Hey-O, this mixtape is 50. And it’s a good one. First off, I had to reach back and shout out again to the January Showcase we had that was another cool one with more musical discoveries like the spazzy cyber punk trio Alien Trilogy. Later on we also caught Speedy Ortiz at Irving Plaza (pictured), maybe not the best atmosphere but all the reasons why people should hear this band still shone through.
Bay area psych pop duo Painted Palms released their debut full length, and title track “Forever” is a “powerhouse jam. Melodic, swirly, and full of force, “Forever” will hook you instantly and dye your daydreams Technicolor.” Liz also reviewed Ceo’s new single “Whorehouse,” which she grants may not be everyone’s new instant jam, but “If you’re game, the payoff here is huge.”
In new stuff, Parisian electropop duo Juniore just came out with a video for their song “Christine,” a track with a galloping beat that “serves as an ode to killing time while waiting for the night to come.”
Seattle pop surf punk band palindrome band TacocaT have released a new fun beach jam about surfing the crimson wave, which is maybe the least talked about subject in pop punk of all time, but they went there and also made it funny and clever.
Boston band Krill are releasing a new EP, and have shared “introspective slacker rock” track “Turd,” which sounds shitty but isn’t. heh.
Color war shared a new video for “SOS,” off their forthcoming album that the band created in real time while recording. Nice move that lends an alive freshness to the music.
Burger Records has unleashed another killer release with The Rebel Set’s new album. I’m really liking this real vintage rock sound that’s coming back around.
Psychedelic synth collective Habits announced a Spring/SXSW tour and a release date for their debut LP, and shared a wicked good track too called “Splendor of the Panic.”
Tying Tiffany didn’t have me right away when I first heard this project maybe a year ago or so, but the movements that the music has taken has gradually started to really come together for me, and it’s starting to feel extremely relevant and worthwhile.
Beat Culture’s latest single “Shibuya” features KID A, who lends Bjork-esque vocals over a shimmering wave of beats and it’s beautiful.
Sylvan Esso is what started out as a collaboration between vocalist Amelia Meath from folk group Mountain Man, and Nick Sanborn from Megafaun, but has really become it’s own entity in how original their compositions are. “Coffee” is their latest in combining folk and electronic elements in ways that aren’t easily predictable but sweetly satisfying.
And Doug Tuttle is a rad artist based in Boston, whose self-titled debut came out this week. “Turn This Love” in particular is a jam and a half.
Juniore – “Christine”
Painted Palms – “Forever”
Speedy Ortiz – “Tiger Tank”
TacocaT – “Crimson Wave”
Krill – “Turd”
Color War – “SOS”
The Rebel Set – “Drop Out”
Alien Trilogy – “Fake Plissken”
Habits – “Splendor of the Panic”
Ceo – “Whorehouse”
Tying Tiffany – “Spin Around”
Beat Culture – “Shibuya”
Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
Doug Tuttle – “Turn This Love”