Indeed, it’s the year of supergroups.

30 Mar 2010 — NFOP

Katy of our ever adored Vivian Girls (above, she's the one one the right) has formed another side project together with Gregg Foreman, otherwise known as Cat Power's pianist/organist. I can't yet sense where such a combination of talented musicians might be leading to, but you should in any case listen to the fuzzed-out beauty linked below:

All Saints Day - It'll Come Around (via Gorilla vs. Bear)

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Katy of our ever adored Vivian Girls (above, she's the one one the right) has formed another side project together with Gregg Foreman, otherwise known as Cat Power's pianist/organist. I can't yet sense where such a combination of talented musicians might be leading to, but you should in any case listen to the fuzzed-out beauty linked below:

All Saints Day - It'll Come Around (via Gorilla vs. Bear)

Anything for your listening convenience.

26 Mar 2010 — NFOP

Today I've finally figured out how to embed the fabulous Yahoo Media Player into my blog (and yes, it actually wasn't that intricate). For you this means that henceforth, you can play any song postet on the whole page by simply clicking on the little "play" button next to each song. The player will open automatically. However, you can also maximize the player manually, you'll find the respective grey button on the lower left side of the page. The player's best feature is that you get all the posted songs in a nifty playlist, so you won't have to select every song separately anymore.

Of course it will still be possible to download the songs by right-clicking on them (or, if you've got no right mouse button, it's usually ctrl+click) and selecting "save link as".

Yay.
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Today I've finally figured out how to embed the fabulous Yahoo Media Player into my blog (and yes, it actually wasn't that intricate). For you this means that henceforth, you can play any song postet on the whole page by simply clicking on the little "play" button next to each song. The player will open automatically. However, you can also maximize the player manually, you'll find the respective grey button on the lower left side of the page. The player's best feature is that you get all the posted songs in a nifty playlist, so you won't have to select every song separately anymore.

Of course it will still be possible to download the songs by right-clicking on them (or, if you've got no right mouse button, it's usually ctrl+click) and selecting "save link as".

Yay.

You should probably consult a dentist after listening.

26 Mar 2010 — NFOP

Spring's here, finally. So before the rain starts again later today, be sure to grab some sunshine - the song below hopefully helps to get you into the right mood. It's almost awfully optimistic, but what the heck. Wales' latest twee hopefuls The School have obviously reached the sunny side of life. Good for them.

Their debut Loveless Unbeliever will be out 7 June on Elefant.

The School - And Suddenly

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Spring's here, finally. So before the rain starts again later today, be sure to grab some sunshine - the song below hopefully helps to get you into the right mood. It's almost awfully optimistic, but what the heck. Wales' latest twee hopefuls The School have obviously reached the sunny side of life. Good for them.

Their debut Loveless Unbeliever will be out 7 June on Elefant.

The School - And Suddenly

The NFOP Radio Show #3: SXSW Special Edition

24 Mar 2010 — NFOP

You haven't been invited to this year's SXSW music festival? Poor you! Well, actually, this is something we have in common. Anyway, that shouldn't keep us from having a closer look on what's been hot last week in the Southwest. It's already three days after the music industry's summit in Austin, Texas, so it is time to take stock of what has happend at SXSW 2010 with the latest edition of the NFOP Radio Show.

The festival had easily more than 1.400 acts performing on over eighty stages in downtown Austin, so one shouldn't even try not to lose track. When it comes to decide which artists have been "relevant" or "outstanding", the rather odd thing is that the important and influential media usually decide about this in advance. Thus, the selection below is not only just a small sample of who might be considered a promising new artist, but in addition inevitably biased by individual conception of significance. In any case, I've tried to focus on bands that have not released a proper album yet.

You can listen to the show either via the embedded player on top of this page (recommended) or here.

Listening note: The show is streamed via 8tracks. Their license requires a mix to be shuffled the second time someone listens to it. Moreover, the number of tracks the user can skip while listening to a mix is limited.


Tracklisting:

1. Fergus & Geronimo - Tell It (In My Ear)
2. Magic Kids - Superball
3. Beach Fossils - Daydream
4. Young Buffalo - Speak EZ
5. Holiday Shores - Bradley Bear
6. Warpaint - Elephant
7. Harlem - Gay Human Bones
8. The Mantles - Don't Lie
9. The Sandwitches - Kiss Your Feet
10. The Bitters - Can You Keep a Secret
11. Eternal Summers - Fall Straight Back
12. Diamond Rings - All Yr Songs
13. Thee Oh Sees - I Can't Pay You To Disappear
14. Young Prisms - Weekends and Treehouses
15. Fluffy Lumbers - Adoration
16. That Ghost - Your Backs
17. Mountain Man - Dog Song
18. Pearl Harbor - California Shakedown
19. Sleigh Bells - Beach Girls
20. Moon Duo - Dead West
21. SALEM - Frost
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You haven't been invited to this year's SXSW music festival? Poor you! Well, actually, this is something we have in common. Anyway, that shouldn't keep us from having a closer look on what's been hot last week in the Southwest. It's already three days after the music industry's summit in Austin, Texas, so it is time to take stock of what has happend at SXSW 2010 with the latest edition of the NFOP Radio Show.

The festival had easily more than 1.400 acts performing on over eighty stages in downtown Austin, so one shouldn't even try not to lose track. When it comes to decide which artists have been "relevant" or "outstanding", the rather odd thing is that the important and influential media usually decide about this in advance. Thus, the selection below is not only just a small sample of who might be considered a promising new artist, but in addition inevitably biased by individual conception of significance. In any case, I've tried to focus on bands that have not released a proper album yet.

You can listen to the show either via the embedded player on top of this page (recommended) or here.

Listening note: The show is streamed via 8tracks. Their license requires a mix to be shuffled the second time someone listens to it. Moreover, the number of tracks the user can skip while listening to a mix is limited.


Tracklisting:

1. Fergus & Geronimo - Tell It (In My Ear)
2. Magic Kids - Superball
3. Beach Fossils - Daydream
4. Young Buffalo - Speak EZ
5. Holiday Shores - Bradley Bear
6. Warpaint - Elephant
7. Harlem - Gay Human Bones
8. The Mantles - Don't Lie
9. The Sandwitches - Kiss Your Feet
10. The Bitters - Can You Keep a Secret
11. Eternal Summers - Fall Straight Back
12. Diamond Rings - All Yr Songs
13. Thee Oh Sees - I Can't Pay You To Disappear
14. Young Prisms - Weekends and Treehouses
15. Fluffy Lumbers - Adoration
16. That Ghost - Your Backs
17. Mountain Man - Dog Song
18. Pearl Harbor - California Shakedown
19. Sleigh Bells - Beach Girls
20. Moon Duo - Dead West
21. SALEM - Frost

Say hello to this week’s evening delight.

23 Mar 2010 — NFOP

LAKE from Olympia, Washington, used to perform as a Fleetwood Mac cover band which is still slightly reminiscent in their songwriting. Their current album, Let's Build a Roof, released by K Records last fall, was produced by the wonderful Karl Blau who created a sunny yet still abstract and occasionally gritty piece of music.

LAKE will play at Hamburg's Haus III&70 tomorrow. On Thursday, they will be in Berlin at Schokoladen.

Thanks to Jule from Let's kiss and make up for the recommendation.

LAKE - Sing 99 & 90

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LAKE from Olympia, Washington, used to perform as a Fleetwood Mac cover band which is still slightly reminiscent in their songwriting. Their current album, Let's Build a Roof, released by K Records last fall, was produced by the wonderful Karl Blau who created a sunny yet still abstract and occasionally gritty piece of music.

LAKE will play at Hamburg's Haus III&70 tomorrow. On Thursday, they will be in Berlin at Schokoladen.

Thanks to Jule from Let's kiss and make up for the recommendation.

LAKE - Sing 99 & 90

Belatedly, I suppose?

23 Mar 2010 — NFOP

Throw some confetti. Blow up some balloons. Oh, and please bring a cake: Vermont's very own Happy Birthday have just released their self-titled debut album on Sub Pop. The trio's music is warm, cheerful, shiny pop with certain elements of the last three decades of rock history, a potpourri of styles to make spring even brighter.

Happy Birthday - Subliminal Message

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Throw some confetti. Blow up some balloons. Oh, and please bring a cake: Vermont's very own Happy Birthday have just released their self-titled debut album on Sub Pop. The trio's music is warm, cheerful, shiny pop with certain elements of the last three decades of rock history, a potpourri of styles to make spring even brighter.

Happy Birthday - Subliminal Message

In case you needed further arguments.

19 Mar 2010 — NFOP

If you still don't love them, I promise I'll stop bothering you after this: My current favourites The Art Museums from San Francisco are finally starting to get some attention by the media. And it's a delight to read that Pitchfork likes Rough Frame, too.

To celebrate this much-deserved praise, here's the video for their upcoming 7 inch S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G., of course to be released by Woodsist.


ART MUSEUMS "S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G." (Woodsist) from Kerry McLaughlin on Vimeo.


You can download the song below:

The Art Museums - S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G.

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If you still don't love them, I promise I'll stop bothering you after this: My current favourites The Art Museums from San Francisco are finally starting to get some attention by the media. And it's a delight to read that Pitchfork likes Rough Frame, too.

To celebrate this much-deserved praise, here's the video for their upcoming 7 inch S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G., of course to be released by Woodsist.


ART MUSEUMS "S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G." (Woodsist) from Kerry McLaughlin on Vimeo.


You can download the song below:

The Art Museums - S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G.

Introducing: Yuck

17 Mar 2010 — NFOP

I'm glad that the great Lester Bangs has already made fun of their name, so I can spare that. Today's band is called Yuck, and it's seriously about time to introduce them. As far as I know, the five Londoners have only finished a handful of songs, but they are all making the blog rounds in an amazing pace. To be precise, there appear only to be four regular members (presumably the ones you see in the photograph above) plus one girl singing somewhere in the background, and only two of them actually are from London, the bassist being from Hiroshima and the drummer from New Jersey. So now you know.

What's a lot more important is that they are obviously capable of making almost alarmingly admirable indie pop tunes somewhere between classic C86 and shoegaze, not unlike last year's darlings The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart for that matter, but with more sense for harmonies and slightly more variety, if the few songs allow such conclusions.

Summing up, the music is among the most wonderful things I've heard in a long time. For what it's worth, Yuck is a band that really deserves to become the next big thing in 2010. Though I fear it's gonna take a while until they'll have their first proper full-length released, it's good to see that the impeccable folks over at Transparent have accepted the duty to put out their first single Georgia as a strictly limited 7 inch.

I emphatically recommend you listen to blissful Sunday below:

Yuck - Sunday

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I'm glad that the great Lester Bangs has already made fun of their name, so I can spare that. Today's band is called Yuck, and it's seriously about time to introduce them. As far as I know, the five Londoners have only finished a handful of songs, but they are all making the blog rounds in an amazing pace. To be precise, there appear only to be four regular members (presumably the ones you see in the photograph above) plus one girl singing somewhere in the background, and only two of them actually are from London, the bassist being from Hiroshima and the drummer from New Jersey. So now you know.

What's a lot more important is that they are obviously capable of making almost alarmingly admirable indie pop tunes somewhere between classic C86 and shoegaze, not unlike last year's darlings The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart for that matter, but with more sense for harmonies and slightly more variety, if the few songs allow such conclusions.

Summing up, the music is among the most wonderful things I've heard in a long time. For what it's worth, Yuck is a band that really deserves to become the next big thing in 2010. Though I fear it's gonna take a while until they'll have their first proper full-length released, it's good to see that the impeccable folks over at Transparent have accepted the duty to put out their first single Georgia as a strictly limited 7 inch.

I emphatically recommend you listen to blissful Sunday below:

Yuck - Sunday