doing a 7″ flexizine with The Orielles, along with a 20 page coloring zine to boot. The song itself has that casual indie rock feeling to it; I can even hear some sonic similarities to Hinds in the vocal delivery…that should excite some folks. It’s set for a release on April 1st, and as always, it will be super limited, so get at it if you’re interested.

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Energetic Hit from Hate Week

hateweekYou’ve got to keep an eye on your favorite small labels, as they don’t always get to play as part of the machine. I was checking in on WIAIWYA, one of my faves, and caught this new Hate Week track, a band formed from the ashes of Faintest Ideas and a few steps removed from Love Is All. It begins with a bit of ramshackle indie rock, though that’s infiltrated by pop sensibility. Still, the band hold onto the little bit of angst indicated in their band name, tossing that in at the end. Looks like its schedule for an April release.

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Soft Indiepop from California Snow Story

1300_1104601302925014_3769517267500157304_nIt’s been a really long time since anyone has heard from California Snow Story, at least in so far as new music goes, but you got the feeling with some posts in November of last year that new tunes were in the work. Just Friday the band released the first single, which will be handled collectively by Rallye and Shelflife, so you know it’s already got great support. I love this tune; it’s the casual side of indiepop, letting you relax while your soul is filled with melody. We’ll have to wait until May to hear the whole thing, but for now, this is about as good as it gets from the genre.

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Brand New Track from Tourist Dollars

touristBeen giving a lot of love to the Melbourne area lately, so why pull back on that glorious city of good tunes and good vibes? Today we’ve got a new track from Tourist Dollars, and while they’ve got some sonic similarities to their local peers, they seem to be taking on a slightly different approach musically. There’s much more focus on melody, even with gentle whistling serving to fill in when necessary; it’s also a bit more relaxed in progression, allowing the band to maximize their pop efforts. This is our second chance to hear what’s coming from their forthcoming debut EP, slated for release later this year via Deaf Ambitions.

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Another New Hospital Ships Tune

hospitalThe newest track from Hospital Ships isexactly why you’ll be listening to this record non-stop come it’s release. It’s the prefect balance of precision and delicacy; it’s music in movement, stretching over seven minutes long. There’s such patience and restraint in every note that it begins to mesmerize the listeners; one must have reserve to fully absorb the melody as it’s stretched to the maximum. Look for The Past is Not a Flood on via Graveface Records on March 11th.

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