Friday, December 24, 2010

Silver Swans

ARTIST / BAND: Silver Swans

MP3: “Holidays”  / “Secrets” / “Anyone’s Ghost” (The National Cover)/ “Secrets” (Letting Up Despite Great Faults Remix)

FILE UNDER: Indie Pop

LABEL: Tricycle Records

INFO: The Silver Swans are three fictional characters in the Wonder Woman stories. Each Silver Swan has the ability to create powerful sound waves with her voice. Her "swan song" is capable of devastating a small area of land with its destructive force. By creating a low-level humming, the Silver Swan can form a protective shield around herself that can deflect bullets and projectiles. They also have the telepathic ability to control birds and re-arrange matter with the sound they generate.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Madison

ARTIST / BAND: Madison

MP3s: "Santa Baby" / "#1 (RAC Remix)"  / "Hot Hot Love"

ALBUM: The Noise Some People Make

FILE UNDER: noise pop

LABEL: G Records

INFO: It may still be a long time coming (January 11, 2011), and it may not have anything to with Oregon (except for the recent RAC remix) or even the West Coast, but Madison’s debut EP, The Noise Some People Make, is electro-hot.  And it may be only four swift songs, clocking in at under 13 minutes (we have two of them for you below!), but they’re soon to be burning up the dance-pop charts across the country.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Luyas

ARTIST / BAND: The Luyas

MP3: "Tiny Head"

ALBUM: Too Beautiful to Work

FILE UNDER: Experimental / Indie

LABEL: Dead Oceans / Idée Fixe

INFO: The Luyas are four musicians named Jessie Stein, Mathieu Charbonneau, Pietro Amatro and Stefan Scheider. They made a record called Too Beautiful to Work at 6 Nassau in Toronto, Ontario, and call Montreal, Quebec home.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rachel Goodrich

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ARTIST / BAND: Rachel Goodrich

MP3: "Na Na Na"

ALBUM: Light Bulb EP

FILE UNDER: indie pop, folk, Psychobilly

LABEL: s/r

INFO: Rachel Goodrich is an American musician and pioneer of "Shake-a-Billy" based in Miami, Florida. Her music has also been described as an "eclectic blend of vaudeville-inspired indie pop, swing-jazz andcountry-folk."[1] Her first album, Tinker Toys, was self-released in 2008 to critical acclaim, including a feature in the New York Times which dubbed her as a "queen of the Miami indie rock scene".[2]

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Braids

Dream Diary

ARTIST / BAND: Braids

MP3: "Plath Heart" / "Lemonade"

ALBUM: Native Speaker

FILE UNDER: Indie, Psych Pop

LABEL:Kanine

INFO: BRAIDS’ was formed by four best friends in their last year of High School in Calgary, Alberta. Convincing one another to skip university, they stayed in the garage all year and practiced obsessively, even while their fingers froze during the cold prairie winters. Then, at only 18 years old, they took the bold step of moving across the country together to Montreal, where they began crafting their self recorded/self produced debut album Native Speaker.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Liptonians

ARTIST / BAND: The Liptonians

MP3: You Know I Did

ALBUM: Let's All March Back Into The Sea

FILE UNDER: rock

LABEL: head in the sand

INFO: In 2008, completely unheralded, The Liptonians emerged from a basement in Winnipeg with an "earnest little pop-rock gem" (Uptown Magazine). Much to their  surprise, the album picked up a Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Pop Recording, garnered rave reviews, charted on college radio across the country, became a regular on CBC Radio and paved the way for three cross-Canadian tours. The strength of their dynamic live show scored them opening slots for bands like Silver Starling (Last Gang Records) and Chicago indie rock legends, The Sea and Cake.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010