Rad Tune from Cave Cat

Man, I really love this track from Cave Cat.  I wish I knew more about this group of Swedes, other than they just released this great 7″ on Luxury and Dufflecoat Records.  It’s definitely a bit of a wayward jangle, but the atmospheric bent of the vocals and ringing guitars puts this band on par with groups like The Mary Onettes…another personal favorite.  I particularly love how the guitar solo knifes its way through on the latter half of the tune. Dig it, kids, and check out another track “abject” here.

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Cool Old Jam from The Barbaras

Well, this is an old song, but it’s probably going to be brand new to those of us outside of Memphis who hadn’t heard of The Barbaras.  Legend has it that Jay Reatard recorded the band, which featured Steven Pope (of his then touring band), but in anger told the band he scrapped the recordings.  After his unfortunate demise, these tunes resurfaced on some of Jay’s old recording equipment, and the great people at Goner Records are going to be releasing the collection, The Barbaras 2006-2008, on October 30th.  This track’s definitely made its way onto my daily playlist, and it has a mellower tone than some of the other tracks, just showcasing the songwriting of the group during their prime. Take a listen.

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Sorry I Missed This: New (ish) Album from Dappled Cities

Man, what’s wrong with me?  I’ve been so swamped with US releases that I totally forgot to check in on Dappled Cities.  Long ago when we were a fledgling site with big ambitions, the group played our very first SXSW Show, and we were grateful to have them.  Apparently the group’s been working hard, just getting home after touring in support of  their latest LP, Lake Air.  I’m not sure how that slid under my radar, but better late than never, right?  It’s an energetic pop tune, sincere and bright, just as I remembered the band years ago.  Excuse me, I’m going to go immerse myself in this album. Do the same, won’t you?

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New Single (Split 7″) from The Daredevil Christopher Wright

Earlier this year The Daredevil Christopher Wright release The Nature of Things; I thought it was a solid effort that slowly made its way into my playing rotation, though the band received minimal press.  They return now with a split 7″ with their friends Cuddle Magic, and I hope that this is the release that brings them more interest; the song definitely warrants my approval. You’ll find a quiet track, moving along slowly, but there’s this underlying melody that is wholly captivating.  If you’re looking for something that will allow you to get lost within your soul, then play this tracks as many times as you can. I’ll see you on the other side.

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New Art Pop from Each Other

When this first came onto my player, I really thought it was going to be some sort of jangling psych rock hit, which I was completely okay with at the time.  But, that being said, I’m much more impressed with the direction this new tune from Each Other takes, meandering into its own realm of art pop, even floating off into a creative bit of atmospheric noodling towards the end of the track.  It’s a good thing that the band’s Heavily Spaced EP is soon to come so we can see what else these Canadians have up their sleeve.

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New Music from Ducktails

Last year I really got stuck listening to Ducktails III; it made my year end list, in fact!  Now we return with news of a new record, this time on Domino Records.  The first single sees Matt Mondanile and Ducktails again crafting his own sonic genre, with mellow guitar lines turning around minimal percussive elements.  He seems subdued here, which could make for a great listen when Days comes out on January 29th, wrapping up the winter months with his beautifully spun pop tunes.  I can’t find any faults with the music he’s creating when it sounds as good as this tune.

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New Music from The Babies

The following track is not like anything I’ve heard from The Babies as of late, but to be honest, I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve always enjoyed listening to the group: their sound is fairly unidentifiable.  They’ve got tunes that come off as garage-rock, but they’ll mix it up with some slow-paced ballad, keeping you on your toes throughout your listening experience.  This new tune begins with a bit of a wayward stomp, filled with a melodic hook that I can’t escape; of course, it also features a closing guitar ambling to wrap up the track.  Who knows what we’ll get when their latest album Our House on the Hill comes out November 13th (Woodsist), but I bet it’s going to be good.

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New Tunes from Pale Lights

Pale Lights will automatically get my support, based on the fact that main man, Phil Sutton, was once part of Comet Gain…one of my top bands of all time.  This new gem isn’t quite along the lines of the quirky art-pop, but it’s equally as infectious.  The vocal has a deep tonal quality that while fairly distant in sound, holds onto an intimacy that makes pop fans swoon.  Musically, it’s a slow paced jangling affair, with ringing guitars that craft warmth and melancholy simultaneously.  You can find this tune and a few others on the group’s Pale Lights EP, which is available right now.

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New Jam from Those Darlins

This is a solid week for Those Darlins on our site, with the band letting us present their show at the Mohawk this coming Sunday evening, and now they’ve got a great little rocker to toss your way as well.  I like how the group’s slowed things back here just a second to allow for the story to take place, if not more allowing it to take on more of the focus.  Also, there’s a fuzzed out guitar rambling near the end, which is one of my favorite sides of the band, not to mention that inherent swagger/bravado they always capture in the studio.  If you dig this song, and you live in Austin…I better see you Sunday.  If you don’t, but you love the band, here’s yet another reason.

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Wonderful Old Pop from The Sugargliders

I hadn’t heard about the Sugargliders, though I’m admittedly ashamed of that fact.  Apparently the Australian group has a short career in the early 90s, releasing multiple singles, and one solitary album.  But, now our dear friends over at Matinee Recordings have decided that you deserve the right to get your hands on these out of print works, compiling a career retrospective titled A Nest With A View.  It’s honest indie-pop, with warming guitar lines and reflective lyrics–the things that make good pop so sincere and stunning.  I’m glad to have discovered this act, and I hope you opt to pick up their compilation on October 16th when it hits stores.

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