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* Remington Super 60 * Jason Saltiel * Sofa City Sweetheart * Fascinations Grand Chorus *

Remington Super 60 “A Winter Song”

Remington Super 60 sounds like a soft sweater worn with a pair of velour pants. Part lounge music, part muzak, these Norwegian indie-lounge poppers are kitsch, catchy, and cool. At almost twenty years of existence, they are still great listening with multiple releases and achievements to their lengthy credit. “A Winter Song” is a fun tune to shake a snow globe to, and their latest in a series of seasonal offerings. Cozy up with a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy Remington Super 60.

 
 

Jason Saltiel “Devil Woman”

Jason Saltiel has worn many musical hats, and “Devil Woman” is a wide-brimmed beauty of a tune. With an indie country twang, the distorted open chords strum through until the 2:20 mark. It is here we are met with a surprising treat. Sporting a Christopher Owens and Ben Kweller charm, Saltiel breaks us down before a last round of rocking, riffing, and rolling. The guitars are joined with Hammond, harmonies, and a lyrical breakdown. “Devil Woman” is a story from start to finish.

 
 

Sofa City Sweetheart “Stop The Thinking”

Sofa City Sweetheart is Un-be-lievable. I’d like to say thank you to Juan Antonio Lopez for stoking the indie power pop flame. Just when you get all bummed out because Fountains Of Wayne and Superdrag are done, someone like Juan comes along and offers up a one-two sock it to ya dose of catchy rock and roll. “Stop The Thinking” is a gem. Electric chugging, acoustic strumming, doubled vocals, and BAM…the trumpets. Glorious stuff. I will listen many, many times. Then again.

Fascinations Grand Chorus “Until I Found You”

1, 2, 3, Red Light. They had us at 1910 Fruitgum Company.

Bubblegum to the bone, Fascinations Grand Chorus pay tribute to sugary rock and roll with “Until I Found You.” Pulling production influence from Joe Meek and Phil Spector, the duo is speaking a language we hear loud and clear. “Until I Found You’ is a solitary pop ditty, released ahead of an album due out in 1910…correction, 2019. If the album is anything like this number, you better run, don’t walk, to your nearest record store and snag a copy from Fascinations Grand Chorus.

 
 

* Robb Westlund * Newborns * Pin Ups * Eva B. Ross *

Robb Westlund “Trees”

Robb Westlund will get you moving and shaking with “Trees.” Rock and roll guitars chime and chug along in a groovy mix of glam-pop and indie. Kind of like a Ben Kweller thing with a touch of classic rock licks. “Trees” is broken into several sections, each riffing and rolling along. There is a cool call and answer thing going on too, with a street-smart David Johansen confidence in the vocal delivery. We dig it and think this fella deserves a spot on your favorite playlist.

Newborns “Schoolyard”

Damn, The Newborns are cool. Any New Yorker will recognize a Ramones vibe — not just in the guitars, but in the lyrics and inflection — and a dose of New York Dolls. Rad. Listen to the way Schoolyard” bops and how the bass grooves with thumping drums. Classic NY punk rock. The guitars are panned wide and the vocals have just the right amount of space around them. Sending up a congratulatory bottlerocket for whoever recorded this. Nice work. Keep on rocking.

Pin Ups “You Make Me Feel So Sick”

The Pin Ups know how to shake a leg. We dare you not to shimmy along to “You Make Me Feel So Sick.” These boys know how to get things cooking. Their sound is fresh, fun, and filled with non-stop energy. The Pin Ups employ top notch audio and video production, which hints at big things ahead. It sounds like they are primed for the big stage in the days to come. They deserve all the good things coming to them because they know how to grab the listener’s attention and keep it.

Eva B. Ross “Messy”

Eva B. Ross has us snapping and clapping along to her latest single, “Messy.” This Los Angeles native is a songwriting dynamo. Her talent is clear as crystal on “Messy.” The tune is brilliantly performed and produced with a professional polish that is timeless and impressive. Each instrument, harmony, and flourish is perfectly placed. Eva’s voice is one of the most pleasing we have ever heard. It is classic and current, with a familiar warmth and delivery that is hard to beat. Enjoy “Messy.”

* Marlboro * Matt Siffert * CATL. * Jess Ribeiro *

Marlboro “Being Divine”

Marlboro is a town tucked in the Hudson Valley, and the namesake of a rock outfit worth your attention. For those of us who have lived in this area of New York, Marlboro’s delivery of “Being Divine” feels like a drive on the New York State Thruway. It is an easy going tune that explores the lamentations associated with coming of age. Peaceful, groovy, and filled with thought, “Being Divine” is a neat Grateful Dead meets indie offering from Marlboro’s latest album, Convertible Life.

 

Matt Siffert “Love, Again”

Matt Siffert delivers a stirring piece of music with “Love Again.” Off his latest album Bright Shadows, “Love Again” is an intimate song with a longing and reflective vibe. The weeping pedal steel and organic acoustic guitars set the backdrop for a soft and sincere vocal. The production is minimal, yet powerful. It is hard not to lose your thoughts while listening to Matt Siffert. His lyrics are transfixing and he knows how to arrange a song in a pleasing way that really gets you thinking.

 
 

CATL. “Baby, You All Wrong”

Catl. offers speaker candy with “Baby, You All Wrong.” With all the grit of timeless garage rock and the swagger to match, this duo of Canadian rockers will get you shaking a leg. Fans of Shannon and The Clams and King Khan and BBQ Show will flip over Catl. The saturation we all love and the attitude delivered by a Gretsch geetar and two-piece drum kit. Classic. Raucous. Rock and Roll. There is a hint of punk in there too, so shout along to “Baby, You All Wrong.”

Jess Ribeiro “Love Is The Score Of Nothing”

A Beehive hairdo and pastel galore are only two reasons we dig Jess Ribeiro and “Love Is The Score Of Nothing.” The song has an indie bop swing to it that’s hard not to sway to. Fans of Angel Olsen will dig it, as well as surf beat connoisseurs. Jess Ribeiro is an Australian on the radar of many indie playlists. One of our favorite tunes she sings is “Strange Game” — a total stunner. If you enjoy a songwriter who can tug at the heartstrings while making you sway, Jess Ribeiro is your ticket.

Frith "Loud Mouth"

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Frith will blow your mind and ears with his magical new release, “Loud Mouth.” Travis Frith Warner is a multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, CA. His arrangements are lush and incorporate a unique variety of instruments (including the Transylvanian guillotine harp), putting him on a musical pedestal all his own. “Loud Mouth” has an Electric Light Orchestra vibe, with sitar and strings weaving in and out at all the right times. The vocals fill the speakers with sparkling harmonies that rattle inside your head for days. Frith is an amazing talent and no one-trick-pony. Check out his illuminating catalog and enjoy the sounds of Frith.

Aaron Taos "Control"

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Aaron Taos has us thinking about society and bobbing along to his latest tune, “Control.” We dig the double-tracked, saturated, and smooth vocals with their laid back groove. The melody almost has a Joey Ramone thing going on…dig it. Inspired by the monotony of suburban life, “Control” is filled with catchy licks and arrangement tricks. Synths, guitars, and crispy drums make for good listening, and the video keeps you locked (big shout to the Coney Island parachute jump and Cyclone). “Control” is the first single off Taos’ latest project, Birthday Boy — so look forward to more releases in the near future. Will we see a return of our blue friend in a follow-up video? Stay tuned to Aaron Taos.

O Mer "Everything Is Everyone's Fault"

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O Mer might as well hold a pocket watch in front of my eyes, because “Everything Is Everyone’s Fault” is mesmerizing. From the Zeppelin “Stairway To Heaven” to the thump and tick of the productions, this song has us hooked. By the time the Mellotron hits, you will be under the spell on O Mer. From Tel Aviv and now in Brooklyn, he is an artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist earning praise for his unique approach to music. “Everything Is Everyone’s Fault” is wondrous.

Check out his Refugee EP and embrace the reflective sounds of O Mer.

Sen Wisher "Holding Pattern"

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Oh, yea, Sen Wisher has us bobbing and weaving like a kid at a Mineral show. “Holding Pattern” is emotional, sweet, and sweeping. The jangling twang and symphonic movements make a charming blend of rock and roll. Loving the arrangement, production, and song as a whole. It seems like some crafty cats are behind this music. It’s deep and thought-provoking to the bone. If you don’t find something stirring about this song then check your pulse.

Stick around to the end of “Holding Pattern” for an absolute treat from these modern minstrels.

The Watanabes "Over Romantic"

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The Watanabes crafted a neat number with their acoustic folk tune, “Over Romantic.”

The Walsh brothers (The Watanabes) have something special going on, and apparently Japan has been onto them for a while now. They have been compared to Belle and Sebastian and The Smiths, but these fellas have a sound of their own. Listening to “Over Romantic” is like spinning a CSNY side project. It definitely gives the Graham Nash goosebumps and David Crosby vibe.

Enjoy the soft strumming and lyrical sound of The Watanabes and “Over Romantic.”

 
 


The Blank Tapes "Paradise"

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It feels so nice listening to The Blank Tapes’ new tune, “Paradise.”

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams delivers 60s songwriting chops with his project, The Blank Tapes. “Paradise” uses a lot of fun production and arrangement tricks to give it a timeless vibe. Pop hooks and delay in the ballpark of Jeff Lynne, with fuzzed-out Iron Butterfly style riffage flying in and out. Produced by Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, the group features Will Halsey of Sugar Candy Mountain, Veronica Bianqui, and Eric D. Johnson. Put it all together and what do you get? A groovy collection of musicians playing groovy songs.

Have fun soaking up the classic coolness of The Blank Tapes and “Paradise.”

 
 

Turtlenecked "Sewing Machine"

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Turtlenecked has us paying attention with their new single, “Sewing Machine.”

Listening to “Sewing Machine” is like taking a bicycle ride around a cartoon village. There are so many colors, textures, and surprises that make this animated tune come to life — a little bit of this (sampled vocals) and a little bit of that (organic instruments) mixed with unique hooks and catchy melodies appearing throughout the song. It’s safe to say we’ve never heard anything like the sounds of Turtlenecked.

If you’re looking for something new and original, check out Turtlenecked “Sewing Machine.”