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Friday, June 28, 2013

Floorshime Zipper Boots Top 20 of 2013 So Far: #10 - #1

Welcome to the second installment of the FZB Top 20 of 2013 So Far. Today we feature #10 - #1. There has been much great emerging music this year so far. The artists that made it to the Top 20 So Far were determined by our readers pageviews. So here you are the FZB Top 20 of 2013 So Far #10 - #1.

#10 Old English: Prose & Kahns

#9 Dress Rehearsal: Somewhere Under The Weather

#8 Polyan & The Johnson Sisters: June

#7 Sol Cat: Sol Cat

#6 Soft Kill: Circle Of Trees

#5 Giant Drag: Waking Up Is Hard To Do

#4 Dead Soft: Teen Fiction

#3 Balladur: Balladur

#2 Petty Victories: Wait It Out

#1 Travel Check: Wild Tropics 7"

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Floorshime Zipper Boots Top 20 of 2013 So Far: #20 - #11

Welcome to the FZB Top 20 of 2013 So Far. Today we feature #20 - #11 and tomorrow we will count down  #10 - #1. There has been much great emerging music this year so far. The artists that made it to the Top 20 So Far were determined by our readers pageviews. So here you are, the Floorshime Zipper Boots Top 20 of 2013 So Far #20 - #11.

#20 Wildlife: On The Heart

#19 Consciousness Removal Project: Tacit

#18 Catholic Spray: Earth Slime

#17 Derive: All My Demons Are Coming Loose

#16 Caldecott: Caldecott

#15 Riel: EP de Zombies

#14 Emily & The Complexes: Styrofoam Plate Blues

#13 There There: Like Love EP

#12 The Burning Leaves: Sisterblood

#11 Mirror Kisses: Heartbeats

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Twins: Forget Me EP

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Forget Me is the new EP from SoCal popsters and FZB favorites Summer Twins. The duo of sisters Chelsea and Justine Brown are back with 5 tracks of dreampop goodness. Summer Twins have captured a perfect 60's vibe and this new EP is as close to ideal as they come. Stunning vocals, classic song subjects of love and loss and crisp production highlight this winner. Stream and buy the Forget Me EP at the link below.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Peanut Butter and Dave: When Everyone Is Getting Wise

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When Everyone Is Getting Wise is the sophomore album from Washington DC psych outfit Peanut Butter and Dave. The duo of David Diaz and Paul Bugala serve up nine tracks of dynamic post-punk tinged indie rock. With a melodic grounding and heavy touches, Peanut Butter and Dave have put together an album of broad appeal. Stylistically in the same vein as Weezer, this album is fun, rocking and well produced. Stream and buy When Everyone Is Getting Wise at the link below.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Synthetic Colours: Beneath The Mango Tree

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Beneath The Mango Tree is the debut full length from L.A. freak folk group Synthetic Colours.  The trio of Austin Kowalczyk , Yvonne Eadon and John Sanchez have delivered 8 tracks of rollicking indie music. Stylistically it is impossible not to have a comparison to Moldy Peaches. From the irreverent and imperfect nature of the vocals, to the quirky songwriting and production, Synthetic Colours take a unique path with their music. Not your usual cookie cutter SoCal indie. Stream and download Beneath The Mango Tree at the link below.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Anakin: Emergency Broadcast System

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Today marks the release of Emergency Broadcast System, the new EP from FZB favorites Anakin. The trio of Chris Rosenthal, Brad Chancellor and Brent Windler are a consistently first rate shoegaze band. The five tracks have an alt rock radio ready vocal and melodic feel, make good use of synthesizer, have enough heavy guitar to satisfy anyone and drums that are rock solid. Anakin serves up another winner. Stream and buy Emergency Broadcast System at the link below.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Polyan & the Johnson Sisters: June

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June is the debut album from L.A. pop outfit Polyan & the Johnson Sisters. The 12 tracks are a grungy mix of lo-fi, jug band and dreampop. In the same vein as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros there is a "the gangs all here" feel to the record. The tracks abound in a good time vibe and have the kind of live feel that makes this type of album really work. Step up to this one and have some fun. Stream and download June at the link below.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Halt Ever: Therapy

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Therapy is the debut EP from Australian shoegaze band Halt Ever. The three tracks have a lo-fi production quality married to a post-punk vibe. The EP has some dreampop qualities to it, but is more raw than typical for that genre. Think heavier than Real Estate, but not as raw as Cloud Nothings. This is a good debut effort and we look forward to a full length from this band. Stream and buy Therapy at the link below.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jenn Fiorentino: From Darkness To Light

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From Darkness To Light is the debut album from Toronto folk-rock artist Jenn Fiorentino. The ten tracks are a rollicking acoustic set that, to quote the artist "lives and breathes because of my association with punk, even if my own music has taken on many different characters and shapes." Fiorentino has a sophisticated voice and songwriting style. Engaging and intimate, this album hints at an artist with a potential for greatness. Stream and buy From Darkness To Light at the link below.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Riot Club: Psytchotropia

Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, Weekend Riot Club have dropped their debut album, Psychotropia. From the very first note you'll know that this is no ordinary debut. Lead vocalist Melissa Marchese has a sultry, rocked out style that perfectly matches the powerful and proficient instrumentals from Mike Chetcuti on guitar and Paul Fontes on drums. Add to this twelve tracks of immaculate songwriting and  production by Nick Blagona (Deep Purple, Alexisonfire, The Sheepdogs) and you have a sure winner of a debut album. Stream and buy Psychotropia at the link below.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Julia Brown: 7"

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7" is the new EP from Maryland indie rock band Julia Brown. The three tracks have a folk-rock vibe combined with an indie sensibility similar to Local Natives, but instrumentally more imaginative. The EP flows effortlessly from soft acoustic, to twangy power-pop, to heavy garage tinged musing all in the course of three songs. This is one to add to your collection. Stream and download 7" at the link below.

Jetman Jet Team: Rainbow Party Video

Seattle shoegaze band Jetman Jet Team have debuted a new track, Rainbow Party, through a pairing with the 1985 video "Carried Away" by Alan Pakarnyk & Vonnie Von Helmolt. Watch it below.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Teta Mona: Lamu and Man EP

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London psych artist Teta Mona has released her latest EP, Lamu and Man. The three tracks are retro, R&B influenced and pouty. Listening to Teta Mona, I envision the artist performing in an exotic bar in a James Bond movie. The EP has a sultry smoky, vibe that is compelling and instantly makes one want to hear more. Stream and buy the Lamu and Man EP at the link below.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rivka: Faded EP

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It's been a two year wait, but FZB favorites Rivka are back with a new EP, Faded. The Pittsburgh based synthpop duo of Reggie Wilkins and Rivka Rose have released six tracks of glitched out, hip-hop influenced dreampop. Soaring, atmospheric vocals, dense synth bass and understated beats characterize the EP. A dark vibe and intimate styling takes the EP into highly enjoyable territory. Rivka have delivered a must have that was worth the wait. Stream and download Faded at the link below.

Bogan Via: Kanye Video

Here's an imaginative video from FZB favorites Bogan Via for their track Kanye. Set on the seamier side of pop, the video finds the two portraying small time hoods taking on what appears to be record store mafia. The video was written and directed by Freddie Paull. Watch it below.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lullatone: Summer Songs

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FZB favorites Lullatone are back with a new album, Summer Songs. The Nagoya, Japan based duo of Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Seymour serve up eight tracks of jangly pop songs fit for beach parties. With guitar sounds reminiscent of The Walkmen's Angela Surf City, Lullatone jangle their way through retro tracks with a Lennon/Ono'esque vibe. Sweet and lo-fi, with ukulele breaks and 60's keyboards, the album is just fun from start to finish. Stream and buy Summer Songs at the link below.

Monday, June 10, 2013

We Are Temporary: Hurt & Satellite

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Brooklyn synthpop artist We Are Temporary has released two singles Hurt and Satellites that are an advance look at his debut album, Afterthoughts, which will be released July 9th on Stars & Letters Records. We Are Temporary is artist/producer Mark Roberts, head of Stars & Letters and one of our favorite people at FZB. Mark is also one of the most real artists you will ever have the pleasure to experience. Both tracks are deep, emotional  and intimate glimpses into the artist's life. Roberts builds his anthems from dark walls of jagged synths, where distorted drum batteries and broken-limb arpeggios conjure up the nihilism of fading love and the mechanistic brutality of late 80's darkwave and EBM. Roberts includes a four minute audio liner note with Hurt that reveals the anguish and personal searching that was the birthplace of the song. These two tracks are must haves and make us yearn for the release of Afterthoughts. Stream and download Hurt and Satellites ate the links below.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Vortex Rikers: All Hope Is Lost EP

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It's June and we have received our summer gift in the form of a new EP, All Hope Is Lost, from FZB favorites Vortex Rikers. The German electronic artist has served up nine tracks of delicious, dark ambient flavored music. Featuring short, engaging tracks that provide sensual excitement, like a bite of dark chocolate. Vortex Rikers continue to make visionary music. Stream and buy All Hope Is Lost for only $1 or download for free at Mediafire, both from the link below.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tales of Murder and Dust: Skeleton Flowers

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FZB favorites Tales of Murder and Dust have just released their new EP, Skeleton Flowers. The Denmark based shoegaze band of Kathrine Kaspersen , Kasper Lund Resen, Jacob Korsgaard Jensen,
Kristoffer Vilsgaard, Christian Sinding Soendergaard and Simon Toftdahl Olesen, deliver four tracks that continue their unique form of dark psychedelic music. Drawing influences from drone and noise, the EP is full of the fine music we have come to expect from Tales of Murder and Dust. Stream and download Skeleton Flowers at the link below.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Flaum Adger: Flaum Adger

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Chicago based post-punk band Flaum Adger have released their self-titled debut album. The trio of Rob Sieracki - bass, Mac McNeilly - drums and  Chris Fuller - guitar, vocals, serve up nine tracks of power packed rock, that has the vibe of a live recording, but with sterling production. The minimalist recording perfectly suits the songs, presenting them in their bare heavy form without pretentious overdubbing. The bands serves up a straight ahead dinner of the rock, the whole rock and nothing but the rock. Stream and buy Flaum Adger at the link below.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lights Dim: Young City EP

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Young City is the stunning new EP from Polish artist/producer Lights Dim.  Taking piano, guitar, a sampler and a laptop, Dim Lights produces four tracks of lush, atmospheric and intimate beauty. This EP is all about creating fine art in the form of ambient soundscapes. The music defines a modern, minimalist, neoclassical aesthetic. Stream and buy Young City at the link below.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dead Soft: Teen Fiction

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Teen Fiction is the absolutely kick arse new EP from Vancouver, garage rockers Dead Soft. The 5 tracks will grab you and show you what rock should sound like in 2K13. Frontman Nathaniel Epp writes songs that are instantly post-punk anthems, while Keeley Rochon and R. Troughton lay down a rhythm that locks the music together. This is our favorite record so far this year. If you like Cloud Nothings and Deerhunter, you will love Dead Soft. Nuff said. Stream and download Teen Fiction at the link below.