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Nada Alic

White Denim // Last Day of Summer

Where was I when this happened last week? Oh, right right, working my many jobs, grieving the end of summer. Well friends, White Denim is giving up a whole album for free download. So I suggest you download it here.

White Denim- New Coat

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White Denim- Our Get

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Holy cow. This video is amazing! Created by my friend Nathaniel Whitcomb over at Think or Smile for a track called Fingertips by two of my newest favorite artists- Holy Spirits and Gem Club.

Fingertips- Holy Spirits and Gem Club

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boys and girls that make music together

I love boy/girl duos- here are two picks that came my way this week, I fell, vicariously in love with them.

I Hate You, Just Kidding are a boy/girl duo from Costa Mesa that play songs to the tune of She & Him or Camera Obscura, just sweet songs of young love.

I Hate You, Just Kidding- My Little Dove

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The Conduits have never met. Yet in true 2010 form, they create music entirely online from Toronto to San Francisco. They hope to meet soon. Sounds like a good love story, huh?

Doesn’t her gorgeous voice sound a little like Feist? So lovely.



Nada Alic

Fox Hands :: Peoplenoswan

I got some really good feedback from my recent post about a band called Seamonster, that I waned to share a sideproject of theirs called Fox Hands.

It’s along the same vein at Seamonster, but even more experimental, very much the same Jeff Magnum-esque quality of gritty guitars and vocals, but with even more intricate layers and echoes that make it a little more dark and creepy than the Seamonster stuff. Tracks like Nosebleed are meditative, with cyclical rhythms, bird chirping and haunting vocals, you may find yourself in a much-needed trancelike state. Tracks like Branches and Peoplenoswan are a bit more tropical, reminding me more of Menomena or Animal Collective. You can grab everything on his bandcamp HERE.

Fox Hands- Peoplenoswan

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Nada Alic

Roman Ruins

Roman Ruins is Graham Hill’s solo project via Gold Robot

“exploring the mystical link between song and architecture. LIke a building, the music is an assembly of components. The pieces are built around a rhythmic skeleton that informs the skin and flesh sounds that surround it. When not crafting songs, Graham plays drums for Beach House and Papercuts.”

I like the idea of musical composition as architecture. Building something that can stand on it’s own, with cascading steps of melodies and rhythm. This process is evident in his songwriting. It’s a slow build.

Roman Ruins- Animals

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Roman Ruins- Mass Appeal

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School Knights // Prom Queen [mp3]

Reading this band’s bio makes you understand their music:

“… In 2010 Alex recruited a bass player, Zack, who he met at the post office. Zack quickly realized that he was a way better drummer than Steve and promptly kicked Steve out of the band. A month later, Zack enlisted Michael, his old pen-pal, to play rhythm guitar. Michael disliked the way Alex talked to him so he and Zack agreed to boot Alex from the band. Zack and Michael kept the name “School Knights” but began writing new music together. Steve died shortly after being kicked out of the band and Alex is said to live somewhere in the mountains. All that remains of the pair is their moniker : “School Knights”

Hah, sounds about right. High school rivalries, garage bands that start then break up by the end of the semester. They sound a little Holden Caulfield or something, rebellious teenagers that play noisy rock music. Love these dudes.

School Knights- Prom Queen

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School Knights- Cliques

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Headless Horseman — 5song

If you haven’t heard of Headless Horseman, that will likely change soon. The bands first gig was last Friday, and with just a few songs posted up on their bandcamp they’ve already gotten a decent amount of exposure. They’ve got a wild spirit- sometimes I think it’s a little like Cults, or Woods- swaying from that textured experimental pop to some holy folk songs that need nothing more than a whispered voice and some light choral echos in the background. You need to grab their EP here.

Headless Horseman- Wavelngth

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Headless Horseman- Swansong

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J Irvin Dally // Terroreyes.tv

Thanks to Indie Music Filter for finding this incredible video of J. Irvin Dally.

J. Irvin Dally “Blue/ Grey” from TERROREYES.TV on Vimeo.

Nada Alic

marisol limon // autoportrait

Marisol Limon- is that a real name? Impossible. But I really hope it is. She’s a Brooklyn-based artist that put out an album called Autoportrait that sounds a little like Regina Spektor, but a little more calm- less animated. The warming sound of piano keys and violins are pretty much perfect for this Sunday. Check out her bandcamp here. She’s also a spectacular illustrator/artist- check out her stuff here.


Nada Alic

Everlea // Walking on a Dream [cover]

Everlea are good friends of mine, they also happen to be an insanely talented band from Toronto that about to release an album, something like next week I believe? I might be wrong. Anyhow, with the help of one of my good friends- the anomaly, Brooks Reynolds (of Mountains fame) they’re always pumping out these hi-fi, dreamlike videos that are crisper than twenty-twenty vision. Brooks always seems to have a camera handy when Justin just starts strumming away at his guitar to sing the cover of his choice (along with handfuls of originals). I absolutely love his take on Empire of the Sun’s Walking on a Dream. Geese providing some backup vocals. Enjoy!

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