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Tuesdays are for the sheer drop in enthusiasm for the week, after reflecting upon it on monday. It is the kind of day that feels like it needs a touch of melancholy, but one that’s dressed up in a warm hug as well. Oh, hello The Decemberists, I didn’t see you there!

Evidently, every song on their Castaways and Cutouts album is pure gold. Though it stands to reason that some of the tracks are more gold than others. This is certainly an example of that, and it’s the first track off the album to boot! There is something altogether pleasant about the combination of guitar, accordion and Meloy’s voice, particularly when they’re rallying around a tune that is beautifully melancholic. The group has been away for a little while now, but a new album is on the way next year: hurrah!

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Monday is a day for getting up on time, being trim and proper and orderly, and sitting down quietly to focus on the week ahead. To that, I say ‘sod it': I want messiness and craziness, damnit!

With that, Bombay Harambee are here to bust me out of my malaaaaaaaise. Check, Check, Checkmate is a nice little package of messy garage rock, the kind that reminds me of my own days as a garage rock drummer. Ah, memories. Thankfully, Bombay Harambee aren’t rubbish, unlike my own efforts as a long-haired, drumming galoot.

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You know the best way to cap off a weekend of peace? AN EXPLOSION OF ROCK! YEAH!

Here is a new track from up and coming alternative rock band, Foo Fighters. It seems to me that they’re going to go pretty far and- what’s that? Well established, you say? Been around for decades, you say? He was in Nirvana, you say? Well, either way, this is a rip-roaring track that pleasingly drifts to and from a variety of different rock styles without ever feeling disconnected. Plus, it’s just a boatload of fun, as rock should be. Mr. Grohl and co., you have done it again!

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Evidently, this will be an entire weekend of relaxation. I mean, what better way is there to follow up that saturday morning sleep-in than watching movies at home in comfortable pants with a tub of ice cream? Yes, you’re right, there is no better way.

To lend some class to that potentially distasteful image, here is quite a beautiful song from newcomers Ocean Music. The vocals have a kind of Isolation Years type quality to them, and the music itself has a folk-ish, Iron and Wine appeal to them. Those are two things I just cannot say no to!

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Dust off the cobwebs and chuck those skeletons right out the friggin’ door: I am posting again! Having said that, wouldn’t it just be crazy hilarious if I made a big hoo-ha about how I’m posting again and then proceed to not post again for a month? What a hoot it’d be! Comedy gold!

Clearly, I need to ease into this whole ‘posting’ thing. So, here’s a rather gentle, lovely tune, the kind you may flick on after a delightful saturday morning sleep-in – those of you looking for music that goes with the night before that sleep-in need not apply. I get quite a nice, relaxed-shoegazing kind of feel with this one, so kick back and prepare to feel warm and fuzzy.

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You! Yes, you there! Are you tired of having music from an Irish band forced upon you? Don’t you wish there was another way? Well, with either/or, there is! I AM WITTY, I REFERENCE REAL-LIFE EVENTS.

Anyway, I am certainly not currently in the mood for Bono’s shenanigans, so Pet Sun’s debut single is most welcome. It is a grand throwback to the days of British/American proto-punk, so there’s obviously nothing to hate about it. It’s wild, non-sensical and hairy: you’ll no doubt sprout a chest full of it upon listening.

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Slick, but undeniably charming pop? I will take two servings of that, thank you very much! Allow me to introduce you to Caitlin Park, an Australian, self-described dabbler in “folktronica”, which is a just the best genre mash-up word I’ve ever heard. The actual content of that genre is similarly wonderful: who would’ve thought that folk and electronic would come together in such wonderful harmony? A miracle in the same vein as bacon and waffles, no doubt.

Anyway, here is Lemonade, off her most recent release, The Sleeper, and it is a most delightful tune. Perhaps one that can lift your spirits! I do hope that Ms. Park really takes off as an artist, because this music is far too lovely to remain hidden on silly, obscure blogs like this one.

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Awwwwwww, hells yeah! Ms. Washington’s album is now available for your aural pleasure, and I highly suggest you go out and buy it. And I’m not even being paid to say that!

Here is a track off that new album, which should explode in your face with a slew of 80s sensibilities. It is an incredibly catchy ditty, graced with her sublime singing that still blows me away.

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We mentioned Remi the other day in our post on the Avalanches, and since I am lazy, I thought I should post about them a few days later. I am nothing if predictable! Anyway, as I mentioned in that post, Remi is an Australian hip-hop artist. He seems to play a good mix of the smoother hip-hop that I quite like and the more a-typical stuff that I don’t quite like. Can’t win them all!

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Yeah yeah, we’ve posted about the Avalanches before. But that was with our old posting style! Besides, you’re not the boss of me! Get off my back!

Thankfully, the Avalanches have not lost any of their brilliance since releasing their one and (currently) only album back in 2001. Sheesh, has it seriously been 13 years since this song came out? Good golly, they better have one hell of a follow-up album on the way. Anyhoo, since it would be remiss of me to simply post about a song/band that we’ve kind of covered before, I’ve dropped in a rather fantastic cover of the song by the Australian hip-hop artist, REMI. It is not a particularly easy song to cover, but this version is completely amazing, thanks to a willingness to divert from the source material at appropriate times.

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I am a sucker for stop-motion animation; there’s something inherently charming about seeing physical, normally inanimate objects come to life. Now it seems that Wagons have had the good grace to attach a corking bit of dirty blues rock to some stop-motion animation, so I am now, obviously, drooling uncontrollably.

Wagons are an Australian outfit playing mostly rock and Americana and good gosh they are fantastic. Just go and listen to the song below, and know that there is a small Australian tour coming up quite soon that your ears would most definitely benefit from attending.

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