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Cakes and Tapes alumni The Shilohs have just released their sophomore LP and you can stream the fuck out of it on their Bandcamp. You know you’ll always need some fresh and good pop rock music in your life, especially when considering Alex Chilton’s dead and there’s no more Big Star for you. Oh, and if you’re into Felt, please check track 10, “Down at the Bottom of Bottomland”. Amazing stuff. The Shilohs have spent some time on the road with Real Estate earlier this year and will present their selftitled album in the US and Canada opening for other indie pop geniuses The Fresh & Onlys next July. Sometimes I wish I didn’t live in Europe.

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Mac DeMarco, “My Kind of Woman”

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Penny Blacks, “Harbour” (selfreleased, 2011)

That awkward moment when you’re listening to a great album and realize no label, big or small, bothered to release it. Canadian songwriter Jason Ogden did it all by himself – or perhaps he didn’t, as his project Penny Blacks eventually grew to be a full 7-piece band – and selfreleased his first LP, Harbour, without any help from the big ones. The result is a stellar folk-rock album from a group of musicians who clearly look like they’ve been doing this for a long time now; although they’ve been compared to The Dears or Decemberists in the past I would place them somewhere between Americana acts Richmond Fontaine and Centro-matic – Ogden’s vocals definitely sound like Will Johnson’s, which is one of the best compliments you can give to anyone who sings in a band like this. Listening to Harbour while working on a cafe (like me, as I write these words) could be your favorite thing to do on these cold Fall afternoons. You can do it below on their Bandcamp – and buy the digital for a tenner if you like it enough.

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[mp3] Siskiyou, “Twigs and Stones”

Canadian folk-more-or-less-rock ensemble Siskiyou (featuring members of Great Lake Swimmers) is going to release their second album, “Keep Away the Dead” next October 4th on Montréal’s Constellation Records (GY!BE, Silver Mt. Zion, Evangelista). “Twigs and Stones” is the advance song from the record and it features the fantastic Colin Stetson on trumpet, trombone, french horn and sax.

More info about “Keep Away the Dead” (as well as pre-order links) on Constellation’s website. Stream or download “Twigs and Stones” below.

Twigs And Stones – SISKIYOU by Constellation Records

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[download] Alex Drumm, “Empty Rooms EP”

Yet another great folk record from Canada’s Other Songs Music Co, one of my favorite labels right now. Dark, poetic lyrics accompanied by an array of organs, acoustic guitars, string arrangemetns and the soulful baritone voice of new-comer, Alex Drumm. For fans of The National, Will Straton, Okkervil River.

Empty Rooms by Other Songs Music Co.

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