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Monday, Sep 26, 2011
Like a cross between Vandaveer, the Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens, Brooklyn songwriter Argyle Johansen [a.k.a. John F. Wentz] hammers his way into your ears with the multi-layered textures from Inner Demo(n)s, his latest album.

Like a cross between Vandaveer, the Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens, Brooklyn songwriter Argyle Johansen (a.k.a. John F. Wentz) hammers his way into your ears with the multi-layered textures from Inner Demo(n)s, his latest EP. Johansen argues that “a free man on earth ought to make his life worthwhile, and [my] music is an attempt at a means to that end.” Self-aggrandizing pretensions aside, the music’s actually quite solid. “You Try”, a live version of which you can hear in its entirety below, showcases his psychedelic folk sound in full force, a frenetic wheels-on-train-tracks percussive propulsion system atop which guitars, accordion and echoing vocals are layered. Fans of Vampire Weekend’s Contra will know the sound pretty well, and are likely to find plenty to enjoy here. Inner Demo(n)s has been available since 6 September, and though there hasn’t yet been a groundswell of mainstream acceptance, this is music which fits into the groove alongside the best of 2011’s folk-pop newcomers. You just haven’t heard it yet.


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Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011

John Meeks, the jewel in San Diego’s alt-country crown, serves up something a little different this month. Following 2010’s amazing Old Blood, Meeks joined forces with local coffeehouse chanteuse Joanie Mendenhall for an EP of duets that would do Loretta & Conway proud. Mendenhall’s delicate tone is a perfect foil for Meeks’ stripped-down arrangements and plaintive vocals.


 


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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011
From German electro to laid back bands from the Northwest and some new chill wave, recent releases are featured in a streamlined listening session with notes.

It always seems that just as you’re trying to get in some final seasonal fun during the last weekends of summer, the weather turns in sheer mockery of such a plan. Add in a rare earthquake plus a nasty hurricane here on the East Coast in the same week, and you can’t blame me for wanting to call this playlist “Late Summer 2011”. After all, the official start of autumn isn’t until September 23rd this year. With thoughts of calmer skies and more warm days ahead, I offer another compilation of new music to enjoy. From German electro to laid back bands from the Northwest and some new chill wave, recent releases are featured in a streamlined listening session with notes below.


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Friday, Aug 5, 2011

Best Coast has just released a teaser track as a thank you to the band’s fans. Titled “How They Want Me to Be”, the song has a “99%” chance of appearing in a different form on their second album. Below are Cosentino’s kind words to her fanbase.  ou can listen to “How They Want Me to Be” over at Soundcloud.


You guys have been some of the most wonderful fans this past year, and I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting Best Coast. When times are rough for me, and I am traveling and not sleeping, and am worried about daily life, it always makes me feel better to know that my fans are out there.


I know I’ve been talking a lot about our second album, but it’s still very far away from being created. I wanted to share a bit of life from recent Best Coast with you guys, so I thought I would post this song for you all to hear as a little teaser for the album.


This song was recorded a few months ago at Black Iris, the same studio we recorded “Crazy For You.” This song is not properly mixed, it’s mostly a rough studio demo of a song I wrote and wanted to record. I am about 99% sure that this song will get re-recorded and changed up a bit and will end up on our second album. It’s called “How They Want Me To Be.”


It’s just a small taste of what’s to come, and I wanted to give you guys something to get excited about since you’ve been the best fans in the whole world!


I am off to New York to start a weekend of fly in dates, so wish me luck, and I hope you all love this song and I can’t wait to record more.


Love,
Bethany



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Thursday, Aug 4, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
San Francisco's Extra Classic wanted to get completely authentic with their modern take on the sounds of classic Jamaican reggae, so they recorded all the tunes for their new album on 8-track tape using vintage recording equipment.

San Francisco’s Extra Classic wanted to get completely authentic with their modern take on the sounds of classic Jamaican reggae, so they recorded all the tunes for their new album on 8-track tape using vintage ‘60s ands ‘70s recording equipment. The result is the new album, Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like a Laser Beam, releasing 27 September via Manimal Vinyl. The performing band is made up of Adrianne Verhoeven (vocals/keys), Alex deLanda (bass), Josh Adams (drums), Dustin Kinsey (guitar) and David Wetzel (keyboards), with Verhoeven (formerly of the Anniversary) and de Landa (who has worked with the Donkeys and the Papercuts) as the leading force behind the music. Today we bring you the premiere of the new song “You Can’t Bring Me Down (Discomix)”.



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