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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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Jonathan Wilson, “Everything Must Change” (Quincy Jones)

Back in 2007/08, when Jonathan Wilson didn’t have a record label to put out his records nor even a fancy 2.0/3.0/?.? website – and supposedly didn’t think about making a living off touring and selling records – he used to put some b-sides for free download in his ol’ plain HTML page. Only one of those songs was available at a time, and most are probably gone forever, except for a version of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita, now that his old site is gone.

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I’ve despised most of Matthew Houck, AKA Phosphorescent’s output before his great 2010 album, Taking It Easy Too Long. If it wasn’t for that record – which I didn’t listen immediately after the release date because I thought I’d hate it as much as I hated Bon Iver’s debut (hey look, another city dweller, bearded guy locked up in a cabin somewhere pretending he’s countrier than thou), but a friend shoved me one of his songs down my throat until I loved it – I wouldn’t be so keen on listening to “Song for Zula”, the first song off his next album, Muchacho, coming up in March. I’m glad I did. Again, I could live without him saying he recorded the album in a “little hut” on some beach down in the Mexican southern peninsula of Yucatán, but at least he acknowledges that story is cheesy as fuck. I think I like you even more after you said that, Matt. I’m sure you’re nice folk and you wrote my first favorite song of 2013. I haven’t listened to anything else to be released in the next year, but hey, I gotta start somewhere.

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Paredes de Coura Festival 2012 – the preview

My personal favorite festival Paredes de Coura is just ahead and we’re here to welcome it. Almost a landmark in Portugal, Paredes de Coura is turning twenty this year. And what a big boy it has become. From the likes of Sonic Youth, Arcade Fire, Dinosaur Jr., Queens of the Stone Age, Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, PJ Harvey, Pixies, Death from Above 1979, Morrissey, Bauhaus, The Cramps (and we could keep going), the shores of river Tabuão (that sets the perfect idyllic scenery) have seen it all. More than you probably will in your whole life.

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I discovered Maps & Atlases a while ago, when I was sent a physical promo copy of their 2010 album, Perch Patchwork. And I enjoyed it, even though the title track really, really, REALLY reminded me of a tune on Pokémon Sapphire for Lilycove City. Good game, by the way. Gotta catch’em all. Anyway, my point is this: if you want me to listen to and enjoy your band, send physical copies of your records. I’ll give you my address and everything and write the best review you’ll ever read. Honestly. “Remote & Dark Years” is Maps & Atlases’ first single for their upcoming album, “Beware & Be Grateful”, and it’s a nice folkish rock song in the vein of Bruce Springsteen, whose show I’ll miss next month BECAUSE I WAS SCHEDULED A COLLEGE EXAM FOR THE NEXT FUCKING DAY AND

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