Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Still Here

Music fans: you can find my picks on Twitter at @djtalbot
That is where I am for now, as I re-establish my life. Be sure to check into Hits In The Car and @hearshadowmusic for tunes that are very much in our taste. I have loads to share and I appreciate all the support. PopCasts will be returning. Cheers!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Showers

The Soundcloud tracks I post are in HTML 5 to allow Android and iOS mobile users to stream. For some reason, the option to embed via Soundcloud classic is not allowing me to copy the code. So, for now, the colors and size may be off. If anyone has trouble, please let me know.

This is pretty representative of the sound I strive to play and share. Found it via @itsatrap (who sent me here). Whoa! That player is huge, man!

This one is from The InBox... and it's a moody piece. Some classic synth sounds really set the tone. Thanks to these two Portuguese musicians now based in D.C.

Fanfarlo have a new video for their pleasant "Cell Song" off of the recent "Let's Go Extinct".

These guys are all about a good time. Uplifting, playful and aimed at the dancefloor, Kashe is an act I will be tuned into.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Blog Continues

I am still here. Well, I am in a different place now, but still here, on your screen. I have finally acquired a place of my own in Saint Pete Beach, Florida. I am connected via my phone for now. 60 Mbps connection is coming in a few weeks. I won't be posting much until then. One thing I have lost is time. I am now a regular old employee at a jay oh bee. Haven't punched a timeclock since 1999!
I may be more active on Twitter (@djtalbot) for now, passing along links to great music. For today:

Scottish trio The Twilight Sad are reissuing their exhilarating debut album ‘Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters’ for Record Store Day on 19 April 2014.

I am excited for my friends in The Luxembourg Signal. The first single "Distant Drive" b/w "Wishing Pool" is coming April 29th on limited edition vinyl and digital formats.

The Luxembourg Signal, while being a brand new project, features members who have been playing together for years as part of the much adored Aberdeen (Sarah Records)(!!!!) Several years, several bands -- including most recently Fonda and Trembling Blue Stars -- and a few reunions later, Johnny Joyner, Beth Arzy and Brian Espinosa started The Luxembourg Signal with Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford. They have created a spacier, noisier, and more mature sound that occasionally harkens back to their early 90s roots. Piecing together almost ten years of ideas and nabbing any recording time possible with Beth when visiting Los Angeles from the UK, their debut is finally here. Six minutes and 25 seconds of pure-pop bliss that is the perfect teaser to their upcoming full length coming in late summer 2014 on Shelflife.
The band also managed to take some time off recording to perform live supporting Shelflife labelmates The Ocean Blue in Los Angeles.

Listen at Soundcloud.

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Track by The Mary Onettes

Hot on the heels of a US / Canada tour-dates announcement, Sweden's The Mary Onettes offer a new track from their upcoming mini-album:

North American Tour:
March 3 – Under The Snow Festival, Montreal, CA
March 5 – Boston @ Great Scott
March 6 – Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s
March 7 – Brooklyn @ Glasslands
March 8 – Savannah @ Savannah Stopover
March 9 – TBD
March 10 – 16 – SXSW
March 17 – Tuscon @ TBD
March 18 – San Diego @ Soda Bar
March 21 – San Francisco @ Neck of The Woods

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Turn It Down!

I have been asked to turn it down four times since I moved into my current hovel. That is not a good sign. I can honestly say I had to turn the volume dial a few millimeters...to reduce the noise. Upstairs occupants are not tolerating any sound at 7 p.m. Because I am a guest here, I must comply. I am searching out the best place to live... one that has no shared floors or walls.

This is what Keane would sound like if they formed a super-group with The Killers:

What? Another HUSH! track:

This is from my Inbox and I am rather happy that I checked it today. Instantly catchy:

Astari Nite: A Collage of New Wave, Darkwave, and Indie Sounds

Astari Nite present their full-length album “Stereo Waltz”, which is currently available for a “name your price” download here. A collage of New Wave, Darkwave, and Indie sounds, this act has my ear! A solid effort that charges right out of the gate. Just enough electronics to keep a place on the dancefloor and your iPod.

Monday, January 20, 2014

It's Monday, So Let Me Brighten It

This synth-driven gem should add some light to your day:

Or, how about something from Down Under? It's Summertime there, so this catchy indie track should help with Monday blues:

Found this via It's A Trap (on Twitter):

I love their track "Book Of Advice"! I think it's the strings and similarity to Shout Out Louds. If nothing is showing above, I will fix it later. It's a holiday here, after all.