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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Aug 20
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The Rural Alberta AdvantageOn The Rocks

I’ve really come around to RAA over their past few albums, and it looks like the trend’ll continue. On The Rocks comes off their latest, Mended With Gold, out at the end of September. What else to say? It’s meaningful, loud, and a darn good song.

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Aug 19
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Cyril HahnOpen (feat. Ryan Ashley)

Don’t know how this is the first time I’m hearing of a guy with over 300,000 followers on soundcloud, but here we are. I first got hooked on Slow, but am currently awash in the vibes of Open and am really just counting myself lucky to be here right now.

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Aug 15
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Field ReportHome (Leave The Lights On)

Off Marigolden, to be released early October. Home is simple, smart, calming, and acoustic-driven goodness. For the drive back after a long weekend.

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Aug 07
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The Wooden SkySaturday Night

Off the upcoming album Let’s Be Ready (September 2nd), Toronto’s The Wooden Sky invoke here a Slide vibe (vintage Goo Goo Dolls) that really makes me happy. August is off to a great start.

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Own JohnStupid Boy

The solo project from Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison hadn’t stuck with me until I heard Stupid Boy, sounding a lot like it could’ve been a cut from Pedestrian Verse. The early previews of the project certainly exhibit a different overall flavor than FR (understandably), but I’m glad to hear a hint of the familiar in this track.

Album out now, vinyl hits August 19th.

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Aug 05
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Eyes Lips EyesHollywood

Trawlin’ through my soundcloud feed, this came up via Roll Call Records and caught my attention. The band’s latest EP, What You Want (If You Want) is out now, and if the rest of it is as fun and energetic as Hollywood, I’ll be a happy man.

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