We’ve been fans of The Proper Ornaments for ages and are really thrilled to be releasing their debut album “Wooden Head” here in North and South America on July 8th. Helmed by James from Veronica Falls and Max Clapps, The Proper Ornaments mine a rich vein of psychedelic, pastoral pop in the lineage of Love, The Velvet Underground, Felt, The Rain Parade and “Darklands”-era Mary Chain. Yep, they’re really good. Have a listen to the first single, “Summer’s Gone.”
More awesome new release news - Gold-Bears' new album “Dalliance” is on the way! Out June 3rd, and you can check out the blazing first single “For You” over at Pitchfork.
Here’s a release that we’ve been itching to tell you about.Devon Williams crafts some of the best pop out there, and we’re *super* excited to announce the upcoming release of his new album “Gilding The Lily” on June 3. Check out the first single “Flowers” on Stereogum.
Today’s SLR release of the day is none other than The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's classic debut album. A perfect distillation of everything that's great about indiepop, this album is rightly considered a classic. The band has a GREAT new album called “Days of Abandon” coming out June 3rd, so we thought this was a perfect time to revisit this gem. Just re-pressed on LP, and also available in a CD bundle with the equally fine “Higher Than The Stars” EP.
Today’s SLR Record of The Day is Summer Cats’ fantastic “Songs For Tuesdays.” Released in July 2009, this was the sole LP from this fine Australian pop group that specialized in upbeat, fuzzy pop with way above-average tunes and a real ear for guitar/organ racket. Perfect summertime listening, and on sale for a few days. Probably some of the niftiest color vinyl we’ve seen, too.
Been dying for a chance to see Tony Molina bring his shredding power-pop live? Now’s your chance - Tony and his band will be touring coast-to-coast supporting Against Me! Don’t miss it.
05/01 Charlotte, NC — Amos Southend *
05/02 Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live! *
05/03 New York, NY — Webster Hall *
05/04 Poughkeepsie, NY — The Chance Theater *
05/05 Boston, MA — Royale *
05/06 Philadelphia, PA — The Trocadero *
05/07 Northampton, MA — Pearl Street Nightclub *
05/09 Clifton Park, NY — Upstate Concert Hall *
05/10 Rochester, NY — Water Street Music Hall *
05/11 Detroit, MI — St. Andrews Hall *
05/13 Columbus, OH — Newport Music Hall *
05/14 Milwaukee, WI — The Rave *
05/15 Bloomington, IL — The Castle Theatre *
05/18 Lawrence, KS — The Granada Theatre *
05/20 Tucson, AZ — The Rock *
05/21 Mesa, AZ — Nile Theater *
05/23 San Diego, CA — House of Blues *
05/24 Los Angeles, CA — The Roxy *
05/25 Los Angeles, CA — The Roxy *
05/27 Ventura, CA — Majestic Ventura Theater *
* = with Against Me!
The new Black Hearted Brother EP is out today, featuring a an edited version of the title tune, an exclusive non-LP track, and marvelous remixes from Ricardo Tobar and Ultramarine. A fine companion to their superb debut album “Stars Are Our Home.”
A marvelous, thoughtful review of the new Withered Hand album by Tobias Carroll over at Dusted In Exile.
New Gods is not Dan Wilson’s attempt to riff on assorted Jack Kirby-created superheroes, but it’s no slouch for scope. It follows 2011’s Good News, and if these titles suggest to you that Wilson has grand themes on the brain, you’d be spot-on. The man has a knack for memorably catchy melodies, some of which border on the archetypal. But there’s also a jarring bitterness in some of these songs: a beautifully played accordion in the background on one hand, a misanthropic turn of phrase on the other. Some of this might be due to Wilson’s background: he didn’t start making music until the age of 30, and that leads to an interesting approach.
He sounds both weary and willing to try anything, to blend cultures high and low, and bring it all together with as much vigor as one can imagine, making up for lost time.