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Old Punch Card

Thrill Jockey announced today that the new album from Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake), Old Punch Card. The album will be released on September 7th, and it is Sam’s first solo record in five years. The album is inspired by early electronic music and avant-garde composition and is comprised entirely of modular synthesizers. There is only one instance of guitar and no vocals or beats.

Sam will be touring with Broken Social Scene this fall and will be playing at The Riviera on October 2nd.

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Chew Heart

I’ve spent the weekend digesting the debut album, Messy Snarls, from Laura Granlund and Curt Swank (aka Chew Heart). The duo has been performing together for the last six years, and finally entered the studio, with the talented Brian Zieske (Gallery of Carpet), to capture some of that live energy. Messy Snarls finds the duo wearing their influences on their sleeves and pouring everything out through their instruments. The album was recorded live and you can tell in the sound, but I feel that adds to the nostalgic feel of the album.

What sets Chew Heart apart is that they do give a subtle nod to their love of ‘60’s pop, but they don’t drown in it like many bands today. In fact I would say they are more influenced by ‘90’s indie rock than anything else. In fact, I would say this band is a combination of Saturday Looks Good to Me and Frente. There is a raw edge, but sweet innocence that ultimately prevails.

Chew Heart celebrates the release of Messy Snarls on Sept. 12th at The Whistler, but you can purchase it from their etsy page for just $5.

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Flash

We recently brought you the details of the new album from Tub Ring, and now the band has released ar new video for the song “Flash” from Secret Handshakes. The video premiered last week at Friday Night Videos.

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Enough About Me

Archie Powell & The Exports will be releasing their debut LP, Skip Work, this fall, but they recently dropped a fierce single called “Enough About Me”. The band will be launching a nationwide tour this fall, but they will be performing at Schubas on Aug 23 with Two Star and Stay Golden.

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Up So Fast

Young Man (aka Colin Caulfield) is starting to draw some national attention, and deserves every bit of it. Colin premiered his new single “Up So Fast” this week, and announced that his debut ep Boy will be released by Frenchkiss Records on October 12th.

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