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Friday, October 28, 2011

Today's Quick Mention:  The great Wild Flag roll into town tomorrow to play La Zona Rosa, and you absolutely have to be there.  Doors at 8pm.  Tickets are $15.

Time to bring the week to a close.  Enjoy.

:Keep Shelly In Athens - DIY:  I'm not ready to jump on the suddenly very crowded bandwagon for this act, but I am ready to at least inch my way over to it with the arrival of this rather well crafted electro pop track.  Also, consider me interested to see how their set at Fun Fun Fun Fest plays out next weekend.   The Our Own Dreams 12" EP is due out November 8 via Forest Family.

:Hurricane Bells - House On Fire:
  In case you don't remember, a few weeks back I shared a very slick track from these guys that I called a guilty pleasure.  This is fairly different.  It's actually a bit rough around the edges, which I think gives it a large amount of charm.  The band released their sophomore effort, Tides And Tales, earlier this week.  Snatch it up, friends.

:The National - Twenty Miles To NH Part 2 (The Philistines Jr. Cover):  The Philistines Jr. have apparently gone out and put together a covers/remix-filled version of If A Band Plays In The Woods?, and it looks pretty good.  Or, at least this National cover is, but I would assume there's going to be some other gems on it with the way the tracklist looks.  If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods is due November 1 via Tarquin Records/Beverly Martel.

:Guided By Voices - Unsinkable Fats Domino:  Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Greg Demos, Mitch Mitchell, and Kevin Fennell haven't put out an album together since 1996.  That's an eternity.  Still, I have faith that they'll figure out a way to make it work.  They're already off to a good start with this catchy track.  Let's Go Eat The Factory is due January 1 via GBV Inc.

:Western Ghost House - Branded:  Here's a moody pop song (one that's been bouncing around in my head quite a bit this week, might I add) that I think you might really like.  This Austin-based group will be putting out their debut, Kaleidoscope Tower, in December.  If you like what you hear, you should head over to their Bandcamp page and grab a few other free tracks.

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