New Muzak Monday Madness

I was doing a bit of trendhunting on the weekend and stumbled across a veritable goldmine of new and not-so-new bands that I want to share. It’s a bit of a hodge-podge mix so hopefully there’s something in here for everyone.

Choir of Young Believers – amazing band from Denmark. They say “orchestral-pop project marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, and a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb”. I say, “yeah that sounds pretty good”. Check their profile on their record label website.

Jay Reatard – angry, crazy punk muso from Memphis, Tennessee who does catchy tunes with f#$’d up video clips. He says “garage punk musician”, I say, “dude needs a haircut”. Check his website.

Nurses – sweet rock band from Oregon. They say, “the vulnerability of pop with its heart on its sleeve engages in a double-dutch jumprope match with the euphoric surrender-to-the-weird that is essential to psychedelia. Nurses is a band that scavenges beauty and wonder, uncovering Technicolor where others see somber hues. Their off-kilter psych-pop is driven by ever-swelling vocal harmonies, adventurous electronics, some serious wheelin’ and dealin’ on the Rhodes piano, and the kind of new-primitivist percussion that may or may not involve a standard drum kit.” I probably don’t need to say anything then, do I? Check their myspace and get your whistle on.

Fruit Bats – folk rock band originally from Chi-town (Chicago) but now based in Starbucks-land (Seattle). Their album and title track is The Ruminant Band. What an epic name for a song and/or album. Check their myspace. I have to post the video because it’s 100 kids of indie-cool.

Not buying much, but discovering new bands is always inspiring and they are all on iTunes if you feel so inclined.

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