* * *So I'll start off with a SXSW notice from Minty Fresh Records. First up is a new video from Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, for "Take Off Your Sunglasses," from their 2008 record Inside the Human Body:
Drew Andrews from the Album Leaf is playing with Furman in Austin, and taking a short tour of the Southwest on his way there. Andrews' solo debut, Only Mirrors, is lush pop music, layered with plenty of piano and soft guitar that builds to a sort of rainy-day melancholy
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons - We Should Fight
Drew Andrews - I Could Write A Book
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Season To Season, the debut album from The Traditionist, aka singer and guitarist Joey Barro, is out today from Better Looking Records. His sound is a Bob Dylan and Van Morrison influenced take on indie rock, sounding a bit like the newer woodsy Sub Pop bands at times, and like the Carolina country-rock of early Whiskeytown at others.
The Traditionist - I Know My Ocean
The Traditionist - A Sleep Be Told
The Traditionist - Driftwood Doll
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The Whiskey Go Gos, from Melbourne, combine hard-charging, raw rock 'n' roll with just enough of a sing-along component to stick in your head for a while. They remind me a bit New Zealand new-wavers The Clean. The band has some March dates in New York and Los Angeles in support of the new Proud Tales To Them Of Us album.
Whiskey Go Gos - Whiskey Rain
Whiskey Go Gos - Two Cent Girl
* * *Swedish electro-pop duo The Deer Tracks have a new album, Aurora, out on Despotz Records. The music recalls a European version of The Postal Service, while the vocals are much more like fellow Swedes Peter, Bjorn and John.
The Deer Tracks - 127SexFyra