1. Dan Deacon … True Thrush EP … 2012

    Intense electronic alternative rock. Play the title track nice and loud - it feels like being in a sweaty basement jamming to an in-the-zone band.

     
     
  2. Micachu & the Shapes … Never … Rough Trade Records 2012

    Weird, bouncy, grating music. Short songs that have a lot of non traditional instrumentation: strumming a guitar without playing notes, crashing, beeping. The female singer, Micachu, has an echo-effect on her mic, singing calmly through a storm of percussion.

     
     
  3. JJAMZ … Suicide Pact … 2012

    Super-group made up of James Valentine (Maroon 5), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kelly/Bright Eyes), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), Michael Runion, and Z Berg (The Like). It was formed after a karaoke night in Hollywood. Fun, upbeat pop with driving female vocals and a nice, mellow tone.

     
     
  4. Divine Fits … “Would That Not Be Nice” … 2012

    New band featuring Britt Daniel of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks. Forthcoming debut A Thing Called Divine Fits available August 28th from Merge Records!

     
     
  5. A Genuine Freakshow … Oftentimes … OK! GOOD Records 2012

    Slightly androgynous, glamorous pop rock. “Our Bodies” kicks ass - it makes you sway with its blatantly catchy hooks. His multi-tracked vocals hover over the synthesized instrumentation like an intercom system in a pristine, high-end shopping mall.