Top new tracks: Alt-J, The Shins, Bleached, The Vaselines + Metallica wants your money again

June 29, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Americana, Blues, Electronic, Folk, House, Indie Pop, Metal, Pop, Rock

Metallica – “Lords Of Summer” {Metal/Rock}

Ruh roh…looks like Lars Ulrich needs a new swimming pool!! No word yet as to whether the track will be included on the Metallica’s forthcoming and highly-anticipated LP, but seeing that it’s listed as a “garage demo,” chances are another final studio cut of the track may be in the works.

The Vaselines – “One Lost Year” {Pop/Rock}

Kurdt’s beloved Vaselines are back with a new track which seems to be written about the year I discovered Chilean red wine…Anywho, this track is off their new LP V For Vaselines which is being released on September 29th, and the release is also said to feature Stevie Jackson of Belle & Sebastian as well as Frank Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub.

The Shins – “So Now What” {Indie Pop}

The Shins continue to be all pleasant and stuff with a track that definitely has some “where have you been all my life?” vibes. The single is off the new Wish I Was Here soundtrack which also features the likes of Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power. And because The Shins are NPR snobs you’re going to have to go here to listen to the track before listening to a short advertisement. Because of course.

Alt-J – “Hunger Of The Pine” {Alternative}

I find it very not-so-odd that I accidentally typed “Hungover On A Plane” for my first attempt at typing out this song title…but moving on. This new Alt-J tune is off their forthcoming sophomore album This Is All Yours, which is being released on September 22nd.

Manu El Chino – “Musich Machine” {Electronic/House} + Free download

We can’t help but love a song that is hard to pronounce but we try anyway because it makes us feel all cultured and stuff. (Plus the track has an LCD Soundsystem bass to boot.) Oh and the dude is from Corsica AKA a French island in the Mediterranean Sea. Swoooooon.

Jenny Gillespie – “Child Of The Universe” {Alt-Folk}

If you want to feel like this but don’t want to feel like this, then definitely give this song a listen; (but we’re warning you now…the tune certainly has a case of the Sharon-Van-Etten-sads with a slight Celtic tinge). Gillespie is based out of San Francisco, and this track is off her new album Chamma which was released on June 3rd on her own label Narooma Records

Bleached – “For The Feel” {Surf Punk}

Fuck whoever the crappy contenders are for writing the official 2014 summer song, because “For The Feel” is where it’s at. The song is off the band’s new EP which is due out on July 22nd (digitally) as well as September 16th (on vinyl).

Darrin Bradbury – “A Life Spent Pissing In The Wind” {Folk/Americana}

And just when we thought it couldn’t get better than “Swordfish,” Darrin goes ahead and croons “I’m just looking for a place to die…” (Tear). This track is off his new release Death In My Left Ear which he wrote in between two legs of a whopping 35-day tour, and you can buy the release as a name-your-price download here.

 

Hailer – “Cold Outside” {Pop/Rock}

This song was probably-more-than-likely not written in the past two weeks because it’s been hotter than a sweaty nutsack where I’m living; (then again the band is from Australia so….). If you like their work you can follow the band on Twitter here.

Jonny Debt – “Purple Heart” {Rock/Blues}

Not only is this song pretty damn awesome, it also has a touching story behind it as well. Apparently Jonny wrote the first part of this song for his high school girlfriend before it sat on a shelf collecting dust for years, and then after getting back together with her he decided to finish it off. If you like this track you can by it for as little as $1 over at his Bandcamp page.

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Top Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

June 19, 2014 in Alt-Country, Classic Rock, Electro, Electronic, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Rock, Soul, Sunshine Pop, Synthpop, Top 2014

Tennis – “Cured Of Youth” {Sunshine Pop}

Tennis could release a track about a steaming pile of poo we’d still be all over that shit (well not in the literal sense or anything…), and even though this track is off their 2013 release we couldn’t help but sneak a little Tennis in here; (it was officially released as a single in 2014 after all…) This track is off their Small Sound EP which you can purchase here.

Sisyphus – “Rhythm of Devotion” {Electronic/Hip Hop}

Now that we’ve gotten over our “no, their band name isn’t symphillus” moment, we fully immersed ourselves in this hippity hop-y single; (and the fact that Sufjan Stevens is involved with the project may have had a little something to do with it). The band also features the likes of Son Lux and rapper Serengeti.

Shark Week – “Go West” {Alt-Country/Indie Rock}

We all have that one friend who is totally and utterly obsessed with sharks, so the next time your friend goes on an on and on about shark statistics or their Richard Dreyfuss obsession, put on this track to distract them for a few minutes; (every little bit helps right?) The group is based out of Toronto/Oshawa, Ontario, and if you can digs it make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Django Django – “Porpoise Song” (Monkees cover) {Psych/Classic Rock}

Django Django always had a classic Beatles/Tame Impala kind of vibe going on, so them covering The Monkees made a whole lotta sense in our eyes. The track was released as a single on marbled vinyl 7″ for this year’s Record Store Day.

Eugene McGuinness – “Godiva” {Pop/Rock}

We wouldn’t be a true-blue Eugene stalker (true story) without drooling all over this video that has “O” faces galore, but turns out the track is almost as epic as 2012′s “Harlequinade.” Almost. Apparently his forthcoming album Chroma is described as “a direct, stripped-back guitar album,” and it’s being released on July 7th via Domino.

Slates – “Taiga” {Punk/Rock}

Given that Slates is from one of the coldest cities in Canada (AKA Edmonton) it’s not too surprising that this video of theirs oozes Canadia (the snow, the AC/DC poster hanging up in the window, etc. etc.) The single is off their album of the same title which was released back in February, and you can stream it in full here.

Bipolar Sunshine – “Team” (Lorde cover) {Indie Pop} + Free download

Not only did we just discover a band with one of the most epic names ever, we also discovered a pretty impressive Lorde cover that’s available as a free download (#Winningx3). And in case you didn’t know already, the group is led by Adio Marchant (of KiD BRiTiSH), and you can watch the video for their most recent single (“Where Did The Love Go”) here.

Frank Ocean ft. Diplo & The Clash – “Hero” {Soul/Electronic} + Free download

Frank Ocean is one of those artists who knows how to grasp an emotion perfectly, and this track is proof Franky boy’s voice can suit any genre. If you like the tune as much as we do make sure you snag that free download in the player below.

Black Bananas – “Physical Emotions” {Synthpop}

My love for this track goes well beyond the video (80s-like synth, dudes jumping out of boomboxes and doing the robot…need I say more?) The single is off their brand spankin’ new album Electric Brick Wall which was released on June 24th via Drag City.

SLEEP SLEEP – “Take The Money & Run” {Electropop/Rock}

We’re still not entirely sure what this video is about (but the technological sci-fi vibes seem to suit the track perfectly…) The track is off their latest release Gospel which was released back in April, and you can buy it for €7.99 here.

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Top Indie Pop Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

June 4, 2014 in Alternative, Chillwave, Classic Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Pop, Psych Pop, Rock, Synthpop, Top 2014

Heart-Sick Groans – “Black Hair Typography” {Experimental Pop/Folk}

I’ve seen a lot of crazy videos during my joke-of-a-career as a mediocre music blogger, but on a level of Nikolai Fraiture to Ozzy Osbourne this video is definitely a Phil Spector. This track is off their EP of the same title which was released in April, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

The Rebel Light – “Be My Baby” (Ronettes cover) {Classic Pop} + Free download

Speaking of Phil Spector and crazy rock stars…The Rebel Light have decided to cover the same song Brian Wilson used to play hundreds of times a day when he was high on acid; (yes, the song is/was that good). If you like the tune you can download it for free in the player below.

Blue Cast Catalyst – “Agree Machines” {Psych Pop/Electronic}

While the Habs spent the first half of the year dreaming of winning the NHL Playoffs, this New York-based band was cooking up something good. So good in fact, that it ended up spitting out song lyrics in colourful, attention-grabbing text. True story. Their new LP Socrates Sculpture isn’t hitting the pavement until June 17th, but in the mean time you can follow the band on Facebook here.

Tree – “Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Whole” ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn {Chillwave/Pop}

If you’re the kind of person who hates it when songs get stuck in your head for days at a time, then take my advice and don’t ever listen to “Electric Avenue” or this track; (actually, listen to this track because it’s catchy as hell, but “Electric Avenue” stands.) If you like this track as much as we do you can buy it for $0.99 via iTunes.

Darkness Falls – “Hazy” {Alternative Pop}

Besides the fact that this track has a haunting melody that can hook you instantly, the video is also packed full of all of my favourite things: Doggies, chicken (well, not in food form..) and old men dancing! Seriously, dem senior citizens sure know how to rock a sexy line dance don’t they? This track is off their EP of the same title which you can buy for €2.99 via iTunes.

Walrus – “Banger” {Psych Pop/Garage Rock}

Nova Scotia may be best known as being the home to the first Canadian Big Brother winner (OK well maybe from my point of view…) but if this group keeps up the good tuneage it will forever be known as the home of the almighty Walrus. This track is off their split cassette Chief Thundercloud/Walrus which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

CANOPIES – “Getting Older” {Psych/Synthpop} + Free downloads

This is the kind of song that belongs on every/any playlist; right in between Tame Impala and Cut Copy (if good music is your thing, that is…) If you like the song you can download it for free in the player below, and they also have some other free downloads available over at their Soundcloud page.

Grand Cousin – “Oxygen” {Pop/Rock}

Here’s yet another ridiculously catchy tune to add to your snobby music collection (hey, we’re all music snobs over here at RMD right?) If you like their work you can check out the rest of their tunes over at their Soundcloud page, but while you’re at it make sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.

Borrowed Beams of Light – “Drawing Blanks” {Pop/Rock}

With a black-and-white music video and an impressive whistle that will leave you with a shit-eating grin on your face from start to finish (you’ve been forewarned…) this poppy track definitely stood out to us during the first half of 2014. The group is based out of Virginia, and you can buy their new album for $10 via Bandcamp.

Manfred Kidd – “Lights” {Alternative Pop}

We covered this track back in March but kept returning to it time and time again (dat chorus tho…) You can buy the track for $0.99 via iTunes here, but while you’re at it make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram too.

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Top Indie Electronic Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

May 30, 2014 in Ambient, Dance, Disco, Dream Pop, Electro, Electrogoth, Electronic, Electronica, Experimental, Free downloads, Hip Hop, House, PR&B, Synthpop, Techno, Top 2014, Witch House

Hugo Bianco – “Taurus” (Alberto Ruiz remix) {Techno/House}

Normally we’re not a fan of remixes (only because there’s only so many Beyoncé/Ellie Goulding/Rihanna remixes a girl can delete in one sitting…) but this one definitely stood out for us. Hugo Bianco is a Miami-based DJ, and if you like this track you can buy it via Beatport for £1.12 here.

Suren Unka –  ”130″ {Electro/House}

This here is our first electronic Kiwi submission to make our lists which makes the track extra special, but we’re especially digging the tinges of world music heard in the tune (what do you expect from a track with a meditating tiger on its cover?) This song is off his latest release El Chupacabra (or to us ADHD Star Wars nerds: El Chewbacca), and you can buy it for $17.90 via iTunes.

White Birches – “Take Me Dancing” {Witch House/Synthpop}

In case you haven’t figured out our Canadian-y “bands with tree names” obsession (Exhibit A; Exhibit B.) it was only a matter of time before this track swept us off our feet with its broomy, witch house vibes. The track is off their debut EP Stands Of White Birches which was released on April 22nd, and you can stream it in full for free over at their Soundcloud page.

Stereodyssey – “Deep Space” {Synythpop}

We love us some cheesy synth just because it makes us feel like two-year-old kids again, but this track proves that there’s a darker, deeper and more mysterious side to the synth than we’ve ever heard before. The group is based out of Florida, and you can buy their Memory Bank Vol. II Moon Songs EP as a name-your-price download here.

Arkatec & Anselmo – “Reach Around” {Techno/Dance}

This is some true-blue, fist-pumping and robot material right here (I can see the swirling rave lights already…) If you like this song make sure you check out Arkatec’s Soundcloud, YouTube and Facebook pages, and give him a follow on Beatport as well.

DAVIDS – “Iranians” {Synthpop/Electronica}

Besides the KANYE KAPS LOCK name, it was the the magnificent circular hairdo and 80s wardrobes in this epic video that first got our attention. The group is based out of Toronto, and this is the second single off their debut EP 0613EP which you can as a name-your-price download here.

Low Res – “11.23″ {Experimental/Hip Hop} + Free downloads

You know that feeling you get when you put a song on as background music, but then it ends up being so great you drop everything that you’re doing? That’s pretty much what this song did for us; (paying the bills can wait…right?) This track is off his latest release Outside which is currently available as a free download over at his Bandcamp page.

Chic – “Everybody Dance” (Few Friends Edit) {House/Disco} + Free download

This Belgian disco is so hot I’m about to drown in my own sweat (I am Canadian; we don’t handle the heat very well…) Few Friends is actually a duo consisting of two Belgian producers, and if you like their work you can download the track for free in the player below, and give them some “Like” love on Facebook too.

Film/Noir – “Limbo” {Electronic/Dream Pop} + Free downloads

From the trance-y tribal synthbone to the addictive bassline, this track exceeded all our expectations when it comes to electro submissions. The project is led by a 19-year-old Londoner (who we already covered in one of our Top 5 Indie Tracks of the Week posts), and you can download two of his tracks for free via Soundcloud.

Lennox Row – “I Knov You’we Been (Sin) There” {Ambient/Experimental}

A rare Polish submission is a fine submission indeed, but the fact that this track is so complex you can almost get lost in it made it extra special to our ears. The group is based out of Krakow, and you can download their latest release (J’ai Une âme Solitaire) as a name-your-price download 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

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 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

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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

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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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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

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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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

May 13, 2014 in Dream Pop, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Garage Rock, independent bands, Indie, Indie Folk, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock

Clouder – “Phantom Girl” {Garage Rock} + Free download

It doesn’t take much to get us excited (teacup chihuahuas, scruffy men holding puppies, watching Solange beat the crap out of Jay-Z, etc. etc.) so hearing this track was like jumping in an ice cold freezing tub of AWESOME. The group is based out of Brooklyn, and if you like this rockabilly-ish track you can download it for free in the player below.

Juleah – “The Verge” {Psych Rock/Pop}

We’re starting to pick away at our massive mid-year Top Indie Tracks of 2014 series (hence the lack of posts and subsequent eye twitching), and we were pretty stoked to include this track…until we realized it was released in 2013….Nevertheless this is definitely not a track to miss out on, and if you like it as much as we do you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

Moro & The Silent Revolution – “City Pastoral” {Indie Folk} + Free download

They’re based out of Italy and described as “Anglo-American folk-pop,” so naturally this submission peaked our interest as soon as it graced our eyeballs. This track is off their latest EP Homegrown which was released last year, and you can download the track for free in the player below (but make sure you give them some “Like” love while you’re at it too).

To listen to the song click here.

Invisible Elephant – “From The Bottom Of The Well” ft. Maryliz Guillemi {Experimental/Dream Pop}

I’ve heard through the musical gravevine that a lack of sleep heightens creativity, and now I believe it even more after listening to this release. Apparently this UK artist wrote his latest album during a period of “disturbed sleep” where he had vivid dreams about being dragged underneath crashing ocean waves (which is ironically how I felt after listening to this tune). The track is off his appropriately titled album Sleepwalking which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

Parkwave – “Inside” {Pop/Rock} + Free download

Coldplay-like riffs and Liam Gallagher-like vocals, these Italian guys know how to rock some Brit pop better than most Brits which is a talent in itself. This track is off their most recent release Blow In/Out which hit the pavement this past April, and you can buy it for as little as €3 here or download it for free in the player below.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

May 6, 2014 in Alternative, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Instrumental, Rock

Calan Mai – “We’ve Got Love” {Folk}

Now that Calan Mai has achieved winning a 2006 Australasian Children’s songwriting competition and turning me on with his sexy scruff, the time has come for him to release this debut single which is off his five track EP Days On The Rock Face. The EP isn’t being released until July but if you like his work you can like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter too.

To listen to the song click here.

Hunter & Wolfe – “Paris, Ohio” {Alternative Rock} + Free downloads

If the words “soulful, Walkmen-like vocals” haven’t intrigued you yet then A. You should seriously consider re-evaluating your musical tastes and B. Get the hell off my blog, man! (No wait…please don’t…) You can buy their new album as a name-your-price-download, or get the entire release for free by entering “0″ in the price box.

Urvah Khan – “N.I.B.” (Black Sabbath cover) {Electropop/Experimental} + Free download

My general rule of thumb when it comes to artists who have enough balls to cover classic rock gods like Black Sabbath is that if you’re going to cover them, cover them right; and this artist certainly delivered. Khan is based out of Toronto, and if you like the tune you can download it for free in the player below and “Like” her on Facebook here.

Isaiah Gage – “Washed In The Sunlight” {Experimental}

Familiar, indielicious vocals, chilled-out backbeats, experimental “cello-centric” interludes….there isn’t one thing we didn’t love about this song. Gage is a cellist-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of New York, and he just released his dolo LP Suddenly Home which you can slobber over and/or buy for $7 via his Bandcamp page.

Setsuko – “節子” {Instrumental/Hip Hop} + Free download PIC?

We’ve been a little slow on the hip hop and instrumental fronts as of late (don’t blame me because bands like Kind Of Creatures exist!) so stumbling upon this impressive track was a very special treat indeed. If you like the song you can download it for free here.

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