Track of the Day..."Chinatown" from Destroyer

from Kaputt
25 January 2011
Merge Records, Rough Trade

Listen to “Chinatown” MP3

Destroyer, led by Vancouver native Dan Bejar, is soon releasing Kaputt, an excellent album that will be spending quite a bit of time on our hi-fi. The album opener is the soft rock, slow-burner “Chinatown”. The album continues with eclectic and intriguing smoky turns on pop, mixing sax and horns with electric guitars and electronics.

Check out the video for the seductive track “Kaputt” (our personal favorite) for a look at a bygone era.

This tracklist for Kaputt:
01 “Chinatown”
02 “Blue Eyes”
03 “Savage Night at the Opera”
04 “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker”
05 “Poor in Love”
06 “Kaputt”
07 “Downtown”
08 “Song for America”
09 “Bay of Pigs”

MySpace | Merge Records | Rough Trade

Track of the Day..."Fighting Smiles" from Jonquil

“Fighting Smiles”
from One Hundred Suns
Dovecote Records 2010

Listen to “Fighting Smiles” MP3

Jonquil was formed in Oxford, UK by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Hugo Manuel. The band has since released two albums including Sunny Casinos and Lions.

On their most recent EP release, One Hundred Suns, one can find the lovely, sunny pop track “Fighting Smiles.” The song is filled with warm, willing melodies that fuse an off-beat percussion track with bright, effervescent vocals reminiscent of Vampire Weekend.


Track of the Day..."Boxer" from Lovers

from Dark Light
Badman Records 2010

Listen to “Boxer” MP3

Lovers are the Portland, OR band fronted by the wistful and glossy throated voice and lyrics of Carolyn “Cubby” Berk. On their new release Dark Lights the three-piece show a smart, full sound of melancholy that rises above the shallow platitudes of most of the moribund set of today.

On the fine track “Boxers”, Berk and company echoes the voice of Hope Sandoval at her finest with a modern, rhythmic beat replete with wondrous star shots and sample effects that bring a perfect balance to the vocals.

MySpace | Official

Track of the Day…"Let's Go Down" from Family of the Year

Family of theYear
"Let's Go Down"
From Songbook
Washashore Records (US) / CRC (UK) / Volvox (France) 2010

Listen to “Let’s Go Down” MP3

With the track "Let's Go Down", Family of the Year highlight their debut full-length with an unabashedly bright sing-a-long, plain and simple. From Silverlake, California, Family of the Year delivers a particularly well-timed, toe-tapping call to come together on that perfect summer evening.

Be sure to catch Family of the Year in Paris on 11 February at La Maroquinerie.

Official | Myspace | Volvox