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Night School - Birthday

"Birthday" by Night School // Heart Beat (Out 10.7.14 via Graveface Records)

Savannah’s Graveface Records is one of my go-to places for consistently impressive releases. The past couple of years have been damn near flawless and their next release is right up there with some of their best. Night School is a Northern California based 3 piece fronted by Lexy Morte (formerly of Whirr, Camera Shy), that gathers inspiration from 60’s girl groups, garage rock, post-punk, and shoegaze to create an incredible audio experience that’s pure gold. On first single, “Birthday”, you get fuzzed-up garage pop noise cascading off of dreamy shoegaze atmospherics, bundled together by gorgeous pop harmonies that stay in your head for days. You can certainly believe that Night School is high on my list of most anticipated released of the fall. 

Beach Day - BFFs

"BFFs" by Beach Day // Native Echoes (Out 8.19.14 via Kanine Records)

Well, if you’re looking for dreamy, laid back guitar pop to get you through the dog days of summer, Beach Day has you covered. The duo behind Beach Day also seem to be growing with every release. They’ve always had a special way with melody, but the new material feels expansive, warm, and lived in. There is growth in everything from the production to the harmonies, but that’s not to say that they still don’t sound up close and personal. It’s really wonderful to hear the band’s nostalgic pop sound expanded and explored, and they are absolutely game. In a few weeks, their new album “Native Echoes” drops from Kanine Records and with songs like the sweetly woozy “BFFs” on hand, Beach Day feel primed for a well deserved blow up. Highly recommended. 

Honeyblood - (I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here

"(I’d Rather Be) Anywhere But Here" by Honeyblood // Honeyblood (Out 7.15.14 via Fat Cat)

It feels like it’s been forever waiting for the release of Glasgow duo, Honeyblood's debut album, but  it's just around the corner now. Next week see's the release of the self titled debut and so this week, get acquainted with the excellent new single, “(I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here”. The track finds Honeyblood doing what they do best, dark, shadowy, richly textured guitar pop loaded with killer harmonies and infectious melodies. You'd be hard pressed to find a better bunch of songs this month than the band's new album. In the meantime, spend some time on repeat with the new single. Highest recommendation.

PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|WORLD // Favorite Albums of 2014 (so far)
When the year started, I felt like there was a deluge of strong singles (that list coming next), but great albums seemed to be trickling out at a snail’s pass. Now, six months later, I think it’s safe to say that the two have evened out, as I could have easily made this list three times as large without much trouble. Of course, it’s easy to fall in love with an album on a couple of listens and then slowly forget it’s existence as more new sounds find their way to your rotation. That’s why as I shrunk my favorites list down to twenty for this mid-year round-up, I focused on the albums that have maintained or have shattered expectations. Look over this list, I see two albums in particular that I imagine will be in my top five at year’s end - barring something truly remarkable happening. One of those albums is not such a surprise as I’ve been a huge supporter of the artist since he launched his career back in 2010, with the experimental lo-fi, bedroom R&B classic “Love Remains” - How to Dress Well's “What is this Heart?” lived up to the promise and landed with an emotional wallop that I'm still absorbed within. The other album came from out of nowhere and caught me completely off guard with it's “Twin Peaks” inspired take on some stunning mix of new wave, folk, and dark pop  - and that album is Haley Bonar's brilliant “Last War”. 
Outside of those two albums, any of these choices could be number three at this point. It’s been a rich six months of music that has fueled me creatively (Alcest, Ought, and The War on Drugs), entertained me thoroughly (Kevin Drew, Future Islands, and Tycho), and even did the me the honor of being genuinely moving and thought provoking (Haley Bonar, Gem Club, The Antlers, and How to Dress Well). I won’t bother with individual critiques at this stage in the year - just some links to stream the albums on Spotify if you’re inclined (please seek out and buy what makes you happy so they will have funds to keep making you happy). I can’t promise that you’ll love everything equally, but i can’t imagine that you’ll find yourself disappointed in the least.  
THE LIST (in alphabetical order)
"Shelter" by Alcest
"Burn Your Fire for No Witness" by Angel Olsen
"Familiars" by The Antlers
"Their Bodies in a Fog" by Arrange
"True Love Kills the Fairy" by The Casket Girls
"Still Life" by Dawn Golden
"Too True" by Dum Dum Girls
"Loom" by Fear of Men
"Virgo Indigo" by Fog Lake
"Singles" by Future Islands
"In Roses" by Gem Club
"Last War" by Haley Bonar
"What is this Heart?" by How to Dress Well
"The Moon Rang Like a Bell" by Hundred Waters
"Darlings" by Kevin Drew
"More Than Any Other Day" by Ought
"Atlas" by Real Estate
"Are We There" by Sharon Van Etten
"Awake" by Tycho
"Lost in the Dream" by The War on Drugs
Thanks for reading, listening, and being a music fan. Take care and best wishes on the next six months - may it be filled with exceptional music. 

PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|WORLD // Favorite Albums of 2014 (so far)

When the year started, I felt like there was a deluge of strong singles (that list coming next), but great albums seemed to be trickling out at a snail’s pass. Now, six months later, I think it’s safe to say that the two have evened out, as I could have easily made this list three times as large without much trouble. Of course, it’s easy to fall in love with an album on a couple of listens and then slowly forget it’s existence as more new sounds find their way to your rotation. That’s why as I shrunk my favorites list down to twenty for this mid-year round-up, I focused on the albums that have maintained or have shattered expectations. Look over this list, I see two albums in particular that I imagine will be in my top five at year’s end - barring something truly remarkable happening. One of those albums is not such a surprise as I’ve been a huge supporter of the artist since he launched his career back in 2010, with the experimental lo-fi, bedroom R&B classic “Love Remains” - How to Dress Well's “What is this Heart?” lived up to the promise and landed with an emotional wallop that I'm still absorbed within. The other album came from out of nowhere and caught me completely off guard with it's “Twin Peaks” inspired take on some stunning mix of new wave, folk, and dark pop  - and that album is Haley Bonar's brilliant “Last War”. 

Outside of those two albums, any of these choices could be number three at this point. It’s been a rich six months of music that has fueled me creatively (Alcest, Ought, and The War on Drugs), entertained me thoroughly (Kevin Drew, Future Islands, and Tycho), and even did the me the honor of being genuinely moving and thought provoking (Haley Bonar, Gem Club, The Antlers, and How to Dress Well). I won’t bother with individual critiques at this stage in the year - just some links to stream the albums on Spotify if you’re inclined (please seek out and buy what makes you happy so they will have funds to keep making you happy). I can’t promise that you’ll love everything equally, but i can’t imagine that you’ll find yourself disappointed in the least.  

THE LIST (in alphabetical order)

Thanks for reading, listening, and being a music fan. Take care and best wishes on the next six months - may it be filled with exceptional music. 

Up Is Up (But So Is Down)

"Up is Up (But So is Down)" by Haunted Hearts // Initiation (Out 5.27.14 via Zoo Music)

Dee Dee Penny (Dum Dum Girls) and her husband, Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles) make killer sounds when away from each other, and equally excellent - if not better - sounds when together as Haunted Hearts. Their debut album, Initiation, is  dropping in a couple of weeks, and for my money, it’s one of the best albums that i’ve heard all year - hands down. They’ve already officially released a couple of tracks along the way, but now they’re sharing one more. The jagged, buzzing, hypnotic beauty, “Up is Up (But So is Down)”. Sounding something like a vintage Jesus and Mary Chain gem spliced into a Mazzy Star tune, this is one to listen to on repeat for hours. 

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Mirror

"Mirror" by Cold Beat // Over Me (Out 7.8.14 via Crime on the Moon)

All it took was the first few seconds of Cold Beat's “Mirror” to know that i was hooked. Over a charging beat and brisk, jangle pop guitars, frontwoman Hannah Lew's (also of Grass Widow) infectious melodies take hold and you get two and a half minutes of shimmering indie pop with post punk energy. It’s a brilliant debut single that has me marking the calendar for July 8, which sees the release of the band’s full length, Over Me - out on Crime On The Moon. Highly recommended for fans of La Sera, Dum Dum Girls, and Seapony

Johnny Jupiter

"Johnny Jupiter" by Haunted Hearts // Initiations (Out 5.27.14 via Zoo Music)

It’s been a while since any official news has popped up regarding Dee Dee Penny and her husband Brandon Welchez's side project, Haunted Hearts. Luckily, that’s all changed and we officially have a release date and a second single. The album, Initiations, will drop on May 27th from Zoo Music. Second Single, “Johnny Jupiter” is a stellar taste of swirling, hypnotic, psych pop crossed with a little bit of spaced out shoegaze. It’s a fanatastic track, and one that shows a different side of the two artists. Highest recommendation!

FIRST QUARTER 2014 // FAVORITE SONGS
In collecting my most played and favorite songs of the first quarter of 2014, I was kind of shocked by how solid the year has been thus far. I can’t remember a year in recent memory that had so many standout tracks and albums so early. So, in making my selections, I didn’t fuss a whole lot and mostly went with the songs that I’ve played the most, as well as some fresh material that I just couldn’t leave out. I did remove some demo work from some artists who will be releasing material later this year, just so that I can give highlight versions that are intended for mass consumption.
No reason to waste any time. These are the thirty songs that have made the first quarter of 2014 an extra special audio journey. Click the track for streaming audio and in most cases, my original thoughts on the song. Thank you for listening. Enjoy
FAVORITE FIRST QUARTER SONGS (Alphabetical by Artist)
"Hudson" by Amatorski 
"White Fire" by Angel Olsen
"Blue Moon" by Beck
"Luna" by Bombay Bicycle Club
"Ashes & Embers" by The Casket Girls
"I’m Not Part of Me" by Cloud Nothings
"Magic" by Coldplay
"Mercury" by Conner Youngblood
"Rimbaud Eyes" by Dum Dum Girls
"Pretty Lights" by Fog Lake
"Bells of Paonia" by The Fresh & Onlys
"Seasons (Waiting on You)" by Future Islands
"Braid" by Gem Club
"Burial Society" by Have a Nice Life
"Words I Don’t Remember" by How to Dress Well
"Good Sex" by Kevin Drew
"Be Free" by King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe
"Simplethings" by Miguel
"Embers" by Night Flowers
"Past Lives" by Real Estate
"Lines of Latitude (ft. Frankie Rose)” by Small Black
"Prince Johnny" by St. Vincent
"J Smoov" by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
"Capitol" by Trust
"Spectre" by Tycho
"Under the Pressure" by The War on Drugs
"Love is to Die" to Warpaint
"Kyoto Train" by Watercolours
"Glory" by Wye Oak
"Badges" by Yohuna
There you have it! Hopefully the next quarter will be as strong. I’ll do my best to keep up on the best of what’s around. Thanks for reading/listening! 

FIRST QUARTER 2014 // FAVORITE SONGS

In collecting my most played and favorite songs of the first quarter of 2014, I was kind of shocked by how solid the year has been thus far. I can’t remember a year in recent memory that had so many standout tracks and albums so early. So, in making my selections, I didn’t fuss a whole lot and mostly went with the songs that I’ve played the most, as well as some fresh material that I just couldn’t leave out. I did remove some demo work from some artists who will be releasing material later this year, just so that I can give highlight versions that are intended for mass consumption.

No reason to waste any time. These are the thirty songs that have made the first quarter of 2014 an extra special audio journey. Click the track for streaming audio and in most cases, my original thoughts on the song. Thank you for listening. Enjoy

FAVORITE FIRST QUARTER SONGS (Alphabetical by Artist)

There you have it! Hopefully the next quarter will be as strong. I’ll do my best to keep up on the best of what’s around. Thanks for reading/listening! 

La Sera - "Losing to the Dark"

"Losing to the Dark" by La Sera // Hour of the Dawn (Out 5.13.14 via Hardly Art)

Despite the sad news of the recent official end of Vivian Girls, bassist Katy Goodman is motoring forth with news of her third album as La Sera. Hour of the Dawn will be released in mid-May via Hardly Art, and in advance of that release, we get a single to satiate the hunger for new material. “Losing to the Dark” is an aggressive blast of guitar rock with a driving beat and an absolutely infectious hook. The track finds Goodman leaning into heavier territory and maneuvering the shift with absolute conviction and artistry. I’ve been a big fan in the past, but I’m finding myself truly excited to hear the continual evolution of La Sera as a musical force. Highest recommendation!

* Free MP3 Download Available via Hardly Art Soundcloud

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Hearts Of Noise // 2014

HEARTS OF NOISE // a mixtape valentine (2014)

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, you may find yourself in need of some romantic audio to soundtrack your evening. Or maybe you’ll just want something that you can listen to while making out. Whatever the case, I’ve went ahead and put together a special collection of tracks for this year’s Valentine’s day. Inside, you will find an 83 minute collection of dream pop, shoegaze, lo-fi, and electro pop that deals in romantic desires and stories of love lost and found. Please feel free to share or gift the mix. The tracklist is below, as well as links to download an MP3 of the entire mixtape. Thanks for listening. Happy Valentine’s day!

SONGS (Click artist name for more info)

* STREAM: @ 8Tracks // @ Soundcloud

* DOWNLOAD MP3: @ Soundcloud // @ Zippyshare

Thanks for listening! Share and enjoy! Happy Valentines Day!!!

**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

ABSENT SOUNDS // The Week of January 17th, 2014
We’re less than a few weeks into the new year and it’s already proven to be an incredibly promising year for great new music (Kevin Drew, Eternal Summers, Dum Dum Girls, and Real Estate to name only a few). Of course, I’m only one person and it’s difficult to keep up with all of these new goodies, so I’m taking this opportunity to highlight some of the audio treats that I managed to miss this week (or previous weeks, if i’m really off my game). Like last week, this list is in no particular order and has no limit one way or the other regarding how many picks are highlighted. Of course, this is no slight on the song or artist themselves for not getting a full post at the time of release - it’s just a way to provide more sounds in a short amount of time. This is a roundup of tracks missed during the week of January 17th, 2014. 
"Mercury Child" by Blood Cultures // Warm synth pop with a sweetly warped R&B lean from the New Jersey based producer. A wonderful step forward on the artist’s second track. Grab it from Bandcamp. 
"Dragons" by Princess Nokia // Jagged beats and smooth, trip-hop synths blended beautifully with soulful vocals. Sort of a trip-hop sound for a new generation, with a pop sensibility and a step into the light. 
"Game That I Play" by Jessica Pratt // Delicate, autumnal folk music played with a melancholic beauty that is positively enchanting. Pratt’s last album was an absolute winner, this track is a one-off that could appear on the follow up, but no word on that yet. Wonderful stuff!
"I Hope That She Loves Me Tomorrow" by Contron // A lovely little lo-fi waltz with a melody that’s as pretty as can be. Grab this and much more at Contron’s stacked Bandcamp page. 
"Stockholm" by The New Division // A big soaring, shimmering synth pop anthem that could be a big breakthrough for the SoCal electro pop band, or at least should be a (deserving) breakthrough.
Those are my favorites from the pack that I missed this week. Each one well deserving of a dozen or two listens. I hope that you enjoy the sounds. If I miss more next week, I’ll be back here again. Thanks for listening/reading. 

ABSENT SOUNDS // The Week of January 17th, 2014

We’re less than a few weeks into the new year and it’s already proven to be an incredibly promising year for great new music (Kevin Drew, Eternal Summers, Dum Dum Girls, and Real Estate to name only a few). Of course, I’m only one person and it’s difficult to keep up with all of these new goodies, so I’m taking this opportunity to highlight some of the audio treats that I managed to miss this week (or previous weeks, if i’m really off my game). Like last week, this list is in no particular order and has no limit one way or the other regarding how many picks are highlighted. Of course, this is no slight on the song or artist themselves for not getting a full post at the time of release - it’s just a way to provide more sounds in a short amount of time. This is a roundup of tracks missed during the week of January 17th, 2014. 

  • "Mercury Child" by Blood Cultures // Warm synth pop with a sweetly warped R&B lean from the New Jersey based producer. A wonderful step forward on the artist’s second track. Grab it from Bandcamp
  • "Dragons" by Princess Nokia // Jagged beats and smooth, trip-hop synths blended beautifully with soulful vocals. Sort of a trip-hop sound for a new generation, with a pop sensibility and a step into the light. 
  • "Game That I Play" by Jessica Pratt // Delicate, autumnal folk music played with a melancholic beauty that is positively enchanting. Pratt’s last album was an absolute winner, this track is a one-off that could appear on the follow up, but no word on that yet. Wonderful stuff!
  • "I Hope That She Loves Me Tomorrow" by Contron // A lovely little lo-fi waltz with a melody that’s as pretty as can be. Grab this and much more at Contron’s stacked Bandcamp page
  • "Stockholm" by The New Division // A big soaring, shimmering synth pop anthem that could be a big breakthrough for the SoCal electro pop band, or at least should be a (deserving) breakthrough.

Those are my favorites from the pack that I missed this week. Each one well deserving of a dozen or two listens. I hope that you enjoy the sounds. If I miss more next week, I’ll be back here again. Thanks for listening/reading. 

Dum Dum Girls - Rimbaud Eyes

"Rimbaud Eyes" by Dum Dum Girls // Too True (Out 1.28.14 via Sub Pop)

The new Dum Dum Girls album, "Too True", is another sonic progression for the band that has been shifting and growing with each new album. With the release of their first single from the new album, "Lost Boys and Girls Club", it was clear that the band had taken up new ground in darker, post punk and late 80’s modern rock sounds (ie. Nick Cave, Siouxsie and the Banshees). This time around, Dee Dee and the girls blast that sound home further with one of the highlights of the excellent new album, the new single, “Rimbaud Eyes”. What’s truly remarkable is that the band’s newer direction isn’t exactly breaking new ground, but they make it sound exciting and vital. It’s a welcome return to a sound that never quite got it’s due, and in reality, never really left - but in recent releases from bands like DDG, and Warpaint, will hopefully find a new audience for the haunting, sexy sounds of the old 120 Minutes/ Modern Rock scene. Here, the band 

The Casket Girls - Day To Day

"Day to Day" by The Casket Girls // True Love Kills the Fairy Tale (Out 2.11.14 via Graveface Records)

A couple of months back, The Casket Girls dropped “Same Side”, the wonderfully eerie first single from their forthcoming album, True Love Kills the Fairytale. Now, on the verge of the album’s release, early next month, the Savannah based trio has dropped another exciting track in the form of the buzzing, shoegazey gem, “Day to Day”. Building off of the band’s previous releases, which feature eerie atmospherics cast against hypnagogic pop sounds, here, producer Ryan Graveface, adds a starker, heavier sound that borders on hypnotic noise pop, but still features the airy, ethereal vocals of Phaedra and Elsa Greene that make the sounds lift to life. Highly recommended.

Biggy

"Biggy" by Warpaint // Warpaint (Due Out 1.21.14 via Rough Trade)

Warpaint is back with “Biggy”, another new track from their forthcoming self-titled album due in January from Rough Trade. We already got a chance to hear the gorgeous, "Love is to Die", and “Biggy” keeps the expectations shy high. The new track finds the band drifting into vaguely middle eastern rhythms as the brooding, dark atmospherics call to mind vintage Massive Attack and This Mortal Coil simultaneously. I’m aching to hear more from the new album, but “Biggy” will satiate my hunger for the time being. Highly recommended!

The Casket Girls - Same Side

"Same Side" by The Casket Girls // True Love Kills the Fairy Tale (Out 2.11.14 via Graveface Records)

There is something about the sounds that find their way out of Graveface Records that get me excited with every new release. The Casket Girls are back with new LP (True Love Kills the Fairy Tale) produced by label-head and producer of haunting psych rock gems, Ryan Graveface. The album was written under some strange and spooky circumstances that were described as falling somewhere between a “seance and a dream state”. Once the tracks were recut in the studio and put through the Graveface production, we get something really special. “Same Side” is one of the tracks from the finished album, and it’s a haunting, lovely wonder. The eerie atmosphere that is in place from the outset - ghostly choral harmonies and droning organ synths - flows throughout the track, coming in waves, layering on in lush pockets that surround the gorgeous, soaring chorus before settle back again in a hazy calm, only to come crashing back again. It’s a fantastic track and one that once again finds magic coming out of the Savannah home of Graveface Records. Highest recommendation.