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Spectrals

First single from Spectrals excellent debut album Bad Penny. Upbeat, swinging, soulful pop that has garnered comparisons with folks as disparate as Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner and Real Estate. From the shining guitar chords to the lazy melody, this is simply a perfectly-crafted tune and a superb taster for the deep, immaculately-conceived and executed album this is Bad Penny.

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Sad Girls

Big Troubles

The first single from Big Troubles fantastic second album Romantic Comedy. A lovely slice of updated power-pop based on a catchy stop-start verse that gives way to an indelible, spiraling chorus, this tune is as big and bright as they come. On the flip side, "Phantom" raises the volume a bit, hearkening back to first album hits.

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Piglet

Sarandon

At last, a single version of the pop hit from Sarandon's Age of Reason. A perfect example of Sarandon, the 2011 version. Catchy as hell, and yes it's 'pop', but pop with a razor edge and a wicked sense of humor. Also featured on this single are covers of two huge influences on Sarandon - The McTells' "Expecting Joe" and The Nightingales' classic "Crafty Fag." Sarandon know their music history and are great interpreters for these two cornerstones of DIY post-punk pop.

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Your Sympathy

Devon Williams

LA pop master Devon Williams is back with this simply beautiful piece of timeless pop, recalling legends like The Church, Felt and Teardrop Explodes while still being pure Devon in it's attention to arrangement and melody. Includes an exclusive non-LP b-side.

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Dancing With A Hole In Your Heart

Art Museums

Comfortably occupying the spot where 60s pop suss meets first-wave post-punk DIY pop and contemporary bedroom experimentation, The Art Museums craft positively giddy tunes that make terms like lo-fi and indie-pop redundant and pointless; this is just great POP made by people who know and love it. Three great songs from one of our favorite bands.

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End Times

Weekend

As one of the highlights of Sports, "End Times" is power-pop as interpreted by "Feed Me With Your Kiss"-era MBV, an amazing mix of melody and racket that perfectly encapsulates what Weekend are about. Driven by relentless drums and a pummeling bass line, it could the most straightforwardly pop track on the album. On the flip side, LA duo Speculator remix album opener "Coma Summer" into a hypnotic Kraut-inflected daydream -- trippy, motorik and totally compelling.

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I'm Neurotic

Terry Malts

Great punk-flavored power-pop from this mysterious San Francisco trio. Their tunes are catchy like fishhooks, jumping off from such familiar touchstones as Ramones and Buzzcocks, stopping off with some fine SoCal friends like The Descendents and Red Cross, arriving at an energetic modern power-pop/punk amalgam not too far from The Exploding Hearts and The Clorox Girls.

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Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burnout

Dum Dum Girls

Perfect buzzsaw pop from one of our favorite bands. "Bhang Bhang, I'm A Burnout" is taken from their I Will Be album and is one of their toughest tunes, a fuzz-laden slice of garage pop with a killer chorus that muses on the virtues of psychedelics. "Last Caress" on the flip is a cover of the Misfits tune; it hearkens back to Dee Dee's more minimal roots, her fragile vocals and jangling guitar getting right to the pop at the core of the song.

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I Own It

Phil Wilson

Ex-June Bride Phil Wilson is back with a new band and his first new songs since the late 80s. Taken from his forthcoming album God Bless Jim Kennedy, "I Own It" combines electric and acoustic guitars to create a light, folky atmosphere. It's a brilliantly catchy tune that showcases Phil's finely-honed pop sense. The b-side, "What Time Can Do," is exclusive to this single.

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Shake The Shackles

Crystal Stilts

"Shake The Shackles" is Crystal Stilts' first release since "Love Is A Wave" and is a great snapshot of where the band is now and a taster for their second album, due in early 2011. Driven by echoed guitar strum and droning keys, it's a dexterous update of 60s garage pop that places it alongside late 80s Paisley Underground heroes, but the song itself is totally timeless, and impossible to place anywhere but firmly in Crystal Stilts' own unique style. B-side "Magnetic Moon" is exclusive to this single.

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7th Date

Spectrals

Excellent Spector-esque pop that combines classic 50s/60s songwriting with modern suss and a punk rock vibe. 7th Date is Spectrals' first release for Slumberland and it's a corker - an understated slow-dance shimmy punctuated by tambourine shakes and tinkling bells. Lovely!

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Do You Want A Boyfriend?

Tender Trap

Tender Trap are back and man did we miss them. With two extra girl voices (from new members guitarist Elizabeth and drummer Katrina) this great single combines the harmonies, oohs, ahs and sha-la-las of classic girl-pop with the stripped down beats and dirty guitars of the Shop Assistants and The Vaselines. The punk-rocking flip side "The Sum and The Difference" is exclusive to this single.

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Say No To Love

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

The Pains are back with a perfect pop single for those hot summer months. "Say No To Love" is an absolute smash, a tune bursting with melody, great riffs, delicious guitar jangle and the infectious energy we've some to expect from the Pains. "Lost Saint" on the flip is an altogether moodier affair, and exclusive to this single.

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Indecision

Manatee

Straight-ahead power-pop inspired by bands as diverse as Velvet Underground, The Ramones, The Feelies and The Replacements. Impassioned, timeless noise-pop, featuring Mike from Whorl/Black Tambourine/Bright Coloured Lights/Crabapples.

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Never Mine

Brilliant Colors

Inspired in equal parts by post-punk DIY fervor and the spiky pop of C86 and early Flying Nun/Creation label output, Brilliant Colors are back with two brand new songs that further cement their status as first class purveyors of crash pop. Both tunes are non-lp!

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Have A Little Faith In People

The Lodger

Digital-only taster for their upcoming album Flashbacks. Includes two non-album b-sides. Excellent soulful pop from Leeds' finest.

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Your Timetable

Summer Cats

Melbourne's pop greats are back with two brand-new songs. With all the fuzz, fizz and jangle you've come to expect, this double a-side single is the perfect party platter with which to kick off your summer.

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Thee Only One

Frankie Rose

Haunting pop from Brooklyn's Frankie Rose. Timeless music that recalls the ghosts of 60s girl group sounds, Brill Building songwriters and the 80s/90s/00s continuum of Black Tambourine, The Aislers Set and her previous groups Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts.

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