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TracklistSeptember 2014

Took a little bit, but September picked up in the last few weeks. Especially with Palace's great Lost In The Night EP, some new stuff from The Drums, and good stuff to look forward to from both Field Report and Kindness. Altogether, here are 11 tracks I got into this month.

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Sep 29
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Mystery PillsAge of Isolation

This gem popped up in my soundcloud feed last week (via yvynyl). Age of Isolation, along with Anti-Pattern are both one-off singles following the self-titled 2012 EP, which is already sounding great on my first listen-thru. Solid stuff, excited for more.

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Sep 20
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Generationals | Black Lemon

These guys have mastered the style of hip, easy indie-pop listening that has to be harder to put together than it sounds. A lot of similarly styled bands are overly “twee” or just plain bad for my tastes, but Generationals have hit a sort of sweet spot for me, particularly with 2013’s HezaAlix feels like an extension of that album, and I have no problem w/that.

Album available over at Polyvinyl.

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Sep 19
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GRMLNJaded

Soon Away is the high-octane sophomore album from Yoodoo Park (aka, GRMLN). I’ve heard a number of these “punk” records since my days as a dedicated MxPx fan, but most seem to devolve into posturing or nostalgic tributes that really lack substance - which is why this album really makes me happy. In those moments where I need the music to be loud and constant, it’s nice to have another option to turn to (Male Bonding is another favorite).

Soon Away is as smart and compelling as it is energetic. Pick it up here, or digitally here. Or just taste-test the whole thing over at soundcloud.

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Sep 18
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PalaceBitter

Off their Lost In The Night EP, Londonian band Palace vaguely remind me of Zoo Kid in the voice, but carried along with more of an indie/blues rock groove. This works really well - get another taste with Veins, and pre-order the full thing via bandcamp (October 20th).

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Sep 17
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AllegoriesFunny Way Of Loving You

This arrived in my inbox today with the cryptic message “Allegories Don’t Exist”, then a link thru to a trailer for The Alligator People (1959)… which appears to explain the masks on the (ostensible) Allegories (Al A. Gore-Reese?) duo in the music vid for the track above.

I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ll bite. The song is pretty good. Keep a look out for more on soundcloud.

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Sep 15
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The DrumsI Can’t Pretend

Off the new album Encyclopedia, it’s hard to shake the premonition that this is going to by my fall record of choice. But then again it’s always been a bit difficult for me with The DrumsPortamento was dark and weird, which sometimes works, but didn’t stick with me (though I loved Money). And yet, even the discordant thrasher of a track Magic Mountain has a surprising (to me!) magnetism to it. Guess we’ll see - I Can’t Pretend has all of what I like about The Drums, so I’m pretty psyched for the record.

Pre-order the album via their website (Sept. 23rd), along with a few crazy clips promoting the album.

(track heads-up via themarq)

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Sep 14
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GrouperCall Across Rooms

Wonderful.

nothingsoundsbetter explains it best:

Bless the cosmos: there’s a new Grouper record arriving this Halloween. Vogue recently shared the above track from Ruins, the new record Liz Harris recorded entirely on a 4-track Sony microphone and an upright piano, according to Pitchfork. Last year Harris released another, eerily similar, bare-bones track titled “Living Room,” which echoes the pacing and mood of “Call Across Rooms.” The former is one of Grouper’s strongest songs, so an entire album’s worth of similar material is promising.

Pre-order Ruins via Kranky.

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Sep 03
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The Mary OnettesSilence Is A Gun

Though I’ve been listening to Portico (The Mary Onettes' latest mini-album) for a better part of the year, it looks like I missed posting about it. 7 strong, dreamlike tracks make this a solid release from the Swedish band. For an extra taste, check out Naive Dream on Soundcloud, and pick up the whole thing over at Labrador Records.

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Sep 01
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TracklistAugust 2014

Here’re my favorite new tracks from August. And if you need more, my complete playlist of 2014 material can be found here.

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Aug 29
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Delta SpiritLive On

From the new album Into The Wide (September 9th), Live On is a snare-driven builder pushed along by Matt Vasquez's gritty vocals. This, along with From Now On portend another great Delta Spirit album.

Pick it up here or here.

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