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MP3: CAT-A-TAC

"Devil". Denver-based, anagram fans Cat-A-Tac created their own record label, Needlepoint Records, to get their music out on a self-titled EP to college radio station across the country. Judging from this perfect little 21st century shoegazer, I wouldn't be surprised if more success was in their future. (Cat-A-Tac.com)

posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: ORANGER

Here are two tracks from Bay-area band Oranger, whose new disc New Comes and Goes comes out on Sept. 20. The first song, "Crooked in the Weird of the Catacombs," sounds like an alternapop hit from the 90s and would seem to fit well on a compilation that featured Geggy Tah and Harvey Danger. I suppose that is both a good thing and a bad thing. (eenie meenie)

"Crooked in the Weird of the Catacombs"
"Crones"

posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: THE CONSTANTINES

"Arizona", from the Canadian rock-n-rollers' recently released self-titled album. (Sub Pop)

posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 | [permalink]


MP3: GANG OF FOUR

"Damaged Goods". Gang of Four's forthcoming Return the Gift is a collection of their old song re-recorded. I consider their sound to be pretty timeless anyway, but this track is good proof they still do it better than all those they influenced since their last studio record more than years ago. (Insound)

posted on Sunday, August 28, 2005 | [permalink]


MP3: APOLLO SUNSHINE

Throwing a hipster hoedown and looking for some good indie pop rock-a-billy tunes? Try these two jangly tracks from Apollo Sunshine's self-titled release, out in mid-Septemeber.(spinART)

"Magnolia"
"Today is the Day"

posted on Friday, August 26, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: THE ROSEBUDS

"Leaves Do Fall", a new bluesy, spaghetti-western-inspired single from married North Carolinian couple Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp. Their second full-length album Birds Make Good Neighbors hits stores on September 13. (Merge)

posted on Friday, August 26, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: THE MAKERS

"Matter of Degrees", from the indie punk veterans' first album of new material for Kill Rock Stars. The CD was released Tuesday. (Kill Rock Stars)

posted on Friday, August 26, 2005 | [permalink]


MP3: THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS

"Use It", another track available to download from Matador, from the New Pornographer's newly released Twin Cinema -- which I am happy to say is scoring very well at Metacritic. (Matador)

posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: PET POLITICS

Magnus Larsson, aka Pet Politics, has done quite an impressive job getting his music out to the blogosphere hypemachine and has been one of elbo.ws's most mentioned artists for weeks now. He even did an interview with Sixeyes recently. Personally, I think Pet Politics is much too heavily influenced by Velvet Underground. It's pleasing to listen to, but c'mon, there's a difference between acts who are inspired from other artists and ones that have such a small hint of origially you can only call them copycats. (PetPolitics.com)

"The Ghost of Mary and Her Friends"
"Im My Head"
"The Cold Wind Blows"

posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 | [permalink]


MP3: THE PALE PACIFIC

"Sucker Punch". The Pale Pacific sounds quite a bit like Death Cab for Cutie, except perhaps their music leans a little more toward post-rock and the vocals lean a little more toward pop punk. This track is from Urgency fresh on the music racks yesterday. (SideCho)

posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 | [permalink]


HALL OF FAME: AUGUST 2005 INDUCTEES



With the addition of punk pioneers The Ramones, pop icon Michael Jackson, rock experimentalist Frank Zappa, pop-rock outfit Fleetwood Mac, progressive arena rockers Queen and genre transcenders Talking Heads, The LARRY Page's Hall of Fame has inducted now 55 artists from the rock and roll era.

Read the complete list of inductees and find more details on what the Hall of Fame is all about.

posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 | [permalink]


MP3: BROKEN SPINDLES

Broken Spindles is a side project for Faint bassist Joel Peterson. The beats are what you might expect, but the vocals may be more akin to a few of their guitar-strumming labelmates. Here are two tracks from the forthcoming Inside/Absent. (Saddle Creek)

"Inward"
"The Distance is Nearsighted"

posted on Thursday, August 18, 2005 | [permalink]


MP3: STELLASTARR*

"Sweet Troubled Soul," a taste of what's coming on the band's latest album, Harmonies For The Haunted, in stores in September. (Insound)

posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 | [permalink]


MP3: BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE

"7/4 (Shoreline)" (.zip). Quickly swipe this one from Broken Social Scene's new album, slated to be released in October. It's only available as a free download for a very limited time. (Gallery AC)

posted on Friday, August 12, 2005 | [permalink]


ALBUM CONTENDERS

More picks to add to my running list of best albums of the year.


Sufjan Stevens
Illinois
(Asthmatic Kitty)
[Download "The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts" and Casimir Pulaski Day"]


Architecture in Helsinki
In Case We Die
(Bar None)


Xiu Xiu
La Foret
(Kill Rock Stars)
[Download the single "Bog People".]

posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 | [permalink]

VIDEO: THE CRIBS (Stream)

"Hey Scenesters!". It's a particularly non-trendy band-in-a-basement video, but I just can't get enough of The Cribs' catchy, smirky single. (TheCribs.com)

posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: WINDSOR FOR THE DERBY

Windsor for the Derby is an Austin band with a rotating line-up that maintains its core members Jason McNeely and Dan Matz and pretty, dove-like guitar sound.(Secretly Canadian)

"Empathy for People Unknown"
"Giving Up"

posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: CHAD VANGAALEN

A Canadian singer-songwriter with a wagonload of instruments, fragile-voiced Chad VanGaalen provides a perfect, unique sonic backdrop for his heartfelt lyrics. His album is out on Sub Pop on Aug. 23. (Flemish Eye)

"Clinically Dead"
"Somewhere, I Know There's Nothing"
"Traffic"

posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: ORENDA FINK

Orenda Fink's debut solo album Invisible Ones, out later this month, follows the debut solo of her Azure Ray partner Maria Taylor by just a couple months. Here are two tracks that show their sounds are actually pretty similar when separated -- sweetly sung indie pop with a hint of folk and a touch of blues. (Saddle Creek)

"No Evolution"
"Bloodline"

posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: JOHN VANDERSLICE

These two irresistible indie pop head swayers are from Vanderslice's upcoming CD, Pixel Revolt. (Barsuk)

"Exodus Damage"
"Trance Manual"

posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 | [permalink]


MP3: THE DOUBLE

"Idiocy", from the deservedly white hot New York band's upcoming Loose in the Air. (Matador)

posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: ROGUE WAVE

"10:11". Sub Pop just treats us too well. Rogue Wave's Descended Like Vultures, their follow-up to last year's Top 25 album Out of the Shadows, isn't out until October 25. But here we are at the beginning of August and the album's first single - a noisy, echoey gem - is ours for the grabbing (Sub Pop)

posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: MOBIUS BAND

"The Loving Sounds of Static". Mobius Band show refreshing diversity in the cluttered sea of electronic indie pop. This song is a fitting example, off the album of the same name, out Tuesday. (Ghostly International)

posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: GET HIM EAT HIM

"Mumble Mumble". Try listening to this song from Providence, RI's Get Him Eat Him just once. I think it may be impossible. It's a rollicking two-and-a-half minutes of electro harmonies and incessant, layered beats. From the newly released, Geography Comes (Absolutely Kosher)

posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 | [permalink]

MP3: MINUS THE BEAR

Seattle's Minus the Bear return to the studio after a three year break to supply us with another multi-era influenced album, due in stores at the end of the month. Here are two tracks from the disc, entitled Menos el Oso:

"The Game Needed Me" (Insound)
"Hooray" (Suicide Squeeze)

posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 | [permalink]


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