Capital Cities, “Vowels”
Recommended If You Like: MGMT, fun., Passion Pit
It’s been almost three years since the release of Cap Cities debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, so at the very least this standalone single tells us that this two-piece band from LA is still alive. As for when we’ll get more music from them, that’s still a mystery.
The Balconies, “Rhonda”
RIYL: Sassy Canadian indie rock
Our newly-transplanted Ottawatonians (they moved to Centre of the Universe some time ago) will release their second album (to go with two EPs) this Friday. Interesting shift in sound. I like it.
The Growlers, “City Club”
City Club (Cult Records)
RIYL: Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Raveonettes, Syd Barrett
Surf-y psych from SoCal—“beach goth” is one description of these people—Julian Casablancas of The Strokes was enough of a fan to produce of their early records. But back up a sec: The Growlers are slated to play a festival called Beach Goth 5 in a couple of weeks. They’ll be joined by everyone from Bon Iver to the Violent Femmes to TLC(!!!).
The Matinee, “Dancing on Your Grave”
Part 1: Paris YK (Light Organ)
RIYL: West Coast roots rock played by guys with beards.
Even though Vancouver suffers from a lack of places to play—some describe the dearth of venues as a crisis—that hasn’t stopped the flow of new music from the city. Witness The Matinee, a four-piece that’s been around for a couple of years and have just released their second album. This song tells the story of the death of singer Matt Layzell’s grandfather—but it’s not as much of a downer as the title might suggest.
Bon Iver, “33 ‘God’”
22, A Million (Jagjaguwar)
RIYL: Music from people who spend a lot time alone in a cabin in the woods.
I think a cat walked all over Justin Vernon’s keyboard and he just used the results as song titles. Here’s a verbatim track listing from the album: 22 (OVER S∞∞N), 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄, 715 – CRΣΣKS, 29 #Strafford APTS, 666 ʇ, 33 “GOD,” 21 M♢♢N WATER, 8 (circle), ____45_____, 00000 Million. Good luck, Googlers.