Friday, September 2, 2011

What I'm Diggin': Girls, Surfer Blood

August was sort of quiet here at LTL! The beginning of the month was filled with a family vacation, followed closely by a long visit by my mother. Well, Mrs. LTL! is overseas on business, and the kids start school on Tuesday. So, I'm ready to talk new tunes once again, as well as share a few lists, including my favorite albums from the '80s (coming soon!). As for today, I wanted you to hear a couple of new songs that I'm really digging.

One of my favorite new bands of 2010 was the Florida power-pop outfit Surfer Blood. In fact, "Floating Vibes" was No. 6 on my top tracks of the year. On Oct. 25, they follow-up 'Astro Coast' with the four-song EP 'Tarot Classics.' You can hear a song from it on Kanine Records' site. "Miranda" sounds like something right out of the Pixies' songbook. It's probably no coincidence the band is touring with Frank Black, Kim Deal and Co. this fall.

I have been touting to death the impending release from Girls, but it's for good reason. They are just about the most exciting band out there right now. I can't give enough love to their debut album or followup EP. On Sept. 13, the band's sophomore effort, 'Father, Son, Holy Ghost,' finally sees the light of day. If you didn't get the free download of "Vomit," the first song made available back in July, get it here. A few days ago a second song from the album was made available for streaming. Hear "Honey Bunny," two minutes of pure pop, and preorder the new record now. This highly anticipated album should be near the top of my year-end list.

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