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LIVE SESSION: REAL ESTATE - "Had to Hear" - Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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LIVE SESSION: REAL ESTATE – “Had to Hear” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2014.

 

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Vini Reilly is the Durutti Column

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UNDER THE RADAR: WOODENTOPS - "Third Floor Rooftop High"

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UNDER THE RADAR: WOODENTOPS – “Third Floor Rooftop High”.

 

It’s been a bit more than a quarter century since the Woodentops last released an album, and 2014’s Granular Tales doesn’t suggest the reunited band has tried to make an album that would convince us nothing has changed since Wooden Foot Cops On The Highway dropped in 1988.

 

This edition of the Woodentops lacks a bit of the youthful energy of their heyday, with slower tempos and melodies that sound more contemplative than their work of the ’80s, and Granular Tales reveals significantly less of the acoustic undertow they delivered on their touchstone album, 1986’s Giant.

 

But the steady pulse and frequent percussive bursts that dominate these songs certainly hark back to the Woodentops’ beat-crazy glory days, and also provide a bridge to the dance music that’s been a major part of McGinty’s post-Woodentops résumé.

 

Granular Tales is the work of an older and more cautious band, but one that hasn’t forgotten how to wind up and make its songs hop, and tunes like “Third Floor Rooftop High,” could certainly fill up a dancefloor if given the chance.


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE WOODENTOPS - "Wheels Turning"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE WOODENTOPS – “Wheels Turning”.

 

The Woodentops performing “Wheels Turning”, from the album Wooden Foot Cops on the Highway, at London 1988.

 

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SONG of the DAY: THE CASKET GIRLS - “Heartless”

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SONG of the DAY: THE CASKET GIRLS – “Heartless”.

 

60s girl group pop sensibilities with a macabre twist.

 

Origin: Savannah, GA.

 

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Split Enz on stage

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Split Enz

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LIVE SESSION: REAL ESTATE - "It's Real" - Pitchfork Nightcap, 2014

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LIVE SESSION: REAL ESTATE – “It’s Real” – Pitchfork Nightcap.

 

Real Estate perform “It’s Real” for the official after party of Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 on Saturday July 19th.

 

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Throwing Muses

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SONG of the DAY: BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD - “Pure”

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SONG of the DAY: BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD – “Pure”.

 

Euphoric electronic textures blissfuly sun-kissed by analogue instrumentation.

 

Origin: Honolulu, Hawai.

 

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LIVE SESSION: ST. VINCENT - "Cruel" - Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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LIVE SESSION: ST. VINCENT – “Cruel” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2014.

 

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LIVE SESSION: COCTEAU TWINS - "Hazel" , live @ Brixton Ace, 1982

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Cocteau Twins perform 'Hazel' in 1982 @ Brixton Ace recorded for UK TV Channel 4's 'Whatever You Want'.    

 

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SONG of the DAY: BENTCOUSIN - “Bentpaperboy"

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SONG of the DAY: BENTCOUSIN – “Bentpaperboy”.

 

British twins who contrast charming indie pop with darker lyrics of romantic dysfunction.

 

Origin: Brighton, England.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: DURUTTI COLUMN - "Prayer"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: DURUTTI COLUMN – “Prayer”.

 

Song taken from the album Another Setting (1983).

 

Opening track “Prayer” is actually one of the best things he’s done, a softly rising, meditative piece with soft synth horns mixing with a brief Reilly guitar part just so.

 

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SONG of the DAY: THE DIG - “I Already Forgot Everything You Said”

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SONG of the DAY: THE DIG – “I Already Forgot Everything You Said”.

 

Woozy synth backdrops anchored by sharp guitars and alluring vocals.

 

Origin: New York.

 

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LIVE SESSION: HAMILTON LEITHAUSER - "The Smallest Splinter" - City of Music

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LIVE SESSION: HAMILTON LEITHAUSER - "The Smallest Splinter" - City of Music.

 

Hamilton Leithauser performs "The Smallest Splinter" for the Pitchfork TV series "City of Music".

 

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THE WOODENTOPS

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LIVE SESSION: AVEY TARE'S SLASHER FLICKS - "Little Fang" - Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS – “Little Fang” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2014.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: SPLIT ENZ - "I Got You"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: SPLIT ENZ – “I Got You”.

 

The greatest New Zealand rock band, they evolved from quirky art rockers into a pop powerhouse thanks to the skills of the brothers Finn.

Split Enz found their place in new wave with True Colors, shedding the eccentricities and excesses of their past in favor of bright, highly memorable, Beatlesque pop. The album also marked Neil Finn’s emergence as a great songcraftsman — his infectious “I Got You” helped to push the album and the band to international success. Both the single and the album stand as high points of the new wave era. As part of its marketing, the album was released in several different-colored covers with laser-etched vinyl.

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SONG of the DAY: LITTLE BRAVE - “Blame”

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SONG of the DAY: LITTLE BRAVE – “Blame”.

 

Brutally honest tales set amidst rich alt-folk instrumentation from a one-woman band.

 

Origin: Austin, Texas.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THROWING MUSES - "Not Too Soon"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THROWING MUSES – “Not Too Soon”.

 

“Not Too Soon” was guitarist/vocalist Tanya Donelly’s first and last single with the Throwing Muses. The straightforward pop style she had developed during her tenure with the band is exemplified in the song, feels a bit out of context next to the Kristin Hersh originals on The Real Ramona (1991).

 

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Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses

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Under The Radar #18 (23.08.2014)

MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #18 (23.08.2014).


Discovering the new indie & alternative pop rock music


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE THE - "This Is The Day"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE THE – “This Is The Day”.

 

“This Is the Day” is a song written by Matt Johnson and originally released as a single by his band The The in September 1983. A version of the song was included on the band’s debut album Soul Mining, released in October 1983.

 

A re-recorded version of the song, re-titled “That Was the Day”, was released as the lead track on the Dis-Infected EP in 1993.


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Matt Johnson is The The

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