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The Babies have been busy.

The garage rock band, featuring Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls) and Kevin Morby (Woods), released their debut album last year, then followed that up with a six-song EP in January.   Now, they’re preparing a new full-length, Our House On the Hill, which will be released  this fall on Woodsist, the label founded by Woods’ Jeremy Earl.

The first single from that upcoming release, “Moonlight Mile,” is being released as a 7″ on August 14th b/w the non-album track “Places”.  Take a listen to the psych-pop inspired A-side below:

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Are you going on vacation this summer? Or are you stuck with the dreaded staycation?

If it’s the latter, you can still get some sultry vibes the video for “Dreams” from Victoria Bergsman’s Taken By Trees.  The Amanda Marsalis-directed clip was filmed on North Shore of Oahu, and it features shot after shot of lush landscapes.

The visuals mesh perfectly with the tropically-inspired song, which was also written during Bergsman’s time in Hawaii. Seriously, just put on some headphones, full-screen the video, and bliss out for a few minutes.

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Lindsey Buckingham is a dick.

Don’t get me wrong he is a great guitarist – phenomenal really – but I’ve decided he’s a dick.

Of course I have never met him nor talked to him nor even read an interview with him. I have come to this conclusion by obsessing over the lyrics from Fleetwood Mac’s amazing Rumours.

Just to provide some backstory, basically everyone in Fleetwood Mac slept with and/or dated everyone else in Fleetwood Mac. And as these things tend to do, it all melted down very dramatically leading to some kick ass song writing and some super uncomfortable studio time.

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It’s been a little more than a week since we got our first taste of the xx‘s second album, Coexist, with the track “Angels.”

As I’ve gotten to hear the track a little bit more, I’d have to say I’m getting pretty pumped to hear the whole thing.  Though the new song retains so much of what made the debut great, it  also seems to be a step forward musically for the group.  In particular, this song seems to have more emotional intensity than their earlier work.

How’s the track growing on you?  More or less excited for the album?  Here’s a perfect opportunity to form your second opinion.  The group performed “Angels” on Conan last night, and you can watch it below:

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Bat For Lashes recently released “Laura”, first track off her forthcoming album The Haunted Man.  When Pitchfork writer Laura Snapes, tweeted about her review, she mentioned that it received Best New Track, but “not just because it has my name as the title.”

As another music lover named Laura, I want to assure all of you that I am also not posting this because the song title shares my name.

At least, that’s not the only reason I’m posting it.

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Disclaimer: On Wednesday, I went to a screening of Shut Up and Play The Hitsa documentary that chronicles LCD Soundsystem‘s final show at Madison Square Garden in April 2011.  I did not write down any of my thoughts after the showing, then I went out drinking.  Thus, this is probably not going to be the most comprehensive review you’ll read.  Proceed at your own risk.

The last time LCD Soundsystem played Houston, I did not attend.  I went to see The National instead.  It was a mediocre show and I have been regretting that decision ever since.

So in a futile attempt to rewrite history, I went to the showing of Shut Up and Play the Hits, directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, at River Oaks Theatre.  I got there about 30 minutes beforehand, so I had the opportunity to wait in line with some of Houston’s biggest LCD Soundsystem fans.  After about 10 minutes of waiting, I decided I hated 90% of them.

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When Passion Pit released their debut EP Chunk of Change, I loved it as a fun electropop record with some sweet love songs.  I danced to it, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it.  Their first full-length, Manners, was much of the same.  I heard good beats, but not a lot of substance.

And when they started releasing music from their second full-length album Gossamer, I honestly wasn’t even paying attention.  The novelty of the synth beats and falsetto had worn off for me.

But then I read Larry Fitzmaurice’s interview/feature with frontman Michael Angelakos, which delves into Angelakos’ struggles with bipolar disorder.  And it gave me a totally new lens with which to listen to Passion Pit, and – for the first time – to actually pay attention to the lyrics.

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There are basically two musical ways to my heart: danceable electro-pop and fuzzed-out guitar rock. Houston, TX four-piece Young Mammals takes the second route, and they’ve recently released a 7″ featuring two of their infectious tracks.

One of my biggest criticisms with the lo-fi sound is that it often serves as a way to cover up mediocre vocals.  But with these recordings, the vocals are loud and clear, while still featuring some killer glimmering guitar riffs.

Take a listen to the A-side, “Landlady”:

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