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Sophie and the Bom Boms Release Debut EP – The Schmixtape

photo credit: Myles Pettengill

photo credit: Myles Pettengill

“Sophie Stern hit us like a brick with her catchy, infectious pop jam “Pray.” – Refinery 29

“Just when you thought things couldn’t get any catchier than Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry, or even Britney Spears (yeah, we went there…), Sophie Stern comes along.”  – NYLON Magazine

“… indeed the songwriter knows a thing about creating tunes that resonate with girls.” – Yahoo!

“Sophie and The Bom Boms will make their mark on the pop scene in the next coming months…soon become a name associated with Jessie J, Betty Who, Tove Lo, and Katy Perry.” – Earmilk

Back in July, I posted about Sophie and the Bom Boms and included two of their songs, “Woman,” and “Pray”. Now, they’ve released their debut EP, The Schmixtape.

Order: Sophie and the Bom Boms – The Schmixtape  (iTunes)

Here’s a sampler of the 4 songs:

And here’s a video for “Can’t Say Yes”:

If you want to listen to “Woman” and “Pray”, check out my post from July here.

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Check ‘Em Out: Teeel

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Listen: Teeel – “Runners”

Check out this song, “Runners”, which is a new track from Teeel’s album Hydrostatic (out digitally now via Mush Records, followed by the physical release in November). “Runners” is the follow-up to Teeel’s first single “Disk Go”, which also has a super fun music video (see below).
On Hydrostatic, intricate synth and guitar work dance around bouncing basslines, laying foundation for an album full of vocal hooks. Teeel switches up styles from track to track, delivering dancefloor-ready grooves, dark washes of synthesized brooding, and pop hook after pop hook. If you dig folks like Holy Ghost! or Chromeo, you’ll probably love Teeel.

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Check ‘Em Out: Sneakout

The Art of Hanging On

an anthem for rebels and rule breakers everywhere.” — NYLON
“…Sneakout exhibits a rowdier side of Fleming’s stylistic repertoire.” — Impose Magazine

Sneakout’s Robert Fleming crafts upbeat, electro-tinged indie-pop with a fun and mischievous vibe, so it’s only fitting that his new video for “The Art Of Hanging On” would feature drinking, partying, and general rowdiness. The twist is in the crew of characters he’s cast: a grandfather and his buddies, eager to teach one lucky grandson how to have a good time. Directed by Andrew Hines, who’s shot videos for A$AP Ferg & The Head and The Heart.

Shedding his previous moniker Victory — whose tracks were featured in national ad campaigns for Cadillac and iPhone & Burberry, as well as HBO’s Girls– Fleming chose to call his new project Sneakout, a name that embodies his values of living in the moment and not taking life too seriously. As an introduction to Sneakout, he put together the Letting Go Mixtape, which features brand new tracks alongside reworkings of some old Victory favorites. You can stream the full mixtape via Soundcloud.

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Listen: Letting Go Mixtape

Letting Go Mixtape Track Listing:

1. The Art of Hanging On
2. Thought I Had It All
3. West Coast (Lana Del Rey cover)
4. Soothing Me So (acoustic)
5. Play It (acoustic)
6. The Art of Hanging On (acoustic)
7. The Art of Hanging On (Enso remix)
Sneakout will play a free show at LA’s Bootleg HiFi on Monday, September 22nd alongside Toronto artist Lowell (more information & RSVP here.)

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Listen: Lazyeyes – “Islip”

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“An ode to the Long Island town, “Islip” starts off with heavy-sounding bass before morphing into an upbeat, jangling number with hooky guitars and rolling drums. There’s a fuzzed-out Kiwipop surf vibe to it all as well, with just a hint of darkened eyeliner.” – Exclaim

Lazyeyes is a three-piece shoegaze / dream-pop band from Brooklyn, New York formed in the summer of 2012. The band released their debut self-titled EP the following January 2013 which was immediately heralded by The Deli Magazine as “Best Psych / Shoegaze band in New York”. After a sold-out record release show at legendary Williamsburg venue Glasslands, the Lazyeyes EP garnered widespread acclaim from numerous underground music bloggers. Best New Bands described their single “Wait” as, “an excellent example of the group’s ability to erupt at an expansive, pyrotechnic level all the while sharply delivering pop-laden hooks.” Purple Sneakers called the EP “a moody and anthemic record, equal parts shoegaze and dream pop.” Soon after, tracks from the EP were featured on BBC Radio, XM Radio & various other FM stations worldwide. The band was founded by guitarist / vocalist Jason Abrishami (The Twees), who was joined by Paul Volpe (Triple Cobra) on bass and Jeremy Sampson (Eastern Hollows) on drums. The band plans to tour behind their up & coming EP which they just releases the first track, “Islip” from. The band will be playing at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Friday September 26th.

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Listen: Lazyeyes – “Islip”

 

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Listen: Cathedrals – “In The Dark”

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“…an enigmatic, R&B-infused gem that features Jenkins and Hwin’s haunting vocals. The dichotomy of dark and light within the music makes for a catching, gorgeous track. – Interview Magazine

“…post-Aaliyah mood-making, pulsating bass, gorgeous harmonies, and XX-like guitar-play.” – SPIN Magazine

“…transitioning from psychedelic, distorted riffs to angelic whispers with ease.” – Indie Shuffle

Cathedrals, the San Francisco duo comprised of Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin released their self-titled debut EP on Monday. You can hear the full EP HERE, including a Spotify exclusive acoustic version of “Want My Love”.

“Want My Love” marked Cathedrals’ first single with esteemed New York pop impresarios Neon Gold Records. Looking set to follow in the illustrious footsteps Neon Gold acts before them (Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Gotye, et. al), Cathedrals fit beautifully amongst the backdrop of the label’s more recent output (HAIM, Wet) and label founder Lizzy Plapinger’s own rising outfit, MS MR.

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Listen: Cathedrals – “In The Dark”

Cathedrals – Cathedrals EP (out now on Neon Gold):

01. Harlem
02. In The Dark
03. OOO AAA
04. Unbound
05. Want My Love

 

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Newest Love: Ennui – “Feel It”

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Listen: Ennui – “Feel It”

“With a summer soundtrack like this, we don’t want it to end either.” – The Line of Best Fit

“Light, airy, and a little bit surreal, it’s like a synthpop radio single that’s been put through a taffy pull.” – Noisey

“…captures the lazy, romanticized days of summer with pensive synthesizer loops and heartbeat drums.” – Consequence of Sound

Ennui is the brainchild of renowned Pittsburgh-based musician and producer Jim Doutrich, and has been around in various incarnations since 2004.

The songs that comprise the new album, Telepathic Beat, stand out in style and substance, as roller-beats immersed in a bath of shimmering neo-shoegaze, creating a widescreen backdrop to act as home for brain-embedding melodies and subtly haunting lyrics.

With its sun-drenched feel, the album plays as the soundtrack to a summer spent balancing a narcotic life in clubs, with the possibilities that await when you skip work and head to the beach. It’s destined to be the album to reach for when you don’t want to admit that summer is over.

Telepathic Beat is Ennui’s debut for Mush Records and is nothing short of a rebirth for the band, with mastermind Jim Doutrich honing his infectious brand of synth-pop. The playfully yearning vocals, syncopated synth patterns, and distorted Euro-dance grooves bring to mind both ’80s new wave pop, and the youthful nostalgia of recent releases by glo-fi re-originators.

More songs from Ennui:

Ennui Circles

Listen: Ennui – “Circles”

Ennui Summer of Love

Listen: Ennui – “Summer Of Love”

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Listen: Ennui – “Circles” (Sun Glitters Remix)

 

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Listen: Monogem – “Stay With Me”

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Listen: Monogem – “Stay With Me”

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Video: The Van Doos – “Baby Be Brutal”

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Earlier this year, I posted a track from The Van Doos. Now, I’ve got a brand new track called “Baby Be Brutal” for you to check out. This video even stars British actor John Altman (who’s best known as the murdering/drug-addicted/faker of own death “Nasty” Nick Cotton in the UK soap Eastenders). John Altman will be making a sensational return from the dead to Albert Square later this year! So, until then, check him out here.

The Van Doos are: Simon Hutchinson (lead vocals, guitar), Louis Bamber (vocals, guitar), Fred Baty (bass), Dom Antony (drums), whose influences include PulpThe Teardrop Explodes and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

 

 

 

 

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Free Download: NOIRE – “Those Days”

 

NOIRE

NOIRE are a new and exciting band from Sydney. Their second single “Those Days” was recorded with multi-ARIA award-winning producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am I, Youth Group).

NOIRE posses a pop sensibility that is dark as it is colorful and as emotional as it is uplifting.

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Listen: NOIRE – “Those Days”

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Video: Lights – “Up We Go”

Canada’s acclaimed pop multi-instrumentalist and Juno Award winner Lights has released a new music video for “Up We Go,” the first single off her third studio album, Little Machines, out on September 23rd via Warner Brothers Records.

Little Machines was produced and engineered by Drew Pearson, with key songs/singles mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent (Madonna, U2, Beyonce), and was recorded in both Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, BC. The anthemic single, “Up We Go,” is available now to purchase digitally or as an instant grat when you pre-order the full album, and can be heard on YouTube and on iamlights.com. It follows intro track “Portal,” which Refinery29 called “the wanderlust song of the summer.”
Lights will perform a very special show at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on September 30th, as the 2014 Artist Ambassador for Pinktober®, Hard Rock’s annual campaign for breast cancer awareness. The 18+ show begins at 7 p.m. and is free with RSVP. She will then start her national tour in Portland, ME on October 24th.

Lights Fall 2014 US Tour Dates:

 10/24 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

10/25 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

10/29 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

10/31 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony

11/01 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!

11/02 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts

11/04 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

11/05 Chicago, IL – House of Blues

11/07 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall

11/08 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

11/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

11/13 San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom at Regency Center

11/14 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater

11/15 Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market

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Little Machines Track Listing:

1.     Portal

2.     Running With The Boys

3.     Up We Go

4.     Same Sea

5.     Speeding

6.     Muscle Memory

7.     Oil And Water

8.     Slow Down

9.     Meteorites

10.  How We Do It

11.  Don’t Go Home Without Me

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