Eternal Summers Premiere Video and Remix of “Pogo”

The Virginians of Eternal Summers are taking over the Internet with their single “Pogo,” off their album Silver, out now on Kanine Records. They premiered the lo-fi, psychedelic video for the song on the almighty Pitchfork, while an Allen Blickle remix of it made its appearance on the equally revered mp3 blog Stereogum. And while the flashing colors and image overlays of the video match well with the song’s retro-pop feel, the electro arrangement Allen Blickle put together for the remix, with its powerful bass puts forth Yun’s voice.

So, to watch the video, click HERE. And to listen to the remix, click HERE.

Montreal Quartet, the BRAIDS, Gain Critical Acclaim

Led my female vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston, this experimental/folk/trippy pop group is breaking barriers with groundbreaking music. Using intense vocal harmonies and melodies along with pulsing and vibrant yet mello music, BRAIDS creates an almost euphoric dream like listening experience for all the senses.

These four best friends from High School gambled on skipping college, and choose to make music instead. Their hard work paid off as they are now being noticed for their self-released debut, Native Speaker.

They were recently named to Stereogum’s “40 Best New Artists of 2010“, and recorded a “Pop Montreal Session” while at Break Glass Studios. Listen to that session here.

Surf City Gives ‘Kudos’

It has been a long time since a band could combine elements of early ‘80s alternative with the velvety guitar melodies of ‘90s college rock to the poetic lyrics of many indie bands of today, but New Zealand’s Surf City has managed to do all of that and still sound original and on the edge of something truly spectacular. 

Surf City was formed by guitar mavens Davin Stoddard and Josh Kennedy.  They quickly added Josh’s brother Jamie on bass and Logan Collins on drums and from there the group was complete.  Driven with a passion to create some of the best psychedelic pop music around, they sought out Steve Keene who had previously worked with bands Pavement and Silver Jews to produce their self titled EP.  Upon the release of their first EP, Surf City immediately gained momentum which did not go unnoticed as they impressed music Web sites Stereogum and All Music. 

Surf City released their long awaited debut album Kudos on Fire Records on November 30th to a lot of buzz with the band being hailed as New Zealand’s most hyped and possibly best indie band to emerge in a very long time.  The first two singles, “Crazy Rulers of The World” and “Kudos” have already whet the palettes of music lovers everywhere leaving them all wanting more.

Brew Your Own Cup of Wilco

With Black Friday right around the corner, its time to start Christmas shopping for your loved ones. Not sure what to stuff their stockings with? How about some Wilco Coffee?

I know what you’re thinking. What is Wilco Coffee? Well, some of band’s members visited Inteligentsia Coffee’s Cupping Lap to pick their favorite variety. They settled on a coffee from the Sidama region of Ethiopiam, grown by the Homecho Waeno co-op.

Our friends over at Stereogum have a description of the coffee’s flavor, which I have admit sounds intriguing. The retail price ($21 per pound) is a little steep. But, for those who are interested, you can purchase Wilco Coffee here.

BRAIDS Make Lemonade

It takes a lot for four best friends from Alberta, Canada to convince each other to skip college and move across the country to Montreal. At only eighteen, the music geniuses BRAIDS  released a  self recorded/self produced album known as Native Speaker.

With its single “Lemonade” now debuted on Stereogum, new fans can’t wait for the LP’s release on January 18th. The critics can’t wait either, as Filter magazine described the album as “an amalgam of feminine assertion and unabashed lust.”

Illustrated as brilliant in detail and  luminous structure, none of the songs on Native Speaker ever come in under four minutes and most average about six. Such pattern has not bored listeners, but only seemed to sugarcoat the already radiant sound. Leading up to the release, the band will be playing the following shows. Catch them in your city!

***Tour Dates***

11/17 – M For Montreal  With We Are Wolves  Montreal, QC
11/18 – Cabaret Du Mile End WIth Land Of Talk   Montreal, QC
11/30 – Knitting Factory With The Radio Dept.  Brooklyn, NY
12/1 – Bowery Ballroom With The Radio Dept. New York, NY

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Race To CMJ

Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will release a 4-track remix EP, My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1, on November 2nd, but before that they’re heading to this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. Our friends over at StereoGum first featured the band and their music back in July but, since then, they’ve also appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba. Check out the dates of their CMJ shows below and be sure to download My Love is Easy when its released.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. @ CMJ:
10/18 Rebel NYC – New York, New York – (The Syndicate) – 10:30pm

10/20 Cake Shop – New York, New York – (Terrorbird) – 4pm
10/20 Bruar Falls – Brooklyn, New York – (Quite Scientific/Mon Amie Showcase) – 7:30pm
10/20 Santos Party House New York, New York – (Stereogum/PopGun Showcase) – 11:30pm
10/21 The Studio @ Webster Hall – New York, New York – (Futuresounds/The Rumble) – 8:30pm
10/22 Mercury Lounge – New York, New York (Paradigm Agency Showcase) – 12am