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Friday, May 27, 2011
Reason for hope that the world didn't end...

Here’s a playlist of tunes to keep the idea that hope springs eternal into the transition of summer. Every week in May seemed to bring another solid release into the music stream and new tunes were ripe for the picking. Enjoy!


1. Toro y Moi/Still Sound
Chazwick Bundick is the mastermind of Toro y Moi (which loosely translates to “Bull and Me”), creating electronic pop that became an integral part of the chillwave movement. (He is a good buddy of like-minded artist Ernest Greene of Washed Out from days at the University of South Carolina). This bouncy tune “Still Sound,” is off his second release, Underneath the Pine.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

The Wild Swans are one of those bands whose legend is several times bigger than its discography.


In 1982 the Liverpudlian band, led by singer Paul Simpson, released “Revolutionary Spirit”, which has been called one of the best British indie singles ever. The lineup fragmented, and the band didn’t reappear until they released the wide-eyed cult favorite Bringing Home the Ashes in 1988.


Again, there were lineup changes, with Simpson teaming up with the Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie for the psychedelic pop of Space Flower in 1990.


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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Be still, my trembling hands.

Explosions in the Sky will be spending much of the summer touring the festival circuit, as their website makes clear.  Then, in the fall, they will be launching their first North American tour in roughly four years. The dates are listed below, as well as on the homepage of their website, which could be updated with additional dates in the near future. Be still, my trembling hands.


Trembling Hands by Explosions in the Sky


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Thursday, May 26, 2011
The band release Australian and American tour dates as well as new track "From a Friend to a Friend".

Crowded House leader Neil Finn has formed a new band, Pajama Club, with his wife Sharon. Pajama Club also includes Anna Skyring, ex-the Grates, and Sean Donnelly.


The band have not yet made any announcements regarding an album, but they have released the track “From a Friend to a Friend”. With Sharon on lead vocals, it has a garagey, almost Sonic Youth-type vibe. You can download it free if you sign up for the official Pajama Club mailing list.


Also, Pajama Club will be playing in Australia and the US over the summer. Dates after the jump.


[Stream “From a Friend to a Friend”]


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Monday, May 23, 2011

During the summer of 2010 Chicago psych punk rockers Rabble Rabble stopped by a barn in upstate New York to record a session with producer Stephen George for Gimme That Sound Productions. The recordings will officially be released on 7-inch and digitally Monday, May 23. In celebration the band is playing a free show at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. Rabble Rabble will be supported by We Are Hex and Distractions. For those who live outside the Chicago limits, you can check out the band’s latest singles, “Why Not” and “Long Hook” bellow.



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