Joanna Gruesome – “Jerome (Liar)”

Joanna Gruesome – “Jerome (Liar)”

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Joanna Gruesome are one of my favorite groups in the past few years, largely in part of how well they mesh things that are pretty with things that are, well, not-so-pretty.  The outcome is never off-putting, but rather biting and delightful twee pop.

“Jerome (Liar)” is a stripped-down continuation of this sound. It’s short, pretty on the melody, and has just a small bit of discord in the background to keep the energy up. If you’ve been listening to a lot of polished music and need a bit of a palette cleanser, this is it.

The track is part of an upcoming split with Trust Fund, out in late September via Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records in North America and Reeks of Effort in the UK.

Listen to “Jerome (Liar)” below.

Video: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Bear Mountain (Tears For Fears cover)

Video: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Bear Mountain (Tears For Fears cover)

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Here’s a video of Vancouver, BC’s Bear Mountain performing the Tears For Fears song “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” for a Scion Session.  The band talk about their inspiration for the video:

“We were sitting in our studio one day when we were approached by an extraterrestrial space being who said he was from a far away star called Alcyone in the constellation of Taurus. He said he was there in peace to teach us this sacred dance that would help us see our true path on planet earth. We had no choice but to learn the dance, and with Scion Session’s help, film this video!”

CONTEST: Wildcat! Wildcat! @ The Drake Hotel, Aug. 5th

CONTEST: Wildcat! Wildcat! @ The Drake Hotel, Aug. 5th

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I’m scrambling today to get a few posts up before I head out on a roadtrip to Virginia for a friends wedding.  First up, I’m running a contest for a show next week at the Drake Hotel featuring LA’s Wildcat! Wildcat!.  Last week, I became a fan of the band after featuring their track “Holloway (Hey Love)” in my Aux.tv’s “Trending Playlist”.  Since then, the song has been on high rotation here.

The band are set to release their debut full-length No Moon At All August 5 on Downtown Records.  The ten-track album was co-produced by White Sea (M83’s Morgan Kibby), and follows the band’s well-received 2013 self-titled EP, which received praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Time, Stereogum, Nylon and more.

Want to see them play?  Enter via the widget below.  I’ll pick two winners (to receive a pair of tickets each) next week.

Wildcat! Wildcat! @ The Drake Hotel, Aug. 5th

Shura – ”Just Once”

Shura – ”Just Once”

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On her second single Shura sings, “Have you ever been lost/We could get lost/I wanna get lost” and if, as the press release for “Just Once” rings true, and it is indeed the prequel to her first single “Touch” – we get the full weight of both songs instantly, in tone and temperament.  You’ll want to get lost with her in this song and in her world, straight away.  She’s apparently unsigned, which – hell – judging from both singles won’t last very long.  In the meantime, I have a sneaky suspicion we’re going to listen to this more than ‘just once’…