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Two Records Worth Checking Out: Miniature Tigers & Jaill

It’s Tuesday!

For all music lovers, this means it’s a day of celebration, jubilation, and discovery. I’m sure some people will be a little disappointed I’m not talking about Best Coast‘s hazy summer-pop release today (sorry guys- really not much of a fan…), but don’t fear; there are still two notable releases that should tickle your respective fancies.

First, Brooklyn-based Miniature Tigers released Fortress today via Modern Art Records.

The album is a feel-good selection of tracks that’s perfect for this time of year, and it was co-produced by Chris Chu of The Morning Benders. If that co-production excites you, you’ll be interested to know that the single “Goldskull” was also produced by none other than Neon Indian (you can definitely hear the Chillwave influence in that track).

You can stream the entire album over at Spinner.

Next, Jaill released That’s How We Burn today via Sub Pop.

Somewhat close to the same stylistic spectrum as the aforementioned group, Milwaukee-based Jaill create pop-driven rock, but their Midwestern breed of garage rock delivers a much heavier dose of grit and drive.

Sadly I can’t find this album streaming anywhere, so you’ll have to settle for some samples at their Myspace.

Happy Tuesday!


Watch: Avi Buffalo- What’s In It For?

I’m normally not too big on music videos. However, every once in a while a bit of color and some captivating visual imagery can really make a great complement.

For instance, the video for the youthful, sunshiney Avi Buffalo track, “What’s In It For,” adds even more brightness to the song. The emphasis on blooming and growth seen in all of the whimsical plants provides another texture that feels perfect for this blossoming group’s sound.

Check it out in The Connection over on the right.

Pretty cool, right?

3 New Noteworthy Releases- 4.27.10

Avi Buffalo- self-titled (Sub Pop)

-sunshiney and young, yet surprisingly mature

Frog EyesPaul’s Tomb: A Triumph (Dead Oceans)

-frantic fuzz opera

The Mynabirds- What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood (Saddle Creek)

-excellent old school female vocalist with a twist of southern soul

To hear samples from each of these albums, simply listen to the playlist in The Connection over on the right side of this page.


Original and Outlandish: CocoRosie

Along with having what might be the most hideous album artwork of the decade, the art-pop duo CocoRosie has released one of the most interesting tracks I’ve heard this year.

The 5-minute track, “Lemonade,” starts with a pensive piano intro that gives way to eerie vocals, wicked synths and even a brass fanfare, before leading to a lush, beautifully orchestrated chorus.

To hear the track, just play the video in the Connection on the right. For more songs, head to their Myspace.

Their fourth album, Grey Oceans, is due May 11 via Sub Pop.

Getting Ready for Summer: Two Tightly Wound Songs

First, The Love Language has just released a new track from their forthcoming album Libraries, due out July 13.  The track is a saccharine feel-good number with serious throwbacks to sunshiney ’60s pop.

You can listen to “Heart to Tell” at their Myspace– just make sure to click play on the first listed track.

Next, Jaill is releasing their Sub Pop debut, That’s How We Burn, July 27, and to get your ears titillated, they’ve released “Everyone’s Hip.” The track’s filled with a rambunctious, playful energy perfect for the season in which the album will be released.

To hear the track, simply play the video in The Connection over on the right.

Commence dancing.

Synths Meet World Beats

New Zealand group The Ruby Suns released Fight Softly today via Sub Pop.

I had no idea what to expect when I came across this LP, but it couldn’t have turned out to be a better surprise.

If you were to take a cross between Yeasayer‘s and Vampire Weekend’s percussion and add Discovery‘s synths, you would land somewhere near Fight Softly‘s timbre.

Interested yet? Check it out from the embedded Lala player on the right or head to their Myspace and listen to Cranberry (looks like the only track from this album posted).

We didn’t really get a conversation going yesterday, so how about you drop a comment about what you think of this one? Eh?