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Angel Olsen – Sweet Dreams [Video]

Yeah this is rock and roll. “Sweet Dreams” sounds mean and dark and menacing and cool. Angel Olsen’s deep-in-the-pa wail sounds anachronistic and nostalgic as if it was ripped straight out of some dusted-out frequency and amplitude of post-psychedelia. In 2013, we need more music like this.

Angel Olsen – Sweet Dreams (Official Video) from Randy Sterling Hunter on Vimeo.

Angel Olsen (Purchase)

Rating 8.1

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01-03-13

Big Brave – Halo

A single kinetic guitar frames up Big Brave frontwoman Robin Faye’s gritty vocal on the excellently spare new track from the French Canadian band. Check out the band’s equally good EP “Understanding Between People” on their bandcamp, here.

Big Brave – Halo

Big Brave (Bandcamp)

Rating 8.2

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01-03-13

Mara Flames – In The Pouring Rain

Mara Flames is the sound of a seasoned rock songwriter’s experiences, regrets, loves distilled through visceral melodies and guitar figures. “In The Pouring Rain” is soulful, and honest, and really really good. Do give it your attention below.

Mara Flames (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.2

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01-03-13

Jakwob – Fade

UK producer borrows a page from the book of Deadmau5, blending cinematic piano stabs, dynamic builds of percussion, and sweeping R&B-informed female vocals on his new track “Fade”. Debuting today on Huw Stephens BBC Radio show, “Fade” will see its proper full on release in March.

Jakwob england (Facebook)

Rating 8.1

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01-02-13

Casey Veggies – Fuck Witchu

Young Veggies delivers fresh material from his just announced Life Changes project (due Jan. 22). The jazzy/heroin soul-tipped Terrence Clayton-produced track left us right defenseless against doing exactly what song says to. CV we fwchu.

Casey Veggies california (Facebook)

Rating 8.2

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01-02-13

The Belle Game – Wait Up For You

“Wait Up For You” is jangly female-fronted indie rock in 1/2 time via Canada’s West Coast. The Vancouver 5-piece will release “Wait Up For You” b/w “Wasted Light” January 21 on Bella Union. Get psyched.

The Belle Game (Facebook)

Rating 8.1

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01-02-13

Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire

Lion Babe a/k/a the New York duo of Jillian Hervey (who, suprise, is Vanessa Williams’ [“Colors of the Wind” and “Ugly Betty Vanessa Williams not 90210 and Soul Food Vanessa Williams] daughter) and production wiz Lucas Goodman put the b3 crew on R&B notice with their silky smooth late nighter “Treat Me Like Fire”. If you’ve ever even once in your life listened to a Erykah or Aaliyah record and liked it (We probably can’t be friends if the answer to that question is no btw) then you’re going to want to get ears on “Treat Me Like Fire” ASAP.

Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire

Lion Babe (Official)

Rating 8.5

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01-02-13

Zedd ft Foxes – Clarity (The Light Remix)

Reno based producer and composer The Light strikes while the iron is hot in 2013 with this stunning arrangement of the title track and Foxes star feature from the much anticipated 2012 Zedd release.

Zedd ft Foxes – Clarity (The Light Remix)

The Light nevada (Facebook)

Rating 8.5

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01-01-13

Rave’s Fave: Pulp – After You (feat. James Murphy)

Jarvis Cocker demoed this song a year ago and kept it on the back burner until both Pulp and James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) were on the S.S. Coachella together. I think you’ll like the result of this collaboration, and I like the idea of Pulp over a dance beat. By Bruce Rave

Pulp – After You (feat. James Murphy)

PULP (Official)

*Check out Bruce’s Moheak Radio “Go Deep” show on Sunday nights 7-9 pm Pacific, 10-12 am Eastern, 3-5 am GMT. Listen to past shows at Bruce’s blog and follow Bruce on Twitter.

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01-01-13