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Tuesday, August 30, 2022
3 A.M. Again - Let Me Take A Picture
"Music Should Feel" and "Old Life" by Melby
Today we are sharing "Music Should Feel" and "Old Life". Three others can be streamed at the Bandcamp link below. Having listened to all five songs several times, we are convinced that Looks Like A Map sounds like a top 2022 album. And we are never, ever wrong.
Melby are Teo Jernkvist Zurcher (drums/percussion), David Jehrlander (bass/synths), Are Engen Steinsholm (guitar/synths), and Matilda Wiezell (vocals/guitar). Looks Like A Map will be out October 21 via Rama Lama Records.
Monday, August 22, 2022
"Saw You At The Record Shop Today" by The Reds, Pinks & Purples
Do we have more music coming from The Reds, Pinks & Purples? Well, yes, if fact we do. Following soon after the recording of the live performance in Seattle earlier this month (our post here), main man Glenn Donaldson has announced the October 14 release of They Only Wanted Your Soul, via Slumberland Records. The album combines six tracks form the project's early days plus the songs from a rare early 7" and should be a "must have" for all of the fans of this band's melancholy dream pop. It certainly is on our list. Album track "Say You At The Record Shop Today" is the first single from the release. Please enjoy below.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
"That's Rare" and "Jangle Jargon" by Free Time
In addition to Dion Nania, the players on the album are Jonah Maurer, Mike Mimoun, Martin Frawley and Amy Franz. Jangle Jargon out September 30 via Bedroom Suck Records in Australia and New Zealand and Polyvinyl/Dispatch Dept. in the United States and Canada.
"Pad" by Peel Dream Machine
We have the happy news that Joseph Stevens, aka Peel Dream Magazine, will release a new album October 7 via Slumberland Records (US) and Tough Love Records (UK). The title will be Pad, and we have our first taste via the title track. The exciting song reveals an expanded sonic arsenal and has us marking our calendar for the album release.
Various links for single and album
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
"The Good Times Are Coming Your Way" by Knife Girl
In addition to Lili Aslo, the band is comprised of Kalle Kauranen (bass), Joona Kinnunen (drums/bongo), Anttoni Hill (guitar), Eetu Tuominen (guitar), Laura Salmenkallio (guitar), Reko Kalkaja (piano/synth), and Aapo Soulanto (saxophone/synth). Uniform will be out September 28 via Soliti Music.
Sunday, August 14, 2022
"Jag vill vara här" by Per och Olof
Swedish singer songwriter Per och Olof (the performing name adopted by Malmo,Sweden's Per Olof) will release a compilation of his songs titled Radd hast in September. "Jag vill vara här" is available now, and is a good way to enjoy Per och Olof's craftsmanship and melodic sensibility. The album collects the pop singles that and refined demos that Olof has crafted. For a former punk rocker, we think this guy has his pop sound fully dialed in.
Radd hast will be released September 23 via Rama Lama Records.
The Reds, Pinks & Purples - Instant Regrets (Live in Seattle)
Glenn Donaldson, the master of melancholy dream pop behind The Reds, Pinks & Purples, is notably kind to his fans. Just this weekend he closed out a brief West Coast tour with a Friday evening performance in Seattle. And four songs from that performance have already been loaded on Bandcamp as Instant Regrets (live in Seattle) and are available for 'name your price'. It is just as lovely and affecting as you could imagine, and while it may remind you of some of your instant regrets, you won't regret sending some money to the artist and downloading this beauty.
In addition to Glenn on vocals, the band for this performance was Katiana Mishikian (bass/backing vocals), Thomas Rubenstein (guitar), Lewis Gallardo (guitar), and Andrew Hine (drums).
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Slum Summer - Living In Milk
Summer is for slumming a bit, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't have standards for our soundtrack. And in that regard we have a recommendation for your August soundtrack: Living In Milk by the conveniently-named Slum Summer. A four-piece headed by vocalist-guitarist-songwriter Hugh Noble, Slum Summer dishes out literate and entertaining stories adorned with both jangle and alt rock elements. There is plenty of pop, but if you want to hear guitars shredding you will find them here as well. Three of our favorite songs are below. Three more favorites you can check out on Bandcamp are "Northern Research Station", "Rikers & Hart", and "Santa Rosa".
Slum Summer are Hugh J. Noble, DJ Anderson, Gedeon Deak, and Jen Edwards. Living In Milk is out now in digital and CD formats with Portland's Jigsaw Records.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
"A Car For A Kennel" and "Eat Ate Tea" by Pumice
Pumice is the Aukland-based project of Stefan Neville and Jade Farley. Phylis will be released October 14 via Minneapolis label Soft Abuse.
Bandcamp for Phylis (Pumice Bandcamp)
"6 or 7 More" by Cool Sounds
What do we music fans think of when we read the word "funk"? Well, Detroit and Philadelphia for certain. And of course, New Orleans. Memphis doesn't want to be forgotten either. Is Melbourne the next town that comes to mind? Probably not, but you frame of reference may need an adjustment after enjoying "6 or 7 More", the latest single by Melbourne's Cool Sounds. Yes, the arch purveyor of cool, soft rock has crafted a deliciously funky tune for their upcoming October release, Like That. And while Cool Sounds has often featured bouncy, infectious rhythms, we must admit that we didn't foresee this side of their art. But anticipated or not, it is most welcome. Treat your ears and eyes below.
By the way, Like That will be released on October 7 via Chapter Music. You can check out its first single "Hello, Alright, You Got That?" in our June feature of the song (link).
Various links for single "6 or 7 More"
Various links for album Like That
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Northern Portrait - The Swiss Army
The Swiss Army is out now in vinyl, digital and CD formats via Matinee Recordings.
Holiday Ghosts - Credit Note EP
We admit that we have largely been ignoring our readers while on holiday. But we are back now and have brought the sort of things that one tends to bring back from holidays: Sand nestled in many items; sunburns; T-shirts and objects that fall into the 'what were we thinking' category; and an accumulation of phone messages that need to be returned. Oh, and ghosts -- better yet, holiday ghosts. Yes, while we were otherwise engaged one of our long-time favorite bands, Holiday Ghosts, have released the smashing Credit Note EP.
The songs here are classic HG material with sturdy rhythms, male/female vocals, garage/roots rock arrangements, and enthusiastic performances that always leave us sad that we can't see them live absent some very expensive plane tickets. The good news for fans is that Holiday Ghosts recordings always sound live. As songwriters the band are adept storytellers and here, as with the most recent LP, some pointed political commentary features. Holiday Ghosts is a band that excited us with our first listen a long time ago, and they keep getting better. They deserve your ears.
Holiday Ghosts were founded by Katja Rackin (drums/vocals) and Samuel Stacpoole (guitar/vocals), but they have collaborated with various friends for past recordings. For Credit Note they are joined by B. Spanks (2nd guitar) and Morgan Lloyd-Mathews (bass). Credit Note EP is out now via Fat Cat Records. The digital version has four tracks, but the vinyl version has two additional tracks.
Monday, August 1, 2022
"Yellow House" by Jim Nothing
Well, we did think that the frontman of Christchurch's Jim Nothing looked familiar. Our research (yes, we actually do that from time to time) indicates that he is James Sullivan, late of one of our favorite New Zealand janglers the Salad Boys. It seems he adopted the Jim Nothing moniker for some self recordings about eight years ago, but more recently gathered some talented friends and created an album. Titled In The Marigolds, the LP is out September 15 via Melted Ice Cream (NZ) and Meritorio (EU). The first single is the deliciously chugging, shaggy and slightly psychedelic lo-fi wonder "Yellow House". One listen sold us on the song and the album.
James sings and plays the guitar. Anita Clark sings and plays the violin. Brian Feary plays the drums. Of one thing we are certain: Jim Nothing is not nothing.
"Ciggie Whinge" by Zac Denton
It seems entirely appropriate that "Ciggie Whinge", the first single from the upcoming LP Love, Lust, Lost, was a demo for the never recorded fourth album by Zac Denton's band Ciggie Witch. Like his song demos on this album, Zac's life was full of extraordinary promise and not at all complete. But life ended all too early at age 24 when he was struck down by a sudden and rare illness. A virtually uncontainable talent, Zac was a member of The Ocean Party, Ciggie Witch, Hobby Farm, No Local, Cool Sounds and Pregnancy (and we may have missed a few). Unreleased demos, album outtakes and live performances for his various projects will be comprise the track list for Love, Lust, Lost, which will be released with Zak's first Hobby Farm (solo) album Braeside as a double gatefold via Spunk Records/Osborne Again (Aus/NZ), Emotional Response Records (US), and Lost and Lonesome (EU). The release date is August 26 -- Zac's Birthday.
But while you are pre-ordering, enjoy the breezy treat which is "Ciggie Whinge".
Bandcamp (Australia/NZ) for the album
Emotional Response Records page for Love, Lust, Lost
Lost and Lonesome Bandcamp (EU) for the album