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Monday, June 30, 2014

Floorshime Zipper Boots Top 20 of 2014 So Far: #20 - #11

It's list time of year again, so as not to be remiss, we give you the Floorshime Zipper Boots Top 20 of 2014 So Far. Today we present #20 - #11 and tomorrow we'll give you #10 - #1. As always, the list is determined by our readers individual artist pageviews.

#20 Prettiest Eyes: Peep

#19 The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter: S/T

#18 Lost Woods: S/T

#17 Pyramides: Lado A

#16 Post Code: Zebratronic

#15 Sativa Cult: Test It On Your Friends

#14 Conheartist: Surrounded By Drones

#13 Wrong Body: Big

#12 Small Bear Records: The Bordellos, Dog! Paper! Submarine! & Matt Bouvier

#11 The Invisible World: Welcome to The Invisible World

Friday, June 27, 2014

X A M B U C A: уничтожение

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уничтожение is the new album from North Carolina industrial electronic project XAMBUCA, the brainchild of artist/producer Chandra Shukla. The fifteen tracks form a noise laden, ambient concept album dedicated to the impending future of Russia, it’s oppressive regime, and its intentions to dominate its own people and the former Soviet Union countries. Stark, evocative and uncompromising, XAMBUCA have captured the concept perfectly in this moving album. Stream and buy уничтожение at the link below.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Puritan Pine: Shortwave Radio

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Chicago garage band Puritan Pine have just released their debut album, Shortwave Radio. The band is another project of one of FZB's favorite musicians, the ever busy Adele Nicholas, along with Kimberly Nicasio and Daniel Kiss. The band have crafted eleven dynamic tracks that deliver plenty of fuzz and emotion. Released in both cassette and CD formats on Impossible Colors Records, This album is a definite must have. Watch the video for album opener Belmont Heights and the stream and buy Shortwave Radio at the link below.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Streetlamps for Spotlights: Sound and Color

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After releasing several 7" singles, Fort Wayne, IN based indie rockers, Streetlamps for Spotlights, have released their debut full length, Sound and Color. The twelve tracks are a grungy and noisy romp through guitar driven rock. The band's classic three piece lineup lends itself perfectly to their sound, giving the album a nice live feel, while not sacrificing studio production quality. A very fine debut album from the band. Stream and buy Sound and Color at the link below.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mad Ones: Leather Rug

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Toronto based grunge rockers Mad Ones have released the single Leather Rug to wet our appetites for their sophomore album, Sanciety, due later in the year. The duo of Phil Wilson and Andrew DeVillers, serve up a wall of sound that shows us there is more to wrench from the guitar and drums format then we have yet heard. We can't wait for the album. Stream and download Leather Rug for free at the link below.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Adobe and Teardrops: Proud Compilation

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Music blog Adobe & Teardrops have released the Proud Compilation to benefit Project FIERCE, a New York City-based organization that trains LGBTQ youth of color to become the next generation of activists.  Lending their talents to this album are artists spanning the gender and sexuality spectrum. They are united by their dedication to honest music and unique worldviews: the very definition of pride. Proud includes tracks from Brooklyn-based queer country band Karen and the Sorrows, Atlanta rocker Sonia Tetlow, folk-rock troubadour Matt Woods and New Orleans breakout singer Arsene DeLay.  Stream and buy the Proud Compilation at the link below.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Jean Jackets: Freeze Out

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Our second installment from Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen, is the new album from FZB favorites, The Jean Jackets. The band of Dominick Knowles, Joe Marotta, Jackson Phinney and Christine Spilka, once again impress with 11 tracks of righteous indie rock. On their third full length, The Jean Jackets continue to refine their sound and grow into an impressive group. This is a band that never disappoints and this album is a definite must have. Stream and download Freeze Out at the link below.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ex-Pet: Green Accent

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It has been a minute since we've featured anything from our friends at New York music collective/label Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen. To remedy this transgression, today and tomorrow we will feature albums from this hive of indie creativity. We start things off with Green Accent, the debut album from Ex-Pet. The solo project of artist/producer Greg Nissan, the nine tracks are a collection of catchy pop songs, showcasing strong vocals and tight arrangements.  Stream and buy Green Accent at the link below.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Container Drivers Radio: In The Container Tonight Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

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UK podcast Container Drivers Radio has released a two volume compilation titled, In The Container Tonight, featuring unreleased tracks from 20 artists who have appeared on their shows. The tracks range from post-punk to electronica and are a wonderful showcase for some great emerging music. The compilation is available as a digital download or limited edition CD. Stream and buy In The Container Tonight Vol.1 & 2 at the links below.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jon Kohen: The Heart of the Machine

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The Heart of the Machine is the debut EP from Lowell, MA based artist Jon Kohen. With a style reminiscent of Elliot Smith, Kohen delivers four tracks of intimate, haunting acoustic music, with subtle electronic flourishes. Lush synth pads and minimal beats provide a welcome accompaniment to stunning acoustic guitar and vocal work. This is an artist that everyone needs to discover. Stream and buy The Heart of the Machine at the link below.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cloud Seeding: Kaleidocycle

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Brooklyn based artist Kevin Sera is back with a new 3 track single, Kaleidocycle. The single features two versions of the title track and the shorter interlude track Selma. Together they make a nice seven minute ambient mind cleanse. The tracks abound with nice guitar textures, plenty of atmosphere and nice melodies. Stream and download Kaleidocycle at the link below.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Ryan Joseph Anderson: The Weaver's Broom

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Their are some things that have always been synonymous with Nashville, regardless of the genre of the music...tight bands, immaculate harmonies and a feel to the rhythm section that anchors the music in the moment. Ryan Joseph Anderson's debut album The Weaver's Broom, showcases all  the traits to great effect. The album is full of genre blurring Americana anthems, musical mastery and compelling delivery. Stream and buy The Weaver's Broom at the link below.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jessica Bundy: Careless Smile

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Beauty should be part of every minute of our lives. Careless Smile, the debut EP from Toronto singer/songwriter Jessica Bundy, brings us about 19 minutes of true, sublime beauty. Sometimes the folk idiom can be the most perfect expression of artistic endeavor and on her debut EP Bundy leads us to that perfect place. A powerful voice wielded as delicately as spun silk, paired with lyrical intimacy and instrumental flights of ecstasy. Stream and buy Careless Smile at the link below.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jonny Debt: Purple Heart

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Ontario rocker Jonny Debt is back a year and a half after his debut album, teasing us with the sexy track Purple Heart. Full of the vibe Chris Isaak so expertly perfected, the track exudes presence. Heavy, slinky and perfect, this is one of those tracks that just works so well, that it becomes part of ones soul. Stream and buy Purple Heart at the link below.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Small Bear Records: The Bordellos, Dog! Paper! Submarine! & Matt Bouvier

We've recently become aware of another new to FZB label, the UK based Small Bear Records. With a penchant for punk and post-punk stylings, we give you three of their releases to ponder today. The first is The Bordellos album,, you're really nothing. Then there is the S/T/ EP by Dog!Paper!Submarine! and finally the nice Morrissey-esque singer/songwriter Matt Bouvier. Stream and buy all at the links below.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Men Oh Pause: Pulse Check EP

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Brighton, UK based label Tuff Enuff Records has released the debut EP from feminist punk band Men Oh Pause. The four tracks are dark, claustrophobic affairs, dripping of anxiety. The sound is reminiscent of early work by Lydia Lunch, with the EP throwing pop concepts of melody out the door, opting for raw, dissonant vibes. Stream and buy the Pulse Check EP at the link below.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sunday Guts: Cool Music

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Cool Music is the aptly named new EP from Bethlehem, PA band Sunday Guts. The band describes their sound as spiffy guitar pop and we couldn't agree more. The four tracks are a good reminder of why we used to like bands like Weezer. Sunday guts play post-punky guitar pop music, presented in a lighthearted, unpretentious way. This EP is just a good band, doing good's spiffy. Stream and download Cool Music at the link below.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hang In Balance: Lisn

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Back in December 2011, we featured a truly great and unique artist, Daniel Waples aka Hang In Balance. His latest album, Lisn, was released last December and for whatever unforgivable reason, we have been remiss in not getting a review up on FZB. London born Waples plays the Hand Pan, a completely unique and mind blowingly beautiful instrument. This album features an international cast of musicians performing some of the most original music one will ever have the pleasure to hear. Do something very nice for yourself today and get deeply into this extremely talented musicians work. Stream and buy Lisn at the link below.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mecanica: 77tm - Spam, Alles - Post,

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Discovering new record labels is always fun and today we have a good one to turn you on to, Mecanica. The label is led by Cesar Moscoso and has bases in Mexico City, Los Angeles and Berlin. Mecanica has done releases with such bands as Lebanon Hanover (FZB Favorite), Selofan, Tying Tiffany and Soft Metals. Today we give you two new releases Spam, the debut EP by 77tm and Post, the debut full length by Alles. Dark, glichy and electro, these two releases are sure to please. Stream and buy both at the links below.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

We Are Temporary (ft. Misfit Mod): Machine Love

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Any regular reader of this blog will recognize our friends at Stars and Letters Records. We have featured the Brooklyn label's artists many times, including We Are Temporary, the alter ego of label founder Mark Roberts. In advance of his full length album coming later in the year, we have the wonderful new track Machine Love, which features S&L artist Misfit Mod. If this track is any indication, the album is going to be a killer. Wet your appetite. Stream and download Machine Love at the link below.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Lavola: This Book Is My Cowardice

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This Book Is My Cowardice is the new album from Florida indie quartet Lavola. The band of Julian Cires, Emily Dwyer, Paul DeFilippis and Matt Cabrera offer us some of the most imaginative rock in a while. The band manages to bring together elements from such disparate genres as progressive rock, punk and post-hardcore to deliver a record that transcends all of the foregoing. Heavy, abrasive and uncompromising, Lavola proves that if a band has the balls to dare, greatness can be attained. Stream and buy This Book Is My Cowardice at the link below.