1. Intro To… St. Vincent

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    Intro To… is a new series where I take one of my enduring favorite artists and make a meticulously curated mixtape of 20 essential tracks to serve as a primer / intro course for that artist’s discography.

    St. Vincent is one of the most intriguing, adventurous and wildly talented artists in the music world today and she’s one of few who you can truly say has improved with each album. Her self-titled 4th LP is her magnum opus and one of the best releases of 2014. If you’d like to get into St. Vincent and want a place to start, or would just like to listen to a rad playlist of electrifyingly addictive art-pop, follow this playlist on Spotify

    01. Cruel (Strange Mercy, 2011)
    02. Now, Now (Marry Me, 2007)
    03. Rattlesnake (St. Vincent, 2014)
    04. Actor Out of Work (Actor, 2009)
    05. Dinner For Two (w/ David Byrne) (Love This Giant, 2012)
    06. Marrow (Actor, 2009)
    07. Northern Lights (Strange Mercy, 2005)
    08. Digital Witness (St. Vincent, 2014)
    09. Paris Is Burning (Marry Me, 2007)
    10. The Strangers (Actor, 2009)
    11. Surgeon (Strange Mercy, 2005)
    12. Who (w/ David Byrne) (Love This Giant, 2012)
    13. Prince Johnny (St. Vincent, 2014)
    14. The Party (Actor, 2009)
    15. Cheerleader (Strange Mercy, 2005)
    16. Birth In Reverse (St. Vincent, 2014)
    17. Lusitania (w/ Andrew Bird) (Break It Yourself, 2012)
    18. Marry Me (Marry Me, 2007)
    19. I Should Watch TV (w/ David Byrne) (Love This Giant, 2012)
    20. Severed Crossed Fingers (St. Vincent, 2014)

    St. Vincent it out now via Loma Vista/Republic

  2. Meatbodies "Disorder"




    Born out of the same scene that gave us Mikal Cronin and Ty Segall, Meatbodies are the latest in a line of superb California guitar rockers and their new single “Disorder” is a perfectly fuzzed-out whirlwind of rowdy guitar shredding and infectious vocal hooks.

    Meatbodies’ self-titled debut is out 10/14 on In The Red

  3. Mr. Twin Sister “In The House Of Yes”

    The new Mr. Twin Sister (formerly just Twin Sister) sounds like a completely new band. The dreamy bedroom pop is replaced with slick disco beats and killer sax solos on this excellent new track. Suffice it to say, I’m really digging the new sound.

    Mr. Twin Sister’s self-titled LP is out on 9/23 via Twin Group/Infinite Best

    Mr. Twin Sister “In The House Of Yes”

    The new Mr. Twin Sister (formerly just Twin Sister) sounds like a completely new band. The dreamy bedroom pop is replaced with slick disco beats and killer sax solos on this excellent new track. Suffice it to say, I’m really digging the new sound.

    Mr. Twin Sister’s self-titled LP is out on 9/23 via Twin Group/Infinite Best

  4. Autumn (Or What It Feels Like To Fall) Vol. 5

  5. Samuel L Cool J "Slip And Slide"




    With a name combining two prominent flat cap-wearing entertainers and a first single named after one of summer’s most enduring toys, Phoenix retro R&B/soul band Samuel L Cool J have a lot going for them and it certainly helps that the aforementioned single “Slip And Slide” is a delightfully catchy throwback jam.

    Slip And Slide 7” is out now via Common Wall Media

  6. Stars “Turn It Up”

    I’m not sure if Stars will ever top their brilliant 2005 album Set Yourself On Fire, but they’ve released one solid album after another since then so I can’t complain. The Toronto synth-pop band is readying their 7th album, No One Is Lost, and it’s clear they’re going for a wistful / nostalgic vibe on the new LP with this euphoric disco ballad “Turn It Up”.

    No One Is Lost is out 10/14 on ATO Records

    Stars “Turn It Up”

    I’m not sure if Stars will ever top their brilliant 2005 album Set Yourself On Fire, but they’ve released one solid album after another since then so I can’t complain. The Toronto synth-pop band is readying their 7th album, No One Is Lost, and it’s clear they’re going for a wistful / nostalgic vibe on the new LP with this euphoric disco ballad “Turn It Up”.

    No One Is Lost is out 10/14 on ATO Records

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  8. Dornik “On My Mind”

    I’ve been following singer/producer (and former Jessie Ware drummer) Dornik since I heard his excellent debut single “Something About You ” last year. The London-based R&B/soul/electronic artist’s intoxicating new track is called “On My Mind” and he’ll hopefully have a debut LP out soon on PMR Records.

    Dornik “On My Mind”

    I’ve been following singer/producer (and former Jessie Ware drummer) Dornik since I heard his excellent debut single “Something About You ” last year. The London-based R&B/soul/electronic artist’s intoxicating new track is called “On My Mind” and he’ll hopefully have a debut LP out soon on PMR Records.