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(31) Days of Good: 12.11.12

Falling in love with new music is one life’s simple pleasures and 2012 was a fantastic year of discovery for me.  I’ve already featured a few of my new favorites this year, including Bright Moments, HAERTS, Porcelain Raft, and Vacationer (just to name a few), and today i’d like to highlight a few more.  But first I need to give credit where credit is due.  If it weren’t for the following music outlets, my music repertoire would be far less exciting.  Big thanks to All Songs Considered, Big Hassle, EARMILKGirlie ActionHead Underwater, A Heart Is A Spade, The Hype Machine Radio Show, Largehearted BoyKCRWNialler 9No Fear Of PopThe Noise Pop Podcast, Oh So Fresh! MusicPaste Magazine, Pigeons & PlanesPlanetary Group, PORTALS, Treble in Trouble, Winnie Cooper, yvynyl, and the one and only, Ethel Sale.  Now without further ado, please enjoy a small sample of my favorite discoveries of 2012.


CHVRCHES are a Scottish electro pop band based in Glasgow.  The trio has been generating quite a bit of buzz on the blogosphere and I expect a big 2013 for them.

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share [single]


Desert Stars is a 5-piece band from Brooklyn.  Built on the creative output, and impressive lead vocals, of Janelle Best, the band dispatches a very dreamy/shoegaze/lo-fi sound.  The band just finished recording it’s debut with a Spring release expected.

Desert Stars – Boys I Like [from Boys I Like/Farewell Decade]


Drop Electric is an experimental rock band based in Washington D.C. and NYC.  As All Songs Considered puts it, “a ‘Sigur Ros-ian’ band with an epic sound.

Drop Electric – Empire Trashed [from Drop Electric Sampler Platter]


Goldroom is Los Angeles-based producer Josh Legg.  “Fifteen” is the perfect Summer song — great production, soothing synths, and dreamy vocals, courtesy of Australian singer Chela.

Goldroom – Fifteen (feat. Chela) [single]


London producer Sam Howard, aka Halls, released his debut album Ark this year.  “White Chalk” is quite possibly be the most beautiful song of 2012.  Definitely a favorite of mine, easily in my top 10 tracks of the year.  I’ve listened to “What Chalk” more than any other track this couple of months.  The production, along with the vocals and classical piano chords, are superb.  I especially love what Howard writes in the liner notes of Ark — “I hope you find a source of positivity from within the themes of isolation and death found on the album.”

Halls – White Chalk [from Ark]


“The Minneapolis trio Now, Now has mastered the art of magnification: It takes small moments and invests them with larger meaning.” – NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012

Now, Now – School Friends [from Threads]


Pacific Air is an indie pop band, consisting of brothers brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon.  After changing their name from KO KO, the duo released their debut EP LONG LIVE KOKO this last Fall.  Leadoff track “Float” is one of the most infectious and catchy dream pop tracks of 2012.

Pacific Air – Float [from LONG LIVE KOKO EP]


Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter who’s been making music for over a decade.  This is one of those discoveries I wish would’ve happened years ago.

Patrick Watson – Into Giants [from Adventures In Your Own Backyard]


“Over the last few years, I’ve realized that my experiences are not singular. I’m writing for people, not just me.” – Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) via A Heart Is A Spade

Perfume Genius – Hood [from Put Your Back N 2 It]


“Simple in structure and free of flash, it’s the style that has us craving more. They blend a punkish retro vibe with a head-nodding new energy and a pop sensibility.” – Pigeons & Planes

Shadows On Stars – Now You’re Mine [from Shadows On Stars]


Power-pop garage rock from Passion Pit’s Ayad Al Adhamy.  I live 3 miles from the beach and I go maybe once a year, which makes this song fitting.

Team Spirit – Fuck The Beach [from Team Spirit EP]


“‘Mtn Tune’ is the ideal summer anthem. Complimentary vocals, dancy synths and a guitar/drum combination that reminds one of The Neighbourhood — this song has it all. Be it on a beach or in your back yard, let Trails and Ways guide your dance in the sun, and inhale the blissful existence of summer.” – EARMILK

Trails and Ways – Mtn Tune [single]


Like most American’s this holiday season, I want to buy a diamond ring from Zales because of retro-esque pop ballad.

Various Cruelties – If It Wasn’t for You [from Various Cruelties]

[hot off the press] The Submarines

The latest from LA indie pop duo, The Submarines, is out today!  Love Notes/Letter Bombs is their third full-length studio album and i’m quite excited.  The good people at Paste have the album available to stream in it’s entirety.  I haven’t given the new record a proper listen, but i’m not too worried.  I’ve really enjoyed what i’ve heard thus far and if Love Notes/Letter Bombs is anything like their previous releases, i’m sure i’ll enjoy it just as much.

For more Submarines, be sure to visit their main site and check out their tour schedule (tour kicks off April 5th in Echo Park!).

The Submarines – Birds

In Remembrance…LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy and Co. took the stage yesterday to bid farewell.  LCD Soundsystem’s played their last live show and those lucky enough to score tickets to the sold-out performance, at Madison Square Garden, were treated to 3-hours plus of dancing themselves clean with some of the best dance/electronic/pop music of the last 10 years.

I wasn’t one of the lucky ones in attendance, but I was lucky enough to catch the act live last Fall in support of This Is Happening.  That was one big dance party, so I can only imagine how much fun last nights show must have been (Donald Glover has some really nice thoughts on the performance over at iamdonald.com).

photo courtesy of iamdonald.com

I’m not going to write much more on this.  It’s sad that such a good band have said goodbye, especially considering the current outbreak of horrible cookie-cutter pop music infecting the airwaves (Ke$ha, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, etc).  But i’m glad the band is going out on their terms.  They did what they set out to do and they’re happy with the results.

Normally, I would include a track or two after my ramblings, but not today.  One, I don’t have permission.  Two, it’s way too hard to pick one or two tracks to sum up LCD Soundsystem.  Three, if you’re reading this post, chances are you already have everything produced by the band and there’s really no need to double up…but like me, you may not have seen LCD’s last show.

Pitchfork was nice enough to stream the entire show live yesterday (they also put together a really good, in-depth history of LCD  — You Were There: The Complete LCD Soundsystem).  Supposedly, the stream was supposed to be a one time thing and  if you didn’t tune in live, you missed out.  Luckily the internet doesn’t forget anything and I was able to find the entire show on youtube.  I’m not sure how long it will last, so check it out below while you still can.
UPDATE (4/6): looks like the internet police took the farewell concert video down, but i’m sure you can find them elsewhere.

And lastly, THANK YOU, LCD Soundsytem…THANK YOU.

Paste Magazine put out a good list of their 10 favorite LCD tracks.  I think Great Release should be included, but I pretty much agree with the picks otherwise.