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Smushie "Faxing It In"

Smushie has released a new single called "Faxing It In". This is the solo project of Austin Koenigstein of Berta Bigtoe, and this new single is a hazy, laid back nod to Psych Pop.

The single is accompanied by the fun, face paint filled video that Austin co-directed with Jackie Smook.

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Tim Atlas teams up with honeywhip for syrupy pop single "Peace at Last"

Indie-pop collabs do not get much tastier than ones like “Peace at Last,” a new composition by L.A.’s Tim Atlas that features Tokyo-born, L.A.-based duo, honeywhip, and sounds like a sonic creamsicle melting to the warmth of its groove. Dreamy with trickling keynotes and a treble-heavy bass guitar buzz, the new track celebrates individuality and a new type of quiet. In the song’s jubilant bounce, there is the slick production of Atlas, who crafts a modern pop sound while retaining the edge of DIY; dance away at the intricacies by streaming the new single below. - René Cobar





Anna Lunoe debuts flavorful electronic single "Ice Cream"

Taking on various flavors of the electronic genre, Anna Lunoe debuts a sonic swirl titled “Ice Cream” that is as sweet as it is colorful. The new song bops to ‘80s video-game sounds à la Pac-Man and makes use of subtle drops into head-bouncing breakdowns and thumping stretches where Nakamura Minami, who is featured, shows off real influence in the track’s playful theme. The music video for the song is trippy enough to perfectly match the track’s mood and give listeners the complete spoonful that “Ice Cream” aims to deliver. Electronic music continues to uplift during trying times, and Anna Lunoe does it best; stream “Ice Cream” below for a fun flavor of electronic music. - René Cobar

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Horsegirl "Ballroom Dance Scene"

Three high school friends, Gigi Reece, Nora Cheng, and Penelope Lowenstein, formed Horsegirl last year and this month packaged the three songs they have written, the newest being "Ballroom Dance Scene", into a wonderful new EP. It is that new song that has landed the trio in the spotlight, on NPR and in the Tribune, and when you listen you will hear why.

"Ballroom Dance Scene" is the perfect balance of odd, beautiful, deadpan, and graceful as it builds and swirls like the dance scene it is depicting. It brings to mind the sounds of Nico, Bell & Sebastian, Sebadoh, and Stereolab, and if you check out the girl weekly radio hour you may get a better sense of their vibe. 

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Petite League releases "Greyhound"

"I lost my mind on a cross country bus 
King of the Road packing it up "

On their new single called “Greyhound” Petite League take a self-described bus ride to hell but as Bon Scott once put it "Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be" and I can believe it after listening to this rather wistful and lovely song which does still rock don't get me wrong. In contrast to the AC/DC Aussie-rock classic where there's a woman who “pours my beer, licks my ear," on Petite League’s cross-country bus journey things are a bit more circumspect where “we might have kissed like a blurry dream in the backseat” with “the rest stop lit by your cigarette at dusk” and honestly the latter sounds a good deal more romantic and maybe even more sexy as well. Even if the aforementioned only “might have” happened there’s still a compelling Wild At Heart road trip vibe at work minus Sherilyn Finn with her brains spilling out of her head and also there’s nobody putting their tongue in your ear but that’s fine if that’s your thing of course.

"Greyhound" takes the listener on a shambolic-sounding journey which is usually the best kind of journey. Over-planners are such a drag. I mean maybe sitting next to Lou Barlow for 40 hours would be tough because I’m getting hints of Sebadoh or is that Folk Implosion on this song, but “Greyhound” clocks in at under three minutes so you can handle that. Itinerary be damned just pay your $127 and settle in as you travel across this vast nation stopping at every Stuckey’s along the way (wear the damn mask folks!) and falling in love with someone who may or may not be a hallucination because none of this is going to happen in coach on Spirit Airlines. 

Petite League’s last album Rattler was their fourth and their first on their own Zap World Records imprint. According to songwriter Lorenzo Gillis Cook’s very own social media liner notes it was strongly informed by Daniel Johnston, suicidal urban cowboys, and "a quarter-life crisis." Their upcoming album, Joyrider, is due out in early 2021 and looks to be strongly informed by Lee Hazelwood, Roger Miller, and Antifa. Mr. L.G. Cook and drummer Mr. Henry Schoonmaker keep upping their game with every release so it’s probably a safe bet to pre-order the record but don’t ask me for your money back if you’re disappointed come January. 

Finally, see below for a song about New York Girls called “New York Girls” from their last record. This is the one that made them bigger than the Strokes which is pretty good for a band that started in a dorm room in Syracuse. Just so you’re not too confused I should mention that the video features Gaby Giangola aka “Goth Girlfriend” lip synching the vocals and she quite convincingly portrays a cleaned-up Nancy Spungen type or a lo-fi Harley Quinn type, take your pick, and also she has a music thing of her own (talent everywhere you look!) which you should probably check out too. (Jason Lee)


 

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