Monthly Archives: March 2009

Hey Rosetta!

“…and I wanted to get you smiling.”
It used to take much more than just an e-mail. Maybe it was the punctuated band name that caused my attention and/or interest to be heightened. Canadian six-piece Hey Rosetta! have apparently been at it longer than I care to admit…me and my blind eye have been missing out.  They been listened to and written about at length long before I was enlightened. Two years after the release of the Plan Your Escape EP in 2007, frontman Tim Baker and friends see their new debut album Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and in through your blood) met with wide acclaim.  I usually don’t consider myself ultra lucky to be a Minneapolitan, but HR! makes me think otherwise.  As the band cruises through Canada on tour, they’ve decided to make one US stop at Minneapolis’s 400 Bar. If you’re in the area, stop by and see them on April 9th.
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Gold Teeth

“These words come out so differently.”
There’s nothing worse than not having a song you love at your beck and call.  Such is the case with Gold Teeth‘s new single “Everybody”.  Having to jump online every time I wanted to hear the track, a process repeated over months and months, was far too cumbersome.  Thanks Puregroove, now I can sleep easy at night.  The self described “Tropical/Afro-Beat/Electronica” sound and subsequent track from the young group of suburban south-Londoners (Wimbeldon) is probably going to be on every single mix-“tape” that I make for the next 5 years.  RIYL a less fratty Vampire Weekend, I suppose.
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My First Tooth

“Now they can really taste this town.”

Thanks Alcopop!, because I think My First Tooth (& the Rubies) have flown under the radar for longer than necessary.  What started as the small Northampton folk duo of frontman Ross Witt and violinist Sophie Galpin now numbers anywhere from 2 to 8 members when the Rubies play along.  The new EP, to be released March 30th, is accompanied by a UK tour that will keep the band happily busy for the next 2 1/2 months.  Join them for some merry-making, as we all should.

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Attack In Black; Years

“If your songs weren’t written, would I still get shivers from the silence…?”
I still listen to Marriage on the bus, in the car, while walking to class – anytime will do. Canadian punks Attack In Black have since changed their tune. Dramatically.  Perhaps they’ve grown up a bit?  My tastes aren’t oh-so-sensitive, but for those of you who can’t say the same – you’ll enjoy the band’s seeming trip into adulthood.  Years (By One Thousand Fingertips) is a generous 16 track helping of well written, genial little folk-pop tunes.
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the Bleeps

“No one’s set on fire.  No one’s gonna die.”
I usually just happen upon things, without any rhyme or reason.  I’m often asked, “Where’d you hear this?” or “How’d you find them?”.  Don’t ask, because I likely don’t know.  My brain runs a thousand miles a minute.  This is one (one of many…) of those instance.  The Bleeps, comprised of Remy Lamont and Paul Parker, are kind of inexplicable.  They call London home and sing a self-described amalgam of indie and hip-hop.  We can only wonder.  I was hooked after hearing, even in it’s brevity, the new single “These Things Happen”.
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Cursive; Mama, I’m Swollen

“I’m at my worst when it’s not rehearsed, I don’t want to know the goddam words.”
Anyone even remotely interested in the late 90’s post punk offerings from seminal labels such as Saddle Creek or Deep Elm will have some kind of feelings about Omaha’s equally seminal Cursive. Since its first release back in ’97, the band has consistently offered up some of the very best indie-rock of its day.  They may have softened in their 12+ years of existence, as Mama, I’m Swollen, goes to show, but the change in direction is both welcome and well received.  The 7th studio album came out just last week.
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Frightened Rabbit

“I’m working on my backwards walk.”
My ego is a bit wounded as I’ve jumped on the Frightened Rabbit train long after it rolled through.  In  my defense, I wasn’t even aware there was a train – or I would have been riding a lot sooner.  Only in the wake of the band’s new Liver! Lung! Fr! live disc did I even know they existed.  The Selkirk foursome pens tongue-in-cheek, yet shockingly insightful, tracks about good arms, bad arms, and walking backwards.  There’s simply nothing not to love.  Two tracks from 2008’s The Midnight Organ Fight (of which Liver! Lung! Fr! follows verbatim) are included below.  The album is an instant favorite…
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