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Song of the Day – Friday 10/1/2010 Niva October 1, 2010

Formerly The Quietboy, Christian Niva of Stockholm, Sweden is now using the new moniker, Niva.  Perhaps Niva thought it redundant to call himself The Quietboy as his music is quiet, lulling, languidly cool, yet punctuated with soft dance grooves.

Niva’s latest EP, Feverish Dreams is scheduled for release on 10/25/2010.  Check out his Bandcamp page where you can sample some of his past and present work…

Niva – Ghost In My Head



Song of the Day – Wednesday 9/29/2010 Pepper Rabbit September 29, 2010

Pepper Rabbit is lead singer Xander Singh and drummer Luc Laurent; a lo-fi band from Silverlake, CA who named themselves after Xander’s pet rabbit, Dr. Pepper.  The duo create a huge sound with ukuleles, trumpets, clarinets, drums, keyboards and are Local Natives favorite band of the moment.

Their debut album, Beauregard drops on 10/26/2010…

Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother



Song of the Day – Thursday 9/23/2010 The Hundred in the Hands September 23, 2010

Jason Friedman and Eleanore Everdell make up the Brooklyn-based dance pop duo The Hundred in the Hands.  Their label states that they were “named after the phrase the Lakota Nation gave to the Fetterman Battle/Massacre of 1866 in Wyoming — in which Crazy Horse led his warriors to a victory that resulted in the death of 100 white soldiers — the Hundred in the Hands fuses synth pop with post-punk and dream pop elements, making for a sound that’s equally danceable and dreamy.”

Their self-titled debut dropped on 9/21/2010 and includes the track “Pigeons”…the video features a chick who’s had more than one-too-many, which results in an extreme case of acid reflux — we’re talking fireworks and explosions.  I’ll have what she’s drinking.

See The Hundred in the Hands on 10/21/2010 at Popscene’s 330 Ritch…

The Hundred in the Hands – Pigeons




Song of the Day – Friday 9/3/2010 Tamaryn September 3, 2010

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Recently named as one of Sterogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2010, San Francisco’s very own shoegazing duo, Tamaryn are comprised of Tamaryn on vocals and guitarist/producer Rex John Shelverton.   Tamaryn (the singer) describes their sound as “atmospheric, emotional and deliberate.  It has a big range.  But if you’re talking more genre-specific, I think that’s a little harder because there are a lot of different things involved.  A lot of people say shoegaze, a lot of people say death rock with gothic overtones.  I also hear dreampop. I think it’s a mix of a lot of things.  It’s taking a lot of things I love and fusing it through my own interpretation.”

Tamaryn (the band) are releasing their debut album on the Mexican Summer label, The Waves on 9/7/2010 digitally and 9/14/2010 on vinyl and CD.  Rex describes the devlopment of The Waves sound as an “idea of a ‘minimalist wall of sound’ and using the most sparse arrangement possible, all the while creating a semi-translucent, mysterious dreamscape [which] keeps the dynamics of the playing subtle enough so the listener never wakes from the dream or is jarred from the story.”

You can sway back and forth and gaze at your shoes when Tamaryn plays the Elbo Room for their record release party on 9/15/2010…

Tamaryn – Mild Confusion



Song of the Day – Friday 8/6/2010 Blonde Redhead August 6, 2010

Blonde Redhead are a New York (by way of Japan, Canada, and Italy) indie rock trio fronted by Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace.   The band performs in several languages including English, Japanese, Italian, and French and have been compared to Sonic Youth. 

Their upcoming album, Penny Sparkle is set to be released on 9/14/2010.  Lead vocalist, Kazu Makino had this to say about the album:

“I fell in love with the music like falling for someone you’ve known for a long time.  It was dreamy and sometimes was very stormy.  At times I felt like a shepherd who was trying to herd five stallions into a yard (unsuccessfully).  I felt like I was a link to everyone.  I remained still and the others were constantly moving around it.  I am not sure what Penny Sparkle is but I hope I offered to them as much as they offered me.  I know that we have never made a record this way and if I could go back in time, I would do it exactly the same way again.”

You can download the single, “Here Sometimes” here.

Blonde Redhead will head to the Bay Area on 11/19/2010 at the Warfield…

Blonde Redhead – Here Sometimes




Song of the Day – Thursday 6/17/2010 Yo La Tengo June 17, 2010

Hoboken, New Jersey’s indie rock legends, Yo La Tengo (Spanish for “I’ve Got It” which is a baseball reference) have been making music for over a quarter-century—that’s like a million light years in the indie rock world (if time was measured in distance).  The band released, Popular Songs, their 12th studio album, last year.

Yo La Tengo will be headlining this years Left Coast Live Festival (see next post to find out all the festival details) in San Jose on 6/26/2010…

Yo La Tengo – Avalon or Someone Very Similar

**Bonus Song of the Day**

MizMuze’s favorite YLT video from their 1997 album, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

Yo La Tengo – Sugarcube




Song of the Day – Monday 6/14/2010 School of Seven Bells June 14, 2010

Named after a mythical South American school for pickpockets, New York’s dream pop trio, School of Seven Bells was formed by Benjamin Curtis and identical twin sisters, Alejandra and Claudia Deheza.  The three met when their respective bands, Secret Machines and On-Air Library! were on tour together. 

The band will release their second studio album, Disconnect From Desire next month on 7/13/2010.

School of Seven Bells – Babelonia