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Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014
With their new release With Light and With Love out, Woods are hitting the road. Check out some pics from and download the recent New York show.
At the Bowery Ballroom on a Friday in May, Woods had their first show in New York in a year ahead of a long string of dates to promote their new album With Light and With Love. Songs from this new album, "a radical departure for the band -- a more refined and pop-oriented record" (nyctaper), made up the bulk of the show though the set included a cover Pink Floyd too. Woods were joined by openers Quilt, whose free spirited sound flowed tranquilly through the crowd in advance of the psychedelic headliners. When I went up to the balcony, I found out Woods' interesting backdrop wasn't a video projection. Two men were messing around with gel and liquid overlays on top of old school screen projectors. The homemade effects fit excellently into the band's organic set, melding experimental sounds with their melodies. As we described it earlier, their new album is "a complicated, rewarding balance between the grip of the past and the possibility of, if not the future, than at least the now." It is a rewarding listen and their show is exciting to see, so check out their tour dates below.

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Monday, Jun 2, 2014
ComputeHer's fun and crafty cover of the Depeche Mode classic "Strangelove", a track on the upcoming 8-Bit Operators tribute album to that band, is available for stream and download on PopMatters.

Though obviously unorthodox as cover albums go, the past three tribute releases by the 8-Bit Operators name—which cover tunes by Kraftwerk, the Beatles, and Devo—have been wildly fun. Using sounds repurposed from old video game consoles and operating systems, including Game Boys, Atari consoles, and Commodore 64s, a whole gamut of artists under the 8-Bit Operators umbrella have crafted some eccentric and unforgettable tracks. If you think the digital bleeps of video game consoles would be unable to turn the Beatles’ “Because” into a haunting reverie, you’d be forgiven—but also wrong. 8-Bit music is a niche a genre as there is, but there is plenty exciting happening in the field.


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Monday, May 12, 2014
"Secret Preference" is all big boom-clap drums, silky falsetto, and funk bass.

“Everybody’s got a secret preference,” Wet Leather vocalist Matthew Bernstein repeats on the Brooklyn five-piece’s new single. His penchant for the wide open hallmarks of mid-‘80s synth-pop and disco are hardly so well concealed. “Secret Preference” is all big boom-clap drums, silky falsetto, and funk bass—clinically tested summer music, in other words, with a chorus that’s only obvious enough to work. Long live 1985.


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Thursday, Mar 27, 2014
Chilltronic outfit All India Radio give us more free rarities.

Well, they’ve done it again. Australia’s All India Radio has released another free album of remixes and unreleased tracks from their Bandcamp account. It’s called Ghost Songs: Remixed & Unreleased Tracks Vol. 3. and it’s packed with 16 songs spanning 69 minutes. Where are the first two volumes, you ask? Well, here’s the first one and here’s the second one. They are yours for the taking but Martin Kennedy and company will gladly take a donation.


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Monday, Mar 10, 2014
All the freebies a CDR can hold!

File this under: download them before they’re taken away. Ancient Pistol is guitarist Mike Feeney, a truly independent musician who sculpts his music with a wide array of effects and zero commercial ambitions. Operating out of Brighton, Massachusetts, his Reverbnation page has been ranking quite well there, thanks largely in part to the number of tracks available for free download. As of last count, there were 18 free songs and four available for streaming. Feeney’s latest, Groovy Pavement, is available here on CDBaby.


How did I find out about Ancient Pistol? I went to CDBaby and typed in “Bruce Gilbert”. I discovered “Race with the Blahs” and that just about sealed the deal.


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