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(31) Days of Good: Day 14

What does a lo-fi, beach pop trio have in common with a British wonky pop artist? The man on the moon himself, Kid Cudi.
Both of today’s artists have done more than well for themselves, but there’s no denying the impact Cudi had when he collaborated with Best Coast and Rostam Batmanglij for the converse produced (yes, the shoe company) track, All Summer, and teamed up with Dan Black on the Symphonies EP and the deluxe edition of UN.
Along with the Cudi collaborations and some epic “photobombing“, Mr. Black has been super busy. He released Symphonies in the US at the end of 2009 and this year he toured the US and Canada, including stops at SXSW, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits.
2010 also saw the release of Black’s Weird Science mixtape. Like me, you probably associate mixtapes with hip hop, but Black proves pop artists can hang with the best of them. Check out my favorite from the tape below and then download the rest here.
Next up, one of the biggest buzz bands of 2010, Best Coast.
I’ll probably never understand why people long for LA, but I still dig Bethany Cosetino’s story and inspiration. While Ms. Cosetino attended college in NY, she would spend her days longing for the life she left behind in sunny LA. This longing created Best Coast and the debut full-length, Crazy for You, best described as beach blanket lo-fi pop songs about “summer and the sun and the ocean and being a lazy creep”
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(31) Days of Good: Day 12

The Drums are an indie pop band from Brooklyn and their self-titled debut was an instant favorite of mine after one listen.

With Morrissey-esque lyrics and a fun guitar pop sound, The Drums are a must add to your music library. Now technically, this track was released at the end of 2009, but it was re-released with the debut LP and is just too good not to feature this year.
Let’s Go Surfing is the perfect combination of surf rock and post-punk, and has some of the catchiest whistling since Peter, Bjorn, and John’s uber popular Young Folks.
(as a little bonus, i’ve also included the Ravoenettes remix)

The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

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Surfer Blood is an indie rock band from West Palm Beach and 2010 saw the release of the these youthful Floridians debut, Astro Coast.
The band has been compared to the likes of Built to Spill, the Shines, Pavement, (good) Weezer, and even a bit of Interpol. I really dig the band’s casual lyrics, pop guitar work, and unexpected melodic turns.
My favorite track from Astro Coast has to be Take it Easy—a frantic and exciting track that perfectly shows off the band’s fluid style.
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