Ex Cops - Ken
Clicked for the name, stayed for the music. Ex Cops is a duo out of Brooklyn that specialize in Weekend or Deerhunter-esque low-fi, pilled out drone zones. Throw on this to get you through the winter and then let it blast your right into the spring. Their debut album True Hallucinations comes out today.
Desert Sharks - I Know What I Want
I first saw Desert Sharks last July when they were the opening band for Diarrhea Planet at Shea Stadium. I had no idea who they were prior to their taking the stage, but once they did I couldn’t stop watching. They were so self-assured, so together, and insanely catchy; not things many opening bands can cop to having. After the show, I immediately downloaded their demo, and it has been on constant rotation for the better part of the last six months. As such, I was hotly anticipating their newest EP Sister Cousins. “I Know What I Want” is the first track off the album, which was released earlier this week (I forget when). The track finds Desert Sharks doing what they do best: catchy surfy riffs over love-lorn vocals. Take a listen and then go buy Sister Cousins over at their bandcamp.
Masked Intruder - Why Don’t You Love Me In Real Life
Don’t ask. Just listen to this amazing, fun piece of indie pop-punk creeper gem. Their facebook bio is “The Best pop-punk band you hope never gets out of prison.” If that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.
Only a dingus would dislike this Swearin’ Video.
Download their self-titled LP here:
WQAQ isn’t full of dinguses, so obviously we love Swearin’. They’re actually being heavily promoted on our rotation. If you don’t listen to Swearin’, you should. It’s free. Do it. Do it. You wanna be cool, don’t you?
See, peer pressure isn’t all bad!
Titus Andronicus - Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood of Detritus
Hey all! Your FESTAPALOOZA headliner’s released a new single a few weeks back, and it’s a killer. Judging from this song and their new ones they played live, Titus Andronicus is delving into some weird experimental punk trip. I couldn’t be more excited. Check it out, and then see them on APRIL 20th at FESTAPALOOZA.
Waxahatchee - grass stain.
The singer/songwriter paradigm is almost always a crap shoot no one wants to fall into. Many try to lay out their emotions over a single acoustic guitar, and nearly everyone fails. Waxhatchee (P.S. Eliot’s Katie Crutchfield) manages to sidestep every “singer / songwriter” pitfall on her debut LP American Weekend. Instead of a sappy, self-pitying mess, Crutchfeild lays out her flaws as if music was her penance. It’s never self-aggrandizing or blaming. “Grass Stain” is such an beautiful bummer, and it was the track that introduced me to Waxahatchee. American Weekend will be out in January on Don Giovanni Records.
Cheap Girls - All My Clean Friends
My Roaring 20s (2009)
Cheap Girls are a band that was on my radar for a while, but last winter I fell in love with their music. It’s noisy and fairly 90s revivalist, and catchy. It’s really, really catchy.
Also congratulations to the band for just signing to Rise Records!
P.S. You can download all of their music at Quote Unquote Records.
Feist - How Come You Never Go There
This track from Feist’s yet to be released Metals reminds me why I fell in love with her in the first place: her voice is perfect and her vocal harmonies are out of this world. I first heard Feist back in Broken Social Scene. She was one of the many vocalists in that band, but whatever song she was on proved to be one of my favorites. She’s an indie rock standby, but she has such an appeal to the older crowds because of her confidence and ease of force.
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