Be Your Own Pet Be No More

Be Your Own Pet announced Friday that they’re calling it quits as a band, citing nothing more than it’s time to move their separate ways. This just months after the release of ‘Get Damaged’.  Awww, now I’m really sad I missed them open for The Raveonettes earlier this year.

Here’s a video for ‘The Kelly Affair.’

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Out My Window – Sunshine! Finally.

Goodbye grey skies, hello sunshine!  I hate July in San Francisco.  But it is now officially over and so are the notorious chilly, foggy days.  I woke up this morning to blue bird skies and blazing sunshine.  Then I found this new track from Koushik on RCDLBL, ‘Lying in the Sun’, from his latest release – Out My Window.  The perfect soundtrack for my day in every way – even the album cover.

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The Soundtrack of Our Lives (TSOOL)

Waxing philosophical about the soundtrack of my life yesterday reminded me of one of my all time favorite – and little known – Swedish rock bands, The Soundtrack of Our Lives (a.k.a. TSOOL).  I had the good fortune of seeing them for the first time this year at SXSW and nearly fainted when the lead singer jumped off the stage and sang ‘21st Century Ripoff‘ right in front of me.  I at least had my wits about me to take this photo.

Turns out TSOOL has a new single, Utopia, streaming on their MySpace page. Unfortunately, they don’t have a widespread US following, so I’m resigned to adore them from afar.  I just love the Swedes and their fantastic music sensibilities. 

For those of you unacquainted with TSOOL, here’s a video for one of their more popular tracks, Sister Surround.

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Don’t You Worry

I often fantasize that if my life were a movie it would have the best soundtrack ever. I guess I’m a bit Mary Katherine Gallagher in the sense that I think my feelings would often be best expressed by some melodramatic song. And if my life came with a built in scary movie soundtrack?  Oh, the trouble I could have avoided.  Like my little boy’s projectile vomit that hit me this morning.  Gross.

Nothing makes you feel more helpless than trying to comfort a 3 year old through waves of nausea while screaming hysterically, “THERE’S HOT SAUCE IN MY MOUTH, MAMMA! MAKE IT GO AWAY!” And you can’t; all you can give them is words. “Don’t worry, sweetie, don’t you worry…it’ll be okay.”

After the worst had passed, I try to find something to comfort him…..”Juice? No. Crackers? No.  TV? Yes. Anything else?  A lollipop.  Okay, a lollipop then.”  And as I handed him the lollipop, this is the song I heard playing in my head…

Jim Noir, Don’t You Worry

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The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion

Artist: The Ruby Suns
Album: Sea Lion
File Under: Psychedelic Indie Pop
Recommended if You Like: Panda Bear, The Magnetic Fields, Cocteau Twins
Featured Tracks: These Are Birds, Kenya Dig It?

Listening to The Ruby Suns on the sunny beaches of Santa Cruz this weekend, feeling all bleary eyed and relaxed, reminded me how much I love this album.  The band’s founding member, Ryan McPhun, is a California native whose love for travel took him to far flung destinations like Africa and Thailand before settling in Auckland, New Zealand.  

Knowing that trajectory helps to make sense of the band’s sound, which is like a combination of sunny California psych pop and world music.  Some of the songs on the album are actually sung completely in Maori.  Co-vocalist Amee Robinson adds an etherial, dreamy quality to tracks like ‘These Are Birds,’ and at times her voice gives me flashbacks to the Cocteau Twins.  It a beautiful and atmospheric album, perfect for a sleepy Sunday morning at the beach.

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Black Moth Super Rainbow [Black Crystal Bands, Part 8]

Hey, look!  More psychedelic sounds from the ‘Black’ band contingent.  This one in the form of the otherworldly, electronica variety –  á la Air and Octopus Project.  My music friend Noah turned me on to their 2007 release, Dandelion Gum, last year.  I like it a lot and find myself gravitating toward this kind of ambient, ethereal music in the wee hours.

BMSW will be releasing their new album, Drippers, in September.  You can pre-order a limited edition scratch-n-sniff version of the CD or 10″ here.  Check out the track Happy Melted City from their forthcoming release or download Bonus Drippers for free now – which is a bunch of old, unreleased songs.

Here’s their creepy video for the Dandelion Gum album track, Sun Lips.

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Girls vs. Women

Here are two tiny bands I’m hot on at the moment – which also makes for a clever post. Both have albums releasing this week, have nary a female band member to speak of, but do have lots of them gracing the covers of their albums.  

Girls hail from San Francisco and just released their debut album, Lust for Life. Each track has a distinctly different sound, which makes it difficult for me to put a label on this band; but it does give some clarity to their self-described music category – Tropical/Gothic/Thrash.  On several tracks, however, the lead singer’s voice does remind me of Elvis Costello. Featured is the track Hellhole Ratrace. Be sure to download the free track ‘Lust for Life‘ on RCRD LBL.

 

Women are a Canadian group (two of them brothers, actually) with their self-titled debut released July 8 on Flemish Eye Records.  I was very pleased to learn that Chad VanGaalen produced this album, of whom I’m a big fan.  He recorded the album in his basement on old tape machines and ghettoblasters.  To say their sound is lo-fi is an understatement. Featured is the track Black Rice.

 

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