Monday, October 24, 2011

The Radio Cure | Volume 1.5

Zoo Legacy

The Radio Cure provides you a smattering of great tracks (all at once!) to cure you of your radio blues. Burn 'em on a mix CD, and there you have it.

Zoo Legacy - How Much Love [download]
This Ottawa trio claims its the perfect blend of Kid Cudi and the xx. And, you know what? That's pretty much it. Zoo Legacy is offering for mp3s for download via Bandcamp.

ARMS - Glass Harmonica
Once the solo project of former Harlem Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein, ARMS is now a full band, and a critically acclaimed one at that. "Glass Harmonica" is filled with gauzy guitars but anchored by the gravity of Goldstein's vocals. The sophomore effort, Summer Skills, comes out November 8th via self-release. 
ARMS - Glass Harmonica

Sassparilla - Bone Colored Moon
Portland's punk-roots outfit, Sassparilla, grows up on the latest LP, The Darndest Thing. "Bone Colored Moon" is the perfect soundtrack for downing a coupla spiked sarsaparillas at your favorite rootin', tootin' local establishment.
Sassparilla - Bone Colored Moon

Matthew Sweet - Late Nights with Power Pop
Sweet recently sold out his Blueberry Hill show in Saint Louis, and all across the social media outlets, fans who dropped the proverbial ticket purchasing ball were kicking themselves in their own asses. So, it's pretty clear this track needs no further introduction. Just download "Late Nights with Power Pop, okay?
Matthew Sweet - Late Nights with Power Pop

Cate Le Bon - Puts Me to Work
On tour this fall with St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon crafts little pop nuggets o' song. "Puts Me to Work" is a jaunty number, with playful vocals despite its existential wordplay. CYRK is expected in the States in early 2012 via The Control Group.
Cate Le Bon - Puts Me to Work

Shimmering Stars - I'm Gonna Try
Shimmering Stars continues the '50s-era wholesome ock-hop, "keep the camera above the waist" renaissance in indie music. The lo-fi vocals and easy chord changes are nothing new, but that doesn't mean that "I'm Gonna Try" isn't catchy, anyway. The debut LP, Violent Hearts, is out now via Hardly Art. 
Shimmering Stars - I'm Gonna Try

Amanda Mair - Doubt [download]
Discovered by Labrador in 2010 by pure chance, Mair's vocals are reminiscent of Saint Louis' homegirl, Née, and her chilled-out party music is, too. At only fifteen years old, Mair's a youngin', but her confidence sort of stupefies (despite the track's title). 

Two Dark Birds - Black Blessed Night [download]
Hitchcockian violins evolve into contentedly soaring strings on this nature-loving, Americana track. Songs for the New is out tomorrow on Riot Bear Recording Co.

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