Thursday, July 24, 2014

From The Active Listener: House of Fire, Rainy Afternoons, Mark Alan Lofgren, Shadow Folk, Coloured Clocks, Galileo 7, Roaring 420s, Frantic Chant

Apparently old (or young) Nathan Ford does more posts and label stuff eating his corn flakes than we do in a month of pseudobloggery. Yes, it's the latest installment - #22 by number - of The Active Listener's excellent compilation series. Here are our favorites from a particularly high-class comp. And as always, we thank Master Nathan Ford for his ever-abundant thoughtfulness, generosity, and psychspertise.

And at the risk of further highlighting our personal bloggerly inactivity (except over/up there in Songdrop, where we've been dropping like flies in a Raid raid), here are some we shoulda but didna post here previously. (It is, btw, a risk we are somewhat willing to take.)

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Rosebuds Back in Bloom

We've been pleased to post on them several times, but it's been awhile. Here is the second, excellent, free and legal single from Raleigh, N.C.'s The Rosebuds' forthcoming sixth LP, Sand+Silence, due to bloom on August 5. You can get the first single+other Western Vinyl releases for free at the WV Soundcloud page. Read+view more at Facebook.

Click here to download.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Raveonettes' New Sisters

We're darned excited to have just received an email from dynamic Danish duo The Raveonettes announcing a new freely downloadable song and forthcoming (September) U. S. tour. The former is below. It might help you decide about the latter. Click here to visit them at Facebook.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Just in Time: The Kickstand Band

Yep, just 13 days short of

Not too long ago (okay, early last year) we enjoyed posting an excellent song by Detroit's The Kickstand Band (klicky klicky). Had we been better attuned, we would have noticed that about a year ago they put out an excellent little EP, appropriately called Summer Means Fun. Our two faves are "Promenade" and the title cut. You can probably figure out how to get the rest.

And here's that first one we posted. (The other's still available at our previous post.) We still get a kick from that doggone pic.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

eMusic pppurcha$e$ - Second Quarter 2014

Yes, here 'tis, the "feature" you've (singular) been waiting for: our cash-based grabs of powerpop, indiepop, shoegaze, psych, garage, etc., tunes at eMusic during April, May, and June of this year. We've been finding that Songdrop app to the (upper) right a helpful reminderer of stuff we'd like to buy. Click here to see our list. Happy hunting.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Def In It for Blush Response

Wonderful gazepop from down Adelaide way. More here and here.

Friday, July 04, 2014

DoublePlusGood Live Up to Their Name

We soar yet remained pleasantly grounded and centered and such by The Brothers Kite-ish feelings this Portland trio induces. That makes little sense without the music, so go ahead and seehearfeel for yourself. Sample and read more herehere, and here. That download arrow means you can, you know, do it.

Update - Widget's gone poof. You can get the song "Sometimes" here or here.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Moon Sounds, Sunspots Kindling Our Desire for More Kindling

We're def fired up by this excellent new ditty from Easthampton, MA's "413 alternative diy fuzz pop indie pop indie rock jangle pop lo-fi post-punk shoegaze" duo Kindling. "Fiber in your java, fizz in your pop," that's what we always say (now that we've finally said it). Read, hear, dl, etc., more hereherehere, and here.

Here are a couple of less fizzy numbers we're very much enjoying from their February LP, Spare Room, available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I (Don't) Wanna Stay Away from The Black Tambourines

These Cornishlads put out one of our favorite songs last year (see postbottom), plus a bunch of others we loved, grabbed, and bought. Below is their latest, excellent, free and legal Art Is Hard single, taken from a forthcoming LP of which we don't yet know the name but will let you know when we do by simply editing this post to make it look like we've known all along.

See our previous glowing post for free and legals from their Chica EP and go to their Soundcloud page for even more. We might suggest hovering over those download arrows at Soundcloud because while some of the songs are of relatively low megabytage, others are up in the 33.3-57.5 MB range. Read, hear, and buy more here, here, and here.

Here's a low-MBer we "dig" off their first LP.

And, yes, this one just goes all through us nice and goood. Wow.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Music of the Sphere: White Fence, Bleached, Spider Bags, Karma, Jack And The Ripper, Dune Rats, The Glockenwise

Oooh, The Pharmacy, too. Must've been a great hop.

Isn't it funny how something you previously avoided can quickly become the norm? ("Yes, pp, wildly; note the streaming tears.") Anyway, for various reasons, we're kind of enjoying doing MotS posts with shorter hiati*, one being they're more up-to-date. We were kind of hoping SOTO would host that new White Fence song, so when they did, voila. Thanks to three of our favorite sets of bloggerfolk for the following.

White Fence - Like That - Side One Track One
Bleached - For The Feel - Side One Track One
Spider Bags - Japanese Vacation - Side One Track One

Karma - Kaylyn - Indie Rock Cafe - Jump to bottom of page.

Jack And The Ripper - Will You Be Mine - Rollo & Grady
Dune Rats - ET - Rollo & Grady
The Glockenwise - Go Song & Explosive Generation - Rollo & Grady

*hiatuses, whatever

Monday, June 23, 2014

More from Eardrums: Coquelicot, Mikroflirt, & Photon + a Surprise Ursine Visit

Don't know if you've been enjoying those songs from that EardrumsPop compilation we posted last month, but we sure have. Here are our faves from the promised Vols. B & C of Between Two Waves - The Second Wave. You can freely download the whole caboodle here.

We also liked the song by The Grave Lobby but were kind of nonplussed by the advisory at Eardrums about securing permission to download. We did remember, though, that we very much enjoy the faction of TGL called "Bears" and thought you might like to revisit one we previously posted.

We also hunted down the following for your listening/downloading pleasure.

Um, we like that second song, too, but prefer #1. For some reason the Bandcamp widget keeps posting #2 first. Click the back arrow if you please. No biggie.

Let's Go Trippin' w/ The Red Plastic Buddha, Rob Clarke & The Wooltones, and Frantic Chant

For those of you psych-ically inclined, we highly recommend this summer solstice compilation from one of our favorite blogs, Trip Inside This House. Our three faves from the comp are posted below. Clicking will take you to the rest. Enjoy, Voyagers-to-Be, and Hail Valis!

Not Just Imaginary Pants

An official band photo
 (as they say)

We're fresh out of kites, and there are still a couple of hours of daylight left, but this Vancouver duo definitely has us panting with pleasure (and we aren't just imagining). Below are our two favorites from their recently released EP. Read, hear, and buy more herehere, and here.

Oops, just remembered, we do still have this one.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Not So Strange Babes

This LA/NZ collab adds perfect gently jangly comfort to a spring/fall day, holy or not. (We're betting summer/winter, too.) Read more here and here. Go here if you prefer Bandcamp.

Click down arrow to download.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Free Yummies from Nine Black Alps

The middle two still want their candy.
We were enjoying some recent eMusic purchases and got pleasantly, powerfully pinned by one from these Mancusians' 2012 LP, Sirens. Simple seeking uncovered the three below for name-your-price download. We also discovered the new LP, pictured above, and reserved pretty much every song for our next eMusic purchasefest. Explore for yourownself at their bandsiteFacebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and the aforementioned eMusic.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

From EardrumsPop to EardrumsYours: Dutch Barn, Tearjerker, Red Deer People, The Paris Work-In

We've been enjoying this East London band's gentle gaze for several months now and just noticed some of it's available for free download over at netlabel EardrumsPop.

That first number up there is a cover of a song by Toronto's Tearjerker. Maybe you'd like to compare the two versions. We like them both, each for slightly different reasons.

Finally, or so it seems, we found all of that via a very nice email from Eardrums announcing a 31-song, 3-volume compilation called Between Two Waves - The Second Wave. The first volume was released today, with more to follow. Below are our two favorites from Volume A. Check out the rest if you like: you can stream it here and download it here.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday Miscellany, aka The Return of The Soundcloud Nine: Pixies, The Medusa Snare, Gorgeous Bully, Ski Lodge, I Was A King, White Fence, The Everywheres, Day Ravies, Blood Sister

You might've noticed that yesterday's Miss Sell-a-Knee came all courtesy of Bandcamp. Well, the Equal Time Police (ETP) demand equal time for Soundcloud, so here we go. We used the word "recently" in yesterday's post. Well, some of the loved ones below are recent, but others go a little farther back in time. Therefore do we brace ourselves for the usual flingings of "Gee, pp, why can't you post music as it comes out instead of making us wait for, like, ever?" Harsh, but we're tough guy(s). We've built up scabs to protect us from such scabrous scat. Besides, you've probably found lots of them already and elsewhere, so ho-hum. Oh, hope you like. (Click down arrows or heres to download.)

Get a bunch more excellent free and legals by former member(s) of The Manhattan Love Suicides here.

Download here.


One of our very favorite bands of the last coppola years. Quiet recording, so toin it up. Download here.


Download here.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Miscellany: The Dollyrots, Fixing Bayonets, Luna Ghost, Psychedelic Trips To Death, Lowtide

Here are a few free and legals we've recently found and likedalot. Hope you find you like. (Clicking links will take you to various fruitful places.)

Comfort-inducing Linespacer (C-iL)

Click LP title to find a bunch of psyched-up covers, including Monkees, Stones, Barrett, etc.