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Quickdraw: The Men, The Orwells, Very Fresh, The Mary Onettes, STRFKR

October 20, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Men – Crime:  I wasn’t all that into the first single (it’s called Lion) off of The Men’s upcoming LP, but this one is pretty great.  Makes me want to jam garage rock tunes all day.  Devil Music is due out on November 11 via Bandcamp.

:The Orwells – Buddy:  It’s already been two years since The Orwells released Disgraceland.  That’s weird to me.  Anyhow, this little quickie is catchy.  A new album from the band is expected in early 2017.

:Very Fresh – Hat Tree:  1) Very Fresh main brain Cindy Lou Gooden and Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis are in an all-girl Pavement cover band called Babement. What!  I need to see that.  2) I dig the way this song drips with sincerity.  Hey, It’s Me! is due out November 4 via New Professor Music/Inflated Records.

:The Mary Onettes – Juna:  Here’s the latest well crafted pop gem from The Mary Onettes.  Be sure to put on headphones so that all of its pretty sounds can fill your head.  The Juna single is available now via Bandcamp.

:STRFKR – Satellite:  STRFKR’s upcoming album wasn’t really on my anticipated list, but I believe this song just put it there.  It’s such a comfy jam.  Being No One, Going No Where is due out November 4 via Polyvinyl.

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Quickdraw: Empress Of, Rose Windows, The Mary Onettes, Girlpool, The Tallest Man On Earth

April 16, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Empress Of – Water Water:  Lorely Rodriguez (aka Empress Of) has readied her debut LP.  I don’t know if this is an “official” single or just a promise of what’s to come, but I like it.  She has moments where she sounds like Bjork.  Look for the album later this year via Terrible Records.

:Rose Windows – Strip Mall Babylon:  Bad news!  Rose Windows just called it quits.  Good news!  They’re still going to follow through with the release of their new album.  As for this song, it’s slinky, loud and weird.  Expect to dig it.  The band’s self titled album is due out May 4 via Sub Pop.

:The Mary Onettes – Ruins (Featuring Maria Usbeck):  Here’s one from The Mary Onettes that was originally crafted as an instrumental track for a Swedish film.  I think it’s beautiful.  Kudos to the band for deciding it needed some vocals.  The Ruins single is currently available via Cascine.

:Girlpool – Before The World Was Big:  Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad are a clever pair of ladies, and I’m a big fan of what they’re doing together as Girlpool.  This may be their best song yet.  Before The World Was Big is due out June 2 via Wichita Recordings.

:The Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home:  I didn’t much care for the first song that was released off of the upcoming album from The Tallest Man On Earth, but this one works for me.  I love the guitar-work a lot, and (of course) Kristian Matsson’s voice is terrific.  Dark Bird Is Home is due out May 12 via Dead Oceans.

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Quickdraw: Kathryn Calder, The Mary Onettes, Spaceships, Jimmy Whispers, Guantanamo Baywatch

February 17, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Kathryn Calder – Take A Little Time:  For those that forgot, Kathryn Calder is a member of The New Pornographers.  This is the first single off of her third solo LP, and I think it’s a fancy bit of art pop.  Look for Calder’s self titled album on April 14 via File Under: Music.

:The Mary Onettes – Sharkbrains:  In celebration of their US tour (the band’s first since 2008), The Mary Onettes have released this one-off single, which was supposedly made while they were “longing for endless American highways.”  That’s nice and all, but why aren’t they playing in Austin?  I want to speak to a supervisor.

:Spaceships – Stone:  Spaceships’ new album was “recorded between 2010 and 2014 in bedrooms and living rooms, on iPads, four tracks, and laptops, with guitars and drum machines” and is full of songs that the duo (Jesse Waite and Kevin LaRose) say they never intended on releasing.  Doesn’t get much more lo-fi and sincere than that.  Little Buddha is due out February 24 via Unsatisfied Records.

:Jimmy Whispers – Heart Don’t Know:  I’m not at all familiar with Jimmy Whispers, but this song of his just cuts right through me.  I hope he’s okay.  Hell, I hope I’m okay.  Summer In Pain is due out March 24 via Moniker/Field Mates.

:Guantanamo Baywatch – Too Late:  Suicide Squeeze recently added Guantanamo Baywatch to their roster.  I’ve honestly never been a big fan of the band, but this track, which features the great Curtis Harding, is full-on retro goodness.  Here’s hoping their new LP has more of the same.  Darling … It’s Too Late will be released on May 12.

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Quickdraw: Madison, Guards, The Mary Onettes, Crushed Out, Beach Day

November 19, 2012

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Today’s music makes up the last Quickdraw of 2012.  Enjoy.

:Madison – Sweet Life:  I like the direction that Madison is heading in.  She’s still doing what I consider guilty pleasure pop, but it’s got a particular focus to it that’s rather nice.  The We’ve Been Nothing EP is expected to be released on February 5.

:Guards – Coming True:  This reminds me a lot of 90s alt rock, and I think that’s why I find it to be a pretty great track.  I can’t wait to hear more of their new stuff.  In Guards We Trust is due out February 5 via Black Bell.

:The Mary Onettes – Evil Coast:  Here’s another wonderfully crafted pop song from the Mary Onettes.  I’m not sure these guys know how to make anything that doesn’t sound immaculate.  The band will release their third LP, Hit The Waves, in March via Labrador.

:Crushed Out – Push Down Twist:  Formerly known as Boom Chick, this act makes catchy garage rock.  I like it.  Want To Give is available now via Cool Clear Water Records.  The band plays Hotel Vegas this Friday.

:Beach Day – Walking On The Streets:  I really dig this little retro pop tune.  It makes me want to watch old movies.   The band just put out a 7″ via Kanine Records.  Pick it up!

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