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“I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.” – J. D. Salinger

Posted in New Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2010 by pauliepalooza

As a tribute to J.D. Salinger and the book that had so much impact on many a High Schooler’s lives (The Catcher In The Rye), I want to post a few tracks from bands that I’ve recently discovered from his home town… New York City. Salinger was born on January 1, 1919 in “the City” (Manhattan). I hope you all enjoy the tunes and a big “Thank You” goes out to Mr. Salinger. RIP.

MP3s are below text

1) BEACH FOSSILS “Youth” and “Wide Awake” I figured these two tracks are pretty fitting with today’s theme. Beach Fossils is a 4-piece from my favorite borough, Brooklyn. They play my revered type of jangly lo-fi rock that’s reminiscent of what Lou Reed and his garage-y predecessors like The Seeds, Love, Syndicate of Sound, etc. Check out their DAYDREAM EP on Captured Tracks out 2/9/10. They will be at this year’s SXSW, so check ’em out!

2) THE BEETS “For You” and “I Wish I Knew How My Life Should Be” This Jackson Heights trio (not to be confused with the other “Beets” from the cartoon show, Doug) will be touring with Beach Fossils and San Diegans Christmas Island. More lo-fi garage-y vibes. These guys will also be at SXSW this year.

3) SUNDELLES “Dead Youth” Dirty, fuzzed out rock’n’roll! I had the pleasure of seeing these guys perform with the then Muslims-now-Soft Pack dudes awhile back. Loved ’em.

4) SISTERS “Highway Scratch” Quite the dynamic duo, these guys make a lot of noise for just being two dudes. Reminds me a bit of Japandroids but maybe a little poppier. And guess what??? They’ll be at SXSW too! 😉

5) SHARK? “Big Wheels (It’s Alright)” I love the flow of this song. Upbeat, acoustic and a bit dirty. Love it! Oh, and… YES they will be at SXSW. haha

(right click “link” to DL)

MP3 BEACH FOSSILS – Youth (LINK)

MP3 BEACH FOSSILS – Wide Awake (LINK)

MP3 THE BEETS – For You (LINK)

MP3 THE BEETS – I Wish I Knew How My Life Should Be (LINK)

MP3 SUNDELLES – Dead Youth (LINK)

MP3 SISTERS – Highway Scratch (LINK)

MP3 SHARK? – Big Wheels (It’s Alright) (LINK)

Stream the tracks on my Pauliepalooza8tracks player!

¡Viva The Soft Pack!

Posted in New Music with tags , , on January 9, 2010 by pauliepalooza

As many of my friends know, I love me some SOFT PACK (formerly The Muslims). These four guys from LA-via-San Diego have their first album (cleverly titled The Soft Pack) coming out on February 2nd on Kemado Records. There’s been much said about these guys already so I’ll just keep it lean and mean… these guys are friggin spectacular and if you haven’t heard or seen them live yet, do yourselves a favor and check them out… NOW!

The band will be playing a couple dates with PHOENIX up in the Northwest this month before heading out to NYC then across the pond to Europe to support their new album. Before they head out on their long tour, the band is offering to play at your house (within LA city limits). Here is what they posted on their website (http://thesoftpackofficial.com/):

We Want To Play At Your House!!

Hey there – So, we have a record coming out February 2nd and to celebrate we want to throw a show at YOUR house. We’re not out to thrash your place or anything – we’d come, play, hang out and have a couple of beers. All your friends plus a few of ours = guaranteed good times. If you’re interested, just respond to thesoftpack@gmail.com in 50 words or less and let us know why we should play your house! Ideally, your house will be in the Los Angeles area, anywhere between Long Beach to Downtown LA to Santa Monica.

Click HERE for more info.

So enough with the ranting… here’s a couple of songs from the new album that have made me giddy as of late:

Mexico” (right click on “link” to DL LINK)

C’mon” (right click on “link” to DL LINK)

Answer To Yourself” (right click on “link” to DL LINK)

Enjoy!