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[new music roundup] 11.13.15



A few of my favorite new releases this week…





GIVERS//New Kingdom



Kishi Bashi//String Quartet Live!



Kylie Minogue//Kylie Christmas



Oneohtrix Point Never//Garden of Delete



The Pains of Being Pure at Heart//Hell EP



Parquet Courts//Monastic Living EP


What are your favorite new releases this week?


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(31) Days of Good: Day 5

I love pop music, I really do.  Unfortunately, because of all the garbage that gets played out on the radio and the dime a dozen award shows these days, I feel like pop music gets a bad rap.  But take a look beyond all of the Rihana’s, Beiber’s, Ke-dollar-ha’s, and Usher’s out there, and you’ll find that pop music really isn’t all that bad.  So without further ado, some of my favorite pop songs of 2011.


I wish I could write songs half as well as Brett Dennen.  The folk/pop singer-songwriter released his fourth studio album this year and it was packed with some truly fantastic and infectious pop songs.  As good as an album Loverboy is, it was actually very easy to pick just one track.  “Sydney (I’ll Come Running)” is most definitely one of my favorite songs of the year and it’s one that’s been on constant repeat since first listen.  I dare you to listen just once.

♪ Brett Dennen – Sydney (I’ll Come Running) (from Loverboy)

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Hailing from Lafayette, LA, GIVERS are an indie pop quintet that specialize in youthful songs filled with optimism and positivity.  They have a peppiness to them that reminds me of Vampire Weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., and Pepper Rabbit.  In 2010, the band was named the ‘Best of What’s Next’ by PASTE Magazine and a ‘Band to Watch’ by Stereogum, who describes their music as “packed with that sort of psychedelic buoyancy, homegrown exoticism… and rattling optimism/joy.”  Today’s track come from the band’s debut album, In Light, and expect to hear a lot more from GIVERS, I don’t expect them to slow down anytime soon.

GIVERS – Up Up Up (from In Light)

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Library Voices are a Canadian indie pop band from Regina, Saskatchewan.  Formed in 2008 as a ten-piece group of musician friends, they have released two EPs and two full-length albums.  Their second full-length album, this year’s Summer of Lust, has a number of post-worthy tracks, but if you can only listen to one, “Generation Handclap” is a no-brainer.

Library Voices – Generation Handclap (from Summer of Lust)

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What were your favorite pop songs of 2011?

[CMJ 2011] First Round of Artists Announced

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival just recently announced the first round of artists scheduled to play this year.  The initial lineup is fantastic and full of personal favorites—Portugal. The Man, Givers, Zola Jesus, Talib Kweli, Dum Dum Girls, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Braids… just to name a few.

If you’re not familiar with CMJ, take my word for it, DON’T MISS THIS FESTIVAL.  I personally can’t think of a finer music festival in the US.  Not only is it your chance to catch an insane amount of live music, full of up-and-coming buzz bands that you get to enjoy before they lay claim to a swath of Grammys, but it just happens to also take place in one the world’s greatest cities.

I told myself last year I wasn’t going to miss 2011…let’s just say I’m already saving up for next year.  But don’t miss out on my account.  You can purchase badges here, peep the plethora of previously-announced industry-stacked panels here, and keep checking back here for more CMJ 2011 news.  CMJ is set for Oct. 18 – 22 in NYC, but in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the initial lineup below and enjoy some tunes along the way.

Artists playing CMJ 2011:
Portugal. The Man
Neon Indian
Wild Flag
Talib Kweli
Givers ♫ Up Up Up ♫
Zola Jesus  ♫ Night ♫
Class Actress
Dum Dum Girls
Art Vs. Science
Viva Brother
Davila 666
Eleanor Friedberger
Jean Grae
Pharoahe Monch
Unknown Mortal Orchestra  ♫ How Can You Luv Me ♫
US Royalty
Kermit Ruffins
Sea of Bees
Handsome Furs
Kevin Devine
Braids  ♫ Lemonade ♫

New Music Roundup: 6/7/11

A smorgasbord of new music was released today and the last thing I want to say is that there’s too much.  But if your time is limited and you can only check out a handful of these new releases, please consider these recommendations.

(in alphabetical order)

1. Cults – Cults

Cults – Abducted

Key Tracks: Abducted, Never Heal Myself, Most Wanted, Oh My God, Never Saw the Point
For Fans Of: Tennis, The Raveonettes, The xx, Smith Westerns

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s a Corporate World

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought

Key Tracks: Morning Thought, We Almost Lost Detroit, Simple Girl, An Ugly Person On a Movie Screen, Nothing But Our Love
For Fans Of: Pepper Rabbit, Bear Hands, Yellow Ostrich, GIVERS

3. Fucked Up – David Comes To Life

Fucked Up – Queen of Hearts

Key Tracks: Queen of Hearts, The Other Shoe, Let Her Rest, Running On Nothing, A Slanted Tone
For Fans Of: Career Suicide, Future Islands, No Age, Weekend

4. GIVERS – In Light

GIVERS – Ceiling of Plankton

Key Tracks: Ceiling of Plankton, Up Up Up, Saw You First, Noche Nada, Atlantic
For Fans Of: Generationals, Portugal the Man, Okkervil River, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Pepper Rabbit

5. The Postelles – The Postelles

The Postelles – White Night

Key Tracks: White Night, 123 Stop, Boy’s Best Friend, Hey Little Sister, Sleep On the Dance Floor
For Fans Of: The Strokes, Buddy Holly, Albert Hammond Jr, Marty McFly and the Starlighters

If you do have extra time at your disposal (ahem, Glenn), you should definitely take a gander at Paste Magazines quite thorough overview of today’s new releases.