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Around The Blogs: Paradise Animals, Generationals, Arkells

paradise animals

I am currently in the middle part of summer where its impossible to stay on task and get all my work done.  Well, at least it feels that way.  Hope you dig the links/videos/songs below.

Btw, what ever happened to my summer mix?


Paradise Animals is multi-instrumentalist Mark Andrade and his dark synth-pop diversion from his main duties in the band Green Go.  Unlike the poppier/dancier stuff I’ve used to hearing from his camp, the first single “At This Time” really makes me agree with the provided comparison “think Leonard Cohen fronting Twin Shadow“.  Here’s the video from “At This Time”, available as a 7″, with atmospheric b-side “Compliance”, both available for free at bandcamp.  Look for the EP in the fall.


Generationals are running a remix contest via Rdio here for the songs “Ten-Twenty-Ten” and “Greenleaf“.  Winners will receive a free 3-month subscription to Rdio, an Rdio Tote Bag, and a Park The Van Music Bundle.

I’m one to always want to remix songs, but I don’t really have the ability to pull it off.  I’ll just sit here cueing falsetto tracks…..


Putting Papa on my radar (via Neon Gold), the brainchild of Girls‘ drummer Darren Weiss.  Head there to grab the lead single “Halloween To Me“.  Sounds like Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) fronting the Walkmen.


Here’s a video behind the scenes of the Arkells video “Whistleblower”.  Don’t worry, its not really a pyramid scheme.


Quite enjoying TV Girl‘s Benny and the Jets four song EP over at the Blue Walrus.  “Smooth 60s soul influenced summer jams that should be the soundtrack to your sunshine”, grab it for free here.

East Vs West: Tearjerker / TV Girl

east vs west

This is the first post of a column I’m doing with Nada from Friends with Both Arms. Since meeting last summer, we’ve been tossing a lot of bands back and forth at each other. Now that she’s back living on the west coast, we thought it would be cool to create a column to run on both of our sites where we present one east coast artist and one west coast artist, with you deciding who you like better. If you’re digging what I find from the east, “like” this post, RT or put your comments below. If you’re more partial to what Nada finds, head to her post and do the same. Trying something new.

EAST: Tearjerker


Tearjerker is Micah (guitar/vocals), Trevor (drums), Taylor (Bass) from Toronto. Trevor and Micah have been making music since they were kids, while their Nov. 2010 albumStrangers is their first proper release as a three piece. They also run the friends labelSore Thumb Records. Currently, they’reworking on a new album that should be out this summer as well as a few smaller releases for the label before then.

Check out the slow burner “Polar Bear” in song and video form below (found atGold Soundz).

Tearjerker – Polar Bear from Tearjerker on Vimeo.



TV girl

TV Girl is a San Diego-based band that includes duo, Trung Ngo and Brad Peterson. I caught wind of them just before I was moving back to San Diego from Toronto and it encapsulated everything California represents- the hazy, mellow vibe of being completely satisfied with the weather, so you’ve got time to worry about more important things like dance parties and biking uphill (in January) which, by the way, is such a pain. They just recently played their debut show at the Casbah, presented by Sezio; along with other rad acts like Jamuel Saxon, Lesands and Dirty Gold. You can grab their EP free over at their bandcamp.