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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 135

Shameful press conferences "there", obscene trial results to meaningful corruption cases "here". The current state of affairs in the world keeps its depressing routine. Let's call a time-out, please! So here we are, bringing you our new TOP TEN JUKEBOX, full of exciting and diverse discoveries as usual, plus the return of our dear Laetitia Sadier, the ace new single of Amber Arcades and the most magic tune of long-awaited debut EP of Egoism. All in all, a pretty nice option to forget our despicable world leaders for a while! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 134

Friday again! That means it's time for a new dose of our TOP TEN JUKEBOX dose. This week we have prepared one of the most eclectic playlist to date. From the stunning return of Annie Hardy (Giant Drag) to the stomper Irish punk of Dropkick Murphys (Saint Patrick is approaching and what the hell, the tune is anthemic), to the really idiosyncratic indiepop of Cate Le Bon, as well as our regular music discoveries like Team Pictures or the explosive, almost Fallesque, Life. Plenty to listen & enjoy, the best medicine to start the weekend! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Spanish Indie 31: suggesting the best national acts

Jangle-pop, jangle-pop, jangle-pop all over! Our national discoveries section returns to action with three wonderful bands who have mastered the art of delivering eternal guitar-driven pop gems. You're going to love them!

Juvenilia. Can't believe I didn't write about one of my biggest crushes of past year... but better late than ever! A quintet formed in Madrid around 2014 by members of bands like Disciplina Atlántico, Image Makers and Juanita y los Feos, who started to make (jangly, celestial) noise to our ears in June of 2015 with debut 7" single 'Solaris/ Fiesta Secreta', out via High Five Discos. But the breakthrough release came in September of 2016 with first, self-titled LP, published by our dear Pretty Olivia Records. Bringing my beloved Antipodes to Spain (beat that band name!), here you'll find ten glistening, shimmering, sparkling indiepop gems, full of haunting melodies, chiming guitar lines and hummable choruses. A real pop treasure.

Dois. Going north to meet this trio from Vigo (Galizia is a neverending music goldmine, must be the water), who surfaced in 2014 with first demos and a self-titled EP that came out that December. After touring the country polishing their sound, they headed to the studio during early 2016 in order to create their debut album, 'Está bien', out since this January thanks a co-release by Orphan Recs and our friends Discos de Kirlian. Refreshing lo-fi jangle-pop with a quirky, slightly psychedelic and volatile personality. Endurable melodies and inviting surprises for one of the most exciting records of this beginning of 2017. Keep an eye on Dois.

Río Arga. And we end in Pamplona with this quartet composed by members of local bands like Exnovios, Almanaque Zaragozano, Los Jambos, Panty Pantera. Not much info available aside of that from them, so let's their only release to date, a self-titled EP available at 'pay-what-you-want' at their bandcamp since past October do all the talking. Dreamy, emotional, evocative, hazy, intimate, gentle, melancholic, jangly and uniquely uplifting indiepop. Six tunes that find you with your guard low, grabbing you by surprise, to embrace and never let you go.  "The river to the ocean goes / A fortune for the undertow..." Can't wait for their next release...  

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 133

Dear followers, while the world outside keeps going mad, prepare yourself for an amazing new TOP TEN JUKEBOX. Pardon the lack of modesty, but this is a complete, straight flush. Friends of the Blog coming back with a bang? Check, we have When Nalda Became Punk and Desperate Journalist. A return to form? Check, Bleached "dealing with it". Confirmations? Check, Fazerdaze and Ms. Burch, ready to blow our minds. Discoveries? Check, of course, Coco Hames, Priests, Dag... Oldies but goldies? Check, glorious power-pop courtesy of The Modulators. And, last but by no means least, one of our all-time favourite bands, Sleater-Kinney, storming Paris live... on a gig we were lucky to enjoy at the very first row. Not bad for a playlist, don't you think? And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Discoverer 152: new indie findings

Here we are! Ready to get mesmerized with this year new music findings in our discoverer seriesbut while they start coming, let's make a quick stop to talk about three mind blowing acts found at the dusk of 2016. Cause it's never to late for great music!

Omni. We begin in Atlanta, Georgia, with this trio formed by guitarist Frankie Boyles (previously in Deerhunter and Balkans) and ex-Carnivores Philip Frobos on vocals/bass and Billy Mitchell on drums. After grabbing our attention with first tunes 'Afterlife', 'Wire' and 'Wednesday Wedding', past summer they delivered debut album 'Deluxe' via Trouble in Mind. Summoning Pylon and Wire's angular, powerful and oddly hypnotic postpunk, this was one the best records of the year (that I discovered too late to add to the list). Now they are back with the 7" 'Fever Bass/Thesis' single, out late February via Chunklet, and we are ready to get ourselves inmersed in the cascading, propulsive guitar riffs and ringing beats. Not to miss.

Ryley WalkerQuick move to Chicago, Illinois, to meet Mr. Walker, a young folk from Rockford who moved to windy city in 2007, joining the local noise scene with bands like Heatdeath and Wyoming before shifting slowly to his current folkie style. In 2011, being just 21, Riley's first releases appeared in the form of tapes 'Evidence of Things Unseen' and 'Of Deathly Premonitions', the latest alongside Daniel Bachman. A fingerpicking promise was born. After a bike accident in 2012 that forced Ryley to quit his day job, he became a full time musician, something evident with 2013 recordings 'In the West Wind' EP and 'All Kinds of You' LP, echoing Nick Drake. But Ryley was still adjusting to his own sound, which blossomed a couple of years later with LP 'Primrose Green', out through Dead Oceans, where he combined the talents of a full backing band with pastoral and psychedelic sounds, and his latest offer to date (if we exclude the collaborative efforts with Bill MacKay and Charles Rumback), 'Golden Sings that Have Been Sung'. Fated for greatness...

Gurr. Berliners Laura Lee Jenkins and Andreya Casablanca met in university and bonded over literature, music, movies and hanging out. Becoming a band seemed the natural next step and, around 2012 first tunes surfaced their bandcamp (please check the funny song descriptions) with a very limited cassette with these songs and many more released in late 2014 and a split EP with Burnt Palms on the same year. Official debut EP 'Furry Dream' arrived in April 2015 via Duchess Box Records. But we weren't prepared for their hyper-addictive first album 'In My Head', out in October 2016. Echoing bands of the 90s like the Breeders or Belly as well as beloved contemporary acts like Honeyblood or Chastity Belt this is stunning, carefree and overpowered collection of garagepop gems. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 132

End of January arrives, and despite the year has begun in a pretty disappointing way (again, I'm not talking about politics, if so, the words used would be terrifying or utterly depressing) so this is one of the occasions our regular, working week Jukebox closer is more than needed to cheer up our mood. Even more so when it's so full of exciting new discoveries, like Imaginary People and No Thank You, plus the surprising return? (please!) of our beloved Let's Buy Happiness and another terrific tune from Nadia Reid. And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 131

The weather, exhaustion after a long week with some tense moments... and, moreover, a Friday that goes straight to the History books as such a worldwide threat is assuming the presidency of the United States. So, in need of a break? Same here. Let's do it with some exciting music courtesy of our beloved Rose Elinor Dougall and Joanna Gruesome plus some great new finds in our new TOP TEN Jukebox! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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