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Song of the Day – Friday 5/28/2010 Gauntlet Hair May 28, 2010

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Forest Family Records has another winner on their hands.  The first artist that FFR signed was Cults (remember “Go Outside” from all the way back to April 1st?!)  Now they’re bringing us Gauntlet Hair; a chillwavey duo from Lafayette, Colorado.

Here’s how the band describes themselves…”GAUNTLET HAIR is: Andy R. and Craig Nice. We have been making music together since we were fifteen years old. BFF. The writing of our full album is currently underway. We will have it for you shortly.” -HAIR

Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking



Song of the Day – Thursday 5/27/2010 Arcade Fire (The New 12″ Single) May 27, 2010

It’s finally here kids!!!  The Quebec septet, Arcade Fire, has been teasing us for weeks with small clips from their new 12″ single, “The Suburbs” b/w “Month of May”…but the wait is over, as the two songs were leaked yesterday, and now MizMuze is giving you a double-dose SOTD…enjoy this 2fer Thursday!

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Arcade Fire – Month of May



Song of the Day – Wednesday 5/26/2010 Bettye LaVette May 26, 2010

Detroit soul sista, Bettye LaVette released her first record nearly 50 years ago, but has only recently received widespread acclaim since releasing her 2005 record, I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise.

In 2008, when Miz LaVette performed The Who‘s “Love Reign o’er Me” at the Kennedy Center where Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were receiving Kennedy Center Honors, Pete was so moved that he told Miz LaVette, “you made me weep.”  Thus the idea of a full-length album covering British rock songs was born.

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook was released yesterday…Miz LaVette covers The Who, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elton John and many more.  You can see The Great Lady of Soul herself when she performs one night at the Great American Music Hall on 7/14/2010.

Bettye LaVette – Love Reign o’er Me



Song of the Day – Tuesday 5/25/2010 Lali Puna May 25, 2010

German indietronica four-piece, Lali Puna have just released their fourth studio album, Our Inventions last month.  Vocalist, Valerie Trebeljahr describes the making of their new LP:  “Our Inventions is less pushy than Faking the Books…We wanted to leave the guitars behind.  In fact, I would have loved to go into the dance direction, so some of the songs on Our Invention were four-on-the-floor.  But we didn’t succeed.  So we decided to throw away the dancefloor bassdrums and the songs turned out to be a lot more quiet.”

Dance songs aside, MizMuze thinks you’ll enjoy the lead track off their new album (their first in 6 years)…remember them…

Lali Puna – Remember




Song of the Day – Monday 5/24/2010 The National May 24, 2010

Brooklyn indie rockers by way of Ohio, The National, are a five-piece band comprised of lead vocalist, Matt (The Baritone) Berninger, and two pairs of brother, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf.

With dark, brooding and sometimes apocalyptic images, the band draws comparisons to Wilco, Arcade Fire, Echo & The Bunnymen, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits.  Their fifth studio album, High Violet was released on 5/10/2010 to much critical acclaim.   The band is playing two shows this week at the Fox Theater in Oakland, on 5/26 and 5/27.

The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio




Song of the Day – Friday 5/21/2010 1,2,3 May 21, 2010

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Can Pittsburgh rock band 1,2,3 live up to the hype of being compared to T. Rex, Big Star, and John Lennon (and even a little ELO) when all they’ve released is a 7″ single on Ohh La La Records?

The band’s 70’s sound comes from lead vocalist Nic Snyder, who was raised on a steady diet of early Rod Stewart, Neil Young, and Burt Bacharach.  His father, Gil Snyder, was the keyboardist for the Pittsburgh band, Iron City Houserockers who introduced his son to punk and early glam rock.  Drummer, Josh Sickels states, “Nic listens to literally EVERYTHING, and I think you can hear that in his songs.”  Well, MizMuze can’t stop listening to this retro rock tune, and can’t wait to here more…

According to the band’s MySpace page, 1,2,3 will play 1,2,3,4 shows—three in the UK and one in LA on 6/30/2010.  More gigs are sure to follow…

1,2,3 – Confetti



Song of the Day – Thursday 5/20/2010 Toro Y Moi May 19, 2010

South Carolinian Chaz Bundick, stage name Toro Y Moi, has been associated with the chillwave movement since last summer.  On his new 7″ single which was released for digital download yesterday, Bundick seems ready to “Leave Everywhere” and head in a new direction.

Toro Y Moi’s debut album, Causers of This was released on 1/4/2010 on Carpark Records.  Catch Toro Y Moi when he tours with Caribou at The Independent in San Francisco on 5/23 and 5/24…

Toro Y Moi – Leave Everywhere



Song of the Day – Wednesday 5/19/2010 Caribou

Canada’s Dr. Dan Snaith formerly known as Manitoba, has dabbled in electronica, psychedelic pop, krautrock, and shoegaze all while completing his PhD in mathematics.  Now recording under the name Caribou, Snaith explains how he melds music and math: “I’m not interested in things in the real world as much as I am interested in mental ideas and mental contexts.  That’s why I did a PhD in Pure Maths, this elegance of pure ideas and things that are somewhat intangible and about ideas.  Music is very much like that, playing around with ideas and creating this aesthetic of sound.”

Caribou’s latest album, Swim was released last month…see Dr. Caribou live when he performs two nights at the Independent in San Francisco with Toro Y Moi on 5/23 and 5/24…

Caribou – Odessa




NEW IN-STORE ADDED: Band of Horses free live in-store @ Amoeba Records in San Francisco May 18, 2010

Seattle indie rock group, Band of Horses’ third album, Infinite Arms drops today!  Starting today, if you purchase the album at Amoeba Records in San Francisco you will receive a wristband for priority admission to the  Band of Horses free in-store show on Saturday, 5/29/2010 at 12:00 pm…if you miss the free in-store, you can also see them at The Independent later that night.

Hurry up!  Only the first 300 will receive a wristband and signed poster.  Click below for more details:



Song of the Day – Tuesday 5/18/2010 Broken Social Scene

MizMuze had some upload issues (most likely user-error) and had intended on featuring Band of Horses’ song “Factory” today (see the next post for more info). 

So instead, please enjoy a tune from Canada’s Broken Social Scene; a musical collective (sometimes as large as 19 band members) which include members from Stars, Metric, Feist, and Jason Collett.  The band’s fourth studio album, Forgiveness Rock Record was released on 5/4/2010. 

Look!  Up in the sky…it’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Supergroup, Broken Social Scene!

Broken Social Scene – All to All