Sea Pinks – “Fountain Tesserae”

Artist: Sea Pinks
Album: “Dead Seas”
Homeland: Belfast UK
Label: CF/Records
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Featured Track: “Fountain Tesserae”


Sea Pinks is a three piece from Belfast formed as a solo side project by Neil Brogan, the drummer of the group Girls Names. He’s released several EPs on his own label CF/Records and is about to release his second full length on cassette (of course) called “Dead Seas” this September 6. Seeing as he’s already supported the likes of Nodzz, The Mantles, Let’s Wrestle and War Paint…I expect this won’t be the last you’ll be hearing of him.

Future Islands – “Balance”


Artist: Future Islands
Album: “On the Water”
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Label: Thrill Jockey
Featured Track: “Balance”

On the Water is a record that aims to both break your heart and heal your wounds.” 
That’s what the press release says anyway. But I know one thing for certain, the vocals of frontman Samuel T. Herring broke my heart the first time I heard “In The Evening Air”. Earning it a spot on my Best of 2010 last year. Needless to say, I have great expectations for their forthcoming LP, “On the Water”. This is a band you need to know, for sure.

Nick Waterhouse: “Is That Clear”

Artist: Nick Waterhouse
Album: Is That Clear EP
Homeland: San Francisco, CA
Release Date: Aug 16, 2011
Featured Track: “Is That Clear”; “I Can Only Give You Everything”

My latest San Francisco music obsession Nick Waterhouse has a new EP out, “Is That Clear”, on digital now with the 45″ single of the aforementioned tunes in shops September 15. Get on the bandwagon early for this artist. You’re sure to hear more. Just beware. His retro R&B sounds are addicting. Dig it.

[Stuck in My Head] Austra – “Beat and the Pulse” (Still Going Remix)

Artist: Austra
Album: Sparkle Remix Album
Release Date: Out Now
Featured Track: “Beat and the Pulse” (Still Going Remix)

Rare is the remix that captures my attention. But this one sure did. The Toronto-based trio has been on the rise since their “Feel It Break” debut this May. They killed their live shows in San Francisco this spring too. This remix appears on the ‘Sparkle’ remix album out now digitally on Domino and on 12″ August 23rd. All you need to do now is put your headphones on and hit repeat.

Funeral Suits – “Health”

Artist: Funeral Suits
Homeland: Dublin, Ireland
Featured Track: “Health”

I’ve been having a little love affair with the Dublin trio, Funeral Suits, since the release of their irresistible first single, “Colour Fade.” The group just recorded their debut (expected in 2012) with producer Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) and have already played with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, and Local Natives. Now they’ve released another sneak peek into the album  with “Health,” that yet again keeps me wanting more. Click on the link to stream a sneak preview of the new single. In the meantime, download a copy of “Colour Fade” here and get addicted.

Stuck in My Head: Mikal Cronin – “Get Along/Apathy”

Artist: Mikal Cronin
Album: Mikal Cronin
Homeland: Orange County, CA
Release Date: September 20
Label: Trouble in Mind
Featured Track: “Apathy” & “Get Along”

Mikal is no stranger to the California surf punk scene. He’s been kicking around with the likes of The Moonhearts (formerly Charlie and The Moonhearts) and, my local fave, Ty Segall for quite some time. But now he’s got his own album in the works; due out under his own name September 20 on the Chicago-based label, Trouble in Mind. And he’s got a lot of help from his friends. Produced by long-time friend and collaborator, Ty Segall the 10-track debut also features guest appearances and support from Eric Bauer (Ty Segall, Royal Baths), John Dwyer of The Oh Sees, and Charlie Moonheart. I mean, sweet jeebus, it just doesn’t get any better than that. That line up is right there is like a who’s who of my favorite garage rock bands. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Well maybe not quite yet. I want to make I see Mikal live and in the flesh August 28 at The Hemlock Tavern as part of the Total Trash Fest 3. Yeehaw!

Ganglians: “Still Living” and Headed to The Hemlock Tavern

Artist: Ganglians
Album: “Still Living”
Homeland: Sacramento, CA
Release Date: August 23
Label: Lefse Records
Featured Track:Jungle”



Sleep” –


Who hasn’t been loving the first two singles from the Sacramento lo-fi psychedelic pop outfit, Ganglians? I sure have. So finally, after months of anticipation, their second album release is nigh. AND, they’ll be playing at The Hemlock Tavern, August 21 with the aforementioned Cuckoo Chaos before jaunting off for a European tour. Oh, life is rough.

Just Ride It….

Artist: Cuckoo Chaos
Album: “Woman”
Homeland: San Diego, CA
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Label: Lefse
Featured Track: “Just Ride It”

Let’s just say, ’nuff said on the lead single from the debut album “Woman” by San Diego indie pop outfit, Cuckoo Chaos. They’ll be heading out on a West Coast tour this month supporting Ganglians. Can I get a “hell, yeah”?

8/10 – Sacramento, CA – Luigi’s
8/12 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
8/13 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
8/14 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
8/17 – Fresno, CA – Audie’s Olympic
8/18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Muddy Waters
8/19 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
8/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
8/21 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern

Youth Lagoon – “Montana”

Artist: Youth Lagoon
Album: “The Year of Hibernation”
Homeland: Boise, ID
Release Date: September 27
Label: Fat Possum (US); Lefse (Europe)
Featured Track: “Montana”

Mmmm, the title to the debut album from Boise-based Trevor Powers definitely does it justice. It resonates with a beautiful loneliness. A kind of solitude that’s palpable. Like when you heard Bon Iver for the first time and could actually feel the isolation of the snowy winter Wisconsin cabin that he wrote the album in. That kind of sound.

The debut “The Year of Hibernation” will be released on September 27. You can download two tracks “Cannons” + “July” here.