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
Starbucks has released their Pumpkin Spice Latte and microbreweries are rolling out their Oktoberfest beer which means that Autumn has arrived. Like always, with the cooler temperatures and lovely red and yellow foliage also comes our annual Autumn mixtape to help evoke the wistful, carefree feelings of this glorious season. Click here to download this mix in its entirety.
01. First Aid Kit - Heaven Knows
02. PHOX - 1936
03. Slow Club - Everything Is New
04. Bear In Heaven - Autumn
05. Sun Kil Moon - I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love
06. The Paper Kites - Young
07. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Impossible Request
08. Tweedy - Wait For Love
09. Sufjan Stevens - A Little Lost
10. Tin Sparrow - For You
11. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
12. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
13. The Rosebuds - In My Teeth
14. Sylvan Esso - Coffee
15. Damien Jurado - Metallic Cloud
16. Hundred Waters - Murmurs
17. Spoon - Let Me Be Mine
18. Yellow Ostrich - Neon Fists
19. Foxes In Fiction - Shadow’s Song (ft. Owen Pallett)
20. Alvvays - Party Police
21. Sharon Van Etten - Afraid of Nothing
22. The New Pornographers - Wide Eyes
23. Tiny Ruins - White Sheet Lightening
24. The Hold Steady - Oaks
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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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.
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.
I’m starting with one of the greatest indie pop bands of this century, The New Pornographers. The Vancouver power-pop supergroup just released their magnificent sixth album, Brill Bruisers. If you’d like to get into the band and want a place to start, or would just like to listen to a rad playlist of infectious Canadian indie pop, follow this playlist on Spotify.
01. Letter From An Occupant (Mass Romantic, 2000)
02. War On The East Coast (Brill Bruisers, 2014)
03. Use It (Twin Cinema, 2005)
04. Crash Years (Together, 2010)
05. The Laws Have Changed (Electric Version, 2003)
06. The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism (Mass Romantic, 2000)
07. Sing Me Spanish Techno (Twin Cinema, 2005)
08. Myriad Harbor (Challengers, 2007)
09. Dancehall Domine (Brill Bruisers, 2014)
10. The Bleeding Heart Show (Twin Cinema, 2005)
11. My Rights Versus Yours (Challengers, 2007)
12. Silver Jenny Dollar (Together, 2010)
13. The Body Says No (Mass Romantic, 2000)
14. Champions of Red Wine (Brill Bruisers, 2014)
15. All For Swinging You Around (Electric Version, 2003)
16. Jackie Dressed In Cobras (Twin Cinema, 2005)
17. The Fake Headlines (Mass Romantic, 2000)
18. Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk (Together, 2010)
19. Twin Cinema (Twin Cinema, 2005)
20. Testament To Youth In Verse (Electric Version, 2003)
Brill Bruisers it out now via Matador