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Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014
"The Last Song I'll Ever Write About You" finds songwriter Geoff Ong discovering the most danceable, catchy way of moving on from a dissolved relationship.

New Zealand native Geoff Ong recently took to studying music at the prestigious Berkelee College of Music in Boston, where he recently held a pre-release party for his newest EP, The Boston. Below, you can stream a track off of the EP, the neo-soul inflected “The Last Song I’ll Ever Write About You”. While a big breakup may be hard to get over, Ong sounds like he truly is writing the last song he’ll write about a past love of his, as evidenced by the buoyant mood of the songwriting.


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Friday, Dec 5, 2014
Camper Van Beethoven co-founder Victor Krummenacher is readying his next solo album for release, a collection of "dark cosmic country". His latest offering from the album is "If I Could Only Close My Eyes".

On his forthcoming ninth studio LP, Hard to See Trouble Coming, Camper Van Beethoven co-founder Victor Krummenacher explores “such heady subjects as love gone wrong, burnt out friends, enduring love, drunkenness, paranoia, dogs, spaceships, Jacqui McShee, Tennessee Williams and the genius of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks.” That description more than hints that the album has a lot of things to get a listener thinking. For now, however, Krummenacher has made available the LP cut “If I Could Only Close My Eyes”, a relaxed country number with tasteful accents of mandolin and steel guitar.


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Thursday, Dec 4, 2014
Should you need a warm, Coldplay-esque anthem to thaw the growing cold of winter, the latest track by the New Jersey band Wyland, "Shine", ought to do just the trick.

The New Jersey band Wyland has had a fine 2014 so far. In May, the group won the Break Contest in its home state. CMJ also spoke highly of the band in its premiere of the track “Wait”: “Wyland have an instantly digestible sound that will only alienate people who dislike the simplicity of a good ol’ pop-rock bender.” Now you can stream the band’s newest tune, “Shine”, a song that brings to mind the anthemic stylings and pop affability of Coldplay.


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Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014
The M83-esque remix of the Cape Town band the Plastics' "All I Really Want" is a fresh take on the part of remixer SWMMNG.

In choosing someone to remix their music, Cape Town, South Africa’s the Plastics chose to keep it within their native borders, landing on the talented producer SWMMNG (the artistic name of Sean Ross), who also lives from Cape Town. The choice is a smart one, as you can clearly hear in SWMMNG’s remix of “All I Really Want”, which you can stream below.


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Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014
The Victoria, British Columbia roots trio the Sweet Lowdown is a transcontinental musical vision that brings together the sounds and spirits of America and Canada.

The Sweet Lowdown hails from the beautiful environs of Victoria, BC, Canada, an island that functions as an intermediary stage between the United States and Canada. With the hipster-friendly Pacific Northwest just south of it and the chilly air of the Canadian North above it, Victoria is an ideal place for musicians to amalgamate American and Canadian musical styles. This is exactly what the Sweet Lowdown does in its music, as it brings together strong Americana influences with the sensibility of its own homeland. The trio’s latest LP, Chasing the Sun, was recently released; below you can stream the album track “River Winding Down”.


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