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Friday, October 31, 2014

FZB Top 5 of the Week

Here are this week's top 5 artists based on readers pageviews.

#5 - City and The Sea

#4 - Yellow6

#3 - Strawberry Jacuzzi

#2 - John Moose

#1 - Anda Volley

Dead On TV: Creeper

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Chicago pop-punk outfit Dead On TV have a new EP out, Creeper. The band of Daniel Evans, Chris Smits, Vince McAley, Mike TeeVee and Corey Devlin let loose with a radio ready EMO sound on the six tracks. With obvious comparisons to bands like Panic At The Disco and My Chemical Romance, the EP is marked by prominent hooks and an alt rock production sheen. This is an EP long on traditional alt rock clichés and short on any real edge. Stream and buy Creeper at the link below.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

John Moose: Flower Video

Sweden is the place to find indie folk auteurs John Moose. The band of André Szeles,  Emil Florell, Ia Oberg, Petter Falk and Tobias Norén conjure comparisons to Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty, with their beautifully appointed track Flower. Featuring lush, airy harmonies and tight musicianship, this is a perfect way to start your day. Watch the video below.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hamjam: Hamjam EP

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Australian indie band Hamjam, have released their debut self-titled EP. The five tracks are psychedelic, shoe gazey affairs, that invoke the likes of Mac Demarco and Ariel Pink. Lots of reverb, lots of 60ish rhythms and plenty of indie goodness. This is one of those records that just make you happy when you listen to it. Get happy, stream and buy the Hamjam EP at the link below.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Yellow6: Closer To The Sea Without Moving

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Experimental band Yellow6 graces us with a new album, Closer To The Sea Without Moving, on North Carolina's Silber Records. The ten tracks combine aspects of drone, shoegaze and post-rock into an artist canvass of lush soundscapes. The music finds each element and texture adding personality to the overall aesthetic. What emerges is an album of sublime taste and beauty. Stream and buy Closer To The Sea Without Moving at the link below.

Crystal Soda Cream: September Video

FZB favorites Crystal Soda Cream are back with a video for their track September. Check it out below.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Anda Volley: Blacklight Vegas

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FZB favorite Anda Volley has a wonderful new track, Blacklight Vegas. This track sees the Boston based artist stretch her legs with more intricate instrumentation on a haunting song, featuring literary worthy lyrics. We hope this is a preview of what we can expect on her next album. This is an artist that everyone should get hip to. If you are in the UK, catch Anda Volley on tour in November. See her tour dates and stream and download Blacklight Vegas at the link below.

Friday, October 24, 2014

City and The Sea: Trouble

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Hamilton, Ontario rockers and FZB favorites City and The Sea are back with another great track, Trouble. The band of Nick Cino, Jon Daly, Dave Marini and Joe Piccolo serve up another of their radio ready, rock n roll gems. Featuring compelling guitar sounds, tight vocals and crisp production, the band continues to deliver what we have come to expect, great music. Watch the video and then stream and download Trouble at the link below.

FZB Top 5 of the Week

Here's this week's top 5 posts based on reader's pageviews.

#5 - Lake Radio

#4 - Rachel Thomasin

#3 - Washing Machines

#2 - Strawberry Jacuzzi

#1 - Mad Ones

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mad Ones: Walking The Ceiling

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FZB favorites Mad Ones are back with a stunning new track, Walking The Ceiling. The Toronto duo of Andrew DeVillers and Phil Wilson have created a track with a dense, heavy, post-punk and industrial vibe. the synths and guitars are allowed their noise, while edgy vocals lure one into the back alley. Watch the video below and the stream and download Walking The Ceiling for free at the link below.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Strawberry Jacuzzi and Post Child: Split Cassingle

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Chicago's Impossible Colors Records have released the second of their monthly split cassingle series. This month features the nice post-punk track, French Girl, by Strawberry Jacuzzi, with plenty of Kathleen Hanna vibes b/w the tight Weezer reminiscent track, Brain In Two, by Post Child. The production on both is excellent and both bands rock enough to get one through a mundane workday. If you haven't subscribed to the cassingle series, get with it. Stream and buy this month's Impossible Colors Club release at the link below.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Work Drugs: Runaways

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FZB favorites Work Drugs have a new album out titled Runaways. The Philadelphia based duo of Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana continue to impress with their signature brand of dream pop. One thing you can always expect from a new Work Drugs album is that they will deliver a winner, and Runaways does not disappoint. The twelve tracks sore with slick production, huge sound, sterling vocals and wonderful songwriting. This is a group you need to be aware of and their latest must have album is as good a place as any to get hip to them. Stream and buy Runaways at the link below.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Radio Shock: Romanse is the Death of Intellect

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Brooklyn electronic artist/producer Radio Shock, aka MP Lockwood, has a new EP out, Romanse is the Death of Intellect. The six tracks are full on glitch affairs, with disjointed sounds, noise and out of control synths. Melody is stark and anything resembling conventional electronic genres nonexistent. Lockwood explores the experimental side of electronic music, relying on noise oscillations, heavy glitch synthesizers and unconventional guitar parts to create a dissonant cacophony of sound. Stream and buy Romanse is the Death of Intellect at the link below.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Postcode: Losing The Battle Video

FZB favorites Postcode have released a video for their track Losing The battle, from their FZB reviewed album Zebratronic. Check it out below.

FZB Top 5 of the Week

It's Friday, so here's the top 5 posts of the week.
#5 - Arrange

#4 - Savage Sister

#3 - Low Fat Orchestra

#2 - Bass Lions

#1 - Metro

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Absent Hours: End Effect

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FZB favorites Absent Hours, are back with their sophomore EP, End Effect. The Sydney, Australia based band of Alec Mallia, Jack McFarlane, Kyle Richards and  Jesse Williams give us seven tracks of dark post-punk music with elements ranging from the subtlety of The National to the edginess of Interpol. This is a band that has continued to gain strength across their two releases, with this EP being a definite must have. Stream and download End Effect at the link below.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bad Blocks: Circulate EP

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New Zealand's Bad Blocks are back with their sophomore EP, released by our friends at Brooklyn's Stars & Letters Records.  Daniel Neeve and Hamish Lang deliver four tracks of metallic zings distorted to sound like shooting stars, filter-swept synth pads drenched in field recordings of crashing waves, or time elastically stretched to fill the cavernous void of an empty Berlin club on a Sunday morning, This is a EP of singular beauty and depth. Stream and buy the Circulate EP at the link below.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Red Light Fever: Volume 1

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Red Light Fever produces original music by pairing unacquainted musicians in the studio and challenging them to finish tracking a new song in just one day. The band exists for one day only, seeing players from different styles and backgrounds coming together to record a single with the whole process being documented in a video. Red Light Fever is about injecting new creative energy into recordings by challenging musicians' traditional approaches and forcing them to rely on their deepest creative Impulses. The project has now yielded its first 5 song EP, Red Light Fever Volume 1, which was released today. Push your own boundaries; stream and buy Red Light Fever Volume 1 at the link below.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Metro: Together

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Together is the latest album from New Orleans singer/songwriter Metro, aka Beth Hollingsworth. The twelve tracks are intimate lo-fi gems, that are compelling in every way a record can be. Hollingsworth is a gifted songwriter, whose post-punk anthems stylishly draw one into her world, never to return. This one is guaranteed to be on repeat for a long time; a definite must have. Stream and buy Together at the link below.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Savage Sister: Cocoon Video

FZB favorites Savage Sister will be releasing a new full length later in the winter. In the meantime the Chicago band have given us an advance look at the record via a video for the dark atmospheric album track Cocoon. Watch it below.

FZB Top 5 Of The Week

Here's this week's top 5 posts based on readers pageviews.

#5 - Saigon Blue Rain

#4 - Wanka (Schapka)/Just Friends and Lovers

#3 - Low Fat Orchestra

#2 - Suburban Campers

#1 - Bruch

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bass Lions: Bass Lions

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Ontario indie rockers Bass Lions release their new S/T album on October 28th. The band of James Vander Zaag, Daniel Stretch, Anthony James and Nathan Stretch make complex music sound easy, allowing them to engage with a broad group of listeners, and continue to combine evocative, mercurial arrangements with soulful lyricism. The 11 tracks deliver a strong original vibe and this album is a must have. Stream five tracks now and pre-order Bass Lions at the link below.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Suburban Campers: Somerspace Canopy

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San Diego band Suburban Campers have released their sophomore EP, Somerspace Canopy on Atlanta label Human Sounds Records. The five tracks are a collection of poppy, reverby SoCal indie, in the same vein as so many other bands such as Wavves, Best Coast, etc. There is little here to distinguish this record. Musically weaker than the other bands mentioned, with lackluster production, this EP misses the mark. The band is good, but in a landscape of so may similar, they just don't step up. Stream and buy a limited edition cassette of Somerspace Canopy at the link below.

Monday, October 6, 2014

KIM: Spotting 2

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Austrian label KIM have released their new compilation, Spotting 2. Spotting is a weekly concert series, happening every Wednesday at the Postgarage, Graz. This compilation honors the start of the new season by featuring bands that played at Spotting last year: Empire Escape, Goldsoundz, Hidden by the Grapes, Fragments of an Empire, Petra und der Wolf, Aivery, Half Girl, Henry H., Luise Pop, Strom, KOKO, Robotra, Me and Jane Doe, Theta5 and Just Friends and Lovers. Stream and download Spotting 2 at the link below.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bruch: My Name Should Be Trouble

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Austrian label Totally Wired Records regales us with new album from post-punk auteurs Bruch. Titled  My Name Should Be Trouble, the twelve tracks tread the edge with new wave influences David Byrne vocal phrasing, great guitar sounds and a minimalist intent. This has quickly become one of our favorite records right now. A definite must have. Watch a video for album track Take Me Home Vienna and then stream and buy My Name Should Be Trouble at the link below.

FZB Top Five of The Week

Here's our weekly top 5 based on readers pageviews.
#5 - Film

#4 Ephemeral Decay

#3 Fatal Casualties

#2 Joan of Arse

#1 Tyson

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Film: Eclipse

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Greek label Inner Ear Records has been one of the best curated new labels we've found. Now we have another gem with the new album Eclipse, from dark electro outfit Film. With massive synth facades and glitchy vocals, the trio glistens through nine superb tracks. Sterling production and melodic foreplay make this an essential listening experience for electro aficionados. Watch the video for album track Ping Pong With Angels and then stream and buy Eclipse at the link below.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

No Love: Tape #2

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Sorry State Records has picked up Raleigh, NC punkers No Love for their sophomore EP, Tape #2. The four tracks are hard edged punk reminiscent of bands like the Buzzcocks. This EP is marked by a dense combination of melodic bass lines, dueling lead guitar and anthemic vocals. Punk as a genre never seems to want for new edgy bands to continue carrying the banner into the future and No Love are certainly worthy flag bearers. Stream and download Tape #2 at the link below.