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Brower – “My Father’s Name Was Cat”

Missed this one when it first tumbled down the spike earlier in the year, but have no fear, as Queens’ Brower embarks on an EU tour the glam smacked video for “My Father’s Name Was Cat” enters the fray. The song is crunched with a glam groove and glitter-dotted at the edges of their naturalist aesthetic. The song smashes a bit of Hubble Bubble and Brett Smiley lip gloss into Tommy James’ “Draggin’ The Line” mentality, floating above the fray with a quiet cool and a less than hammered approach to the worn but welcome grooves of glam. The band centers around Nat Brower, also of lo-fi snappers Nancy and its clear that he’s taking a bit of their buzz into the boogie boat with Brower. The band takes off for European shores this week but rounds back for a hometown set with at The Market Hotel next month. Grab a listen to this fizzer above.



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Jeanines – “Winter In The Dark”

If you missed Jeanines debut on Slumberland early in the year then here’s a second chance at the jangled bliss. The band snaps up a host of sub-underground indie pop, which might be expected from members of My Teenage Stride hanging about. The band’s Jed Smith boasts time in the band as well as recent fave Mick Trouble. However, its Alicia Hyman’s vocals and knack for bittersweet delivery that conjures up comparisons to Veronica Falls, Marine Girls and The Pastels so easily. Check out the stark, yet perfect video for “Winter In The Dark” above.

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Ex-Vöid – “Only One”

Post-Joanna Gruesome members have picked up as Ex-Vöid over the last year and it seems they can’t knock out a bad single. Continuing the reign of fuzz-thumped jangle-pop that permeated their first single, “Boyfriend,” they continue the love-worn territory on “Only One.” The song is swept up on the trappings of Sarah, Bus Stop, and Sha La La records releases and fittingly they’re releasing the single on a renewed Perfect Records as a joint venture between the band and The Field Mice’s Mark Dobson. Check out the Super 8 soaked video above and pop over to Bandcamp to check the spikier b-side that turns their indie-pop into a guitar-tapped fireball of punk. I’m excited to see that this was not a one-off and just savoring each new single that slides down the belt.



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Itasca – “Only A Traveler”

A hushed and verdant track from the rapidly approaching new Itasca album lands today and the accompanying video nicely frames it in a faded frame of Western mountains and natural ease. The last time Kayla Cohen was lurking around these parts it was on a low-key cassette of mostly instrumentals, but with Spring on the way next week she offers a proper follow up to her 2016 album Open To Chance. The song reclines in the sun, autumnal in sprit but with a California calm that means Autumn isn’t icing anyone just yet. Cohen laces the track with strings and her usual burble of guitar, giving this one more emotional heft than your average folk fingerpicker. This one should definitely be on your radar in the coming weeks. Spring is out 11/1 on Paradise of Bachelors.



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Program – “Memory”

Melbourne’s Program hit back quickly with a second single from their upcoming Anti-Fade debut Show Me. Slashing their strums with staccato stabs of guitar, the band’s still running down the edges of post-punk and punk and dousing their driving rhythms in a kind of detached delivery that suits them well. “Memory” coils slightly before unfurling into a cozy chorus, but the band’s quick not to linger in the sun too long, diving right back into those driving chords and gnarled twang. The way this one’s shaping up, if you don’t already have Program on your radar, this ought to seal it. The video is a simple setup, feeling very ‘public access TV’ but they don’t need any flash to make this one stick. The album’s out October 18th.

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Dire Wolves – “I Control The Weather”

If, for some reason I couldn’t possibly fathom, you haven’t already slid a copy of Dire Wolves essential LP from earlier this year onto your shelf, perhaps this disorienting new video for the band’s standout “I Control The Weather” might sway ya. Their verdant collection of cosmic psychedelia is one of the year’s best and the otherworldly croon of Gerogia Carbone and the guitar drip of Jeffery Alexander might just be more convincing than I could ever hope to be. Check the Sheila Bosco directed video above and don’t hesitate to nab that LP from the Beyond folks.

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Gong Gong Gong – “Ride A Horse”

An absolute pounder from Chinese rhythm merchants Gong Gong Gong up today. The band’s debut for Wharf Cat is on the way next week and “Ride Your Horse” is a prime argument as to why it should be on your radar. The band’s stripped-down sound – just guitar and bass – is as primal as ever here, pulsing with menace and urgency. The song is split into sections take startling turns, based on Chinese classical structures, but feeling far from buttoned up or traditional. The pair are always riding the sharpened edge of groove, using it to slice through the dense morning air. Despite the breathless beat of the song, the accompanying video, co-directed by bassist Joshua Frank, is calm – featuring swordplay, but purely in an exercise setting alongside other forms of meditative sport. The contrast adds to the tension of the throbbing beat and the ozone charged air that wafts around the band. Check the clip above.



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Allah Las – “Prazer Em Te Chnhecer”

Been a good week for hazed psychedelia and ever new trickle out of this Allah Las album marks it as one of their best. The lackadaisical, sunny swing of “Prazer Em Te Chnhecer” slings a set of Portuguese vocals onto a sun waxed surf slider that’s baked in the afternoon sun. There’s not a worry in the bones of the song, instead marinating the days last rays in Mezcal and contented sighs. The song’s title translates to “Nice To Meet You” and that cheerful veneer and welcoming spirit buoys the track throughout its three-minute ramble. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. Keep your ears out for the Las new one on October 11th.

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Saariselka – “Into The Wind”

Temp Res debuts a new collaboration between guitarist Chuck Johnson and composer Marielle Jakobsons and it’s the sparse, mossy valley western you’ve been looking for this whole year. Jakobsons had an excellent solo release on Thrill Jockey back in 2016 that was boiled in cosmic wonder and ethereal synth, and prior to that she’d been the primary force behind Date Palms, long a favorite around here with their own high plains ache. Johnson’s works on guitar have knotted outposts from Three Lobed, Scissor Tail, Strange Attractors, and Trouble in Mind. Here the pair leverage their respective strengths, washing Jakobsons’ synths in amber strokes of slide guitar, yawning the track out with a mournful grace. Marielle’s vocals complete the track, haunting “Into the Wind” with an almost overwhelming sadness, lost in their own sense of sorrow and rebirth. The album is out October 18th on Temporary Residence, LTD. Anticipation is high.



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Triptides – “See Her Light”

A shot of sunshine from L.A. psych-pop group Triptides lands via a new single on Greenway Records. The psych vets have been carving out their fuzz-pop niche for years and their songs always blow in on a breeze of gooey nostalgia and easy vibes. “See Her Light” kicks in initially as a hard driver until the midway point when it kicks into a baroque bridge and then just lays back into the surf to let the sun wash all over us. The accompanying video is stacked with beachside home video that leans right into the song’s Kodachrome kitsch. Not a bad way to enjoy the door to autumn as the weekend ekes open.



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