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Quickdraw: The Mantles, Protomartyr, Pujol, Pity Sex, Expert Alterations

September 29, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Mantles – Hate To See You Go:  The Mantles have a way of drawing me in and holding tight.  Hard to tell whether it’s more their familiar-feeling music or the stellar songwriting.  All Odds End is due out October 16 via Slumberland.

:Protomartyr – I Forgive You:  This is one rambly, Parquet Courts-esque track, and it’s great.  I can’t wait to spend a lot of time with Protomartyr’s upcoming album.  The Agent Intellect is due out October 9 via Hardly Art.

:Pujol – Sleepy Doni:  I had this new Pujol single stuck in my head before I even got done listening to it for the first time.  It’s a slice more playful than his usual stuff.  The Kisses EP is due out November 27 via Bartertown CO-OP.

:Pity Sex – What Might Soothe You?:  Judging only by this track, Pity Sex seem to be aiming for a bigger, better and crisper sound on their upcoming LP.  That’s exciting.  White Hot Moon will be out in 2016 via Run For Cover Records.

:Expert Alterations – You Can’t Always Be Liked:  First of all, I love the title of this track (it’s also what the album is called).  Secondly, Expert Alterations are one of the best new bands to come out of 2015.  I’m fully expecting their debut LP to be stellar.  You Can’t Always Be Liked is due out October 30 via Kanine.

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Quickdraw: Mos Def, Giraffage And Slow Magic, Small Black, The Mantles, Speedy Ortiz

August 31, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Mos Def – Sensei On The Block (Featuring Ski Beatz):  Oh man.  This track is old school Mos Def, and I just love the hell out of it.  Let’s get him to ditch that whole Yasiin Bey thing so that he can get back to being rad full-time.  The Sensei On The Beat single is out now via iTunes.

:Giraffage And Slow Magic – So Cute:  Giraffage and Slow Magic are about to hit the road together, so they’ve gone and collaborated to get everyone all worked up about it.  This spunky song is a lot of fun.  See both acts at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Small Black – No One Wants It To Happen To You:  What a beautiful synth pop effort this is.  Be sure to slap on some headphones before you hit play!  Small Black’s Best Blues is due out October 16 via Jagjaguwar.  See them at Sidewinder on October 16.

:The Mantles – Doorframe:  It was a pleasant surprise late last week when The Mantles announced a new album.  I’ve always loved their hazy, breezy pop sound.  All Odds End is due out October 16 via Slumberland.

:Speedy Ortiz – Hanging Around (Cardigans Cover):  I’m not familiar with the original version of this song (my Cardigans knowledge is pretty much limited to their hits), so as far as I can tell Speedy Ortiz totally nailed this cover of it!  Seriously though, I think this is really good.  This is a one-off effort, so grab it while you can.

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