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Jan Picks - 2018

We start at #1 with an amazing 24-year old multi-instrumentalist from Brisbane, Australia named Hatchie. Her sparkly track, ‘Sure,’ is so perfect you’ll want to wrap it with a bow, and we're super excited she'll be at SXSW in March. The Moses Gunn Collective (#3), also from Brisbane, offers a great pop-rock track with uber-singable lyrics- check out ‘Spook City.' 

Other Aussies include The Babe Rainbow, a 60’s sounding psych band from New South Wales. The song here (#4) is sun-drenched and airy, but take a peek at their dance hits ‘Johny Says Stay Cool’ and ‘Monky Disco.’  So good.

Our Perth contingent includes the infamous Methyl Ethel, who we’ve finally gotten on a playlist. They’re so tight and great to listen to. Check out their excellent “Drink Wine’ - #18.  At #23 hear another Perth band, the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and their song ‘Made Machine.’ Love this band and their album art.

We included a solidly likable track by The Neighbourhood and one from the exploding London collective Superorganism who are also likely to appear at SX after breaking through last spring with ‘Something for your M.I.N.D.’

Don’t miss #5, synthwave future-retro genius Jordy Leenaerts (recording as Timecop1983) and joined this time by Manchester, England-based dream pop duo, SEAWAVES, for the awesomely 80's track ‘Girl.'

And watch for the impressive Gus Dapperton (#6), the New Yorker with a bowl haircut and makeup who makes nerdiness cool. Seeing his schedule we can hope for a SX appearance. His EP “Yellow and Such” came out mid-2017 and we’re addicted to every track. Pro-tip: watch the video for ’I’m Just Snacking.’

Get the feels for #8, NY indie-pop duo Glassio and their collab with the ambient group NAKAYA and you will also dig #9, Berlin-based chillwaver Niklas Kramer recording as Still Parade. So smooth.

Someone should organize a Twitter campaign for Riverside, California band The New Division to keep doing what they’re doing. Check song #10 — so in looove with this track ‘Notice.'  Other Californians include awesome LA dream rockers Pity Party who are touring with Grumpster this month, and the psych-wave group Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel (only THEY can pull off a Beatles/Fun Boy Three sound- can't wait for more)

Mikky Eiko’s edgy ‘Light the Way’ (#11) is definitely worth the listen. Eiko is presently best known for a song he performed with Rihanna - but we think he has much bigger potential. Another southern artist, Georgia-based Triathalon, is here with the totally sweet ‘Hawaiian Boi.’ So nice.

Four notables from Austin are: 1) the chill retro-rockers Summer Salt who are touring with the awesome band Turnover - who were in our December Picks, 2) shoegazers Hola Beach and their new EP - we’ve included ‘Highway’ here but check out their whole new album 3) critically acclaimed rockers The Sour Notes with their amazing track ‘Ride It Out’ and 4) Blushing, with their beautiful ethereal love song ‘Tether.’

I have to stop here, but not before mentioning that British pop band GGGOOOLLLDDD (#13) is on tour with Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark. Looking forward to THAT crazy.

Listen on Spotify or catch the Audio Smoothie show on KOBV 103.3 in Bentonville, Arkansas every morning.

 

 

1. Sure, by Hatchie (Brisbane, Australia)

2. Stuck with Me, by The Neighbourhood (Newbury Park, California)

3. Spook City, by the Moses Gunn Collective (Brisbane, Australia)

4. Half A Kiss, by The Babe Rainbow (Byron Bay, Australia)

5. Girl, by Timecop1983 (feat. SEAWAVES) (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

6. I’m Just Snacking, by Gus Dapperton (Warwick, New York)

7. Everybody Wants To Be Famous, by Superorganism (London, England)

8. Daydream, by Glassio, NAKAYA (New York City)

9. Should Have Known, by Still Parade (Berlin, Germany)

10. Notice, the New Division (Riverside, California)

11. Light the Way, by Mikky Ekko (Shreveport, Louisiana)

12. Your Eyes, by Trevor Something (Miami, Florida)

13. The Way That I Feel, by GGOOLLDD (London, England)

14. Dreamer, by Mr. Elevator and The Brain Hotel (California)

15. Talking, by Elderbrook (London, England) 

16. Hawaiian Boi, by Triathalon (Savannah, Georgia)

17. Sleepwalking, by Tourist (plus Swim Mountain & Esther) (Cornwall, England)

18. Drink Wine, by Methyl Ethyl (Perth, Australia)

19. Favorite Holiday, by Summer Salt (Austin, Texas)

20. Made Machine, by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Perth, Australia)

21. All I Care About, by Swim Mountain (London, England)

22. Highway, by Hola Beach (Austin, Texas)

23. Yellow, by Pity Party (Girls Club) (Los Angeles, California)

24. Good Luck, by The Undercover Dream Lovers (Brooklyn, New York)

25. Ride it Out, by The Sour Notes (Austin, Texas)

26. Tether, by Blushing (Austin, Texas)

 

 

Dec. Picks - 2017

A well-rounded list this month starting with a ridiculously catchy track by a 17-year old Brisbane-based singer-rapper named Grace Shaw (recording as Mallrat) and ending with an acoustic version of “100 Times Over” by British trop-rockers Cassia. In the middle is, you guessed it, danceable synthpop. Don’t miss London’s Coastline Kings or the Polish electronic duo Clicks. They’re followed by some solid shoegaze from No Vacation and It Looks Sad., a touch of emo from Dear Seattle and Car Seat Headrest, and a burner from Palehound.  Other standouts are Chairlift vocalist Caroline Polachek singing with Fischerspooner, the Tame Impala “Currents” b-sides released last month (amazing), and Sydney-based Mansionair’s “Astronaut – Something About Your Love.” Mansionair will be performing their first U.S. festival at Gulf Shores, Alabama's Hangout Fest in May.

https://open.spotify.com/user/haziloconnor/playlist/3adc2Jfy4Tg1YEhvpHqbKn

1.     For Real, by Mallrat - (Brisbane, Australia)

2.    Send Nudes, by Coastline Kings - (London, England)

3.     Togetherness, by Fischerspooner feat. Caroline Polachek - (New York City)

4.     Super Natural, by Turnover - (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

5.     We’ll Be Fine, by Clicks - (Warsaw, Poland)

6.     Taxi’s Here, by Tame Impala - (Perth, Australia)

7.     All Alone, by Acid Ghost - (San Francisco, CA)

8.     This Thing We Got, by The Kite String Tangle - (Brisbane, Australia)

9.  Astronaut – Something About Your Love, by Mansionair - (Sydney, Australia)

10.  Purple Sunshine, by Gingerlys - (Brooklyn, NY)

11.  Mind Fields, by No Vacation - (San Francisco, CA)

12.  Raccoon, by It Looks Sad. - (Boston, MA)

13.  Waiting on the Summer- Inukshuk Remix, by VHS Collection - (New York City)

14.  Cut You Deep, by Dear Seattle - (Sydney, Australia)

15.  War is Coming (If You Want It), by Car Seat Headrest - (Leesburg, Virginia)

16.  At Night I’m Alright With You, by Palehound - (Boston, MA)

17.  I Know You, by Low Island - (Oxford, England)

18. 100 Times Over (Acoustic), by Cassia - (Manchester, UK)

 

Nov. Picks - 2017

Some bangers for your Thanksgiving road trip! I made several revisions and it took me weeks to finalize my thoughts on these. Hope you like them. Where are the Aussies? We normally have more but local bands are so awesome you can't pass them up. Don't worry, we're doing an entire week of British and Australian artists.

Find me on Spotify or paste the link below. I'm on every morning at KOBV 103.3 in Bentonville, Arkansas and you can find my album reviews around the inter-webs. 

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Hope you"ll be lovin' these:

1. Golden Cage, by Nilüfer Yanya (London, England)

2. Blue Star, by Prince Innocence (Toronto, Canada)

3. Little Dark Age, by MGMT (Middletown, CT)

4. Teen Challenge, by Great Grandpa (Seattle, )

5. Dark Art, by Jen Cloher (Melbourne, Australia)

6. Find Me, by Porches (New York City)

7. Look at Your Hands, by Tune-Yards (Austin, TX)

8. Metrotech, by Public Access TV (New York City)

9. I Feel Like I’m Drowning, Two Feet (New York City)

10. The Times I’m Not There, NE-HI feat. Jasmine Woods (Chicago, IL)

11. Runaway, by Shadow of Whales (Austin, TX)

12. Car, by Sorority Noise (Hartford, CT)

13. Powerplant, by Girlpool (Los Angeles, CA)

14. PDA, by Day Wave and Hazel English (Oakland, CA)

15. Patient Situation, by Lemon Disco (San Antonio, TX)

 

Oct. Picks - 2017

This month's a journey. Here's a soundtrack. 

Here's the link for Spotify or listen to Audio Smoothie on KOBV 103.3 in Bentonville, Arkansas every morning.  Streaming globally soon, I promise!  https://open.spotify.com/user/haziloconnor/playlist/7lykfU0ZyuPKrhnoZp31IA

1.  Five Companies, by !!! (Sacramento, CA)

2. Hologram, by The Horrors (Southend-on-Sea, England)

3. In the Night, by Ferla (Melbourne, Australia)

4. CRT Screens, by Spirit Bunny (Brisbane, Australia)

5. Kate's Bed, by Huntly (Melbourne, Australia)

6. Rumination, by The Outdoor Type (Melbourne, Australia)

7. Black Rainbow, by Cut Copy (Melbourne, Australia)

8. At Home and in My Head, by Hundred Waters (Gainesville, FL)

9. Feel the Same, by Bully (Nashville, TN)

10. Never Going to Catch Me, by Rostam (New York City)

 

Sept. Picks - 2017

I dedicate this month's pick to my Dad. It's a beautiful acoustic version of Something Here by Jackson Phillips.  Those who knew my Dad will understand the intense emotion and meaning to be found.

Here's the link for Spotify, or listen to my Audio Smoothie show on KOBV 103.3 in Bentonville, Arkansas every morning.  https://open.spotify.com/user/haziloconnor/playlist/7lykfU0ZyuPKrhnoZp31IA

1. Something Here (acoustic), by Daywave (Oakland, CA)

 

August Picks - 2017

Summer's almost over but the airy synth pop continues... thank goodness. Tell me which tracks you like - email me at haziloconnor@gmail.com.

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Listen to Bentonville Community Radio at 103.3 FM and soon streaming globally. 

1. Running Blind, by Crooked Colors (Perth, Australia)

2. Virtue, by Kllo (Melbourne, Australia)

3. Castles, by Dayspired (Boston, MA)

4. Broken Wire, by Wayfarer feat. LANKS (Oklahoma City, OK)

5. Late Night, by ODESZA (Seattle, WA)

6. Unusual, by RAC feat. MNDR (Porto, Portugal)

7.  Charminar, by Tigers + Thieves (Lancaster, PA)

8. My Boy, by Bille Eilish (Los Angeles, CA)

9. I Don't Know, by Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) (Bremerton, WA)

10. DJs & Porsches, by Smallpools (Los Angeles, CA)

11. Plastic Soul, by Mondo Cozmo (Philadelphia, PA/Los Angeles, CA)

12. Alien, by Manchester Orchestra (Atlanta, GA)

 

July Picks - 2017

This playlist could become your trusty summer companion- special stuff from Clans, Amy Shark (at ACL this year), Co-pilgrim, Airling (naming my next cat after her), Mura Masa, Triptides, McCafferty (song is only 30 seconds but has no cursing and is a Keane cover= bonus points x2), Honey Hahs, Pickwick, Haux, Drinker, Smerz, Tycho, Belako and from some reliables: Coast Modern, Capital Cities, Baio, Dirty Heads and Joywave. Yes, the requisite 10% Aussie artists are in here! (Pond is ah-mazing)

Download my July Picks on Spotify.

Listen to Bentonville Community Radio at 103.3 FM and soon streaming globally. 

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1. Moon Lagoon, by Co-pilgrim (Oxford, England)

2. Vessel, by Airling, feat. Fractures) (Brisbane, Australia)

3. The Weather, by Pond (Perth, Australia)

4. PHILOSOPHY, by Baio (New York City)

5. My Smile is Extinct, by Kane Strang (Dunedin, New Zealand)

6. Ventura, by Camel Power Club (Baikonour, Spain)

7. Render Me Numb, by Belako (Munguia, Spain) 

8. Blu, by Mura Masa, feat. Damon Albarn (Guernsey, Channel Islands)

9. Adore, by Amy Shark (Gold Coast, Australia)

10. See, by Tycho, feat. Beacon (Sacramento, CA)

11. Oh my my, by Smerz (Oslo, Norway)

12. Going to a Place, by Joywave (Rochester, NY)

13. Ego Groove, by Giorgio Oehlers (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

14. Vacation, by Dirty Heads (Huntington Beach, CA)

15. Drifting, by Capital Cities (Los Angeles, CA)

16. July, by Triptides (Los Angeles, CA)

17. The Way it Was, by Coast Modern (Los Angeles, CA)

18. SOWK, by McCafferty (Medina, OH)

19. OK, by Honey Hahs (London, England)

20. What is This, by Machinedrum feat. Rosie Low (Eden, North Carolina)

21. Play with Fire, by Sam Tinnesz feat. Yacht Money (Nashville, TN)

22. Ride, by Clans (Oxford, England)

23. Touch, by Haux (Anaheim, CA)

24. Fake It, by Drinker (Los Angeles, CA)

25. Thought It Was You, by Pickwick (Seattle, WA)

June Picks - 2017

This month brings new classics from some tried and true: Circa Waves, Halsey, Slowdive, Nick Murphy, LCD Soundsystem and The National. But okay seriously, Israeli electronic producer Noga Erez is awesome. And check out the fun mellow sounds of CLOSENESS, Mountie, Beshken, Kerala Dust, Dappled Cities and the airy guitar layers from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Perfect for summer by the pool! I'm a month late to the game on 21-year old vocalist/instrumentalist/hip hop/rock-lounge artist Tash Sultana. Listen to her song Murder to the Mind, a post-mortem of an intoxicating and dangerous relationship. I'm sure this is another song I thought was about love but is really about drugs. lol. As for Mondo Cozmo/Josh Ostrander, he's ruled the festival circuit this summer and is such a nice guy, he -for sure- deserves a spot! Check it out, hope you like!  

To hear these tracks copy and paste the link below into Spotify or listen to my Audio Smoothie show on KOBV 103.3 in Bentonville, Arkansas every morning from 6-8 am!

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1. NOISY by Noga Erez (Tel Aviv, Israel)

2. MORE ROMANTIC by CLOSENESS (Omaha, NE)

3. MURDER TO THE MIND by Tash Sultana (Melbourne, Australia

4. AMERICAN DREAM by LCD Soundsystem (New York City)

5. DRIVING HOME AT NIGHT ALONE by Dappled Cities (Sydney, Australia)

6. AUTOMATIC by Mondo Cozmo (Philadelphia, PA/Los Angeles, CA)

7. THE ROMAN CALL by Beshken (Los Angeles, CA/Brooklyn, NY)

8. FIRE THAT BURNS (feat. PVRIS) by CIRCA WAVES (Liverpool, England)

9. THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS by The National (Cincinnati, OH)

10. IMMORTALIZE by Trevor James Tillery (Nashville, TN)

11. G*DDAMN BANANA by Mountie (No one knows where this artist is from but we want him/her to keep making music)

12. UNTITLED (LATE SUN) by Kerala Dust (New Zealand)

13. FRENCH PRESS by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Melbourne, Australia)

14. SUGAR FOR THE PILL by Slowdive (Reading, England)

15. DARLING by WOMPS (Glasgow, Scotland)

16. WEAK EDUCATION by Nick Murphy (Melbourne, Australia)

17. NOW OR NEVER by Halsey (Clark, New Jersey)

 

May Picks - 2017

SO much good music is coming out it's hard to limit this list. There are no rules so here's one hour and 46 minutes of pure goodness. Copy and paste this link into Spotify or listen to my Audio Smoothie show on KOBV 103.3 in Bentonville, Arkansas every morning from 6-8 am.

 https://open.spotify.com/user/haziloconnor/playlist/3Zmh493IxbW131PF0qoPDE

 

1. NIGHT OWL by Metronomy (Devon, England)

2. DON'T SHAKE by Hollerado (Ottawa, Canada)

3. TRANSCENDENT by Baby in Vain (Denmark)

4. NOT OVER YOU by Memoryy (Albuquerque, NM/Brooklyn, NY)

5. PLEASE BE CRAZY by Born Cages (New York City)

6. SFO by Cotillon (Los Angeles, CA)

7. DAY 3: WHEN YOU WANT TO LOVE by Tom Misch (London, England)

8. ALL OF THE DEAD GIRLS by Dreamcar (Los Angeles, CA)

9. FEEL IT by Georgia (London, England)

10. ULTRALIFE by Oh Wonder (London, England)

11. HAPPENED by Perrera Elsewhere (Berlin, Germany)

12. 100% by Monogem (Los Angeles, CA)

13. ALLAROUND by Parcels (Byron Bay, Australia)

14. BREATHING SPACE by Little Cub (London, England)

15. MAGAZINE by Hajk (Oslo, Norway)

16. SPENT by Los Angeles Police Department (Los Angeles, CA)

17. CLOSEDLOOP by Elliot Moss (New York City)

18. TWIST QUEST by Mew (Hellerup, Denmark)

19. ALL I WANT by Ride (Oxford, England)

20. ANIMAL by Wavves (San Diego, CA)

21. HEART EYES by COIN (Nashville, TN)

22. A BETTER SUN by Sorority Noise (Hartford, CT)

23. LOL by PWR BTTM (New York City)

24. ILYSB by LANY (Los Angeles, CA)

25. DIE YOUNG by Sylvan Esso (Durham, NC)

26. FROZEN by Surfer Blood (Palm Beach, FL)

27. TAKE YOUR MIND BACK by Ralegh Long (London, England)

28. THIS YEAR by Beach Fossils (Brooklyn, NY)

29. APOCALYPSE by Cigarettes After Sex (El Paso, TX)

 

April Picks - 2017

 

#1- NOT MY FAULT, by False Advertising (London, England)

 

#2- I WISH I HAD A HAT, by Ela Minus (Bogota, Colombia)

 

#3- BOYISH, by Hippo Campus (St. Paul, MN)

 

#4 - LYING IN THE SUN, by Palastic feat. Bright Sparks (Los Angeles, CA)

 

#5 - EAST, by Vallis Alps (Sydney, Australia)

 

#6- FRENCH CLASS, by Half Noise (Nashville, TN)

 

#7- IN MOTION, by Allday feat. Japanese Wallpaper (Adelaide, Australia)

 

#8- SLIP AWAY, by Perfume Genius (Seattle, WA)

 

#9- WATER FLOW, by Klyne (Netherlands)

 

#10- OFFERS, by Ne-Hi (Chicago, IL)

 

#11- DARLING, by Real Estate (Ridgewood, New Jersey)

 

#12- ANGEL CHILD, by Chicano Batman (Los Angeles, CA)

 

#13- PLEASE, by Huntly (Melbourne, Australia)

 

March Picks - 2017

My picks this month are soulful, subdued and well, a bit sensual. Don't take that as a sign I've lost my edge. I've still got 80's Punk on standby. There's a time and a place for everything.

So here you go: Honne, Electric Guest, Coast Modern, The Radio Dept, Little Dragon, Day Wave, Sampha, Kane Strang, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Sorority Noise, Noah Kahan and Matt Martians. 

Visit my Spotify to hear this playlist in its entirety, follow me on Facebook to get updates on good live music, or catch my Audio Smoothie show 6:00-9:00 am on KOBV-LP 103.3 FM in Bentonville.

 
 

#1 - ALL IN THE VALUE, by Honne (London, U.K., 2016). Quickly becoming another of my favorite Brit bands, Honne is an electronic duo making big inroads. Their debut studio album "Warm on a Cold Night" was released last July but All in The Value is on this list because I could set up a tinyhouse in lead singer Andy Clutterbuck's voice and be very happy. 

 

#2 - BACK FOR ME, by Electric Guest (Los Angeles, California, 2017). Any band with music described as 'bubblegum pop' AND 'slacker California rock' will probably rate highly with me. These guys met in L.A., formed a friendship/working relationship Danger Mouse and then proceeded to lay down some of the most interesting 70's funk, Motown, hip hip, synth pop, dream wave you ever heard. They're way bigger overseas than they are here. Check out this groove, Back for Me.

 

#3 - COMB MY HAIR, by Coast Modern (Los Angeles, California, 2017).  "It's hard to shake the feeling / These phonies make my blood run cold / That talk ain't got no meaning / The shadowing is growing old." Lines from Coast Modern's 2015 single Hollow Life STILL replay over and over in my mind. In a good way. But Thank You! to them for this new track. I PROMISE it will be running around in your head for some time to come. So damn hummable!

 

#4 - WE GOT GAME, by The Radio Dept. (Lund, Sweden 2017).  Think 80's synth pop (Kraftwerk, Human League) and dreamy dance music (RAC, Rufus du Sol) and then get out the vacuum and clean the house. Seriously! They are so easy to listen to - they'll put an extra spring in your step. Their North American tour has them in New York City March 8-9, but no closer.

 

#5 - HIGH, by Little Dragon (Gothenburg, Sweden 2017).  Another Swedish band but this one headed by the lovely and eclectic Yukimi Nagano, who has collaborated with SBTRKT and ODESZA on some awesome singles. Enough reading, just listen to how smooth Nagano is and if you're new to Little Dragon wonder why. (Catch them in Lawrence, Kansas on Sat, April 29)

 

#6 - WASTING TIME, by Day Wave (Oakland, California 2017).  I feel like Day Wave has been around forever but it was 2015 that Jackson Phillips released his first single under the moniker. In any case he's earned a spot in my heart with those dreamy vocals and faded guitars, almost like Cocteau Twins-gains-a-hook-says-things-in-a-language-and-becomes-playable-on-the-radio. Almost. Wasting Time definitely has a hook. Here's another one you'll be singing all day.

 

#7 - REVERSE FAULTS, by Sampha (South London, UK, 2017). I don't follow the music journalists at NPR, but this guy is surely on their radar since he's worked with some of their favorite royal talent- Solange. He's on my list because a) his sound is disruptive and I love this song, b) he's friends with Romy and Oliver of The xx and they say he's awesomely gifted and a great guy. Email me at haziloconnor@gmail.com with your thoughts.

 

#8 - OH SO YOU'RE OFF I SEE, by Kane Strang (Dunedin, New Zealand, 2017). Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist Kane Strang found success while recording in his makeshift home studio, similar to another teenage DIY performer, fellow New Zealander Eddie Johnston, A.K.A. Lontalius. This new track, a precursor to a full length album to be released this year, was recorded in a real studio and showcases Strang's droning guitar and crooning vocals, reminding me of the best of Weezer. What a joy!

 

#9 - BURNING THOSE BRIDGES, by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (El Paso, Texas 2017). A cool new track from multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, writer, actor and film director who was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in El Paso and has lived all over the world. Perhaps best known as the guitarist for Grammy award-winning hard rock band The Mars Volta, Rodriguez-Lopez has recorded more than 40 albums in his career. This is his latest venture, from the Zen Thrills album that he released this February. It features vocalist Teri Gender Bender, who did a cover of Depeche Mode's I Feel You. (She's a trip, Google her.)  This song, Burning Those Bridges, is not on Soundcloud, so check it on out YouTube, or go to my Spotify - haziloconnor.

 

#10 - NO HALO, by Sorority Noise (Hartford, Connecticut 2017). This East Coast foursome turns out anthems with hard driving guitar and heavy lyrical meaning, but they don't sound serious. Like My Chemical Romance and Blue October they've taken on the topics of addiction and depression, loneliness and even death. The music is enjoyable, even upbeat in its mental-ness, and lead singer Cam Boucher definitely leaves you wanting more. Their new album, You're Not As ___ As You Think You Are is due out March 17.

 

#11 - YOUNG BLOOD, by Noah Kahan (Strafford, Vermont 2017). Sharing the same management company as "experimental rock" band Lewis Del Mar, talented 20-year-old musician Noah Kahan is on a journey.  According to his site, the lyrics for Young Blood read "as a letter of encouragement and advice to himself" as he embarks on the adventure of learning the music business. He reminds himself to “be surprised, keep hungry.”  "Throughout unexpected challenges and new revelations, Noah is staying true to his nature; questioning everything and enjoying the ride." He sounds like an INTJ. Noah is touring major U.S. cities this summer- might be worth catching him!

 

#12 - SOUTHERN ISOLATION, Matt Martians (Atlanta, Georgia 2017).  Matt Martians is a singer-songwriter-illustrator. He was a founding member of the LA hip hop group Odd Future. This is a song you want to hear at the end of Saturday night. It's unhinged AND beautiful.  Just what you need to hear as you drive home, bite into that food truck egg roll and think to yourself, it's awesome to be going home alone.

 

 

Feb. Picks - 2017

  #1  -- The xx are enjoying tremendous success in the U.S. - making appearances on late night talk shows and securing the #1 spot on Billboard's Top Rock Albums. To give you an idea of their electronic prowess (what you'd expect of a band that counts Jamie xx as its percussionist and producer) listen to this perfect track called Lips. Heck listen to the whole album, this is already my favorite album of the year.

#1 -- The xx are enjoying tremendous success in the U.S. - making appearances on late night talk shows and securing the #1 spot on Billboard's Top Rock Albums. To give you an idea of their electronic prowess (what you'd expect of a band that counts Jamie xx as its percussionist and producer) listen to this perfect track called Lips. Heck listen to the whole album, this is already my favorite album of the year.

 
 
 
 
 
  #2  -- Forget SURVIVE, Missio is amazing. They consistently put out great indie-electronic music and they just won an Austin music video award for their single, Can I Exist? Now t his sweet   little   anthem   - Middle Fingers - will have you humming its chorus along Mopac, or I-49.  Missio is scheduled to play SXSW and Dallas Edgefest this year.

#2 -- Forget SURVIVE, Missio is amazing. They consistently put out great indie-electronic music and they just won an Austin music video award for their single, Can I Exist? Now this sweet little anthem - Middle Fingers - will have you humming its chorus along Mopac, or I-49. Missio is scheduled to play SXSW and Dallas Edgefest this year.

 
 
  #3  -- I love when artists layer soulful vocals over an electronic foundation, whether peppy or gloomy, doesn't matter. Alison Moyet & Yaz and the more current example, Bob Moses and maybe Chet Faker/Nick Murphy, come to mind.  Here is SOHN, the British-born producer, with a second album that doesn't disappoint. Check him out at SXSW and Coachella.

#3 -- I love when artists layer soulful vocals over an electronic foundation, whether peppy or gloomy, doesn't matter. Alison Moyet & Yaz and the more current example, Bob Moses and maybe Chet Faker/Nick Murphy, come to mind.  Here is SOHN, the British-born producer, with a second album that doesn't disappoint. Check him out at SXSW and Coachella.

 
 
 
 
  #4  -- Of course we have a Toronto band on the list. And these guys are INSANE live. I recommend them. Looks like they'll be at SX too.

#4 -- Of course we have a Toronto band on the list. And these guys are INSANE live. I recommend them. Looks like they'll be at SX too.

 
  #5  -- Central California band Grandaddy is on a comeback with new material including this track, Evermore. What can I say? I like them. They're cool. And what's not to love about a band influenced by Suicidal Tendencies and Bad Brains?

#5 -- Central California band Grandaddy is on a comeback with new material including this track, Evermore. What can I say? I like them. They're cool. And what's not to love about a band influenced by Suicidal Tendencies and Bad Brains?

 
 
 
  #6  -- Slowdive is also back from a long hiatus and I'm super excited to experience their wonderfully distorted droning in person this Spring, perhaps at Fort Worth's 'Fortress Festival' or  in Chicago May 3rd.

#6 -- Slowdive is also back from a long hiatus and I'm super excited to experience their wonderfully distorted droning in person this Spring, perhaps at Fort Worth's 'Fortress Festival' or in Chicago May 3rd.

 
  #7  -- There is NO WAY I could exclude Rufus du Sol after the album they put out last year.  There is also no way I can forget to tell you to check out the video for this 9-min song.  On a big screen. After a night on the town. You'll see.

#7 -- There is NO WAY I could exclude Rufus du Sol after the album they put out last year.  There is also no way I can forget to tell you to check out the video for this 9-min song.  On a big screen. After a night on the town. You'll see.

 
 
 
 
  #8  -- Just like Japanese Wallpaper is one person, The Japanese House is a moniker for 20-year old singer-songwriter-producer Amber Bain - and she's gaining traction with shows planned for SX. Incredible talent!

#8 -- Just like Japanese Wallpaper is one person, The Japanese House is a moniker for 20-year old singer-songwriter-producer Amber Bain - and she's gaining traction with shows planned for SX. Incredible talent!

 
 
  #9  -- This funky alternative experimental art group is a bit mysterious and we want them to keep doing what they're doing!  They got big notice from listeners on IndieShuffle last year. Good stuff. See what you think.

#9 -- This funky alternative experimental art group is a bit mysterious and we want them to keep doing what they're doing!  They got big notice from listeners on IndieShuffle last year. Good stuff. See what you think.

 

#10 -- "There's intense gravity in you, I'm just your satellite." Okay, let's be real, 2014's "They Want My Soul" was amazing and is already considered a classic. Hot Thoughts is awesome. Knowing the rest of this album gets released next month makes me a little giddy. CAN'T WAIT UNTIL MARCH.