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Oct 16, 2010

Free Body Language EP!

We’ve been in love with Body Language for a while now, and have kept a beady eye on their progress since they played a Laissez Faire Club / RethinkPopMusic showcase at New York’s Studio @ Webster Hall just over a year ago (with The Vanguard and Ambassadors).

The Brooklyn based quartet play gorgeous, groovy and hip-shaking electro / disco pop, replete with soulful vocals from lead singer Angelica Bess. It’s not always rave o’clock, however, there are your blissed out, comedown songs, which show the versatility you’d associate with great, essential pop band.

If we’re going to pigeon hole, they can be filed next to the likes of Cut Copy, Metronomy, Primary 1 and Friendly Fires. That’s the league they’re in, certainly on the strength of their material we’ve heard (as well as their their party-starting live shows), and it’s a tad baffling to us they’re still relatively under the radar. Their 2009 EP, Speaks, contained some of our favourite and most listened to tracks of last year (Huffy Ten Speed, Sandwiches, Work This City), and have featured regularly in our DJ sets around London town.

They’ve just released a new 4-track EP entitled Social Studies, which is available to download for free via Bandcamp (see below). The new tracks pick up where the old ones left off, and if anything they’re more confident, sassy and exuberant. Falling Out, with it’s bouncy synths and rather monstrous hook, is currently ‘on repeat’ over here and seems tailor-made for dancefloors across the globe. At the very least they’re likely to be lighting up the blogosphere before too long, and weaving their way into the consciousness of many a muso. If you reside in New York, they’re playing a series of shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn before the year’s up.

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Oct 16, 2010

LFC dj set at Communion: Sunday 7 November

We’re DJing at Communion at Notting Hill Arts Club on Sunday 7 November. Expect the usual Laissez-Faire mix of whatever sounds good, new and old – which usually means everything from Neil Young to The Police to LCD Soundsystem to Crystal Fighters. On the bill are our good pals Pushing Hands, who’ll be main support to hotly-tipped Aussies Cloud Control, who sound like a cross between Fleet Foxes and Local Natives, with added Antipodean quirkiness. They’re expected to blow up in 2011 after recently putting pen to paper with Infectious (home to The Temper Trap and Local Natives), so you might as well check them out now in a 200-capacity venue for the future bragging rights, if nothing else…

Check out “Gold Canary”, a Cloud Control single from early 2010:

…and Pushing Hands playing “Bully” at their 3rd ever show at Laissez Faire Club @ The Lock Tavern in August:

Pushing Hands – Bully from Scott Taylor on Vimeo.

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Oct 13, 2010

The Yes Way release Demo at CMJ

In addition to playing four official CMJ showcases this year The Yes Way will also release their demo to coincide with the festival. The demo features 7 songs recorded by the band in their Bushwick practice space and is currently available to stream.

Physical copies of The Yes Way demo will be exclusively available at all of the official CMJ showcases listed below:

10/19 The Deli Magazine Showcase at The Delancey 9:30pm

10/21 RethinkPopMusic Showcase at Spike Hill 10:30pm

10/22 Rock it Out Blog Showcase at Fontana’s 7:00pm

10/22 RethinkPopMusic and The Audio Perv Showcase at Crash Mansion 11:30pm

Oct 12, 2010

Heypenny makes me Smile

If you don’t know Heypenny than you don’t know shit. Their brilliant style of FUN music will never be accepted by the noise rock/ uber playback demographic, but it makes us smile. Hailing from Nashville they don’t have to deal with the silliness of fly-by-night trend chasing of their Brooklyn counterparts. Instead, Heypenny enjoys the freedom of wide open spaces and possibly vast boredom that translates into a live show overflowing with energy and sincerity. See them play our CMJ showcase at Crash Mansion on 10/22 and check out some of their creativity in video form.

Oct 11, 2010

The Yes Way to play Philly on Halloween

The Yes Way are playing a Halloween showcase of epic proportions with a dozen of Philly’s best and brightest acts. Thanks to Spaten beer and The Deli Magazine!

Both TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb and Penrose will be playing our CMJ showcases this year.

TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb


Also playing are:

Cheers Elephant

Toy Soldiers

The Spooks


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