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By Mandy McGee

Music Monday is back finally. Here are a few new videos out from some amazing bands. 

I have spoken of Gretchen Lohse before and this won’t be the last. This new video of “Spider at the Gate” from her debut album Primal Rumble is both mesmerizing and beautiful just like the song. I love the violin in this song. 

Teen Men have a new video and song out called “Rene”. It is a cute video that slightly reminds me of a Wes Anderson film. They are also going on a small tour with Work Drugs on the east coast. Check out the dates and don’t miss them.

Night Terrors of 1927 are a new band out of LA featuring Blake Sennet (The Elected and Rilo Kiley) and Jarrod Gorbel (Honorary Title). The video is creepy but beautiful. I love the pastel colour palette they chose. The music is very different from the bands they have come from, using poppy synths, dramatic guitar and sad romantic lyrics. I am excited for this collaboration between two amazing musicians. Everyone in this band brings something great to the table. Night Terrors are currently on their first tour and have an EP out called Guilty Pleas. Check them out. 

By Mandy McGee

So, this is a little late but it’s here. I have a small list of my favorite albums of 2013. They are in no particular order and it was very hard to narrow it down to just a short list; so much good music last year. I suggest you check out the bands on this list and also find me on various social media to chat about music.

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Houses-A Quiet Darkness

This album was inspired by abandoned houses and made into a story about a couple trying to find each other in a post-apocalyptic world. It is tricky making an album that sounds monotonous in tone but Houses makes it work adding in samples they have made, including making drum sounds from light switches, sweeping around dust and stomping on the floor of the abandoned houses they found. This is the perfect album for finding sleep or just calming your mind.

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Spinto Band-Cool Cocoon

Their best album yet! I did a review of this when it came out in early 2013. It really shows off their talent in song writing and creative composition. One of my favorite indie pop albums and band!

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By Mandy McGee

So much amazing music and new videos are being released. I will try and get them all soon, but for now here are a few video premieres.

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Polyphonic Spree recently released Yes, It’s True and along with it is a video for the song “Let Them Be” directed by Seattle’s Friends and Family Band front man Ben Violet Rowe. Other than their holiday album they have not released a new album since 2007’s The Fragile Army. I unfortunately had to miss their show in Seattle with Friends and Family Band opening. They are still on tour and you should check them out. Their live show is so beautiful (from what I remember seeing them back in 2004)! 

"This is a narrative of conscious devolution. Our hero moves against the grain to return to origin rather than participate in civilized institutions. I would say that it’s a video in defense of taking a day and staying in bed. Sometimes." - Benjamin Violet Rowe 

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By Mandy McGee

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Spinto Band has announced several shows coming up with mewithoutYou on the east coast. If you are in any of those areas I highly recommend you see them; they put on a fantastic live show.

By Mandy McGee

I found a few lovely gems for you on this glorious Monday. Here are a few bands who have released brand new music videos. 

First up we have We Are The Physics. A punk rock band from Glasgow, Scotland who center around themes of science (mostly)! Because….SCIENCE!!! This is their newest video for the song Goran Ivanisevic. 

Check them out for more music and info on their official website

Piney Gir, Kansas born and living in London, roles out the sweet 60’s sugar pop in this new video. It is also complete with a B-Horror movie plot….vampires in the sun though? Still cute and fun. 

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Last for today is a new amazing animated video from Spinto Band. I have posted several articles on this band in the past. Spinto Band is a DIY band from Delaware with catchy pop songs. They always have awesome videos and most of them are made by Albert Birney with other Spinto collaborators. Check out this video for the song for Amy + Jen. It was made with Mario Paint, green screen video, and it is 80stastic!

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By Mandy McGee

Delaware’s Spinto Band has done it again! I’ve been listening to Cool Cocoon, their fourth album, non-stop since its February 4th release.  It is a unique departure from their previous work while retaining all of the energy that we know and love. Their talent still blows my mind. 

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Cool Cocoon is well crafted indie pop, carefully constructed melodies and emotional lyrics wrapped up in eclectic compositions. Nice and Nicely Done and Moonwink were both very pop, danceable, and had NES sound bites that made me so happy! They were goofy and mature at the same time and made me think about the happy times I had in my childhood (mostly of playing video games). Shy Pursuit felt like a great follow up album to the previous two. They played around with more sounds, instruments and ways to record. The album was all over the place pulling from different eras, being one of the most eclectic albums I have heard; it was still very cohesive. Cool Cocoon is similar but much more melodic and calming. Songs like “Memo,” “Look Away,” “Static,” and “Enemy” are soft and peaceful. The poppy songs that will put a spring in your step are “Amy + Jen,” “What I Love,” “She Don’t Want Me” and “Na Na Na.”

My personal favourite is “Shake It Off” which is the track that starts the album. It is complete with low end piano sounds, Nick Krill’s crooning voice, and thoughtful lyrics. It is very catchy and sets a great tone for the rest of the album. I am very happy to hear Joey Hobson singing again. He pulls out his beautiful vibrating vocals on “Memo” and “Static.” Both songs are reminiscent of the band Built to Spill. This album definitely takes you on an emotional journey through love, heartache and dreams. It ends with the soothing cabaret-like beats, 50’s swing guitar, and the harmonious vocals of Thomas Hughes.

imageCool Cocoon is the most mature album Spinto Band has released. You can really hear from album to album their songs and they way the record them has gotten tighter and more inventive. They record everything themselves in their home studio for Spintonic Records. If you are a fan already you will like this album. If you are just starting out listening to Spinto Band I recommend listening to all of their albums (of course I would recommend that, they are awesome). If you like bands like Built to Spill, Sufjan Stevens and the Beatles you will like this album. Earlier recordings definitely have a Bishop Allen feel.

The one thing you can also count on with Spinto Band is consistent poppy songs that are quirky and fun. I honestly can say I think they are one of the best bands out there. They stay true to who they are and are unique in their own way. I will also say that everything I have ever heard from this band sounds particularly crafted and deliberate. They know what they are doing.They are not just another indie pop band.

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