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smile and smile… 12 aug 2019

12 Aug 2019 · No Comments

  • Weatherday – Come in
  • Calliope Musicals – Fear this Body
  • Shakira – Waka Waka (Esto Es Africa)
  • The Alarm – The Deceiver
  • Kyle Craft – Broken Mirror Pose
  • Just Mustard – October
  • Blushh – July
  • Pllush – Ortega
  • Sofia Bolt – Waves
  • Skating Polly – Flyer
  • Mr T Experience – Can’t Get There from Here
  • Du Blonde – Coffee Machine
  • Oh, Rose – 25, Alive
  • Martha – Mini was a Preteen Arsonist
  • Annabelle Lord-Patey – Where I Get It From
  • Men I Trust – Tailwhip

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smile and smile 5 aug 2019

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  • Xangô · Jambú (E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazônia)
  • Shygirl · Rude
  • Rosie Tucker · Spinster Cycle
  • Citris · I Guess It’s You That’s Winning
  • Hana Vu · Crying on the Subway
  • Operator Music Band · Mondo
  • Wilco · Kamera
  • Ian Hunter · Gun Control
  • They Eat Their Own · Too Many Guns
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd · Saturday Night Special
  • The Clash · Tommy Gun

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smile and smile MRG30 edition

29 Jul 2019 · No Comments

I went to MRG30 and saw a TON of great music, here’s one song each from my favorite 21 sets of the week (with a Reigning Sound recording of a song The Tip Tops played subbed in).

  • H. C. McEntire · Houses of the Holy
  • The Mountain Goats · Cadaver Sniffing Dog
  • Swearin’ · Grow into a Ghost
  • Fruit Bats · The Bottom of It
  • Sacred Paws · The Conversation
  • F*cked Up · Normal People
  • Superchunk · Break the Glass
  • Telekinesis · A Place in the Sun
  • The Essex Green · Sloane Ranger
  • Imperial Teen · We Do What We Do Best
  • A Giant Dog · Bendover
  • Wye Oak · It Was Not Natural
  • Titus Andronicus · (I Blame) Society
  • Reigning Sound · Watching My Baby
  • Apex Manor · Where My Mind Goes
  • The Spinnanes · Spitfire
  • Sneaks · Inside Edition
  • Gauche · Surveilled Society
  • Torres · Helen in the Woods
  • Waxahatchee · 8 Ball
  • Ibibio Sound Machine · Power of 3

(Usually I reuse the same playlist link every week, but since this one got retweeted a bit you can
listen to this playlist at Spotify indefinitely.)

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smile and smile … 22 july 2019

22 Jul 2019 · No Comments

  1. Rosie Tucker · Habit
  2. Gabi Lima · Tinnitus
  3. China · Moinhos de Tempo
  4. Molly Burch · Next to Me
  5. Little Scream · Dear Leader
  6. Ramonda Hammer · Who’s the Narcissist?
  7. Mamalarky · Hero
  8. Blushh · Do I Look Tired?
  9. Alina Bea · King of Nothing
  10. Hand Habits · can’t calm down

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smile and smile … 15 july 2019

15 Jul 2019 · No Comments

  1. Tourist Activities – Hatchet
  2. DOGBRETH – New Friend (Walky Talky substituted on Spotify list)
  3. Nada El Shazly – Koala
  4. Jesca Hoop – Red White and Black
  5. Shellye Valauskas Experience – Do Over
  6. Team Dresch – Your Hands My Pockets
  7. Ed Balloon – Missed Call
  8. See Through Dresses – I’m the Man Who Loves You (Horse of the Other World substituted for Spotify)
  9. Brutalligators – D Word
  10. Kate Tempest– Europe Is Lost
  11. Beliefs– Catch My Breath
  12. Shady Bug– Canada Dry
  13. Jeanines – Where We Go
  14. Elektro Hafiz – Yarim Pansiyon
  15. Going to Georgia – Cockroach Clan

listen on spotify

The See Through Dresses song is on this tribute to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

My favorite song by Dogbreth so far is on Sentimental Health

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smile and smile … 8 july 2019

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  1. Hey, Chels – Cross My Arms
  2. Kill the Moose – From Here to Now
  3. Mannequin Pussy – Drunk II
  4. halfsour – Blurred Camera Phone
  5. Sidney Gish – Sin Triangle
  6. Nervous Triggers – Do the Drools
  7. Lip Talk– After All
  8. Laura Barrett– Just the Same as Always
  9. Brutalligators– Crows
  10. Patio– Vile Bodies
  11. Noga Erez– Sunshine
  12. Das Demonas– The South Will Never Rise Again
  13. Ms NIna– Coqueta
  14. I Got 5 on It– Michael Abels
  15. I Got 5 on It– Luniz

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smile and smile … 1 July 2019

01 Jul 2019 · No Comments

The original was lost, we have only this excerpt:

  • Fury – ??
  • Scrap Brain – ??
  • Gretchen’s Wheel – Always Love
  • Cartel Madras – Eric Andre (Slick Rick James)
  • Squid – Houseplants
  • Hatchie – Obsessed
  • Lizzie – Juice
  • Fightmilk – Get a Grip
  • Linus– Queen Be
  • Erykah Badu– Tempted
  • Fiva– Du Bist Nicht Mein Monster

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Great Grandpa: Can Opener, Plastic Cough

20 May 2018 · No Comments

“Cheeto Lust” and “Ram” from the “Can Opener” EP struck me as really good attempts to craft Speedy Ortiz songs not actually by Speedy Ortiz – guitar lines that hop around and between chords instead of linear scale movement or arpeggiation, mid-chorus sideways lurches. It pushes my buttons, but seems a little too specifically imitative. Thankfully the band has more going on than ersatz Speedy (including but not limited to an equally precise early Weezer homage). The full-length Plastic Cough is mixed by John Goodmanson, who does a typically great job of making the guitars sound awesome.

Great Grandpa on bandcamp

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Dilly Dally – “Gender Role”

19 May 2018 · No Comments

I’m down for Dilly Dally in general, rough-voiced, grunge-inflected angry indie is fine with me, but I missed this tune, which was released between the lower-fi tunes that first caught my ear (like “Candy Mountain”) and the excellent, more polished, LP Sore. “Gender Role” does this thing where the last of the chorus guitar decays over a verse that’s bass and tom-heavy drums, and I am so often a total sucker for that move. Here, for sure.

“Gender Role” on bandcamp

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Dude York – Sincerely

19 May 2018 · No Comments

Riff-heavy tuneful indie rock with nice harmony work. I get a kinda 90s vibe from this, maybe just coz I’m old, but for instance, “Tonight” reminds me of Urge Overkill (in a good way). (Prolly would’ve bought this sooner if there’d been more than a few songs available to preview on the bandcamps.)

Dude York on bandcamp

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