Pure Pop from Diet Cig

overeasyWe started out the morning with some heavier sounds, so let’s flip that over and visit the pop spectrum, albeit for a moment.  This track from Diet Cig made it’s way to the world yesterday, and I’m jumping on board with the band’s catchy new song “Scene Sick.”  The tune starts off well-enough, with a light ditty making its way to your eardrums, but the finest moments, in my eyes, are in the latter part of the song when guitars are turned up and the hooks sink their teeth into you.  The group’s Over Easy EP will be available at the end of February courtesy of Father Daughter Records.

Courtney Barnett to Get Re-Release Via Mom+Pop

courtneyThose of you that missed out on the great release from Courtney Barnett, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, will be happy to know that said album will be getting a re-released version on both CD and LP formats. It actually only came out via digital formats, so the collector nerd in me is really excited I’ll be able to get a hold of this in a physical form. This sprawling song of relaxed folk beauty is precisely the reason she’s come in to the limelight; it’s almost 6 minutes, but you can’t pull yourself away from the song.  The male counterpart vocal adds a nice touch too, creating a subtle break to ward off monotony. Mom + Pop are the label behind the re-release; it hits stores on April 15th.

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Download: Courtney Barnett – Anonymous Club [MP3]

Rocking It Out With Mikhael Paskalev

1170In my experience, music from Norway doesn’t sound quite like Mikhael Paskalev.  At first opening it seems to have some sort of barroom jangling troubadour, with a nice little effect on the vocals, but then he changes the direction of the track, slowing it down to allow room for his pop-centricities to slide through.  He’s about to release the below single on March 5th via Mom + Pop, so it should be making some waves just before he blows into Austin for our annual SXSW festival.