Small Sins, Big Hit.

“Why can’t we live like magazines? Break the rules and not get caught?” Oh yes, this is one fine piece of pop construction. Yes it’s a hit, kittins. And if it seems like you know this already it might just be a case of Déjà Vu. Carnations singer Thomas D’Arcy rocks the pop, K-OS drops the hip-hop, over a spectacularly smart lattice of guitars and keys and drummies that couldn’t be fresher if it were made tomorrow.

Small Sins
“Déjà Vu” feat. K-OS” (download mp3)
from “Pot Calls Kettle Black”
“Déjà Vu” (play)
(Arts & Crafts)
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Chikita Violenta’s “Tired” Is Most Invigorating

I dig Chikita Violenta. Discovered them back in February and posted  “All I Need’s A Little More” – a very original and intriguing track. This one is much more pop. And what lovely sounds – the whole production is inspired. The drums are an unusual snack-able crackle and there some to-die-for guitar hooks. On top of it all is a glorious vocal tapestry like.. like the 80’s went to heaven and mated with aliens. A veritable mimosa of a track, packed with vitamins and bubbly intoxicants. Try it.

Chikita Violenta
“Tired” (download mp3)
from “TRE3S”
(Arts & Crafts)
“Tired” (play)
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Chikita Violenta Gives Us A Little More

A monster scrappy, lo-fi pop tune from the same galaxy as bands like Broken Social Scene and Built to Spill. Chunky guitar sounds and distorted, echo-y vocals build their way into a glorious anthemic chorus. It makes you feel like a bunch of friends are gathered around a microphone in a big room, shouting, clapping and singing. Very catchy and addicting. Several thumbs up.

Chikita Violenta
“All I Need’s A Little More” (download mp3)
from “TRE3S”
(Arts & Crafts)
“All I Need’s A Little More” (play)
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Small Sins + K-OS Get A Case Of Deja Vu

Time to step it up toward New Years Eve. Here’s a funky electro-sexy pop ditty from Small Sins, AKA former Carnations singer Thomas D’Arcy. I love the production – it has some brilliant unexpected turns and the guest vocal by K-OS is gr8. Fans of Beck will agree. Hawt.

Small Sins
Déjà Vu feat. K-OS (download mp3)
from “Pot Calls Kettle Black”
(Arts & Crafts)
“Déjà Vu feat. K-OS” (play)
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Ra Ra Riot’s cute n’ quirky “Boy”

Ra Ra Riot – “Boy” mp3

Rarely do I use the word “quirky” to describe a song. But I find it impossible to avoid the Q-word in regard to this eminently quirkified work of quirkosity by Ra Ra Riot. The plucked bass and guitar parts fairly scream quirk, as the vocals so charmingly brood in the corner of a café in 1983 smoking a clove and reading Bataille. Poppy and sweet, bouncy and neat, and very, very quirky. I like it. “Boy” is this Superfan’s mp3 hors d’œuvre for today. Enjoy 🙂

Ra Ra Riot
“Boy” (mp3)
from “The Orchard”
(Arts & Crafts)

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Beach House – “Norway” (mp3)

Beach House – “Norway” (play)

Beach House. I approve of a band called Beach House. I would hope their music sounds like a cool misty breeze kissing ones face on a lazy summer day on, well, the beach of course. This song doesn’t disappoint,

Beach House
“Norway” (mp3)
from “Teen Dream”
(Arts & Crafts Mexico)

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Broken Social Scene – “World Sick” (mp3)

Broken Social Scene – “World Sick” (play)

Beloved Broken Social Scene. Post modern angst would not be the same without you. Here we find our heroes deep in the throes of what the Germans call Weltschmerz – world-ache, or world sickness. Musically somewhere between Godspeed You Black Emperor’s patient apocalyptic swelling, and something like goth rock on a sunny beach, this is a group whose sound is not easily pinned down. And that’s good. Let it fly, be free. “Forgiveness Rock Record” is their latest brave salvo of empathy and understanding thrown headlong into the prevailing maelstrom of cynicism and pessimism. I’m grateful for that.

Broken Social Scene
“World Sick” (mp3)
from “Forgiveness Rock Record”
(Arts & Crafts)

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Broken Social Scene’s healing “World Sickness”

Beloved Broken Social Scene. Post modern angst would not be the same without you. Here we find our heroes deep in the throes of what the Germans call Weltschmerz – world-ache, or world sickness. Musically somewhere between Godspeed You Black Emperor’s patient apocalyptic swelling, and something like goth rock on a sunny beach, this is a group whose sound is not easily pinned down. And that’s good. Let it fly, be free. “Forgiveness Rock Record” is their latest brave salvo of empathy and understanding thrown headlong into the prevailing maelstrom of cynicism and pessimism. I’m grateful for that.

Broken Social Scene
“World Sick” (download mp3)
from “Forgiveness Rock Record”
(Arts & Crafts)
World Sick (play)

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A Most Serene Pop Heaven

The Most Serene Republic – “Heavens To Purgatory” mp3

Ah, sweet emo pop. Here is some sunny day joy complete with banjo melodies and a darling boy girl duet. What more to want on a fine spring Sunday, other than floating down a lazy river with lemonade? This is fabulous music, slightly hard to pin down genre-wise, which is always good, but eminently pop and fun. Who wouldn’t want to live in a Most Serene Republic? Heavens to Purgatory! Exit, stage left.

The Most Serene Republic
“Heavens To Purgatory” (mp3)
from “…And The Ever Expanding Universe”
(Arts & Crafts)

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