DRAGONETTE want you to PICK UP their new LP, your feet, and THE PHONE. OKAY, DELORE?

Dragonette Fixinyou’re still very young and we only just started having fun

♫ Dragonette – Pick Up The Phone

Dragonette’s 2007 debut, Galore, was one of those albums that I was fully ready to like but just never hooked me. It felt like they were trying to hard at the electro-pop game but were missing something. Whatever was missing, we had a taste of back in May when their “comeback single” Fixin To Thrill” dropped. Had little Dragonette finally grown up? The song was a huge, hook-laden rock-fest with big claims, but was it all bombast? Would the other tracks match up? 2nd single, “Pick Up The Phone,” (video here) kicks some big cracks in that worry, even topping “Fixin” in my book, getting stuck in my head in a great way. Yesterday Australia and Canada got the full Fixin To Thrill LP and it’s high time to take a look at the goods. I just finished my second spin through it and this stuff is no joke. It’s that mix of bounce, synth, big riffs, and perfect vocals that just get my goose. If the first 2 singles haven’t got you hyped then peep this late-album favorite of mine.

♫ Dragonette – Okay Delore

“Okay Delore” is like “Hey Mickey” only without the overplayed baggage and Wayne’s World connotations. Dragonette has truly outdone themselves with Fixin To Thrill. This is looking to be a favorite album of the year. Or at least October.

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FREELANCE WHALES are a GENERATOR that outputs jams. Jams stacked to the ^ 2ND FLOOR.

freelancewhalesdon’t fix my smile, life is long enough

♫ Frelance Whales – Generator ^ 2nd Floor

I struggle with finding music to accompany my mellower times. Whitest Boy Alive is one of my top artists on Last.fm, not because they are one of my all-time favorites, but as a band with 2 solid chill-out albums, they are my frequent go-to for those moods. Freelance Whales ave just stepped into the ring with their debut, Weathervanes, and it sounds like the perfect soundtrack for fall. “Generator ^ 2nd Floor” is one of the bouncier tracks on their debut (so it’s not a surprise it would appeal the most to me) but it’s also the best track about accepting death since Jack Peñate’s “Let’s All Die.” Their softer fare is equally appealing and the whole album is like ice cream melting on hot pie: sweet and satisfying, with just a bit of a sugar high. Where does this magical music come from? Freelance Whales hail from Brooklyn, where they are known to play in subway stations and use instruments like the harmonium, banjo, glockenspiel, and waterphone. With tools like that it’s no surprise that they channel a bit of Sufjan Stevens, especially on the breathily-sung “Broken Horse.”

♫ Freelance Whales – Broken Horse

I recommend Sufjan get’s his next state-themed album rolling ASAP because Freelance Whales have already took his place this fall. Or not, Suffy. Stay lazy with your years-old King Of Indie crown. It’s time for a regime change anyway. If you like what you hear then buy Weathervanes at eMusic or iTunes. Seriously. Oh, and check out the fantastic live perfomance of “Generator ^ 2nd Floor.” Singing about death at midnight in the abandoned farm was never so fun and cuddly.

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ELECTRIC TICKLE MACHINE goes in the PART OF ME made for enjoying music. And nipples.

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♫ Electric Tickle Machine – Part Of Me

Electric Tickle Machine may not be sporting the years’ best new-band name but they have nailed the album art brilliantly. It’s almost good that record stores are no longer relevant because nobody has money for double-take-induced-whiplash treatment these days. Angelic nipple-slips aside, ETM has got a great tune on their hands here. “Part Of Me” has a solid foot-stomping sing-a-long vibe that belies it’s refreshingly honest take on the love song. Repeat listens are encouraged. Their live shows have a reputation of confetti and nudity (surprise!) and their upcoming US tour may be bringing both to your town! For those offended by confetti, Blew It Again, is out next month.

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LOVELIKEFIRE are showing SIGNS of rockability, snackability

LOVE-LIKE-FIREi lay my head on your shoulder because you know

♫ LoveLikeFire – Signs

“Signs” is one of those songs that I can rock out to every time it’s played. Weird though, I never go to it. I never crave it, if you know what I mean. Does that make it less of a song? Some songs pull us in so hard they can burn out fast, leaving a bad taste in the mouth like eating too many Doritos. It seems that LoveLikeFire have crafted the “pretzel” of rock songs, maybe not the first snack that pops into your head but always a solid choice, and will never bore a chemical hole in your tongue. Their debut LP, Tear Ourselves Away, came out in August but I haven’t heard it yet. Hmmm, I really do like pretzels…

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«Flashback« Buckcherry – Lit Up / For The Movies

buckcherrycrack the door for the curious girl ’cause she’s waiting

♫ Buckcherry – Lit Up / 1999

Oh yeah! Those who know me won’t be surprised to know I loved me some Blackcherry back in the day. What we all may be surprised to know, is that they are still alive and releasing albums. And touring. With KISS. Crazy word. I remember their follow up to the 1999 self tited debt was a sonic disaster and they quickly fell off my radar, save for a few feature film appearances from super-tattooed frontman Josh Todd. The Salton Sea, xXx, and even last year’s Eagle Eye. No supporting actor Oscars, yet. “A change of pace could really do some good.” Following their own advice Buckcherry followed their cocaine fueled inspired first single with the slower, mellower, lovey-er, “For The Movies,” but what am I telling you this for? You still know all the words.

♫ Buckcherry – For The Movies

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TBE Exclusive! /// DJ Bouji and the ‘Just Quit’ Mix

djbouji_logodo you enjoy what you do? if not, don’t stop, don’t say shit

♫ Trackademicks vs. Sammy Bananas – Enjoy What You Do (Bouji Mash N Slash)

Just when you thought you weren’t going to be getting an exclusive mixtape to jam to all weekend, BAM, here it is! Surprises are fun as hell, but not nearly as fun as this buttery smooth funk-fest that L.A.’s own DJ Bouji has served up for us. I have seen this guy spin a few times and he always lights it up with his flow. His Just Quit mix is no different as he mixes genres, decades, and styles into one big party anthem. If you have been listening to his Mash N Slash of Sammy Bananas remix of Trackademicks “Enjoy What You Do” then you know what’s up. If you check out the tracklist after the jump you’ll see Miike Snow rolled into Peter Gabriel and Kings Of Leon paving the way for The Outfield. I love it. Download the whole thing below and have a kick ass weekend.

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EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES just woke me from 40 DAY DREAM

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♫ Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – 40 Day Dream

Edward Sharpe and his Los Angeles collective of (up to 12) instrument janglers have been getting some attention lately, even getting airplay/hype on L.A.’s KCRW. Their debut’s first single, “40 Day Dream,” is the album’s best by far, sounding like Arcade Fire with smiles. “Home” is the other standout from Up From Below, a boy-girl love song that sounds decades late but timelessly fun. I can get down with a few of the other tracks on Up From Below but the hippie-jam-session thing loses my interest, especially in the latter tracks. Anyway, I am down with Edward’s vibe and imagine that seeing these guys live would be a treat. Especially since Edward Sharpe (Alex Ebert) is no stranger to huge live shows, having toured with Duran Duran in 2006 with his other band, Ima Robot. If you remember them then you are probably as shocked as me to learn its the same dude. If you never heard them then just listen.

♫ Ima Robot – I’m A Bitch For You ♫ Ima Robot – Black Jettas

It’s kinda funny because Ima Robot was a band that I never got fully down with either. I loved these two tracks but felt most of their stuff was half-baked. I do remember reading that they were epic live. Anyway, Edward/Alex and Co. are also presenting the album as a 12-part feature film. Part 1, for “Desert Song,” is just as tripped-out as you would imagine and gives me a new appreciation for a previously disliked song. I hope keep their shit together and finish the other 11. I want to see “Home.”

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CLUES APPROACH THE THRONE of rock on this jam

clueswhisper in the air, every second word

♫ Clues – Approach The Throne

“Approach The Throne” is one of the those tunes I have been “na na na na”-ing too by myself for a couple months now and it’s time I share. Limp-limbedly thrashing about my bedrooom is no fun alone. Come over and we’ll fumble-shout the lyrics together and then pound some air-drums. When it’s over we’ll get a six pack of shitty light beer and light this weekend on fire. For those of you not interested in good times you can read this: Clues are a Montreal based crew made up of Alden Penner of now defunct The Unicorns and former Arcade Fire member, Nick Thorburn. But now they are Clues. Quit living in the past, their self titled debut is out now!

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