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volume 20 is in the can!

I’ve been listening to this set for a while, as I finished it in time for my summer vacation a few weeks ago. Time seems to have gotten away from me since, but I wanted to get this posted for all to see before I find myself sick of it!

[pick the player of your choice]

The Naked And Famous

First song is from The Naked And Famous, who were also on volume 13 back in 2008. This time around, the song is “Young Blood”, which, like so many of my favorites, I heard first on Passport Approved. It defies description, at times bombastic, at others pensive. MySpace for more.


Graffiti6 is one of those DJ/singer collaborations, a la Gnarls Barkley, and in a just world this song, “Stare Into The Sun” would be as successful as “Crazy”. DJ TommyD and singer Jamie Scott…check their MySpace for more.

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club is one band I had to leave Passport Approved to find, having heard them on the web radio station IndieGoesToHollywood. Bright, shiny pop…more on MySpace.

Shout Out Louds

Shout Out Louds were last on a djeddieo CD in July 2005 (volume 4!), and their new song “Fall Hard” really shows the five years of improved chops.  Plenty of info at their website.

I swear I liked Hold Your Horses’ “70 Million” before I saw the video, but like OK Go before them, they’ll be known more for the visuals than the great song. That’s too bad; check out more at MySpace.

Thirteen Senses

Thirteen Senses’ “Answer” is the quintessential Passport Approved song and, therefore, a djeddieo gimme! Simultaneously evoking the sixties, the eighties and the 21st Century, it seemed instantly familiar to me upon first hearing. More about/from the Cornwall quartet at MySpace.

Vampire Weekend

Back in February I said “you don’t need me to tell you about the new Vampire Weekend CD”. Well, maybe you do! Every song on Contra is a keeper, and “Giving Up The Gun” is the best of the lot, IMHO. Discuss. Listen to the whole damn thing on their website.


I was surprised when the clubby-sounding “Cascade” by Deluka became one of LW’s (lovely wife’s) fave tunes on the set. Well, it could easily be a dancefloor filler in a big room (if big rooms weren’t extinct) but it also boasts some indie cred in her great voice. Myspace for more.


Then, there’s LW’s least fave tune: “Get Fresh With You” by Teddybears (featuring Red Fox). In my DJ experience, this is the type of song that fills the floor…maybe with lunatics and wannabes but what DJ doesn’t love a full floor?? They’ll sound familiar from their “Cobrastyle” cut which is on the Nissan Rogue commercial, as well as everywhere else. Three minutes of head-bobbing fun. Myspace here.

Lissy Trullie

I may have first heard Lissy Trullie on my local alt rock radio station, WFNX, or at least that’s what GD (gorgeous daughter) tells me. Normally I’m months ahead of them, so I don’t know how they snuck her in on me, but credit where credit due, I guess. I do know that the nice folks at sent me her mp3 so maybe I can claim firsties after all! Anyway, “Don’t To Do” is the type of song that could be, and should be, on EVERY commercial radio station, ‘cept maybe country. Very cool expression, “I’ve got a whole lotta DON’T to do”, doncha think? Lissy on Myspace. Check “She Said” as well.

Sleigh Bells

I had read about Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells’ “Tell ‘Em”, that it was among the greatest opening tracks on an album ever. I sought out that album, Treats, and came away thinking that “Tell ‘Em” makes a great second half of a one-two punch, out of anything that ends cold. You be the judge. Plenty more noise-pop at MySpace.

Jump Jump Dance Dance

Jump Jump Dance Dance, another duo, this one from LA, is gonna be too slick for some. Me, I can handle the occasional unabashed pop song, even if it clocks in at a bloated 4 minutes+. “Modern Eyes” came courtesy of Passport Approved’s All-Access site , more on JJDD’s MySpace.

John Snow

John Snow is a Norway sextet with no John in the band (named for a 19th Century physician we’ve never heard of). “Run” is a bit of an arena rock throwaway, but, try as I might, I couldn’t delete it. Give it 3 minutes; see if it grows on you. MySpace.


I initially thought New Zealand’s Opshop sounded quite a bit like U2, but I decided not to hold that against them. They’ve been at this for 8 years or so, but “Pins And Needles” is the first I’m hearing them (thanks again Sat and Josh). The line “I wish I could unsay what was said” was hook enough for me.  MySpace for more.


Swedish duo Johnossi (john+oskar~ossi) have been rocking Scandinavia since 2004, when they were teens, but I just discovered them on IndieGoesToHollywood. When I posted “What’s The Point” on my Facebook wall, longtime friend DJ Felix gave it the thumbs up. That’s good enough for me. More Johnossi at MySpace.

Little Red

Australian band Little Red gets compared to The Beach Boys, but I’m convinced that that’s only because 4 of the 5 members sing on most tracks. No artfully arranged harmonies and falsettos here though, just fun pop unison, like a chant. “Rock It” is a bit of a misnomer, but a fun tune nonetheless. Little Red on Myspace.


I just emailed WFNX, challenging them to play Motocade’s “Holy Moly”. Hey, let’s all start calling and requesting it! Lyrics like “all this trivia is what I givee-ya and to delivee-ya into oblivee-on” keep me and GD repeating this song over and over. I even love the low budget video, below. Also see their  Myspace.

Hungry Kids of Hungary

Really from Australia, Hungry Kids of Hungary are pure pop and, (again) in a fair world they’d be everywhere. Instead, they’re pretty much exclusive to Passport Approved. Maybe it’s that dumb name! Check MySpace for more.

The Cheek

In contrast, this band could be called “crap on toast” and I’d be seeking them out for their irresistible garage-y pop. Formerly Cheeky Cheek and The Nosebleeds (why change THAT??), The Cheek are my kind of modern rock band: one foot (maybe more) stuck firmly in the sixties, and I mean the sixties of The Swinging Blue Jeans and Music Explosion (do your research kids). “Just One Night” is, hopefully, the tip of the iceberg for this UK quintet. Alas, the few other tracks on MySpace are a bit too much “hippy hippy” and not enough “shake”.

Operator Please

Operator Please was on my last set of new songs, #18 in April 2010 with “Logic”, and I previewed “Back And Forth” then as well. They still seem like a misfit bunch of adorable kids, all perfectly at ease with themselves and their various looks and styles. Is it goofy and juvenile? Yeah. So what? Myspace for more.

The Checks

Finally, unsigned New Zealand quintet The Checks with “Ballroom Baby”. Every one of my compilations reaches its critical mass when I find a song that won’t fit, necessitating that I delete one. This was that song this time (do go check out the deleted track, Lissie’s cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” HERE. If only CDs were a little bit longer….) I had just been noticing that I seem to be liking so many falsetto songs lately, and I vowed to more discriminating. This dreamy, groovy track made the cut. Awesome video as well, below.  Myspace.


volume #18….better late than never!

I usually come up with a new compilation every three months or so, and since #17 was finished in time for my Christmas party, #18 is a bit overdue. Many of the songs and/or artists have been discussed here before, so I’ll focus on the exceptions.

Ellie Golding is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Hereford, England, and her debut LP Lights has a refreshingly slick sound of production that many of my indie faves lack. Check her website or MySpace for more tunes.

Sola Rosa
Sola Rosa

“Turn Around” is a track I heard on Passport Approved and I recall thinking “if more hiphop sounded like this, I’d listen to more hiphip!” Sola Rosa, from Auckland New Zealand, has been toiling away down under since the early part of this 21st century. Their 2009 LP Get It Together features an awesome assembly of guest artists, including emerging Wellingtonian songstress Iva Lamkum, who gives this track it’s funky diva chops. MySpace/website.

Sissy Wish

Norwegian Sissy Wish may sound like an MTV-ready poptart, but she’s been getting indie press raves since 2003, and her 3rd album Beauties Never Die doesn’t disappoint. MySpace/website for more info/tunes.


MOPP is musician/producer Barry Mop from a little village called Alloa near Glasgow in Scotland. No LP yet but plenty of colaborations available to hear online. MySpace/website.

Sister Crayon

Sacramento’s Sister Crayon has yet to release a full LP but “Souls Of Gold” caught my ear on, yes, Passport Approved. MySpace/website for all the info.

The Salvagers

The Salvagers are a Sydney Australia 4 piece that has a more rock edge than you may be used here at pop-friendly; check their MySpace/Website for other tunes, including “Die Pretty”, my close-second choice!


Every once in a while, I see a photo of an artist before I listen to any tracks. Hargo is an excellent reminder not to judge a book by it’s cover! An only child from Eugene, Oregon, was raised both as a Sikh and a musical prodigy. Exposed to his dad playing Beatles, Bowie and Tom Petty tunes on guitar throughout his childhood, it’s no surprise he became a talented writer and musician. What is a surprise is the slick, top40-ready sound he creates. I’ve read “a cross between Coldplay and John Lennon”, but that barely scratches the surface. Check out “Coming Round” as well as his other tracks. MySpace/website.

Florence and The Machine and The xx have both been written about here before, but I just have to call some extra attention to their collaboration on this remake of Candi Staton’s “You Got The Love”, one of my all-time favorite dance songs. Far more than the “remix” it’s labeled, The xx rerecorded the entire vocal, then just uses a tiny sample of Florence’s vocal in a mad dub loop. Makes me want to get back into a DJ booth!

Operator Please

Operator Please has that great 80s sound I always gravitate toward: part Missing Persons, part No Doubt (nineties, I know). They formed as high school students in Gold Coast, Queensland (Australia) for a “Battle of the Bands” competition 5 years ago (I couldn’t make this stuff up any better). Known to do faithful covers of Salt N Pepa’s “Push It” and Devo’s “Whip It”, as well as a fresh take on Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”, I expect to be hearing more from these kids. MySpace/website(has the entire LP streamed). The next release off the “Gloves” CD is this one:

Christian Linke (what's with the booboo?)

I thought for sure I had posted about Christian Linke already, as I’ve been listening to “Start Right Here” since February, but I guess not. This is one tough cat to Google, I don’t mind tellin’ ya! I’ve seen him billed as Linke or Lefti, and he’s been a member of the German bands Panik and Nevada Tan, playing bass. And there are plenty of sappy, dreamy ballads put up by fans on YouTube, but “Start Right Here” is a real gem: big, bright production, great vocal (minimal falsetto), and you’d be hard pressed to tell that English is not his primary language. I did find it odd that Google auto-complete thought I might be interested in “Christian Linke tattoo”, of all things: Tattoo….make no mistake, this kid is already a teen idol in his native Germany. MySpace/Twitter (no website).

Scouting For Girls

Scouting For Girls’ “This Ain’t A Love Song” was just bumped from number one on BBC Radio 1 the week I first heard it (bumped by Usher), but I don’t hold that against it (I tend to prefer the the more indie BBC6 over the sugary list at Radio 1). The London trio released their sophomore LP “Everybody Wants to Be on TV “just 3 weeks ago (4/12/2010) and “This Ain’t A Love Song” went immediately to #1. This could be one of those songs that catches on so big here in the US that I wonder what made me think it was indie! MySpace/website.


When I first heard Laleh’s “Simon Says”, I guessed it was a new track by Irish songstress Lisa Hannigan, who I had blogged about over a year ago HERE. Not even close! Laleh Pourkarim is Iranian born and Sweden-based, by way of Azerbaijan and Belarus….talk about international! That said, “Simon Says” sounds like American folk/country, and it’s lovely. I hope to hear more from this multi-lingual 27 year old, and soon! MySpace/website; Nice video too:

She and Him and Eliza Doolittle have graced this page before (HERE and HERE, respectively), and colleague buzzbiscuits has blogged about Best Coast (HERE), so that leaves Empire Of The Sun…

Empire Of The Sun

Again, I’m lucky to have heard before seeing, as their photo evokes more “Sigfried and Roy” than, say, “Strummer and Jones”, but I found the song “Walking On A Dream” catchy when I first heard it, and I stand by that. The track has been kicking around for a while, originally released digitally in Australia as a single in 2008, and it holds the record down under for the longest time taken for a single to reach the top 10. I admit that the more I read about them, the less I want to know, which is why I prefer to let the music do the talking. Suffice to say that if they turn out to be the 21st Century Milli Vanilli, I won’t be surprised, but I’m on record as saying that SOMEBODY deserved that Best New Artist Grammy in 1990, just not Fab and Rob!