Friday, November 30, 2012

New Arcades: must-listen-to modern synthpop

Here are couple wonderful synthpop tracks from London's "New Arcades" (Facebook, Website). Sometimes, my in-box has a gem like this nested amongst the mediocre PR release. The band is Dean Canty (Synth, vocals, writing, guitars, Production) and Adam Sullivan (Production, Backing vocals, synth, Mixing). They are recording their first EP, and eventually will do live shows next year.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Ocean Blue

Two new tracks from the beloved The Ocean Blue. Taken from the Korda Records compilation. The band will be appearing in Milwaukee and Chicago.

Girls Names

"The New Life" will be released on February 18th, 2013 on Tough Love (UK) and February 26th, 2013 on Slumberland Records (US). I like this new single "Hypnotic Regression" much more than the 8-minute opening track. Plenty to read about the band here.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

New Mogwai Remix Album

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The new Mogwai remix album "A Wrenched Virile Lore" is out in the UK, EU (US version is on Sub Pop and will out on December 4th) on CD, 2xLP (w/download code) and digital download. You should also be able to find a link to the iTunes version of the album by clicking here.

The tracklist for the album is as follows:

George Square Thatcher Death Party - (Justin K Broadrick Reshape)
Rano Pano - Klad Hest (Mogwai is My Dick RMX)
White Noise (EVP Mix by Cylob)
How To Be A Werewolf - (Xander Harris remix)
Letters To The Metro - (Zombi remix)
Mexican Grand Prix - (reworked by RM Hubbert)
Rano Pano (Tim Hecker remix)
San Pedro - (The Soft Moon remix)
Too Raging To Cheers - (Umberto remix)
La Mort Blanche - (Robert Hampson remix)

Friday, November 23, 2012

I am Exploring Canada: TangoCharlie

A friend in Canada has been sharing a lot of great acts from her country. I think I am adding Canada to my search list! Check these guys out. My pick is "The Fourth Member".

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Division release "Night Escape"

A nice little collection from The New Division. It's something like dreampop with electronic beats you can dance to. Available for purchase on Bandcamp.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Johnny Marr To Release "The Messenger" Solo Album


Straight from the announcement: Johnny Marr has recorded "The Messenger", a solo album which is scheduled for release on February 25th, 2013. The album was recorded in Manchester and Berlin and mastered at Abbey Road.  Johnny has contributed writing, vocals, guitar and production on the album, songs titles include: I Want The Heartbeat, The Right Thing Right, Upstart, Word Starts Attack & European Me.
Johnny will be touring the UK in March 2013 and playing festivals worldwide. (photo by Dan At Elstudio)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Love and Radiation

My inbox was kind today. This single really must be heard. The band is Love and Radiation, out of Chicago. From their bio: "During the day, Adele works as a civil rights lawyer and Lakshmi as a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. By night, they become Love and Radiation. Their songs feature dark lyrical imagery against a backdrop of propulsive dance beats, distorted guitars, and melodic synths."
I offer the Soundcloud player here so you can stream it. Bandcamp has the track for free downloading. Be sure to visit them on Facebook.

More Disoveries: The New Division and Née

Lush number from The New Division.

Came across this today and thought I would share. The band is called Née and they are from St. Louis.Their second ep is called Finches and was released in September of this year. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What Can I Do - new from Sally Shapiro

This blog has been around long enough that I can say "readers may recall earlier posts" featuring Sally Shapiro. I quite enjoyed the act's recent work with Johan Agebjorn. I say act because Sally Shapiro is not the singer's name. Or is it? Sally Shapiro is band or possibly a stage name. It's an interesting mystery. Here's something new from the album to be released in February, 2013.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Upcoming Sambassadeur B-Side

Something about the bass-line makes this especially appealing. This is one act that sounds better (to me) as they age.

Rue Commines - "Pilot" Video

This song is in heavy rotation at home and on my iPod. I decided to look for a video and found one! Let's hope for more from Rue Commines. Perfect pop.

Download "Pilot" for free:

Synthpop For Your Saturday

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Darker synthpop stalwarts Provision have released their fifth album. As a fan from the early days, I can say this great act has their own sound; you know a Provision track when it comes on. The notes I read say "This is the first Provision album ever, to have been written, recorded, and produced by the same writing team for 2 consecutive albums within the band – Jen, Matt, and Breye". 

Friday, November 2, 2012

“You love pop songs about love more than...

"...being in love." - The opening line on This Many Boyfriends’ debut album.

I have been meaning to post something about This Many Boyfriends, especially because I haven't shared many indiepop things lately. This band capture the essence of what I still love about indiepop, both in the lyrics and the music.
Their self-titled debut record came out about a month ago (on Angular Recordings , so here are a few to listen to:

A great review can be found at DiS.