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The War On Drugs – 'Come To The City'

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Philadelphian indie rockers The War On Drugs have released their second album ‘Slave Ambient’ through Secretly Canadian. Touted as their best work yet, there’s loads of stand out tracks to blab about.

‘Come To The City’ is a rock anthem through and through, baring some similarities to Arcade Fire or Echo & The Bunnymen before them. The phaser heavy guitar breaks help to build the mood, together with the miliary-like drum pattern…and who doesn’t love the “woo hoo’s”!? ‘Slave Ambient’ will earn The War On Drugs a hoard of new admirers and keep long standing fans smiling.

More @ Secretly Canadian / The War On Drugs blog here / The War On Drugs @ Myspace.

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Sea Pinks – Autumn Song

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Burning Yellows – Blanks

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Tape Deck Mountain – It Goes Down

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:papercutz – ‘Disintegration’ (The Cure Cover) (Free Download)

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Big Troubles – ‘Misery’ / ‘Sad Girls’

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Fans of Teenage Fanclub or 90s rock in general, should take note of Big Troubles. The New Jersey four piece are releasing their second album ‘Romantic Comedy’ on September 27 through Slumberland.

The crux of the group are high school buddies Alex Craig and Ian Drennan who compose fine-tuned tracks like ‘Misery’ and ‘Sad Girls’ (the latest Big Troubles single from ‘Romantic Comedy’).

Check out Big Troubles @ Bandcamp / Myspace or through Slumberland Records.

KNESSET – ‘Steady Hands’

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Arizona’s KNESSET are back in the studio, working on a follow up to their debut album ‘Coming Of Age’ released by And Records in February. You can check out some ambiguous studio shots on their blog here.

The four piece have loosely described themselves as indie meets shoegaze but songs like ‘Steady Hands’ show KNESSET’s broader appeal. There’s generally a sunny side to any lyrical self deprecation, this sets them apart.

Along with the brilliant production, far above what is expected from an independent act. KNESSET don’t have a tendency to hide behind a wall of sound, instead opting to let their songwriting stand its ground. If you live in the Phoenix area, you can catch KNESSET live with The Album Leaf at the Crescent Ballroom on October 7.

Download KNESSET’s album ‘Coming Of Age’ from Bandcamp and ‘name your price’. Available through And Records / KNESSET’s Blog / Facebook.

Yuck – 'Cousin Corona'

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Yuck are busy touring the globe but that hasn’t stopped the steady stream of releases. Frontman Daniel Blumberg recently delivered an EP under the moniker Oupa and now Fat Possum have revealed a new Yuck song, ‘Cousin Corona’.

You can grab the track on October 11 when Fat Possum release a deluxe edition of Yuck’s self-titled debut album. To entice/bribe fans who already own the Yuck album, there will be another five extra tracks/b-sides included (tracklist below). As for ‘Cousin Corona’, the Brit rockers take The Pixies loud, quiet, loud approach and turn it into quiet, loud, quiet, loud, loud, loud!

Yuck Deluxe Release…
01 Get Away
02 The Wall
03 Shook Down
04 Holing Out
05 Suicide Policeman
06 Georgia
07 Suck
08 Stutter
09 Operation
10 Sunday
11 Rose Gives a Lilly
12 Rubber

BONUS B-sides:
13 The Base of a Dream Is Empty
14 Milkshake
15 Coconut Bible
16 Cousin Corona
17 Doctors in My Bed
18 Soothe Me

Check out Yuck’s blog @ www.yuckband.blogspot.com or order Yuck’s deluxe release from www.fatpossum.com.

Crystal Stilts – ‘Shake The Shackles’

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If Jim Morrison sung with Aussie rock legends The Church, it may sound a little like this. And perhaps make Tarantino’s next soundtrack. Hello Crystal Stilts!

Don’t all throw stones too quickly… I love Crystal Stilts ‘In Love With Oblivion’… I’m just still coming to grips with the fact that ‘Shake The Shackles’ was released in 2011, not 1971.

Fellow label mates, Veronica Falls recently produced a similar retro rocking single ‘Bad Feeling’…

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More Crystal Stilts @ Myspace, via Slumberland Records, or visit Crystal Stilts @ www.crystalstilts.com.

Girls Names – ‘Bury Me’

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‘Bury Me’ from Girls Names 2011 album ‘Dead To Me’. Sounds positive huh!?

The Belfast rockers get all jangling and verbed out in a 60s kinda way…sounds a little like they’re playing the back of a school hall! Great stuff. This haunted nostalgia trip of an album is available now from Slumberland Records.

More info @ Girls Names Myspace / Blog or download Girls Names ‘Bury Me’ for free via Soundcloud.