Friday Mixtape (September 18, 2015)

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(Picture by Nolan J. Downs)

Throughout the week I keep track of all the new songs that I hear and love and every Friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from before and finally hear it this week.

The Lemon Twigs – “Soothe”

I saw the latest addition to Winspear Records this week when they opened for Diane Coffee and they blew me away. Imagine if Foxygen sounded more like The Zombies or Cream.

@thelemontwigs

@w1nspear


Luhx – “Stay for the Night”

A power-pop ballad with dreamy vocals, coming straight outta Boston.

@luhx_music


Liris – “Iridescent Love”

Fans of Björk will love it, but this song has enough soul to appeal to any listener that might find Björk off-putting.

@lirismusic


Sego – “Townland”

A sunny jam that would fit right in with any ‘Grand Theft Auto’ soundtrack.

@sego_music


Chromatics – “Shadow”

I think I’ve posted about Chromatics each week. I’m ok with that.


Ezra Furman – “Androgynous (The Replacements cover)”

Westerberg would be proud.

@bellaunion


Beach Slang – “Young & Alive”

[see Chromatics note]


Marcioz – “Love Me, Tender (It Will be Alright)”

An Elvis song turned into a creepy lullaby that sounds like an Amnesiac B-side. I dig it.

@MarciozMusic


IGBO – “Creamy”

If the latest Blur album was more funky.

@igbotheband


Year Of Glad – “Umbro Season”

Another winner from Lame-O Records, one of my favorite Philly labels.

@LameORecords


Iman Omari – “Addicted”

Bonus points for sampling Once Upon A Time In The West (I think?).

@FreshSelects


TV Ugly – “QC”

The best guitar pop always comes from Canada.


Funeral Advantage – “Not In My House”

This is from way earlier this year, but it still sounds so great.

@FunAdv


Dynamo Royale – “Modern Western”

Hey Dynamo Royale: please write the new James Bond theme song instead of Sam Smith. Please and thank you.

@DynamoRoyale


Phil Cook – “Frazee, Minnesota”

This album is 4 years old, so I think we need a new Phil Cook album. Like right now.


The Kickstand Band – “Anxious Love”

Shout out to this Detroit band for making me smile with some great power-pop.

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Have a good weekend everyone!

Week In Review (7.10.15)

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Throughout the week I keep track of all my favorite new songs and every friday I put them all here. Most of these songs are brand new, but sometimes I’ll miss a song from the past weeks and finally hear it this week. No matter, all these songs are worth sharing.

Aero Flynn – “Dk/Pi”

This live version of this song, which appears on the band’s self-titled LP that came out earlier this year, reminds me so much of ‘In Rainbows’ in that this dark synth-pop stomp makes me wanna get up and dance. Fun fact: this band is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, hometown of Bon Iver and Field Report.

Kisses – “A Groove”

THE GROOVE WILL NEVER DIE LONG LIVE THE GROOVE

Public Image Ltd. – “Double Trouble”

John Lydon is back, and he’s pissed off about the fucking toilet (again).

LHF – “For the Town”

Sounds like Looney Toon gunshots sampled within a kind of electronic bliss that grows on you with each listen.

Michael Stasis – “Crushed”

For fans of the Ariel Pink aesthetic.

Vinyl Williams – “Space Age Utopia”

This song is cool, but what makes it even cooler is that Lionel “Vinyl” Williams is the grandson of John Williams. Yes, this John Williams.

Ought – “Beautiful Blue Sky”

If Interpol were more like Pavement? I mean this in the best way possible.

Shelf Life – “The Curse”

https://soundcloud.com/lefse-records/shelf-life-the-curse-2/s-BZVLg

Shelf Life is the project of Scotty Leitch, a recent drummer for Alex G and a well known musician around philadelphia. His debut album will come out sometime this fall.

Gordi – “Can We Work It Out”

So lush and uplifting that it belongs in my alternative John Hughes universe that lives in my head.

Lorenzo Asher – “Liverpool (ft. Michael Christmas)

https://soundcloud.com/lorenzoasher/liverpool-f-michael-christmas

A new Lorenzo Asher album is what I want for Christmas.

Laetitia Sadier – “Oscuridad”

A beautiful, albeit sometimes uncomfortable, music video to a great song.

Together PANGEA – “No Oz”

Upbeat West Coast fuzz-rock in the vain of Wavves and FIDLAR.

Gardens & Villa – “Fixations”

A silly music video that includes Foxygen’s Sam France playing the Andy Warhol look-a-like. Killer song too.

DMA’s – “Your Low”

A great music video can make a good song so much better.

Piney Gir – “Purple Heart”

Think Girlpool but with a spacier aesthetic.

Frankie & The Heartstrings – “Think Yourself Lucky”

Very charming, but this isn’t stale like most other retro-minded pop bands.

Guilty Simpson – “Vanguard Organization”

No-frills rapping over horns is how I like my rap.

Palehound – “Healthier Folk”

“Too stoned to take an antibiotic,” is a great way to start a song.

Sego – “The Fringe”

This might be LA’s answer to 2005 LCD Soundsystem.