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Holy shit this is going to be so much fun. I had such a great time filming/seeing all the bands from the first Orchid Tapes showcase. If you’re unfamiliar with Orchid Tapes, listen to their entire catalogue here and see why they’ve quickly become one of my favorite labels.
Above is a video of Happy Trendy performing “Nerves” at the first Orchid Tapes showcase
Why we like it: Fog Lake just put out Virgo Indigo on Orchid Tapes. I’m kind of really kicking myself for taking notice when it came out because it’s a fantastic album that is now sold out. Fog Lake is the bedroom/dream pop solo project of Aaron Powell. Today i took my parents out for dinner (in addition to being a successful music blogger, I am also a sweetheart. Luv u mom+dad!!) and thought “Wow this is the best dang meal I’ve had in a long time. Nothing can make my day better!!”. I’m a fool. I was wrong because this made my day much better. From start to finish this is absolutely beautiful and I would like you to listen to it and feel things pls.
Why we like it: This isn’t so much a review as it is me telling you about this album getting repressed in the US on vinyl. Limited to 500 in three different colors of vinyl (100 half-black/half-white vinyl, 200 black vinyl, 200 white vinyl). This is one of my favorite screamo records yo if you haven’t listened to it before find a way to then buy it.
Why we like it: Nothing are one of the better shoegaze bands out today. I first heard about this band on VLV when Poshlost came out and I remember thinking “Wow this is cool”. Their new album Guilty Of Everything is about to come out on March 4th 2k14. I got to listen to it a little earlier cause that shit leaked and I now think “Wow this is even cooler”.
Be sure to pre-order from Relapse Records. There’s a pretty good deal going on for this beautiful black/white vinyl, a slipmat, O-Card and digital download.
Why we like it: Sometime in September or October I was hanging out with my good pal Ian. Ian brought me to a CMJ show at Shea Stadium where the only band I really knew of was Pity Sex (I think the headliner was some weird techno party shit. I also fell in love with Miller High Life that night, The Champagne of Beers). Anyways, Ian wouldn’t shut the hell up about Homeshake and for good reason.
Homeshake is Peter Sagar’s band. They play indie rock that at times sounds psychadelic and at times jazzy. Peter plays in Mac Demarcos live band and if you’ve ever seen them live or at least seen a YouTube video, you’d know that Peter is great at improvising and is an all around great musician. Check this out if you like Dragon Ball Z.
Why we like it: Cold Foamers lineup is just insane. Dudes from Mallard, Baby Pilot, other bands and Alex G are in this band. With that being said, go listen to this because it’s crazy and the dude from Baby Pilot sings on some tracks which is cool as fuck.
Why we like it: Modern Charms are a Shoegaze/Bliss Pop band. The first time I listened to them I thought it was some really great stuff from the 90s but it turns out that they only put out their release in September 2013. This is everything you would want a dream pop band to sound like and they have a song in Russian titled “Ancient Cities” which I think is really cool.
"Don’t run, I need you. Don’t say it’s not the same. Just give me your time. It’s real, things we feel."
You & Me is a beautiful collection of songs written by Four Visions, the dream/folk pop project of Daniel Abary. It took me a few listens to fully appreciate this because the music itself is so captivating that I hadn’t paid the lyrics any mind. It’s a really telling story of breaking up with someone that you’re still in love with. From pleading for something to hold on to, some form of hope that things can be how they once were all the way to not talking to the person anymore, You & Me does a great job of capturing that shitty feeling that is a bad breakup.