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12 Nov

Lasso is the solo (mostly) project of Tucson multi-instrumentalist/beat maker Andy Catlin. He covers about every genre imaginable throughout his seven release discography, including psych, pop, electro, hip hop, pop and rock. His newest release, Into The Lasso, is a kind of groovy, psych-pop meets hip hop beats hybrid. Check out the Money Mark-like album opener “Pepper”, it’s a great example of what this guy can do.

Into The Lasso is available now from Lasso’s bandcamp page. While you are there be sure to check out his other releases, you will not be disappointed.

Lasso – Pepper from Into The Lasso (2015)

The Mantles

3 Nov

San Francisco’s The Mantles are back with their newest pop masterpiece, All Odds End. Check out the throbbing bass lines and jangling guitars of “Hate To See You Go” (below) it’s a great example of the album’s psych-pop goodness.

All Odds End is out now and available via Slumberland Records. This album belongs in your collection. Enjoy.

The Mantles – Hate To See You Go from All Odds End (2015)

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Library Voices

21 Oct

Back in 2011, before I was a contributor, I read Sam’s glowing review of Library Voices’ practically perfect sophomore album, Summer of Lust, and have been hooked on them ever since. You can understand my excitement when I saw their upcoming third release, Lovish, in my mailbox.

Lovish has a bit of a darker/heavier vibe than it’s predecessor, but don’t let that fool you, it’s a solid pop album. Check out the first single and opening track, “Oh Donna” below. It’s a standout track for sure, with it’s lush vocal harmonies throughout the chorus and some killer Yes-esque (don’t kill me for that comparison, just go with it) organ rounding out the end of the song.

Lovish comes out on November 6 via Nevado Music. Get to your local record store and demand that they carry it! Enjoy.

Library Voices – Oh Donna from Lovish (2015)

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Band and The Beat

25 Sep

Band & The Beat is the new project of husband and wife duo Tracy Shedd and James Tritten. Using only analog synthesizers and an analog drum machine, they have created quite the infectious dream-pop sound.

Dig on the warbly synths and lo-fi vocals of their first single “Buoy” below. Hopefully there will be many more songs from these guys in the future. Enjoy.

Band & The Beat – Buoy (2015)

Be sure to catch Band & The Beat on tour in a city near you:

Oct 14 . Durham NC . The Pinkhook . w/ Jphono1, Schooner (solo)
Oct 17 . Raleigh NC . Slim’s . w/ Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan
Oct 18 . Chapel Hill NC . Local 506 . w/ Nuns (Oklahoma)
Oct 19 . Knoxville TN . Pilot Light . w/ Bark (mems. of Tim Lee 3)
Oct 20 . Nashville TN . The Basement - 8:00pm - New Faces Nite
Oct 20 . Nashville TN . The 5 Spot - 10:00pm - $2 Tuesday
Oct 21 . Nashville TN . The Basement East - New Faces Nite
Oct 22 . Athens GA . Flicker
Oct 23 . Charlotte NC . Petra’s . w/ Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan
Nov 1 . Durham NC . Duke Coffeehouse . w/ Free Pizza (Boston MA)
Nov 7 . Chapel Hill NC . The Cave . w/ Tim Lee 3

The Reverberations

17 Sep

Portland, Oregon’s 4-piece, garage rock stompers, The Reverberations’ debut EP, Lost In Time, is 3 solid tracks of fuzzy, 60′s era, garage-rock-psychedelic goodness. Stream their fuzzy, psych-pop title track below.

Lost In Time is being co-released by Hidden Volume Records and Spain’s KOTJ Records and is available now from both their Bandcamp pages. Go and snag yourself a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

New Boss

31 Aug

We shared Virginia’s New Boss a while ago from their split release with Borrowed Beams of Light. I really enjoyed their side of the split and was thrilled to find their newest release Twee Boogie Vol. 1 & 2 in my mailbox.

Twee Boogie Vol. 1 & 2 is a fun, poppy-as-hell 13 tracks that will make you want to (as the title suggests) boogie. Check out the synth-driven pop goodness of “Since You Been Gone” (below) for a taste. Twee Boogie Vol. 1 & 2 is available now on cassette from Funny / Not Funny Records. I highly recommend it.

New Boss – Since You Been Gone from Twee Boogie Vol. 1 & 2 (2015)

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AM & Shawn Lee

21 Aug

London-based multi-instrumentalist/producer Shawn Lee and Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter AM have collaborated again to release their stellar third release Outlines. Outlines is a groovetastic blend of toe tapping, head bobbing, synth-heavy pop and funk. Get a taste of their grooviness below in the stream of album opener “Persuasion”.

Outlines is available to buy in all formats from their Bandcamp page. It’s a good one.


10 Aug

I have been a huge fan of Los Angeles’ (by way of Indiana) indie pop band Triptides since I stumbled across their Bandcamp page a few years ago. But for whatever reason, I have never shared them on the site. Shame on me!

Their latest release, Azur, is ten songs deep of shimmery, hazy, psych-pop gold. A perfect soundtrack for lounging around with your favorite beverage on a warm summer night. “Hideout” (below) is a great example of the Triptides sunny, surf-pop sound. Azur is available now on vinyl via Requiem Pour Un Twister or on cassette via Lolipop Records. Enjoy.

Triptides – Hideout from Azur (2015)

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The Seeers

6 Aug

My first introduction to Virginia’s The Seeers came by way of the Windian Records Subscription Series #3. The Seeers’ contribution is probably the best of the series, so I was stoked when their new cassette release Early Songs arrived in my mailbox a couple weeks ago.

The Seeers play a swirling brand of reverb-laden psych rock with generous amounts of distorted guitars, and killer vocal melodies. Check out the earworm “Glacier” (below), it’s sure to bore it’s way into your brain and not leave for days.

Early Songs is available on cassette from Funny / Not Funny Records. It’s a must have for your collection. Enjoy.

The Seeers – Glacier from Early Songs (2015)

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Dot Dash

30 Jul

Washington D.C.’s Dot Dash is a supergroup of indie and punk rock veterans from bands like Minor Threat, Julie Ocean, Youth Brigade and Swervedriver.

Check out opening track, “The Winter of Discontent” (below), from their newest LP, Earthquakes & Tidal Waves – it’s late 80′s Replacements meets Jawbreaker indie rock vibe is sure to make any fan of the genre sit up and take notice.

Earthquakes & Tidal Waves is available now via Canadian label The Beautiful Music. Enjoy.

Dot Dash – The Winter of Discontent from Earthquakes & Tidal Waves (2015)

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