Jul 13
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InterpolAll the Rage Back Home

First time I’m hearing this and wow. Very, very good.

(post via themarqguardianmusic)

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Jul 12
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SpoonDo You

From They Want My Soul, out August 5th.

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Jul 03
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TracklistJune 2014

Get ready for a long weekend. Here are all the great new sounds I first heard this last month (sorry a few days late).

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Jun 29
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Mary PopKidsNightdrive

Smooth, Hungary rockers Mary PopKids posted this track late last year, but this is the first time I’m hearing it - simply great stuff. It’s featured on their latest The Blue Inside (pick it up here).

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Jun 28
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MermonteKarel Fracapane

My ears hear BalmorheaFang Island, and Sufjan-esque instrumental interludes all mixed up in this great project by French rockers Mermonte. Great, new undiscovered music is still all around us. Audiorama is out, check it out on Bandcamp & Soundcloud.

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Jun 16
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Strand of OaksShut In

New Strand of Oaks is sounding incredible. Album HEAL is out June 24th.

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Jun 11
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Doug KeithHarvest Home (S Carey Remix)

Double whammy today. New album Pony from New York’s Doug Keith sounds great, and the lead off-track Harvest Home is put in a light only S Carey could shine (original here).

Pick up Pony at bandcamp.

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TV GirlHate Yourself

Song title not a suggestion. Off the band’s latest album French Exit, this is the good kind of pop. Easy on the ears, and catchy-as-heck, yo.

Find ‘em & hear more at soundcloud.

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Jun 05
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Broken RecordsWinterless Son

Scottish rockers Broken Records sound, to me, like a collision between Frightened Rabbit and War On Drugs, with a dash of Sleeping at Last. Their tremendous 3rd album Weights And Pulleys is easily among my favorite records of the year - it brims with energy, and ain’t just another yawn of a take on indie rock. Great stuff, this.

Pick up the album at their website, and visit ‘em on soundcloud.

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May 31
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TracklistMay 2014

Fell behind on the individual posting of a lot of these tracks, but here’s my favorite new discoveries of May. Of note this month are scottish rockers Broken Records, whose album Weights & Pulleys is among my favorite albums of the year so far. Nick Mulvey also has a strong release.

Feel free to follow me on soundcloud for more up-to-date music discoveries. In a lot of ways, it’s become the distilled, more concentrated version of this site (i.e., all music, no commentary), and has become one of my favorite replacements for what used to be.

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May 30
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The oral* history of Music Tumblr, 2008-2014

crumbler:

Once upon a time, my Tumblr Dashboard was full of writing about music. I started a Tumblr with my friend Steve in the spring of 2008, and at first it was the random short-form tumblog I thought that Tumblr wanted from us. But owing first to Steve’s departure for law school, and my own all-consuming passion for music news and criticism, Crumbler gradually became a place to thinks about songs and artists and the strange collisions between them. In part, that was because my Tumblr Dashboard had been taken over by music writers, or writers who wrote mostly about music: perpetua, agrammar, tomewing, maura, barthel, tombreihan, and twentyfourbit, to name some. Many of those writers had grown famous on other platforms. But Tumblr also helped to nurture a new generation of music writers — some who were enthusiastic hobbyists, like hamtunes, and softcommunication, and 1000xpm; and some who would go on to write for Pitchfork, Time, and many other established music publications. Music writing was always a hobby for me, and as I grew older it became less important to me. Crumbler posts these days are now few and far between, and are mostly reblogs. Good reblogs! But reblogs nonetheless.

At some point I had the idea of reaching out to some of my favorite writers and ask them a bunch of questions about Music Tumblr, in hopes of putting together an “oral history” that was actually an “email history.” I reached out to a dozen or so people and just about everybody responded. The only people who did not respond, unfortunately, were the women writers that I contacted, and I felt really bad about that, and shelved the project for a couple months. But now that folks like markrichardson and popcornnoises are talking about the death of Music Tumblr I felt like I should just let you know what I found out through my half-assed journalism, because the writers who did respond were generous with their time and brilliant, as ever, in their responses. What follows makes no claim to be totally representative, and acknowledges that there are many still people on Tumblr writing well about music. 

SO. 

What follows are 2,500 or so words about the life and death of what some folks, myself included, are presumptuously calling Music Tumblr. It died for four main reasons:

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Glad to be a part of this. Not sure if I miss those days or am glad they’re over, but they sure were fun at the time.

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