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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

(via theautumnroses)

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. 

Dum Dum Girls - Lost Boys and Girls Club

"Lost Boys and Girls Club" by Dum Dum Girls // Too True (Out January 28th via Sub Pop)

In my recent short absence, I managed to miss the announcement of new material from Dum Dum Girls, and I just can’t let that one get away from me without a word. The new album, "Too True", is slated to drop on January 28th, but like all good album announcements, we have been gifted a taste of what’s to come and that taste is pretty damn great. “Lost Boys and Girls Club” seems to find the band further refining their sound and heading into more complex directions that slide further away from their garage rock early days toward sonically crisp and dark sound that feels closer to Siouxsie and the Banshees or Nick Cave, both of whom frontwoman, Dee Dee recently name checked as inspirations on the album. It’s a shift that certainly works. The band pulls the haunting post punk influence off wonderfully, especially when crossed with the buzzing, wall of sound shoegaze influences that carry over from the last few releases. “Lost Boys and Girls Club” is a fantastic new track that has me absolutely amped to hear more from “Too True”.

"Love is to Die" by Warpaint // Warpaint (Out Jan. 21, 2014 via Rough Trade)

Warpaint has been out of the public eye (ear) for a while, but luckily they’ve stepped back into frame with news of a new album (self-titled) and the sounds of a new track, entitled “Love is to Die”. The new album has been mostly produced by Flood, with the exception of two tracks that find Nigel Godrich behind the boards. Another little bonus from the production is that video artist and all around genius, Chris Cunningham designed the album artwork as well as an album teaser that follows his two years spent recorded the album’s evolution. 

So, how does the song sound? Well, it’s right in Warpaint’s wheelhouse and that’s a good thing because not too many bands share the sound that is produced by these four talented ladies. “Love is to Die” is a strong bit of ghostly dream pop that carries a potently heavy rhythm section and atmospheric use of layered, shadowy vocals. It’s a beautiful and haunting track that finds the band making a strong return that reminds us that we’ve been missing them much more than we realized. 

Beach Day - Dracula's Daughter

"Dracula’s Daughter" by Beach Day // Originally by Screaming Lord Sutch (Original 1964 // Cover 2013)

Halloween is just around the corner, so I’m going to take every opportunity that I can to share the music of the season. Beach Day are game for some Halloween treats, as they have put their garage pop/ surf rock spin on the Screaming Lord Sutch monster jam, “Dracula’s Daughter”. The original is an absolute gem of the old school monster party songs - featuring all the goofy spook-house noises and the lyrics that basically tell a playfully scary story about being in love with a monster (or in this case, the monster’s daughter). Beach Day attacks it head on and picks up the pace in the process, crafting a jangly Halloween anthem that’s part 60’s girl group, part sunny, surf pop bash. The end result is a great little song that will sound excellent pumping out of the speakers at your Halloween house parties. You can download the track for free at Beach Day’s Facebook page. 

Frankie Rose "Sorrow"

"Sorrow" by Frankie Rose // Herein Wild (Out 9.4.13 via Fat Possum)

Frankie Rose's “Interstellar" was one of my favorite albums of 2012. It’s blend of lo-fi, new wave, and dream pop made for a spectacular listen. Since that album was released, it’s been relatively quiet for Frankie, but luckily that changed this week with the announcement of her forthcoming new album, "Herein Wild”. With that announcement came the debut of that album’s first single. “Sorrow” is a stunningly dreamy bit of bedroom pop, that’s loaded with a gorgeous melody and soaring strings. It’s definitely something to get excited about, as “Herein Wild” drops in September from Fat Possum

Beaches - Send Them Away

"Send Them Away" by Beaches // She Beats (Out 5.3.13 via Chapter Music)

The last time that we heard from Melbourne’s Beaches, they were taking us on a swirling psychedelic trip through a shoegaze dream on "Distance". This time around, the band is back with another track from their forthcoming album, “She Beats” (Out May 3rd on Chapter) - this time, the breezy, summery, garage pop gem, “Send Them Away”. In just two track, Beaches have launched themselves to the top of my must-hear list by created confident, infectious pop songs wrapped in layers of textural gold. The band seems to effortlessly draw from psych pop, shoegaze, garage rock, dream pop, and anything else that seems to fit the bill when needed and that in turns makes everything that they do an exciting and rewarding listen. Definitely check out “Send Them Away” and try to imagine how great it’s going to sound blaring out of car speakers as you make your through a summer’s night under a warm, dark sky. Highest recommendation for fans of The Fresh and Onlys, Dum Dum Girls, and Tamaryn.

Colleen Green - "Heavy Shit"

"Heavy Shit" by Colleen Green // Sock it to Me (Out 3.19.13 via Hardly Art)

What better way to start off a long week than with a little bit of energy from Colleen Green's forthcoming “Sock It To Me”. “Heavy Shit” is a track from the new album that wastes no time launching into a driving beat and buzzsaw guitar. Green's vocals lead the way with a killer melody and airy delivery that balances the playful darkness of the song. It's a great track and definitely something to be excited about for the full album later this month. Highly recommended for fans of La Sera, Vivian Girls, and Dum Dum Girls