New album: Made Violent || Wannabe

I’m still hoping that the Made Violent EP (2016) will be released on vinyl someday, but right now I’m especially happy that there is a new full-length album from the American rock band Made Violent. Wannabe rocks hard and old-fashioned, at the same time it swings smart and melodic in a modern way, convincingly played and sung – like The Strokes on speed. The LP is out today through Sakers. Yeah! 

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New album: Kid Chameleon || Unreaching The Reeds

If you are in the mood for an indiepop album that is not boring, not overly produced, but features pretty great songwriting, soothing vocals, and a mix of slower and faster songs, make sure you check out Unreaching The Reeds by Kid Chameleon. What a pleasant collection of homerecorded timeless indiepop. The uptempo Roque Bouquet is my early favorite of the record, I think. Or perhaps, My Girl Is 6 with its Teenage Fanclubesque chorus. Or is it Swan Song?

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp (Name Your Price Download)

New album: The Fragments || Get Lost

When I saw the name The Fragments, I was expecting another garage rock revival band. That turns out not to be the case: the four-piece from Calgary (Canada) say they play quirky indie pop. And for the variety between all those screeching guitars over here that is quite nice. If I count correctly, Get Lost is the seventh LP in eight years from the band, with sixteen sympathetic songs that make you nod your head. The new album is available digitally on Bandcamp, but there is also vinyl; you can send a message to if you would like to order a copy.

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GIMME 5! || Scott Davis (Virginia Trance) Shares 5 Records To Listen To in 2021

With Gimme 5! we take a peek into the collections of artists we admire. The premise is simple: artists WE like, share 5 records THEY love.

We are absolutely thrilled to present this week’s curator of Gimme 5!: Scott Davis. Scott is the main man behind Virginia Trance, who released Vincent’s Playlist last year – Niek’s favorite indiepop record of 2020. Scott also played in the psychelic rock band Psychic Ill’s. In his list, Scott challenges us to wander off the beaten path, and discusses the importance of an eclectic listening experience – which we love, and probably should do more often.

Click below to read and listen. Scott added short explanations for each pick. He even throws in his top 5 Lou Reed albums for good measure. We added YT video’s and Discogs links so you can add these records to your wantlist. Thanks a lot Scott!

New album: Cheekface || Emphatically No.

Cheekface is a prolific band, with songs, singles, and EPs seemingly appearing every few months. If you’ve been keeping tabs on the band, you’ve probably already heard about half of their new full length Empathically No. And if that is the case, you’ll also know that this record will be fun as hell – the record includes both songs of the Emotional Rent Control 7″, which made my best singles of 2020 list. If you don’t know this band yet, Cheekface are an offbeat indiepop band that write extremely catchy popsongs with a talksinger and huge choruses. I guess they sound like a K Records version of They Might Be Giants? Anyhow, put this record on and let it put a smile on your face.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Specialist Subject Records

“New” album: The Seeers || Happy Peak

Seeers, where have you been for the past five years*? In 2015, The Seeers were my band to watch and I frequently played their single in the Windian Records Subscription Series featuring the awesome Without Lites. But then…crickets, like they vanished. It’s absolutely a nice surprise (2021, let’s keep em coming okay?) that they released a full length this week. But is it any good? YES! Better than that actually, it’s full of garagepoppunk hits with a healthy dose of psych influences. Crossed fingers for a physical release, because I need to have this in my collection.

*UPDATE: The band informed me that technically this is not a new release. Happy Peaks was recorded back in 2015 on a Tascam 4-track tape machine. It was never released and this is the first time it’s made available online. Regretfully, this the last recorded material of The Seeers. They stopped being a band in 2016.

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New single: The 40 Acre Mule || Dear Jen

Times like these, you need a drinkin’ song. That thought of the guys from The 40 Acre Mule led to the new (digital) track Dear Jen – out now through State Fair Records. It’s all there: a first line like ‘She was drunk when she said it’, the mighty voice of J. Isaiah Evans, the howling baritone sax of Chris Evetts, and the concentrated looks of the other band members, filmed in the appropriate environment from Bar & Grill Lakewood Landing. Unfortunately without an audience, while you should actually see this roots rock & roll 5-piece from Dallas, Texas live, which is not possible at the moment. Times like these, you need a drinkin’ song.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New single: The Feels || She’s Probably Not Thinkin’ Of Me

You may have heard She’s Probably Not Thinkin’ Of Me by The Feels last year. If you, like me, LOVE powerpop that song probably made a lasting impression. Originally, the song was planned to be part of a perfectly titled EP 11 Monthly Listeners Can’t Be Wrong! I am not sure what happened, but that EP has not been released yet. Fortunately, Hurrah! Musica will release the single on a 7″ next month. The B-side is excellent as well.

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New single: Midnite Snaxxx || Contact Contamination

It’s great hearing Midnite Snaxxx take their sound to new heights with each release. It’s still high intensity punk, but are layers of sounds that were not present on their early releases. Here is the excellent new single Contact Contamination, accompanied with a trippy video. I think I like the B-side Fight Back even more. And as if these two songs alone aren’t already worth the purchase, take a look at the gorgeous artwork by Sarah Sequoia. Make sure you check Sarah’s other work as well!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs

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