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August 28, 2013

{Version Alternativa - Pluma 8}

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This compilation of cover songs features: Javiera Mena, Carla Morrison, Andrés Calamaro, Niños Mutantes, Rosario Blefari, Nouvelle Cuisine, Sofia Oportot, and more. The artists featured perform covers from: The Smiths, Leonard Cohen, Jeanette, Julio Iglesias, Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Queen and more

Download the covers album right here

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August 27, 2013

[Les Mentettes}

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Buenos Aires indie pop band Les Mentettes new EP titled Bouh! is now streaming online.

Stream the album right here

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{The Copper Gamins}

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Mexico's garage rock duo The Copper Gamins recently released their self-titled debut album. The album is streaming online. If I were you I'd start at the very bottom with The White Stripesy tune "You Keep Around".

Stream the album right here

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August 26, 2013

{Down Town Sessions}

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I'm excited that I'm going to help promote emerging Latin Indie artists with my friends over at Mucho Musica. One of the latest and greatest things they've done is recently is released what they call The Down Town Sessions. The debut episode features up-and-coming singer songwriter Vanessa Zamora from Tijuana, Mexico.

The Down Town Sessions was created and developed by Mucho Music to document, showcase and highlight Latin Indie or Latin Alternative artists that work with Mucho Music in Los Angeles.
When it comes to the talent that they present at Mucho events, they have bands from not only the United States but from all over the world. Watch the first episode below...



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Vanessa Zamora recently signed to Pan Dulce Productions, Latin Grammy winner Carla Morrisons independent record label. Her album drops in September, but you can hear some of tunes (including covers of Travis, Lykke Li, and Friendly Fires) right here

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{Bob Dylan}

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Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) is a 35 song collection, most newly discovered in the Sony vaults and including less heavily produced "mix-down" versions of songs from Self-Portrait and New Morning.

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{Paula y Los Besos}

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Buenos Aires' Paula y Los Besos put out two EP's full of acoustic guitar pop. The besos on the first album are sweet, loving, and tender, while the besos on the second are bittersweet and melancholic. EP one features a killer cover of T. Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer” titled “Bailar,” while the sequel has two covers: Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” (“Pozo De Fuego”) and Robert Wyatt’s “Free Will And Testament” (“Libre”).

Stream both EP's right here

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{Volcano Choir}

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Singer/songwriter Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) returns with the experimental band Volcano Choir's album titled Repave (out Sept. 3rd). For tracks 1 thru 4 alone, this one is worth picking up.

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August 15, 2013

{SZA}

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R&B singer from New Jersey SZA was raised an Orthodox Muslim, and only started singing less than a year ago. She's just released her first EP, titled S, for free. Production comes from BrandUn DeShay (Danny Brown, Odd Future), Zodiac (The Weeknd), Felix Snow and Patrick Lukens.

Stream/download the EP right here

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{Miss Garrison}

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Spain-dwelling Chileans Miss Garrison's have released a moody rock album, titled deAaB, and it's now streaming online.

Watch a video here

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August 12, 2013

{Sonido Landon}

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Hailing from Chile, residing in Mexico City Sonido Landon’s pop rock EP Pequeños Defectos came out last year, but I'm just now discovering it for myself. In addition to being an accomplished multi-instrumentalist he is also responsible, along good friend Juan Manuel Torreblanca, for producing Carla Morrison’s first full-length, Déjenme Llorar.

You can stream his EP right here

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{Tink}

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This mixtape came out last year, but it flew under my radar. Tink makes R&B that fans of Drake might enjoy. Here's a link to download the mixtape in case you missed it too.

Download the mixtape right here

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{Crocodiles}

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California indie rockers Crocodiles return with their fourth album Crimes of Passion.

Stream his new album right here

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{Shigeto}

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Brooklyn’s Shigeto makes ambient electronic music with hip-hop and jazz touches. His new album No Better Time Than Now is now streaming online.

Stream his new album right here

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August 08, 2013

{The Orwells}

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These Chicago kids (some still in high school) play high energy garage rock. They had a debut album last year and an EP earlier this year.

You can stream a bunch of their songs via thier Soundcloud , but this new late-summer anthem "Who Needs You" is what made a believer out of me. Have a listen...



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{Tulipa Ruiz}

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Brazilian alt pop diva Tulipa Ruiz's latest album Tudo Tanto is streaming on her site (so is her previous album as well).

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August 07, 2013

{Summer Dance Mix '13}

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Feel like dancing? I got your back.
Enjoy! (Cover art by No Moda)
*Note- the Notorious B.I.G. mashup contains explicit lyrics

Have a listen...

"Summer Dance Mix '13'" (click on the download button)

Here's the track listing:
Annie - "Hold On"
Duck Sauce - "It's You"
The Hackney Empire - "Fraudian Slip (Uproot Andy Remix)"
Notorious B.I.G./Miley Cyrus Mashup - "Party & Bullshit (in the U.S.A.)"
Classixx - "All You're Waiting For"
Cansei de ser Sexy - "Let's make love"
Saint Pepsi - "Better"
Craig Mack - "Return of the Mack"
Jay Sean - "So High"

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{Ken Yates}

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Boston folk singer Ken Yates new album Twenty-Three is now streaming online. Jump straight to "New York Rain", that's the one that got me hooked.

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{Phony Ppl}

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Clearly influenced by 90's hip hop this Brooklyn collective's new album titled 53,000 is now streaming online

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{Una Noche}

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Presented by Spike Lee and directed by Lucy Mulloy Una Noche follows Raul, who gets into trouble with the law and needs to flee Havana across a 90 mile ocean.

Look for this film in select theaters August 23rd or on iTunes August 26th.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{The Artist and the Model}

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Fernando Trueba's latest drama is set in the summer of 1943. In an occupied France, near the Spanish border. A famous old sculptor finds the desire to work on his last masterpiece when he sees a beautiful young Spanish girl.

This film is currently screening in select theaters.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{Her}

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Spike Jonze returns with the story set place in the not too distant future about a man dealing with a heartbreak. The film boasts an all star cast (Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson)

Look for this film in select theaters November 20th.

View the trailer right here or below...



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{The Pocket Rockets}

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My friends over at Mucho Music started a new summer series of free concerts in L.A. called The Launch Pad. This up and coming indie rock band The Pocket Rockets were one of the bands that played last week.

Stream their new single and their past EP right here

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{Washed Out}

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Chillwave artist Ernest Greene has returns with a new album under his moniker Washed Out. The album is titled Paracosm (out on August 13 through Sub Pop) and is now streaming online.

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August 05, 2013

{Typhoon}

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Portland collective Typhoon return with their new album White Lighter, bringing their signature big band of horns, strings, drums and guitars.

Stream the album right here

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{Andrea Echeverri}

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Aterciopelados front woman Andrea Echeverri returns with an acoustic, stripped down album titled Ruiseñora, which is now streaming online.

Stream the album right here

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{Swim Deep}

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Swim Deep are my latest obsession. They find influence in Brit-pop, indie rock, shoegaze, and bands from the C86 indie-pop movement.

Here's the song that reeled me in...



Stream the album right here or most of their album here

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{All Things Pass: A Slow Summer Mix}

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I now give you a slow late Summer Mix. Enjoy! (Cover art by No Moda)


Have a listen...

"All Things Pass: A Slow Summer Mix'" (click on the download button)

Here's the track listing:
Nylo - "Introduction"
John Hopkins & Hayden Thorpe - "Goodbye Horses"
Owen - "The Burial"
OMD - "Souvenir"
Oscar & The Wolf - "Moonshine"
Zola Jesus - Avalanche (Slow)"
Lightning Inside You - "She Goes Home" (Demo)
beGun - "Madrid"
Sigur Ros - "Rafstraumur"

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{MINKS}

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Indie label Captured Tracks (DIIV, Mac DeMarco, Beach Fossils) are set to MINKS album Tides End. The album is filled with 80s-tinged summer anthems.

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{Celesta en la Cesta}

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Monterrey folk band Celesta en la Cesta released their EP Celesta en la Cuesta for a pay what you like price.

Stream the EP right here or below...



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{Saint Pepsi}

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This album is full of disco-tinged dance music.

Stream the album right here or below...



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{Partynextdoor}

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Canadian R&B singer, and Drake affiliate, Partynextdoor maintains similarities to both Drake and The Weeknd. He just released a self-titled mixtape and naturally Drake guest spots.

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{AlunaGeorge}

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UK duo AlunaGeorge are streaming their debut full-length album Body Music. It's near flawless pop.

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