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  • JENNY GILLESPIE | Creatures of our Make MP3

    Jenny Gillespie‘s pretty “Creatures of our Make”, the first single off her upcoming April 10th release “Belita”, is a charming blend of folk and lush chamber pop. It’s  a dreamy cut with harmonized vocals, Amidon’s voice trailing slightly behind Gillespie’s in a ghostly following. This is a sophisticated pairing, the duo’s voices complementing each other w...

    17.01.2012

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  • DIRTY THREE | Rising Below MP3

    Here’s a new song, “Rising Below”, from Dirty Three’s Mick Turner, Jim White and Warren Ellis, from off the band’s upcoming release “Toward the Low Sun”, out via Drag City on February 28th. The track is an instrumental expansion, exploding into an exquisite interplay of strings, guitar and keyboard. Follow the band at facebook or check out their discography at Drag City. ...

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  • LOWER DENS | Brains MP3

    Lower Dens and their wonderful lead singer Jana Hunter have a new song out called “Brains” from off the band’s upcoming and highly-anticipated release “Nootropics”. It’s a frenetically-paced track, steady drums mix with gauzy guitar fuzz, hard-strummed bass, as the the song builds into a wave of sound and droning allure. This hypnotic new track follows the group’s 2010 re...

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  • COMPUTER MAGIC | Trinity MP3

    Computer Magic (aka Danz) is coming off a big year in which she released a 12-inch “Electronic Fences”, and singles “End of Time”, “(Just Like) Starting Over”, and the ‘End of Time” video — called the best video of 2011 by Their Bated Breath. Well, this year she’s already started off with two singles, “Ex-Believer”, and the most recent disco-e...

    13.01.2012

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  • ELEN NEVER SLEEPS | My Aquamarine MP3

    Sometimes it’s those e-mail subject lines that get you: “Bedroom pop from Tokyo”. Oh, yeah, now we’re talking. “My Aquamarine” is a beautiful new track from musician Elen Never Sleeps, the curator of the site Gay Vegan Vinyl Cassette. It’s a song with a darkly romantic 80s/New Wave vein to it, just like its b-side brethren “Spinning Wheel”. It’s interes...

    11.01.2012

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  • MESITA | Out For Blood MP3

    Mesita (aka James Cooley) premiered a second single, “Out For Blood”, at the music blog Pigeons and Planes. It’s the second song from off his upcoming 2012 release, “The Coyote”. It begins with a quickly-paced acoustic guitar rhythm, set to a gallop, like a train rolling across tracks. It weaves flawlessly into the sound of a nimbly-fingered electric guitar before fading into drums and...

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  • PORTALS | Mixtape No. 1 (Yalls | Sayfixed) MP3

    Portals is a new collective music site featuring the collaborative efforts of 16 different music blogs, including Dead As Digital, Friends With Both Arms and Smoke Don’t Smoke. My guess is that Portals could help to fill that void Altered Zones left in its wake after it closed up shop. To start Portals off on the right foot, this collective posted a new “Mixtape No. 1″ that includes 16 tracks chos...

    10.01.2012

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  • STELLA LE PAGE | The Wilhelm Scream (Cover) MP3

    London’s Stella Le Page has a new single, “Snake”, coming out on January 15th. But until then she posted a collection of singles she’s done over the past year and called it “Home Covers”. Fans can download it for free courtesy of a link provided by the artist. The record contains eight tracks, covering musicians and bands as varied as Little Dragon’s “Swimmingâ€...

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  • JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE | Nothing’s Gonna … MP3

    Opened my inbox to a new lovelorn and poetic single from Justin Townes Earle called “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now” — the title track to his upcoming LP release. It’s a drowsy, waltzing, Memphis-blues track with romantic lyrics about heartbreak and a relationship in disintegration: “When you lay down to sleep, that’s when it will hurt the most / Wh...

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  • TOP GIRLS | It’s Over MP3

    Top Girls posted “It’s Over”, the official a-side paired with a cover of The Weeknd’s “High For This”, which I wrote about last week. “It’s Over” is a beautiful, high falsetto floating over light beats. The apropos song comes on a bit of a somber note. Top Girls (aka Evan Adams) will be leaving Speaker Snacks Recs behind: “On January 17th, I’ll be...

    09.01.2012

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  • SEVERAL SYMPTOMS | Stylist MP3

    A great track from Several Symptoms called “Stylist”, a foggy, lucid, overcast electronic piece of exquisiteness. It’s the follow up to two other singles, “Set That Fire” and “Heartbreaker”, which you can here at Several Symptoms’ bandcamp page. “Stylist” uses an ominous beat and cascading static distortion to give the song its dark, industrial mood: â...

    08.01.2012

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  • BRICE WOODALL | Even the Mice and Snakes MP3

    It’s difficult to tell when exactly Brice Woodall’s four tracks that comprise “Some Odd Years” were written and recorded. Perhaps sometime in the last couple of months. But the Chicagoan is officially releasing this EP on January 17th. The promotion for the records says the songs were recorded using a 1994 Yamaha cassette 4-track and then put into a computer to edit and add musical textures...

    07.01.2012

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  • MESITA | You or the City MP3

    It has been a couple of years now since I first wrote about the one-man show called Mesita, who was writing beautiful digital music in his Littleton, Colorado basement. Well, he’s got a new track, “You or the City”, up now on his soundcloud page. It’s from his soon-to-be released album “The Coyote”. The 23-year-old wunderkind James Cooley’s voice may remind you a bit of t...

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  • FRANKIE ROSE | Know Me MP3

    A new track, “Know Me” from former Dum Dum Girls member (and Vivian Girl/Crystal Stilt) Frankie Rose from off a 7-inch. Rose is scheduled to release her sophomore solo album, “Interstellar,” on February 21 via Slumberland. She’ll also have an album release party on Feb. 21 at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York — with the festivities to go on between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Pur...

    04.01.2012

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  • MEMORYHOUSE | This Will Be Our Year (Cover) MP3

    Memoryhouse celebrates the new year by covering one of their favorite tracks from The Zombies, “This Will Be Our Year”. The band posted this message on its blog: “Thank you everyone for all of your support in 2011, and I hope this song helps motivate you to lose 5 pounds, stop smoking, and watch less reality T.V. (or is that just me?). Lots of exciting things are in the works this year, onward and ...

    02.01.2012

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  • SOME EMBER | Deep Ocean MP3

    There’s a new sweet 25-song compilation, “Dope Mountain Fuck Vol. 2″, from the record label Crash Symbols. These songs range from DIY, lo-fi vibes, to electronic and synth tracks, to hip-hop beats. But maybe the gem of the group is Some Ember’s haunting 80s-influenced “Deep Ocean”. It’s gorgeous. Some Ember is the solo electronic project of Man/Miracle’s Dylan Travi...

    30.12.2011

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  • THEIR BATED BREATH | 10 Best Covers of 2011 MP3

    Illustration by David D. Robbins Jr. / Click on the image above to go to list. A link to the image w/out the typography. 10. St. Vincent “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” (The Pop Group) As silly as it sounds, often the first step in making a good cover is to find a good song. My usual thinking is you have to take a great song and destroy it, deconstruct it, manipulate it and make it your own, or you can ta...

    27.12.2011

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  • THE XX | Open Eyes (Demo) MP3

    The xx posted a link to download a free demo called “Open Eyes”. The band says, “Open eyes is a demo we did whilst creating our new album, we just wanted to share it with you. xx” You can download the demo here courtesy of the band. The song follows the band’s debut album, “xx”. – David D. Robbins Jr. The xx “Open Eyes” (Demo) Tagged: The xx

    26.12.2011

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  • JOSEPH ARTHUR | Hallelujah (Cohen Cover) MP3

    Singer-songwriter and painter Joseph Arthur sent out a previously unreleased cover version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in an e-mail to to his subscribed fans. It’s a pretty take, especially well-timed for the holidays. Sorry, no posting the song for download, but you can listen to it below. Also, be on the lookout for a new video for “Over the Sun”, the ninth in an ongoing s...

    22.12.2011

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  • THE WEEKND | Echoes of Silence MP3

    The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) dropped a new free nine-song mixtape today called “Echoes of Silence”, the follow up to “House of Balloons” and “Thursday”. Listen to a track, “Initiation”, below. Download the mix for free courtesy of the artist’s website here. (The mixtape begins with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”.) His site was...

    22.12.2011

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