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Five For Your Friday

This week’s edition of Five For Your Friday features tracks from Sarah Jaffe, Fang Island, Menomena, All Wrong and The Plans Change and The Fresh & Onlys. Enjoy!

Sarah Jaffe

Coming out of Denton, Texas Sarah Jaffe self-released her first EP back in 2007. Touring with the likes of Lou Barlow, Midlake and Old 97’s in 2010 Jaffe released her debut album, Suburban Nature, followed shortly after by two more albums in 2011 and 2012. “Clementine” is off her 2010 album.


Fang Island

Formed in Providence, Rhode Island and later relocating to Brooklyn, New York Fang Island is made up of Jason Bartell, Chris Georges, Michael Jacober, Nicholas Andrew Sadler and Marc St. Sauveur.  Coming together back in 2005 as an art project between Philip Curcuru, Pete Watts and Georges while the three were enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design, the group gained and lost members before settling down into the current five-member design. Describing their music as “everyone high-fiving everyone”, “Life Coach” is from their 2010 self-titled release.

“Life Coach”


Based out of Portland, Oregon, Menomena formed back in 2000 between Brent Knopf, Justin Harris and Danny Seim. The group eventually gained member Joe Haege and lost Knopf in 2011 when he decided to focus more on his other musical pursuits, specifically Ramona Falls. Since their formation the group has released three EPs and four LPs. “Wet and Rusting” is off their 2006 EP of the same title.

“Wet and Rusting”

All Wrong & The Plans Change

Consisting of best friends Kassia Conway and Amy Wood, All Wrong and the Plans Change is based in Los Angeles, California. Daughter of a music engineer and producer, Wood grew up around music and began playing in clubs at the young age of 14. “I Get Down” is a track from the duo’s debut homemade album I’m Like Whatever

“I Get Down”

The Fresh & Onlys

Forming back in 2008 in San Francisco, California, The Fresh & Onlys  were originally comprised of Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin. Later down the road the duo gained additional members including Kyle Gibson, Heidi Alexander and Wymond Miles. Classified frequently as ‘garage pop’, the group has released three albums and two EPs. “Waterfall” is off their 2010 release Play It Strange



Five For Your Friday

This week features a collection of quartets and one quintent, featuring tracks from San Cisco, Amatorski, Walk the Moon, The Paper Kites and Headlights.

San Cisco

San Cisco is another indie-pop gem out of Australia. Forming in 2009, the group was previously known as King George, but opted for the change after feedback from friends and fans. Composed of Jordi Davieson, Josh Biondillo, Nick Gardner and Scarlett Stevens, the quartet all attended high school together. Releasing two EPs, “Awkward” is off their latest release of the same name.



Coming out of Ghent, Belgium, Amatorski formed in 2008. With their name translating as ‘amateurs’, the four-man group has proven to be anything but by making it to the finals of Rockrally (a Belgian rock contest)  as well as having their tack Come Home reach the #1 spot on “De Aferkening” on the radio station Studio Brussel

Walk The Moon

Known for face-paint and wildly energetic shows, Walk the Moon is a four-piece indie-rock group out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Made up of Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman and Eli Maiman, the quartet has supported acts such as Weezer and Grouplove. Playing at well-known music festivals such as Lollapalooza, SXSW and Summerfest, they released their debut album I want! I want! at the end of 2010.

“Anna Sun”

The Paper Kites

The Paper Kites are yet another group out of Australia. Composed of Sma Bentley, Christina Lacy, Dave Powys, Sam Rasmussen and Josh Bently, the five create mellow indie folk that “Aim to put a smile on your face and some love in your heart”.



Forming back in 2004, Headlights unfortunately broke up in January 2012, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their amazing music still. Comprised of Erin Fein, Brett Sanderson, Tristan Wraight, Nick Sanborn, the quartet was based out of Champagin, Illinois.

Five For Your Friday

Here’s five random songs for your listening pleasure… featuring tracks by Little Red, Dead Man’s Bones, Generationals, Buried Beds, and Indian Trails. Enjoy!

Little Red

Out of Melbourne, Australia Little Red is a five piece pop/rock band that started back in ’05. In 2008 the group won the Australia-wide music competition ‘Garage to V’. Having toured with acts such as Vampire Weekend and Spoon, the quintet is comprised of Adrian Beltrame, Quang Dinh, Tom Hartney, Dominic Bryne, and Taka Honda. “Slow Motion” is off their sophomore album Midnight Remember.

“Slow Motion”

Dead Man’s Bones

Aside from being a heart-throb to women across the globe, Ryan Gosling makes up one half of the group Dead Man’s Bones. Alongside Zach Shields, the duo met back in ’05 but it wasn’t until 2009 that the two release their self titled debut. Performing under the alias “Baby Goose” Gosling and Shields recorded Dead Man’s Bones with the assistance of Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir.

“My Body’s A Zombie For You”


Forming in 2008, Generationals is an indie-rock group out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Composed of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, the duo were originally members of the group The Earnes Era and founded Generationals following the break-up of their previous band. Releasing their debut album in 2009, the pair have released two albums and an EP.


Buried Beds

Originally starting in 2004 as a duo between Eliza Jones and Brandon Beaver, Buried Beds eventually grew into a group effort when the pair were joined by Thomas Bendel, Tom Mallon and Hallie Sianni in 2004. Somewhere down the road, Mallon left the group to take on his new job as a father and Buried Bed gained Dave Harley.

“Breadcrumb Trails”

Indian Trails

Based in Lahti, Finland, Indian Trails is a indie quintet made up of Jouni Mathias, Nico Henry, Leo Richard,  Joel Aleksi and Antti Mikael. Releasing their single “Lights” in 2011, the group says they draw influence from summer nights and 80’s music. With the this song’s undeniably catchy rhythm, it will be hard to keep your feet still.


Five For Your Friday

This week’s edition of Five For Your Friday features tracks from Kishi Bashi, Cymbals Eat Guitar, Quiet Company, The Jealous Sound, and The Dirty Dishes. Enjoy!

Kishi Bashi

Founding member of Jupiter One, Kishi Bashi is the self-produced and recorded project of multi-instrumentalist K Ishibashi. His solo endeavor started in 2011 with the release of his debut EP Room For Dream.  Previously touring with Regina Spektor, Ishibashi is currently touring with of Montreal.

Cymbals Eat Guitar

Founded in 2008, Cymbals Eat Guitar released their debut album just one year later. Made up of Joseph D’Agostino, Matthew Miller, Matt Whipple and Brian Hamilton, Miller and D’Agnostino began making music together back in high school.  Taking their name from a Lou Reed quote, the group currently calls New York home

“…And the Hazy Sea”

Quiet Company

Coming out of Austin, Texas, Quiet Company has been making music together since 2000. Holding the title of first band signed by Grooveshark, the group has released four albums. Having toured with the likes of What Made Milwaukee Famous and Dear * The Headlights, Quiet Company is comprised of Taylor Muse, Thomas Blank, Jeff Weathers and Matt Parmenter.

“You, Me & The Boatman (Truth Is, I’ve been Thirsty All My Life”

The Jealous Sound

Forming in 2000 from the members of various 90’s bands including Knapsack and Sunday’s Best The Jealous Sound is currently composed of Blair Shehan, Bob Penn, Nate Mendel and Pedro Benitio. Releasing  their latest album at the beginning of this year, The Jealous Sound has released two EP and two LPs.

The Dirty Dishes

Hailing from Boston Massachusetts, The Dirty Dishes is a rock outfit that combines elements of various genres, like psychedelic and grunge, to produce sounds that have landed them on the lists of “Bands to Watch in 2012” for many.


Five For Your Friday

An eclectic mix this time around, featuring tracks from Capital Cities, Retribution Gospel Choir, Trombone Shorty, White Lies and Movits! Enjoy!

Capital Cities

Electro Pop/Rock Dance duo Capital Cities, is made up of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. The two connected via craigslist in 2008 when Merchant was searching for a collaborator and found Simonian. In 2011 they released their debut EP and their hit single “Safe and Sound” landed a #2 spot on Hype Machine.  With an infectious beat and horn fanfare, its difficult not to dance to this track.

“Safe And Sound”

Retribution Gospel Choir

Indie rock group Retribution Gospel Choir   is a trio out of Duluth, Minnesota. Comprised of Alan Sparhawk, Steven Garrington and Eric Pollard, both Sparhawk and Garrington are members of the band Low. Having released two studio albums Retribution Gospel Choir is known for being loud and energetic and their track “Hide It Away” is just that.

“Hide It Away”

Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews aka Trombone Shorty has been playing the trombone since 6 years old. Having attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, Andrews has quite the impressive resume: featured member of Lenny Kravitz’s horn section, played alongside U2 and Green Day, held the #1 spot on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart for 9 weeks and much more. Andrews has released 8 studio albums and 4 live albums.  Mixing an incredible horn section with distorted guitar and constant bass line,”Hurricane Season” is off his 2010 album Backatown.

“Hurricane Season”

White Lies

Forming in 2007, White Lies is an indie rock outfit from Ealing, London. With the line up including Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave and Jack Lawrence-Brown, the group has been playing together since their early teen years under the name Fear of Flying, however in 2007, the trio decided that they needed a new name to fit their new sound, and thus White Lies came to be. With an irresistible foot tapping beat, synthesizer, and subtly echoed vocals “Death” is full of life (ha ha, but really).



Playing a unique combination of swing, jazz and hip-hop, Movits! is a Swedish group that formed in 2007. Based in Luleå. Sweden, the group consists of Johan Rensfeldt, Anders Rensfeldt and Joakim Nilsson. Gaining popularity in the US in 2009 after being featured on The Colbert Report, the trio has released two album.  “Äppelknyckarjazz ” (literally translated as apple swiper jazz or scrumping jazz) is off their 2008 album of the same name.


Five For Your Friday

It’s that time again… This week’s Five For Your Friday features tracks from A.A. Bondy, Cloud Cult, The Coral, Sea Wolf and Fanfarlo. Enjoy!

A.A. Bondy

Formerly of grunge group, Verbena, Scott Bondy is now the front man and sole member of A.A. Bondy. Short for August Arthur Bondy, A.A. Bondy came into existence in 2003 after Verbena disbanded and Bondy took refuge in upstate New York and recorded “stripped-down indie folk”. Mixing and recording his debut album in a barn, Bondy has released three albums. “I Can See the Pines” , full of acoustic guitar and subtle harmonies, is from his 2009 album, When The Devil’s Loose.

“I Can See the Pines”

Cloud Cult

Minneapolis, Minnesota experimental indie group Cloud Cult  began in 1995 as the solo project of Craig Minowa. Producing fantastic music and protecting the environment while doing so, Cloud Cult release their albums via a self-created non-profit record label that utilizes the most environmentally friendly means available.  With strings, moving acoustic phrases and raw vocals, “Journey of the Featherless” is from the album Feel Good Ghosts.

“Journey of the Featherless”

The Coral

Forming more than a decade ago in 1996, The Coral are an indie group from Holylake, England. Mixing psychedelic, indie rock, old school country and folk rock, The Coral create an interesting and unique sound. Simple acoustic strums and synthesizer come together and make you want to move in “In the Morning”.

“In The Morning”

Sea Wolf

Led by Alex Brown Church, Sea Wolf began back in 2003. Sea Wolf came to be when Church wrote songs that didn’t fit the genre of his other band Irving, so he start performing them as Sea Wolf accompanied by various backing musicians. Sea Wolf has released an EP and two LPs, “Dew In The Grass” is off the 2009 album White Water, White Bloom.

“Dew In The Grass”


Indie-folk group Fanfarlo was formed back in 2006 by Simon Balthazar and Giles Davis, however, Davis left the group before they released any music. Currently based in London, Fanfarlo takes it’s name from a Charles Baudelaire novel and is comprised of Amos Memon, Cathy Lucas, Simon Balthazar, Leon Beckenham and Justin Finch. Featuring crescendos ending in cymbal rolls, faint synthesizer and tempo changes, “Luna” is bound to get stuck in your head.


Five For Your Friday

The lastest edition of Five for Your Friday with tracks from Yosemite, Jay Jay Pistolet, You Won’tAbsofacto and Family of the Year. Enjoy!


Out of Northern-Wisconsin comes Yosemitea trio producing Frisbee folk jams for your listening pleasure. Made up of Kevin Gonring, Matt Schmitz, and Greg Umhoefer, the three draw their influences from Lord of the Rings and girls, Complete with amazing full harmonies and twangy guitar, “Tall Trees” is off their debut EP, YosemitEP, released in September 2011.

“Tall Trees”

Jay Jay Pistolet

From New Forest, Hampshire comes singer/songwriter Justin James Hayward-Young, aka Jay Jay Pistolet. Currently a member of the Vaccines (a British indie-rock group), Jay Jay Pistolet has supported acts like Noah and the Whale and Snow Club. While performing he plays solo or calls upon the aid of his backing band which features singer of Mumford and Sons, Marcus Mumford. Simple guitar and unaltered vocals add something special to this aching break-up song.

“Hooked Up On Us”

You Won’t

Coming together back in 1999 while involved in a high school play, Massachusetts natives Raky Sastri and Josh Arnoudse make up the indie-folk group You Won’t. Through the duo has known each other for quite some time, it wasn’t until 2008, while living in New York City, that they first began making music and performing shows together under the name Nohow On. In 2010 the pair secluded themselves in the woods in Littleton, MA, recorded an album and adopted the name You Won’t. While “Three Car Garage” starts off with a slightly bizarre intro, give the track a chance, you might fall in love with the energetic acoustic guitar and drum stick hits present throughout the track.

“Three Car Garage”


Solo project of songwriter and lead singer of Mason Proper, Absofacto’s sole member is Jonathan Visger. Utilizing electronics like synthesizers and drum machines to achieve his fun band sound, Visger has released three EPs, a LP and a handful of singles. Squeeze box sounds and bright guitar riffs mesh together in “Feathers (Don’t Change On Me)”.

“Feathers (Don’t Change On Me)”

Family of the Year

Starting back in 2009, indie group Family of the Year calls Los Angeles, California home. While some members have come and gone, the core members are made up of brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe, Christina Schroeter and Jamsey Buckey. Having released three EPS and an LP, the quartet are set to drop a full length album in 2012. Unison guitar and piano phrases, muted trumpet and handclaps are just a few of the highlights in “Chugjug”.


Five For Your Friday

This week’s edition of Five For Your Friday boasts mainly instrumental songs from Yann Tiersen, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Ólafur Arnalds, Laura, and Beats Antique. Enjoy!

Yann Tiersen

Born in 1970, Yann Tiersen has been playing music since his was born. Learning piano at age four and violin at age six, at 13, he dropped violin (quite literally, broke it into pieces) bought a guitar and formed a band.  Tiersen picked the violin back up in 1993 with adopting a vision referred to as “a musical anarchy”, stating  “Let’s live in an enormous world of sound we can use randomly, with no rules at all. Let’s play with sound, forget all knowledge and instrumental skills, and just use instinct – the same way punk did.”  Widely recognized for his composing featured in Amelie and Good Bye Lenin! Tiersen also plays live and tours, making his first US appearance in last year in Los Angeles, CA. Featuring a rich, full sound, outstanding musicianship and a breath-taking build up towards the end, “Till The End” is off Tiersen’s album Dust Lane.

“Till The End”

Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Created by Simon Jeffes, a classically trained guitarist, composer and arranger, Penguin Cafe Orchestra started four decades ago in 1972. Comprised of a collective of performing musicians, the group performed and recorded music  up until Jeffes passed of a brain tumor in 1997.  Simon Jeffes’ son revived the group in 2009 and began performing under the name of Penguin Cafe.  Perpetuum Mobile has been used and sampled a number of times, including on NPR’s This American Life as well as Mac Miller’s song “Missed Calls” . With swelling strings and a constant repetitive piano phrase (hence the name perpetuum mobile), this track speaks to ones soul and elicits a multitude of emotions.

“Perpetuum Mobile”

Ólafur Arnalds

Born in 1986, Ólafur Arnalds hails from Mosfellsbær, Iceland. Previously the drummer  for the hardcore metal band Celestine, Arnalds released his first solo album, Eulogy for Evolution, in October of 2007. Multi-instrumentalist, music producer and composer, Arnalds work has been featured on So  You Think You Can Dance as well as other media outlets. Ljósið is a track from a weeklong project entitled Found Songs, Arnalds launched, where he wrote, recorded and released a song every 24 hours.



Started in 2001, Laura is a post-rock group with their roots in Melbourne, Australia. The quintet is comprised of  pianist, synthesizer player and guitarist, Nathan Biggin, guitarist and vocalist, Andrew Chalmers, cellist, Carolyn Gannel, bass guitarist, Andrew Yardley and guitar Ben Yardley.  Having released two EPs and four albums, the group is known for their loud live shows.”Radio Swan is Down Pt 2″ features echoing guitar, gentle cello phrases and bright xylophone.

Beats Antique

Beats Antique is the result of an interesting union between music producers David Satori and Tommy Cappel, who both have substantial backgrounds in multicultural music production, and Zoe Jakes, music producer AND world-renowned belly dancer. Mixing electronics and world music, Beats Antiques gives us the stimulating track “Runaway”.


Five For Your Friday

It’s time for your weekly fix of Five For Your Friday, featuring Patterns, Harlem Shakes, Gemini Club, Satellite Stories, and Lightning Love. Enjoy!


Hard to Google, Patterns, is comprised of Ciaran McAuley, Alex Hillhouse, Jamie Lynch and Lawernce Radford. Calling Mancester, England home, the group recorded this rich and full track in North Wales.


Harlem Shakes

Started back in 2006, Harlem Shakes is an energetic quintet made up of Lexy, Brent, Kendrick, Jose and Todd. Releasing an EP, Burning Birthdays, back in 2007 and LP, Technicolor Health, in 2009, the group has played shows with the likes of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Beirut and Vampire Weekend. Sadly they haven’t released anything since 2009, nonetheless, “Sunlight” is an upbeat throwback guaranteed to brighten your day.


Gemini Club

Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Gemini Club, is an electro-pop trio consisting of Dan Brunelle, Tom Gavin and Gordon Bramli. Playing together since 2009, the group has a simple desire, “to make great dance music, and to have fun while doing it”. Starting off with piano chords then exploding into a dance jam, this song lives up to its title and takes you by surprise.

“By Surprise”

Satellite Stories

 Oulu, Finland quartet, Satellite Stories, have self-released 3 sets of songs since 2010. They hope to  “bring you nostalgia from events that you never really experienced” and do so through fast-paced drumming, catchy choruses and pronounced bass lines.

“Kids Aren’t Safe In The Metro”

Lightning Love

This indie-pop trio, Lightning Love, appeared on the blog last week when they released their latest EP Girls Who Look Like Me, however, I fell in love with this Ypsilanti gem and felt that everyone else should too. Consisting of Leah Diehl on vocals, Aaron Diehl on drums and Ben Collins on guitar, the group self-recorded and produced their debut album November Birthday, which the track “Everyone I Know” is from.

“Everyone I know”

Five For Your Friday

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for a new edition of Five For Your Friday. This week’s installment features groups from Australia and Canada, including: The Middle East, The Rural Alberta Advantage, First Rate People, Hey Rosetta! and The Panics. Enjoy!

The Middle East

Originally formed in 2005, The Middle East  split up in 2008 only to get back together a mere 11 months later. The Queensland, Australia natives went on to produce two more EPs and an album (I Want That You Are Always Happy, 2011) that landed them the #11 spot on the Australian charts. Sadly, during their performance at Splendour in the Grass in 2011 the band announced that it would be their last show. “Blood” exhibits touching lyrics and full harmonies,  over whistling and xylophone phrases that dance together.

If you like The Head and the Heart you may like The Middle East

“Blood” by The Middle East

The Rural Alberta Advantage 

Despite the name, The Rural Alberta Advantage is actually from Toronto, Ontario. The Canadian trio formed in 2005 and since then has released 2 EPs and 2 albums. Their most recent album, Departing (2011), earned them a spot on the longlist of the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, “Frank, AB” , which features consistent drum beats and guitar strums that build up into a boisterous chorus, is off their 2008 album, Hometowns.

If you like The Dodos you may like The Rural Alberta Advantage

“Frank, AB” by The Rural Alberta Advantage

First Rate People

First Rate People was  formed shortly after  high school in Owen Sound, Ontario by Michael Siegrist and Jonathan Lawless.  The group evolved into some what of a collaboration and the first recording featured over 30 different musicians. The group eventually settled into a 6 person set-up. In 2007 they released their debut album, Let’s Get Nautical, however they didn’t really gain much popularity until their 2010 single “GIRLS’ NIGHT”, which features overlapping male and female counter melodies as well as synth, strings and percussion.

If you like Dark Mean you may like First Rate People

“GIRLS” NIGHT” by First Rate People

Hey Rosetta!

The six-piece indie-rock band, Hey Rosetta!, formed in 2005 in Newfoundland, Canada. The group has released 3 EPs and 3 studio albums, and gained popularity in 2010 during the Vancouver Winter Olympics when their song “Red Heart” was used in an Olympic montage video celebrating Canadian pride. “Yer Spring”, off of their 2011 album Seeds, features a lively string section mixed with electric guitar and powerful vocals.

If you like Plants and Animals you may like Hey Rosetta!

“Yer Spring” by Hey Rosetta!

The Panics

Started in 2002 while still in high school, The Panics were originally from Perth, Australia but are currently based in Melbourne. The group has released 4 albums, 3 of which have landed them spots on ARIA‘s Top 100 list. The Panics boast several awards, including 5 WAMi awards, 2 ARIA awards and 1 J Award. “Don’t Fight It” was released as a single in 2008, and star a catchy horn section between advice-giving lyrics.

If you like Augie March you may like The Panics.

“Don’t Fight It” by The Panics

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