Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

We hope you're having a wonderful holiday season!

Here's a new Christmas song from The Magnetic Fields. it's from their new album "Realism", which you can pre-order here.

The Magnetic Fields - Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree

dr maz


Matinée Records

It's going to be a very good winter, musically speaking. Matinée Records will finally be releasing two long-awaited albums.

Northern Portrait - Criminal Art Lovers (December 2009)

The Electric Pop Group - Seconds (January 2010)

You can stream some songs on the myspace page and pre-order them here, along with a new compilation "The Matinée Grand Prix".


The Tender Trap

The Tender Trap have released their new single, Fireworks, on the Fortuna Pop! label.

Free download is here.

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The Ballet

Hooray! The Ballet are releasing their long-awaited second album, entitled BEAR LIFE, on November 21st.

01 Chinatown
02 Dangerous
03 The House on Fire
04 Teenage Medusa
05 Kitty
06 I'm Going Through a Personal Transformation
07 Rough Trade
08 You Call Me
09 Girlfriends
10 Never Go Home
11 Murder at the Discotheque
12 Expectations

Album art and packaging design by Daniel Barrow, featuring do-it-yourself animation.

The band will have a record release show at Union Hall in Brooklyn on November 21st.

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Elm City Popfest

A Sunny Day In Glasgow to headline first Elm City PopFest — New Haven, Conn., Nov. 14

Our friends at Tweefort have teamed up with ArtSpace New Haven and the Connecticut indie music blog CT Indie to present the first Elm City PopFest — a full day of music to benefit the arts in New Haven. Two shows will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 14 with 7 bands, headlined by Philadelphia dream-pop outfit A Sunny Day In Glasgow.

The music will start at 3 p.m. at the ArtSpace gallery at 50 Orange St., downtown New Haven. Headlining the afternoon show will be New York indiepop band The Metric Mile. Also playing will be Fay Rey (New Haven/New York) followed by One Happy Island (Boston), The Sugarplums (Baltimore) and The Cavemen Go (New Haven/Boston). Members of the band Boy Genius (New York) will DJ.

The music will continue at 8 p.m. with the ArtSpace Underground @ Elm City PopFest. There will be a DJ and performance art, as well as music from The Tyler Trudeau Attempt (New Haven) and the festival headliner, A Sunny Day In Glasgow. Drinks will be provided at the evening event by New Haven's 116 Crown.

Each show will be $5, or $8 for both shows. All proceeds will go to benefit ArtSpace New Haven, which has undergone more than $90,000 in budget cuts this year.

For more information, check out http://tweefort.com/

bits and pieces

Boy Genius have released the first song from their second album "Staggering", to be released January 2010.

{ mp3 } old new england
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Pants Yell! have a new album coming out! 'RECEIVED PRONUNCIATION' will be available November 10th on Slumberland Records.

Listen to their new song "Cold Hands" on the myspace page.

Free Loan Investments have released their final EP on Magic Marker records! The 7" + digital download is available here for only $4.

Katsen - "the sexy electronic pop band from Brighton" - have just released their debut album "It Hertz!" on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation in the UK. Free mp3s below.

{ mp3 } let's build a city
{ mp3 } cactus
{ myspace }

and here's a katzen video:


Buba and the Shop Assistants

Rare 1984 debut single!


upcoming shows

of note ------

09/05/2009 Cinema Red & Blue (Comet Gain side project), The Ladybug Transistor @ Cake Shop

09/07/2009 My Teenage Stride, Boy Genius @ Cameo Gallery

09/09/2009 Circulatory System @ Le Poisson Rouge

09/10/2009 Kings of Convenience @ The Bowery Ballroom

09/11/2009 Super Furry Animals @ Highline Ballroom

09/12/2009 Super Furry Animals @ Maxwell's

09/18/2009 The Secret History @ Mondo at Don Hill's

09/21/2009 Fanfarlo @ The Bowery Ballroom

09/22/2009 The Drums @ Mercury Lounge

09/22/2009 Fanfarlo @ The Bell House

10/03/2009 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Webster Hall

10/16/2009 The Raincoats @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

10/20/2009 Broadcast @ Le Poisson Rouge

10/24/2009 Mum @ Le Poisson Rouge

11/04/2009 The Hidden Cameras @ Le Poisson Rouge

11/06/2009 The Hidden Cameras @ Union Hall

11/22/2009 Camera Obscura @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

see you there!


DeLuxe - 4 Year Anniversary @ The Bell House!

Tonight is the return of my indiepop club night, Deluxe! It's been nearly 2 months since the farewell party at Lolita. The new home is in the Front(ier) Room of the beautiful Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn. To celebrate, i've invited DJ Scott B from Australian indiepop band Summer Cats to guest DJ! Should be a really great night of music.. hope to see you there!

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The Bell House - Lounge
149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd avenue)
Brooklyn, NY

10PM - 4AM


9th Street & 4th Avenue stop. Walk down one block down to 3rd Avenue and turn right. Walk 2 blocks to 7th Street and turn left. We are down the block on the right side.

9th Street & Smith Street stop. Turn left on 9th Street. Walk across the canal and turn left on 2nd Avenue. Walk two blocks to 7th Street and turn right. We are on the left side.

The Hidden Cameras

Finally! The new Hidden Cameras album "Origin:Orphan" will be released September 22 on Arts & Crafts. You can get free mp3 from the album here.

Origin:Orphan track listing:

01. Ratify The New
02. In The NA
03. He Falls To Me
04. Colour Of A Man
05. Do I Belong?
06. Walk On
07. Kingdom Come
08. Origin:Orphan
09. Underage
10. The Little Bit
11. Silence Can Be A Headline

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The Lodger

The Lodger - I Think I Need You { myspace }



Swedish 3-piece girl group Liechtenstein have announced the details of their debut album. The album, Survival Strategies in a Modern World, will be released on May 26th in both CD and 10" vinyl formats. The 10" vinyl will be co-released with Slumberland, who will release the CD in North America.

They will make their US debut at NYC Popfest - May 15th @ Don Hill's.

Track listing:
1. All At Once
2. Postcard

3. Sophistication
4. By Staying Here (We Will Slowly Disappear)
5. Wallpaper Stripes
6. Roses In The Park { mp3 }

7. Reflections
8. White Dress
9. The End



Suburban Kids With Biblical Names

Good new for New York swedish indiepop lovers!

Suburban Kids With Biblical Names have been added to this years NYC Popfest! They will be headlining the Sunday night show at Cake Shop. The last time they played was nearly two years ago as a two-piece band with an iPod. Now they're coming as a five-piece and with plenty of great new songs! Get there early!

For those in San Francisco, make sure to check them out at this years SF Popfest!


The Smittens

It was such a treat to have The Smittens play a show for us at Mondo on Friday. Here are some photos from the show. If you liked what you saw, be sure to check them out again in May when they play the Sunday show of NYC Popfest.

{ mp3 } Sapphire



NYC POPFEST 2009 lineup!

Friends and well-wishers, we present to you the 2009 NYC Popfest lineup!

The festival will take place May 14-17th. Ticket info and further details to follow.

Special thanks to my lovely fianc
é for designing the Popfest flyer you see to the right.

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Thursday May 14th
Venue: Cake Shop

Knight School (NYC)
Soft City (NYC)
Dream Bitches (NYC)
The Metric Mile (NYC)
My Teenage Stride (NYC)

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Friday May 15th
Venue: Don Hills

Don Lennon (NYC)
The Tartans (CA)
( secret band )
Liechtenstein (SWEDEN)

+ Mondo Indie Dance Party

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Saturday Afternoon FREE show!
Saturday May 16th
Venue: Cake Shop

Hidden Ghost Balloon Ship (MI)
The Hat Company (OH)
Strega (NYC)

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Saturday May 16th
Venue: Bell House

Computer Perfection (MI)
Eux Autres (CA)
The Secret History (NYC)
Pants Yell! (MA)

+ Indiepop Dance Party

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Sunday All-Dayer
Sunday May 17th
Venue: Cake Shop

Boy Genius (NYC)
Afternoon Naps (OH)
Very Truly Yours (IL)
The Smittens (VT)
Rose Melberg (CANADA)
The Icicles (MI)
Casper and the Cookies (GA)

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ticket info and more details to follow...

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holiday records

Holiday Records is a new online record label created by Horse Shoes frontman Jacob Graham and friends.

Every Friday starting tomorrow, they'll release a free mp3 for your enjoyment. In return, they ask for your love and devotion.




crystal stilts

Crystal Stilts will release a new 7 " on Slumberland Records on March 31st. The A-side is "Love is a Wave" and it's brilliant.

Check out their upcoming NYC-area shows :

April 12th - Brooklyn, NY - Music hall of Williamsburg ( opening for Comet Gain!)
April 26th - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
May 8th - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
June 18th - New York, NY - Cake Shop ( with Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Hatcham Social ! )

{ mp3 } love is a wave

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the mayfair set

the Mayfair Set is a collaboration between mike sniper of Blank Dogs and dee dee of Dum Dum Girls. their first 7" EP will be released on captured tracks records soon.

"Desert Fun" is a fantastic song.. you can hear elements of joy division's brooding anxiousness juxtaposed with dee dee's sweet and playful vocals.

{ mp3 } desert fun

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the pale corners

stockholm's the pale corners have new split-3" cd-r with the gresham flyers on cloudberry records.

i love "steve buscemi" - both the actor and now the song. they've also posted another great one called "makes tonight all mine" on their myspace page.

{ mp3 } steve buscemi

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the tartans

jangly Los Angeles indiepop band, the Tartans, have posted a few new songs on their myspace page which will appear on their next YAY! records single.

...and good news for those of you on the east coast, the band will be playing a few live shows in may! *hint hint*

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suburban kids with biblical names

Here's good news for those of you who love joyful and shambolic Swedish indie pop -- The new Suburban Kids With Biblical Names EP, #4, is now out on Labrador Records and a new album is expected to be released this Spring!

Track listing:
01. 1999 { mp3 }
02. Studenter På Flak
03. Europa { video }
04. World Music

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the ballet

For those of you in the new york city area, we've got a wonderful treat for you at the Mondo this Friday!

new york city's finest sissy pop band, the Ballet, are going to be gracing our stage at don hills!

they haven't played a headlining show in nyc in a long time. so come for the ballet, stay for the indiepop dance party! print out our flyer and get in for just $5.

{ mp3 } in my head

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cats on fire

Finland's Cats On Fire are simply astounding. Their new album, Our Temperance Movement, will be released March 11th. And if it's anything like their debut, it'll probably not leave my CD player for months on end. You can pre-order the album here.

Here's a beautiful song from the new album.

{ mp3 } Garden Lights

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butcher boy

Glasgow's Butcher Boy released one of my favorite albums of 2007. They're a seven piece band with a classy, sophisticated pop sound which should please fans of Tindersticks, Felt, and Belle & Sebastian.

This is the new single from the new album React or Die. It hits stores in April but you can get an advanced copy from How Does It Feel To Be Loved?.

{ mp3 } Carve a Pattern

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best of 08 mix

Since i was about 18, at the end of every year, i would make a compilation cd (or cassette tape) of my favorite songs of the year and send it out to my friends. now that i have a music blog, i'll post my mixes online for you to download. enjoy!

Dr Maz presents The Best of 2008

Disc One
The Wave Pictures - Leave The Scene Behind
Summer Cats - Lonely Planet
The School - Let It Slip
Cocoanut Groove - The End of Summer on Bookbinder Road
Speedmarket Avenue - Way Better Now
Wake the President - You Can't Change That Boy
This Is Ivy League - The Richest Kids
The Futureheads - The Beginning of the Twist
Nodzzz - I Don’t Wanna (Smoke Marijuana)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You
Vivian Girls - Tell The World
Comet Gain - Love Without Lies
Fanfarlo - Harold T. Wilkins
Je Suis Animal - Hotel Electrique

{ Download }
Total Time 41 min 23 seconds

Disc Two
Air France - No Excuses
Twig - Ciao Ciao Bomb
Hatcham Social - So So Happy Making
Sexy Kids - Sisters Are Forever
Catwalk - Past Afar
My Teenage Stride - Theme From Teenage Suicide
The Lodger - The Good Old Days
Love Is All - Wishing Well
Minisnap - Whistler
Strawberry Fair - Why Won't He Answer
The Tartans - My Baby Doesn't Care For You
Afternoon Naps - Clean Bill of Health
Voyage - Kitten In The Snow
Parker Lewis - 75 Days
Japan Air - Claire
Northern Portrait - Crazy

{ Download }
Total Time 49 min 29 seconds

hatcham social

london three-piece hatcham social have just released a US only EP called "Postcard In Colours". if you're into orange juice and josef k, you'll probably need to have it. the first track is especially good.

track listing:
01. so so happy making { mp3 }
02. wild creatures
03. penelope (under my hat)
04. til the dawn
05. jabberwocky
06. berlin

purchase from insound

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don lennon

Don Lennon is hilarious. He lives in New York, but used to be the singer/songwriter in a Boston band called The Umpteens.

Below is a favorite of mine -the lyrics are hysterical ("I drove your girlfriend home one night, she has a really awesome body", and the music captivating. BUT BEWARE... this song will definitely give you an earworm.

{ mp3 } Our Bodies

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Also, if you like legos and new york city (who doesn't?)... this is cute - I Lego NY

the cat's miaow

The Cat's Miaow is an indiepop band formed in Melbourne, Australia. (not to be confused with Miaow - the British band on the C86 cassette tape). The band released several cassettes in the early 90's before US label Bust Stop compiled their songs on a CD "A Kiss and a Cuddle". The song below is the well-known Maxine Nightingale cover from a 1996 split 7". It's a beautiful cover thanks to Kerrie's delicate vocals.

{ mp3 } Right Back Where We Started From

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mexican kids at home

just released is a 3" CD-r on weePOP! records from mexican kids at home - a 5 piece band from Derbyshire, England. they describe themselves as "four skateboarders and a girl singer.”

{ mp3 } No Eyed Deers

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the besties

Brooklyn indiepop band, the besties have just released their new album home free. it's available at hugpatch records and darla.

the CD release party is feb. 26th at union pool with Used Kids & The Measure

{ mp3 } What Would Tim Armstrong Do?

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nodzzz are described as "lo-fi garage-punk-poppy awesomeness from SF". can't argue with that. they're playing a few shows in new york city this weekend.

2-5-09 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY (with Woods, Waaves)
2-6-09 Market Hotel Brooklyn, NY (with Woods, Waaves, Blank Dogs, Gary War)
2-7-09 Less Artists More Condos NY, NY (with Woods, Waaves, Blank Dogs, Gary War)
2-8-09 Barnard College NY, NY (2pm show)

{ mp3 } i don't wanna (smoke marijuana)

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burning hearts

burning hearts are jessika (singer in le futur pompiste and keyboards in cats on fire) and henry (drummer in cats on fire). they just released a gorgeous album on shelflife records called aboa sleeping. burning hearts are named after a song by the amazing nyc cult indiepop band My Favorite.

you'll probably love it.

{ mp3 } various lives

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town bike

town bike are an indie-pop-punk band from liverpool. they are super fun.

their debut album Go! Fight! Win! will be released on Super Kawaii POP! on March 16th.

prior to that, the single PROM NIGHT will be available as a free Internet download only from their website, from February 14th, the perfect Valentines gift!

{ mp3 } ride of ya life

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