Friday, June 28, 2013

10 Favorite Tracks From First Half Of 2013

Well, it's been a pretty interesting first six months of 2013. Some really great stuff has come out. These are our 10 Favorite Tracks. We are not saying these are the best or greatest as such things are so completely and overwhelmingly subjective. These are just our favorites. And please remember we have a bit of a fondness for indie pop.

10) Sin Fang - Young Boys

9) The Tranq - Yo Yo

8) Chester Endersby Gwazda - Skewed

7) Total Warr - Bambastard

6) Bad Bad Hats - It Hurts

5) Tullycraft - Lost in Light Rotation

4) The Woolen Men - Hold It Up

3) PVT - Love and Defeat

2) Adult - Idle (Second Thoughts)

1) Guards - I Know It's You

Bad//Dreems - Hoping For Video!

Great track by Australia's Bad//Dreems!

Stars - Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It Video!

Finally! New album The North is out now on Arts & Crafts.

Pixies - Bagboy Video + Free Download!

Au Revoir Simone - Somebody Who

First single from the new album Move In Spectrums. Available 9/23 (EU) on Moshi Moshi and 9/24 (US) on Instant Records.

Smith Westerns - Idol Video!

New album Soft Will out now!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sebadoh "Defend Yourself" Artwork Reveal

Sebadoh's "Defend Yourself" will be released September 17, 2013 on Joyful Noise!

Pissed Jeans - Romanticize Me Video!

Off the album Honeys. Video courtesy of


From the Ladders EP available July 2nd on Fat Cat.

Richard Buckner - When You Tell Me How It Is

Surrounded due out September 3 on Merge!

Japanther - Something To Do Video!

Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart out now via Recess Records.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ducktails - Under Cover Video!

Ducktails new album 'The Flower Lane' out now on Domino Recording Co.

Nardwaur vs. Sigur Ros Interview

Nardwaur has been at the uncomfortable interview game for two decades now. You can pretty much see in Jonsi's eyes the desire to flee the scene.

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #63

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lemuria - Scienceless Video!

The Distance Is So Big out now on Bridge Nine.

Social Ambitions - Berget

Off Social Ambitions recent release Hunger! Gotta love Swedish pop!

Washed Out - Don't Give Up

From the upcoming album Paracosm due out August 2013 on SubPop.

Diarrhea Planet - Kids

I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is due out 8/20 on Infinity Cat.

Whale Belly - Water Voices Video!

Brooklyn based folk quintet Whale Belly will release their second album I Was Once A Bird this fall.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Medicine- It's Not Enough

To The Happy Few is due out 8/6 on Captured Tracks.

AM & Shawn Lee- Automatic Video

Bleached - Dead In Your Head Video

Ride Your Heart out now on Dead Oceans.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Despair Video!

New album Mosquito out now! Video courtesy of Noisey.

Metz - Can't Understand - Free Download!

Download Metz track "Can't Understand" at Adult Swim Singles Collection!

Fuckaine - Aitork Video!

Truly great song and video from Spanish band Fuckaine! Look for a full length out this Fall on Origami Records!

Phaseone - Hunter Video!

If I Tell U available now on William Street Records.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Labrador Records Summer Sampler - Free Download!!

Take a listen and download this terrific Summer Sampler from Labrador Records!! Just getting "Rent A Wreck" free alone is worth the little time it takes to download! Download HERE!

Weekend - It's Alright

New album Jinx is out July 23rd on Slumberland Records.

mnttaB - Welcome to the planet, dear.

Preview the upcoming album Welcome to the planet, dear from Australian death-disco dealers mnttaB! Hard copy versions due out July 18th on You Are Already Dead Records.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Guantlet Hair - Bad Apple

Gauntlet Hair 'Stills' out July 16, 2013 on Dead Oceans.

Sonny & The Sunsets - Green Blood Video!

Antenna to the Afterworld out now on Polyvinyl.

METZ - Get Off Video!

Metz album Metz available now on Subpop!

Wavves - That's On Me Video!

From recently released album Afraid Of Heights on Mom and Pop.

The Coathangers - Derek's Song Video!

“Derek’s Song” comes from the third installment in their series of split 7”s on Suicide Squeeze, backside with labelmates Nü Sensae.

Little Daylight - Glitter and Gold

Debut EP Tunnel Vision is set for release on August 6, 2013.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Local Natives - You & I Video!

Hummingbird is out now on Frenchkiss.

KONTROLL - Tiger Skin - Free Download!

Swedish solo electronic artist Kontroll is at it again! Download his latest creation!

Volcano Choir - Byegone

Volcano Choir 'Repave' out September 3, 2013 on Jagjaguwar.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Foals - Bad Habit Video!

Holy Fire is out now! Go buy it.

Ski Lodge - Boy

Debut album Big Heart out August 20th on Dovecote Records.

7 Silly Questions w/ North Atlantic Oscillation

Terrific Scottish electronic act North Atlantic Oscillation just released a new 2 disc album called Fog Electric. The album is a lush, complex mix of intelligent, well put together tracks spanning a wide range of styles. Despite being busy with all the hoopla surrounding a new record release, NAO's Ben Martin was willing to take a few moments to answer some of our highly ridiculous questions.

What's the most embarrassing band you loved as a kid? 
Ben: I'm not shamed to say that I loved the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian."

What is the first record you bought? 
Ben: It was "Swamp Thing" by The Grid closely followed by a second hand Nirvana single - "Rape Me."

Unicorns vs. Narwhals? Who would win in a fight? 
Ben: It's hard to say as one is imaginary. I suppose a Narwhal with low self-esteem would loose against an imaginary foe.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on the road? 
Ben: Re-dubbing star wars with Scottish dialect. You need to have been there but it provided us with a lot of material at the time.

Who has the worst van etiquette?
Ben: Probably Chris our Bass payer.

Who is in heavy rotation on your iPod? 
Ben: "Spirit of Eden" - Talk Talk

What is the worst fight over nothing that you got into with each other after being road weary and exhausted? 
Ben: Sam once got into a fight with a unicorn - he was that tired. Luckily the Unicorn came of worse as it had a bad migraine.

Georgia Barber Shop - It's Alright, It's Okay, It Only Took Seven Years

Really fantastic lo-fi Swedish garage punk from Georgia Barber Shop. Take a listen to their recent EP It's Alright, It's Okay, It Only Took Seven Years. I never would have known about this if if wasn't for the Meadow Music blog!

Stuart Gray - Carrie - Free Download

I got a note in the email inbox from Stuart Grey saying he recorded an EP in his London flat and doesn't really feel comfortable promoting it. I am not sure why not. It has a lot of the same DIY appeal as the early East River Pipe albums from the 90s. Take a listen or download track Carrie!

Pop. 1280 - Lights Out

From the upcoming LP Imps of Perversion. Available August 6th 2013 on Sacred Bones Records.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Chvrches - Gun Video!

The Bones Of What You Believe is out 9/24 on Glassnote.

Low - Plastic Cup Video!

The Invisible Way is out now via Sub Pop. Video courtesy of NPR.

Stream Candy Waves New Album 'Vacation' in Full!

Out June 18th on Don Giovanni!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Califone - Stitches

Califone 'Stitches' out September 3rd, 2013 on Dead Oceans.

The Pharmacy - Baby Be - Free Download!

Off their current album Stoned and Alone!

Imperial Teen - No Matter What You Say Video!

Imperial Teen‘s Feel the Sound is now on CD, LP and digital via Merge Records in the UK and Europe.They have just released a beautiful new video for "No Matter What You Say" starring Emily Browning.

Lovelier Other - Wonderkind

Look for their debut EP Effort out later this year!

Painted Palms - Nothing Lasts Long EP - Free Download!

Painted Palms just released a pretty great free EP titled Nothing Lasts Long! Take a listen!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bad Bad Hats - It Hurts Video!

If you don't like this, there is something seriously wrong with you. Download the Bad Bad Hats It Hurts EP for free here.

Destruction Unit - Sonic Pearl Video!

Destruction Unit are sharing the brand new music video for "Sonic Pearl" which is from their upcoming 7" for the Suicide Squeeze Records Singles Series.

Hooded Fang - Bye Bye Land Video!

Taken from the album Gravez, out now in UK/EU/USA on Full Time Hobby.

The Love Language - Pilot Light

Another great preview track from the album Ruby Red, out July 23, 2013 on Merge Records.

No Age - C'mon Stimmung

Take a listen to the preview track off new album An Object out 8/20 on Sub Pop.

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #61

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Creative Adult - Chemical Glow Video!

From Creative Adult's new EP Bulls In The Yard on Run For Cover Records.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kisses - Huddle Video!

Kids In L.A. is out now on Cascine. Video courtesy of Stereogum.

Soliti Turns Two: Odds, Sods, and Found Sounds - Free Download!

Soliti Records is a terrific outfit based in Finland! Take a listen or download this sampler celebrating their second birthday as a label! Btw...If it wasn't for the great blog AllScandanavian, I prolly never would have seen this!

Young Galaxy – New Summer Video

Album Ultramarine out now!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

They Might Be Giants - Black Ops Video!

New album Nanobots out now. Watch this video in the dark. Seriously.

The Julie Ruin - Oh Come On - Free Download

In 1997 legendary Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) released a solo album under the name‚ “Julie Ruin” with the intention of forming a band to perform the songs live. In 2010, with Le Tigre on hiatus, Kathleen began to build her dream team with whom she recorded The Julie Ruin debut album. Titled Run Fast, the album will be released September 3rd via TJR Records, distributed via Dischord.

Hanni El Khatib - Penny Video!

Head in the Dirt out now on Innovative Leisure.

Xiu Xiu - Real Doll Factory - LAMC #8!

LAMC #8 features Xiu Xiu and Lawrence English. 100% of the digital proceeds go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music - a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools. It's a great track for a great cause. Throw `em a couple of dollars!

Fitness Club Fiasco - Goldmine - Free Download!

Take a moment to stream or download this fantastic single from Fitness Club Fiasco!

Coma Cinema - Virgin Veins

The third single off of the Posthumous Release LP from Coma Cinema. It will be released on June 11th via Fork and Spoon Records (12"/CD) and Orchid Tapes (cassette).

His Electro Blue Voice - Ruthless Sperm - Album Teaser

Ruthless Sperm due out August 20 on SubPop!

Eric & Magill - Baggage and Clothes

The second album from Eric & Magill, entitled Night Singers, will be released July 23rd via Perfect From Now On. Eric and Magill is Ryan Weber from Promise Ring's venture recorded between the U.S. and Africa where he is in the Peace Corps.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Modern Hut - History

Modern Hut shares first single "History" off debut LP Generic Treasure out August 7 on Don Giovanni Records. Produced by Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster, who also plays on the record.

Stream - Mom & Pop Boombox Vol 1

Mom and Pop record label have announced they are going to start putting out a Boombox comp featuring their artists on a semi-regular basis. Check out this first one featuring bands like Wavves, Fidlar, Andrew Bird, Neon Indian, and new comers Lucius.

Blåtime - Leave, Go - Free Download

Norwegian band Blåtime is giving away a terrific free single Leave, Go!

Constables - Bedroom Culture EP - Free Download

Finland's Constables are givinge away their Bedroom Culture EP free! Take a moment to stream or download it!

Neko Case - New Album Trailer

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You is out sometime this Fall on Anti!

Stream 4 Band 7" EP From Alien Native Records featuring Andy the Doorbum, Your Fuzzy Friends, and more...

Alien Native Movement Record Co-op out of North Carolina is releasing a debut 7" on July 9th featuring 4 bands - Andy the Doorbum, Luciferian Agenda, Blossoms, and Your Fuzzy Friends. You can listen to the whole 7" in advance! Also, take a look at the charming video for the Your Fuzzy Friends track!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Merchandise - Totale Nite Video!

Totale Night EP out now on Night-People Records.

Kurt Vile - KV Crimes Video!

Wakin On A Pretty Daze is out now on Matador.

Foxygen's Jonathan Rado - Faces

Look for Foxygen's Jonathan Rado's solo album Law and Order out in September on Woodsist.

The XX - Fiction Video!

Off album Coexist out now!

Radar Brothers - If We Were Banished Video!

Current album Eight out now on Merge! If you live out West, look for them on tour in June!

Cave Cat - The Abject Video!

The Abject is off Swedish band Cave Cat's debut Deception single!

Sigur Rós - Kveikur Video!

Great video comprised of their live show visuals! Kveikur is out June 17/18 on XL Recordings.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Superchunk - FOH

From the album I Hate Music, out August 20, 2013 on Merge Records.

Sebadoh // Secret EP Video Trailer

Sebadoh returns with their Secret EP and new full-length album! Secret EP available on 10" vinyl right here.

Lightning Dust - Loaded Gun

New album 'Fantasy' out June 25, 2013 on Jagjaguwar.

Spring Offensive - Speak - Free Download!

For the cost of an email address, Spring Offensive is offering free downloads of their track Speak!

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #60

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Deerhoof - Breakup Songs Video!

Breakup Song is out now via Polyvinyl. Stereogum debuted the video earlier today!

Dead Stars - Fractured Video!

High Gain EP out today via Uninhabitable Mansions.

Gauntlet Hair - Human Nature Video!

New album Stills out July 16, 2013 on Dead Oceans!

Tango in the Attic - Crushed Up EP

Tango in the Attic's Crushed Up EP is out today! Take a listen!

Hot Chip - Dark and Stormy!

One-off single on July 22 in the UK and July 23 in the U.S. on Domino!

Monophona - Shades of Grey - Free Download!

Free track download from Luxemburg band Monophona! Check out the creepy/lovely video for the song too!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Grape Soda - Obvious Signs Video!

Grape Soda debuted their fun new video for Obvious Signs earlier today at Nerdist's youtube channel. Video and Animation by Kangaroo Alliance.

Vampire Weekend - Diane Young Video!

Modern Vampires Of The City out now.

Banana Beach - Mobile Homes - Free Download!

First single from Sweden's Banana Beach!

Henke Wermelin & Nattskiftet - The New Black Is Blue - Full Album Stream

Another terrific band from Sweden! Henke Wermelin & Nattskiftet just put out their new album The New Black is Blue on Sweet Baby Jesus. Take a listen below, or visit them online!

North Atlantic Oscillation - Chirality Video!

Fog Electric is the new album from North Atlantic Oscillation. It will be released on June 3rd as a 2CD set, featuring the original album along with a bonus disc containing the Chirality EP, which has previously only been available digitally.

Saturday, June 1, 2013