Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hot Promo Action

The Mary Onettes - Dare
The Mary Onettes - Puzzles
If you are a fan of British alternative pop of the '80s, then Sweden's Mary Onettes will no doubt resonate. I really dug their self titled debut from a couple of years ago - very moody, very New Order-ish. You will hear elements of a lot of the era's other key players - The Cure, The Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen - in their songs. Their new album "Islands" is out next month. Good stuff.

Yura Yura Teikoku - Dekinai
DFA is releasing the new album by Japanese psych-rock legends Yura Yura Teikoku. Hollow Me is the 10th album of their 20 year career, and continues their unique spin on all forms of FM & AM classic rock music - from T-Rex to ESG to Can to 10CC. Hollow Me/Beautiful EP is out on DFA Records on November 3.

The Rakes - That's The Reason
The Rakes are set to release their third album ‘Klang’, digitally on October 20th in the US. I am a big fan of their debut ‘Capture/Release’ from 2005. I like angular post-punk and they continue to deliver.

Free Energy - Something In Common
Touring with The Rakes this fall is another DFA band, Free Energy, who deliver glammy '70s classic rock with more cowbell. Their debut album Stuck On Nothing, produced by James Murphy, will be released January 26 on Astralwerks/DFA Records.

Neon Indian - Terminally Chill
Neon Indian is Alan Palomo. He combines equal parts synthpop nostalgia, dream pop lullabies and grinding guitar noise, the result of field recordings, record samples and a collection of bizarre synth sounds. The album Psychic Chasms is out now on Lefse Records.

Old Wives Tale - Amphetamine
Old Wives Tale - Royal Fresh
Miami duo Old Wives’ Tale is brothers Jaime & Felipe Valencia who combine their contrasting music personalities to create a sound composed of distorted bass lines, disco beats and twitchy guitars. They also like more cowbell. Michel Gondry liked them enough he directed the video for Amphetamine. Their album Younger Limbs is out now on The Creative Motel, Inc.

Bear In Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers
Bear In Heaven - Wholeheartedness
Space rockers Bear In Heaven's second full-length Beast Rest Forth Mouth is out now on Hometapes. They combine krautrock grooves and shimmery synths with classic 70's psych and prog rock. Very tasty.

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