This newish 7″ from Tape Deck Mountain is really solid. It opens with this huge wall of noise that blares right in your face; you think it’s just going to be a big loud rocker from the get-go. But, they pull back just a tiny bit, revealing a quiet pop tendency, which is briefly interrupted by a wash of noisy atmospherics from time to time. Those moments begin to unfold more often, accentuated by machine gun snare hits, as the song drifts towards its end. Always down to hear something new from this group; they never seem to let me down.
Download: Tape Deck Mountain – Always Lie [MP3]
Those of you following the indie pop world with a keen eye know that one of the best little labels is Manic Pop Records from Minnesota. The label is quickly making a name for itself by releasing gem after gem. One of their upcoming releases is this new 7″ from Chicago’s StarTropics. I can’t get this tune out of my head right now. At the beginning, I thought it had this Drums affectation, just basing that off the rhythm section, but it then begins to explore a more gentle sonic realm. You can pick up the By My Side/Tempest 7″ on May 22nd.
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I feel like Friday is going to be really loud in my head, so I may as well find some music to accompany it, right? Nothing seems more fitting than this new track from Speedy Ortiz, the Massachusetts quartet of creative noise-rockers. Opening guitar lines and cool vocals fall in line with traditional indie rock, but during the chorus they unleash a wall of noise and discord, not unlike many peers currently making name with a loud approach. On April 30th Inflated Records will release a 7″ single, which will feature this tune “Ka-Prow” as the A-side.
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Where have these guys been? It’s been almost two years since we last heard from Kids on a Crime Spree, and I’m ecstatic that the band is back today. Their sound compiles elements of hazy guitar pop with bouncing rhythms and floating vocals, all of which guarantee a hit over at the ATH offices…and hopefully beyond. The group has a brand new Creeps the Creep 7″ that comes your way next week courtesy of the most excellent, Slumberland Records. Hopefully this great tunes is just a hint at great things to come from the group in 2013.
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I first discovered the work of White Woods when The Coathangers announced that their singer Julia would be doing a little side project. I loved the first 7″ that came out, and this new one is even more beautiful, demonstrating how far she can step away from her garage rock mainstay. It’s such a peaceful track, with Julia’s voice carefully laid atop the quiet instrumentation. If you’re familiar with her main project, you’ll be amazed at such a stark contrast. The new 7″ is up for pre-order now from Suicide Squeeze Records.
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Flower Orgy wasn’t a band that was on my radar until I heard this new track they released to preview their upcoming 7″. My first listen really reminds me of that intimate quality that Conor Oberst had as a bright-eyed young kid. There’s light brushes of piano playing behind a quietly strummed guitar. This is definitely a song that I can see myself listening to for some time, which makes me excited to meet the work of Nate Luce and Flower Orgy. The new 7″ will be available on May 14th.
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One of the main reasons I love K Records is the way they’ve consistently approached the music industry; the other thing I appreciate are artists like The Curious Mystery. The group is releasing their Be Still 7″ on the label on January 22nd, and I’m adoring this first taste of the upcoming release. As the song rolls along, the vocals from Shana Cleveland really start to weave their way into your heart. Everything about this track is perfect, from the harmony that runs throughout to those previously mentioned vocals. Definitely something we all need to be on the lookout for!
Download:The Curious Mystery – Be Still [MP3]
I love writing about the bands on Matinee Recordings; it makes it so easy as they almost never miss. The newest installation to their storied stable is Dublin’s September Girls, a five piece group specializing in bringing a blend of atmospheric post rock and girl group harmonies. It’s pretty much a perfect blend of all your favorite things, uniting noisier pop with your tendency to wax nostalgic about a more pure rock n’ roll sound. You better get your hands on it now, as the history of the band shows that there music is being gobbled up quickly all over the globe, so chances are this 7″ EP won’t be around for too long.
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One of the great things about hitting up the record store on new release day is stumbling upon tunes you weren’t expecting, like this new tune from Shannon and the Clams. The band’s been sort of quiet, but that’s probably because Shannon’s been touring with Hunx. However, the group is back with a few new 7″ records, and this one comes out from Volar Records (I picked it up last night). Shannon has a voice that sounds like the heir apparent to Janis Joplin, and I mean that in a flattering sense, as very few people can combine the raspy and the soulful and pull it off; this young lady can definitely do it.
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If you remember last year, then you remember Twerps, especially if you followed our site closely. They had a runner-up best of year song on our year-end list, and their self-titled album also made the cut. News hit yesterday about a new 7″ from the Australian bunch coming your way September 17th via Chapter Music. This tune’s a lot more upbeat than what you might have gotten from the group in the past, and Marty seems to be having a bit of fun with his vocal performance. In my opinion, this band can’t do a single thing wrong with their music, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same after jamming this track.
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