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(31) Days of Good: 12.11.12

Falling in love with new music is one life’s simple pleasures and 2012 was a fantastic year of discovery for me.  I’ve already featured a few of my new favorites this year, including Bright Moments, HAERTS, Porcelain Raft, and Vacationer (just to name a few), and today i’d like to highlight a few more.  But first I need to give credit where credit is due.  If it weren’t for the following music outlets, my music repertoire would be far less exciting.  Big thanks to All Songs Considered, Big Hassle, EARMILKGirlie ActionHead Underwater, A Heart Is A Spade, The Hype Machine Radio Show, Largehearted BoyKCRWNialler 9No Fear Of PopThe Noise Pop Podcast, Oh So Fresh! MusicPaste Magazine, Pigeons & PlanesPlanetary Group, PORTALS, Treble in Trouble, Winnie Cooper, yvynyl, and the one and only, Ethel Sale.  Now without further ado, please enjoy a small sample of my favorite discoveries of 2012.

 

CHVRCHES are a Scottish electro pop band based in Glasgow.  The trio has been generating quite a bit of buzz on the blogosphere and I expect a big 2013 for them.

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share [single]
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Desert Stars is a 5-piece band from Brooklyn.  Built on the creative output, and impressive lead vocals, of Janelle Best, the band dispatches a very dreamy/shoegaze/lo-fi sound.  The band just finished recording it’s debut with a Spring release expected.

Desert Stars – Boys I Like [from Boys I Like/Farewell Decade]
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Drop Electric is an experimental rock band based in Washington D.C. and NYC.  As All Songs Considered puts it, “a ‘Sigur Ros-ian’ band with an epic sound.

Drop Electric – Empire Trashed [from Drop Electric Sampler Platter]
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Goldroom is Los Angeles-based producer Josh Legg.  “Fifteen” is the perfect Summer song — great production, soothing synths, and dreamy vocals, courtesy of Australian singer Chela.

Goldroom – Fifteen (feat. Chela) [single]
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London producer Sam Howard, aka Halls, released his debut album Ark this year.  “White Chalk” is quite possibly be the most beautiful song of 2012.  Definitely a favorite of mine, easily in my top 10 tracks of the year.  I’ve listened to “What Chalk” more than any other track this couple of months.  The production, along with the vocals and classical piano chords, are superb.  I especially love what Howard writes in the liner notes of Ark — “I hope you find a source of positivity from within the themes of isolation and death found on the album.”

Halls – White Chalk [from Ark]
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“The Minneapolis trio Now, Now has mastered the art of magnification: It takes small moments and invests them with larger meaning.” – NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012

Now, Now – School Friends [from Threads]
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Pacific Air is an indie pop band, consisting of brothers brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon.  After changing their name from KO KO, the duo released their debut EP LONG LIVE KOKO this last Fall.  Leadoff track “Float” is one of the most infectious and catchy dream pop tracks of 2012.

Pacific Air – Float [from LONG LIVE KOKO EP]
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Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter who’s been making music for over a decade.  This is one of those discoveries I wish would’ve happened years ago.

Patrick Watson – Into Giants [from Adventures In Your Own Backyard]
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“Over the last few years, I’ve realized that my experiences are not singular. I’m writing for people, not just me.” – Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) via A Heart Is A Spade

Perfume Genius – Hood [from Put Your Back N 2 It]
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“Simple in structure and free of flash, it’s the style that has us craving more. They blend a punkish retro vibe with a head-nodding new energy and a pop sensibility.” – Pigeons & Planes

Shadows On Stars – Now You’re Mine [from Shadows On Stars]
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Power-pop garage rock from Passion Pit’s Ayad Al Adhamy.  I live 3 miles from the beach and I go maybe once a year, which makes this song fitting.

Team Spirit – Fuck The Beach [from Team Spirit EP]
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“‘Mtn Tune’ is the ideal summer anthem. Complimentary vocals, dancy synths and a guitar/drum combination that reminds one of The Neighbourhood — this song has it all. Be it on a beach or in your back yard, let Trails and Ways guide your dance in the sun, and inhale the blissful existence of summer.” – EARMILK

Trails and Ways – Mtn Tune [single]
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Like most American’s this holiday season, I want to buy a diamond ring from Zales because of retro-esque pop ballad.

Various Cruelties – If It Wasn’t for You [from Various Cruelties]
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CMJ Music Marathon 2012

Now until Oct 20th, hundreds of bands and music fans will take over New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon.  While CMJ may lack the “big names” you find at Coachella and Lollapalooza, it totally makes up for it with shear volume.  There are soooo many bands and artists playing, it’s actually a bit nerve wrecking, trying to decide which acts to see.  But what really makes CMJ rad, is the music discovery aspect.  This is where you’ll see the next “big name” and it will be in a random Manhattan basement with 10 other lucky people.  Personally, this is the music festival I want to attend most.  One of these days my dream will become a reality, but until then I am happy writing about it.  And hopefully helping this year’s attendees deal with the daunting task of combing through all the music they have at their fingertips.  So if you’re having a tough time deciding who to see this week, consider these artists/bands.  And last but not least, have fun discovering your new favorite band.

CMJ Schedule//CMJ Artists

A
Alex Winston 

B
Beach Day
Blonde Summer
Blue Hawaii

C
Chad Valley
Chip Tha Ripper
Choir of Young Believers
Com Truise
Conveyor
Cruiser

D
Debo Band
Drop Electric

Dum Dum Girls

E
Eleanor Friedberger
Electric Guest

F
Field Mouse
French Camp
French Horn Rebellion

G
Generationals
Geographer
Ghostface Killah
Goldroom

GZA

H
Heliotropes
Hey Marseilles

Hey Rosetta!
HUMANS

I
Icona Pop

J
Jensen Sportag
JJAMZ
The Jezabels

K
Ki:Theory

Killer Mike
Kimbra

L
Little Beard
Little Green Cars
Local H
Lovelife
Lowlakes
The Luyas

M
Magmana
Mansions
Miami Horror DJs
Miracles of Modern Science
MNDR

Mount Moriah
Mountain Goats
MSMR

N
Natureboy
NewVillager
Nina Sky
Nneka

O
OFF!
OK SWEETHEART
OPOSSOM

P
Penguin Prison (DJ)
Pillow Talk
The Postelles
The Presets
Psychic Twin
Purple

Q
Q-Tip
Quiet Loudly

R
Raccoon Fighter
Radical Dads
Rah Rah
Rocket & The Ghost
Rumors

S
San Cisco
Savoir Adore

Sea Wolf
Sick/Sea
Skinny Lister
Skipping Girl Vinegar
Slowdance
Solid Gold
Starlight Girls
Swimclub

T
Talk Normal
Teen Daze

Telekinesis
Tempers
Thieves Like Us
Tiny Victories
Twin Tigers

U
Umbrella Men

V
Viceroy
Vital

W
The Walkmen

Wichita Falls
Wild Child
Wildcat! Wildcat!
Winter People

X
XNY

Y
Yacht
Young Adults
Young magic

Z
Zula