Tag: Carpark Records

Melodic Tonic ’18 December 5th

Melodic Tonic ’18 December 5th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 December 5th edition is a bold mix of multiple genres. This year may be almost over but 2019 has lots of great musical treats in store. Today’s playlist begins with a thunderous roar from an indie icon.   Bob Mould – “What Do You Want Me to Know?” (Berlin, Germany via USA) RIYL: Hüsker Dü, Sugar, […]

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The Matinee ’18 December 4th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 December 4th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 December 4th – Part 2 is filled with innovative new music, some of which are really off the wall. There is also some spectacularly cinematic tunes and one summertime bliss. Afterwards, check out Part 1 of Tuesday’s The Matinee, and these songs are available here.   MUNNYCAT – “Check It” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Deerhoof, The Go! […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 October 24th

Melodic Tonic ’18 October 24th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 October 24th edition will quicken your pulse then mellow you out. Get ready to dance in your chair courtesy of some better-known bands while a few emerging artists dazzle you with their talents. We start with the return of a familiar voice. Beirut – “Gallipoli” (Berlin, Germany via Santa Fe, USA) RIYL: DeVotchKa, Calexico, Fleet Foxes […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 October 10th

Melodic Tonic ’18 October 10th

Prepare for a whirlwind of feels on the Melodic Tonic ’18 October 10th edition. From crunchy indie rock to gripping instrumental film score sounds, these tunes come from artists in Italy, Lebanon, and the US. We start with an energetic offering from an old favorite. Cloud Nothings – “So Right So Clean” (Cleveland, USA) RIYL: Iceage, Eagulls Back in August […]

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The Beths – ‘Future Me Hates Me’ (album review)

The Beths – ‘Future Me Hates Me’ (album review)

 For the past three years, The Beths gradually established themselves as one of new bastions of New Zealand guitar-pop, standing alongside rising artists likes Fazerdaze and Kane Strang. Like their fellow Kiwis, it was only a matter of time before a top-flight indie label signed them, which occurred when Carpark Records got Elizabeth Stokes (guitar/vocals), Jonathan Pearce (guitar/vocals), Benjamin […]

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The Matinee ’18 August 14th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 14th – USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 August 14th – USA Edition features some ferocious post-punk, intimate and driving indie rock, plus stunning synth-pop. We kick things off with not just a great tune but a great piece of storytelling. For the World Edition, click here.   Castle Pines – “Woo Hoo” (Corona, CA, USA) RIYL: Counting Crows, Patterson Hood, Jakob Dylan Sticklers for […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 7th

The Matinee ’18 June 7th

The Matinee ’18 June 7th is an all-women affair. Each of the songs either features a female singer-songwriter or a woman leading the band. The mini-playlist is just further evidence in our long-held belief that women are making the best and more creative music today.   The Beths – “Happy Unhappy” (Auckland, New Zealand)  RIYL: Alex Lahey, Anna Burch, […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 10th

The Matinee ’18 May 10th

The Matinee ’18 May 10th covers a lot of ground geographically and musically. You’ll be fist-pumping, dancing, or sitting back to absorb the tremendous songwriting. The mini-playlist commences with one of our long-time favorites.   THYLA – “Blame” (Brighton, England) RIYL: Estrons, Paramore, Wolf Alice Three years into their careers, Thyla are gradually moving up the popularity charts, but swimming […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 22nd USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 22nd USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 22nd USA Edition features eight songs, three of which come from a special and an important compilation. The mini-playlist also includes a tune from one of indie rock’s greatest bands of the past decade and the debut single from an outfit hoping to join them one day.   Wharf Cat Records Singles from the ACLU Benefit […]

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The Matinee ’18 February 22nd

The Matinee ’18 February 22nd

Nine more songs occupy The Matinee ’18 February 22nd. A couple of indie giants return and plenty of smaller bands that you ought to know. Anyway, let’s get to the music. Speedy Ortiz – “Lucky 88” (Boston, USA) RIYL: Veruca Salt, Hop Along, Girlpool As a band enters the “veteran” phase of their careers, they tend to dial down the […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, May 17th

Melodic Tonic ’17, May 17th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails is a strictly American playlist for a change. The Melodic Tonic May 17th edition features sun-kissed singles from the four corners of the U.S., from the Pacific Northwest and southern California to New York City and down to Florida. Escape into these tunes for some sweet relief from the news!   RAC – “I Still […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, April 26th

Melodic Tonic ’17, April 26th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music cocktails features six tasty treats from the UK and USA. From indie power pop supergroups to dazzling British synthpop, this mini playlist infuses your day with infectious beats.   Filthy Friends – “Any Kind of Crowd” (Portland, USA) RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, R.E.M., Minus 5 The music scene has a surplus of “supergroups” these days, but few […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, March 15th

Melodic Tonic ’17, March 15th

Welcome to your mid-week serving of new music cocktails! SXSW is in full swing, so today’s collection of five new tunes begins in Austin with a group who got their start at the festival. The other singles include British post-punk, Italian New Wave, American indie synth pop, and a sweeping instrumental track that defies genre norms. Let’s kick things off […]

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Saturday Sampler February 11th

Saturday Sampler February 11th

Saturday Sampler February 11th edition has another delectable serving of new music treats. Lots of these songs will get you up and moving while others will have you contemplating the world today. Anyway, let’s get the feast underway! Body Music – “Just One” (New York City & Boston via Medellín, Colombia) RIYL: Martha Wash, Black Box, disco/house Kick off your weekend […]

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The Matinee January 13th

The Matinee January 13th

We would like to say that The Matinee January 13th edition is a creepy one, but it is not. Instead, it has the usual cast of great new music for you to discover. So if you’re superstitious, let this mini-playlist help you get through the day.   Carly Van Skaik – “Red Leaves” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: BANKS, Broods, Tessa […]

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Saturday Sampler December 17th

Saturday Sampler December 17th

Are you ready to shake up your weekend? The Saturday Sampler December 17th edition offers eight sparkling gems guaranteed to move you. The singles are the work of artists from England, Italy, Sweden, and the USA. With the holidays fast approaching, this mini playlist is our gift to you. Cheers!   Active Bird Community – “Dead Legs” (New York City, […]

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MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

MADEIRA, girlboss light up Wellington’s MOON (gig review and photo essay)

On a cool, Saturday evening, Wellington’s favorite dive bar MOON opened its doors to MADEIRA and girlboss. Given the music that these two singer-songwriters have crafted to date, expectations were that the show would be very intimate. The opposite was true to delight of the few hundred people in attendance. The headliner this night was MADEIRA. Featured a few times in […]

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MADEIRA – “Bad Humors” EP

MADEIRA – “Bad Humors” EP

Music is immensely therapeutic, whether one is the artist or the listener. For Kim Pflaum, the former member and co-founder of rising New Zealand electro-pop band Yumi Zouma, the past two-plus years have been dedicated to healing and finding herself again. The struggles, the pain, and the redemption of this time are revealed on her tantalizing and thoughtful debut EP, Bad Humors, […]

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The Matinee October 14th

The Matinee October 14th

I’m sitting outside, laptop in tow, enjoying a gorgeous fall day in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The sun is shining, the brightly colored leaves are floating down to the earth, but not before playfully floating along on the breeze. It’s one of those days where you’re just happy to be alive to experience it. The songs on The Matinee October 14th edition will […]

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The Matinee August 25th

The Matinee August 25th

Eight songs occupy The Matinee August 25th edition. Lots of sizzle and a bit of shimmer in this mini-playlist.   As Was – “Stains” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Diane Coffee, Portugal. The Man, AXIS: SOVA There is very little information about Los Angeles band As Was other than they have been around for three years already and fronted by Kosta […]

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