Sleigh Bells Ring, are you listening? It’s actually another Wintry Mix

I’ve been mostly cut-off from the internet this week thanks to living in a pre-War building that has cable installed in ways McGuyver never would’ve attempted. (A vision of a SOPA future, perhaps.) But we’re back on now and I managed to put this one together while unplugged. Last week we got mostly dancey songs, and this week the guitars are back. A lot of exciting new stuff here I think. And one old song. Have a swell weekend!

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Here’s the tracklist:

1. Standard Fare – 05 11 07
2. Little Racer – Split for the Coast
3. Hospitality – The Right Profession
4. Exlovers – Starlight
5. Toy – Left Myself Behind
6. Terry Malts – I Do
7. A Place to Bury Strangers – So Far Away
8. The Band in Heaven – Sleazy Dreams
9. Siinai – Marathon
10. HEHFU – Come Home
11. Mind Spiders – More Than You
12. Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless
13. Prinzhorn Dance School – Your Fire Has Gone Out
14. Household – Phases
15. Liechtenstein – Ambitions
16. Frankie Rose – Know Me
17. Trailer Trash Tracys – Los Angered
18. A.C. Marias – One of Our Girls Has Gone Missing

Stay warm, don’t shuffle. Liner notes after the jump.
1. Standard Fare – 05 11 07
So many of Standard Fare’s songs are about longing, but here’s a song where there’s some payoff, even if it’s awkward and unsure. “I don’t know what we’re doing but it feels good.” This is from their second album, Two, which finds them more assured musically than we’ve heard before. If you were unsure if this was indiepop or not, the trumpets are a big clue.

2. Little Racer – Split for the Coast
I have yet to see this Brooklyn band play live but I’m really digging everything I’ve heard so far. There are lots of little surprises in the arrangements. Their “Little Racer” single made my Best of 2012 list, and this one’s almost as good.

3. Hospitality – The Right Profession
Most bands rush to get that first album out. Hospitality have taken their sweet time, with their self-titled debut dropping January 31, about three years after their first performance. Mind you, they’ve had it in the can since this summer, but still. The gestation period has made for a confident, endlessly tuneful, terrific album with serious chops that didn’t practice the joy out of the songs. Just listen to this one.

4. Exlovers – Starlight
One of 2012’s Most Anticipated.”Blowing Kisses” was my #2 song of last year and this is from Exlovers’ debut album that’s due out sometime soon. Like Pains of Being Pure at Heart, this UK band take the poppiest bits of ’90s shoegaze and concentrate it into three-minute fuzzy jangle bliss. Not to be confused with Florida’s For Ex-Lovers Only, but both are probably named after the Black Tambourine song.

5. Toy – Left Myself Behind
I’m not crazy about the name but Toy push most of my buttons: “shoegaze,” “motorik,” “glammy romance,” “dissonant,” “Pulp-esque” and others. Two of them used to be in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong but don’t hold that against them. Toy’s singer, Tom, is Rose Elinor Dougal’s brother.

6. Terry Malts – I Do
I’m a little sorry to see Magic Bullets go (such onstage dancing!) but, honestly, Terry Malts are a better band. The buzzsaw pop sound suits Phil Benson’s voice better and their debut album, out any minute on Slumberland, is just one hit after another. “I Do” roars in like Tommy-era Wedding Present. Oh year.

7. A Place to Bury Strangers – So Far Away
And this one roars in like a neutron bomb and is supposedly the loudest record that Dead Oceans have ever released. (This one clocked in at 103 decibels, though it’s cranked down to around 95 for this mix. Feel free to turn it up.) “So Far Away” could be a Love track if you removed all the white noise and volume. But why would you want to do that?

8. The Band in Heaven – Sleazy Dreams
New to the HoZac family, The Band in Heaven make sneery JAMC style buzzsaw blues, a style I will forever be drawn to.

9. Siinai – Marathon
This is from some sort of concept album about the Olympics by way of various forms of psych-rock, be it Ulrich Schnauss-y fluffy clouds or more Spacemen 3 driftrock like this one. I dig, but doesn’t make me want to exercise.

10. HEHFU – Come Home
Thick and noisy like those early Boo Radleys EPs some of us still covet. Title track from an EP you can download for free at HEHFU’s Bandcamp page.

11. Mind Spiders – More Than You
Atypical track on Mind Spiders well new album, Meltdown, but it fits in well on this mix. Mostly, this Texas band (an offshoot of Marked Men) make breakneck-paced Krautpunky rock. Here they take their foot off the gas just a little for some organ-driven ’60s pop. These guys are good!

12. Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless
Previously this Cleveland band made an appealing form of pop-punk that avoided sounding like the groups that gave that genre a bad name. For their new album, Cloud Nothings explore ’90s indie rock sounds, and some of it has a whiff of Afghan Whigs to it. But not this one.

13. Prinzhorn Dance School – Your Fire Has Gone Out
It’s easy to see what drew James Murphy to sign duo Prinzhorn Dance School to DFA. You can hear Gang of Four, Young Marble Giants and Pylon all over their minimal sound. Their 2009 debut went almost entirely unnoticed despite constant yellings of “WHITE BREAD GIVES YOU CANCER! But maybe its follow-up, Clay Class, will get more attention.

14. Household – Phases
In a very similar vein are Brooklyn band Household whose debut album was produced by DFA in-house bassist Andrew Raposo. The album came out last fall but somehow I missed its release, only learning this existed about two weeks ago. But glad I have it now and you should seek it out too. For fans of Liliput, the Slits and Yellowfever Deep Time.

15. Liechtenstein – Ambitions
Let’s keep it going with Sweden’s Liechtenstein whose new album will be out at the end of this month. They’re now a four-piece though I can’t tell it making much of a difference in their sound on record. (I’m sure it helps live.) Very Would-Be-Goods, this one.

16. Frankie Rose – Know Me
Frankie leaves the garage and hooks up with a guy from Avan Lava/Fisher-Spooner to make her first record soley under her own name. (The Outs are out.) In come the keyboards, Smiths-y guitars and a whole new level of sophistication in all areas. She’s definitely doing her own thing this time.

17. Trailer Trash Tracys – Los Angered
The TTTs album, Esther, also pushes a lot of my buttons: “ethereal” “david lynch” to be specific. I’ve cooled a bit on the album, Esther, but I do still like it quite a bit. Needs more songs like this one.

18. A.C. Marias – One of Our Girls Has Gone Missing
Last week I put WIR on as the oldie, and this week we’ve got A.C. Marias who was a frequent Wire contributor in the ’80s. They helped her with her first solo album and this is the spooky title track. A lost classic if you ask me, sounds kind of now.

 

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