Friday, March 29, 2013

Cuthbert and the Night Walkers – Red Frogs

“It’s not easy to describe where Cuthbert and the Night Walkers are coming from. The best I can do is recall a review of a Flaming Lips show which likened the spectacle to a child’s first birthday party organized by parents while on acid.” Yea, Triple J Unearthed pretty much nailed it.

Think Dirty Projectors meets 90’s slacker rock (Weezer’s Blue Album-esque guitar work), but instead of two funky chicks from Brooklyn on backing vocals, the Night Walkers are a murderously unhinged children’s choir.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dominique Pruitt – He’s Got It Bad

Wowzas! That sultry So-Cal siren, Dominique Pruitt, is back and smokier than ever on her newest single, “He’s Got it Bad.”

Infusing 60’s pop with Dolly Parton’s Southern sass, this song bird will leave you weak in the knees.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Velociraptor – Sleep With The Fishes

Velociraptor – (Noun) ve-loc-i-rap-tor – A searing 13-piece band of merry miscreants who make seriously savage garage rock. Like their namesake, these knaves are vicious, primal, and hunt in packs.

Stream two prime cuts off their debut EP below (which I am admittedly late on) and be  sure to head over to bandcamp to snag your copy.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Chicks Who Love Guns – Moon Eater

No, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann didn’t start a band, Chicks Who Loves Guns is five rapscallions from Australia who are out to have a helluva good time and make some serious noise while they’re at it.

All bash and thrash, these scallywags know how to start a riot.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Almighty Rhombus – She Didn’t Want Me

The Almighty Rhombus is out to get boozy, cook up some barbeque, and have a damn good time and you’re totally invited.

So they’re all like Canadian and into making garage rock and stuff – and I’m all like “Yea, that sounds good” – so you should be all like, “Sweet I’m gonna check out the video and head to bandcamp to get the self-titled EP.”

Cool story, brah.

Update (3/24/2013): The good ol' Almight Rhombus just sent over their latest video for "Standoff" and it sounds a bit like The Morning Benders when they were still just four kids from Berkeley having a good time.

Check it out.

THE ALMIGHTY RHOMBUS - Standoff from Southern Souls on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chalk and Numbers – Parade EP

Brooklyn’s Chalk and Numbers takes you on a swirling journey to the 60’s with their brand of sugary sweet throwback pop. Drenched in cotton candy lyrics, Connie Francis-esque vocals, and dreamy guitars, this Brooklyn duo is made entirely of marshmallows, butterscotch, and sun dollops.

Stream the EP below or head over to bandcamp to snag your copy.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Francisco The Man – In the Corners

Francisco The Man is straight slaying it on their latest single “In The Corners.”

With just the right amount of sneering petulance and jaded disenchantment coupled with sun-drenched guitars, fuzzy vocals, and surfy garage pop, this quartet screams Los Angeles in all its hazy beach glory.

The single drops today via Small Plates, so be sure to snag a copy.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Saskwatch – I Get Lonely

On their latest single, “I Get Lonely,” Melbourne’s Saskwatch infuses their soulful Motown grooves with a bit of roiling surf rock.

Blaring horns, a Rhodes organ, and plenty of double claps make for the perfect sunny Detroit soul throwback jam.  Turn up your speakers and let the countdown to summer begin.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Enerate – Unstoppable

Kick winter in the face with the breezy sounds of Enerate and the entirely too danceable “Unstoppable.”

With their Passion Pit-esque falsetto, relentless optimism, and light, synth-laden beats, it’s a proper 16-bit dance party!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

May McDonough & Company – Hell Is For Lovers

Just a bit of sultry psychedelic western rock for your earballs today courtesy of May McDonough & Company, a new indie outfit out of Los Angeles.

With a bass line reminiscent of The Zombies “Time of the Season,” a husky Nancy Sinatra-esque voice, and a bit of country twang, “Hell Is For Lovers” soulfully sidles its way into your consciousness.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Smith Westerns – Varsity

Smith Westerns are at it again with “Varsity,” the lead cut off their third LP Soft Will.

Gone is the snot-nosed sneering petulance of their initial releases and in its place is tightly orchestrated indie pop genius. The sparkly synths, airy vocals, and insanely catchy guitar lines make for a serious feel good windows down cruiser. Think Wild Nothing with more grimy hormone-riddled sleaze. 

Stream the track below and keep an eye out for Soft Will, which drops on June 11th via Mom+Pop.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

AA Loves - Founds

As the dreariness of winter drags on, let the heavily Bjork-tinted Founds whisk you away to an enchanted wonderland.

Far more interesting than anything I’ve heard in a while, this sextet from Brisbane occupies a space entirely their own in Australia’s indie scene. Driven by dizzying quixotic Bjork-like vocals, swirling strings, and wispy melodies, Founds hurtles across continents and genres with their chimerical blend of folk, magical realism, and dream pop.

Have a listen to my personal favorite, “Holograms,” as well as “Caves,” which is taken from their debut album Hadean.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Art Of Ian Coyle

Check out Ian Coyle’s letterpress project. He puts words on things.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sleepy Dreamers – Winter Make Way

The aptly named Sleepy Dreamers, four lads from Melbourne who confess to “[drinking] way too much tea,” do exactly that.

With their winsome earnestness, the quartet makes soporific indie folk tunes that are as gentle as baby shampoos claim to be (I don’t care what the label says, get that shit in your eyes and it still stings like a mother fucker).

Drawing on the magic of enchanted forests, on “Winter Make Way,” they quietly shoo those dreadful months away with light guitar melodies, hushed vocals, and muted percussion that at its climax, matches the intensity of a whispered conversation under the scrutiny of a harsh librarian.

Bottom line, Sleepy Dreamers make it cool to get in touch with your emotions. Fuck yea, emotions!

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Dirty Nil – Zombie Eyed

Snot nosed punk collides with slacker 90’s rock on The Dirty Nil’s latest single “Zombie Eyed.”

Like a much fuzzier version of Weezer’s, “In The Garage,” and if they yelled all the time, “Zombie Eyed” is a riot of a time. To quote the band, “Listen to ‘Zombie Eyed’ at a motherfucking loud volume.”

Stream the track below or head over to bandcamp.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Sex Panther - Drop Kick Your Lover

Just a bit of roiling surf rock meets psychedelic western rock courtesy of the devilishly mynxy Sex Panther.

Happy Friday!