1. 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.

     
     
  2. 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!

     
     
  3. Woodpecker … Thanks Anyway … 2012 (TOP 200)

    Very art-folk, the thing that’s going on in the hitchhiking, poor-by-choice youngsters of today. I like it immensely! TRY #4, 1, 8 FCC # 5, 9, 10

    RIYL Avett Brothers, early Sufjan Stevens, The Mountain Goats, Pat the Bunny

     
     
  4. 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.

     
     
  5. Oberhofer … Time Capsules II … 2012

    Catchy, honest, emotional pop with a simplicity that builds into epic orchestral melodies. Oberhofer’s got a big sound for just one dude.