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Download:  The Sandman’s Orchestra – The Rememberer
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Download: The Sandman’s Orchestra – The Rememberer

Stark instrumentation backs glimmering vocals on “The Rememberer,” the first single from French act The Sandman’s Orchestra‘s forthcoming album, Crying For The Moon. Having established a dark folk sound on their 2011 debut Silver Linings, the duo of Pierre Laplace and Léonie Gabriel expanded on this sound with last year’s Nocturne. Pairing collaborator Nicolas Fahy’s … Continue reading

Video: Firestations – Forgetful Man
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Video: Firestations – Forgetful Man

Citing contemporary influences such as Low and Sparklehorse, London-based Firestations may unwittingly draw from the progressive soft rock of fellow Londoner Alan Parsons and his namesake Project’s 1984 album, Ammonia Avenue. With two two EPs released in 2012, Firestations will issue their debut LP, Never Closer, on 24 November via Waltz Time Records. The album’s … Continue reading

Download: Electrician – Billowing Clouds
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Download: Electrician – Billowing Clouds

Tin foil hat alert! Bordering on Mel Gibson-level paranoia, Bay Area anarchist folk act Electrician‘s latest single, “Billowing Clouds,” is filled with synthesized horns to drown out the din of hovering helicopters. Surprisingly recorded in the open under the Austin, Texas sun by duo Neil Campau and Ellen Avis, “Billowing Clouds” is a six-minute distress … Continue reading

Bootleg: John Moreland Live at The Heavy Metal Shop (3/18/2014)
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Bootleg: John Moreland Live at The Heavy Metal Shop (3/18/2014)

John Moreland, likely one of your favorite songwriter’s favorite songwriter, is prepping his followup to 2013’s In the Throes and needs your help to release High on Tulsa Heat. To release High on Tulsa Heat, his third solo album, Moreland is starting his own label, hence the crowdsourcing campaign. Having met the goal, you can … Continue reading

Download: Tinkerbelles – When Puppies Cry
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Download: Tinkerbelles – When Puppies Cry

From the ashes of Chicago’s Gypsyblood, former members Adam Mohundro and Christian Dawson have risen to bring you the trash-pop Tinkerbelles. Kneading garage rock and post-punk, Tinkerbelles’ debut single, “When Puppies Cry,” is an abrasive yet melodic blast of sound that could have been recorded in one take were it not for its closing seconds … Continue reading

First Listen: Wilder Maker – Hope Springs
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First Listen: Wilder Maker – Hope Springs

Not to be confused with Trio’s 1982 single “Da Da Da” that was resurrected for a Volkswagen commercial fifteen years later, “Hope Springs,” the new single from Brooklyn-based Wilder Maker has a similar vocal undercurrent residing below its sparkly country shuffle. An ode to love, the repeated “Die, Die, Die” cleaves the song in two, … Continue reading

Video: Spirits and the Melchizedek Children – So Happy, It’s Sad (NSFW)
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Video: Spirits and the Melchizedek Children – So Happy, It’s Sad (NSFW)

Releasing their sophomore album, So Happy, It’s Sad, in March of this year, Atlanta mope-rock outfit Spirits and the Melchizedek Children have now issued a video for the album’s title track. Given the album’s title, one immediately thinks of The Smiths or Morrissey, yet SATMC owe more to earlier Radiohead and the moody detachment of … Continue reading

Video: City and The Sea – Trouble
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Video: City and The Sea – Trouble

Hamilton, Ontario quartet City and The Sea have released “Trouble,” the second single from their double A-side release, the first song, “Venture,” having been released in July. The cheeky pop-punk missive was written following bassist Dave Marini’s adventures in Cuba. The song’s video, shot during last month’s Supercrawl, Hamilton’s annual arts and culture festival, plays … Continue reading