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class actress

October 24, 2011
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These catchy tunes by Brooklynite, Elizabeth Harper are the latest on my download list.

A review reads, “Class Actress is the moniker for Brooklyn singer-songwriter Elizabeth Harper, but this definitely isn’t her first venture into the music industry. Harper had released a solo record under her own name back in 2005, but it wasn’t until she hooked up with electronic producer Mark Richardson that her songs were really given the proper vehicle to set herself apart in the indie music world.”

Rapprocher balances these unashamedly poppy and simple melodies with layers of analog synths and vintage drum beats that keep the album from ever being too sugary. In fact, Class Actress actually went through the pain of sampling ’80s drum hits and really gives this album the feel of something that was recorded in 1982.”

Rapprocher is a tight little album full of melodramatic pop tunes dripping in ’80s loving.”

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take a break with toro y moi

September 28, 2011
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With the days getting shorter & the nights getting colder… it’s the perfect time to throw on some chilled music like new beat & pop under the covers with book or in a hot bath.

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A review reads, “Some albums are meant to be played loud. Toro y Moi’s “Underneath the Pine” is not one of them. The second effort from Chaz Bundick expands on the dreamy bedroom haze of his debut – roll your eyes and call it “chillwave” – ditching laptop sounds for live instrumenta-tion. This is music that is meant to linger in the background – the hippest of on-hold tunes.” -David Malitz

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simple girl

August 24, 2011
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Getting ready for a little getaway to South Haven for a few days so I downloaded this happy ditty & added it to my road trip play list.

A reveiw reads, “The Detroit-based duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott) is hard to classify. The label calls them “indie-pop.” If you were going to coin one of those annoying, overused and mostly meaningless genre mashups writers like to coin for music outside an easy to draw frame, you might call them indie-alt-digital-folk-garage-rock-pop. Regardless of what you call them, you can feel how much fun they’re having the whole time, and just like laughter or Hep C, it’s highly contagious.” -Jeff Gonick

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the morning benders

July 13, 2011
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Morning benders

While listening to a little XMU on satellite radio in the car recently, I found Steve involuntarily tapping his hand out the window during this song… which prompted me to take note to look up these Californian hipsters.

A review reads, “The title to the Benders’ sophomore effort and Rough Trade debut, Big Echo, appropriately evokes their sonic shift in the past two years. The album is a homecoming of sorts, as it finds the Morning Benders correcting their PacNW indie pop identity crisis in favor of a more coastal, kaleidoscopic California haze. It also finds them embracing the cavernous experimental rock sound of Grizzly Bear, whose Chris Taylor shares a co-production credit with Benders singer/guitarist Christopher Chu.” — Larry Fitzmaurice

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drew holcomb and the neighbors

May 24, 2011
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These guys played at Kensington a couple weeks ago.  Unfortunatley I couldn’t make it, but really dig their style.

A review reads, “There’s a lot of noise going around comparing this guy to the likes of Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, and etc., but I have a far better analogue: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider. Drew Holcomb sings like him, writes like him, and has the same feisty spirit as Cochrane…and thank Christ someone’s following the path ’cause John Cougar Mellencamp sure ain’t cuttin’ it nor are Mellencamp’s wannabe’s.” -Mark S. Tucker

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nice to michou

April 20, 2011
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Michou
I discovered this happy band from Windsor when I recently taped a green gifting segment for our sister store, Yellow Door Art Market.  They were on a few segments before me so I got to see them live which prompted me to find out more about this cute quartet.

A review reads, “With obvious influences from bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, Michou’s newest album is a mix of indie pop and folk rock. Cardona is more mature, both musically and lyrically, than Myshkin but remains just as energetic and enjoyable as Michou’s music has always been. If you like Death Cab For Cute, Attack in Black and Said The Whale, you will more than likely like Michou.” – Katie Campanella

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foster the people

March 27, 2011
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Oh, these California boys sound as good as they look…

A review reads, “I hope your summer playlist isn’t finalized yet, because here’s one more essential track for the mix: “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.  It’s a laid-back, breezy song made for a top-down covertable cruise to the beach.

A killer melody floats lightly over a surf guitar lick as mellow as low-tide. Ambient synths echo a distant cicada buzz creating a hazy summer feel. It’s an indie-pop jam that exudes sunny californian vibes.”

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relax with a little washed out

March 13, 2011
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So… we’re not going any place warm this spring, but this 3 minute video vacation is a nice mental break if you’re trying to escape the grey skies.

A review reads, “Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from Georgia (via South Carolina) who makes bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard. To hear Greene tell it, he’s only been making music as Washed Out for a couple of months. But he’s already generated attention thanks to gorgeous tracks like “You’ll See It” and the BNM’ed “Feel It All Around”.

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Fitz and the Tantrums

February 14, 2011
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Another hot group to warm up your soul during these cold winter months.

A review reads, ” When it comes to evoking the products of a past musical era, there’s a thin line between love and hokiness. Too many retro-soul practitioners slip into mannerisms that range from cartoonish imitation to flat-out minstrelsy. This Silver Lake-based sextet makes brash ’60s-style pop that clearly derives from artists like the Temptations, but singer-bandleader Michael Fitzpatrick brings his own punky attitude into the room and makes the sound fresh.

The band’s debut LP, recorded in former studio engineer Fitzpatrick’s living room, rides heavily on the sound of vintage organ and crisp drums. Unusual instrumentation — the band doesn’t have a guitar, but does prominently feature sax — leaves much room for aggressive vocalizing, which reaches its highest pitch when Fitzpatrick plays against his more-than-able co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs. There’s a certain sameness to the songs’ tempos and arrangements here, but in general the hooks catch and the energy feels genuine. Fitz & the Tantrums is the kind of band that communicates best in concert, but this album serves as a fine proxy and party-starter. —Ann Powers

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let’s stay together

January 24, 2011
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Mr. Driver has been singing sweetly to me on my way to work & I do believe I’m smitten with his lovely voice… just in time for Valentine’s Day.

A review reads, “The release is filled with a collection of acoustic guitar lead songs that Driver labels as, “healing and easy-listening.” Don’t let that label fool you these songs are far from laid back snoozers that will put you to sleep. Instead they are filled with vibrant guitar work, smooth powerful vocals and include little additions like finger snaps and hand claps that help to keep the songs both lively and fun. Also added in are additional strings that bring a richness to certain songs along with various percussion parts that keep things fresh.” -By C.W. Ross

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I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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