Tag: Dead Oceans

The Matinee August 10th

The Matinee August 10th

Around the world we go and where we stop is… The Matinee August 10th edition, of course! Just yesterday, Ben was watching The War on Drugs perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and we were pondering who could be the next indie band or artist to play on one of the late-night talk shows. Our mini-playlist today, as such, reflects who we […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, August 9th

Melodic Tonic ’17, August 9th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails has a unifying, one-word theme: calming. These are great rainy-day tunes. We are all seeking relief from the stress of life and the chaos of the world. What better way to find solace than with six new singles from artists in Canada, USA, and Netherlands? All of the artists have one-word band names, so […]

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The Matinee July 27th

The Matinee July 27th

Once again we take a new music trip around the globe on The Matinee July 27th edition. Speaking of trips, some of us, including myself, are en route if not having already arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, and we hope one of these days the artists listed below will be gracing the stages of NFF or one of the after-parties. […]

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The Matinee July 20th

The Matinee July 20th

The Matinee July 20th features another set of a 9 awesome new music singles. There is, as usual, a mix bag of goodies, so reach in and find a surprise. Chad VanGaalen – “Pine and Clover” (Calgary, Canada) RIYL: Father John Misty, Richard Swift, Jonathan Richman Where does one even begin to describe Chad VanGaalen, the Swiss Army knife of […]

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The Matinee July 7th

The Matinee July 7th

The Matinee July 7th has 9 awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a myriad of indie alternative tracks you today. Artists are representing Australia, Canada, the UK and the USW today. We get things started with songs by two indietronic groups who unexpectedly released new music – one in the wee hours of the morning. Rhye – […]

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Kane Strang – ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’ (album review)

Kane Strang – ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’ (album review)

It’s been a whirlwind of a ride for Kane Strang. In 2015, he recorded his debut album, Blue Cheese, in the confines of his bedroom and self-released it. Shortly after, Flying Nun stepped in and distributed the LP internationally, and the record was widely applauded for Strang’s ambition and clever lyricism. Then late in 2016, indie label giant Dead Oceans announced […]

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A wander through Kevin Morby’s ‘City Music’ (album review)

A wander through Kevin Morby’s ‘City Music’ (album review)

Humans of New York is one of the internet’s most captivating websites, sharing stories about the people born in the Big Apple and those who moved there to start new lives. From the heartbreaking to the inspiring, from successes to those struggling to survive, the site puts a human face to one of the world’s most chaotic and exhilarating metropolises […]

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The Matinee May 12th

The Matinee May 12th

The Matinee May 12th has 9 awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. One from a favorite of all of us of course and a few more alumni and also brand new artists for you to take a listen. The sampling today is worldwide with artists representing Denmark,  France, Sweden, the US and the UK today. The National – “The System […]

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First Impressions: Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (album review)

First Impressions: Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (album review)

After a two-decade hiatus, post-rock/shoegaze titans Slowdive delighted fans in January with “Star Roving,” their first single in 22 years! After such a prolonged absence, it was refreshing to hear the familiar churn of Neil Halstead’s reverb-drenched guitar and Rachel Goswell’s airy vocals. Fans wondered whether a full album would contain the same magic as the first single. Thankfully, “Star Roving” was indeed a sign of […]

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The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th feels like a playlist for a summer road trip, so each song will be associated with a traveling reference. This journey is the one heading home, so the list is in reverse alphabetical order. Umm – “Black Summer” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: The Dig, The Breeders, Communist Daughter Our journey begins on a coastal highway, where […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 29th

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 29th

Your mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a shoegaze lover’s dream. These six singles from artists in the UK and US explore the spectrum from ambient dreamwave to louder psychedelic rock, with hints of bossa nova for added variety!  Enjoy the next 25 minutes of sonic bliss. Slowdive – “Sugar For the Pill” (Reading, England) RIYL: Slowdive, Mojave 3, The Jesus […]

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The Matinee March 23rd

The Matinee March 23rd

The Matinee March 23rd once again features nine songs, and each one will intrigue you in different ways. Some will make you laugh while others will have you thinking about your place in the world. Whatever you’re feeling like today, hopefully the mini-playlist will satisfy your mood.   Perfume Genius – “Slip Away” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Arcade Fire, Future Islands, […]

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Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Timothy Showalter’s days of flying under the radar as one of the best songwriters in the world may be over with the release of Strand of Oaks’ latest record, Hard Love. The songwriter, currently out of Philadelphia but originally from Goshen, Indiana, has released some truly fantastic records, including 2015’s Heal. Always relatable and a true open book either in […]

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The Matinee February 9th

The Matinee February 9th

The Matinee February 9th takes a global tour, featuring nine songs that will have you moving, shouting, and indulging in your favorite memories. Let’s get to the songs.   ASHA – “Drowning” (Central Coast, Australia) RIYL: BANKS, Woodes, Aurora While listening to the great Triple J station while driving across Tasmania, a voice bellowed out from the speakers. A voice which […]

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The Matinee February 3rd

The Matinee February 3rd

The Matinee February 3rd includes 6 amazing new tracks to get your Friday moving. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have a nice mix of indie rock and dream pop from Australia and the US. Check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course the Weekend Showcase on Sunday. Bad Wave – “Time To Get […]

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Alex Lahey – “B-Grade University” EP

Alex Lahey – “B-Grade University” EP

One of the 2016’s EPs that we regretfully did not cover was Alex Lahey‘s debut EP, B-Grade University. Fortunately, awesome label Dead Oceans announced they had signed the twenty-something, Melbourne resident and were re-releasing the EP for North American audiences. As such, we are given a chance to make amends for our oversight. A favorite of the fantastic Aussie station […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, January 18

Melodic Tonic ’17, January 18

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails features mostly downtempo, soothing tunes. With the exception of one high-octane scorcher, these songs provide some sonic relief to the craziness of the world. Feast your ears on new singles from artists in the USA, Australia, and Wales.   Maggie Rogers – “On + Off” (New York City, USA) RIYL: The XX, Austra The debut EP […]

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Slowdive – “Star Roving” (single)

Slowdive – “Star Roving” (single)

We don’t do this often, but when a seminal band like Slowdive returns after a 22-year hiatus, we have to give them plenty of love. “Star Roving” is their first song since 1995, and it is unbelievably good. The lush vocals, the dramatic build, and the mind-blowing, cosmic shoegaze we have loved for years have all returned. It’s as if […]

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The Matinee December 2nd

The Matinee December 2nd

The Matinee December 2nd edition shakes, shimmers, and scintillates. Six songs are featured, five of whom are returnees and another one will most likely become a repeat alumnus. Happy weekend everyone! AMETHYSTS – “Stones” (Suffolk, England) RIYL: Elohim, Oh Wonder, Meadowlark We last shared AMETHYSTS back in July and we are still enamored by their talent of tight electronic production […]

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Saturday Sampler October 29th

Saturday Sampler October 29th

The Saturday Sampler October 29th edition offers a balance of American and European artists whose 10 songs cover a variety of genres. We’ve got indie pop, old-school psychedelic folk and modern folk-rock plus African beats from Belgium and dazzling electronic. Dive into this playlist to discover the hidden gems that await you!   Anna Renee – “Dali” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Skott, […]

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