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The Madcaps

27 Jan

I missed on the Madcaps debut self-titled last year, I will not make that same mistake twice. These rockers out of Rennes, France play a sugary sweet brand of fuzzy garage pop tunes that could come off of any of the old Nuggets compilations of psych/garage songs from the 60′s. Their ode to the Taco Truck could be our founder, Sean’s theme song.

Below are two songs for your listening pleasure, “Too Big for Your Boots” from their new album, Hot Sauce, and “Emily Vandelay” from last year’s debut. Both are great examples of what these guys can do.

Hot Sauce is out now on Howlin’ Banana Records. Enjoy.

The Madcaps – Too Big For Your Boots from Hot Sauce (2016)

The Madcaps – Emily Vandelay from S/T (2015)

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Magic Shoppe

21 Jan

Jangly, reverbed, lo-fi, psychedelic, fuzz are just some of the adjectives I would use to describe Boston’s Magic Shoppe. Their newest EP, Interstellar Car Crash, is a wall to wall psychedelic gem, sure to alter your state of mind with it’s reverbed guitars and hypnotic vocals. Check out “City Alight (Yeah)” below for a taste.

Interstellar Car Crash is out on February 5 through Optical Sounds, I highly recommend it.

Magic Shoppe – City Alight (Yeah) from Interstellar Car Crash (2016)

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Pillar Point

18 Jan

Scott Reitherman is back with his second album as Pillar Point, Marble Mouth. Recorded at Kevin Barnes’ (of Montreal) home studio, Marble Mouth is an electro-pop masterpiece with of enough throbbing bass and synths to make any fan of 80′s electro drool. Check out the sun-soaked “Dove” below for a taste.

Marble Mouth is out on January 22 through Polyvinyl Records, it’s a must have for your record collection.

Pillar Point – Dove from Marble Mouth (2016)

Krisp

6 Jan

Miami quartet Krisp blend elements of electro-pop, chillwave and some good old rock and roll to create a throwback of sorts to the new wave sounds of the 80′s.

Check out their super-tight, dance-pop single “167″ below (named for it’s BPM), it’s the most upbeat track from their new album, Sonic Monarch, and one of the best from it.

Sonic Monarch is out on January 15 via Gummdrop Records.

Krisp – 167 from Sonic Monarch (2016)

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Platinum Boys

4 Jan

Laurent from Six Tonnes De Chair just sent me this single from Milwaukee’s Platinum Boys. They play a grubby brand of lo-fi, power pop that’s right up my alley. You can check out the stream of the A side, “Confessions”, below. You can get this 7″ from Six Tonnes De Chair or their full EP, Junior Varsity, from Forged Artifacts. Enjoy.

Peter Stringer-Hye

30 Dec

Nashville native, and member of The Paperhead, Peter Stringer-Hye recently released an incredible self-titled EP with Trouble In Mind Records. Check out EP closer “Throw Away The Day”, it’s a country tinged, psychedelic, toe-tapper and my favorite track from the EP. Head over to TiM’s site and snag yourself a copy before they are all gone.

Lasso

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