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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

July 24, 2014 in Alternative, Ambient, Electro, Experimental, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Metal, Noise Rock, Pop, Psych Pop, Rock, Tribal Pop, Tropical Pop by Rex

Candy Darling – “Money” {Pop/Rock}

If you’re a fan of The Kills then you should definitely check these guys out. Plus their lyrics are easy to remember as well…(but is it “Joe’s money?“) The group is based out of Bristol, and although this single isn’t being released officially until September 1st you can pre-order it here.

Missiles of October – “Don’t Panic” {Noise Rock/Metal}

Speaking of Empire Records…was it just me or are there some intense Gwar flashbacks going on in this track? Anywaythatwasepic, the band is based out of Brussels and you can by their new release of the same title as a name-your-price download over at their Bandcamp page.

Distant Cousin – “Floating Above Nothing” {Electro/Ambient}

Distant Cousin’s name keeps on popping up here, there and everywhere (or maybe it’s because they kept sending us e-mails to check out their tunes…but are we ever glad they did!!) Their debut EP won’t be available on iTunes or Bandcamp until later this month, but in the mean time you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter and stream their tunes for free here.

Yus – “Superbeats” {Psych Pop}

It doesn’t really drop until over halfway through the song, but we’re totally digging the tropical, New Animal vibes going on in this track. Yus’ brand-spankin’ new album Talisman was released on June 23rd, and you can buy it for as little as $3.50 here.

Killers Walk Among Us – “Bonjour Tristesse” {Alternative Rock} + Free download

This band is like a mix between Placebo (but with better vocals), The Two Koreas and Joy Division, so naturally we fell head over heels for this track. If you like the song you can download it for free in the player below, but we highly recommend you buy it via iTunes here.

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Top new videos: Little Dragon, Lana Del Rey, Cloud Nothings + Sufjan Stevens is clearly on something

July 19, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Garage Pop, independent bands, Indie, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Pop, Punk, Soul, Synthpop by Rex

Sufjan Stevens – “Year Of The Tiger” {Electronic/Experimental}

When he’s not releasing surprisingly good Christmas albums or writing crazy awesome rap tunes, Mr. Sufjan’s releasing one of the most disturbingly messed-up videos I’ve ever watched in my entire life. Who needs drugs when you can watch music videos like this?

The Feather – “Invisible” {Indie Pop}

This music video looks more like a National Geographic documentary, and it covers the good (and the bad) of everyday life in Africa. Now that I think of it…it sure puts bitching about having a customer service representative hang up on me into perspective…Not that I filed a formal complaint to get her fired or anything….

Tiny Danza – “Killin’ It” {Pop}

With a band name that sounds like a classic Elton John song sung in a New Jersey accent, this band wowed us with their Canadian, badassery style. Apparently this Toronto-based group has been around for the past eight years, and if you like their stuff you should give them some “Like” love on Facebook.

Austra – “Hulluu” {Electronic/Experimental}

What in the “Knife-meets-The-Grudge” kind of hellish music video is this? Am I supposed to laugh? Am I laughing with them or at them? So many questions…but what else do you expect from the Witch House Queen Katie Stelmanis…

Hospitality – “I Miss Your Bones” {Indie Pop/Rock}

This feel-good music video documents the typical trials and tribulations of a teenage girl: Learning how to braid your hair via YouTube, dance-offs in the front yard, wanting to be part of the “cool” club…Hold up…selfie time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #love

Cloud Nothings – “Psychic Trauma” {Garage Pop/Punk}

The name of the song is fitting, only because this video gives you a glimpse of what it’s living inside the head of someone who’s suffered from some serious, serious trauma. It’s like living life through the eyes of Syd Barrett…

Rob Drabkin – “Don’t Worry About Me” {Alt-Folk}

This video will give you a bad case of the saddy-sad-sads, so I highly recommend you listen to a pick-me-up kind-of-tune after watching this one; (“Message In A Bottle,” perhaps?). Dat fro tho…

Little Dragon – “Pretty Girls” {Synthpop/Soul}

You can always count on Little Dragon to bring the storyline-in-a-music-video up just a tad (we’re talking spoken dialogue, zombies, the works). The video was directed by Nabil, and the track is off their mega-release Nabuma Rubberband.

Lana Del Rey – “Shades Of Cool” {Pop/Jazz}

I still can’t get over the irony in this song title now that Lana Del Rey wants to be all cool-emo and like, totally dead like Kurt Cobain now dude in a not-so-subtle druggie kind of way. The video gives off some classic vintage Lana vibes, not to mention a few Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-like shots thrown into the mix as well.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

July 18, 2014 in Americana, Dream Pop, Folk, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Hip Hop, independent bands, Indie, Rap, Rock by Rex

Mincer Ray – “A Pickaxe From My Mom” {Pop/Rock} + Free download

It may be a little rough around the edges but we can definitely hear a lot of promise in good ol’ Mincer Ray. (Have you heard the demo version of “Drain You”? I rest my case.) Plus his Mom sounds like a badass as well. If you like the song you can download it for free in the player below.

Split Wigs – “Body Double, Body Trouble” {Garage Rock/Americana}

That creepy-as-hell album cover was enough to have the memory of listening to this song ingrained in our brains (and nightmares) permanently, so luckily the song is pretty impressive as well. The band is based out of Nashville, and you can stream their tracks for free over at Rhed Rholl Recordings’ Bandcamp page.

The Derevolutions – “#Hashbags” {Hip Hop/Rap} + Free download

We’re used to hearing some pretty dope happy-go-poppy rock tunes from The Derevolutions, but now the Boston-based group decided to throw us a hippity hop track out of left field…and we’re totally loving it right now. The lyrics, the trumpets, the random coughing…there’s nothing we didn’t love about this track. If you have some extra time make sure you like the band on Facebook here.

Christian Lee Hutson – “Mess” {Folk/Americana}

With all the alternative/indie/whatever folk submissions we get on a regular basis, it’s nice to get one with some true-blue, no-funny-business-folky vibes. This track (which he describes as “another chapter in the long and tedious tale of the exorcism of my egomania” is off his forthcoming album Yeah Okay I Know, and you can check out the rest of his tuneage here.

Dream Lake – “Let Us Stay In The Light” {Dream Pop}

We’ve been long overdue for a dreamy pop tune, and luckily the appropriately-named and Grimes-sounding Dream Lake delivered. The group is based out of Sweden (because of course), and if you like the song you can buy it for just over $1 here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

June 30, 2014 in Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Indie Folk, Indie Pop, Instrumental, Noise Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk by Rex

Echo Cosmic – “Perfect” {Psych Rock} + Free download

We found this track intriguing in a heroin-y, Lou Reed kind-of-way, and it’s definitely unlike any other submission we’ve received here at RMD. The band is based out of San Francisco/London, and this track is off their new record Heavy Mellow which is being released on July 20th.

Kings Of Edelgran – “The Gate” {Indie Folk} + Free downloads

Kings Of Edelgran (or Kings of Leon for the extremely dyslexic) are based out of Belgium, and their influences include Bon Iver, Volcano Choir and even Sigur Rós (no surprise there). This track is off their new EP Kor Isen which was released back in April, and you can download it for free by heading on over to their Bandcamp page.

Basketball Shorts – “A Lot Of Things” {Pop/Punk} + Free download

Instead of thinking about sexy men in tiny, tight shorts whenever I see the words “basketball shorts,” now I’ll be thinking about this Austin-based band (and I’m still not sure whether I’m happy about that…). The tune is off the upcoming Basketball Shorts/Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party split release which is out on July 2nd via Fleeting Youth Records.

Slow Show – “It Doesn’t Attract” (ft. Amanda Thieme) {Indie Pop} + Free download

Get those happy pants suspendered and ready, because if this song doesn’t lift your shitty mood then I don’t know what will. The band is based out of Stockholm (we’ve already given them some RMD love here), and if you like the song you can download it for free in the player below.

бичкрафт – “майти найт дикс”  {Noise Rock/Instrumental}

We may not know how to pronounce their band name gracefully, and we have no idea what the song title means, but music has the power to break down any language barrier…right? The group is based out of Kiev, Ukraine, and you can buy their music as a name-your-price download here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

June 28, 2014 in Alternative, Ambient, Electronic, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Indie Pop, Instrumental, Pop, Shoegaze, Ska, Surf Rock by Rex

Ex-Pet – “You Are You Are” {Indie Pop}

Listening to this track was like swigging down a refreshing can of shit-eating grins, glittery poo and rainbows, and we couldn’t help but fall in love with its deliciously raw/New Pornographers vibe. Ex-Pet is actually a solo project led by Greg Nissan, and you can buy his new debut album Green Accent for $5 here.

Chemists/化学者 – “Heirloom Luna” {Electronic/Ambient}

We’ve already given Chemists/whatever-those-symbols-mean some love here, so as soon as we read that he was releasing some new material we just had to give him some more blog love; (and there’s more where that came from…) This track is off his new release Vision In Furs which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

Men of North Country – Game of Thrones theme (live) {Ska/Surf Rock}

Yes, you read the title right; and yes, this is probably one of the most epic submissions we’ve received yet; so if I were you I would press that play button right meow; If you like what you hear you can listen to some of their other tunes on Soundcloud, but make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Shadowpeak – “Falling Down” {Shoegaze/Grunge}

This track is alternatively rock-ish in a haunting kind of way; and turns out the group previously supported the Belgian band Believo, and their influences include My Bloody Valentine (because obviously). The group is based out of Holland and you can buy their new 6-track self-titled EP here.

The Vaporettos – “Fortress” {Alternative Rock}

Not only does this track have some yummy synth, it also sounds oh so Libertines and early/good Arctic Monkeys…plus they’re from Vancouver and they’re self-described as “post-punk and psych rock with UK mod culture.” (I think I’m in love…) This track is off their new self-titled EP which you can buy for $5 here.

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Top Indie Americana/Folk Tracks Of 2014 {Part 1}

May 29, 2014 in Alt-Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Classic Rock, Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Oldtime, Pop, Rock, Top 2014, Traditional Country, Traditional Folk, Uncategorized by Rex

WHOOP-Szo – “Jan. 3rd” {Psych Folk/Rock}

I always view Jan. 3rd as the day I start having flashbacks about what happened two nights before, but now it will forever remind me of this track (which is a prime example of spaced/chilled-out folk at its finest). This song is off their unpronounceable new album Niizhwaaswo which you can buy for $5 here.

Cloud Person – “Robber Barons” {Folk/Celtic}

This track has a little (oh who am I kidding? A hell-of-a-lot) of celtic influence – which we don’t get enough of here at RMD because some submissioners seem to think we cover artists like Rihanna – but hey, not everyone can be perfect like these guys! They’re based out of Seattle, and if you like their work you should buy their new album Monochrome Places for $7 here.

Dead Silent Film Stars – “Low Down Dirty Shame” {Americana/Rock}

We love this track just as much as we love Charlie Chaplin and…yeah, that’s the only dead silent film star we got…Anyways, this track is oh so deliciously Black Lips/of Montreal which is why we fell head over heels in love with it (and also because their submission e-mail was sent to us in what looks like Swedish…). If you like it as much as we do you can buy it for $0.99 via iTunes.

The Royal Oui – “True” {Folk/Pop}

This Vancouver-based duo is so badass they will perform their music anywhere. And by anywhere I mean under a bridge, in some kind of hollow container thingy, and even in rivers and streams (true story). This track is off their new self-titled album which was released back in February which you can buy for $9 here, or the track for as little as $1 here.

Clear Plastic Masks – “So Real” {Blues/Rock}

So…where do I sign up to be a member of the Clear Plastic Masks club? Because their live shows look pretty killer; (is it just me or does that drummer look a bit like Jesus?). Oh yeah and they’re from Nashville. Makes sense. This is the latest single off their debut full-length LP Being There which was just released on May 27th, and you can buy it via iTunes for $9.99 here.

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Thee Idea Men – “Help Me Mama” {Blues/Rock}

This band gives off some mean Kings of Leon vibes (not to mention that they sound like a perfect combination of every rock band I’ve ever loved in my entire life), so we didn’t find it too surprising that they were named as Revista Mock’s “Top 10 New Bands To Listen To” in 2013. This track is off their new album New Level Shoes which you can buy for $5 via their Bandcamp page.

The Holy Alimonies – “God Shit On Big City” {Rock/Alt-Country} + Free download

The band/track name, the album cover, the similarities to Dr. Dog…there wasn’t anything we didn’t like about this badass submission. If you like this song (because if you didn’t that would be silly, right?) you can download the track for free in the player below, but make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Green Rock River Band – “Rosie Ann” {Traditional Folk/Bluegrass} + Free download

We have no shame in hiding our love for the banjo, but it was the deep-as-fuck Crash Test Dummies-like vocals that helped this track win us over. The group (who are self-described as “doom folk and wonky tonk”) are based out of London, and you can buy their brand-spankin’ new album Rhinoceros for £8 here.

The River Monks – “Beasts” {Folk/Pop}

This group has a pleasant mixture of Paul Simon-like vocals and CSNY-like harmonies; but combine all of that with some good ol’ fashioned banjo and you have yourself a winner. This track is off their latest album Home Is The House which was released on May 20th, and you can buy it for $8 here.

Cashew & Cleary – “When Smiling CC Frowns” {Psych Folk/Classic Rock}

Apparently this Los Angeles-based group is prepping to release a string of EPs in the near future, so clearly they mean bizness. This track is off their new four-song EP Husbands Vol. 1 which is the first release of the series, and if you like their work you should check out the rest of their songs on their Soundcloud page.

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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 3}

May 28, 2014 in Alternative, Experimental, Fuzz Rock, Garage Rock, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Tribal, Tribal Rock by Rex

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Yelephants – “Five Tulips” {Indie/Garage Rock} + Free downloads

We wouldn’t be true-blue Empire Records nerds without giving a shout-out to a band with a wicked name, but luckily our love for this group goes well beyond the “Yelephant.” (Their album is called You Look Divorced. That is all.) They’re based out of New Orleans, and you can download their new album in its entirety for free over at their Bandcamp page.

Yassou Benedict – “In Fits In Dreams” {Pop/Rock}

Besides getting an immense craving for Eggs Benedict, discovering this Cat Power-y artist was the highlight of our March; (oh yeah, and the video is amazeballs too). You can buy their new album for as little as $5 here, but if you join their mailing list you might even get yourself some “goodies,” whatever that means…

The Lunar Effect – “Getting To Grips With You” {Grunge/Rock}

Has Kurt Cobain been Tupac-dead and living in England this whole time? On the reals though, this is the most Nirvana-like group we’ve come across yet (AKA they’re pretty damn awesome). If you like this song you can buy it for £1 here or download their entire album for £4 here.

Calliope – “Casino” {Garage Rock}

We didn’t find it too surprising that Calliope recorded their latest LP Orbis in a remote cabin in the northern woods of Wisconsin, only because any Canadian redneck can tell you that magical things can happen in the woods; (like whatever goes down in Austra’s crazy music videos, for instance…) If you like their work you should give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Janitors – “Homecoming Queer (Ain’t That A Man)” {Fuzz/Garage Rock}

We first covered this song back in March, but after the Eurovision Song Contest it got stuck in our head again (for whatever reason…) and are we ever glad it did. If you like the track you can buy it for as little as $1 here, but if you have some extra time be sure to check out the rest of their impressive discography via their Bandcamp page.

Black Flowers Café - “Be” {Alternative Rock}

A trance-y rhythm guitar section, a riff that will win you over immediately…and the fact that they’re cute Italians may have helped a teensy bit…This track is one-half of their intelligently titled album Be/Polar (with the other half being “Polar,” obviously) and you can buy it for as little as €2 here.

Moths & Locusts – “Slumper” {Psych/Tribal Rock}

Moths always seem to have a weird habit of flying directly IN MY FACE, and luckily this band had the same effect otherwise I never would have discovered this track. The band is based out of Vancouver Island (Hollaaaaa) and you can stream a crapton of their past releases via Bandcamp here.

Klozapin – “Perception” {Experimental/Psych Rock}

Their vibe is definitely out there and certainly not for anyone who can’t handle their brain cells being swirled around for a few minutes, but we’re all about overdosing on Klozapin’s “tasty noise rock shake” right about meow. The group is based out of Oneonta, New York and you can download the song as a name-your-price download here.

Vensaire – “Tel Aviv” {Indie Rock/Pop}

Let’s see here…we’re borderline obsessed with Widowspeak’s “Fir Coat,” “True Believer, ” “Locusts,” “Gun Shy“…(you get our drift…) so it seems only fitting that we fell in love with this track as well. This Brooklyn “anti-band” consists of Alex LaLiberte, Widowspeak’s Robert Earl Thomas, the famed club DJ Hunter Hawes, drummer Alex Jacobs and Lanlady’s Renata Zeiguer, and this track is off their debut album Perdix which you can buy for $10 here.

[V] – “Numbers” {Indie Rock} + Free download

We love us some homemade, lo-fi recordings, and this track is living proof that you don’t to spend like a Kardtrashian to come up with something timeless and unforgettable. We already covered this track earlier this year, so in case you missed out on the memo you can download the track for free in the player below.

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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 2}

May 27, 2014 in Alternative, Classic Rock, Free downloads, Garage Rock, independent bands, Indie, Indie Rock, Pop, Post-Punk, Psychedelic Rock, Shoegaze, Surf Rock, Tribal Rock by Rex

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Black Linen – “The Face” {Classic Rock}

This track is perhaps overshadowed by its epic video which is definitely/totally NSFW (unless your work consists of certain acts that I won’t type out as we’ll end up in some perv’s search engine…) The duo are two ex-members of the garage band The Booze as well as the UK-based Joe Lean and The Jing Jang John (Ed. note: Awesome) and you can check out the rest of their tuneage via Soundcloud here.

The Library Is On Fire – “Sleeping Out Loud” {Indie Rock}

So let me get this straight: The Library Is On Fire’s music is so awesome that the founder thought it was more important to think about a band name than to save burning people in a library? Yup, I can believe it. If you have some extra time on your hands (we know you do…) then we highly recommend you check out the rest of his new release Halycon And Surrounding Areas in full over at his Soundcloud page because each and every track is pretty mindblowing.

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Soonar – “All Made Of Parts” {Alternative Rock/Shoegaze} + Free downloads

OK so *maybe* it was the video that originally sold us on this tune (don’t blame us because we find guys running around in boxer shorts highly entertaining!) but on the reals though…this here is a riff to fire Dave Mustaine for. The group is based out of Holland, and if you like this track you can buy it as a name-your-price download here, but while you’re at it take advantage of the free downloads over at their Bandcamp page.

GGGHOST TOWNNN – “My Shark Is Gonna Eat Yours” {Garage/Surf Rock}

They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m all about this group right now; (they have a 13 minute song called “Some Asshole Stole My Phone At Ty Segall” – what do you expect??) This track is off their latest release Shocktopussy which is available on some lovely pink cassette tapes for as little as £3 (or you can buy as a digital album for £10 here).

Billy Moon – “Video Girls” {Pop/Rock}

Apparently this artist’s new musical venture is doing a lot better than his previous groups because his past bandmates were “more interested in being personal trainers than being in a band. Less squats, more rock.” (Couldn’t have said it better myself, boo). If you like this tune you can buy it for $1 here.

Le Rug – “Harold Camping” {Alternative/Post-Punk} + Free download

With a track that brings out our inner ADHD, this group immediately caught our attention thanks their Karen O tendencies and an EP called Cut Off Your Dick And Turn Into Slime; (that’s right, Cut Off Your Dick And Turn Into Slime). If you like this track you can download it for free here or pre-order their forthcoming album Press Start (The Collection) for $5 here.

Passenger Peru – “Dirt Nap” {Alternative/Psych Rock} + Free download

We just can’t get enough of being in, up and all around this track (oh “Dirt Nap,” will you marry me?) and if this track doesn’t get the duo some big-wig attention then I don’t know what will. You can take advantage of its free download in the player below, but we highly recommend you buy their new self-titled album for $5 here.

Cheri Cheri Jaguar – “Walk/Don’t Walk” {Post-Punk}

The fact that they opened for Beach Fossils and Wampire in Paris speaks volumes of earbleeding proportions, but this track was enough to sell us on the band alone. The tune is off their latest album Collapsing Vapor which was released in April, and you can buy it for as little as €4 over at their Bandcamp page.

Rasputin’s Secret Police – “Zoe” {Alternative Rock/Grunge} + Free download

Apparently Rasputin’s Secret Police are kind of a big deal in Philadelphia and are so badass they actually recorded their music on a Tascam 8-track digital recorder above a fishing and hunting retailer. (True story). You can download this track for free, but we’re totally peer pressuring you to buy it as a name-your-price download here.

The Trouble Starts – “Faulkner” {Alternative Rock}

Count on a group from Seattle to craft a deep and profoundly intense track that will stick with you for days after listening to it (cloudy, depressing skies can be a good thing sometimes…) If you like this track you can buy it for as little as $1 here or buy their latest album West for $5 here.

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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

May 26, 2014 in Acoustic Punk, Classic Rock, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Surf Rock by Rex

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King Mountain Petrol – “Thunder Muscle” {Shoegaze}

We fell in love with this track as soon as we heard it (because there would be something seriously wrong with us if the words “big” loud” and “fuzzy” didn’t grab our attention immediately…) If you want to download their debut EP Tusk (which contains the equally epic track “Minerals“) all you have to do is share their Bandcamp page with at least one other person (and give them instructions to do them same) and you will be sent a download.

Redanda – “1/2 £” {Indie Rock}

We couldn’t help but give our best side-eye when we saw the Reverse Tranny Club album title, but luckily Redanda spelled it all out for us: (“Remember, ‘tranny’ can be defined as: 1. a transvestite 2. the transmission in a motor vehicle 3. photographic transparency 4. a transistor radio.”) Thanks, tips! The band is from Hamilton, Ontario and you can buy their new album for as little as $5 here.

 

The Montauk Project – “The Beast” {Grunge/Rock}

In case you haven’t figured it out by the number of peeps sporting tacky dark purple lipstick, the 90s are like, totally “in” now dude; and evidently grunge has made a musical comeback so far in 2014. These New Yorkers are a prime example of that fact as they sound like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Silverchair all mooshed-up together (AKA a 90s nostalgic wonderland). To buy this track for as little as $0.99 via iTunes click here.

Threesome- “Tellurion”  {Surf Rock}

As if the fact that they’re represented by Ding Dong Records isn’t enough, this group sounds strikingly similar to one of our numero uno favourite Vancouver acts Big John Bates; rockabilly style. This song is off a new 22-track surf compilation titled Monsters Of Surf featuring surfy bands from all over North/South America and Europe, and you can buy the release for $10 here.

The Two Koreas – “Poor Man’s Tony Wilson Blues” {Garage Rock/Pop}

Once we got over the PTS of piddling in our panties, we fully embraced The Two Koreas’ brand spankin’ new release LP Winner (but made sure we bought a pack of diapers before doing so). If you like this song you can buy it for as little as $1 or the entire four-track EP for $4 over at their Bandcamp page.

Pleistocene – “The Band” {Pop/Rock}

If you still listen to Shannon and The Clams’ “Rip Van Winkle” on repeat while you’re cleaning, shopping, or crying yourself to sleep because you’ve had to endure another day of Kimye’s nonstop wedding coverage, then this track is for you. Pleistocene is actually a solo project led by Katie Preston along with “a rotating cast of musicians,” and you can buy her new album Ontario Girls for $7 here.

Howlin’ Hoffman – “Turn Around” {Classic Rock}

This track is more classic and timeless than what Bob Dylan has been trying to pull off these past few decades (which isn’t saying a lot I know…) You can buy their three-track, self-titled release as a name-your-price-download over at their Bandcamp page, but make sure you give them some “Like” love while you’re at it too.

Jargon Party – “Lucy Melanie” {Psych Rock/Pop}

If every submission was like this one we’d be running out of tracks to NOT put in our Top Indie Rock Tracks list; (ain’t no party like a Jargon party!!) We’re digging the classical elements in the song, but the tinges of surf are what really won us over. If you dig their vibe you can buy their new album via iTunes for $8.91 (or each individual track for $0.99) here.

Corporate Hearts – “The Best Times In Disguise” {Acoustic Punk/Rock} + Free downloads

Like a page from early Against Me!/Tom Gabel’s notebook, this track is acoustic punk at its finest, and probably one of the best of its kind to ever grace our Inbox these past couple of years. The band is based out of Philadelphia, and you can download a crapton of their tracks/albums for free (or buy them as a name-your-price download) via their Bandcamp page.

Fragments Of God – “Starcrossed” {Psych Rock/Shoegaze}

This track is like a swirling storm of impressive guitarwork, but that’s not the only thing going on in this tune. There’s also some deliciously psychedelic and experimental rock in there, not to mention a whole lotta other awesomeness. The group is based out of Nashville (because of course) and you can buy their new album for $5 here.

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by Rex

Top 5 indie tracks of the week

May 19, 2014 in Ambient, Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Indie Pop, Noise Rock, Pop, Punk, Rock, Sunshine Pop, Surf Punk, Surf Rock, Uncategorized by Rex

SANDRATZ – “Headless Body Topless Bar” {Surf Punk}

Besides having a “well, alrighty then” moment with the track name, we were instantly intrigued by group just for the sheer fact that they can do a better punk than most punk bands, and a better borderline rap than P. Diddly Puff Dad. (Yeah, I went there). The track is off their latest release Hard Work Never Killed Anybody (But I Ain’t Taking No Chances) which you can buy for as little as $3 here.

Readable Graffiti – “Every Day Takes A Little Time” {Pop/Rock}

Maybe it’s because I was tired as fuck when I first played this single and thought to myself “mmmm, a cup of world-famous Melbourne coffee would be oh so good right now,” or maybe it’s because we’ve already slobbered all over the group here and here, but we are all about this new Readable Graffiti track right now. The track is off their forthcoming EP Out To The Races which is due out later this year.

Jagged – “Give ‘Er Bells” {Experimental/Noise Rock} + Free download

Some of the many words used to describe Jagged’s sound include “a 2-piece jazz-metal-noise army” with guitars that “straddle the border between sublime and ridiculous” and drums that are “brutally bombastic and constantly shifting;” but personally I prefer the layman’s term: “Not boring.” If you like the song you can download it for free in the player below, but we highly recommend you buy it as a name-your-price download here.

Shaman B – “And He” {Electronic/Ambient}

If you’re all about electronic artists who are generally awesome and draw in inspirations from a variety of world music genres, then definitely check this guy out. You can download his entire release for free over at his Bandcamp page, but make sure you “Like” him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter too.

Balue – “Charming Flow” {Sunshine Pop}

If you live in a land of rain, rain and more rain (story of my life) then this summery single might be exactly what the weatherman ordered for you. The group is based out of New Mexico, and you can pre-order their new release Quiet Dreamer for as little as $5 here.

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