January 5, 2012

Yelle - Comme Un Enfant

This video’s from all the way back in 2011 (gasp) but I love it. If you guys are feeling anything like I am right now, you could use a little pep, and french poppers Yelle will definitely get you pumped up for whatever this Thursday evening has in store for you.

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January 19, 2012

Matthew Dear Releases New EP + Videos

Matthew Dear can do it all. At once, a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, and a band leader, the New York-based producer, and co-founder of both Ghostly International and its offshoot Spectral Sound, knows no musical boundaries.

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January 26, 2012

Porcelain Raft -“Unless You Speak From Your Heart” (Video)

Mauro Remiddi is a multi-talented musician who creates fluid, elegant pop gems under the moniker Porcelain Raft. The Brooklyn-based producer recently directed a video for “Unless You Speak From Your Heart,” the second single off his debut LP, Strange Weekend, which was released this week via Secretly Canadian.

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February 1, 2012

Toro y Moi Releases Archival 7” Box Set

For those of you who can’t get enough of Toro y Moi's groovy, beat-driven pop tracks, he is releasing a 5 disc collection of previously unreleased material, pressed on 7” vinyl records. The set, entitled June 2009, will be available April 24, but you can get a download of one of the collection’s tracks, “Dead Pontoon,” here in exchange for your email address.

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February 16, 2012

New Tunes From Spencer Krug’s Moonface

I am a tremendously huge Spencer Krug fan. Wolf Parade released one of my favorite albums of all time (Apologies to the Queen Mary) and Sunset Rubdown’s quirky brand of pop is unforgettable, so when news surfaced that these bands were no longer, I was heartbroken. That is, until I found out Krug had created a solo project under the moniker Moonface

The multi-talented songwriter has since released two albums as “Moonface,” each comprising differing sounds and influences but both leaning toward the “experimental” genre. This is all good and fine—I think it’s amazing when an artist is able to express his true feelings and influences—but the selfish side of me yearned to hear Krug produce another pop gem.

He must have overheard my thoughts, because for his forthcoming album, Moonface has collaborated with Siinai, a progressive kraut rock band hailing from Helsinki that, coincidentally, did not have a vocalist. Krug offered the Finnish outfit his vocal expertise (as well as some keyboard riffs) in return for instrumentation. The result: With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery. The album is slated for an April 17 release via Jagjaguwar, and its first single, “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips,” is that pop gem I was waiting for. 

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March 5, 2012

Summer Camp - “Losing My Mind” (Video)

If you’re having a case of the Mondays, this video from pop duo, Summer Camp, is guaranteed to cheer you right up. Inspired by those god-awful, uncomfortable photo shoots taken at Sears or Wal-Mart (think Awkward Family Photos), the imagery in “Losing My Mind,” is bound to put a smile on your face (plus, the song’s great, too). Taken from the twosome’s critically acclaimed 2011 release, Welcome To Condale, the track has been dubbed the group’s latest single, and is slated for a March 19 digital release.

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March 6, 2012

Terry Malts - “I Do” (Video)

Sometimes you need to listen to raw, loud, fast, rock. Today was one of those days for me, and Terry Malts' debut LP Killing Time has been stuck on repeat. The San Francisco-based trio has a knack for disguising infectious pop hooks as head-banging rock ‘n’ roll riffs, making its music edgy, accessible, and incredibly catchy. You can get a taste of the band’s debut through its first single, “I Do,” and its quirky visual counter-piece. Killing Time was released on February 21 via Slumberland Records. Check out Terry Malts on tour. Dates can be found here.

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April 10, 2012

Hands Releases Debut EP

The Los Angeles-based tropical indie pop troupe Hands first tangled me in its web when I saw the quartet perform at The Satellite  a few months back. Since then, it has been a band on my radar, and when I caught wind that it was releasing its debut EP, I was ecstatic. Entitled Massive Context, the mini album features six tracks, all dripping with groovy instrumentation and Geoffery Halliday’s James Mercer-esque tenor. Below is “Magic Fingers,” the first track off the EP,  which you can stream in its entirety and order here.

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May 8, 2012

Dent May - “Best Friend” (Video)

I want to be having as much fun as Dent May is in his new music video for the track, “Best Friend.” Shot on location in Jackson, Mississippi, the happy-go-lucky video is what May describes as “a spontaneous hometown party weekend featuring an afternoon joy ride on a motor trike, a street parade of middle-aged ladies in psychedelic costumes, a green screen, and lots of balloons.” The tune is the first single off the multi-instrumentalist’s upcoming release, Do Things, which is slated for a June 12 release via Paw Tracks. Dent May is currently on tour, “read more” to check out a full list of dates.

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